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'Finally caught up with those pesky Duke boys'

Bedfordshire Police were happy to play along with this photo opportunity when they came across this General Lee replica. Credit: @roadpoliceBCH

Bedfordshire Police have done what the authorities of Hazzard County never managed - finally catching up with those pesky Duke boys.

The area's roads policing team came across this broken down car on the mean streets of Shefford over the weekend.

The Dodge Charger is a replica of General Lee, the car driven by Bo and Luke Duke in the 1980s US TV show The Dukes of Hazzard.

But its owner was having a little trouble keeping ahead of Boss Hogg and his colleagues - having suffered a broken gear box.

While waiting for a recovery car, he asked police for a quick photo op - something the officers were more than happy to help out with.


Quake fears for fireman and wife

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue are concerned for the safety of Crew Commander Clive Wilkinson and his wife Heather, last heard of trekking in the Langtang region, north of Kathmandu, Nepal. Clive was last in contact with his sister Karen Wilkinson-Bell, who lives in Yorkshire, after the main earthquake struck the region but contact has been lost with him since then.

The Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Bedfordshire, Glen Ranger, has made contact with one of the international Fire and Rescue Service search teams deployed to the area to assist in locating and contacting him.

Clive and Heather Wilkinson live in Shefford, Bedfordshire, and Clive has been with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service since 1989. He is currently Crew Commander at Kempston Community Fire Station.

Clive sponsors a child in Nepal and has a history of working with young people in the UK including sailing with young people to help them develop as part of a team in often challenging conditions. He participated in a Tall Ships event in Baltic and Norway 2013/2014.

My brother has been supporting a family in Nepal since he first travelled there 10 years ago, and had met up with them in Kathmandu only last week, before he and Heather embarked on their trek through the Langtang Valley. I know he will be very concerned for his local friends there, and doing what he can to help.

– Karen Wilkinson-Bell, Clive's sister

Glen Ranger, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said: "At present the Service has Clive, his wife and family in our thoughts and we have offered any support and assistance we can give to his family. We will keep in contact with the Fire and Rescue Search team in Nepal to assist in locating him as soon as possible. It is possible he is helping with the rescue efforts there already."

– Glen Ranger, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Bedfordshire

Doctor facing indecent assault charges

A doctor from Bedfordshire has been charged with eight counts of indecent assault.

Dr Robert Lewis, who is 48, from Northbridge Street, in Shefford, will appear at Bedford Magistrates Court on December 3 to answer the charges.

They relate to pre-employment medicals carried out during the period of 1999-2003. The relevant medical governing bodies are aware of the investigation.


Woman grabbed in Bedfordshire

A 20 year old woman walking home in the early hours of Sunday morning (15th September) was grabbed from behind as she walked through Shefford town centre.

The incident happened sometime between 1.30am and 2am in Northbridge Street.

A man ran up to her from behind, put his arms around her chest and grabbed her breasts, trying to drag her in the direction of the public toilet in Northbridge Street.

She struggled with him, a noise came from the direction of the pub, disturbing him so that he ran off.

The man is described as white, aged about 30-40 years, with a ring on his left hand and wearing a black top made of sweatshirt type material.

If you were around in Shefford at the time, or have any information that could help, please call Det Con Whitson at Bedford CID direct on 01234 275227.

Boy bitten in the face by dog in Bedfordshire playground

The injuries suffered in the dog attack

An eight-year-old boy has been bitten in the face by a dog as he played in a park in Bedfordshire.

He had to be taken to hospital after the attack which happened at around 3pm on the 28th July at the playground on Churchill Way, Shefford.

The injuries suffered in the dog attack

Bedfordshire Police are now trying to trace the dog's owner. He was with two young children and the Weimeraner-type dog.

After the attack, he used his T-shirt to wipe blood away from the boy's face, before leaving the park with the dog and two children.

He is described as a white male, in his late 20s or early 30s, around five feet nine inches tall and believed to live locally.

Police are urging witnesses or anyone with further information to contact them on the non-emergency 101 number.