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Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Man jailed for trying to meet a teenage girl in Luton

A man has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to trying to meet a teenage girl in Luton after grooming her online.

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Council to invest £3m on road maintenance in 2018/19

Luton council is investing around £3 million in 2018/19 on road maintenance, with most of the money going towards a programme of resurfacing, which will take place from July to November.

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Children’s TV stars to spring into action at Bedfordshire’s Woburn Safari Park

The stars of the hit children’s TV series Peppa Pig and PJ Masks are planning a special fun-filled weekend (28-29th April) at Woburn Safari Park.

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Monday, 23 April 2018

WATCH: Can it really be 30 years since Luton Town’s greatest triumph

Luton Town have been celebrating promotion this week, but 30 years ago today supporters were also partying after the club’s dramatic Littlewoods Cup final victory over Arsenal.

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Gang jailed for burglaries in Leighton Buzzard and Houghton Regis

Four men were jailed last week over a string of burglaries and driving offences carried out in Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard.

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Luton shopkeeper fights off armed robbers by throwing chilli powder at them

A shopkeeper in Luton threw chilli powder at armed robbers on Saturday night as they attempted to rob his shop.

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BREAKING: Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to baby boy

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a son weighing 8lbs 7oz, Kensington Palace has announced.

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Preliminary results show public resistance to three-weekly black bins and garden waste charge in Central Bedfordshire

The public has expressed strong reservations about the possibility of Central Beds Council introducing three-weekly black bin collections or a £40 annual garden waste charge.

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Police close two properties in Farley Hill

Bedfordshire Police Community Team successfully obtained a three month closure order for two properties in Ruthin Close, Farley Hill, on Friday, April 20.

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Why you could face a HUGE fine if you wear sunglasses while driving

We have been spoilt with sunshine for the last few days and the sunglasses have been out in force.

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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Luton school welcomes footballers to open new pitch

Staff and pupils at Beech Hill Community Primary School were delighted to be joined by two Luton Town footballers for the official opening of their brand new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA).

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Brick Kingdom is a hit at The Mall Luton

Families had fun following the tale of the Battle for Brick Kingdom at The Mall Luton.

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Mr Luton in bid to be crowned Mr British Isles

The current Mr Luton, Nathan Esson, has been selected to appear in the final of a national modelling competition.

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Friday, 20 April 2018

Missing Luton girl Charlie Oakley has been found

A girl who was reported missing from Luton yesterday (Thursday) has been found.

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Campaigners plan protests over housing plan for Central Bedfordshire

Campaigning groups fighting plans for massive house building plans by Central Bedfordshire Council are preparing to protest at a council meeting next Thursday.

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Flytippers get heavy fines

Two Luton residents have been given fines and costs totalling over £2,500 after being found guilty of fly tipping offences on 6 February 2018.

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Luton woman charged with shoplifting from three Co-op stores

A 51-year-old woman has been charged with 12 counts of theft from a shop, following separate incidents in Luton between October last year and January this year.

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Significant increase in arsons across Bedfordshire last year

Fire services in Bedfordshire saw a significant increase in the number of arson attacks on homes last year, figures from the Home Office show.

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Jewellery and wristwatches stolen during Houghton Regis back door break-in

Jewellery and wristwatches were stolen from a resident in Houghton Regis after a back door break-in.

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Geneva to inspire Luton on ITV’s Little Big Shots!

A talented eight-year-old drummer from Luton will be making a special TV appearance on ITV’s Little Big Shots with host and comedienne, Dawn French.

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PJ Shoes Pete says heartfelt thanks to Luton

The owner of a much loved Luton shoe shop is hanging up his boots to begin a well-deserved retirement.

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Kind Luton lad’s Keech colours raise over £417

A caring Luton pupil from Putteridge High School coloured and shaved his head for Keech Hospice Care in memory of a close family friend.

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Four fantastic friends on marathon mission to help Luton Foodbank, Shelter and Hospice UK

A group of Luton charity heroes will be joining thousands of others at the start line for the London Marathon.

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Have you seen missing Luton teen Charlie Oakley?

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find missing teenager Charlie Oakley.

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‘Contamination victims must speak out’ says Luton woman whose blood was tainted

A Luton woman whose blood was tainted during the 1980s contamination scandal is encouraging other victims to seek justice during the government’s inquiry.

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First straws now single-use plastic, popular pub group makes serious pledge

It has been widely acknowledged that Oakman Inns, which operates popular pub-restaurants across Bucks, Herts, Beds, Oxon, Northants and Warwickshire, was the first multiple-site pub group to end the use of plastic straws across their 20 plus venues.

