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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Luton bodybuilder Jenev Varghese jailed 12 years for abusing girl

A championship bodybuilder from Luton who abused a four-year-old girl has been jailed for 12 years.

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Christmas benefits 2017 to be paid EARLY - these are the dates you can expect them

Christmas can usually be a difficult time financially but it’s especially tough if you’re relying on benefits.

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Can you get sued for clearing snow and ice from your paths and driveways? Expert advice

Despite snow falling on most of the region, many residents are still nervous about clearing it for fear of getting punished.

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

VIDEO: Shooting stars due to provide one of most dazzling displays ever this week

Night-time sky-watchers willing to brave the cold can look forward to a spectacular display of shooting stars later this week.

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Opposition to Luton Airport expansion from Herts County Council

Hertfordshire County Council has registered its opposition to neighbouring Luton’s plan to expand its airport.

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Police are advising drivers to be aware of driving the morning after a night of drinking

Police are warning drivers to be aware of driving the morning after a night of drinking as they may still be over the drink drive limit.

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Man pleads guilty to racially aggravated harassment

A 46-year-old man from Luton has been given a community order, after pleading guilty to racially aggravated harassment with fear of violence.

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Luton family fined nearly £10,000 over illegal residence

A family from Luton have incurred costs totalling nearly £10,000 after being found guilty of planning offences dating back four years ago.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Shave it off for foodbank

Two Police Community Support Officers shaved their heads to raise money for the Luton Foodbank.

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‘Ambitious’ plans to grow Luton Airport over 30 years

An “ambitious” vision to grow London Luton Airport over 30 years has been revealed by owner London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) as part of Luton Council’s £1.5bn investment programme.

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Police are reminding people to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity

Police are reminding people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity, as they continue to promote the Action Counters Terrorism campaign in the lead up to Christmas.

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School closures after snow fall

Schools across Bedfordshire are closed this morning because of the snow.

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Police issue warning to public over fake banknotes this Christmas

Police are warning people to be on their guard during the festive shopping season, as fraudsters take advantage of those full of the festive spirit.

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Aldi recalls food product because it could contain small pieces of hard plastic

Aldi has recalled one of its food products owing to worries that it may be contaminated with small pieces of hard plastic.

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M&S slammed over “irresponsible” plastic apple packaging

Marks & Spencer has been slammed by shoppers and scientists for selling apples in a plastic TUBE - so they can fit in car cup holders.

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Winter Wonderland fun for Rainbows

Three hundred Rainbows and 120 leaders from across Bedfordshire attended the Rainbow Winter Wonderland event held at Denbigh School in Luton on Sunday, December 3.

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Scouts save the world from toxic threat

More than 140 Luton Scouts and their leaders survived a series of devilish Bear Grylls challenges at Milton Bryan camp site.

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Council says thanks to caring foster parents

Luton Council paid tribute to fosters carers who have dedicated many years of their lives to help children in need at an awards ceremony recently.

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Sum feat by young mathematicians

The regional finals of the National Young Mathematicians’ Awards took place at Explore Learning Bramingham Park, where children from across Luton battled it out in a series of mathematical problems for a place at the grand final.

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Maintaining our top activity in the face of acute financial challenges

What is free, widely available and helps make a difference to people, families and communities?

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Do you have valuable Star Wars toys in the attic?

With the latest instalment of Star Wars series ‘The Last Jedi’ due for release next week, the Force could be with Star Wars fans who have valuable vintage action figures.

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Facebook launches messaging app for under-13s

Facebook has launched a messaging app for kids, a move which will see the social media giant expand their user base to a whole previously under-age sector.

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Poundland launches Toblerone-style treat with 20 per cent more chocolate after court battle

Poundland has finally launched its £1 ‘Twin Peaks’ Toblerone-style chocolate bar this week after a lengthy legal wrangle over its shape and packaging.

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Letterbox shooters, who targeted the wrong man, jailed for a total of 100 years

Four men, including a man from Barton le Clay, who conspired to murder a man by shooting him with a sawn-off shotgun through a letterbox have been sentenced to a combined total of 100 years’ in prison.

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Pupils protest at Chalk Hills Academy in Luton

Parents say children have been suspended from Chalk Hills Academy after protesting against the treatment of a teacher.

