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Luton Airport set to return to normal service after scare

Luton Airport is expected to return to normal service this morning after a major security scare caused chaos for holidaymakers.

The airport was evacuated yesterday, with all flights suspended and roads shut following the discovery of a suspicious item in the security search area.

Luton Airport is expected to return to normal service this morning, a spokesman said. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion before customers were allowed to return to the terminal almost four hours later.

"We are working hard throughout the night and into tomorrow morning when we expect operations to return to normal," a spokesman for the airport said.

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Man arrested after elderly woman stabbed to death

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after being detained by members of the public following the stabbing of an elderly woman motorist, police said.

Bedfordshire Police said the victim, a woman in her 70s, was fatally injured around 3pm yesterday in Trent Road, Luton.

A man in his 50s was detained by members of the public at the scene and police arrested the man, who was known to the victim, on suspicion of attempted murder.

He was taken to Luton Police Station for questioning and subsequently re-arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Man stabbed several times by burglars during break-in

A father is being treated in hospital after he was stabbed several times by burglars during a break-in at his home.

Three men are believed to have forced their way into the man's home in Luton in the early hours of the morning as his family slept.

He was awoken by a noise and went downstairs to investigate at around 3.25am on Saturday morning but was stabbed when he confronted the burglars, who then fled on foot.

The man, said to be in a serious but stable condition, was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital after the alarm was raised by his wife and daughter.

Detective Constable Mo Hussain said: "This was an appalling attack on a family man within his own home and I would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak with us.

"While the victim has suffered some very nasty injuries, he is in a stable condition and has responded very well to treatment."

M1 northbound closed after 5-car incident near Luton

Multiple emergency service vehicles attend the scene. Credit: ITV News

The M1 northbound was closed between junctions 11 and 12 on Saturday afternoon after a road traffic accident involving five cars near Luton, fire services said.

One vehicle was on its roof in the fast lane where rescue workers were attempting to free a trapped woman.

Four fire engines are currently in attendance, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

Emergency services received reports of the incident at 12.15pm on Saturday.

Firefighters attempt to rescue a woman trapped in an overturned vehicle. Credit: ITV News

Duo jailed for pushing destitute men into forced labour

Tommy Connors Senior (left), 53, who was jailed for eight years and his son Patrick Connors (right), 21, for five years. Credit: Bedfordshire Police/PA Wire

A father and son who forced destitute men into servitude for up to 15 years at a time have been jailed.

Tommy Connors Senior, 53, was jailed for eight years and his son Patrick, 21, for five years at Luton Crown Court, Bedfordshire Police said.

The pair, from the Greenacres site in Little Billington, Leighton Buzzard, had been convicted last July of servitude, compulsory labour and assault charges after a trial at the court.

They were sentenced after a separate trial failed to reach verdicts on other charges against both men and two more of Connors Senior's sons James Connors, 25, and Tommy Junior Connors, 27.

The daughter of Connors Senior and her husband were jailed over slavery charges last year.

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Gang tried to make bomb from terror manual

The Luton terrorist group were trying to make an an improvised explosive device (IED) based on instructions in an al Qaida manual entitled "Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom - by the al Qaida chef", the court was told.

Covert recordings of the pair heard Iqbal suggesting attaching the bomb to a remote controlled toy car and sending it under the gap of a gate to a Territorial Army (TA) centre in Luton.

The men were arrested following a series of raids at their homes in April last year after an intelligence-led joint operation by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command and the British Security Service (BSS).

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