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Attacker jailed for brutal assault over £20 debt

Police said Burke carried out a nasty, sustained attack Credit: Beds Police

A man from Bedford's been jailed for subjecting a man who owed him £20 to a terrifying ordeal.

Jason Burke, from Cotton End, admitted grievous bodily harm.

Luton Crown Court heard he beat and threatened his victim for four hours in a humiliating attack in October. Burke's been jailed for two years.

The incident took place at a house in Bedford, to which the 44-year-old had tracked his victim down. He forced himself into the property in an aggressive manner and told the victim the £20 he owed him had gone up to £60. He then punched him in the face while shouting and swearing.

Burke threw ornaments at him and hit him over the head with a figurine, causing blood to go everywhere.

As the man tried to escape, he dragged him back, punched and kicked him, attempted to tie him up, lashed him with the zip of a cardigan, spat on him, threatened to urinate on him and hurt his mother. The victim suffered whip marks to his body, shoulders and arms, a gash to his forehead, lumps to his head and a sore jaw.

This was clearly a terrifying ordeal for the victim, which has had a long lasting effect on him.

"Burke humiliated him in a nasty sustained assault which for lasted hours and we’re glad he’s taken been taken off the streets."

– Detective Sergeant Simon Hancock

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Cricket gets the walking treatment to widen access to the sport

One of the first 'walking' cricket clubs in Britain has opened in Bedford. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cricket is the latest sport to get the 'walking' treatment to open up the game to a wider group of players.

It is played at a slightly more leisurely pace and is meant for over 50s both experienced and beginner.

It can provide a lower impact way of staying active and avoiding injuries.

The walking cricket club in Bedford is one of the first in the country and joins the walking netball and hockey clubs that are also hosted there.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Graham Stothard from the John Bunyan Sports Centre in Bedford
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