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Luton chemist’s £1.5k penalty after illegal practice

A Luton chemist who carried on working after he was suspended by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) has been fined over £1,500.

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Luton Borough Council’s £1m parking profit is revealed...

The RAC has revealed that English councils made a record £819 million from their parking operations in the last financial year, as the Herald & Post can reveal the figures for Luton and Dunstable areas.

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Pioneering BBC project secures four local democracy reporters for Luton News and sister titles in region

The Luton News and its sister titles in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire will be taking on four local democracy reporters to help cover council and public meetings in the region as part of the BBC’s Local News Partnerships.

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Santa’s visit to Luton for some festive fun

Shoppers were treated to a special Christmas visit from Santa, Mrs Claus and some walkabout entertainers in the town centre for some festive fun on Saturday. Luton Business Improvement District (BID) organised the visit and families enjoyed seeing Santa while shopping for Christmas.

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Pervert jailed after travelling to Luton to meet child for sex

A registered sex offender from Birmingham has been jailed for four years after travelling to Luton with the intention of meeting a child to sexually abuse them.

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Two Luton men charged with assault

Two Luton men were charged with assault yesterday following separate investigations by Bedfordshire Police.

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Woman trapped in Luton Police Station after officers forget about her

A woman was locked inside Luton Police Station for two hours after officers forgot about her and went home.

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Class B Drug, firearm and ammunition found in Luton’s in Morris Close

Two men have been charged following a warrant in Luton yesterday (Tuesday).

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Teen who supports others wins YOPEY

A teenager from Luton was one of the big winners at the recent YOPEY awards.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

‘Police left me home alone with burglars’

A woman was left alone in her home for nearly an hour after reporting that burglars were downstairs in her property, because the police were dealing with another incident.

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Have your say on flood plans

Residents are being invited to find out more about planned Houghton Regis Flood Alleviation Scheme next week.

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Luton burglars get their comeuppance

A man described as a ‘one man crime wave’ has been sentenced to six years in prison after committing more than 200 burglaries.

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Armed robbers target Barton Rovers FC a second time

Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at Barton Rovers Football Club on Sunday.

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Ho, ho, ho - Ron plans to carry on as Santa

An 82-year-old Luton man who claims to be the UK’s longest-serving Father Christmas has said he has no plans to retire despite racking up 53 years in the job.

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Firefighters plea: stay safe over Christmas after spate of fires

Firefighters from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service had a busy weekend in the lead up to Christmas dealing with two serious house fires and several other incidents that could have been more dangerous.

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Luton gang throws bleach into woman’s face

Police are appealing for information after a woman had a substance thrown over her in Luton last week.

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Next recall children’s coats over choking fears

Next have recalled a pair of children’s coats following the discovery that they could present a choking hazard.

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Xenophobic Brits more likely to have voted Brexit claims study

British citizens who fear immigrants and thought they threatened their values and way of life were more likely to have voted Brexit.

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Rewind to the future: cassettes could be the new vinyl

Any music fan will be aware of how vinyl records have become strangely fashionable again, with the retro format enjoying a resurgence as an alternative mp3 downloads and streaming.

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Jumping for joy, and for charity

Children jumped for joy and raised money for charity at a school event.

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Darren runs his way to happiness

A man who was tired of being overweight and unfit now loves running.

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‘Priceless’ care, counselling and support for families and friends

A tragic loss has lead a young widower to speak out in support of a Chichester hospice.

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Morrison’s recalls chicken pies - because the filling contains fish and mustard

Supermarket giant Morrison’s has pulled its chicken and mushroom pies off its shelves - because some are actually fish pies.

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Diabetes and obesity ‘cause almost 800,000 cancers a year’

Almost 800,000 cancer cases a year are caused by being overweight or diabetic, a study shows.

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Study says we are sentimental and still prefer cards over texts or email

Sentimental Brits would prefer to receive a Christmas card than a text or email, a study has found.

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Friday, 1 December 2017

High value jewellery stolen during Luton burglary

Bedfordshire Police has released images of jewellery taken during a burglary on Calverton Road, Luton on 23 November.

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High Town man and woman charged with people trafficking

A man and woman in Luton are among a group of seven charged with human trafficking offences after a string of raids across four counties.

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Two fined over blue badge use

Two people have been fined after being caught out during an exercise on the potential misuse of disability blue badges.

