Author: John Guinn

Looking after your mental health is important whatever the time of year

Bedfordshire and Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are highlighting the importance of looking after your mental health.

For some, January can exacerbate difficult thoughts and feelings. This is due to the ending of the festive period, an increase of debt and long dark winter days. However, it’s important to remember mental health affects people all through the year.

The CCGs said that in the UK approximately one in four people experienced a mental health problem. Ranging from depression and anxiety, considered more common, to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder which are more rare.

Sometimes individuals that are experiencing mental health problems can feel alone. Mental health problems are a common human experience and it can be helpful to talk about how you are feeling.

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Deaths and serious injuries top 1,100 on Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire roads

Over 1,100 people were killed or seriously injured on the roads of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire between November 2018 and November 2019. This equates to almost 20 serious injuries and at least one death every week.

Between November 2018 and November 2019 in Bedfordshire there were 272 serious injuries on the counties roads, and 20 fatal incidents.

The shocking figures have been released by police at the start of this month’s speed campaign to remind motorists that speeding devastates lives.

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Local homeless charities receive support from Bloor Homes

Generous staff and visitors to Bloor Homes’ new housing developments, including Hanslope Fields in Hanslope, Cranfield Park in Cranfield, Ampthill Chase, Ampthill and St Andrews Park in Biggleswade have been providing invaluable support to local homeless shelters.

The South Midlands office of the regional house builder set up collection points at sales centres for core items such as unwanted warm coats, shoes, sleeping bags and pillows.

Donations were taken to Winter Night Shelter Milton Keynes, Homeless Oxfordshire, Northampton Hope Centre and Hope Enterprises and Aylesbury Homeless Action Group.

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Speak to your close ones about ‘courier fraud’

Bedfordshire Police is supporting a national campaign targeting courier fraud. It is encouraging residents to speak to their elderly friends and family about spotting the signs of impersonation fraud.

A national campaign, co-ordinated by the City of London Police, will focus on educating potential victims on the different ways criminals con vulnerable and elderly people out of their money.

Courier fraud often starts with a cold call where the fraudster claims to be a police officer or a bank official.

The fraudsters will say there’s an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation.

The ultimate aim of this call is to trick the victim into handing over money or bank details.

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Bedfordshire Police seeks public input for new autism scheme

Bedfordshire Police is inviting members of the local community to attend a focus group, to have an input into a proposed new scheme which will help those with autism, or other communication difficulties, when coming into contact with police.

The scheme would ask people to register and give a few simple details and an outline of their conditions. Then, if police assistance is required, call handlers can provide appropriate information to responding officers.

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CCTV image issued in Bedford store robbery appeal

Bedfordshire Police has issued an image from CCTV and is appealing for witnesses to a convenience store robbery in Bedford.

At around 4.30pm on Friday 3 January, two offenders with their faces covered and holding knives, entered the Premier Shop on Harrowden Road, Bedford.

One of the offenders threatened a member of staff with a knife, and the other went behind the counter and took money from the till.

They left the scene in the direction of Worcester Road.

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Bedford Borough Council shortlisted for National Environmental Charity Award

Bedford Borough Council Community Engagement has been shortlisted in Keep Britain Tidy’s annual awards. The awards celebrates councils who are making significant improvements to the environment on people’s doorstep.

The Council’s Community Volunteers gave over 11,500 hours of their time to support local parks and open spaces last year.

Tasks have included helping at events, working in Borough parks alongside the Council’s Country Park Officers and enhancing the beautiful local nature. They have also made a difference in their own communities by litter picking and reporting issues

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