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Mother of murdered Luton teenager speaks out after sentencing

The mother of teenager from Luton who was murdered in 2001 has described the impact as "soul-destroying".

Six men have been convicted for the murder of Marcus Hall.

Adebayo Ekun pleaded guilty today for his his part in the brutal gang attack.

Marcus' mother Icelyn Wilson, said: “The impact of the death of my son Marcus, has been soul-destroying on me and my family.

“I have to cope with day-to-day life knowing that I will never get to see my son again.

“The impact on my immediate family, especially my other son who was 14 years old at the time of his brother’s death, and his sister who was nearly 16 years old, has been intensely sad.

“My then-14-year-old son would not speak or communicate with anyone and that has been very hard for me.

“My daughter has spoken freely about Marcus which has been a great help to both her and me.

“My other son was only two years old when Marcus was killed and therefore will never know his big brother and that will hurt me for the rest of my life.

“The death of Marcus will never leave me or my family – 14 years down the line and it still hurts as if it had happened yesterday and I will never get over it."


Wet summer and strong pound bring EasyJet a bumper August

EasyJet has had a bumper August Credit: ITV Anglia

Holidaymakers jetting off to take advantage of the strong pound and escape last month's rain helped EasyJet notch up a record August.

The Luton-based airline flew 7.1 million passengers last month after a surge of late bookings as Britons headed for destinations across Europe.

EasyJet upped its annual profit outlook to between #675 million and #700 million for the year to September 30 after the bumper August performance, which is set to see the group post its fifth year in a row of record annual pre-tax profits.

"People have realised that the strong pound against the euro is really making their money go further on holiday."<

– Paul Moore, EasyJet

The most popular destinations for sun-seekers were Malaga, Alicante, Faro and Palma, while Barcelona was also a top pick. The pound has surged against the euro over the past year due to economic woes across Europe and expectations of an interest rate hike in the UK.

The airline said bookings were made later this year after the beach terrorist attack in Tunisia in June and the uncertainty surrounding Greece.

Police in Luton dealing with 'suspicious incident'

Bedfordshire police say they are currently dealing with a suspicious incident in Brook Street in Luton.

A call was received at approximately 2.40pm this afternoon from a member of the public reporting there was a strange smell in the area and that a number of residents complained of feeling unwell.

While investigations are carried out residents in Brooks Street have been evacuated and several roads have been closed.

  • Brook Street
  • Hillside Road
  • Cromwell Road
  • New Bedford Road
  • Hucklesby Way


Dog attacked in Luton

Police are appealing for information after a dog was attacked by another dog on Warden Hills in Luton last Thursday (13 August).

A dog walker was walking on a path near the edge of the golf course when the 12-year-old Border Collie cross was attacked by a grey Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The injured dog had to be taken to a veterinary surgery for treatment and is still recovering from its injuries.

The incident is believed to have happened at about 10 o'clock in the morning.

Police shocked by 'incomprehensible' attack after father is jailed for killing his baby

Scarlet Stokes-Craig suffered a bleed on the brain. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A Luton father has been sentenced to seven years in jail for killing his vulnerable nine-week-old daughter.

Adam Stokes, 33, "violently mishandled" his baby Scarlet Stokes-Craig, causing a bleed on the brain, a court has previously heard.

He was sentenced at the Old Bailey today (August 11).

Police officers investigating the case have called the attack "incomprehensible" and say that it has left the family "devastated".

“This is a tragic case in which the young life of a baby girl was taken when she should have had her full life ahead of her. This incomprehensible attack has left the family naturally devastated and although no sentence can undo this horrific loss we hope it can go some way in giving them closure.

Adam was in a position of trust and should have protected his daughter. Violence against children will not be tolerated; we take any incident regarding the safety of a child very seriously and work hard to investigate any mistreatment to ensure culprits are brought to justice.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent

Luton father jailed for seven years for killing his baby daughter

Adam Stokes. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A Luton father has been sentenced to seven years in jail for killing his vulnerable nine-week-old daughter.

Last month Luton Crown Court heard 33-year-old Adam Stokes "violently mishandled" his baby Scarlet Stokes-Craig, causing a bleed on the brain.

Scarlet Stokes-Craig. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

"Whatever you did, it caused the death of Scarlett and you will have to live with the fact that you killed your daughter for the rest of your life. "

– Mrs Justice Maura McGowan

Scarlett was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital with head injuries and then transferred to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London the same day.

After staying in hospital for 10 days, life support was withdrawn on January 24, 2013.

Experts concluded that her injuries had been a result of Stokes mishandling Scarlett.

Athough Scarlet had been born with a birth defect, it had been corrected on surgery.

Trial date set in alleged terror plot

A man from Luton who's accused of planning a terrorist attack on American military personnel in Britain possibly at RAF Lakenheath or Mildenhall in Suffolk has been provisionally told he'll face trial in February.

Junead Ahmed Khan who's 24 is accused of intending to commit terrorist acts. It's also alleged that he planned to stage a car accident and run over a serviceman.

He appeared in court with his uncle Shazib Ahmed Khan who's 22. They're both charged with planning to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

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