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VIDEO: Warning after holidaymaker is potentially scarred for life - by henna tattoo MOUSTACHE

A holidaymaker has been left red-faced and potentially scarred for life - by a henna tattoo MOUSTACHE.

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Man threatens post officer worker with meat cleaver in Hockwell Ring robbery

A post office worker was threatened with a meat cleaver during a robbery in Hockwell Ring this week.

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World Cup draw: England’s groups throughout the years

The draw for the 2018 World Cup takes place today, at 3pm GMT.

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40 weapons handed in during Bedforshire firearms amnesty

Almost 40 weapons were handed in during a Beds Police firearms surrender campaign.

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Meet Santa and his elves at The Mall

Luton BID is inviting people to meet Santa, Mrs Claus and the elves at The Mall on Saturday.

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Should Trump visit be cancelled? Bedfordshire MPs have their say

Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK should be cancelled because of his “vile hatred”, according to one Bedfordshire MP.

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Luton woman attacked in attempted robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was injured in an attempted robbery on Monday morning (27 November) in Moor Path, Luton.

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Gunshots fired in Luton carjacking

A driver dropped to the ground in terror after armed robbers fired four shots while stealing his car in Luton.

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Amir Khan’s wife Faryal Makhdoom meets fans at Luton’s new Marhaba Restaurant

The wife of world champion boxer Amir Khan was welcomed to Luton on Friday to attend a ‘meet and greet’ at a new restaurant and sheesha lounge.

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Luton Foodbank launch advent calendar appeal to help families in poverty

Luton Foodbank has launched its ‘Christmas Appeal’ as the charity asks kind residents to help adults and children in poverty and crisis.

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Registered sex offender jailed after travelling to Luton with intention to abuse child

A registered sex offender from Birmingham has been jailed for four years after travelling to Luton with the intention of meeting a child to sexually abuse them.

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Luton man charged with Chapel Street robberies, and possessing sharp article offences

A man from Luton was charged yesterday (Wednesday) with two counts of robbery and two counts of possessing a knife blade or sharp article in a public place.

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Warning to dog owners aver Alabama Rot disease after dog dies

Leading vets are advising dog owners to know the signs of Alabama rot disease after a new case was confirmed in Warwickshire this week.

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How quickly do Bedfordshire Police helicopters respond to incidents?

Questions have been raised after a watchdog highlighted concerns over the speed of response by police helicopters.

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Are you freezing at work? This is how cold it has to be before you can legally go home

England is set to freeze this week as temperatures plummet across the country but how cold does it have to be before you can leave work?

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Luton singer ‘Miss Fiona Rae’ helps Caribbean night for children’s charities

A kind-hearted Luton singer is hoping Bedfordshire residents will help support a Christmas Caribbean night for children’s charities.

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‘Children keep walking in dog mess on Luton streets!’

A concerned Luton mother is fed up with amount of dog mess left on the pavements, after witnessing children and toddlers treading in it.

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House prices in Central Beds, Luton and Bucks rise higher than national average

House prices in Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire have risen higher than the national average in the past year.

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Britain First leader Jayda Fransen re-tweeted by Donald Trump

A Britain First leader banned from Luton has spoken of her delight after being re-tweeted by Donald Trump.

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When do the Christmas school holidays start in the Luton area?

The Christmas school holidays in Luton will soon be upon us and here is a reminder of important diary dates for your children, which every parent needs to jot down.

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Legoland treat for Luton burns victim Shamiam

Luton teenage burns survivor Shamiam Arif was among VIP guests when she joined the Children’s Burns Club charity Winter Family Fun Day at Legoland recently.

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Peppa Pig and PJ Masks join Christmas parade in Luton

Christmas arrived in Luton on Thursday as children’s favourite TV characters Peppa Pig and PJ Masks joined The Mall’s Big Christmas Parade and Party.

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Harlington school choir records festive song for CHUMS

There’s a very special connection between Harlington Lower School and CHUMS, the mental health and emotional wellbeing service for children and young people.

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Bedford Hospital may get £40m deficit written off in merger

Hospital bosses could have a £40million debt written off under plans to merge Bedford and Luton.

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Fury over FA ‘ringer’ row

The chairman of Luton & South Beds District League was left distraught after being suspended for saying he may have played football as a ‘ringer’... 42 YEARS AGO!

