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Friday, 31 March 2017

CCTV issued after £100,000 of Asian jewellery stolen in major heist

Police investigating the theft of a large value of jewellery from a shop in Luton have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to.

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The Queen visits Dunstable next month

The Queen and Prince Philip are visiting Dunstable next month.

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Mead Open Farm set to launch nursery and pre-school

A nursery and pre-school is about to open within the grounds of a popular farm attraction in LBO land.

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Police watchdog investigating 15 Bedfordshire Police officers and staff for racial discrimination

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has confirmed that 15 current and former officers and civilian staff from Bedfordshire Police are under investigation for gross misconduct for their roles in a case of internal racial discrimination.

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Nearly three quarters of people don’t read the Ts & Cs

A staggering 72% per cent of people blindly tick ‘yes’ on terms and conditions without reading them in full, a new study has revealed.

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Man jailed six years for Luton stabbing

A man has been jailed for a total of six years after stabbing a man in Luton town centre.

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Emergency services continue with recovery operation after helicopter crash in Snowdonia

Police, mountain rescue teams and other personnel are still at the scene of yesterday’s helicopter crash in the Snowdonia National Park.

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Man seriously injured after Luton shooting

Dallow Road in Luton remans closed while police investigate after a man was shot last night.

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

New dogs in the den at Whispsnade Zoo

Group of African hunting dogs given housewarming treats as ZSL Whipsnade Zoo welcomes new species

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Dog owners warned after case of deadly flesh-eating disease is confirmed

Pet owners are being warned over a deadly disease affecting dogs after a case was confirmed in Warwickshire.

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BREAKING: Five dead in North Wales helicopter crash

Five people have died after a helicopter that departed Luton yesterday crashed in North Wales.

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Wealthy prominent Bedford businessman feared to be on missing helicopter

A prominent Milton Keynes businessmen has been named locally as one of five people believed to have been on board a missing helicopter.

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Prince Harry meets with Luton LGBT Links chief

Prince Harry has followed in the footsteps of his mother visiting a HIV charity 26 years after Diana, Princess of Wales helped to raise awareness of the illness there.

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Genie and the Lamps perform music magic!

Talented students at Harlington Upper School were crowned ‘Bedfordshire Schools Battle of the Bands’ champions in a closely fought competition.

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Discovery of ‘human waste’ contamination in cans at Coca-Cola plant sparks investigation

Coca-Cola and the PSNI have launched an investigation after a shipment of drinks cans at the company’s Lisburn plant were found to have been contaminated with what workers are speculating could be human waste, according to reports this week.

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‘People won’t stand by’ and watch cruelty say RSPCA

The number of animal cruelty complaints investigated in Bedfordshire by the RSPCA has risen.

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Linden pupils awarded star opening role

Luton’s Venue 360 celebrated the opening of their new artificial football facilities by inviting local school pupils along for their special day.

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BREAKING: Missing helicopter with 5 people from Luton

Welsh police are searching the mountains for a missing helicopter with five people on board that departed from Luton yesterday.

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I, Daniel Blake helps foodbank raise £200

A Luton Foodbank representative gave a special speech after a recent screening of moving film, ‘I, Daniel Blake’.

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‘Filth and horror’ at High Town estate

Drug-dealing, prostitution, arson and defecating on doorsteps – desperate residents living on a High Town estate are pleading for help solving its problems.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

VIDEO: St Patrick’s Day parade in Luton

It’s become one of the leading attractions on the cultual calendar. And now that Luton Irish Forum has negotiated a parade route through the town centre, the St Patrick’s day festival – celebrating Ireland’s patron saint – has become even more popular.

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Breaking: Car crashes into building in Luton

A car has crashed into a building in Wenlock Street, High Town.

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Call goes out for your funny pet photos

The Comedy Pet Photography Awards has already received a barrage of strong (and rib-tickling) contenders, but there's still time to enter.

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Hatters sport hats for Brain Tumour Research

Luton Town Football Club are lending their support to a charity’s Wear A Hat Day campaign this week.

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Live web chat launched by Beds Police for non-emergencies

Bedfordshire Police is urging people to click before they call as the force officially launches its live web chat today (Wednesday).

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Pharmacist’s mountain mission to help earthquake victims

An ambitious Luton pharmacist is trekking a famous Nepal mountain range to help the country’s children receive a better education.

