Author: John Guinn

Construction of new low-carbon hydrogen pilot plant in Cranfield gets underway

A new 1.5 MWth pilot plant is being built at Cranfield University to test an innovative hydrogen production technology that the University said will substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The HyPER project (Bulk Hydrogen Production by Sorbent Enhanced Steam Reforming) is an international collaboration led by Cranfield University with £7.4 million funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) £505m Energy Innovation Programme.

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Counter Terrorism Policing urges vigilance as lockdown restrictions ease

Counter Terrorism Policing has warned that the easing of lockdown restrictions could provide a greater opportunity for terrorists to operate. So it is appealing for business owners and the public to support the police’s 24/7 effort to keep the country safe by remaining vigilant and reporting anything that doesn’t seem right to the police or security staff.

The threat to the UK from terrorism remains at ‘SUBSTANTIAL’, meaning an attack is likely

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Specialist telephones to crack down on scammers

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has teamed up with Age UK by funding the purchase of specialist telephones which prevent scam callers from connecting to potentially vulnerable individuals and in turn, preventing fraudsters from deceiving older people out of money via telephone scams.

The specialist devices have an inbuilt scam calling blocker, preventing known incoming scam numbers from being able to connect to the client’s home telephone number.

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Bedford Borough Council Week of Action – working to keep you safe and support local businesses

During the first week of shops, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopening, Bedford Borough Council said it has been working to support local businesses and keep our communities safe.

Council officers have been providing support to businesses ahead of reopening with advice on managing queues, getting necessary signs in place, and engaging with business owners to make sure they were confident ahead of reopening safely on Monday.

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Central Bedfordshire Council relaunches SEND consultation

Central Bedfordshire Council has relaunched its consultation on proposed changes to special schools and additional resource provisions within mainstream schools, to support children and young people identified with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

This is part of Schools for the Future programme, CBC’s long-term plan to “raise education standards”.

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Air ambulance Trek 24 challenge coming to Bedfordshire

This summer East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) will be hosting its first large-scale fundraising challenge since August 2019 in the form of Trek 24; an organised 24 kilometre or 24 mile walk.

Two Trek 24 events were planned to take place in 2020 but both were unable to go ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Optimistically looking ahead to this summer, EAAA is excited to now be organising three Trek 24 events and bringing Trek 24 to Bedfordshire for the very first time, starting and finishing at Hexton Manor.

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The County of Bedfordshire Service of Thanksgiving for His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

Following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, a County of Bedfordshire Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life of His Royal Highness will be held in the presence of HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and civic leaders.

The Service on Friday 16 April 2021 will be held at The County Church of St Paul Bedford.

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Still time to register to vote for upcoming elections

To vote in next month’s (6 May) Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner election, residents must register to vote by midnight, 19 April.

The PCC election was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, a great deal of work and thought has gone into ensuring this is a COVID-secure election. Central Bedfordshire Council said voters will be able to exercise their right to vote in a free and safe manner.

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Antonio Vitiello – English Democrats candidate for Bedfordshire’s police and crime commissioner

Antonio Vitiello is the English Democrats candidate for next month’s Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election.

The former member of the Thames Valley Police Volunteer Support Team (PVST) was raised by a police inspector and studied law at the University of Westminster. When asked why he decided to stand as a candidate, he said that he considered it his civic duty to “reform the police, to bridge the gap between the public and the police, and to make policing a respectable occupation again“.

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