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£100 million Luton Airport expansion begins

Luton Airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

Major work to redevelop Luton Airport gets underway today.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will be there to mark the event.

The 100 million pound scheme aims to increase capacity at the terminal from 12 million to 18 million passengers a year by 2026. The expansion will also create a potential 5,000 new jobs.

The transformation will deliver major upgrades to the airport’s facilities, including:

  • A complete redesign of the terminal to create an efficient and convenient passenger experience.
  • Doubling of the existing retail space, introducing new shopping and dining options and a new executive lounge.
  • A new multi-storey car park with 1,700 spaces.
  • The addition of Oyster card services through to the terminal building.

Commuters give views on one of country's worst train stations

Luton was identified as one of the worst stations in Britain. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Commuters in Luton have been giving their views about what they say is the 'poor' state of the town's railway station.

The borough council asked people to post comments on social media so train operators could hear what improvements need to be made.

Many say the station needs to be regenerated as soon as possible.

Built in 1937, the building is in a poor state of repair with insufficient disability access. It was identified as one of the worst ten stations in the UK in 2010.

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CCTV released as police hunt Luton robbers

Have you seen these men? Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to following a robbery and assault at a convenience store in Luton.

Three men entered the Co-op store in Market Square, Farley Hill around 7pm on Sunday.

They stole cash, stamps, cigarettes and alcohol. One member of staff was also assaulted during the incident.

All three made off along a pathway by the children’s park, before running left onto Ross Close.

The first man was wearing Nike tracksuit bottoms, had his face covered and was wearing a coat with the hood up.

The second man had a black rucksack with distinctive white lines on the straps. He was wearing a navy blue padded coat and dark trousers and blue Adidas trainers.

The third man was wearing a black jacket with white stripes down the sides and a red emblem on the left hand side.

"This was a nasty incident in which a member of staff was assaulted. I would urge anyone who saw where the offenders went or has any information to call police."

– PC Sally Chambers, Bedfordshire Police

Police hunting man responsible for 'despicable crime' in Luton

Bedfordshire Police are trying to find the man responsible for robbing a woman in her own home in Cutenhoe Road, Luton.

Location of robbery in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

On Tuesday at approximately 11.30am a man made his way into the woman's house and attempted to steal a necklace from around her neck.

A gold plated ladies Rotary watch and a broken solid gold bracelet were taken from the house.

The man is described as young, about 5’ 7” tall, with short black hair and was wearing a chestnut brown leather jacket. He was wearing either cream coloured gloves or was using a cream coloured, long sleeved jumper to cover his hands.

This is a despicable crime which left the victim with nasty injuries and has understandably left her feeling very shaken.

I want to hear from anybody out there who may have witnessed a man matching this description in the area at the time, or anyone with information - including people who may have been offered the stolen items.

I would urge anyone who can help us find out who committed this awful crime to get in touch with me as soon as possible.

– Detective Constable Jason Wheeler

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Wheeler by calling 101 and quoting crime reference number C/1845/16. Alternatively, report details to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

New boss promises "work ethic" at Luton

Nathan Jones Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton Town's new boss Nathan Jones says he wants to instill a work ethic into the players to take the club forward.

Jones was presented to the media at Kenilworth Road. His appointment coming twenty years after the Welshman first signed as a Hatters player. Now after a career of over four hundred games, Jones takes his first managerial role having coached at Charlton and, more recently, at Brighton in the Championship.

I want to unite the fans the club, the players, the community. I want to take this club forward.

– Nathan Jones

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Investigation after death in Luton

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Police are investigating the death of a man in Luton on Wednesday January 6th.

Emergency services received a call reporting concern for the welfare of a man in Crescent Road at approximately 9.20pm.

Police and the ambulance service attended the address but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crescent Road, Luton Credit: ITV Anglia

The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit has launched an investigation and is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The three men and one woman who have been arrested in connection to the incident have been taken to police custody for further questioning.

"We’re currently investigating the circumstances around this death and I'm appealing for anyone with information to get in touch. If you were in or around Crescent Road yesterday and you saw or heard anything unusual or suspicious then please do contact us immediately."

– Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins

Anyone with information is asked to contact the MCU on 101 quoting Operation Livingston, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Luton Airport has busiest year ever

Luton Airport had its busiest ever year in 77 years. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton Airport has had it's busiest ever year - with 12 million passengers passing through in 2015.

That's a 16% increase year on year - and represents the biggest growth in numbers of all airports in the region.

The airport is currently undergoing a £110 million redevelopment. When complete in 2020, the capacity at the airport will increase by 50%- from 12 million to 18 million passengers.

The transformation will deliver major upgrades to the airport's facilities, including:

  • A complete redesign of the terminal to create a quick, friendly and convenient passenger experience.
  • Doubling of the existing retail space, introducing exciting shopping and dining options, including a new executive lounge.
  • A new multi-storey car park with more than 1,5000 spaces.
  • The addition of Oyster card services through to the terminal building.

Shotgun fired at front door of house

The shotgun was fired at a front door in Bedford. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Police are asking for information after someone fired a shotgun at the front door of a house in Bedford.

Officers say a ‘firearm was discharged’ at a property in Westbourne road last Sunday (January 3) just before 10:30pm. No one was injured in the attack.

They say it was an isolated incident but are urging anyone who knows anything about what happened or saw anything suspicious to get in touch.

“We take firearms offences incredibly seriously and are doing all in our power to bring the person or people responsible to justice. I would like to speak to any witnesses to this event, or anyone who was in the area at the time, to help us establish the circumstances behind this attack.

“I would like to reassure the wider community of Bedford that we believe this to be an isolated incident, in which thankfully no-one was injured.”

– Detective Sergeant Mark Stewart

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DS Stewart by calling 101, or alternatively report details to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police reassure public after man shot in the leg in Luton

The man was shot in Wexham Close. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation has been launched after a man was shot in the leg in Luton.

It happened shortly after midnight (December 30) at Wexham Close in the Marsh Farm area.

The man's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

“I am keen to reassure the community that we are treating this as an isolated incident. We do not believe there is a threat to the wider public, and we are working hard to find the person responsible.

Tackling gun crime is a key priority for the force and thankfully incidents like this are rare. We take all firearms offences incredibly seriously and our officers are carrying out enquiries to track down the person responsible.

I would appeal for anyone with any information about last night’s attack, or anyone who witnessed anything unusual in this area at this time, to come forward.”

– Detective Sergeant Martin Eaton
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