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Teaching assistant ‘stoned’ at Luton school

A teaching assistant was hit in the head at a Luton school after stones were thrown about outside.

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£100,000 of Asian jewellery stolen in major heist in Luton

Thieves made off with over £100,000 worth of items from a jewellers during a major heist last weekend.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Bulgarians charged with people trafficking in Luton

Two men have been charged with people trafficking after attempting to smuggle a woman through Luton Airport.

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A makeover for Lewsey allotments

New pathways and a new compost bin are just two of the improvements to Lewsey allotments, thanks to a team of nine unemployed volunteers.

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Racially-motivated attack was “vicious and violent”

A man was “viciously and violently” attacked in Oakley Close, Luton, last week during an incident which was believed to have been motivated by hate.

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Gala dinner raises £5,000 for Luton charity Stepping Stones which helps women in crisis

A gala dinner has raised more than £5,000 for Luton charity Stepping Stones which helps women in Bedfordshire through crisis situations.

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Generous donation brightens Keech Hospice Care inaugural Glow Walk

A generous £500 donation provided Keech Hospice Care with much-needed funding to brighten its inaugural Glow Walk.

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Luton Sixth Form College in No Love for Hate project

Community cohesion and far-right extremism are two of the issues being explored by Luton Sixth Form College and Harlow College as part of a Home Office-funded project.

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Dunstable witch to feature in fantasy film

A new fantasy feature film, Trapped Magic: The Broken Blade, is to be shot in Dunstable.

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Luton couple run marathon to beat bowel cancer

Luton insurance claims technician Rachel Finlay, 34, can’t wait to cross the finishing line at this year’s London Marathon.

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Nine charged with drug dealing in High Town

A total of nine people have been charged with drugs offences after a series of police raids carried out in the High Town area of Luton last Thursday morning.

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Monday, 27 March 2017

Elderly woman injured following collision with stolen car

An elderly woman has been injured following a collision with a stolen car in Luton.

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CCTV after thugs attack elderly man in Luton burglary

Police have released CCTV after callous thugs attacked an elderly Luton mna while raiding his home.

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Telling Stories about Luton

Telling Stories is a unique project about growing up in Luton, led by young people from different backgrounds to build bridges between each other and their communities.

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Glow Walk makes its mark as a huge success

Luton’s first ever Glow Walk was a brilliant success, according to Keech Hospice Care spokesman Mark Relf.

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Right up your street! Have a say on parking

That bugbear of motorists - where to park - is to be considered by Central Bedfordshire Council.

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33 is the magic number - the age when Brits think they can afford a house

The average age when Britons living in rented accommodation think they’ll be able to afford their own house is 33.

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Jobs boost is the Links effect

Businesses large and small are already benefitting from two new roads in Dunstable which are in the final stages of construction.

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Have you seen ‘dangerous’ murder suspect in Luton?

A “dangerous” man wanted on suspicion of a murder in Essex could be in Luton, say detectives.

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

When do the clocks go forward in 2017?

The light nights are coming - and hopefully they’ll bring some warmer weather with them.

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Three men sentenced for violence after Luton Carnival

Three Luton men have been sentenced today for their roles in a riot after last year’s Luton Carnival.

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Westminster killer ‘taught at Luton college’

Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood taught in a Luton school according to The Sun.

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Luton raid finds 10 people living in one rented house

Housing officers, accompanied by representatives from the Home Office, Fire Service and Police entered a house in Dunstable Close, Luton, early this morning, 24 March.

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Westminster attack: Beds police step up patrols in town centres

Bedfordshire Police are to step up patrols in town centres in the county in the wake of the Westminster attack.

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The Great Northern’s landlady is heading for retirement after 32 years

The landlady of The Great Northern pub in Luton is retiring after 32 years of serving the town.

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Westminster attack: The stories bringing the horror closer to home in our region

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s terror attack in Westminster we look at the impact it made locally across our region.

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Do you know this man? Police appeal for any information on Westminster terrorist

Police investigating the terror attack in Westminster on Wednesday have released a picture of the killer.

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Luton mum jailed after attacking police officer

A troubled mum was jailed for nearly three months after attacking a police officer and security guard.

