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Council insists Luton Dunstable Busway is a success, despite lower than expected passenger numbers

The Luton Dunstable Busway. Credit: ITV News Anglia

As the Luton Dunstable Busway nears its first anniversary, figures show that passenger numbers are lower than first hoped.

It was estimated around 2,500,000 journeys would be made on the route in the first nine months, but the actual number was just over 1,000,000.

Luton Borough Council insists the project is a success, and announced today that another service will be added.

"Six years ago when we were doing the business case, there were higher figures and it was an assumption.

Of course, the recession came in between that, but I think with 1.3million passengers on the busway in 2014, it's great news in any language."

– Cllr Dave Taylor, Luton Borough Council

Police hunting for 'potential rapist' in Luton

Police in Luton are seeking help to track down a man they describe as a "potential rapist".

Location of assault in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

The man assaulted a woman in an alley between Dunsmore Road and Milton Road last Wednesday afternoon.

He grabbed her but she managed to break free and run away. Her attacker was white, with a tattoo on the left side of his neck.

Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact DC Mirian Khajavelidze in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Tributes to rugby player who died in car crash

Rugby players in Luton have been paying tribute to one of their team mates who was killed in a car crash.

Mark Davey had been driving home after last week's match when his car left the road at Wixams in Bedfordshire.

His team held a minute's applause before their game on Saturday.

Police have renewed their appeal for the driver of a second car who left the scene to come forward

Sister makes emotional appeal over missing landlady

Deborah Steel Credit: ITV Anglia

The half-sister of missing landlady Deborah Steel has made a video appeal for information into her disappearance.

Gini Secker, who's 47, from Nottingham, made the appeal after police recently reopened the investigation into the case.

Deborah, former landlady of the Royal Standard Public House, disappeared on December 28, 1997.

"Now the case has been reopened I plead to anyone who knows anything however minor it may seem to them to now come forward. We are convinced that someone knows about her fate. It has been a heavy burden to carry all these years and all we wish for is the answers so we can lay Debbie to rest at last.”

– Gini Secker, Deborah Steel's half-sister

Police appeal for red car involved in M1 crash that killed two

Bedfordshire Police are trying to track down a red car after a pile-up on the M1 that cost the lives of two women on Monday.

Six cars and a motorbike were involved in the multiple crash on Monday,15 September 2014. A 36-year-old woman died at the scene and a 90-year-old woman died later in hospital.

The incident happened at 5.40am on the Northbound carriageway of the M1 between junctions 11 and 12 and closed the motorway for several hours.

“It appears that one vehicle moved suddenly in front of the motorcycle which caused the rider to lose control and fall from her machine. Other vehicles following behind attempted to avoid the rider and her motorbike causing several collisions between themselves.”

– PC Andy Ralph, BCH Roads Policing Unit

Bedfordshire Police are seeking the drivers of a red car and white van involved in the incident for further information which may help piece together exactly what happened. Anyone with information can contact PC Andy Ralph, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.


Driver killed in Porsche-Audi crash named as Luton rugby player

Flowers by the roadside on the A6 near Bedford where the crash happened. Credit: Stuart Leithes / ITV News Anglia

The man killed on the A6 near Bedford when the Audi he was driving was hit by a Porsche that did not stop has been named as a Luton rugby player.

Mark Davey, 33, was on his way back from a match against Bedford Swifts when the crash happened at ten to six on Saturday evening. He was confirmed dead at Bedford Hospital South Wing.

The driver of the Porsche did not stop and carried on driving north towards Bedford along the A6. Officers are appealing to the public to help trace this person and the vehicle.

Multiple pile-up on M1 leaves woman dead and several injured

A woman has been killed in a six-vehicle crash that caused chaos on the M1 in Bedfordshire for much of the day.

Several other people were injured - some seriously - in the crash involving five cars and a motorbike.

The crash, near junction 12, closed the motorway heading north for ten hours and led to long delays stretching back to Hertfordshire and as far north as Milton Keynes.

M1 re-opens after six-vehicle crash

The M1 in Luton has re-opened ten hours after a six-vehicle crash which killed a woman and injured several other people.

The Highways Agency said: A multi-vehicle collision caused the northbound carriageway of the motorway to close at junction 11. We have worked hard to have the road open as quickly as possible, but there are still minor delays in the area."

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