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Woman sexually assaulted in broad daylight in Luton park

A woman has been sexually assaulted in broad daylight in a park in Luton.

The victim was walking through People's Park around 3pm on Wednesday 14th October when she was approched by two men, one of whom sexually assaulted her.

“This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and has naturally left the victim traumatised. It is really important that we identify the man responsible in order to prevent him from assaulting any more innocent women."

– PC Richard Tott

The offender is described as a white man, approximately 5’9”, slim, and aged in his twenties with short light brown hair. He was wearing a blue hooded top, grey jogging bottoms and white and grey Nike trainers.

The second man, who is not believed to have committed any offence is described as white, 5’7”, slim, in his late teens, with short dark blonde hair. He was wearing a light coloured long sleeved top and dark coloured jogging bottoms.

Man jailed after being caught with drugs in the dock

Waqas Khan from Luton Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man has been sentenced to 21 months in jail, after being caught with class A drugs while in the dock for another case.

Waqas Khan who is 24 and from Luton, was on trial for conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin, following a Bedfordshire Police investigation into a large scale drugs operation run by an organised crime group in Luton.

During the initial trial, a bag that Khan had with him in the dock was found to contain a large quantity of cocaine.

Khan was charged with a single offence of possession with intent to supply a class A drug.

“To turn up in the dock with class A drugs on him shows a complete and utter disregard to the law. Khan’s actions were beyond belief and I’m pleased that he will face a custodial sentence – showing that he is not in fact above the law."

– Paul Baron, Bedfordshire Police


Luton: easyJet launches initiative to recruit more female pilots

easyJet are hoping to recruit more female pilots. Credit: PA

There could soon be more female pilots working for Luton-based airline easyJet.

That's because the company's launched an initiative to double the proportion of women who fly for them to around 12%.

They say they'll go into schools to attract pilots of the future as well as offering more places to women on their training programme.

“At easyJet we value diversity and we believe that having a workforce which better reflects our customers will help support our future success.

We have made sustained progress in our senior management and M&A (management and administration) communities in recent years but we recognise that the proportion of our pilots who are female is too low, as it is across the industry as a whole.

A career as a pilot is interesting and rewarding and we want more women to bring their skills to the role.

Our initial focus will be to increase the pipeline of female pilots, including by talking to young women who may not have considered it as a career.

This is a long term strategy, which we hope will eventually lead to easyJet recruiting, retaining and developing many more female pilots.”

– Brian Tyrrell, head of flight operations at easyJet

Community leaders come together to respond to refugee crisis

Councillors have met with faith leaders to raise awareness and get aid for the refugees Credit: ITN

Luton Borough Council has met with some of the town's faith leaders to discuss ways they can respond to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Representatives from Mosques and churches joined with councillors to talk about how to collect clothes and equipment as well as accommodate those fleeing war.

Jury hears man accused of killing Jordan Maguire had raped a woman the same day.

Jordan Maguire Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A jury at Luton crown court has been told a man accused of murdering 20 year old Jordan Maguire on the town's Marsh Farm estate had sexually assaulted a woman and then raped her 60 year old mother less than 2 hours before Mr Maguire was killed.

Prosecutor Dafydd Enoch QC told the 5 women and 7 men on the jury that 32 year old Jason Nelson carried out all 3 attacks on May 26 2013.

Mr Nelson who is originally from Grenada and had previously lived on the Marsh Farm estate was extradited from Trinidad following an appeal for information on Jordan Maguire's murder.

It's alleged he carried out the sexual assault and then the rape between 6pm and 7.30pm.

Flowers left at the scene at the time of Jordan Maguire's death Credit: ITV

It was around 8pm that evening that Jordan Maguire was murdered. It is claimed Nelson had gone to his home at Thrales Close to buy a bag of cannabis. He is alleged to have produced a black handled knife and held it above his head while Jordan's back was turned before stabbing him through the chest.

Mr Maguire is said to have shouted "Stop it!" and "Get out". The prosecution alleges he was then stabbed again in the chest before he tried to get away and was again stabbed in the back. As he stumbled away it is claimed Mr Nelson insulted Mr Maguire before calmly tucking the knife in the waistband of his trousers and walking away.

Jason Nelson is charged with sexual assault, rape and murder. He denies all the charges against him. The case continues at Luton crown court.


Luton man named as victim of Essex light aircraft crash

Francis Simmonds was one of two men who died in the crash. Credit: Essex Police

Police have named the two victims of the Chigwell light aircraft crash on Saturday.

First Officer Francis Simmonds, 46, from Luton, was one of the men who died. He leaves behind a wife of 11 years and a seven-year-old son.

"Becoming a pilot was Francis’ boyhood dream and he loved every day of his job. His death leaves a gaping hole in our hearts and lives.”

– Family of Francis Simmonds

Captain Robert Bull, 40, from Hornchurch, near Romford, was also killed in the crash.

He had been a pilot since 2003 and had recently been made a captain. He leaves behind a daughter.

Robert Bull had recently been had recently been made a captain. Credit: Essex Police

"He always put a smile on everyone’s face and enjoyed sharing a good joke. Rob would always go out of his way to help people and nothing was too much trouble for him.

"He was the glue that held everyone together and his family and friends are devastated by our loss. He will be sorely missed by everyone that knew him.”

– Family of Robert Bull

An investigation is ongoing.

Record-breaking passenger numbers bring tourism season to a close for Luton Airport

London Luton Airport. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Luton Airport welcomed a record number of passengers to its terminal last month - up nearly 20% on last year.

September saw 1.2 million people choose to travel through the Bedfordshire airport - 19.2% more than in the same month in 2014 - making it the 18th consecutive month of growth.

Chief executive Nick Barton said the latest figure was proof that the airports £100m expansion plans were need.

"These record passenger numbers demonstrate the increasing popularity of London Luton Airport with travellers. They also highlight the importance of expanding the airport to help meet the capacity needs in the south-east."

– Nick Barton, chief executive, London Luton Airport.

Luton Airport's expansion plans will increase its annual capacity from 12 million passengers to 18 million by 2026, as well as adding extra shops and restaurants, and improving the site's rail links.

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