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‘Let’s leave a final tribute to our friend Nessa’

Friends of a girl who died in a horrific crash in High Town are fundraising for a memorial bench to mark the spot where she died – as well as her headstone.

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A lucky escape for Bonnie and Clyde

The RSPCA is appealing for information after two seriously neglected spaniels were rescued in an isolated country road on the Dunstable border.

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Faiths group plans Luton solidarity march after Westminster terror attack

Luton Council of Faiths is organising a solidarity march in Luton this evening, in the wake of the Westminster terror attack on Wednedsay.

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L&D Hospital slammed for baby’s death

A coroner has blasted Luton and Dunstable hospital for failing to properly treat a ten-month-old baby who died from a rare bowel condition.

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Police appeal for Luton people who knew Westminster terrorist to get in touch

An appeal has gone out to people in Luton who may have known the man involved in the Westminster terror attack to come forward.

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Westminster attacker previously lived in Luton and had history of violent knife crimes

Muslim convert Khalid Masood, the man responsible for the terror attack in Westminster, had previously lived in Luton, it has emerged.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Mum’s can roar into action at Woburn!

The special lady in your life can ‘go wild’ on Mother’s Day with a VIP experience at Woburn Safari Park.

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Step back in time for Mother’s Day health spa

Champneys Henlow is offering mums the chance to step back in time on Mother’s Day.

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Luton sends its condolences to Westminster victims

Luton has opened a book of condolence today for the victims of yesterday’s terror attack in Westminster, available to sign in the Town Hall reception and online at www.luton.gov.uk. The flag above the Town Hall is flying at half-mast.

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Six casualties in Bury Park crash last night

A major traffic collision brought Bury Park to a standstill last night.

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South Asian truck brightens school

Richmond Hill Special Needs School West and East have joined forces to create a colourful piece of South Asian truck art.

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Crufts win for Luton’s Rocco

A proud Luton owner and his champion canine have claimed a prestigious prize at Crufts.

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Luton & Dunstable Hospital apologises to parents after stillbirth

The parents of a stillborn baby girl spoke of their heartbreak after a report revealed hospital doctors failed to take actions that would have saved their baby’s life.

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Eight men arrested in High Town drugs raid

Eight men were arrested in High Town this morning as part of a major drugs crackdown.

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Get ready for a Christmas cracker as Brian Conley signs up for panto in Milton Keynes

The Fairy Godmother has been working overtime - and with a wave of her magic wand has secured Brian Conley for pantomime at Milton Keynes Theatre this Christmas.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

New CCTV issued in racially motivated attack

Police are reissuing new CCTV stills of people they would like to speak to in connection with a racially motivated attack in George Street, Luton.

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Appeal for help in tracing wanted man

Police are appealing for help in tracing a man who is wanted in connection with a number of offences.

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For those of a sensitive nature, look away now!

A Luton man has received a suspended sentence for masturbating into a cup in a public dining area in the town.

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Was garden wall vandalism racially motivated?

A wall was vandalised in Luton in what is believed to be a racially motivated incident.

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Students learn from the best for Jazz Ticket

Three Luton schools will be participating in a special performance, The Jazz Ticket, delivered by Tomorrow’s Warriors, as part of a new music education project.

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Luton role model on her journey from victim to Queen’s Award winner

Butterfly drinks crocodile tears – that is the catchy title of a poetry book with a purpose.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Dunstable students learn mindfulness through yoga

Little learners at Dunstable’s Tithe Farm Primary School are moving towards a more mindful approach, after a morning of sessions with yoga teacher Sophie Morris.

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Uninsured private hire driver unlawfully plied for trade

A Luton private hire driver has been prosecuted for unlawfully plying for trade.

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Invitation to learn about Century Park employment site

A series of three public exhibitions has been organised to outline more details about emerging proposals to create a new key employment site on the south-eastern edge of Luton at Century Park.

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92-year-old missing from L&D Hospital

Police are appealing for the public’s help in locating an elderly man who has gone missing from Luton and Dunstable Hospital today.

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On track for Easter eggs for Keech Hospice

Caring staff at Thameslink and Great Northern have hatched and delivered an eggs-cellent plan to collect more than 900 Easter eggs for Keech Hospice Care.

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Two warrants carried out by police gangs and guns team in Luton

An 18-year-old from Luton has been charged with several offences after the Bedfordshire Police Boson team carried out a warrant on Monday.

