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Campaign to clean up Luton as fly-tipping soars

Volunteers have taken to the street of Luton to clear up litter. Credit: ITV News Anglia

In 2015-16 it cost nearly £7 million in the Anglia region clearing up litter and fly-tipped waste.

It was particularly bad in Luton where there were more than 4,500 incidents of illegal rubbish dumping which is a 75% increase in four years.

It cost almost £400,000 to clean up, so on the launch of the Great British Spring Clean, volunteers across the town have been taking part in a Luton-wide litter pick.

  • Watch a video report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey

Luton Carnival: three men guilty of violent disorder

Fights broke out in St George's Square after the carnival had finished last May

Three men have been convicted of causing violence and disorder at the Luton Carnival last year.

Fights broke out in St George's Square on Sunday 29 May, after the carnival had finished.

Four people were taken to hospital with stab wounds and several others were injured.

Nathan Kiasala, 20, and Jason Kiasala, 18, both from Luton, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon, and violent disorder.

Daniel Idiabeta, 19, and also from Luton, was found guilty of violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.

They're due to be sentenced on 24 September.

This has been a complex investigation into what was completely unacceptable behaviour.

I hope this sends a stark reminder to others that we will not tolerate those who wish to bring harm to our communities, they will be caught and made to pay for their actions.

– Detective Inspector Iain Morgan

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Police investigate shooting incident in Luton

Police are investigating an incident in Luton in which a gun was believed to have been fired. Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating an incident in Luton in which a gun was believed to have been fired.

Police were called to reports of the sound of gunfire in the Biscot Road area of Luton on Friday 17 February.

It’s believed that disorder broke out in Kennington Road before moving to the car park of the Biscot Mill pub. The people involved dispersed before officers arrived.

It’s believed that disorder broke out in Kennington Road before moving to the car park of the Biscot Mill pub in Luton. Credit: Google Street View

No-one was believed to be injured in the incident and no arrests have yet been made, however an axe was recovered from the scene.

“We believe that shots were fired during an altercation between a group of men, and we’re appealing for anyone who witnessed the disorder to get in touch.

“We take firearms criminality very seriously and will not tolerate gun crime in our community."

– Det Con James Mirza, Bedfordshire Police
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