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Teenager suffers serious injuries in dog attack

File picture: a Staffordshire bull terrier similar to the one involved in Sunday's attack Credit: PA Wire

Police are appealing for witnesses after a dog attacked a teenage boy in a busy park in Luton on Sunday, 2 October.

The victim was with friends in the park located between Hibbert Street, Albert Road and New Town Street.

A dog ran up to the boy and bit his left arm before running towards his owner. The victim sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The dog is described as fully grown, brown Staffordshire bull terrier.

PC James Loi said: “The owner of the dog is a man but unfortunately the victim has not been able to give us any further details as to his description, so we are appealing for the public's help in identifying him."

Newspaper which only publishes 'good news' launches in Luton

StandUp Luton will only publish 'good news' Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new newspaper which will only publish good news is being launched in Luton.

It's the idea of Editor Shaz Zaman whose group 'Stand up Luton' are fed up of the negative image of the town.

It is being given out for free and funded entirely by donations.

The Editor of StandUp Luton, Shaz Zaman (right) Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The conception that people have of our town of being a hotbed of extremism, gangs, violence, there's people sitting at home saying yeah, I'm fed up of people really having a go at my town. This is a vehicle for people to be able to come around, to know that there are people who want to do good."

– Shaz Zaman, Editor


Luton based Monarch secures operating licence within hours of deadline

Monarch's base in Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton based Monarch Airlines has negotiated a twelve day extension to its operating licence with the Civil Aviation Authority within hours of its deadline.

The company which employs nearly 3,000 people at its base at Luton Airport had until midnight (30th September/1st October) to reach an agreement to extend its ATOL licence if it was to continue selling package holidays.

The airline thanked the CAA and says it's also secured new funding and is close to announcing the largest investment in its 48 year history.

Monarch now has until October 12th to secure its funding, then it's likely it will have its licence renewed for the usual twelve months.

I am delighted that we have been able to come to an agreement with the CAA on the extension of Monarch's ATOL licence and am excited about the additional capital coming into the group which will help us fund our future growth. I am immensely proud of the professionalism of the Monarch team.

– Andrew Swaffield, Chief Executive Officer of The Monarch Group

Monarch continues to fly and says it looks forward to welcoming customers onboard.

Driver jailed after crash that killed 15-year-old passenger

Wanessa Lewandowska died in the crash. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A driver who was refusing to stop for police, crashed at high speed into a shop front in Luton, killing a teenaged girl travelling in the back of his car.

A court heard that during the police chase the girl, Wanessa Lewandowska, and another passenger were screaming at Michael Fludgate to slow down or stop.

But he ignored their pleas and reached speeds of 80 mph in a 20 mph area, took off when he hit a speed hump, and crashed into a tv repair shop.

Wanessa, a 15 year old student who wanted to work with children, was pronounced dead at the scene in High Town Road, Luton, Beds, on Aug 9 this year.

Fludgate was seriously injured and airlifted to hospital and a 24 year old man in the front decamped, but later went to police. He had also been seriously injured.

During the sentencing hearing at Luton Crown Court a seven minute dvd was played of Wanessa's life, from a baby to a stunning teenager, set to the song 'My Heart Must Go On'. The public gallery was packed with her family and friends who had asked for it to be played.

She had come to the UK from northern Poland 12 years ago and had been devastated by the death of her father four years ago, the court was told.

Fludgate, 20 pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death while uninsured and causing death while unlicenced.

He was sentenced to eight years custody, banned from driving for four years after his release and will have to take an extended driving test.

A look back at the first 40 years of Monarch Airlines

As rumors continue over the future of Luton-based airline Monarch ITV News Anglia takes a look back into the archives to when they celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2008.

Rewind to April 1968 and the airlines first passengers were getting ready to begin a journey they would never forget.

Monarch needs to renew operating licence

The Luton based airline Monarch must renew its operating licence this week to continue selling package holidays, a regulator has said.

The firm was forced to deny "negative speculation" over the weekend that it is in financial trouble.

It is part of the government-backed Atol scheme, which compensates travellers in full and ensures they are not stranded if a holiday company collapses.

The UK's specialist aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, said Monarch's Atol licence expires on Friday and if it is not renewed it will be unable to sell package holidays.

Holidaymakers currently abroad or due to travel after Friday would still be protected if the licence is not renewed as the scheme is dependent on when a trip is booked rather than when it takes place.

Monarch's owner is in talks with several interested parties about a potential takeover of the carrier as it prepares to throw it a multimillion-pound lifeline.

Over the weekend there has been negative speculation about Monarch's financial health.

Our flights and holidays are operating as normal, carrying Monarch customers as scheduled.

To weather tougher market conditions and to fund its ongoing growth, Monarch expects to announce a significant investment from its stakeholders in the coming days.

– Monarch


Man jailed following stabbing in Bedford pub

Daniel Chandler who has been jailed for stabbing a man at a pub in Bedford Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been sentenced to five years in prison after stabbing a man in Bedford in March.

Daniel Chandler, 20, of Newnham Avenue, Bedford, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm (GBH) and possession of a knife, after he stabbed a man in the George and Dragon pub.

The man was stabbed in the neck and taken to hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Detective Constable Gemma Johnson, said

“There is no excuse for possessing a knife and I hope that this case serves as a stark message to young people that no good can come of carrying one.”

– DC Gemma Johnson, Beds Police

Sixteen detained after lorry found with immigrants on M1

16 people have been detained after migrants were found in a lorry. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Sixteen people have been detained after police received reports of immigrants in a lorry travelling on the M1 near Luton.

The vehicle was stopped on the motorway on Thursday afternoon.

Bedfordshire Police said: "We were called at approximately 2.55pm by Hertfordshire Constabulary after receiving reports of immigrants in a lorry heading towards Bedfordshire on the M1 northbound.

"A number of officers attended and detained 16 people after the lorry was stopped just before junction 11.

"The ambulance service is in attendance and will be taking some people to hospital as a precaution before they are taken to custody."

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