Author: John Guinn

Woburn Safari Park lioness has her paws full with five new arrivals

Dakota, one of Woburn Safari Park’s lionesses, is set to have her paws full this summer after giving birth to five adorable cubs.

29th June was their first day out, as the mini pride discovered their new playground; the outdoor paddock adjacent to their specially designed house.

The latest arrivals were born to mother Dakota and father Joco in the early hours of the morning, during lockdown on the 24th April. These cubs, along with the pair that were born in July last year to Dakota’s own daughter, Zuri, has seen the pride increase to 13 lions in total.

This is Dakota’s second litter, following the five she gave birth to in 2014,

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Beds Fire: Pride with no prejudice

During the month of June, LGBT Pride is usually a vibrant celebration of diversity and provides an opportunity to raise awareness of current issues facing the LGBT community.

Due to the current pandemic, many of these national celebrations have been cancelled or moved to virtual platforms. However, as Pride month comes to a close, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and blue light partners wish to reiterate their support to the county’s LGBT community.

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Marston Moretaine site manager wins NHBC Pride in the Job Quality award

A Site Manager for David Wilson Homes South Midlands has won a national award for quality from the National House Building Council (NHBC).

Dan Jackson, 25, who is based at Marston Fields, won a NHBC Pride in the Job Quality award, considered to be the “Oscars of the housebuilding industry”.

Dan has worked for David Wilson Homes for almost 10 years. He started as an apprentice carpenter and after working in this role for three years he received a promotion to Trainee Assistant Site Manager. He was appointed Site Manager at Marston Fields in May 2018.

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Six arrests after discovery of potential modern slavery victims at Bedfordshire farm

Ten suspected victims of modern slavery have been safeguarded after they were discovered living in a farm building in Bedfordshire.

Police officers were flagged down by two men on a rural road on the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire border at around 9.30pm on Friday (26 June).

Police visited the address the men had come from and established that 13 men and a pregnant woman were staying at the property. All those at the property had travelled to the UK from Romania.

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Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, drivers were granted a six-month exemption from MOT testing in March to help slow the spread of the virus. However, as restrictions are eased when safe to do so, all drivers whose car, motorcycle or van is due for an MOT test from 1 August 2020 will be required to get a test certificate to continue driving their vehicle.

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Charities call for council tax reform ahead of August debt D-Day

The UK’s three largest debt charities – Citizens Advice, Money Advice Trust and Stepchange – have written to the Local Government Minister to call for urgent action on council tax.

The charities are urging the government to implement simple measures that could protect millions of people from the prospect of spiralling council tax debt

Following legislation which comes into effect on Wednesday 24 June, the ban on face-to-face bailiff collection will now come to an end on 23 August.

This is the same day as protections from eviction end for people in the private rented sector and comes at a time when redundancies are expected to rise.

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The Great Spiny Norman’s Hedgehog Support 300km fundraiser

Ollie Yates, a Year 9 student from Bedford School, has beat the lockdown blues by setting himself a huge challenge to raise money for Spiny Norman’s Hedgehog Support which rescues and rehabilitates poorly hedgehogs.

His grand finale is to finish with a half marathon ending at Spiny Normans Hedgehog Support in Wyboston on Saturday 27 June. Ollie has visited Spiny Norman’s (which moved from Wixams to larger premises in Wyboston) where he was able to feed some tiny hoglets and meet some of the residents there.

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Getting ready for the new world of travelling by rail

Thameslink shares its top tips for those who need to head back onto the trains

As we begin to see the gradual ease to lockdown, the prospect of taking on the ‘new world commute’ for those who must travel by train, could seem a little daunting.

People should still consider whether their journey is necessary and wear a face covering if travelling. However, this may make many travellers nervous about the prospect of heading onto public transport in the future.

To help ease customer concerns, the key workers from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have come together to create a short video.

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