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Police concerned for welfare of missing woman

Nicola Dempsey Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a missing woman from Dunstable, Bedfordshire.

Nicola Dempsey, 42, was last seen this morning (Friday) at around 1.30am in Drovers Way.

She is described as white with short grey hair, medium build and around 5’2”.

She is wearing a black top with gold chains on the shoulders and blue ripped jeans. It is believed she also has a small beige Chihuahua with her.

Officers are asking for anyone with any information on her whereabouts to contact 101.

Luton man, 35, arrested over two rapes in 2007

A 35-year-old man from Luton has been charged in connection with two rapes which took place in 2007.

Shipu Ahmed, 35, of Avondale Road, was arrested yesterday (Thursday October 19) by Bedfordshire Police and later charged with two counts of rape.

The charges relate to assaults against a 15-year-old girl and a 22-year-old woman on November 30 2007 and December 15 2007. They are alleged to have taken place in Dunstable and Luton.

Ahmed appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court this morning (Friday) and has been remanded into custody. He will appear again on November 20.


CCTV released after armed robbery in Dunstable

Police have released CCTV images in connection with the robbery Credit: Bedfordshire police

Bedfordshire police has released CCTV images of two men they want to trace after an armed robbery in Dunstable last week.

The owner of the Costcutter convenience store in Union Street was threatened with a knife on 12th October at 9.45pm.

“This was a very distressing incident for the store owner. He was very brave and managed to spray the offenders with a marking spay and they fled the scene empty handed. We are keen to find the identity of the men in the photographs. If you recognise the individuals please get in touch.”

– Investigating Officer Jenita Tailor, Bedfordshire police

Tributes paid to man killed in Dunstable

Paul Pradier who died following an incident in Dunstable last Friday.

The family of Paul Pradier, who died following an incident in Dunstable on Friday evening, have paid tribute to him.

In a short statement they said

Paul was a lovable rogue. He was a loving son, brother and a great father. He will be missed greatly by his long term partner and all of his family. He was well known in the Downside area and his loss felt by all those who knew him. We would ask for time to grieve in private.

– Paul Pradier's family statement

Brendan Thomson, 26, was charged with murder following Paul Pradier's death.

Man appears in court following Dunstable death

A man has appeared in court following the death of a man in Dunstable

A man charged in connection with the death of a man in Dunstable has been remanded in custody.

Brendan Thomson, 26, was charged with murder yesterday (Tuesday) in relation to the death of Paul Pradier, who died following an incident in Southwood Road at around 4.20pm on Friday.

He appeared at Luton Magistrates' Court this morning (Wednesday) where he was remanded in custody ahead of his next court appearance.

Man arrested in connection with Dunstable murder investigation

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in Dunstable on Friday evening.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in Dunstable on Friday evening.

37 year old Paul Pradier, was struck by a car in Southwood Road. He died at the scene.

A 26 year old man from Dunstable was arrested this morning on suspicion of murder and is now being questioned by detectives.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Branston said:

We’re continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Pradier and would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident in Southwood Road, as well as an altercation between two men around 10 minutes before in Mayfield Road, to get in touch.

– DCI Mike Branston


Pedestrian killed after being hit by car in Bedfordshire

A pedestrian was killed in a crash on the A5 at Dunstable. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Bedfordshire are appealing for witnesses when a man died after being hit by a car on the A5 in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The man was walking along the road at about 3am when he was hit by Volvo which was travelling north towards Dunstable.

“We’re appealing for anyone who saw a pedestrian walking along the road prior to the collision to get in touch, as well as anyone who witnessed the collision itself.

“We are particularly keen to trace a cyclist who rode along the scene just moments before the collision.”

– Sgt Sam Cordingley, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit

One arrest after pedestrian hit by car in Bedfordshire

A pedestrian was hit by a car on the A5, High Street North, at Dunstable. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A pedestrian is in a serious condition after being hit by a car on a Bedfordshire high street.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested following the crash at High Street North in Dunstable at about 4.38am today (Saturday).

Bedfordshire Police were quick to assure the public it was not a "terror related incident".

Officers have referred the crash to the Independent Police Complaints Commission because of "prior police contact".

Police release CCTV after dumper truck ram-raid

Three men drove a dumper truck into a motorcycle shop in Dunstable. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have released CCTV images showing a dumper truck ram-raiding a motorcycle shop in Bedfordshire.

Thieves stole a JCB dumper truck from Luton on 21 January

Three men then drove to Dunstable on the vehicle - causing damage along the way - before reaching DBC Motorcycles, on Regent Street, around 9pm.

They drove into the shop, causing significant damage to the front door and surrounding brickwork.

The men weren't able to enter the shop, and they fled on foot.

The men were unable to enter the shop and they fled on foot. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

"While I appreciate the images are not of the best quality, there are a couple of distinctive clothing items which someone might recognise, particularly a bag belonging to one of the individuals. "The motorcycle shop is in a residential street, therefore there must be someone who saw or heard something which will help our investigation.

"I am confident that there will be someone out there who knows something and can help us trace these individuals.”

– Detective Constable Ben Stone, Bedfordshire Police
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