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Five men jailed for drumming up support for Islamic State

A group of extremists with links to hate preacher Anjem Choudary have been jailed for their part in drumming up support for Islamic State following a series of meetings in Luton.

They were found guilty of terrorism offences following a 20-month undercover operation by police.

Meetings, held in a marquee in a Luton garden and a nearby church, urged people to support the terror group and go to Syria to fight.

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Man jailed over Luton shooting

Nicoo Nabavi has been jailed for two years four months. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man has been sentenced to more than two years in jail after pleading guilty to shooting a man in Luton in November.

Nicoo Nabavi, 27, from Connaught Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a firearm

He was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

On Saturday 26 November 2016, a man was found with shot wounds in Marlow Avenue.

He was taken to hospital where he was treated for a stomach injury.

Detective Sergeant Mark Devine said: “Violence will not be tolerated in our communities and we are working hard to reduce gun crime across the county.

"I’m pleased that Nabavi pleaded guilty and will now face time behind bars for this incident.”

Contractor appointed for £40million teaching centre in Luton

An artist's impression of the new STEM building Credit: University of Bedfordshire

The construction of a £40 million teaching and research 'STEM' building for science and engineering at the University of Bedfordshire is a step closer. Construction firm 'RG Carter' has been appointed to build the STEM centre at the Luton Campus which will be dedicated to teaching and research in the 'stem' subjects such of maths, science, engineering and technology.

“This is part of the University’s wider vision for high-level skills growth in Luton and Bedfordshire. Our new STEM building will support the ambitions of regional policymakers to enhance the skills base in Luton, extending opportunity for local residents and attracting investment to the region.”

– The University’s Vice Chancellor Bill Rammell

The building will also be home to a new Science and Engineering Outreach Centre, which will promote the value of science and engineering to local schools.

RG Carter has been involved in construction projects with universities and other education providers, including Norwich University College of Arts, Cambridge University, The University of East Anglia and Anglia Ruskin University.

The STEM building is due for completion in 2018.

Man seriously injured after Luton stabbing

One man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing. Credit: PA

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after he was stabbed in Luton this morning.

Police were called to Dunstable Road at around 11am.

Officers have closed off Dunstable Road and Waldeck Road while they investigate.

One man has been arrested and taken to police custody for questioning.

Police release CCTV after dumper truck ram-raid

Three men drove a dumper truck into a motorcycle shop in Dunstable. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have released CCTV images showing a dumper truck ram-raiding a motorcycle shop in Bedfordshire.

Thieves stole a JCB dumper truck from Luton on 21 January

Three men then drove to Dunstable on the vehicle - causing damage along the way - before reaching DBC Motorcycles, on Regent Street, around 9pm.

They drove into the shop, causing significant damage to the front door and surrounding brickwork.

The men weren't able to enter the shop, and they fled on foot.

The men were unable to enter the shop and they fled on foot. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

"While I appreciate the images are not of the best quality, there are a couple of distinctive clothing items which someone might recognise, particularly a bag belonging to one of the individuals. "The motorcycle shop is in a residential street, therefore there must be someone who saw or heard something which will help our investigation.

"I am confident that there will be someone out there who knows something and can help us trace these individuals.”

– Detective Constable Ben Stone, Bedfordshire Police

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Man attacked by gang in targeted attack

The man was attacked and stabbed Credit: ITV Anglia

A man's been attacked by a gang in Luton in what police are calling a 'targeted attack'.

The man was initially assaulted by a group of men outside the Arabella Lounge in Dunstable Road at approximately 10pm on Sunday (22 January).

He was able to get into his car and drove away from the scene and into Conway Road.

He pulled over on Westbourne Road when flashed by a white Mercedes. A group of men, described as Asian and in their twenties, then got out of the Mercedes and proceeded to stab the victim. They then got back into the vehicle and drove off.

We do believe that this was a targeted attack by the same group of men, determined for whatever reason to harm the victim. Violence such as this is absolutely unacceptable and I’m appealing for anyone who witnessed either the initial altercation or the subsequent stabbing to get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Daniel Matcham

The man’s injuries are described as serious but not life-threatening.

MP calls for night flight restrictions at Luton airport

Luton airport had 14.5 million people through the airport in 2016. Credit: London Luton Airport

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Peter Lilley has called on the Department of Transport to review the noise disturbance from night flights at Luton airport.

The Conservative MP has long been campaigning for Luton to be treated the same way as Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

It follows a consultation launched last week to bring in tighter noise quotas and introduce quieter planes at the other London airports.

However Luton says its noise control standards are already tighter than those airports.

A consultation was launched last week to bring in tighter noise quotas at London airports. Credit: London Luton Airport

The noise caused by night flights from Luton is particularly distressing for those affected. As London grows, air traffic is increasing.

"There were 4,897 night flights into and out of Luton Airport between July and September 2016 - 12% more than during the same period in 2015.

"I shall be writing to the Government to ask why Luton Airport has been excluded from this consultation."

– Peter Lilley MP, Con, Hitchin and Harpenden
Luton insists its noise control standards are already tighter than other London Airports. Credit: London Luton Airport

“London Luton Airport already has tighter noise control standards than Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

"We are always willing to participate in any discussion that can help us achieve the appropriate balance in managing our social, environmental and economic impact”.

– Neil Thompson, Operations Director, London Luton Airport

Appeal to reunite lost Luton airport 'teddy' with owner takes off

Shackleton is becoming well travelled. Credit: Captain Matt Clutterbuck

When an easyJet pilot boarded his plane at Luton Airport to find a child's teddy bear under a seat you might have expected it to end up in lost property.

But so concerned was Captain Matt Clutterbuck that a youngster was spending Christmas without their treasured toy he embarked on a one man mission to reunite the pair.

Now his appeal has been shared thousands of times on social media.

Watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey.

Police seize thousands of pounds of drugs and weapons over Christmas

Four hand guns were recovered by specialist officers. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police say they seized thousands of pounds of worth of drugs and dangerous weapons over Christmas.

A specialist team tasked with tackling gang crime in Luton recovered four hand guns, ammunition, body amour and class A and B drugs.

Eleven people were arrested.

Police seized thousands of pounds worth of Class A drugs. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

“The numerous positive results we’ve had in the last month demonstrate our commitment to tackling gun and gang crime, as well as related criminality such as the supply of drugs.

“We will not tolerate those who seek to inflict harm and fear on our communities through the use of weapons and we are determined to carry on December’s great work in to 2017.”

– Detective Sergeant Mark Pugh, Bedfordshire Police
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