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Former police advisor admitted having indecent photos

A police adviser who admitted possessing indecent photos of children has been given a three-year community order. Trevor Hartwell, 71, sat on the Bedfordshire independent police advisory group - made up of civilians who gave police advice. The pensioner told a senior officer he had viewed the indecent images as research for his role. But Hartwell later admitted 12 charges of possessing indecent photos of children after his computer was searched. Hartwell, from Biggleswade, was given a three-year community order by Judge Philip Bartle QC at Luton Crown Court. He must attend 35 two-hour sessions of an internet sex offenders programme and sign the sex offenders register for five years


Parents protest over classroom technology after they're asked to buy iPads for their children

Parents in Bedfordshire have formed a protest group against their school which is suggesting they pay up to £300 pounds for their child to own an iPad.

Biggleswade Academy says the mobile learning scheme for Years 5 and 6 is optional but parents say they feel pressured into taking part in case their child misses out in the classroom

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

Bedfordshire: Parents angry at plans for kids to use their own iPads at school

Biggleswade Academy wants to launch a mobile learning scheme. Credit: PA

Parents from a school in Bedfordshire have formed a protest group against plans for every child in year 5 and 6 to own an iPad.

Biggleswade Academy wants to launch a mobile learning scheme, which would see them using their own iPads at school.

But some parents have hit out at the plans, which asks them to buy the equipment if they can afford it.

The school says the scheme's voluntary, and a limited number of iPads will be available for students who don't have their own.

Security guard hurt in Asda robbery

A security guard was injured during an armed robbery at Asda in Biggleswade last night. Staff were cashing up at the store in Church Street at 10pm when four masked men entered and demanded money. They were armed with what's thought to have been copper pipes made to look like guns.

They threatened staff and assaulted the security guard before escaping with a substantial amount of cash. The offenders left in a dark blue Audi A4 on false ’52 number plates, which has since been recovered. Anyone with information should contact Det Con Surinder Ram, from Bedford CID.


Man appears in court after supermarket car park death

A man has appeared in court charged with manslaughter after an incident at the Asda car park in Biggleswade. Credit: ITV Anglia

A man has appeared in court in Bedfordshire charged with manslaughter following a death in a supermarket car park.

Alan Watts, 65, is accused of killing Brian Holmes who was knocked to the ground on Saturday 3 August in an incident at the Asda car park in Biggleswade.

A post mortem examination revealed Mr Holmes died from a head injury.

Mr Watts, of Lindsell Crescent, Biggleswade, appeared at Bedford Magistrates' Court and has been bailed to appear at Luton Crown Court later in August. His bail conditions include not driving and not going to Asda.

Man in court accused of car park assault

A man from Bedfordshire's due in court today following an alleged fatal assault in a supermarket car park.

Brian Holmes, who was 64, died after suffering a serious head injury at the Asda in Biggleswade earlier this month.

Alan Watts, 65, from Lindsell Crescent in the town, has been charged with manslaughter. He's due to appear at Bedford Magistrates' Court this morning.

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