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5 things employers should know about dealing with hot weather in the workplace

WITH the temperatures heating up, it can be a sweltering time for employees who are stuck behind their desk all day.

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Health bodies in Milton Keynes Bedford, and Luton to ‘merge’

NHS bosses have plans to ‘merge’ the health system across Bedford, Luton, and Milton Keynes – and politicians fear it is already a done deal.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Boxercise class raises hundreds for charity

A Martial Arts Games and Fitness Academy, ACS MAGFA, raised over £300 for Ovarian Cancer Action at a boxercise class on Saturday.

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Six Biggleswade people caught out in romance fraud

Bedfordshire Police is warning people about the dangers of romance fraud, following several recent cases in Biggleswade.

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Financial fears for Barnfield College

Barnfield College has beenplaced into administered status after serious concerns about its financial management.

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Bedford and Luton hospitals merger likely to be delayed until April 2019

Plans to merge Bedford and Luton hospitals are likely to be delayed until April 2019 at the earliest.

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New drivers could be banned from driving with car full of friends in ‘boy racer’ crackdown

New drivers could soon face tough new driving restrictions after passing their tests under new laws being considered by the Government.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Hatters to meet C&R today as Trust chairman warns Mall owners not to ‘pick a fight with the wrong people’

Capital & Regional have been warned not to “pick a fight with the wrong people” on the eve of the Mall owner’s meeting with Luton Town Football Club.

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Marathon effort to raise money for Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Four people will be taking on the London Marathon on Sunday to raise money for the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) Charitable Fund.

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Fancott Miniature Railway needs volunteers

Fancott Miniature Railway needs volunteers to help run the railway, or the UK’s ‘last miniature railway at a pub’ will have to close.

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Police investigate knife point robbery in Luton

Police are investigating a knife point robbery in Luton on Sunday afternoon.

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Dancers can book an audition now for Phoenix Starr Dance College in Luton

Dancers can book an audition now for a place at Luton’s first hip hop dance college, opening in September.

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Work begins on £225m link to Luton Airport terminal

Today marks the start of work on the £225m Luton DART (Direct Air-Rail Transit) system linking Luton Airport with Luton Airport Parkway railway station.

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Five people from Bedfordshire on invite list for wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Five lucky people from Beds have been chosen to be part of next month’s royal wedding.

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Luton Council want residents’ views in parking consultation

Luton Council is asking Sundon Park and Biscott residents for their views about obstructive parking on footways and verges.

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Teenager charged with attempted murder following Luton stabbing

A teenager has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in St Saviour’s Crescent, Luton, on Thursday, March 29.

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Promoting healthy eating

The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) have introduced a number of changes to promote healthy eating for patients and staff.

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Investigations into ‘violent incident’ in Hockwell Ring are ongoing

Officers from the Luton Community Team carried out high visibility patrols in Hockwell Ring yesterday after a ‘violent incident’ on Saturday afternoon.

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Police detain five illegal immigrants in Toddington

Bedfordshire Police have detained five people after a number of illegal immigrants were seen leaving a lorry in Toddington this afternoon (Monday).

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Men injured in early morning burglary

The men were injured after burglars forced their way into their property on Castle Street in Luton early on Friday morning.

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Teens jailed for ‘brutal’ knife attack on boy at Luton train station

Six teenagers have been sentenced for their part in the stabbing of a 14-year-old boy at Luton station on Valentine’s Day last year.

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Police investigate after two men were injured during burglary in Luton

Police are investigating after two men were hurt during a burglary in Luton on Friday morning.

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Be a Chum and join Dawn on 100 mile walk

Social enterprise company chief executive Dawn Hewitt is on a mission to raise £21,000 for the charity she’s been involved with since its inception 21 years ago.

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Seminar on hate speech hosted at university’s Luton campus

Hate speech and how to tackle it will be addressed at a special seminar at the University of Bedfordshire’s Luton campus on Thursday, April 26, from 9.30am-2pm.

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Luton pharmacy offers state-of-the-art GP service

A state-of-the-art GP service is now available in Biscot Pharmacy on Biscot Road.

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Friday, 13 April 2018

Airline travellers warned to leave extra time after resurfacing work will close Airport Way

Resurfacing works will start on the roundabout of Airport Way, Kimpton Road and Vauxhall Way next week, following deterioration of the carriageway as a result of an especially cold winter and several months of poor conditions.

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Pregnant woman and her brother assaulted in Luton

A pregnant woman and her brother were assaulted in Luton town centre on Wednesday (April 4) and Bedfordshire Police is now appealing for witnesses to the incident.

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Help for pets caught in fires

Firefighters in Dunstable will now be able to treat animals caught in fires using pet specific breathing apparatus, thanks to Pets at Home and the not for profit organisation Smokey Paws.

