Author: John Guinn

Bedfordshire Police makes it easier for domestic abuse victims to access information about potential risk

Bedfordshire Police is making it easier to enquire about a partner’s violent past, as applications can be made online, via an easy-to-use secure form.

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), also known as Clare’s Law, was introduced in 2014. Up to now applicants had to contact police by phone, or in person, which could be difficult for someone living in an abusive relationship.

It is now hoped that the online application will encourage people to take the step to find out the possible risk before a situation escalates, and give them the opportunity to act on relevant information, or access support services to assist them with making future plans if they feel their circumstances mean they are unable to leave.

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Cranfield announces Changing World of Work webinar series

Cranfield School of Management’s Changing World of Work group has unveiled a new webinar series. These will focus on the areas of human resource management, employment relations, leadership, organisational behaviour and gender, diversity and inclusion.

First in the series, joining Professor Emma Parry – head of the Changing World of Work Group, is Perry Timms who will be discussing the next steps for organisation design.

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Have your say on a new political map for Bedford Borough Council

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. A 10-week consultation on the proposals will run until 7 December 2020.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Bedford Borough Council to make sure councillors will represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements will help the council work effectively.

The Commission has published proposals for changes to Bedford Borough Council. It is proposing that there should be 46 councillors in future, six more than now. The number of wards will increase from 27 to 29.

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Cranfield woman diagnosed with brain tumour as a teenager completes Walk of Hope

A Bedfordshire family has taken on a Walk of Hope, inspired by their daughter who was diagnosed aged 13 with a brain tumour, to raise funds to help find a cure for the disease.

Caroline Watson of Cranfield, now 26, was diagnosed with a brain tumour on her pituitary gland after her mother finally managed to persuade doctors to take her worrying weight gain and growth seriously.

Along with her parents, Lisa and Mark, and partner Jack Mizen, Caroline walked 10 miles from Flitwick, where her mum and dad live, to the ruins of Houghton House in Ampthill and back

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RSPCA urges people in Bedfordshire to act now to save animal welfare post-Brexit

The RSPCA is urging people in Bedfordshire to lobby their MPs to vote to ban lower welfare imports when the Agriculture Bill returns to the Commons on Thursday (1 October 2020).

The RSPCA said that a failure by MPs to support it will leave the UK facing a flood of imports such as chlorinated chicken, eggs from hens kept in barren battery cages, pork from pigs reared in sow stalls and hormone beef – products made to welfare standards that are illegal in the UK.

A government spokesperson said:

“Our manifesto commitment could not be clearer – we will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards.”

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Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service celebrates Ambulance Driving Firefighters

On Thursday (24 September 2020) Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) came together with East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) to thank firefighters for their outstanding support during COVID.

Since March BFRS has worked with EEAST to provide over 20 seconded firefighters to drive ambulances.

This enabled EEAST to keep more ambulances on the road. Between April-August they worked a total of 12,530 hours; covered over 1,000 shifts and drove over 500 ambulances.

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Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick police update

PCSO James Dancer, who is one of the local community officers for Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick, has given an update to residents.

As well as COVID advice, PCSO Dancer talked about planned days of action based around speeding vehicles in Stewartby and antisocial behaviour in Kempston Hardwick.

Residents are urged to always report incidents to help create an intelligence picture of any issues.

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Bedfordshire cracks down on county lines drug supply

A county lines crackdown in Bedfordshire has seen a teenager charged with drugs supply offences, two drugs gangs being jailed in the space of a week as well as activity targeted at a railway station.

Last week was National County Lines Intensification Week. Police forces across the country targeted drugs, gangs and exploitation. The operation resulted in 104 people being arrested and a number of weapons and drugs being seized across the eastern region.

In Bedfordshire, officers working to tackle county lines and drug dealing last week charged a 17-year-old boy with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. He has been remanded into custody, pending a future court appearance.

On Thursday 17 September, Bedfordshire Police officers joined their counterparts from the British Transport Police to target Luton railway station and raise awareness of county lines and the exploitation that comes with it.

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