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Teenage boy jailed for attacking elderly man in "broad daylight" in Bedfordshire park

The attack happened in Wardown Park. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A teenage boy has been jailed for attacking a 78-year-old man in Bedfordshire.

The man was walking his dog in Wardown Park, Luton, when the boy assaulted him in December.

The victim was taken to hospital in a serious condition. He's still suffering from the effects of the attack.

The boy pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm without intent and was sentenced to eight months in a Young Offender Institution.

“This was an unprovoked attack on an elderly man in broad daylight.

We worked closely with the community to identify the boy responsible and bring him to justice, and I would like to thank those who came forward to assist us.

We are pleased that the boy has admitted his involvement which has brought some closure to the victim who is still recovering from his injuries.”

– Detective Sergeant Tom Hamm

Report: Mistake put passenger plane on collision course with another aircraft at Luton Airport

Luton Airport. Credit: PA

An official report says a mistake by an air traffic controller put a passenger plane leaving Luton Airport on a collision course with another aircraft.

When the Airbus A319 was given an instruction to climb to 5,000ft it came within 100 feet vertically and four miles horizontally of a similar aircraft last September.

The airlines involved haven't been named.


Man who was arrested at Luton Airport charged with terrorism offences

Luton Airport. Credit: PA

A man who was arrested at Luton Airport having landed on a flight from Istanbul has been charged with terror offences.

Yahya Rashid, 19, of Willesden, north west London, is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court today, Scotland Yard said.

Officers from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command arrested Rashid at Luton Airport yesterday on suspicion of preparation of acts of terrorism under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006.

He was arrested as he entered the UK having landed on a flight from Istanbul.

Rashid was taken to a central London police station where he was charged today.

McBusted drummer Harry Judd opens new facilities at Luton Hospice

There were plenty of excited youngsters, parents and nurses too when pop star Harry Judd dropped into a Children's Hospice near Luton.

Harry, who's now part of McBusted, was at Keech Cottage to open some new and improved facilities for the hospice which has a place close to his heart.

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


Police hunt man who threatened member of staff with a gun at Luton casino

The man brandished a gun. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police are hunting an armed robber who raided a casino in Luton in what they describe as a "terrifying ordeal" for a member of staff .

A man wearing a black motorcycle helmet and brandishing a gun walked into Genting Casino in Skimpot Road at about 1.20am on Tuesday March 10.

He threatened a member of staff and ordered them to hand over a large amount of cash which he put into a black rucksack.

The robber was wearing dark clothing and black gloves with thick orange stripes across the knuckles. He got away on a motorbike.

The robber was wearing dark clothing and black gloves with thick orange stripes across the knuckles. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

“This was a terrifying ordeal for the member of staff who was in genuine fear for their life.

The offender’s gloves and bag are quite distinctive and I would urge anyone who recognises them, or has any information as to who is responsible, to call police.”

– Detective Constable Rachel Lydon, Bedfordshire Police

Man charged with the murder of Luton man Marcus Hall

Marcus Hall. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man has been charged with the murder of a man in Luton 14 years ago.

18-year-old Marcus Hall was beaten and stabbed to death in March 2001.

Adebayo Ekun was arrested in Nigeria last month and was extradited back to the UK.

He's now been charged with Marcus Hall's murder and will appear in court today.

Seven men have been convicted in 2002/3 for the part they played in his murder.

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