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Dramatic pictures of Luton bus fire

A bus was badly damaged after catching fire on Marsh Road in Luton this morning. It started in the engine and took firefighters nearly half an hour to deal with. Thankfully no-one was injured in the incident. The cause is now being investigated.

ITV News Anglia viewer Geoffrey Greenfield filmed some of the incident.

See his pictures below

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Police keen to find 'good samaritan'

Police are trying to trace a 'good samaritan' who helped a woman after she was mugged in Luton.

Location of mugging in Luton Credit: ITV News, Anglia

The victim had been pushed to the floor and robbed of her mobile phone while walking along a subway under Telford Way at about 8am on Sunday 15 February.

“We are keen to speak to the man who helped the victim after the robbery as we believe he may have seen the offender. I would urge him to come forward to help us identify the man responsible."

– Detective Constable Cathie Layton

Anyone with any information should call DC Layton on 101, text 07786 200 011 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Man wanted in connection with 2001 murder of Luton teenager Marcus Hall arrested in Nigeria

Marcus Hall. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man wanted in connection with the murder of a Luton man 14 years ago has been arrested in Nigeria.

Adebayo Ekun, who's 38, has been arrested in connection with the murder of Marcus Hall.

The 18-year-old was beaten and stabbed to death in March 2001.

Seven men were jailed for their part in the killing in 2003.

Bedfordshire police are currently arranging Ekun's extradition.

Luton school criticised for limiting girls to "knitting and sewing"

The Rabia School has been rated inadequate by Ofsted. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An Islamic school in Luton is "undermining British values" in the treatment of girls - according to Ofsted.

The Rabia School has been rated inadequate by the education watchdog.

Inspectors say boys and girls are not treated equally and they also believe that older girls don't have the same opportunities to study Science in a practical way, because they don't have the same access to laboratory facilities that the boys have.

While the boys visit a local sports centre with a chance to learn how to swim - the report says opportunities for girls to develop a range of skills in Physical Education are limited, because of the available outside space on their site.

Furthermore, the newly introduced Design and Technology curriculum is said to "limit girls to activities related to knitting and sewing."

However, the school says that there were also positive comments in the report.

"The Board of Governors take heart from the many positive comments that were included in the inspection report and we feel that with the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with the school; we have the potential and aim to be an "outstanding" school.

Our immediate focus is on making the improvements needed to raise standards.

The inspection has given us some very clear areas to work on and we are fully focused on continuing to work on these issues as quickly and effectively as possible; and at the same time continuing to improve standards we have already met.

All the standards not met were at the final stages of completion and had very little left to implement. We have already put an action plan in place to ensure this happens quickly and we meet all the standards."

– The Rabia School

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Passenger plane diverts landing at Luton after private jet punctures tyre on runway

Luton Airport, where a passenger plane had to diverty a landing because another jet was stranded on the runway. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA wire.

A passenger plane had to divert its landing as it flew into Luton airport after another jet burst a tyre on the runway ahead of it.

The incoming EasyJet flight from Paphos, Cyprus, took the evasive action to avoid the private business plane.

The arriving plane was diverted to nearby Stansted Airport in Essex and four other flights were diverted as the damaged plane was towed away to a hangar.

Luton Airport said three passengers and three crew on the private plane were uninjured during the alert around 9.30pm on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman said: "The airport quickly resumed operations with aircraft arriving and departing as normal."

"easyJet can confirm that flight EZY2134 from Paphos to London Luton Airport yesterday, 14 January, performed a routine ‘go around’ procedure at Luton before diverting to Stansted, as a result of the temporary closure of the Luton runway.

This is a standard procedure and our pilots are highly trained in order to manage these kind of situations. The safety and welfare of our passengers and crew is always easyJet's highest priority."

Coach transport on to Luton from Stansted was arranged for the passengers. While these circumstances were outside of the airline’s control, easyJet apologises to passengers for the inconvenience.”

– EasyJet Spokesperson

Elderly man robbed at cash machine

The theft happened on Marsh Road Credit: ITV Anglia

Bedfordshire Police are looking for witnesses after a man in his eighties was robbed at a cash machine in Luton.

The 82 year old victim was using the ATM machine at HSBC, Marsh Road, Luton when a man leaned over and took his bank card.

The offender then used the card in another cash machine to withdraw a large sum of money from the victim’s account. The offender tried another three times to withdraw cash at other ATM’s but was unsuccessful as the card had reached its daily withdrawal limit.

Shortly after the card was stolen an unknown woman approached the victim and told him that two men had been watching him at the cash machine.

Police are looking for anyone who saw these men hanging around the HSBC cash machine before 12.45pm on Sunday 1st January.

Wanted man on the run in Luton

Bedfordshire Police are searching for John David McCulloch who escaped from police custody just after midnight on Thursday 8 January.

John David McCulloch Credit: Bedfordshire Police

McCulloch is wanted in connection with a burglary in Luton at the beginning of the month and was stopped by police officers just after midnight on Thursday. He was driving a stolen Vauxhall Corsa northbound on the A6 at the Houghton Conquest junction.

McCulloch was arrested but as he was being put into a police car he managed to hit a police officer and then ran off across the fields near the A6. Despite still being in handcuffs and an extensive search he is still missing.

He was wearing a brown fleece jacket and black cargo trousers. He is described as white, bald, 5ft 11in tall and slim build.

Police are appealing for any sightings of McCulloch in the area around the A6 or Houghton Conquest or further afield. They would also like to hear from any taxis that may have been called to the area.

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact [officer], in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

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

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