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Man seriously injured in 'road rage' assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured in an assault in Luton.

The victim was assaulted following a disagreement with another driver in Beechwood Road at about 8.55am on Friday.

He needed hospital treatment for his injuries.

Detective Constable Tracey Joyce, investigating, said: “This appears to have been a ‘road rage’ incident in which the victim has sustained serious facial injuries.

"I would urge anyone who witnessed the assault to call police."

Radical Islamist from Luton 'killed' in Syria drone strike

Abu Rahin Aziz may have been killed in Syria. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A radical Islamist from Luton who fled the country to join Isis has been killed in an airstrike, according to unconfirmed reports.

Abu Rahin Aziz skipped bail and left the UK after he was sentenced to 36 weeks in jail for attacking a football fan in London.

It's now been suggested that he died in an American drone strike in Syria over the weekend.

The Foreign Office told ITV News Anglia that they can't yet confirm the reports because they don't have any representatives in Syria.

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Police confirm member of Luton family was stopped at airport the day before 'Syria exit'

The family. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have revealed that they stopped a member of the family of 12 from Luton that are feared to have fled to Syria, just a day before they left the UK.

One of the party was stopped at Heathrow Airport and was the subject of an examination, but wasn't arrested.

As that was going on, a search was simultaneously carried out at the family's home address on Spencer Road in Luton.

Spencer Road in Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

However, officers say that didn't find anything that suggested the family were about to travel to Syria so they allowed them to travel the next day without intervening.

The party had initially travelled to Bangladesh from Heathrow via Istanbul on 10 April.

They flew back to Istanbul on 11 May and were due to fly back to Heathrow on 14 May.

However they failed to return and were reported missing by a relative in Luton on 17 May.

Police say they still can't be sure if the family did travel to Syria.

Six Bedfordshire Police officers to be investigated over death of man in custody

Istiak Yusuf. Credit: Family photo

Six Bedfordshire Police officers are being investigated over the death of a man in custody last month.

25-year-old Istiak Yusuf died at Luton Police Station after "falling ill".

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an inquiry into the adequacy of the searches carried out.

"Since Mr Yusuf's death we have met with Mr Yusuf's wife and family several times to update them on the progress of our investigation.

At this early stage our investigation is focussing on the adequacy of searches conducted when Mr Yusuf was arrested and later booked into custody. We have served misconduct notices on three Bedfordshire Police constables and two sergeants to inform them that they are being investigated in respect of the searches.

A Custody Detention Officer is also being investigated in respect of a check conducted on Mr Yusuf during his time in custody, and who has been served with a gross misconduct notice."

– Guido Liguori, IPCC Associate Commissioner


Fears missing Luton family of 12 'may have fled to Syria'

The family. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police have confirmed they're investigating the disappearance of a missing family of 12 from Luton, who they fear may have fled to Syria.

The family, including a baby and two grandparents, have not been seen since May after visiting their home country of Bangladesh and are thought to have stopped in Turkey on their way home.

They were were reported missing by a relative in Luton on 17 May.

The family in full

  • Muhammed Abdul Mannan, 75
  • Minera Khatun, 53
  • Rajia Khanom, 21
  • Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25
  • Mohammed Toufique Hussain, 19
  • Mohammed Abil Kashem Saker, 31
  • Sheida Khanam, 27
  • Mohammed Saleh Hussain, 26
  • Roshanara Begum, 24
  • Three children, aged between one and 11

Officers say there's a suggestion they may have travelled to Syria, although they can't yet be certain.

“We are devastated by the disappearance of these 12 and are very concerned for their safety.

This is completely out of character and we are very worried of the danger they may now be in.

Muhammed Abdul Mannan is elderly and both he and Minera Khatun have health issues.

This just does not make any sense. We can only think they have been tricked into going there, it is no place for elderly or young people.

We would urge any of them to please make contact with us or the police to let us know they are ok.”

– Family statement

Pictures of the family (three of the four sons)

31-year-old Mohammed Saker. Credit: Bedfordshire Police
19-year-old Mohammed Hussain. Credit: Bedfordshire Police
Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Men arrested after violence in Luton town centre

Men have been arrested after scenes of violence in Luton last night.

Police were called to St George's Square in the town centre at 7.50pm last night (Sunday).

A number of men were arrested on suspicion of affray offences.

Another man then approached officers and produced a weapon, before being quickly detained.

No-one was believed to be injured in the incident and those arrested have been taken to police custody for further questioning.

The incident is not currently being treated as terror related.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police on 101.

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