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Expansion of The Vale main chapel delayed

The Vale main chapel in Luton which closed in May as part of a major transformation may not open until the new year after a delay with the construction.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Community radio station marks 20 years

Students and staff from the University of Bedfordshire’s community radio station, Radio LaB, have been celebrating the station’s 20th birthday at the Luton campus.

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Speak up about domestic abuse

Bedfordshire Police is calling for the public to speak out over concerns of domestic abuse, as they support the international 16 Days of Action campaign.

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Luton lights up for Christmas

Hundreds of people took to the streets outside the Town Hall in Luton on Saturday to watch the Christmas lights switch-on.

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A teenager who died in a crash in Streatley has been named

A teenager who died in a road traffic collision in Streatley last week has been named by police.

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Police investigate possible ‘road rage’ incident in Luton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was damaged with what is believed to be an air weapon in Luton on Friday, November 17.

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VIDEO: Landmark footage of hi-tech thieves serves as warning to owners of keyless entry cars

This is the shocking moment thieves steal a vehicle without the key by using a relay box.

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Missing Hunaina from Luton has been found

A teenager who was reported missing from Luton has been found safe and well.

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Woman hurt after collision with motorcycle near busway in Luton

Police are investigating after a woman sustained serious injuries after she was involved in a hit and run in Luton on Saturday morning.

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Sunday, 26 November 2017

You could win £10k a month for life with new Lottery shake up

Lottery winners could be swapping their multi-million pound prizes for a lifetime monthly payout of £10,000 in a possible new shake up to increase ticket sales.

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Are you guilty of sending inappropriate emails?

A staggering 92.6 per cent of Brits think there are certain things you should never do over a work email, with the sending of inappropriate content, kisses and not addressing people correctly, taking the lead.

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VIDEO: Heavy police presence at UK’s Christmas markets with barriers and armed cops on the streets

This footage shows the “rings of steel” protecting Britain’s Christmas markets this year as security is bolstered amid fears of Berlin-style copycat terror attacks.

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Helen crusies to Leader award

A woman from Luton has scooped an award in the inaugural Everywoman in Travel Awards.

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Play time just got better at two schools

Pupils at two Luton schools have more reasons to enjoy playtime thanks to a donation from an estate agency.

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Scouts win top awards

More than 100 Luton Scouts have gained a ton of top awards during a special presentation by County Commissioner, Bob Calver, at Redbourne School in Ampthill.

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Praise for Active Luton

Sports and leisure trust Active Luton has been recognised for its work in helping people to take small steps to better health.

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Smacking makes children more badly behaved

Smacking your child makes them behave more badly, a new study has warned.

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Energy drinks ‘cause mental health problems and kidney damage’

Children should be banned from buying energy drinks as they can cause high blood pressure, heart problems, obesity and even kidney damage, warns new research.

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How to stay safe from crime whilst Christmas shopping

Christmas markets spring up across the country and the high street seeing a surge in visitors, shoppers are being warned not to leave themselves vulnerable to theft this Christmas.

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Friday, 24 November 2017

Two Luton men arrested in connection to drug offences following warrant in Inkerman Street

Two Luton men were arrested in connection to drug offences following a warrant in Inkerman Street.

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Have you seen missing Kane Duffy from Luton?

Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing 13-year-old boy who hasn’t been seen for several days.

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Seven laws you might be breaking in your own garden without realising it

Thousands of British gardeners are at risk of becoming unwitting criminals due to a lack of knowledge of basic gardening laws, experts have claimed.

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Have you seen missing Luton girl Hunaina?

Officers are appealing for the public’s help to find a missing 14-year-old girl from Luton.

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Luton hero Billy awarded for saving three lives with organ donation

A young Luton man who saved lives through the gift of organ donation has been posthumously honoured at a moving awards ceremony.

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Luton customer ‘upset’ after cash goes missing but no CCTV available from ATM camera

A Luton woman claims she has been left “upset” after her money went missing from a post office ATM, but there was no CCTV available for police to investigate.

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Luton’s Eva shares 100th birthday with royal wedding anniversary

A Luton woman celebrated her 100th birthday – and she was delighted to share her special day with Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip’s 70th wedding anniversary.

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Safety reminder for parents after Luton man pleads guilty to online grooming

Police are raising awareness of the importance of online safety after a Luton man pleaded guilty to several online child sex offences.

