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CCTV images released following robbery in Luton

The men were thought to be carrying imitation guns Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have released CCTV images following a robbery at a betting shop in Luton on Sunday.

The incident took place at Ladbrokes in Chapel Street, around 9.45pm, when two men walked into the store demanding cash.

The offenders attempted to climb over the counter, before a staff member handed over money from the tills.

The men were thought to be carrying imitation guns.

"I would like to reassure the community that we do not tolerate robbery and are doing all in our power to trace those responsible and bring them to justice.

This was understandably a distressing incident for the shop workers involved but thankfully no-one was hurt and we do not believe any viable weapons were used in the attack."

– Detective Sergeant Tom Stean, Bedfordshire Police

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who recognise the men pictured, or to those who have any information about the incident.

Mother and grandmother found guilty of causing death of seven-month-old baby

Luton Crown Court. Credit: PA

A mother and grandmother have been found guilty of causing the death of a seven-month-old baby in Luton.

Baby Imran was found dead at his home in the town in January 2013.

The jury heard during the trial at Luton Crown Court that his mother Jessica Price and grandmother Angela Price had continually neglected Imran by failing to provide him with adequate food or drink, as well as causing him unnecessary suffering by failing to provide him with medical aid.

Severe nappy rash was caused by his urine being more concentrated with ammonia, due to dehydration.

The women had pleaded not guilty to the charges but today they were found guilty of causing death by neglect.

"This was an absolutely heart-breaking case which saw the tragic death of an innocent young baby, caused by two people who were meant to care for him the most.

Baby Imran lost 17% of his body weight in just nine days, showing how dehydrated and malnourished he had become as a result of his mother and grandmother’s neglect.

He also had what doctors described as one of the worse cases of nappy rash they had ever seen.

I am sure that Imran would still be alive today if he had been cared for correctly and I’m pleased that justice has been done in finding those responsible for his death guilty.”

– Detective Inspector Alan Page

They will be sentenced next month.


Appeal after repeated attempts to burn down Luton house

The attempts were made in Nursery Road. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for information after a series of attempted arson attacks on a house in Luton.

Three attempts were made to throw lit objects into a house in Nursery Road between 11.50pm on Thursday (22 October) and 6am the following morning.

“This is a very serious crime and we are committed to tracking down the person responsible for this reckless and dangerous act.

We believe the offender may well have drawn attention to themselves due to the amount of times they visited the location, so I would be keen to hear from anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in this area or spotted someone behaving unusually.”

– PC Dale Ashpole, Bedfordshire Police

Call PC Ashpole on 101 with information, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Men stand accused of historic child abuse

The men will appear at Luton Magistrates' Court. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Two men from Bedfordshire will appear in court today accused of historic child sex abuse.

Charlie Jones, 76 of Maidenbower Avenue, Dunstable has been charged with nine counts including rape and indecent assault and John Burden, 49 also of Maidenbower Avenue faces three charges - two counts of rape and one of buggery.

They have been remanded in custody and will appear at Luton Magistrates' Court.

Police continue to investigate the allegations.

PM's school visit to launch anti-extremism message

David Cameron chose a school in Luton to pledge to "aggressively" pursue and disrupt extremists trying to spread the "poisonous ideology" of radical Islamism.

David Cameron was in Luton to launch a new government anti-extremism strategy. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Launching the Government's counter-extremism strategy, the Prime Minister warned it was no time for "kid gloves" when faced with the threat to Britain's values of democracy, equality and tolerance.

Among the measures he announced:

  • A ban on anyone with a conviction for terrorist or extremist activity from working with children and the vulnerable.
  • An extension of powers for passports to be withdrawn from the young at risk of travelling abroad to join groups such as so-called Islamic State.
  • £5 million of funding to help local groups root out extremism in British communities.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey


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Anti-extremism plans could create 'environment of fear'

The government's anti-extremism strategy could create an environment of "suspicion and fear" that may alienate British Muslims, a campaign group has warned.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain earlier, Romana Aly from the Exploring Islam Foundation said, "We have to be really careful that it doesn't create and environment of suspicion and fear. I am worried about about this measure of passports being taken away by parents because that encourages parents to distrust their own children."

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