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Jail for sex offender who travelled from Scotland planning to abuse a girl in Luton

Robert Burns travelled from Scotland intending to abuse a child Credit: Beds Police

A man from Scotland has been jailed for five-and-a-half years after travelling around 370 miles with the intention of meeting a child for sex in Bedfordshire.

Robert Burns, 48, from Glasgow, was sentenced today (Friday 17 November) at Luton Crown Court after being found guilty of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

He was deemed dangerous by the judge and given an extended licence period of four-and-a-half years on his release from prison.

Burns used a website to chat to people, specifying on his profile that he liked ‘girls between 9 and 12’. After engaging in conversation over email he swapped phone numbers with someone he had met on the site, and made plans to travel to Luton intending to abuse an eight-year-old girl in June.

When he was arrested on arrival he had four packets of condoms, as well as a cuddly toy and two dolls.

“He travelled around 370 miles which included a seven hour overnight bus journey with the intention of meeting and sexually abusing a child. In his interview he stated that numerous messages where he had spoken about the meeting were ‘fantasy gone too far’, but his real intentions were clear as he arrived with four packets of condoms in his possession”.

– Emma Shipton from Bedfordshire Police’s Internet Child Abuse Investigation Team

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Pedestrian dies after collision with car in Luton

Appeal for witnesses after lunchtime collision in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

A pedestrian has died following a collision with a car in Luton.

It happened at the exit to the Silver Street Car Park on Friday afternoon (10 November).

A man in his 30s has just left The Mall on Silver Street when he collided with a black Vauxhall Corsa.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Andrews on 101 quoting reference number 133 of 10 November, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Commuters urged to make small talk to help prevent railway suicides

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Rail passengers are being urged to strike up conversation beside railway tracks in an attempt to reduce suicides.

The campaign Small Talk Saves Lives is being supported by a Greater Anglia worker who's quick actions prevented a distressed man from taking his own life at a level crossing last year.

The hope from Samaritans who are part of the campaign is that it will start a wider conversation on how suicide is preventable.

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Luton family devastated after family pet found mutilated

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A family from Luton say they've devastated after their pet rabbit was mutilated in their back garden.

Amber Hunt found the body of Casper on Friday morning.

She'd had her head and both legs cut off.

Police are linking it to a series of attacks on domestic animals across London and the south east.

Around 250 animals are thought to have been killed in similarly violent fashion over the last two years.

Students take a stand against bullying

Three hundred students from across the UK have teamed up to tackle bullying.

Among them were pupils from Aylsham High School in Norfolk, who took part in a day of workshops and discussions as part of Anti-Bullying Week.

The event was organised by the charity the 'Diana Award' with the theme 'all different, all equal.'

Children are being encouraged to celebrate differences and be who you want to be.

Car park attendant attacked with knife following robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses Credit: Google maps

A car park attendant has been attacked with a knife and left needing surgery following a robbery in Luton.

It happened yesterday morning in the car park of Co-Op on the corner of Biscot Road and Saxon Road.

The victim was approached by two men, one wielding a large kitchen knife, who assaulted him, leaving him unconscious and requiring surgery.

The suspects made off with a substantial amount of cash and the victim’s mobile phone.

One of the suspects is described as a white, in his mid-20s, slim, and with brown stubble. He was wearing a grey hooded top and blue jeans.

Detective Constable Brendan Street said: “This unprovoked robbery left the victim with nasty injuries.

"The incident happened at a busy time of the day and we understand a number of members of the public were in the area so we would urge anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch.”

  • Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Street on 101 quoting reference C/48394/2017. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
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