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Top award for Dunstable’s independent living scheme

Dunstable’s landmark independent living scheme Priory View has been crowned the winner of a prestigious national award.

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Fans call for council to clear Beech Path rubbish

Hatters fans have called on Luton Council to take action against fly tipping near the stadium, after a video was posted online.

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Learn to identify back pain signs

Do you suffer from back pain? Do you know how to differentiate between mechanical and inflammatory symptoms?

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Woman injured in serious High Town crash

There is a road closure at the junction of Hitchin Road and Crescent Road in Luton following a traffic accident today.

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Puppy rescued from drain by side of M1 by traffic officers

Motorway patrols expect to deal with a variety of incidents and problems during their shift – and they are not always confined to just humans.

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Luton house ruined after car crashes into it

The corner of a Luton building was smashed through after a car collision in the early hours of Sunday.

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Is Caddington schoolgirl Charlee Jay Woodward next Teen Star?

A talented 12-year-old Caddington schoolgirl has made it through to the regional finals of the Teen Star competition.

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Mum jailed after baby’s body found in shed

A mother arrested in Luton, who hid the body of a baby boy last seen more than a decade ago, has been sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment for preventing his lawful burial.

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Refurbished Luton & Dunstable Hospital is open

A special ceremony was held in the Luton & Dunstable Hospital Faith Centre and Chapel to mark its re-opening after a two-month refurbishment.

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Enigma of Rosalie from Luton’s master of suspense Paul Adams

Luton’s paranormal investigator and author Paul Adams, 50, is launching his 11th book at the end of the month.

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Five Luton people arrested after wedding punch-up

Five people from Luton were arrested after an outrageous punch-up at a wedding – that left one man unconscious and another thrown in a river.

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Choral masterpieces to be sung at St Mary’s in Luton

Choral music fans are in for a treat next Saturday (April 1) when Luton Choral Society performs three masterpieces of French choral music from the 19th and 20th centuries – Faure’s Requiem and his Cantique de Jean Racine as well as Durufle’s Requiem, which will be sung by up-and-coming professional mezzo soprao Hannah Bennett.

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Did you see thief rob woman’s rucksack in Luton?

Police are investigating after a woman was robbed in Luton on Thursday evening.

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Park Home owners take petition to Westminster

A Park Home owner from Pepperstock will be one of hundreds taking part in a rally outside Downing Street tomorrow to protest the 10% commission charge paid to site owners on the sale of a Park Home.

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Luton families to benefit from innovative child protection service

Luton Council has been awarded £2.4 million from the Government’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme to change its child protection service.

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Inquest into baby death at Luton & Dunstable Hospital

The parents of a baby boy who died from an undetected bowel condition at Luton & Dunstable Hospital are seeking answers at an inquest to be held this week.

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Cost of fly-tipping is £180k annually for Central Beds Council

Central Beds Council is launching a campaign to tackle the epidemic of fly-tipping that is costing it about £180,000 annually to clean up.

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Special report: Children tucking into lunchboxes with double their daily sugar intake

Children are tucking into lunchboxes containing more than double their daily sugar intake, a study has found.

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Tesco recalls ready meal which was packed with different dish

Tesco is recalling a popular ready meal over an allergy risk after it was packed with a different dish.

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Dog owners given new guidelines on what to do with countryside poo

The Forestry Commission is urging dog walkers to change their method of dealing with poo in the countryside.

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Revealed: Which sex gets more stressed over “every key life event”

New research has determined which sex gets more stressed over “every key life event” - from losing their smartphone to Brexit.

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Children’s toy recalled over safety fears

Smyths Toys Stores has recalled a popular product amid safety fears.

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Simple trick that can slash your SKY TV bill

Want to save £139 a year on your Sky TV subscription with a single click of a button?

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Luton’s ‘magnificent’ museum set to open after £3.5m revamp

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery will be officially reopened by Luton’s Mayor Cllr Tahir Khan at midday on Saturday, April 8 following a £3.5m revamp.

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Teenager charged with taxi driver knifepoint robberies

A teenager from Luton has been charged in connection with two knifepoint robberies committed against taxi drivers.

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Pedestrian ‘critical but stable’ after collision with car in Luton

A female pedestrian is in a critical but stable condition after a road traffic accident on Wednesday evening.

