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Man in hospital with serious injuries after Luton crash

The crash happened on New Year's Eve. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after his car crashed in Luton on New Year's Eve.

It happened at around 5pm on Saturday evening in Alder Crescent.

A man in his 40s was taken to hospital with serious injuries and no one else is believed to have been involved.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact 101.

87-year-old sets three world records for cycling

John Lee, 87, hold three world cycling records in his age group. Credit: ITV News Anglia

John Lee from Luton in Bedfordshire is 87 and has been cycling for 65 years.

He now claims three world records in his age group. The records, usually set at indoor velodromes, are for the distance covered in one hour on the track.

For John it was 21.38 miles set in 2009 when he was eighty. At 84 he covered 20.43 miles, while it was just under 19 miles for his most recent in September.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake


Flight delays at Luton airport due to weather conditions

Some flights leaving Luton airport are being delayed because of the weather. Credit: London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport says flight departures are being delayed by the weather.

Many parts of the Anglia region were hit by mist and fog during the early hours but this has largely cleared.

"Weather related issues for Air Traffic Control are affecting flight departures. Arrivals are unaffected."

– London Luton Airport

The 9.15 am Monarch flight to Tel Aviv took off more than an hour late at shortly before 10.30am.

The 10.25am easyJet flight to Amsterdam is due to depart at 1.50pm.

Tiny hamsters found dumped on a street in Luton

One of the hamsters died because he was so poorly. Credit: RSPCA

Seven tiny hamsters have been found dumped in a filthy cage on a street in Luton.

A passer-by discovered the vulnerable Chinese hamsters on Milliners Way in a "terrible condition" on Friday evening (16 December).

They were taken to an RSPCA centre for treatment, but one died because he was so poorly.

The remaining six hamsters have been named Rudolph, Blitzen, Prancer, Vixen, Dancer and Comet after Santa’s reindeers.

The RSPCA is appealing for information to track down the person who abandoned them.

The remaining six hamsters have been named Rudolph, Blitzen, Prancer, Vixen, Dancer and Comet. Credit: RSPCA

"They were in such a terrible way when they were found.

"Their cage was filthy and some of them had wounds, presumably from fighting.

"Coupled with the fact that they had been left out in the cold, they were very vulnerable."

– Kate Wright, Animal Collection Officer, RSPCA

Post office worker assaulted by masked robbers

Culverhouse Road, Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two masked men burst into a Post Office in Luton, threatening a member of staff at gunpoint.

The worker, at the Culverhouse Road branch, was also assaulted and needed medical treatment for a head injury.

The robbers, who entered the post office at about 7.10am yesterday, stole cash and drove off in a light-coloured vehicle driven by a third person.

"This was a nasty incident which has left the victim extremely shaken. I would urge anyone who saw the vehicle being driven off, or has any information which could assist our investigation, to call us."

– Det Con Jasan Balic, Bedfordshire Police.


Five injured as M1 closed after multi-vehicle crash

Five people have been injured in a multi-vehicle crash which has closed the M1 in Bedfordshire between Milton Keynes and Luton.

One man in his twenties is in a critical condition in St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington after suffering a head injury.

One of the busiest sections of motorway in the Anglia region is likely to remain closed for much of the morning on Christmas Eve.

Drivers are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys especially if they are heading for Luton airport.

The M1 was closed in both directions between Junction 12 and 13 on Christmas Eve. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire Police are carrying out investigations following a serious road traffic incident between Junction 12 at Flitwick/Woburn and Junction 13 for Bedford.

The road has been closed in both directions since the incident at 2.33am and police investigations are continuing at the scene.

The East of England Ambulance Service joined the Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response BMW on the scene.

"A signed diversion route is in place and drivers planning to travel to Luton airport are advised to allow extra time and to plan their journeys.

"Traffic for London is advised to use the A14/A1 and drivers heading towards the Midlands are being advised to use the M40."

– Highways England

Burglary police release pictures of men they want to trace

Police have released two CCTV images of men they want to trace in connection with a burglary investigation. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police in Bedfordshire have released images of two men they want to trace in connection with a burglary in Luton.

Officers investigating the incident in Chester Avenue have issued the CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to.

A property was broken into between 8am and 6.30pm on Monday 28 November and an untidy search was carried out but nothing was stolen.

Police believe the men may have information that could assist with the investigation and are asking people to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Luton teacher with Parkinson's to run marathon

Ryan Cameron says he's determined to carrying on teaching for as long as he can Credit: ITV News Anglia

A young PE teacher from Luton who has early onset Parkinson's disease says he's determined to run the London Marathon.

Ryan wants to raise awareness by running London Marathon. Credit: ITV News Anglia

33-year-old Ryan Cameron was diagnosed with the neurological condition two years ago and despite his worsening symptoms he's carried on working full time.

He says taking part in the 26 mile race is a lifelong ambition and hopes it will demonstrate that Parkinsons doesn't just affect older people.

I never had the time and motivation to do it until I got Parkinson's. Then I said right, I need to do this before I can't and start to struggle with things.

– Ryan Cameron
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