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Two terror arrests made in Luton

Two men aged 37 and 61 have been arrested on suspicion of supporting terrorism.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) made the arrests under Schedule 5 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The men are being held at a police station in Bedfordshire.

The arrests have been made under the Police and criminal Evidence Act (PACE) and are in relation to suspicion of supporting a proscribed organisation.

Nine jailed for their part in drug ring

A judge at Luton Crown Court has sentenced nine men to a total of more than eighty eight years in prison, for their part in a Class A drugs ring.

They were arrested in 2013 after police seized £5 million pounds worth of cocaine, at locations in the south east of England.

Some of the drugs had been hidden in tins of fruit, and shipped on a lorry from France.


New misconduct notices over custody death

Leon Briggs

Four officers with Bedfordshire Police are facing additional gross misconduct notices over the death of a man in police custody.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the death of 39-year-old Leon Briggs, who died after being taken to Luton police station in November last year.

Five police officers, and a police detention officer are under criminal investigation. The IPCC says a second detention officer is no longer being investigated.

Police revisit park where elderly man attacked

Police have been in a park in Luton this afternoon appealing for witnesses to an attack which left an elderly man with a fractured jaw and a bleed to the brain.

The assault happened in Wardown Park Credit: ITV News Anglia

Officers handed out leaflets in Wardown Park, where the pensioner was assaulted while walking his dog near the lake. It happened last Saturday afternoon, the 5th of December, between 1pm and 4pm.

The victim is still in hospital, in a critical but stable condition. Detectives want anyone with information to contact them.

"This was a very serious assault and we are asking anybody who was in Wardown Park between 1pm and 4pm to contact us if they saw this incident, or three Asian youths in the park before or after the attack took place."

– Det Sgt Tom Hamm, Bedfordshire Police

Luton mother jailed for promoting terror on Facebook

Runa Khan pictured outside Kingston Crown Court in July. Credit: PA

A mother-of-six from Luton has been jailed for five years and three months after admitting promoting terrorism on Facebook.

Runa Khan posted pictures of a suicide vest, and of her children holding weapons and Jihadi material.

The 35-year-old also talked on WhatsApp about how she was desperate to travel to Syria and told Muslim women to urge male relatives to go and fight.

Luton primary schools the worst in the country for SATs results, according to new report

Luton primary schools are the worst in the country for SATs results. Credit: PA

Luton primary schools are the worst in the country for SATs results with nearly a third of pupils failing to achieve the required level for reading, writing, and maths.

Figures from the Department of Education show that nationally results are up with 79% of pupils achieving a level 4, compared to 75% last year.

But parts of our region are still lagging behind. Luton, Bedford and Peterborough are below the national average while Norfolk and Suffolk are also struggling.


124 plants found at cannabis factory in Luton

One of the rooms filled with cannabis plants. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

124 cannabis plants have been found at an address in Luton. Police were called to a property in Windsor Walk after reports about a cannabis factory.

Once inside, officers found three rooms filled with cannabis plants, specialist lighting and watering systems. In total 124 plants were seized at different levels of maturity. Enquiries are continuing to trace the offenders.

The raid follows 30 cannabis plants being discovered in a property in Luton on Tuesday.

Police search for teenagers after elderly man attacked

Police are searching for three teenagers after a pensioner was seriously assaulted in a park in Luton.

The 78 year old man was walking his dog near the lake in Wardown Park on Saturday afternoon when the attack happened.

One of the teenagers is described as a dark skinned Asian male, about 16 years old, skinny with long hair on top and short on the side, about five feet seven inches, or1.7 metres, tall. He was with two other Asian youths of around 15-17 years old. It is believed that they may have been in the park prior to the assault by as much as an hour and may have been by the ice cream stand.

“The victim is in a stable condition in hospital having suffered a fractured jaw and a bleed to the brain. This was a very serious assault and we are asking anybody who was in Wardown Park between 1pm and 4pm to contact us if they saw this incident or the three Asian youths in the park before or after the attack took place.”

– Detective Sergeant Tom Hamm

Extra police to patrol parts of Luton after shooting

Police have been carrying out a search of the area Credit: ITV News Anglia

Extra police officers are patrol this weekend in parts of Luton after a man was shot outside a supermarket.

The victim in his twenties was shot at in Axe Close on the evening of December 4th. Staff there say he ran inside for cover. He suffered minor injuries.

Police believe he was targeted deliberately but are increasing patrols in the area to reassure the public.

The shooting follows two other violent incidents in the town earlier in the week. Eleven teenagers have so far been charged with various offences.

Extra patrols are being drafted in this weekend Credit: ITV News Anglia

The investigation is being led by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit.

"We believe this was a targeted attack and it is only down to sheer luck that the victim was not killed or seriously injured.I would urge anyone who has any information about this incident to call us. If people are concerned about giving their details, they can provide information anonymously through Crimestoppers. Any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, could prove vital in catching those responsible."

– Detective Inspector Fraser Wylie

"We are taking the shooting and other recent violent incidents in Luton very seriously and have dedicated teams of officers working on the investigations. These are being treated as isolated, targeted incidents between groups of people known to each other. They are not random attacks and we do not believe the wider public are at risk of harm. We have an increased number of officers deployed in the area to reassure the public and reduce the risk of further incidents taking place. People should not be alarmed at the sight of extra officers in their community this weekend.We are working closely with partner agencies and community leaders to address issues within these communities to prevent further incidents."

– Chief Inspector Mark Upex
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