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Police release CCTV image in Luton armed robbery investigation

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

Police have issued CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with two armed robberies at hotels in Luton.

On Monday May 15, cash was stolen from the Luton Hotel Residence in Chapel Street during a robbery at about 11pm.

At 6am today (Thursday), more cash was stolen in a second raid at the Easy Jet hotel in Guildford Street.

Police believe the robberies are linked and want to identify a man caught on CCTV cameras.

Man repeatedly kicked in the head outside Luton pub

Police are hoping these men will be able to help their investigation. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have released CCTV images of two people they think might be able to tell them more about an attack in Luton which left a man with life-threatening injuries.

The incident happened outside The White House pub in St George's Square on on Sunday 21 May.

The victim was punched to the floor and repeatedly kicked in the head following an argument between a group of men.

This was a very nasty assault which has left the victim in a critical condition following a series of strikes to his head.

I am really keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time who witnessed the assault or anyone who can help us identify the men in the CCTV. If you have any information help our investigation then please do get in touch.

– Detective Inspector Andy Southam, Bedfordshire Police


New appeal for information after Luton shooting

Credit: PA

Police are renewing their appeal for information exactly one month on from the shooting of a man outside an address in Whipperley Ring Road, Luton.

Officers are particularly keen to hear from any witnesses who may have been in the Whipperley Ring area on Monday 24 April at around 3.30pm.

It is suspected the shot was fired from a vehicle believed to be an Audi A3 or S3, ‘scuba blue’ in colour, and manufactured between 2013 and 2016.

The offence took place on the opposite side of the road to the PACE Garage on Whipperley Ring Road. One man was taken to hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries, but is now continuing his recovery.

  • Speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  • Speak to detectives from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit by calling us on 101, quoting Operation Bane.

Peace vigil in Luton shows solidarity with Manchester terror victims

People have gathered in the centre of Luton for this evening's peace vigil in solidarity with the victims of Manchester's terror attack.

The Bedfordshire town was among a number a places around the region to organise events to show support for the city where 22 people - including a number of children - were killed at a music concert last night.

People attending the vigil in Luton this evening. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two Luton men jailed after joyriding with a shotgun

Nadeem Niaz (left) and Irfan Khan (right) Credit: Bedfordshire police

Two Luton men have been sentenced to a combined total of more than 10 years after they were stopped by police while driving in a stolen car with a loaded shotgun in Bedfordshire.

23-year old Irfan Khan was detained at the scene, while 23-year old Nadeem Niaz, was later arrested following a police warrant.

Niaz pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon and an offence of aggravated taking of a vehicle without the owner’s consent. Irfan Khan faced trial and was found guilty of both offences.

During the trial the court heard that Niaz and Khan had entered the home of someone with a serious medical condition, who often left their back door insecure in case of an emergency.

The pair stole car keys and began joyriding in the vehicle.

"Niaz and Khan’s reckless offending no doubt had a serious impact on their victim by putting them through the additional ordeal of an investigation and court case. The fact they took with them a loaded shotgun on their joyride suggests they had serious criminal intent. Firearms criminality will not be tolerated in Bedfordshire and I am pleased that the courts have recognised the severity of their actions, serving up a significant jail term for the both of them.”

– Detective Constable Matt Stonnell

Irfan Khan was sentenced to a total of five and a half years imprisonment. Nadeem Niaz, who had pleaded guilty, was sentenced to five years.


Infected woman backs calls for Hepatitis C inquiry

Sharon Moore was infected with Hepatitis C in 1987. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman from Luton who was infected with Hepatitis C during a blood transfusion is supporting a call for a public inquiry.

Sharon Moore received contaminated blood in 1987 and is one of hundreds of people who contracted the disease at that time.

The former Health Secretary Andy Burnham has backed a fresh investigation - saying the scandal has 'echos of Hillsborough'.

"This needs a full and thorough Hillsborough-style inquiry," she told ITV News Anglia.

"Why should we be silenced? We've been very wronged. At the end of the day, I was an NHS patient who was in an NHS hospital given contaminated NHS blood."

Police appeal for help tracing missing man from Luton

Prabdeep Sidhu was last seen on Friday 28th April at 6pm Credit: Bedfordshire police

Bedfordshire police are appealing for help finding a man who has gone missing from Luton.

Prabdeep Sidhu, 42, was reported missing from his home in Luton at around 6pm on Friday 28th April.

  • Described as slim
  • Black hair
  • 5' 4" tall
  • Wearing black shirt and blue jeans
  • Was driving a black Volkswagon Golf

Anyone who sees Prabdeep or believes they may have information which can help officers to locate him is asked to call police on 101.

Appeal for information following suspected drive-by shooting

The offence took place on the opposite side of the road to the PACE Garage on Whipperley Ring Road.

Police are continuing to appeal for information following a suspected drive-by shooting in Luton.

Officers were called to Whipperley Ring Road on Monday (24 April) around 3.30pm.

The victim was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Police believe the shot was fired from a vehicle, thought to be an Audi A3, ‘scuba blue’ in colour, and manufactured between 2013 and 2016.

We have a team of detectives thoroughly investigating what we understand has been a concerning incident for the community of Luton, especially given the fact that the shooting took place when numerous children were making their way home from school. We would like to reassure the public that based on our investigation we feel strongly that this was a targeted attack.

With this in mind, it’s likely that some in the community hold information which can help bring those responsible to justice, helping us to crackdown on firearms criminality.

– Det Insp Alan Page, Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit

More Flydo than Fido: Airline names most frequent flying dog

Frequent flyer - Joey the guide dog

A Labrador has been named easyJet's most frequent flying dog after taking his 35th flight.

Guide dog Joey mainly flies between Luton airport and Paphos in Cyprus with owner Jan Gibson and her husband Roger.

Mrs Gibson said: ""Joey enjoys flying and will usually sleep at my feet through most of the flight, although he does go for a walk halfway through."

The Luton-based airline does not allow animals on its flights, apart from guide and assistance dogs.

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