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Rogue landlords get hefty fines in council crackdown

Luton’s Rogue Landlord Project campaign is continuing to ensure that tenants are not ripped off and asked to live in squalid and dangerous accommodation. Two landlords have been fined recently for renting properties that were not up to the standards required.

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‘Catastrophic failure risk if no CCTV upgrade’

The ageing analogue CCTV system covering Central Bedfordshire looks set to be replaced at a cost of around £640,000 to the taxpayer.

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Rates revaluation threatens future of Bedfordshire’s small businesses

A significant proportion of small businesses across Bedfordshire are preparing to reduce investment and staff costs, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Company in charge of popular Bedfordshire pub adds to list of accolades at industry “Oscars”

Oakman Inns, the operators of the White Hart in Ampthill, has scooped another pair of gongs at the Publican Awards 2017.

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Popular Easter eggs recalled over health risk

Two easter eggs, made by a hugely popular premium chocolate brand have been recalled after it was revealed that they could pose a health risk to some customers.

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‘Mistakes like this will encourage people to dump rubbish!’

A frustrated Luton man had a wasted trip to Progress Way tip and recycling centre after the council sent him a pamphlet with old opening times.

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Two Luton schools in top 5% in England!

Two Luton schools have been ranked within the top five per cent of schools in the country.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Polish quash ‘anti-social behaviour’ in Riddy Lane

A large group of youths and police officers were spotted this afternoon on Riddy Lane.

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Bacterial contamination discovered at Luton’s Barnfield College, but legionella claims dismissed

Barnfield College has strongly dismissed suggestions there is a legionella outbreak at its New Bedford Road campus, but has admitted it is dealing with a bacterial contamination issue.

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Huge funding boost will help tackle homelessness in Luton

Luton has received a boost to reduce homeless and rough sleeping in the area.

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Police hunting men with links to Bedfordshire over attempted murder shooting

Detectives investigating the shooting of a 17-year-old boy in Kettering are appealing to the public to help identify men who may have links to the Bedfordshire area.

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Ian to run marathon for Putteridge Swimming Club’s disabled swimmers

A former footballer is tackling the London Marathon to help disabled young swimmers after his 13-year-old daughter Holly joined Putteridge Swimming Club two years ago.

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Encouraging children to eat healthy food

A mother-of-three is encouraging parents to try her cook and play classes for under fives on Friday mornings.

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Spot and speak out about child abuse

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) is urging people to think, spot and speak out against child abuse and sexual exploitation ahead of a national event on Saturday.

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Teenage Sam is skydiving in memory of his mum

A brave and determined Luton teenager is putting his grief behind him to do a skydive in memory of his ‘mum in a million.’

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Tribute paid to one of the founder members of Keech

Zena Skinner has paid tribute to her brother, one of the founder members of Keech Hospice Care, who sadly passed away in hospital, aged 91, on February 28.

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VIDEO: Luton cabbies protest ‘unfair’ licensing

Luton cab drivers gathered outside the Town Hall yesterday to protest against Luton Borough Council’s “unfair and biased policies” towards outside companies.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Death of Jonathan Siegler - head of development at Bedfordshire Community Foundation’s

His Twitter account describes him as an ‘eccentric, bon viveur, bad Jew and proud Hatter.’

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Top prize for L &D midwife at annual awards

A midwife from Luton & Dunstable Hospital has won one of the UK’s top midwifery prizes at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Annual Awards.

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Luton pub launches free app so customers can avoid the bar

Forget queuing at the bar, a Luton pub has launched a free ‘Order & Pay’ iPhone and android app, so food can be now be delivered directly to customer’s tables.

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Street drinker programme will help town

NOAH Enterprise will continue its street drinking outreach programme in Luton after the project was commissioned by Luton Borough Council.

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Beefeater Halfway House opens in Dunstable

Beefeater Halfway House is welcoming guests through its new restaurant’s doors on Luton Road, Dunstable.

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New lease of life for much loved farm

One year on from the public consultation about the future of Dell Farm Education Centre, the Farm is now thriving and taking bookings through 2018.

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Asda - ‘Thanks for all your support’

The manager of the Luton Asda store hit by a serious fire last Monday has thanked loyal customers for their support.