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Luton student jailed over terrorism threats

A 22-year-old Luton man has been jailed for six years after planning to fight with Daesh in Syria.

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Amazon accused of ‘ruining Christmas’ over lack of packaging

Amazon is facing a backlash over its lack of packaging on a number of deliveries in the build up to Christmas.

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Haverhill festive weekend has plenty for all of the family

The sights and sounds of Christmas will fill Haverhill town centre on Friday, December 1 and Saturday 2nd when the Family Christmas Weekend takes place.

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Luton men in 90s “left shaken” after burglaries

Two elderly men in their 90s were “left shaken” after they were victims of burglaries yesterday evening (Tuesday) in Luton.

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Give a Gift this Christmas

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s fundraising team is appealing for people to get involved with their latest campaigns.

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Ex-Luton Town striker Ricky Miller to strand trial over police assault claims

Ex-Luton Town striker Ricky Miller will stand trial over allegations he assaulted a police officer.

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VIDEO: Everything you need to know from Philip Hammond’s Budget

All the key facts from Philip Hammond’s Budget with our video graphics.

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Luton firm help bring suicidal Dave back from the brink

An ex-builder driven to the brink of suicide by depression, drugs and binge-drinking is now travelling the world helping others suffering from mental health problems.

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Mum blasts B&M over store’s Christmas letter which breaks the ‘unwritten Santa Code’

B&M has apologised after a furious mum accused the store of almost ruining Christmas for her children with one of its products.

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Heroic Luton couple commended after saving woman from rapist

A couple who went to the aid of a sex attack victim in a Luton park are to receive a commendation and £500 reward from Bedfordshire’s High Sheriff for their bravery.

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Bedfordshire Police probationary officer dismissed for discreditable conduct

A probationary police officer for Bedfordshire Police has been dismissed after acting unprofessionally while off-duty.

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Two held in money laundering probe

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering and seven others safeguarded following a series of warrants targeting suspected human trafficking and modern day slavery across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Recognised for promoting 
NHS diversity

A Luton couple have received a prestigious NHS award at the East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) staff awards.

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VIDEO: Disgruntled customer filmed paying for £25 Domino’s pizza in 2p coins

This is the bizarre moment a disgruntled customer paid £25 for a Domino’s pizza meal - using just 2p coins.

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Man dies in collision between a car and a tractor in Streatley

Police are investigating after a man died in a collision between a car and a tractor in Streatley yesterday.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Appeal after car is stolen from Luton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was stolen from Rutland Close in Luton on Thursday, November 16.

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Aldi and Lidl recall snacks over allergy fears

Hugely popular discount supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl have issued recalls for snacks over allergy fears.

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WATCH: Banned Royal Mail TV ad ‘too scary’ to be aired

A Royal Mail ad intended to raise awareness of the threat of identity theft has been banned for being too scary.

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Check your loose change - you could have a 50p worth hundreds in your pocket

Check your pockets, piggy-banks and down the back of the couch now, folks.

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High Sheriff enjoys tea and a chat with residents

Vinod Tailor, the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, joined tenants aged 55 and over of local housing association Luton Community Housing (LCH) for afternoon tea. The afternoon was held at LCH’s sheltered housing scheme, which provides homes for more than 25 residents, to represent national Community Impact Week, an opportunity to showcase the great work being done in communities. 
The event gave residents the opportunity to discuss local issues with the High Sheriff, including topics such as parking in Luton, police numbers on the streets of Bedfordshire and current affairs, both local and national.

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Council to recruit more school crossing patrol officers

Luton Council is looking for people to become school crossing patrol officers (SCPOs).

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Choir’s performance moves audience to tears

A choir made up of people living with dementia and their carers brought tears to the eyes of delegates at a major conference in Luton.

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Top environmental award for Luton manufacturer

AJC EasyCabin, the Luton-based manufacturer of sustainable welfare units and temporary accommodation products, is celebrating winning a top honour in the 2017 Green Apple Awards.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Loud snorers more at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease says new research

A study of middle aged and elderly people found those with sleep apnoea had a build up of proteins in their brain that trigger the condition.

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What are the last Christmas posting dates for International Airmail?

While many of us are in constant touch electronically with friends and family, the old tradition of sending (and receiving) Christmas cards to far-flung places is one that we still hold dear.

