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Third teenager charged after Luton Mall stabbings

The Mall Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

A third teenager has been charged after two teenagers were stabbed in The Mall in Luton on 21st January 2018.

A 17-year old boy from Bedford was arrested in London. He has been charged with possession of a knife in a public place, violent disorder and two counts of wounding with intent. He's been remanded into custody.

Two 17-year old boys who were taken to hospital for treatment were charged with violent disorder and have been bailed pending further court appearances.


EasyJet's CEO cuts pay to match female predecessor

easyJet's CEO has cut his salary Credit: EasyJet

The new Chief Executive of Luton-based easyJet has cut his salary in the name of gender equality.

Johan Lundgren's starting salary was £740,000, but he asked for it to be reduced to £706,000. This is to match what former CEO Carolyn McCall was paid, she left the company last year to take the top job at ITV.

The budget airline boss said it was to demonstrate his commitment to equal pay and opportunity at easyJet.

The company has a gender pay gap of 51.7%, but Mr Lundgren said it is because pilots are highly paid and there is an industry-wide shortage of female pilots. Ninety four per cent of easyJet's pilots are men


Labour steps up its investigations into Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins

Labour's national disciplinary body the NCC will rule on the future of Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins. The decision was announced this afternoon

The 76-year-old was suspended by Labour after a party activist claimed he sexually harassed her by hugging her inappropriately and sending her suggestive texts.

In a short statement Mr Hopkins said

This issue needs to be dealt with by due process and I'm happy to go to the NCC to clear my name. I shall be making a full statement when the inquiry is complete and I am not saying anything further

– Kelvin Hopkins MP

Luton woman wins hunt for white chocolate Creme Egg

Natasha Bream with her winning egg Credit: PA

A nursery manager from Luton has become the first person to find a rare white chocolate Creme Egg.

The sweet surprise could see 30-year-old Natasha Bream win up to two thousand pounds in the Cadbury's promotion.

The firm has produced 350-400 Creme Eggs in white chocolate for the first time - with prizes for those who find them.

Ms Bream said she planned to use the money to go on holiday - and that she wouldn't be eating the egg just yet.

"I was very excited, and a little shocked. It was quite bizarre as we had just been talking about it at work so we knew what it meant to win."

– Natasha Bream

Luton man jailed for eight years for firearms offences

Matthew Looney pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and of ammunition Credit: Bedfordshire police

A Luton man's been sentenced to eight years in prison for firearms and ammunition offences.

21-year old Matthew Looney pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and of ammunition without a certificate at Luton Crown Court.

This gun was found by police Credit: Bedfordshire police

Looney was arrested at his home address in December when the Bedfordshire Police Boson team, which is dedicated to investigating gun and gang criminality, executed a search warrant.

Officers found a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, ammunition and a quantity of cocaine, heroin and cash at the address.

The Judge said Looney had the weapon to protect the drugs and as a deterrent.

Ammunition was also found by police Credit: Bedfordshire police

“This is a further example of exceptional work by the Bedfordshire Police Boson team to clamp down on those responsible for bringing harm and fear to our communities through the possession of illegal weapons. We will continue to recover firearms, arrest those responsible and protect the public.”

– Detective Inspector Jackie Dadd
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