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Once Upon A Time, Luton-born actor Chris Gauthier set off on an adventure of a lifetime

Television shows such as Once Upon A Time, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Smallville and A Town Called Eureka are incredibly popular and have achieved cult status.

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When do parents in Luton find out about primary school places?

Applications are falling but 60,000 pupils’ parents won’t get their first school choices, says The Good Schools Guide.

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Boxercise class to raise money for cancer charity

A Martial Arts Games and Fitness Academy, ACS MAGFA, is hosting a boxercise class to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Action.

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UPDATE: Bus driver critically injured after Luton head-on collision

A bus driver was left in a critical condition after a head-on smash with another bus in Luton yesterday.

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Luton’s Shaun needs your votes for CBBC singing contest!

A determined Luton teenager is hoping to reach the finals of a major CBBC talent contest - and you have 24 hours to help!

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Blues album to raise money for charity

A businessman from Harlington has launched a Blues album to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Man guilty of historic child abuse

A man has been found guilty of two counts of child sexual abuse dating back ten years after a trial at Luton Crown Court.

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Life-size LEGO brick characters at The Mall

LEGO fans are in for a treat this week if they visit The Mall in Luton as the shopping centre has shipped in hundreds and thousands of LEGO bricks and made magical life-size LEGO brick characters.

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VIDEO: People trapped in Luton bus collision

Two people are trapped after two buses collided in the centre of Luton around 4pm today.

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Man cleared of murder in Paul Pradier case

A driver whose car mounted a kerb in a Dunstable street and killed a father was today cleared of murder.

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Dunstable teacher ready for marathon to raise money for Sense

A teaching assistant from St Martin’s School in Luton is preparing to run the London marathon next weekend to raise money for Sense.

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Family’s anguish over manhole death

A Luton Town football fan died after plunging head first down a five-feet deep hole dug by water firm workers which did not have barriers properly surrounding it, an inquest has heard.

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Suspicious Luton Town supporters’ groups say C&R has lost the trust of community over stadium saga

Luton Town’s two supporters’ groups have today launched a fierce attack on Capital and Regional in response to the Mall owner’s “breathtaking” U-turn on a Hatters stadium at Power Court.

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Police investigate attempted robbery in Lewsey Farm

Police are investigating after an attempted robbery in Luton on Friday afternoon.

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Monday, 9 April 2018

Two men jailed for airport pickpocketing offences

Two men from Romania have been jailed after pleading guilty to multiple pickpocketing offences at Luton and Heathrow airports.

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Three men jailed for total of 25 years after a violent attack in Luton

Three men from Luton have been sentenced to a total of 25 years after they violently attacked two men in the town centre.

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UPDATE: Three other men arrested over Luton shooting

Police have arrested three further men in Luton over a shooting in Portland Road last week which left two victims injured.

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Police investigate assault in Chinese takeaway in Barton-Le-Clay

Bedfordshire Police has issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to as part of an investigation into an assault in a Chinese takeaway in Barton-Le-Clay.

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How to tell if your Facebook data has been shared with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook are set to alert 87 million users that their data has been shared with political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

Luton parents’ reviews make nursery one of the best

Seabrook Day Nursery in Luton has scooped a major award after parents’ reviews put it in the top 20 in a regional league table for the best UK early years providers.

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Luton Scouts get unique chance to earn police badge

In a UK first, Bedfordshire Police has teamed up with Luton Scouts to create an iconic crime prevention Scout badge.

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Luton rugby players walk for cancer charity

Keith Butten and 80 friends associated with Luton Rugby Club completed a seven mile walk from The Chequers pub at Streatley to Luton Rugby Club to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, and awareness of the disease.

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Friday, 6 April 2018

UPDATE: Luton shooting ‘not a hate crime’ as two men arrested

Two men have been arrested in connection with a shooting in Luton yesterday evening.

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Dunstable man jailed for drug smuggling on Caribbean cruise

A convicted drug dealer who used a three week Caribbean cruise as a cover to bring cocaine worth more than £200,000 into the UK has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years.

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Update - two men shot in Luton street

Two men have been taken to hospital after being shot in Luton, police said.

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Police cracking down on nuisance bikers

Bedfordshire Police seized four off-road motorbikes during three days of action over the Easter Weekend.

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Luton vegans harness power of chalk to stop animal cruelty

Peaceful vegan activists took colourful chalks to the streets of Luton in order to draw messages about animal welfare.

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Top musicians and Drumin2 make lessons for lower income Luton families

A popular drum teacher recommended by the likes of Steve White is pioneering a new project to help lower income Dunstable families.