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Floats parade through town

Luton’s celebrated St Patrick’s Day parade will include floats going through the town for the first time in years – thanks to special negotiations by Luton Irish Forum.

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Luton Scouts give autistic teenager a birthday celebration to remember

A lonely youngster with autism who has never had a birthday party – or even any friends to invite to one – was treated to a boisterous celebration by Luton’s Leagrave Scout Group when he turned 13.

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Sheriff comes to town for Lets jobs fair

High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Charles Whitbread, was the highest profile visitor to a series of Luton events that are helping to transform the lives of young people in the town.

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Caddington dad runs marathon again in memory of premature triplets

When Caddington dad Mike Morland signed up for his first marathon in 2014, he did so with a heavy heart.

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Fire breaks out in tobacco room

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire at Bookers Cash &Carry, Camford Way, Luton at 17.56pm on Saturday 11 th March.

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What national insurance is – and where it goes

A tax called national insurance has become the centre of a row within Britain’s ruling Conservative Party

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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Toys R Us recalls children’s rattle over choking fears

Children’s retailer Toys R Us has recalled a product over fears that children could choke on its parts.

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New series of Blind Date looking for singletons in Luton

Legendary TV dating show makes its return to our screens this year and the production company behind it is looking for Luton singletons to take part.

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Warning over tax rebate scam

A warning has been issued about a potential scam which involves the sending of fake emails or texts offering a tax rebate.

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

One in seven pick their pet based on potential social media ‘likes’

One in seven people pick a cat or dog based on how many ‘likes’ they think their pet will get on social media, a new survey has found.

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Four in five of us hoarding drawers full of junk

Takeaway menus, old mobile phones and bits of string are among the things cluttering up our homes, according to a new study.

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Shoppers turning to discount supermarkets to beat the budget

Shoppers are turning to discount supermarkets more than ever, according to new data.

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Friday, 10 March 2017

Central Beds Council’s deputy leader steps down

Maurice Jones will today (10 March) stand down as a Member of Central Bedfordshire Council, having tendered his resignation earlier in the month.

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Fraudster ‘trapped by off duty cop’

A Luton man has been arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation after allegedly flagging down a vehicle and offering fake gold for sale.

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Luton’s high speed airport rail link a step closer

Plans for a state-of-the-art £200 million mass passenger transit (MPT) system linking London Luton Airport (LLA) with Luton Airport Parkway railway station have been submitted, the airport’s owner London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) has announced.

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Cash boost for M1-A6 link road

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has secured further money to progress its plans for a proposed M1-A6 Link Road.

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Shell-shocked Toby the tortoise reunited with owner after theft

A pet tortoise which was stolen during a Luton burglary has been reunited with its owner.

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Father and sons had guns in pub car park

Armed police rushed to a pub car park on a Sunday evening after receiving reports that three men in a car had guns.

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Tesco recalls popular ready meal over allergy fears

Tesco is recalling a popular ready meal due to the presence of egg which is not on the label.

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Coast to coast for Luton homeless

Determined walkers completed a 100-mile challenge in just four days to help Luton’s homeless.

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Deaf children at L&D Hospital ‘jeopardised’

Luton and Dunstable (L&D) University Hospital and Bedfordshire audiology services are under fire from the National Deaf Children’s Society.

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Man entered forbidden LLA zone and possessed Class B Drug

A man from London has been charged for entering a restricted area at London Luton Airport yesterday (Wednesday).

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Driver pays the penalty, for NOT using his mobile!

A bemused motorist says he has been unfairly punished under the updated mobile phone law after removing his mobile device from a trouser pocket because it was jutting uncomfortably into his leg.

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Owner distressed as pet tortoise Toby is stolen from his Luton home

The hunt is on for a tortoise named Toby after an intruder stole the beloved family pet during a break-in.

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Prison for man who harassed Luton Borough Council staff

A man has been jailed after bombarding Luton Borough Council officers with persistent contact and threats.

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Luton cab drivers to protest against ‘unfair’ LBC licencing

Luton cab drivers plan to stage a protest next week against Luton Borough Council’s “unfair and biased policies” towards outside companies.

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

easyJet supports LLA development

easyJet has announced a “massive” growth in passengers for London Luton Airport.

