Author: John Guinn

Six of the 11 new cars launched in 2019 rated poor for security by Thatcham Research

Thatcham Research publishes security ratings to help consumers better understand the theft risk of new cars against a back drop of rising vehicle thefts. The new ratings assess whether measures to specifically address the keyless entry/start vulnerability, have been adopted.

Six of the 11 vehicles launched in 2019 have been given a ‘Poor’ rating as the keyless entry/start system they have as an option has no security measures to prevent theft by criminals using the so-called ‘Relay Attack’ technique. Without this option, the overall security features were classified as ‘Good’.

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Central Bedfordshire Council granted cash to clean its high streets

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has received an immediate £49,000 cash boost from a £9.75 million government fund to back its efforts in cleaning up high streets and town centres.The funding is to give local authorities across the country the opportunity to encourage its communities to take greater pride in their local area and to support campaigns such as Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean Campaign.

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Bedford Hospital goes Smoke-free

As of 1 April, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust will become smoke-free. This means that all staff, patients and visitors are not allowed to smoke (this includes tobacco products and e-cigarettes / vapes) anywhere on the hospital grounds – both at South Wing and Gilbert Hitchcock House on Kimbolton Road. The smoking shelter near to the A&E entrance will be removed.

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Cranfield students to take to the skies for global space rocket competition

Students from Cranfield University are designing their own space rocket, which they hope to launch into the skies above the US later this year.
Members of the University’s CRANSeds society (which stands for Cranfield Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) are taking part in an extracurricular project to design and develop a rocket for the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC), which will take place in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in June.

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Juror receives suspended prison sentence

Police have issued a reminder to jurors after a man was given a suspended prison sentence for discussing a case outside of court.

The juror in question was overheard discussing a case while out for a meal with friends and family in January last year, including details of the trial and weapons that were used in the incident.

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More than 260 modern slavery referrals in Bedfordshire last year

More than 260 cases of modern slavery were identified in Bedfordshire last year, new figures show, prompting renewed calls for the public to keep their eyes open for signs of criminal exploitation.

The number of potential victims of modern slavery passed through to the national referral mechanism (NRM) in the Bedfordshire Police area was the fifth highest of all police force areas in the UK.

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