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Commuters continue to face disruption due to fault at Luton

Train delays at Luton railway station Credit: ITV News Anglia

Commuters are facing a third day of disruption on the trains in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Network Rail engineers are still trying to fix damaged signalling equipment at Luton.

There's delays of up to 90 minutes on Thameslink services between Bedford and Brighton and Luton and Sutton.

The rail operator says there's a severely limited service across the entire network until further notice and a revised service between St Pancras and Bedford.

Normal service has now resumed on East Midlands train services.

Luton shooting: pictures from the scene

A number of police cars are currently at the site on Tracey Court in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia
The area has been cordoned off Credit: ITV News Anglia
The shooting happened just off Hibbert street in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia
A number of police vans are at the site in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia


Man dies after being shot by police in Luton

A 24-year-old man died after being shot by a police officer in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 24-year-old man died after being shot by a police officer in Luton.

Police were called at around 1.30pm to reports of a woman being assaulted at a property in Tracey Court, just off Hibbert Street.

Armed officers also attended and during the incident a 24-year-old man was shot by an officer.

The man was treated at the scene by officers and paramedics and then taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 2.50pm. Next of kin have been informed.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and investigators have been sent to the scene and to the hospital to make some initial enquiries.

“First and foremost our thoughts are very much with the family of the man involved in this tragic incident.

“The IPCC has been informed, as is standard protocol when someone has died following police contact, and as such it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this stage."

– Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, Bedfordshire Police

More details to follow.

Police renew witness appeal over Luton shooting

Police forensics teams at the scene of the shooting in Dallow Road, Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses and information into a shooting in Luton last week.

The incident took place last Tuesday at around 1am in Dallow Road when a fight broke out at a party and shots were fired.

A man was found to have suffered a gunshot wound. He was treated at hospital for serious injuries which were not life-threatening.

“As a result of the incident we understand people will feel unsettled and so would reassure them that we believe the shooting to be an isolated incident contained within a party or gathering which was taking place at the time, and do not perceive there to be any wider risk to the public."

– Sergeant Mark Pugh

Luton and Dunstable Hospital among worst for food hygiene

The hospital was rated one out of a possible five Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Luton and Dunstable hospital has been named as one of the worst in the country for food hygiene.

The hospital says better management procedures were required, but there were no immediate concerns over the safety of food.

A full action plan has already been put in place to ensure improvements are made.

It is important to stress that there were no immediate concerns regarding the safety of the food being served.

However, it outlined a requirement for management procedures to be improved. An action plan to ensure a fully compliant service has already been put in place with the service provider, Engie.

Engie and the Trust would like to reassure patients, the public, visitors and employees that food safety is of paramount importance and that all food prepared at the hospital is safe and of good quality

– Luton and Dunstable Hospital and Engie (food supplier)

EasyJet pilots call off strike over staff fatigue

In September, members of pilots' union BALPA had voted overwhelmingly in favour of action. Credit: PA

Pilots for Luton-based airline easyJet have called off a strike over concerns they were too tired to fly.

More than 90% of union members voted to take industrial action in September.

But following talks a fresh vote saw 68% back a new offer.

They've now reached an agreement with bosses to deliver improvements to pilots lifestyles.

Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said the deal reached with the airline was 'a positive outcome for Balpa and easyJet.


Man shot in Luton in 'large-scale disturbance'

A man was shot and wounded in a 'large-scale disurbance' in Luton on Monday night. Credit: Google Street View

Police say a man was shot and wounded during what officers described as a "large-scale disturbance" in Luton in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

It happened in Dallow Road in the town at 1.30 am.

Police found one man had suffered what is believed to be a gunshot injury.

He was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital where he is being treated for a serious injuries which are not thought to be life threatening.

Dallow Road is closed while investigations are carried out and a scene guard is in place around a property in the road and at a small section of the car park of a nearby school where the victim was found.

Vauxhall opens Europe's largest police car factory in Luton

Video report from ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

The largest police car factory of its kind in Europe has opened at Vauxhall's manufacturing plant in Luton.

The site will convert around 2,500 ordinary cars and vans a year into emergency service vehicles.

The vehicles will be used by police, fire and ambulance crews across the UK.

Everything is done in-house - including the addition of high-vis markings, blue lights and sirens.

"We are the only vehicle manufacturer in the world that can produce a police vehicle from start to scratch and in house.

"90% of our components are sourced locally, predominantly around the Luton area as well, so it's great for employment.

"it's great for the British economy as well."

– Dick Ellam, Vauxhall

Pair arrested at Luton Airport 'attempted to fly to Syria'

Officers suspect the man and woman were trying to fly to Syria. Credit: PA

A man and woman have been arrested at Luton Airport after they were suspected of attempting to fly to Syria.

The pair, both aged 35, were quizzed by officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command yesterday (26 October).

Police confirmed the arrests were for terror offences related to suspected travel to Syria.

The man remains in custody while the woman has been bailed.

Officers are also investigating a home in Luton today.

"Officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command have arrested two people, a man and a woman, both aged 35, on suspicion of the preparation of terrorists act contrary to section 5 of Terrorism Act 2006.

"The pair were arrested after being stopped at Luton Airport on Wednesday, 26 October.

"The man remains in custody; the woman has been bailed pending further enquiries. The arrests are related to suspected travel to Syria."

– Metropolitan Police spokesman
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