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‘Wanted’ Dunstable man charged with 22 offences

A Dunstable man who was wanted by Bedfordshire Police has been charged with 22 offences after he was found on Monday.

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Luton praised by Wizz Air chief

The chief operating officer of Wizz Air has praised Luton as a great place for business after the airline announced a new base at the airport this summer, writes Stewart Carr.

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Jail threat for homeowner who lied to get Luton council house

A man has been given a suspended jail sentence for getting a Luton council house under false pretences.

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Clintons to pull “disgusting” x-rated birthday card from shops after Twitter complaint

A “disgusting” x-rated birthday card has been removed from all Clintons shops following an online complaint.

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Marathon effort to raise thousands for Research Centre

A father of two is preparing to take part in the London Marathon next month and is hoping to raise thousands for Prostate Cancer Research Centre in memory of his dad.

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IN PICTURES: Luton’s Asda ruined by fierce fire

Luton’s Asda superstore will not open “for some time” according to a company spokesman after a fierce fire tore through its roof on Monday.

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Plea to take on more apprentices

Investment in new developments across Bedfordshire will be integral to supporting the 67,000 young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) in the East of England, according to leading contractor, Wates Construction.

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UPDATE: Woman airlifted to hospital after ‘serious’ M1 crash

A woman in her 60s has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a crash on the M1 this morning.

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Concerns raised over NHS merger for health services

A public governor of the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital has criticised the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

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Stretch of the M1 closed by police after ‘serious’ collision

The M1 is currently closed in both directions between junctions 11 and 12 while emergency services deal with a road traffic incident.

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BREAKING NEWS: M1 closed in both directions in Bedfordshire after serious accident

Drivers have been warned of severe delays on the M1 in Bedfordshire this morning after a serious accident.

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Luton man and woman charged with keeping slave

A Luton pair have been arrested after a woman was allegedly kept as slave and raped.

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Luton school blasted for poor safety

A Luton school failed to investigate instances of violence and aggression – including death threats made to a teacher – it has emerged.

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‘Evil spirits made me’ claims Luton man planning to join Isis

A former straight A student from Luton claimed he planned to join Isis to exorcise ‘the evil spirits that plagued him’, a court heard.

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Luton schoolgirl raises £1,000 for The Little Princess Trust

Luton schoolgirl Keeva Lavin’s long curly ginger locks were her pride and joy.

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Nisa Local donates to Hungry Caterpillars

Hungry Caterpillars, a cooking group for under five’s, has received £150 from Nisa Local.

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Love those Marmite shares

Popular theory has it that people either love or hate Marmite. But as far as Luton’s King’s School headmaster Dr Andrew Cook is concerned, it’s definitely the former.

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Save the date for WestFest

Last year’s inaugural WestFest music festival was such a success that organisers are promising this year’s will be even bigger and better.

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Asda fined £300,000 over poor hygiene after dead mice and flies found at delivery depot

Asda has been fined £300,000 after dead mice and flies were discovered in the aisles of a home delivery depot that distributes food to online shoppers.

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‘We’re remaking a tier of the Queen’s iconic wedding cake’

The Luton branch of the British Sugarcraft Guild is fizzing with excitement at the prospect of a unique commission – recreating a replica of a tier of the Queen’s 1947 wedding cake.

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Did you see teenagers steal boy’s bike?

Police are investigating after a young boy was robbed in Putteridge Road, Luton, on Thursday, March 2.

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Monday, 6 March 2017

Luton’s UkieToones launch new CD for Motorsport for MS

Madcap Noel Wilson, 58, is on a one-man mission to set lap times on every UK motorsport circuit on his 8 mph mobility scooter while raising funds and awareness of multiple sclerosis.

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UPDATE: ‘It’s over!’ - 16 fire engines tackled Luton Asda blaze

Nearly 100 firefighters tackled a fierce blaze at the Luton Asda superstore in Wigmore today, Beds Fire and Rescue Service has revealed.

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Sports legends for Luton charity event

British sports legends will descend on five star Luton Hoo Hotel on Friday, March 31, for a gala charity event in aid of Age Concern Luton.

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Kenyan tea producer guest of honour at Luton Fairtrade Fortnight

Kenyan tea producer Patrick Kaberia Muthaura was guest of honour at Luton Fairtrade Fortnight.

