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Stay home and stay safe this Easter

Bedfordshire’s frontline services are working together to urge the public to stay at home & follow social distancing guidelines over the Bank Holiday weekend.

To date Bedfordshire Police has issued four penalty notices – two in the Bedford area and two in the Luton area. This includes a parent who was fined after a child persisted to ignore police instructions.

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Bedford Borough Council: Supporting residents during coronavirus crisis

Bedford Borough Council’s Community Hub supports residents who are in self-isolation with no family or friends to help, by delivering food parcels, collecting and delivering prescriptions, and offering a friendly link with the outside world.

It has already handled over 1,000 requests for support, including over 500 food parcels and over 100 prescriptions collected and delivered.

Over 500 people have also been in touch asking for a chat, or other support, such as dog walking.

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Essential rail passengers advised to check before travelling during Easter engineering work

Network Rail and Thameslink is reminding passengers to continue to follow Government advice and only use public transport for essential journeys over Easter.

Network Rail is undertaking a reduced programme of engineering work over the Easter weekend, and into the following week. This will affect a number of services, so people who must travel are advised to check journey planners in advance.

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Child abuse and neglect concerns amidst Coronavirus pandemic

Bedfordshire Police has said that due to families isolating themselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many children and young people could be at a heightened risk of abuse and neglect.

School is often regarded as a safe place by children who are victims of abuse. But at the moment children are no longer regularly interacting with trusted adults such as teachers, social workers, grandparents, and neighbours.

So there is less opportunity for any safeguarding issues to be flagged with the relevant authorities.

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The Cranfield and Marston Vale Chronicle covers the following villages in Bedfordshire:

We also cover the latest news from Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedford Borough Council, Bedfordshire Police and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

There are health updates from Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Education News from both councils.

Finally, we cover the Business News in the area and Lifestyle News and What's On to help you make the most of your spare time.

Each of the village news pages contain local information such as doctors' surgeries and nearest dentists.


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