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Man attacked by gang in targeted attack

The man was attacked and stabbed Credit: ITV Anglia

A man's been attacked by a gang in Luton in what police are calling a 'targeted attack'.

The man was initially assaulted by a group of men outside the Arabella Lounge in Dunstable Road at approximately 10pm on Sunday (22 January).

He was able to get into his car and drove away from the scene and into Conway Road.

He pulled over on Westbourne Road when flashed by a white Mercedes. A group of men, described as Asian and in their twenties, then got out of the Mercedes and proceeded to stab the victim. They then got back into the vehicle and drove off.

We do believe that this was a targeted attack by the same group of men, determined for whatever reason to harm the victim. Violence such as this is absolutely unacceptable and I’m appealing for anyone who witnessed either the initial altercation or the subsequent stabbing to get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Daniel Matcham

The man’s injuries are described as serious but not life-threatening.

MP calls for night flight restrictions at Luton airport

Luton airport had 14.5 million people through the airport in 2016. Credit: London Luton Airport

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Peter Lilley has called on the Department of Transport to review the noise disturbance from night flights at Luton airport.

The Conservative MP has long been campaigning for Luton to be treated the same way as Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

It follows a consultation launched last week to bring in tighter noise quotas and introduce quieter planes at the other London airports.

However Luton says its noise control standards are already tighter than those airports.

A consultation was launched last week to bring in tighter noise quotas at London airports. Credit: London Luton Airport

The noise caused by night flights from Luton is particularly distressing for those affected. As London grows, air traffic is increasing.

"There were 4,897 night flights into and out of Luton Airport between July and September 2016 - 12% more than during the same period in 2015.

"I shall be writing to the Government to ask why Luton Airport has been excluded from this consultation."

– Peter Lilley MP, Con, Hitchin and Harpenden
Luton insists its noise control standards are already tighter than other London Airports. Credit: London Luton Airport

“London Luton Airport already has tighter noise control standards than Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

"We are always willing to participate in any discussion that can help us achieve the appropriate balance in managing our social, environmental and economic impact”.

– Neil Thompson, Operations Director, London Luton Airport


Appeal to reunite lost Luton airport 'teddy' with owner takes off

Shackleton is becoming well travelled. Credit: Captain Matt Clutterbuck

When an easyJet pilot boarded his plane at Luton Airport to find a child's teddy bear under a seat you might have expected it to end up in lost property.

But so concerned was Captain Matt Clutterbuck that a youngster was spending Christmas without their treasured toy he embarked on a one man mission to reunite the pair.

Now his appeal has been shared thousands of times on social media.

Watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey.

Police seize thousands of pounds of drugs and weapons over Christmas

Four hand guns were recovered by specialist officers. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police say they seized thousands of pounds of worth of drugs and dangerous weapons over Christmas.

A specialist team tasked with tackling gang crime in Luton recovered four hand guns, ammunition, body amour and class A and B drugs.

Eleven people were arrested.

Police seized thousands of pounds worth of Class A drugs. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

“The numerous positive results we’ve had in the last month demonstrate our commitment to tackling gun and gang crime, as well as related criminality such as the supply of drugs.

“We will not tolerate those who seek to inflict harm and fear on our communities through the use of weapons and we are determined to carry on December’s great work in to 2017.”

– Detective Sergeant Mark Pugh, Bedfordshire Police

Man charged over Luton shooting

A man has been charged in connection with a shooting in Luton Credit: ITV Anglia

A man has been charged in connection with a shooting in Luton in November.

Nicoo Nabavi, 27, from Connaught Road, Luton, has been charged with grievous bodily harm (GBH), possession of a firearm, and perverting the course of justice.

He appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday) and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on 6 February.

The incident happened on Saturday, 26 November, when a man was found with a gunshot wound in Marlow Avenue. The man was taken to hospital with injuries but is no longer in a serious condition


Man in hospital with serious injuries after Luton crash

The crash happened on New Year's Eve. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after his car crashed in Luton on New Year's Eve.

It happened at around 5pm on Saturday evening in Alder Crescent.

A man in his 40s was taken to hospital with serious injuries and no one else is believed to have been involved.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact 101.

87-year-old sets three world records for cycling

John Lee, 87, hold three world cycling records in his age group. Credit: ITV News Anglia

John Lee from Luton in Bedfordshire is 87 and has been cycling for 65 years.

He now claims three world records in his age group. The records, usually set at indoor velodromes, are for the distance covered in one hour on the track.

For John it was 21.38 miles set in 2009 when he was eighty. At 84 he covered 20.43 miles, while it was just under 19 miles for his most recent in September.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake

Flight delays at Luton airport due to weather conditions

Some flights leaving Luton airport are being delayed because of the weather. Credit: London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport says flight departures are being delayed by the weather.

Many parts of the Anglia region were hit by mist and fog during the early hours but this has largely cleared.

"Weather related issues for Air Traffic Control are affecting flight departures. Arrivals are unaffected."

– London Luton Airport

The 9.15 am Monarch flight to Tel Aviv took off more than an hour late at shortly before 10.30am.

The 10.25am easyJet flight to Amsterdam is due to depart at 1.50pm.

Tiny hamsters found dumped on a street in Luton

One of the hamsters died because he was so poorly. Credit: RSPCA

Seven tiny hamsters have been found dumped in a filthy cage on a street in Luton.

A passer-by discovered the vulnerable Chinese hamsters on Milliners Way in a "terrible condition" on Friday evening (16 December).

They were taken to an RSPCA centre for treatment, but one died because he was so poorly.

The remaining six hamsters have been named Rudolph, Blitzen, Prancer, Vixen, Dancer and Comet after Santa’s reindeers.

The RSPCA is appealing for information to track down the person who abandoned them.

The remaining six hamsters have been named Rudolph, Blitzen, Prancer, Vixen, Dancer and Comet. Credit: RSPCA

"They were in such a terrible way when they were found.

"Their cage was filthy and some of them had wounds, presumably from fighting.

"Coupled with the fact that they had been left out in the cold, they were very vulnerable."

– Kate Wright, Animal Collection Officer, RSPCA
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