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Driver clocked at 104mph in Bedfordshire 40mph zone

‘Lockdown speeding’ has become a very unwelcome by-product of the Government’s fight against coronavirus. So says the RAC, who sent a freedom of information (FOI) request to all British police forces.

The data found that 20 police forces caught their worst offenders travelling at speeds in excess of 100mph.

The worst speeder in the first three weeks of the lockdown was caught in West Yorkshire driving at 151mph on the M62 motorway – 81mph over the speed limit. This was 11mph faster than the next fastest recorded which was 140mph on the A14 in Suffolk.

Six forces – The Met, Northamptonshire, Gwent, Staffordshire, Kent and Humberside – all caught motorists driving at speeds in excess of 130mph.

The highest speed seen in a 40mph limit was 134mph on the A10 in North London. In Bedfordshire, the highest speed was in a 40mph limit, here the driver was clocked at 104mph on Airport Way in Luton.

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Bedfordshire Lieutenancy: The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Bedfordshire Winners 2020

Buckingham Palace has today (2 June 2020) announced The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service winners for 2020.

Coinciding with Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service celebrates the work of a diverse range of volunteer groups whose work has enhanced and supported local communities over a number of years.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Winners are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Nationally, 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups have received the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year. Showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. The following Bedfordshire organisations have been successful:

Autism Bedfordshire, Luton Irish Forum, Sharnbrook Amateur Theatre Trust and Volunteers of Keech Hospice Care

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Give your views on how Bedfordshire’s NHS services are performing during the pandemic

A public survey has been launched to allow people across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) to share their experiences of local healthcare services during the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has presented considerable challenges to healthcare. This has resulted in changes to the way many services are delivered.

To assess how well these changes are working, local health commissioners are seeking the views of the public.

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Bedfordshire Police thanks its volunteers

Bedfordshire Police said that it volunteers increase reassurance for residents across the county, as well as providing operational support to frontline teams.

During this uncertain time, the force said that it has seen a huge increase in support and is extending its thanks to each person who has helped during the pandemic.

As part of Volunteers’ Week, the Force is highlighting the work carried out by volunteers in the Specials, Street Watch, Speed Watch and in the Cadets.

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How will the police enforce the new COVID-19 rules?

New coronavirus lockdown rules came into effect today (1 June 2020), lifting some of the restrictions on socialising and move further from the previous “stay home” message.

Although the new rules are less restrictive, they will still be enforced by the police and local authorities.

If you breach the law, the police may instruct you to go home, leave an area or disperse, and they may instruct you to take steps to stop your children breaking these rules if they have already done so.

The police can also take you home or arrest you where they believe it is necessary.

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Bedford Borough Council’s thank you to its volunteers

This Volunteers’ Week (1 to 7 June), Bedford Borough Council is celebrating the selfless acts of kindness that have made a difference to the lives of residents. Including some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Since March, more than 1,000 volunteers came forward to help the Community Hub support hundreds of Borough residents every week with shopping, collecting prescriptions, helping to pack and deliver food parcels or just simply having someone to talk to while isolating.

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