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Hundreds of Kashmiris travel to London to protest against conflict

Hundreds of people from Luton have travelled to London for a march on the issue of Kashmir.

People making their way onto the buses Credit: ITV News Anglia

It follows a long running dispute between India and Pakistan over the Kashmiri territory, with both sides accusing one another of recent violence.

It has been reported the Indian authorities asked the UK Government to stop today's march, but were told it is for Pakistan and India to resolve.

Luton has one of the largest Kashmiri communities in the UK.

Click below to watch a clip with Mohammed Choudary, Luton Co-ordinator, Million March:

Former EDL leader recalled to prison

Former leader of the EDL Tommy Robinson. Credit: PA Images

The Luton-based former leader of the English Defence League has been recalled to prison after allegedly responding to a death threat on Twitter.

Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was sentenced to 18 months in January for mortgage fraud.

He was released in June under licence but has now been recalled to Bedford Prison.


17-year-old stabbed in Luton

Detectives in Luton are appealing for witnesses to a stabbing on Friday, October 17. It happened at approximately 5.50pm as the 17 year old student walked along an alleyway next to the Sainsbury's store in Quantock Rise.

He was approached by a group of five men and felt threatened so turned back towards Quantock Rise. As he did so one of the men hit the victim with a dog chain and as he tried to fight back he felt a pain in his chest and fell to the ground.

He managed to get back on to his feet and ran from the scene. When he reached Enterprise Way he realised he had been stabbed and got a taxi to hospital from where the police were called.

Four of the offenders are described as white men; the fifth is described as a black man. They all wore hooded tops and one of the men had a dog.

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact DC Day, in confidence, at Luton Police Station, on 01582 394316, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Hammer attack is being treated as attempted murder

The junction of Douglas Road in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

A hammer attack on a man in Luton in broad daylight is being treated as attempted murder.

The victim was sitting in his car at the junction of Douglas Road and Erin Close when two men got out of a Volkswagen Golf and pulled him out onto the road. He was hit repeatedly with the hammer causing severe head injuries.

Detectives want to talk to anyone who saw the attack at around 4.15pm on Saturday the 4th of October.

14 year old school girl assaulted by group of men

Police in Luton are appealing for information after a 14 year old girl was assaulted by a group of men.

The incident happened on Tuesday 7th Octoer between 7pm and 7.30pm as the victim walked home along Crawley Green Road towards the Vauxhall Way underpass after visiting a friend.

As she draw close to the Falconer flats car park she was approached by a group of men. One grabbed her arm while the others shouted and cheered.

The offenders then tried to grab the victim’s bag and one punched her in the face, knocking her out.

The victim regained consciousness a short time later on the opposite side of the road, next to the junction of Hartsfield Road.

The first offender is described as a black man, between 20 to 25 years old. 5’6” to 5’8” tall wearing a black Adidas hooded top, with a white logo on the chest and white stripes down the arms, jeans and training shoes.

Two offenders are described as black men, 20 to 25 years old, 5’6” to 5’8” tall, with muscular builds, wearing hooded tops, jeans and training shoes.

The remaining offenders are both described as black men, with medium builds, wearing hooded tops and training shoes.

"This was a shocking ordeal for the young victim who had been left unconscious and searched for valuables. The offenders appear not to have taken anything and must have carried the victim across the road before leaving her. I would urge anyone who saw the incident or saw a group of people carrying someone in the area that night to come forward and assist this investigation.”

– PC Hayley Carroll

Artwork by the notorious Charles Bronson sells at auction for more than £25,000

Picture by notorious prisoner Charles Bronson.

Pictures and drawings by the notorious Charles Bronson - said to be Britain's most violent prisoner have sold at auction for more than £25,000.

The 200 lots, by Bronson, who was born in Luton, went under the hammer at JP Humbert auctioneers in Towcester earlier this evening.

Selling in two and a half hours the auction attracted buyers from as far away as Japan, America and Canada.


Luton: Two men found guilty of trying to bring £37million worth of heroin into the UK in battered Jaguar

The heroin was hidden in a Jaguar car. Credit: National Crime Agency

Two men have been jailed for trying to bring heroin with a street value of £37million into the UK.

The drugs were crammed into a Jaguar car that arrived on a container ship at Felixstowe port in Suffolk from Pakistan in December last year.

The massive haul had been hidden in the vehicle's bumper, wheel arches, behind the dashboard, in the central console, the spare wheel compartment and in the engine and rear seating.

The Heroin was stored in several areas, including the car's spare wheel compartment. Credit: National Crime Agency

Police were able to find the drugs after the Jaguar was scanned with X-ray equipment, and its secret was revealed in an amazing set of pictures.

There were 316 packets of heroin weighing a total of 230 kilos hidden in secret compartments all over the car.

Today, 32-year-old Noman Qureshi and Israr Khan, 35, from Luton, were found guilty at Luton Crown Court and were jailed for 21 years and 18 years respectively.

The men were also convicted of conspiring with others to contravening section 170 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1976.

A third man, Mohammed Safder, 43, of Sidney Elson Way, East Ham, London, who had pleaded not guilty to the charges was acquitted by the jury.

Police believe that missing Luton girls may be together

Angela Perkins. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police say they believe two teenage girls who've gone missing from their homes in Luton may be together.

15-year-old Angela Perkins and Beth Marshall, who's 13, have not been seen since Sunday afternoon. The girls are thought to be together and have been spotted with friends in the Stopsley area of the town.

“We know the girls have gone missing before but it is now several days since they left their homes and due to their ages we are concerned for their wellbeing.

We need to speak with anyone who has seen the girls or anyone who knows where they are.

Ensuring Angela and Beth are safe remain our priority and I would reassure anyone with information that they can speak with officers in complete confidence.”

– PC Glyn Milbourne, Bedfordshire Police

Man in court accused of leaving Luton man in permanent coma

The trial has begun of a man accused of beating and stamping on a man in Luton so hard he's still in a coma fourteen months after the attack.

The court heard how Henry Huggins is being kept alive only by machine and will never wake. He was attacked outside flats on the Fairley Hill estate in Luton in August 2013.

Prosecutors told the jury at Luton Crown Court how James Early, 40, had left the scene and told a friend what he'd done. He has pleaded not guilty to the attack.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson.

Luton: Hammer attack victim drives himself to hospital

Hammer victim manages to drive to hospital Credit: ITV Anglia

Police say a man who's ended up in Addenbrooke's being treated for serious head injuries managed to drive himself to hospital after a vicious hammer attack.

The assault happened in Douglas Road in Luton at the weekend. The victim was dragged from his car at the junction with Erin Road and struck on the head with a hammer. He drove himself to the Luton and Dunstable hospital and has since been transferred to hospital in Cambridge. Police say the two attackers were in a dark VW Golf.

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