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Hats galore in Harlington for Brain Tumour Research

A kind-hearted Harlington woman who lost both her husband and sister to cancer helped raise over £1,000 for Brain Tumour Research.

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Breaking news - Appeal after two men shot in Luton street

Two men have been taken to hospital after being shot in Luton, police said.

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Pioneering facial surgery carried out at L&D Hospital

Pioneering Maxillofacial surgery – thought to be the first of its kind to be performed in the UK and US – was undertaken at Luton and Dunstable Hospital last month.

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Volunteer for store collection

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s fundraising team is looking for volunteers for its store collection at Sainsbury’s in Bramingham on Thursday, April 12.

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Luton marathon man’s mission for CLIC Sargent in memory of father

A determined Luton man is going to run his fourth London Marathon after being inspired to help cancer charities by his daughter and late father.

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Easter egg hunt thanks to donation

Pupils from Southfield Primary School enjoyed an Easter egg hunt before the holidays, thanks to a donation from Nisa Local.

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Dunstable man plans family trip to Oz after winning £2m with Sky Vegas

A man from Dunstable who won £2 million on a Sky Vegas slot game is planning to take his family to Australia first class with the winnings.

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Hatters Way crash victim identified as 22-year-old man

A young man who tragically died in a collision on Hatters Way in Luton last month has been named by police.

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Police aim to educate about knife crime

Bedfordshire Police will be working with schools in Luton to try and reduce knife crime.

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LISTED: The conditions you can’t get prescriptions for and the treatments banned by the NHS

Prescriptions for some ‘over the counter’ remedies such as paracetamol and cold treatments have been cut after NHS officials voted in favour of money-saving plans.

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A chocolate treat for Hatters fans

Members of the Bury Park community handed out Easter treats to Luton Town supporters before Monday’s match against Mansfield.

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Luton actor thrilled as film debut hits the silver screen

An up-and-coming young actor from Luton is on cloud nine as his first feature film hits the silver screen this week.

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Future of Luton Vauxhall plant secured by £170m investment

The future of Luton’s Vauxhall plant looks secure after owners Peugeot SA announced it will move production of its own Vauxhall Vivaro to the facility in 2019 – assuring the livelihoods of nearly 1,500 workers.

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Families flock to see all the fun of the farm

Families have flocked to Slindon to enjoy all the fun of the farm – and some very cute new arrivals.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

IN FULL: LTFC hits back at ‘large inaccuracies’ in C&R statement

Luton Town Football Club’s chief executive has issued a response to C&R’s £7m investment in The Mall.

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Market is streets ahead!

Luton’s St George’s Square came alive as it hosted the four-day International Street Market.

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C&R ‘fundamentally changed position’ on Power Court

Capital & Regional says it has “fundamentally changed its position” on Luton Town Football Club’s plans for Power Court while announcing its own £7m investment into The Mall.

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Former Luton News journalist remembers Winnie Mandela

As news spread around the world of the death of Winnie Mandela yesterday, former Luton News journalist Bev Creagh paused to reflect on her own encounter with the first lady of the anti-apartheid struggle.

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Curious Lenny finds himself in a tight spot in Luton hotel

Curiosity didn’t kill the cat in a Luton hotel last week thanks to an RSPCA officer who was on hand to rescue the puss from a rather tight spot.

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Monday, 2 April 2018

Luton family thank hospital for their support for young Kaylen

A family organised a charity cycle ride to raise money for the hospital unit that looked after them.

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RSPCA looking for wildlife casualty volunteers in Luton and Dunstable

The RSPCA is looking for animal lovers in Luton and Dunstable who would like to train as wildlife casualty volunteers for Beds and Herts.

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Luton and Dunstable veterans and military leavers could embark on NHS career

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has received the royal seal of approval for a scheme which could help Luton and Dunstable military leavers and veterans.

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Luton’s Vauxhall teams help save lives with blood donors

In response to a shortage of blood donors in Luton, kind-hearted Vauxhall employees rallied together to boost the area’s banks.

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Luton man braves waxing ordeal and raises over 2K to help cousin fight cancer

A daring Luton man braved a painful chest wax in order to raise funds and help his cousin battle terminal cancer.

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‘Parking is a nightmare in Luton’s Beech Hill area’

A Luton resident is concerned about parked cars in Beech Hill, claiming pedestrians are “forced” into the road, while emergency services have difficulty accessing the area.

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CBeebies star teaches ‘Copy Sid’ in Luton

Lucky Luton schools received a visit from energetic CBeebies presenter, Sid Sloane, as he aimed to fire their ambitions and promote Children’s Activities Week.

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