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Appeal for witnesses to drive-by shootings

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a spate of drive-by shootings in Bedfordshire at the weekend.

Detectives are currently investigating two incidents where an air rifle was used to fire pellets at members of the public.

But it is thought other similar incidents may have taken place which have not yet been reported.

On Sunday, August 10, at 3.20pm a woman was walking along Bedford Road in Kempston, close to Sainsbury’s supermarket, when a car slowed down and an occupant fired a pellet at her which lodged in her shoulder.

The vehicle - a family saloon type car - then drove off towards Bedford and the victim was taken to Bedford Hospital for treatment.

About 25 minutes later, officers were called to an incident in Hillsden Avenue, Elstow, after a youth fired an air rifle at someone as they walked along an alleyway. He then ran away.

Five people were arrested a short time late. They have since been released on police bail.

“These were two very serious incidents which involved a weapon being discharged and members of the public fearing for their lives. I believe that other offences may have taken place on the same day and would urge anyone who has any information to come forward and speak with me.”

– Det Con Amanda Durrant, Bedfordshire Police.


Police release CCTV after theft from newsagents

Police are trying to trace these two men after a theft from a newsagents in Kempston Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police in Bedfordshire have released a CCTV picture of two men they're trying to track down following a theft from a newsagents in Kempston.

Police say shortly after they entered the Kempston News Shop at about 3pm on Saturday 6 April, the shop assistant’s mobile phone was stolen from the counter.

Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

Teenage defendant in Sharif Demirsay murder trial could give evidence this afternoon

Sharif Demirsay, who was killed at his home in Bedfordshire last year. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The jury in the trial of four people accused of murdering a Bedfordshire grandfather could hear from one of the teenage defendants this afternoon.

Sharif Demirsay, who was 65, was stabbed to death in his home in Vineyard Way, in Kempston, last year.

Four teenagers are on trial at Luton Crown Court accused of murder. All deny the charges.

Man charged following One Stop Shop robbery

A man has been charged with a robbery at the One Stop Shop in Hillgrounds Road, Kempston on January 31 in which a female shop assistant was injured.

Donovan Anthony Vernon, 46, of Broadway East, Northampton has been charged with robbery and possession of cannabis.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact Det Sgt Jo Corbyn on 01234 275308, or the 24 hour non-emergency police number 101.

Four teenagers on trial for murder of pensioner

Trial into death of Sharif Demirsay is due to start. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The jury in the trial of four teenagers accused of murdering a Bedfordshire pensioner is expected to start hearing evidence today.

Sharif Demirsay was killed in his home at Vineyard Way in Kempston in May last year. A 19-year-old man, two boys aged 17 and a 15-year-old boy all deny murder.


Teenagers remanded in custody

Mr Demirsay, 65, was stabbed to death at his home in May. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Four teenagers charged with the murder of Kempston grandfather Sharif Demirsay have been remanded in custody by Luton Crown Court for a further three months.

Mr Demirsay, 65, was stabbed to death at his home in May.

The four, aged 15, 17, 17, and 19 will appear on January 6 at Luton for a plea and case management hearing.

Demirsay murder: Four teenagers charged

Sharif Demirsay Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Four young men, aged between 15 and 19 have been charged with the murder of Kempston grandfather Sharif Demirsay. All four were arrested yesterday and charged last night.

They have been held in police custody and will appear before Luton magistrates court this morning (Wednesday). Mr Demirsay, who was 65, was stabbed to death at his home in May.

Demirsay murder: Three re-arrested

Sharif Demirsay Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Detectives investigating the murder of Sharif Demirsay have re-arrested three people in connection with the killing.

Mr Demirsay, 65, from Kempston in Bedfordshire was stabbed to death at his home in May.

Bedfordshire Police say the all three people have been previously arrested and have been on police bail while enquiries continued.

The suspects are aged 15, 17, and 19. The Crown Prosecution Service authorised their re-arrest on the basis of further evidence.

A £10,000 reward is still available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the offenders.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Bedfordhsire, Cambridgeshire and Herts Major Crime Unit on 01480 422791.

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