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Contractor appointed for Luton's Marsh Farm development

Flats at Marsh Farm, 2014 Credit: ITV News Anglia

A contractor has been appointed to work on Luton's Marsh farm development.

Housing and Construction company Keepmoat has officially started work on the £28 million regeneration scheme which will completely transform and improve the Marsh Farm area of Luton.

The development will see new modern housing and shops.

Luton Borough Council appointed the contractor to deliver the regeneration scheme over the next three years.

The first phase will see the new seven new shops built on the former Purway Close site with 24 apartments above.

"We have been waiting for this moment for a long time so it's really exciting to know our contractors are now on site and set to deliver major improvements to the Marsh Farm area. This scheme is set to make a real positive difference to the area, with high quality homes and shops bringing long-term social and economic benefits for local people."

– Cllr Tom Shaw, Portfolio Holder for housing

Jury hears man accused of killing Jordan Maguire had raped a woman the same day.

Jordan Maguire Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A jury at Luton crown court has been told a man accused of murdering 20 year old Jordan Maguire on the town's Marsh Farm estate had sexually assaulted a woman and then raped her 60 year old mother less than 2 hours before Mr Maguire was killed.

Prosecutor Dafydd Enoch QC told the 5 women and 7 men on the jury that 32 year old Jason Nelson carried out all 3 attacks on May 26 2013.

Mr Nelson who is originally from Grenada and had previously lived on the Marsh Farm estate was extradited from Trinidad following an appeal for information on Jordan Maguire's murder.

It's alleged he carried out the sexual assault and then the rape between 6pm and 7.30pm.

Flowers left at the scene at the time of Jordan Maguire's death Credit: ITV

It was around 8pm that evening that Jordan Maguire was murdered. It is claimed Nelson had gone to his home at Thrales Close to buy a bag of cannabis. He is alleged to have produced a black handled knife and held it above his head while Jordan's back was turned before stabbing him through the chest.

Mr Maguire is said to have shouted "Stop it!" and "Get out". The prosecution alleges he was then stabbed again in the chest before he tried to get away and was again stabbed in the back. As he stumbled away it is claimed Mr Nelson insulted Mr Maguire before calmly tucking the knife in the waistband of his trousers and walking away.

Jason Nelson is charged with sexual assault, rape and murder. He denies all the charges against him. The case continues at Luton crown court.


Police at scene of latest Luton murder

Police cordon at Luton murder scene Credit: ITV Anglia

Detectives are still investigating at the scene of a brutal murder in Luton yesterday evening.

A 20-year-old man received fatal stab wounds at a home in Thrales Close on the Marsh Farm estate. He was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital but pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Man arrested in connection with Luton shooting

Bedfordshire Police have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder after a teenager was shot in Luton.

The 16-year-old was shot in the back in the early hours of May 11th in Thricknells Close, Marsh Farm. He remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital. His injuries are described as ‘life changing’.

A 19-year-old man is being questioned by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit. He was stopped yesterday afternoon by armed response officers patrolling Marsh Farm. Police are currently putting on armed patrols in the area in response to a number of recent shootings.