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New Wizz Air base at Luton to create 36 new jobs

Wizz Air has been flying from Luton since 2004. Credit: PA

Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air has announced it is to open its first UK base at Luton Airport.

The low-cost carrier has been flying to Luton for 12 years and is already the second largest carrier at the airport after easyJet.

The Luton base will be their first in the UK, and their 28th in total.

The company expect the move to create 36 new jobs and the base will house one new Airbus A320 aircraft.

As part of the plans, there will also be three new routes to Tel Aviv in Israel, Pristina in Kosovo and Kutaisi in Georgia.

Today’s announcement once again underlines Wizz Air’s commitment to the UK. Our first Wizz Air flight from the UK took off from London Luton in 2004 and since then, we have carried over 35 million passengers on our low-fare UK routes.

By establishing base operations at London Luton, where WIZZ is already the second largest operator and an important supporter of local jobs with our business partners, we are also creating direct local jobs with one of Europe’s fastest-growing airlines for the first time.

– József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air

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Five men jailed for drumming up support for Islamic State

A group of extremists with links to hate preacher Anjem Choudary have been jailed for their part in drumming up support for Islamic State following a series of meetings in Luton.

They were found guilty of terrorism offences following a 20-month undercover operation by police.

Meetings, held in a marquee in a Luton garden and a nearby church, urged people to support the terror group and go to Syria to fight.

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Man jailed over Luton shooting

Nicoo Nabavi has been jailed for two years four months. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man has been sentenced to more than two years in jail after pleading guilty to shooting a man in Luton in November.

Nicoo Nabavi, 27, from Connaught Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a firearm

He was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

On Saturday 26 November 2016, a man was found with shot wounds in Marlow Avenue.

He was taken to hospital where he was treated for a stomach injury.

Detective Sergeant Mark Devine said: “Violence will not be tolerated in our communities and we are working hard to reduce gun crime across the county.

"I’m pleased that Nabavi pleaded guilty and will now face time behind bars for this incident.”

Contractor appointed for £40million teaching centre in Luton

An artist's impression of the new STEM building Credit: University of Bedfordshire

The construction of a £40 million teaching and research 'STEM' building for science and engineering at the University of Bedfordshire is a step closer. Construction firm 'RG Carter' has been appointed to build the STEM centre at the Luton Campus which will be dedicated to teaching and research in the 'stem' subjects such of maths, science, engineering and technology.

“This is part of the University’s wider vision for high-level skills growth in Luton and Bedfordshire. Our new STEM building will support the ambitions of regional policymakers to enhance the skills base in Luton, extending opportunity for local residents and attracting investment to the region.”

– The University’s Vice Chancellor Bill Rammell

The building will also be home to a new Science and Engineering Outreach Centre, which will promote the value of science and engineering to local schools.

RG Carter has been involved in construction projects with universities and other education providers, including Norwich University College of Arts, Cambridge University, The University of East Anglia and Anglia Ruskin University.

The STEM building is due for completion in 2018.

Man seriously injured after Luton stabbing

One man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing. Credit: PA

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after he was stabbed in Luton this morning.

Police were called to Dunstable Road at around 11am.

Officers have closed off Dunstable Road and Waldeck Road while they investigate.

One man has been arrested and taken to police custody for questioning.

Police release CCTV after dumper truck ram-raid

Three men drove a dumper truck into a motorcycle shop in Dunstable. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have released CCTV images showing a dumper truck ram-raiding a motorcycle shop in Bedfordshire.

Thieves stole a JCB dumper truck from Luton on 21 January

Three men then drove to Dunstable on the vehicle - causing damage along the way - before reaching DBC Motorcycles, on Regent Street, around 9pm.

They drove into the shop, causing significant damage to the front door and surrounding brickwork.

The men weren't able to enter the shop, and they fled on foot.

The men were unable to enter the shop and they fled on foot. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

"While I appreciate the images are not of the best quality, there are a couple of distinctive clothing items which someone might recognise, particularly a bag belonging to one of the individuals. "The motorcycle shop is in a residential street, therefore there must be someone who saw or heard something which will help our investigation.

"I am confident that there will be someone out there who knows something and can help us trace these individuals.”

– Detective Constable Ben Stone, Bedfordshire Police
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