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Luton tower blocks given 'all-clear' on cladding

Luton council has confirmed that none of its tower blocks in the town has the same cladding as Grenfell Tower. Credit: ITV News Anglia

None of the tower blocks in Luton has the same cladding as used on Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, the local council has confirmed.

Luton Borough Council said: "Following the Prime Minister’s comments, Luton Borough Council can confirm that none of its high-rise buildings has the same cladding that was used on Grenfell Tower.

"We have responded to a series of questions from the Department for Communities and Local Government and they have informed us they have no concerns."

Child airlifted to hospital in critical condition following hit and run

The vehicle failed to stop at the scene Credit: ITV News Anglia

A child has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a hit-and-run incident in Luton.

Emergency services were called following reports of a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian on Hibbert Street around 2.50pm.

An investigation has been launched after the vehicle failed to stop at the scene and Hibbert Street remains closed.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who has information should call police on 101 quoting reference number 248.


Man jailed for brutally assaulting partner with scissors and kettle

Cutmore was sentenced at Luton Crown Court on Friday (16 June). Credit: Bedfordshire police

A man from Bedfordshire who carried out a ‘horrific and brutal’ assault on his partner has been jailed for four years.

Mark Cutmore, 38, from Luton, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent after he locked his partner inside a flat and violently assault her in April.

Cutmore hit her on the head with a kettle before attempting to strangle her and stabbing her with a pair of scissors.

The victim managed to escape and get help and Cutmore was arrested shortly afterwards.

It is difficult to comprehend how someone can carry out such a horrific and brutal assault on anyone, let alone their own partner.

Despite suffering serious injuries, the victim has fortunately made a good recovery, but attacks like this can leave mental scars as well as physical.

This sentence sends a strong message that domestic abuse will not be tolerated in Bedfordshire and I hope that Cutmore reflects on his sickening actions while behind bars.

– Detective Constable Jeremy Atkins, from the Bedfordshire Police Emerald team,
  • To report concerns about domestic abuse, call police on 101, or in an emergency call 999.
  • You can also contact the free 24-hour national domestic violence helpline on 0808 2000 247.


Two found guilty of killing Luton man Henry Huggins

Two men have been found guilty of causing the death of Henry Huggins in Luton

Two men have been found guilty of killing Luton man Henry Huggins. Click below to watch a video report by Liz Summers

Stuart Docherty has been found guilty of murdering Henry Huggins

Two men have been found guilty of causing the death of a man from Luton, after they attacked him outside his house in August 2013.

Henry Huggins, 49, was left in a coma after being assaulted by Stuart Docherty and James Early, both of Whipperley Ring, Luton, on 8 August 2013. He then spent almost two years in a coma before he died on 10 June 2015.

Both men were originally convicted of assaulting Mr Huggins, but his death triggered a re-trial of the pair on more serious charges at Luton Crown Court.

Docherty, who was initially found guilty of grievous bodily harm, has now been found guilty of murder.

Early was convicted of manslaughter. He had been found guilty of actual bodily harm at the original trial.

Detective Inspector Fraser Wylie, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said:

Although both men had already been found guilty previously in relation to this atrocious attack, they refused to accept the blame for his death, pleading not guilty to murder and manslaughter and putting Henry’s family and friends through the trauma of a further trial.

– DI Fraser Wylie
James Early has been found guilty of the manslaughter of Henry Huggins

James Early had previously served a two and a half year sentence for the actual bodily harm of Henry Huggins. He will be sentenced for manslaughter later in June and has been remanded in custody.

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