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Holiday firm cancels all flights to Tunisia

Luton-based Thomson Holidays has issued a statement on yesterday's terror attack in Sousse, Tunisia. The firm said it was cancelling all flights to the country for the next week.

Thomson Holidays Credit: PA

Thomson and First Choice can confirm that the RIU Imperial Marhaba and the RIU Bellevue, which were involved in the terrorist events in Tunisia are part of our holiday programme.

While the situation on the ground remains fluid, we have had confirmation that a number of the fatalities and injuries are Thomson and First Choice customers. We are working closely with the local authorities and government to confirm the exact details of those affected.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the friends and families of those involved in this tragic event.

We are actively working with the families and friends affected to provide support in resort and a special assistance team is en route to Tunisia to assist our customers.

The whole of Thomson and First Choice are deeply shocked and truly saddened by the events and we are grateful to our staff on the ground and the emergency services who are working hard in an incredibly challenging environment.

Due to this terrible tragedy,Thomson and First Choice are repatriating customers staying in Port El Kantaoui and Sousse.

Ten Thomson Airways flights have travelled to Tunisia to repatriate Thomson and First Choice customers and additional flights will be added today and tomorrow to accommodate those wishing to return to the UK.

We will also be cancelling all Thomson and First Choice holidays to Tunisia for the next week.

Amendments can be made to bookings on holidays to Tunisia until 24th July and we are scheduling three extra flights to Cape Verde, Rhodes and Gran Canaria for customers wishing to change their holidays.

– Thomson Holidays

Anyone with concerns about friends and families should call 0800 0885372.

Luton couple given jail sentences for animal cruelty

Credit: RSPCA

A couple from Luton have been jail sentences after allowing one of their dogs to attack another so badly he died.

Lisa Dolor and Dwain Warrington pleaded guilty to charges under the Animal Welfare Act.

Warrington admitted causing unnecessary suffering to Tyson, a young male black mastiff, by housing him in circumstances which allowed him to be attacked by another dog. He was sentenced to 16 week custodial sentence.

Dolor admitted not meeting the needs of Tyson and was given a 16 prison sentence, suspended for a year. They were both banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

"It is the owner's responsibility to make sure their animals are safe at all times, and are not at risk. Yet Tyson had neglectfully been left in danger, despite previous warnings and advice given by us, and local dog wardens from Luton Borough Council, to keep the dogs apart when unsupervised.On its own this would have been a tragic accident, but this was the second time we have been called to this address and the second time a dog has been killed. We have to make sure this doesn't happen again.

– RSPCA inspector Stephanie Law

'Britain First' leaders to attend Luton march after bid to stop them is rejected

A previous march from 'Britain First'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Britain First' leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen will be able to attend a demonstration by the far-right group in Luton today after Bedfordshire Police failed in their bid to stop them from coming to the town.

The force had applied for an injunction, but it was rejected by the High Court yesterday.

An interim civil injunction was handed down though which means that Golding and Fransen won't be able to display banners which incite racial hatred and must stick to a designated route.

They will be able to make speeches and take part in the march however.

Injunction obtained against Britain First

Picture from previous Britain First march.

Bedfordshire Police has obtained an interim civil injunction against Britain First organisers Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen.

The ruling was made at the High Court in London earlier today.

However the court has ruled that both organisers will be able to attend Luton for the planned demonstration tomorrow.

The injunction bans either Paul Golding or Jayda Fransen (either by themselves or by instructing or encouraging or giving permission to any other person) from:

  • Entering any mosque or Islamic Cultural Centre or its private grounds within England or Wales without prior written invitation.
  • Publishing, distributing or displaying, or causing to be published, distributed or displayed any words or images, whether electronic or otherwise which having regard to all the circumstances are likely to stir up religious and/or racial hatred.
  • Using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour thereby causing harassment, alarm or distress to any person.
  • Carrying or displaying in Luton on Saturday, 27 June, at or in connection with the march by 'Britain First' any banner or sign with the words 'No More Mosques', or similar words or words to like effect.

Police were also given the power of arrest should either party breach any of the terms of the injunction.

A full hearing will be held at a later date.


Long delays on M1 in Luton after van and lorry crash

The M1 is closed northbound between junctions 10 and 11. Credit: Beds, Cambs & Herts Roads Policing Unit

There are severe delays on the M1 in Bedfordshire following an crash between a van and a lorry. The road is closed northbound between junction 10 for Luton Airport and junction 11 for Luton and Dunstable.

The Highways Agency is warning motorists to avoid the area and allow extra time for their journey.

Those travelling to Luton airport are affected as there are significant delays on the diversion routes and traffic is queuing back to junction 7 for St Albans.

The M1 is closed northbound between junctions 10 and 11. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Police and Highways England Traffic Officers are currently at the scene dealing with the incident.

The motorway is likely to remain closed for some time while a police investigation is carried out. The M1 will fully reopen as soon as it is safe to do so."

– Highways Agency

Police investigate gun incident at Luton house

Bedfordshire police are investigating an incident where a gun was fired in a house in Luton. No-one was hurt but there was damage to the house.

The incident happened in Douglas Road at about 4pm on Tuesday 23 June.

Police would like to speak to two men seen in the area at the time.

The men were described as black and of slim build; one of the men was wearing a dark-coloured thick winter coat, while the other wore dark clothing and a bright blue cap with a peak.

The firearms incident happened in Douglas Road at about 4pm on Tuesday 23 June. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“We are currently treating this as an isolated incident and would reassure the community that we are thoroughly investigating this offence. Thankfully no-one was injured.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time or who knows anything about this incident to get in touch.”

– PC Emma Cook, Bedfordshire Police

Court injunction bid to curb far-right march in Luton

The right-wing Britain First group is planning a demonstration in Luton on Saturday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Conditions have been imposed on a demonstration in Luton by the right-wing Britain First organisation to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum on Saturday.

Bedfordshire police has served notice on organisers giving them strict guidelines on where the protest can take place and restricting any further procession or movement in the town.

The force has also sought an application for an injunction under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Disorder Act 2014 which will be heard at the High Court on Friday. If successful, this injunction will place restrictions on the behaviour of Britain First organisers.

"We respect the right for peaceful protest however, must also be mindful of the impact on our communities. As a result we have decided to place restrictions on the procession to ensure we recognise and meet the needs of all parties affected.

"There will be a police presence in the town on the day and we hope the event is peaceful."

– Chief Superintendent David Boyle, Bedfordshire Police
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