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Revealed: Top 50 bugbears of motorists from lane hoggers to tail-gaters

Lane hoggers, tail-gaters and frequent lane-changers are among the most annoying bugbears for motorists, according to new research.

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Two arrests after uproar in Leighton Buzzard street

Two young men were arrested after causing an uproar in a Leighton Buzzard street on Wednesday.

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Pervert jailed after trying to meet child for sex in Bedfordshire

A man from Scotland has been jailed for 10 years after travelling around 370 miles with the intention of meeting a child for sex in Bedfordshire.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Author writes about Luton’s war soldiers

An author from Luton has published a book about Luton’s soldiers in the First World War.

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Shocking details emerge of six child abuse investigations in Bedfordshire

Beds Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway has revealed there are six child sex exploitation investigations in Bedfordshire that are “ferociously absorbing” police resources.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Strike at Challney High School for Girls tomorrow

Trade union members at a Luton school will begin the first of six planned days of strike action tomorrow.

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Man dies in collision outside The Mall

Bedfordshire Police is appealing for witnesses after a collision between a car and pedestrian at the exit to the Silver Street Car Park in Luton on Friday, November 10.

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Two teenagers charged in relation to burglaries

Two teenagers have been charged with a number of offences relating to recent burglaries in Toddington and Dunstable.

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Luton Council wants your views on Public Space Protection Order

Luton Council is proposing to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in the town centre.

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When is Luton’s official Christmas lights switch on for 2017?

Luton Council is working in partnership with Luton BID to organise this years Lighting Up Luton for Christmas event.

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Casper’s owner warns others to keep their pets indoors in Luton

The owner of a rabbit that was mutilated in Luton has advised other pet owners to keep their animals indoors.

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Elderly woman conned out of £100 in Luton

Bedfordshire Police is appealing for information after a man conned an elderly woman out of money.

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Luton car park attendant left unconscious in brutal attack

A car park attendant was left unconscious following a vicious armed robbery in Luton.

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Appeal for witnesses after Hatters’ Way crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a two-vehicle collision on Hatters Way in Luton on Saturday.

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Family’s rabbit killed in Luton

A serial cat killer who has killed hundreds of family pets across the UK is now thought to be behind the killing of a pet rabbit in Luton.

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Charity boxes stolen from shops and pubs across Bedfordshire

Police are investigating after a number of charity boxes were stolen in Bedfordshire over the past fortnight.

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Luton and Dunstable Hospital pays damages to patient after leaving plastic tube behind his eye

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has paid £13,000 damages to a grandfather after leaving a plastic tube behind his eye for more than a year.

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Bedfordshire Police joins naional firearms surrender campaign

Bedfordshire Police is taking part in a national drive to reduce the number of firearms that are vulnerable to falling into criminal hands.

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CCTV catches Luton man fly tipping

A taxi driver from Luton has been fined after he was caught fly tipping in Houghton Regis.

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‘Talk to us and we can help’ says CAL boss

The new boss of Citizens Advice in Luton has one message for those in trouble - the sooner you get to us the sooner we can help.

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REVEALED: Best and worst GP surgeries in Luton as rated by you

We can today reveal a list of the best and worst GP surgeries in Luton and surrounding areas based on ratings provided by patients on how likely they are to recommend their practice.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Lidl recalls drink due to allergy risk

Discount supermarket chain Lidl is recalling four varieties of its drinking choclate sticks as they contain various allergens such as nut, wheat, gluten soya and dairy products.

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Common blood thinner lowers cancer risk

The common blood thinning drug warfarin lowers the risk of cancers in the over 50s.

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Police warning over cold calls from bogus bailiffs

Action Fraud, the UK’s fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, has reported an increase in cold calls to the public from bogus bailiffs requesting payments for a “phantom” debt.

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Pizza boxes, crisp bags and light bulbs: here’s what NOT to recycle

People could save thousands of tons of recyclable materials from going to landfill by avoiding the country’s biggest recycling mistakes, according to an expert.

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Apple reveals the most popular emojis

The most popular emojis among US English speakers has been revealed by tech giant Apple.

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Protein supplement recalled due to allergy fears

A popular brand of protein supplement has been recalled by its manufacturer due to its containing possible allergens not mentioned on its label.

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Girls urged to sign up for football sessions

A scheme to get more girls playing football has launched and will include sessions in Luton.

