Bedford: New consular service for Italians to open

The Italian community protested in 2012. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new consular service for Italians is officially opened in Bedford today.

The office is run by volunteers and means Italians won't have to travel to London for services such as renewing passports.

It follows protests by the Italian community in 2012 when the consulate office was shut as part of the country's cost-cutting measures.