A registered sex offender has been jailed for four years after travelling to Luton with the intention of meeting a child to sexually abuse them.
Andrew Burnside, 46, from Holly Road, Handsworth, Birmingham pleaded guilty to arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.
He was issued with a seven-year extended sentence comprised of four years in jail and an additional three years on extended licence. He will also have to sign the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.
Burnside, a registered sex offender following a conviction last year of making indecent images of children, for which he was given a three-year community order, had been communicating with people over the internet and made plans to travel to Luton with the intention of abusing a child and a baby.
"Burnside was a clear threat to the public and has a history of sexual abuse. Although acknowledging that his behaviour was wrong, his actions were clear and he had to save money to make the trip to Luton, while lying to his partner about his plans."
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Luton based easyJet's seen its profits nosedive by 17 per cent after taking a hit from the weak pound.
Bosses say it's been a difficult year for the industry as the company announced pre-tax profits of £408 million, down from almost £500 million the year before.
But easyJet say it performed well in the final three months because of Ryanair's problems with flight cancellations.
Trading in this financial year is up though due to the recent collapse of Monarch airlines.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh may be celebrating their platinum anniversary, but they're not the only ones.
Edward and Lilias Stanbrook-Evans who now live in Norwich married in Luton in1947.
They took their vows as the Royal couple were married at Westminster Abbey.
"There hadn't been anything joyful for the last few years and this was something quite exciting."
A pedestrian has died following a collision with a car in Luton.
It happened at the exit to the Silver Street Car Park on Friday afternoon (10 November).
A man in his 30s has just left The Mall on Silver Street when he collided with a black Vauxhall Corsa.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Andrews on 101 quoting reference number 133 of 10 November, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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A family from Luton say they've devastated after their pet rabbit was mutilated in their back garden.
Amber Hunt found the body of Casper on Friday morning.
She'd had her head and both legs cut off.
Police are linking it to a series of attacks on domestic animals across London and the south east.
Around 250 animals are thought to have been killed in similarly violent fashion over the last two years.
A car park attendant has been attacked with a knife and left needing surgery following a robbery in Luton.
It happened yesterday morning in the car park of Co-Op on the corner of Biscot Road and Saxon Road.
The victim was approached by two men, one wielding a large kitchen knife, who assaulted him, leaving him unconscious and requiring surgery.
The suspects made off with a substantial amount of cash and the victim’s mobile phone.
One of the suspects is described as a white, in his mid-20s, slim, and with brown stubble. He was wearing a grey hooded top and blue jeans.
Detective Constable Brendan Street said: “This unprovoked robbery left the victim with nasty injuries.
"The incident happened at a busy time of the day and we understand a number of members of the public were in the area so we would urge anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch.”
- Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Street on 101 quoting reference C/48394/2017. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
The M1 has been closed both ways by a crash at Luton that's caused serious injury.
It happened between Junction 10 and 11.
Police say both carriageways had to be shut while an air ambulance was called in.
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