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Driver chased by police crashes into brick wall in Luton

A car involved in a police chase in Luton has damaged five parked cars and crashed into a brick wall.

The driver of a silver Vauxhall Astra failed to stop after colliding with a vehicle in Francis Street at 5am.

The Astra was pursued by police along the New Bedford Road before crashing at the junction with Montrose Avenue.

The driver left the scene on foot down Montrose Avenue.

He is described as Asian, in his mid-twenties, with short hair, and was wearing a white top.

The passenger of the vehicle was taken to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Richard Barker of the roads policing unit on 101.


Human remains found in Luton confirmed as those of missing Natalia Doherty

Natalia Doherty. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have confirmed that human remains that were found in a garden in Luton are those of missing Natalia Doherty.

The 50-year-old was last seen in 2003.

Police spent yesterday searching garden of a house in Icknield Way in Luton and they have now confirmed that the dental records obtained from the remains have identified Ms Doherty.

Two men from Luton (aged 39 and 66) who were arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday (December 9) have been bailed with until 27 January 2016.

Luton-based TUI reveal costs of Tunisia beach attacks

38 people were killed in the Tunisia attacks. Credit: ITV News

Luton-based travel firm TUI, which owns Thomson and First Choice, says the Tunisia beach massacre in June has cost it over £37 million.

TUI boss Peter Long said it was "the most tragic events he'd ever had to deal with."

However, strong trading and currency exchange rates saw underlying earnings top the £775 million mark for the year.

Elderly couple return from church to find house burgled

The house was targeted between 2.30pm and 7pm Credit: ITV Anglia.

Police are asking for help after an elderly couple returned from church to find their home burgled.

Thieves took a safe containing jewellery and cash from their home on Lalleford Road last Sunday afternoon.

"This was a horrible crime where the offenders have targeted a vulnerable couple when they were out of the house. It has left them devastated, especially happening so close to Christmas.

"The safe was very large and required four people to carry when it was initially installed so I’m sure people will have seen it being taken away.

"I would urge anyone with any information to call police."

– Detective Constable Rachel Lydon


Four men from Luton charged with terror offences

Four men from Luton have been charged with terrorist offences including encouraging support for so-called Islamic State.

The men were arrested in the town on Wednesday December 2.

Yousaf Bashir, 35, from Luton, has been charged with encouraging support for a proscribed organisation, namely Islamic State.

Mohammed Istiak Alamgir, 36, from Luton has been charged with four counts under the Terrorism Act.

Ziaur Rahman, 38, from Luton has been charged with three counts under the Terrorism Act.

Rajib Khan, 37, from Luton, has been charged with two counts under the Terrorism Act.

All four have been remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Wednesday, 9 December).

Man jailed for stabbing at house party

Sean Ankers Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man who stabbed a fellow guest at a house party in Bedford has been jailed for three years after admitting causing grievous bodily harm and possessing a machete.

Sean Ankers, 26, of Gleneagles Drive, Luton, stabbed a stranger who was trying to calm him down after he was thrown out of the party in Carrick Row in August following a row with an ex-girlfriend.

The victim suffered a wound to his leg needing emergency medical treatment and two operations.

Ankers pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a weapon in a public place at Luton Crown Court on Thursday.

Ankers caused a great deal of fear and distress to the partygoers at this event and has caused immeasurable damage to the victim, who no doubt will carry mental scars as well as the physical ones from this attack.

– PC Ryan Barnes
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