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Talented quartet to play Library Theatre

Luton Library Theatre’s popular Music on Mondays programme continues next Monday (March 13) with the Benyounes Quartet (pictured above).

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Major fire at Luton ASDA superstore

A Major fire has broken out at Luton’s ASDA superstore in Wigmore, and the public are advised to avoid the area.

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Peugeot buys out Vauxhall plans in £1.9bn deal

A major announcement for Luton’s job market was made today that General Motors sold its European car interests to the French PSA Group – including the sites at Toddington, Luton and Ellesmere Port, in a deal worth £1.9bn.

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Home workers ‘skive off’ five hours per week

Nathan Sandhu

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Bedfordshire victims of Zeebrugge disaster remembered

Four local victims of the Zeebrugge disaster are remembered today, the 30th anniversary of the disaster which claimed 193 lives.

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Peugeot purchases Vauxhall plants in £1.9bn deal

A major announcement for Luton’s job market was made today that General Motors sold its European car interests to the French PSA Group, including the sites at Toddington, Luton and Ellesmere Port, in a deal worth £1.9bn.

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Police appeal for help in finding wanted man

Police are continuing to appeal for help in tracing a man from Dunstable who is wanted in relation to a number of serious offences.

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Rise of the robots: the jobs set to be overtaken by technology

Salespeople, spreadsheet jockeys and, er, journalists will be the first jobs to hit the scrapheap due to advances in technology, according to a leading technology expert.

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Free-range eggs become ‘barn eggs’ following bird flu

A bird flu panic has seen free-range eggs temporarily lose their status after hens were brought indoors.

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Tesco recall children’s toy over safety fears

Supermarket giant Tesco has recalled a children’s toy over fears that it could present a potential hazard.

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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Raising smoking age does cut teen smoking

Raising the legal age of smoking to 21 or even would dramatically slash the numbers of teenagers taking up the deadly habit, researchers said.

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How workers can enjoy 18 days off this Easter with just nine days annual leave

With March just around the corner and the Christmas holidays now a distant memory, a prolonged break from work may seem like just wishful thinking.

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Hollyoaks producers warn of FAKE Facebook casting call for extras

Lime pictures, producers of hit Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks have issued a warning after it emerged that companies claiming to be recruiting paid extras on their behalf were doing so WITHOUT the knowledge or consent of the producers.

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Friday, 3 March 2017

Luton cannabis dealer passed drug to co-defendant while in the dock on drugs charges!

Five Luton men have been sentenced for conspiracy to supply cannabis.

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Hugely popular crunchy biscuit spread withdrawn from sale as may contain metal

Jars of a hugely popular crunchy ciscuit spread have been withdrawn from sale at all major supermarkets over fears they are contaminated with small piece of metal.

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‘Give us the time and money to improve’ say beleagured police force

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Panel has hit back at a report which says the county’s force is the worst in the country.

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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Uni professor is our Deputy Lieutenant

A professor in public health has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire.

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New Nintendo Switch console out tomorrow

Nintendo will launch its brand new console the Switch tomorrow (March 3) to much fanfare.

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NSPCC reacts to Linslade golfer Gavin Samuels’s rape conviction

The NSPCC has issued a statement after Linslade professional golfer Gavin Samuels was found guilty of rape.

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Luton Festival of Dance arrives

The 42nd Luton Festival of Dance is fast upon us, with the competition taking place every weekend in March.

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‘Beds Police has all the resources it needs’ claims Home Office

The minister for policing plans to meet with the chief constable of Bedfordshire Police after the force was rated worst in the country.

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Police launch hate crime conference

Organisations across the county made a special trip to Luton to attend Bedfordshire’s first ever Hate Crime Conference.

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Bedfordshire MP demands urgent meeting after police services slammed in latest report

Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt has demanded an urgent ‘clear the air’ meeting with those responsible for Bedfordshire’s policing and the county’s MPs.

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Beds Police hits back at ‘unfair’ HMIC report

Bedfordshire Police has hit back after it was rated the worst force in the country in its annual inspection.

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Will you take up 5k colour run challenge?

Vibrant fundraisers can take part in a colour run to help Luton families struggling to afford meals.

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Men convicted of taking part in Luton Carnival riot

Three rioters have been convicted of causing violence during the Luton Carnival uproar last year.

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