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Lorry search ends as six people are arrested

Six people thought to be in the UK illegally have been detained by police in Bedfordshire - after officers received a distressed call from a person in the back of a lorry.

Earlier today, Essex Police put out an appeal to trace a white lorry which had entered the country at Kent and had driven into Essex and along the A414 at North Weald.

Officers had received a call from someone in a distressed state who claimed they were in the back of a vehicle.

A police spokesman confirmed the lorry had been found by officers in Bedfordshire.

Distraction burglary victim, 96, dies

An elderly woman, who was the victim of a distraction burglary in Bedfordshire, has died.

The 96-year-old, who was locked inside her house by the burglars, passed away on Sunday - three days after the theft.

At about 9.20pm on Thursday, a man knocked on the door of a house in The Pyghtle, in Turvey, near Bedford, and told the owner he had damaged her fence.

While the woman went outside to speak to him, a second man entered her house.

When the woman went back into the house, the man left, locking the woman inside on his way out.

Both men are described as white and about 16 years old. One was thin and wearing a blue linen-style hat and a navy t-shirt. The second was wearing dark clothing and a dark baseball cap.

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Police begin speeding crack-down

Police in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire will be doing targeted patrols through the month of May to catch people breaking the speed limit.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Beds, Herts and Cambs Road Policing Unit want to highlight to drivers that speed remains one of the most critical factors in fatal collisions. They say that despite this too many people ignore poor road conditions, breaking the speed limit and putting lives at risk.

Throughout May, the unit will be increasing its number of patrols on the region's roads specifically to catch speeding drivers.

Boy thrown from quad bike

A 5-year-old boy suffered head injuries when he was thrown from quad bike in Desborough in Northamptonshire.

The boy was injured on Monday evening Credit: ITV News Anglia

The boy was riding pillion along a grass verge in Braybrooke Road at about 6pm on Monday evening. A 39-year-old man, who was riding the quad bike, broke bones in his hands and chest.

Northamptonshire Police say they would like to speak to anyone with information about what happened.

Road rage driver threw man's keys in a field before driving off

A driver tried to punch another motorist before grabbing his car keys and throwing them into a field.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the road rage incident which happened on the A143 at Haddiscoe, near Great Yarmouth, at about 5.10pm on April 3.

The male victim was driving a silver VW Bora when a man driving a blue Astra got out of his vehicle and approached him.

He reached through the driver’s window and attempted to punch him before taking the victim’s car keys out of the ignition and throwing them into a nearby field. The man then drove off.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101.

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Police search for armed robber who stole cash

Police in Essex are looking for an armed robber who threatened staff, then fled from a Basildon shop with a three-figure sum of cash.

He went into Martins newsagents in Whitmore Way armed with a knife and demanded money from the till. The robbery happened at just before 3pm on Wednesday the 1st of April.

Detectives say the suspect was white, between 5ft 9ins and 6ft 2ins tall and of slim build. He was wearing a light grey hooded sweatshirt, dark tracksuit bottoms, dark gloves and a dark scarf around his face. He spoke with a local accent. The police want anyone who might have information to contact them.

Man in court over fatal stabbing in 2013

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a man in Luton. 20-year-old Jordan Maguire was fatally stabbed at his home in Thrales Close on the Marsh Farm Estate in May 2013.

Jordan Maguire died in May 2013 Credit: Bedfordshire Police

32-year-old Jason Nelson has appeared at Luton Magistrates' Court charged with Jordan Maguire's murder, after being extradited to the UK from Trinidad. He was remanded in custody to return to court on the 28th of April.

Man punched in the face in knifepoint robbery

A man was punched in the face, and had his phone and wallet stolen, in a knifepoint robbery in Northampton.

He was walking home through Dallington Park at about 10.20pm on Saturday the 28th of March when two men approached him on Harlestone Road near The Avenue.

One of the men told him to hand over his wallet and phone. When he refused, the robber punched the man in the face and pulled out a knife. The other man then hit him in the back of the head, knocking the victim to the ground.

Police describe the men as both white and in their early twenties. One had short cropped ginger blonde hair, and was of average build and about 5ft10 tall. He had a Northampton accent and was wearing light coloured clothing. The second man had slightly longer hair and wore dark clothing.

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