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Pupils’ art spreads clean air message

Three talented pupils at a Luton primary school are spreading the word that hopping aboard a bus can help to cut pollution after designing posters for a new clean air campaign.

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Dolls go on tour to support women engineers

Members of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Young Members’ Board (YMB) organised a ‘Lottie Tour’, to coincide with Tomorrow’s 
Engineers’ Week.

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Luton MP faces further allegations

Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins, who was suspended from the Labour party over sexual harassment claims last week, is facing fresh allegations from a fellow MP about inappropriate behaviour towards her over more than two decades.

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Friday, 10 November 2017

Two Luton men charged with burglary offences

Two men from Luton have been charged with burglary offences this week related to recent incidents in the area.

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Hong Buffet welcomes new Luton guests in style!

An ambitious new buffet celebrated its opening in Luton, as its grand design and menu hope to immerse diners in traditional Chinese culture.

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Hunt is on for Luton flasher

Police investigating reports of a flasher in Luton have released images of man they would like to speak to.

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Bedfordshire Police rated ‘Requires Improvement’ in latest inspection

Bedfordshire Police has been rated as ‘Requires Improvement’ in its latest inspection.

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Dunstable mum caught out on benefits fraud

A Dunstable woman has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining almost £1,600 in Council Tax Support.

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Dunstable pervert jailed 23 years for ‘vile’ and ‘despicable’ child abuse

A judge has described the actions of a 70-year-old man who sexually abused four young girls over a period of almost 40 years as ‘beyond normal human comprehension’ as he jailed him for 23 years.

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Six of the Hall family’s sons went to war... not all came back safely

As yet another Remembrance Day takes place, one family in Chronicle Country remembers the extreme sacrifice her great uncles made in World War One.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Luton artists under 25 wanted for HIV art competition

Talented young artists under 25 are asked to enter a competition creating artwork for World Aids Day.

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Luton brother and sister jailed over £38k fraud scandal

A cheating brother and sister duo from Luton have been jailed after scamming five people out of £38,000.

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CCTV appeal after man pulls woman to ground in Luton robbery

Officers investigating a robbery in Chatsworth Road in Luton on Monday (November 6) have issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to.

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Poppy Appeal charity box stolen in Chalgrave

Police investigating the theft of a Poppy Appeal charity box have released an image of a man they would like to speak to.

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Father and son jailed for running Leighton Buzzard drugs lab

A father and son have been jailed after police found a ketamine laboratory in a container in Leighton Buzzard.

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Luton school sponsors boxing awards

A school in Luton has celebrated Anthony Joshua’s win of Boxer of the Year award.

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Woburn resort named DEFRA Bees’ Needs Champion for green roofs

The newest Center Parcs village, Woburn Forest, which opened in the summer of 2014 in Bedfordshire, has just been named a Bees’ Needs Champion by DEFRA at their annual awards ceremony.

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Former Luton Town player Ricky Miller charged with assaulting police officer

Former Luton Town striker Ricky Miller has been charged with assaulting a police officer.

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‘Why was I asked to leave Luton Toys R Us and Poundland?’

A Luton man was left “embarrassed and upset” as he claims he was asked to leave two popular retailers “without an explanation”.

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Funeral for Kurdish activist Mehmet Aksoy who lived in Luton

The funeral for Kurdish filmmaker Mehmet Aksoy – who was killed by ISIS after travelling to Syria – will be held this week.

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‘No justice after car crash for brave Dunstable dad who battled stage 4 cancer’

A brave Dunstable man who had gone back to work after battling stage 4 cancer was “devastated” when someone crashed into his car and drove off without leaving a note.

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Police issue warning over supermarket money-off voucher scam

Police have issued a warning about a new scam currently doing the rounds on WhatsApp involving ‘money off vouchers’.

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Luton Courier Company supports charity challenge

A Luton Courier Company is sponsoring two brothers on their Atlantic rowing challenge. Fleet Transport Sameday, of Cradock Road, are supporting Greg Bailey, 26, and Jude Massey, 17, with a sponsorship of £5000.

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Police pursuit in High Town death crash justified says IPCC

A police pursuit which ended in the death of a 15 years old girl in a crash, was justified a police watchdog report has concluded.

