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Armed raid in Luton

Detectives in Luton are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at a post office in the town.

A man wearing dark clothing with a hi-visibility jacket, entered the post office and threatened the staff with what is believed to be a handgun.

He escaped in the direction of Lamorna Close after stealing a quantity of money.


Luton: Arrest made by officers investigating disappearance of woman 12 years ago

Natalia Doherty has not been seen since April 2003. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police investigating the disappearance of a woman 12 years ago have arrested a man and are searching a house in Luton.

Natalia Doherty, who was 50 at the time, vanished in 2003. She spent a lot of time in the Luton area.

A 71-year-old man from Scotland has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and preventing a lawful burial.

He has been bailed until next month.

“This has been a complex 20-month investigation for our officers, who are committed to finding out exactly what happened to Natalia to bring anyone involved in her disappearance to justice, and to finally bring closure to her family.

We are still focusing our enquiries on Natalia’s time in the Luton area in the days surrounding 15 April 2003. I would urge anyone who recognises her or her husband Gerald from their time at the now-demolished Regents Arms pub in Hastings Street to contact us on 101.”

– Detective Sergeant Graham McMillan

Man charged with attempted murder after attack in Luton hotel

A man has been charged with attempted murder after another man was found with serious head injuries in a hotel in Luton.

The incident happened at around 9pm on Sunday September 20 in the Hampton by Hilton hotel near Luton airport.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Reinis Bupolins, 21, from Latvia was arrested at the scene and taken to Luton Police Station for questioning.

Yesterday (Monday) he was charged with attempted murder and a further count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against another man.

Luton: Trio jailed for trying to smuggle heroin into the UK in mini footballs

The men were jailed for 17 years between them. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three men from Luton have been jailed for trying to smuggle a kilo of heroin into the county in some mini footballs.

The Border Force intercepted the package from Pakistan on Christmas Day last year. They found nearly 200 balls in total - 17 of which were stuffed full of drugs.

Sarfraz Asif, Shamiraz Khan and Syed Haider were sentenced to 17 years in prison between them.

Fresh appeal for help in mystery of woman who disappeared 12 years ago and is now feared murdered

Natalia Doherty went missing 12 years ago and police now think she was murdered. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have launched a fresh appeal for information about the disappearance of a woman in Luton 12 years ago.

Detectives now say they believe Natalia Doherty was murdered.

They say when she was last seen she was on her way to stay with her ex husband Gerald who owned a pub in Luton. He's since died.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey


Driver arrested after two girls seriously injured in road crash

Two girls are in hospital with serious injuries are a road crash in Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two girls were airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after they hit by a car in Luton on Sunday. The incident happened at about 1pm on Kestrel Way.

A seven-year-old girl was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and remains in a critical but stable condition.

An eight-year-old girl was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London and is in a serious but stable condition.

Bedfordshire Police say a woman has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been bailed.

Luton Airport has busiest summer on record

2.6m passengers passed through Luton Airport in July and August Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton Airport has had its busiest summer on record. More than two and a half million passengers travelled through the airport in July and August.

It was used by 1.4 million passengers in August alone, a 16% rise on the same period in 2014.

The airport is also investing £100m to increase its annual capacity from 12 million to 18 million by 2026.

“This record-breaking summer has demonstrated the increasing popularity of London Luton Airport and has highlighted the need for expansion in order to meet the demands of our passengers.

"The £100m we are investing will ensure that we are able to give all our passengers a quick, easy and good value service at London Luton.”

– Nick Barton, CEO of London Luton Airport

Mother of murdered Luton teenager speaks out after sentencing

The mother of teenager from Luton who was murdered in 2001 has described the impact as "soul-destroying".

Six men have been convicted for the murder of Marcus Hall.

Adebayo Ekun pleaded guilty today for his his part in the brutal gang attack.

Marcus' mother Icelyn Wilson, said: “The impact of the death of my son Marcus, has been soul-destroying on me and my family.

“I have to cope with day-to-day life knowing that I will never get to see my son again.

“The impact on my immediate family, especially my other son who was 14 years old at the time of his brother’s death, and his sister who was nearly 16 years old, has been intensely sad.

“My then-14-year-old son would not speak or communicate with anyone and that has been very hard for me.

“My daughter has spoken freely about Marcus which has been a great help to both her and me.

“My other son was only two years old when Marcus was killed and therefore will never know his big brother and that will hurt me for the rest of my life.

“The death of Marcus will never leave me or my family – 14 years down the line and it still hurts as if it had happened yesterday and I will never get over it."

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