Family issues fresh appeal to find killer

The family of a father-of-three who was shot dead in Luton has issued a fresh appeal for information on the first anniversary of his death.

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Faruk Ali: Family of man with autism hold meeting to raise concerns about alleged police treatment

Faruk Ali.
Faruk Ali. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The family of a man with autism called a meeting last night, to raise concerns about the way he's allegedly been treated by Bedfordshire Police.

The family of Faruk Ali says he was assaulted by police outside his home in Luton last month.

Police are investigating the incident and attended the meeting, along with other members of the community.

Concerns raised over police treatment of man with autism

The family of a man with autism has called a meeting this evening, to raise concerns about the way he's been treated by Bedfordshire Police.

The family of Faruk Ali says he was assaulted by a police officer outside his home in Luton last month.

Bedfordshire police are carrying out a full investigation and will be attending the meeting, along with other members of the community.

Bedfordshire Police have apologised for any distress.

They say the police officers acted out of concern for his wellbeing - they've now been placed on restricted duties while this investigation takes place.

They said:

"All front line officers receive Disability Awareness training in order to assist them when interacting with vulnerable people.

"Any findings from this investigation will be incorporated into the on-going development of officers. A review of the wider safeguarding measures available to the family is also underway."

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Jewellery stolen in Luton burglary

Stolen jewellery Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Detectives in Luton are trying to find a number of items of gold jewellery which were taken during a burglary in Ketton Close.

The burglary happened on February 25 sometime between 2.20pm and 7.37pm. Cash, a £50 John Lewis voucher and various items of gold jewellery were taken.

Police are keen to speak with anyone who has been offered similar jewellery for sale recently.

Anyone with information relating to this crime can contact DC Hussain at Luton Police Station, in confidence, on 01582 394435, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Marsh Farm redevelopment gets underway in Luton

The first stages of a major redevelopment of the Marsh Farm area of Luton has begun.

Once finished, the scheme is set to include 111 new council homes, an improved road layout and a revamped shopping area.

The first phase of the development includes removing a roundabout from outside the school and creating a two-way single carriageway.

Police appeal for missing woman

Elizabeth Hanrahan Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police are becoming increasingly concerned about a 24 year old woman who has been missing since Thursday morning.

Elizabeth Hanrahan - who is originally from Cheshire but had been staying at her aunt’s home in Luton - was last seen in Hitchin Road, wearing a white dressing gown.

Elizabeth is around five feet six inches tall, of medium build, with blue eyes, dark hair and speaks with an Irish accent.

While she was last seen wearing just a dressing gown it is believed that she had access to other outfits – namely blue jeans, black trousers, a red top and a white top/jumper.

Attempted car jacking in Luton

Detectives in Luton are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 33 year old man was subjected to an attempted robbery yesterday (Wednesday 26 February).

The incident happened as the victim was driving his blue Ford Focus along Hedley Rise at 8.15pm when two men flagged him down.

One of the men opened the driver’s door, demanded the car and threatened the victim with a knife before he drove off leaving the offenders in the street.

Anyone with information can contact PC Stone at Luton Police Station, in confidence, on 01582 394471, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively contact the independent crime fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Dog walker stabs man in Luton

A man has been stabbed by a dog walker in Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A man has been taken to hospital after he was stabbed by a dog walker in Luton.

It happened just after 7am today in a field just off Manor Road in the Woodside area of the town.

The 39-year-old landowner was wounded in the attack after getting into a row with the dog walker who was on his land.

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

£30 million improvements to M1 access

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Drivers in Bedfordshire are being warned of delays as work begins on a £30 million scheme to improve access to and from the M1.

The project, designed to reduce congestion at junctions 10 and 10a for Luton, will see overnight closures on the main road linking the motorway and Luton Airport.

Details are as follows:

  • 4th to 9th March 2014: Spur Road and New Airport Way – closed eastbound from the M1 to Capability Green. 8pm – 4am

  • 10th to 12th March 2014: Spur Road and New Airport Way – closed westbound from Capability Green to the M1. 8pm – 4am

During those closures traffic will be re-routed via junction 11, passing through Luton town centre. From the 4th of March and for the duration of the 18-month project, there will also be narrow lanes and a 30mph speed limit.

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Road improvements are often funded by the Department for Transport. In this case though it is the Department for Business, because of the predicted benefits for the local economy.

As part of the deal, the local council must ensure 900 new jobs in the local area. If the target is missed, the council will have to repay the Government some of that money.

"It is a massive project but it will open up all the opportunities for Luton in terms of the economy, jobs the airport and obviously access right across this part of England”.

Colin Chick, Luton Borough Council_

Luton Borough Council calls for calm over M1 junction closures

Junction 10, the M1.
Junction 10, the M1. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton Borough Council is asking drivers to be patient when they close two junctions of the M1 near Luton next month, as part of a £30 million scheme to cut congestion.

The main road from the M1 to the airport, through junctions 10 and 10a, will close between 4 and 9 March.

Work's already started on the project, which should be completed by next summer.

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