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Revealed: What’s on at Waddesdon Manor this Christmas

Christmas is always a very special time to visit Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, and 2017 is no exception after the popular visitor attraction revealed its festivities for the next two months.

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Service of Remembrance

Luton Borough Council will be commemorating Remembrance Sunday with the Royal British Legion, to honour those who gave their lives in past and present conflicts.

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Famous Treehouse accomodation is coming to Woburn Forest Center Parcs resort

Following the huge popularity of Treehouse accommodation at Sherwood Forest, Elveden Forest and Longleat Forest, Center Parcs has announced that three brand new Treehouses are being built at nearby Woburn Forest.

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Celebrating the work of therapists

A team of occupational therapists from Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) and Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) are out and about to raise the profile of the profession for Occupational Therapist Week this week.

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IN FULL: Kelvin Hopkins’ issues statement over allegations

Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins has issued a 12-point rebuttal to allegations of inappropriate conduct made by an activist. Here, we publish in full the statement from Mr Hopkins in response to the claims by Ava Etemadzadeh (hereafter ‘Ava’)

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Popular make-up brand recalls product over eye irritation fears

If you use this brand or know someone who does take note.

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BBC’s Shop Well For Less seeks contestants

If your family are self-confessed big spenders, the BBC is looking for contestants to enter Shop Well For Less which teaches households how to become savvier shoppers.

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When should you put your Christmas tree and decorations up?

For many Christmas loving Brits it’s time to start considering when the Christmas decorations will go up, but when is the correct time to start the festivities?

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Signposts are good for runners

More than 150 volunteers led by local homeless charity Signposts helped to get the town moving at the Love Luton Half Marathon and 10k event.

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Dentist supports Mouth Cancer Action Month

A Luton dental surgery is urging people to make an appointment for NHS dental treatment this month, which is Mouth Cancer Action Month.

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Firm gives charity a van

Community charity Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire can help even more people thanks to the loan of a new vehicle.

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

5 tips to keep your pet safe during the fireworks tonight

They say remember, remember the 5th of November but it is a time of year your pets won’t forget in a hurry.

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Waitrose has revealed the food you’ll be eating in 2018

Japanese ‘dude food’, Indian tapas and plant protein look set to become the big dishes of 2018 according to a new report.

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Wetherspoons issues statement after parody account announces ‘poppy ban’ in pubs

Discount pub chain JD Wetherspoon has issued a statement after a Twitter account announced that staff would be not be wearing poppies ‘due to expanding multiculturalism’.

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Friday, 3 November 2017

Sharon Fade death now being treated as ‘non-suspicious’ by police

The death of a woman found lying in undergrowth in Houghton Regis is now being treated as ‘non-suspicious’ by police.

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Fundraising to help elderly Luton women attacked by gang

Kind-hearted Lutonians have set up a fundraising page to help the two elderly women attacked by a gang during an “appalling” robbery.

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Apps the way to help kids to stay in control of lives

Children using social services provided by Central Beds Council are to be given access to an app, Mind of My Own (MOMO), which helps them to talk about and influence the care they receive and share concerns and worries about their lives.

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Missing Kevin found

A man who was reported missing from Luton and Dunstable Hospital has been found safe and well.

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Delays after M1 closed between after Milton Keynes following accident involving three lorries

There were major delays on the M1 this morning after a section of the motorway was closed following an accident involving three lorries.

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SO FAR: Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins’ suspension

News that Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins was suspended by the Labour Party over allegations of bad behaviour was greeted with shock in his constituency.

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Two teenage boys stabbed in Hockwell Ring

Police are urging witnesses to come forward after a double stabbing in Hockwell Ring yesterday which left one boy with life-threatening injuries.

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Breaking News: Labour group suspends Luton MP Kelvin Hopkins

The Labour Party has suspended veteran Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins tonight (Thursday), according to the BBC.

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Luton pervert jailed eight years for child abuse

A Luton man has been jailed for eight years after sexually abusing a young girl and possessing extreme child pornography.

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Teenage boy shot in Luton

A teenager was taken to hospital after being shot in Luton yesterday.

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Help find man missing from Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Police are appealing for help in finding a man who has gone missing from the Luton and Dunstable Hospital this morning (Thursday November 2).

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Cash boost of over £900,000 for Luton arts group

There was excitement as one of Luton’s leading arts groups received a cash boost of over £900,000 from the Arts Council today.

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