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Window cleaner sentenced for sexual abuse of 8-year-old

Martin Baker has been sentenced to 17 months Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A window cleaner from Kempston in Bedfordshire has been sentenced for sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl and making indecent images of children.

Martin Baker, 44, of Bedford Road, was convicted in June of one count of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13 years old and three counts of making indecent images of children.

He was sentenced at Luton Crown Court to a total of 17 months behind bars. Baker was initially arrested on suspicion of indecent image offences, with officers finding multiple indecent images, including some of the most severe category, on his laptop.

Shortly afterwards an eight-year-old girl then disclosed to police that she had been sexually assaulted by Baker.

“This case shows how the viewing of indecent images is far from a harmless crime, it can often lead to the offender sexually abusing a child in real life, as was the case with Baker....

I would like to praise the victim for her incredible bravery and strength that she has continued to show. Thanks to her, and her strong network of family and friends, a dangerous sexual predator has been locked behind bars.

– Investigation Officer Paul Baddeley


Man charged with attempted murder of a baby

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 30-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a baby in Luton.

Police were called to an incident at Reginald Street at 2am on Tuesday, August 1, where several adults had also been injured.

Sean Ziemelis, of Reginald Street, Luton, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with one count of attempted murder of a child aged under one, two counts of assault by beating, and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He has been remanded in custody and will next appear in court on September 18.

'Disruptive' passenger charged with endangering Luton-bound aircraft

A passenger on a Wizz Air flight had to be restrained on the way to Luton. Credit: Press Association Images.

A 20-year-old man has been charged with endangering an aircraft after allegedly trying to open a door on a flight to Luton.

Oliwer Winczura, from Slough, also faces two counts of assaulting a police officer.

A passenger had to be restrained on a Wizz Air flight from Poland on Saturday, July 22. Police were called to Luton Airport just before 11pm.

Winczura was arrested and initially taken to hospital with minor injuries before being taken into custody.

Man, 94, dies four days after crash in Luton

Thomas Pashley died four days after a crash on Dunstable Road. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 94-year-old man died four days after a car crash in Luton.

The single vehicle collision happened on the Dunstable Road, at the junction with the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, at about 4.25pm last Monday, July 17.

The man - named as Thomas Pashley from Barton-Le-Clay - was taken to hospital but died on Friday, July 21.

Police are appealing for witnesses to help them establish what happened.


Luton's Asda to re-open after a huge fire

Asda Superstore, Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Asda superstore in Luton which was badly damaged in a fire is due to reopen today (Monday 17th July) after undergoing a seven point six million pound makeover.

It took over a hundred firefighters several hours to battle the blaze in the Wigmore Lane store in March.

The cause of the blaze was accidental.

The store has been repaired and is now to re-open Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two men stabbed left with life-threatening injuries

The stabbing on two men happened on Brantwood Park in Luton. Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses following a stabbing in Brantwood Park, Luton, on Tuesday (11 July).

Two men were attacked by a group of around four men just after midnight while walking home through the park. The attackers are described as being a group of Asian youths.

The victims managed to escape and attract the attention of passing police officers, and were then treated in hospital for life-threatening injuries.

One man suffered multiple stab wounds, and the other sustained serious head and chest injuries. They remain in hospital in a stable condition.

Detective Constable, James Bateman, said: “The motive for this attack is currently unclear, and while we think it may have been an attempted robbery, it appears to be an unprovoked attack on two men by a much larger group who were armed.

It took place on a warm night in a large open area that is often filled with groups socialising late into the night. If you were in or around Brantwood Park at the time of this incident, or if you know anything about the people involved, please contact us now so we can find those responsible and protect others from such senseless violence.

– James Bateman, Detective Constable

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Bateman on 101 quoting incident reference number 15 of 11 July. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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