Category: Crime

BT and Bedfordshire Police gear up for the busiest 999 night of the year

The emergency services 999 line has provided a lifeline for members of the public to contact the Police, Fire, Ambulance or Coastguard for the last 80 years.

It is the most memorable number in the UK and provides a vital service.

As people enjoy the New Year celebrations, calls to 999 are expected to surge, with teams working around the clock to deal with the demands.

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If you see something suspicious – don’t just tell Facebook

Attendees at November’s Bedford and District Neighbourhood Watch Association meeting were told of the importance of sharing information with the authorities.

Bedford Borough Council Community Safety & Resilience service manager, John McKinney, said that he recently visited a community that had suffered burglaries in a concentrated area.

He found that residents had various bits of information about suspicious activities

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Ban of third party sales of puppies and kittens, known as ‘Lucy’s Law’, announced

The government has confirmed it will be banning third party sales of puppies and kittens, Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley announced.

The decision was taken following a public consultation, from which there was over 95 per cent support for a ban. It will help bring to an end the terrible welfare conditions found in puppy farming and solve a range of existing animal welfare issues.

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A Busy 12 Months For Bedfordshire Police

It has been another busy year for Bedfordshire Police, it has been dealing with really complex crime challenges which have been seen here and across the county – including increases in knife crime and serious youth violence. This has been a concerning development and is very much a national and local trend, it is working hard with partners and communities to tackle this rise and try to keep young people safe and steer them away from crime.

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‘No cold calling zones’ are not enforceable

No Cold Calling Zones are set up to combat the problem of doorstep crime and distraction burglary. They can also empower residents to have the confidence to deter callers away. However, a No Cold Calling Zone does not ban cold callers or does it create an exclusion zone.

There is an alternative that makes it a criminal offence to cold call.

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Police get funding boost to fight organised crime in Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire police will receive a £4.6 million funding boost to fight organised crime and gang violence.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has approved a special grant application from Bedfordshire police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Kathryn Holloway.

The additional funding will support the force to disrupt gang activity in and around towns in the force area.

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Campaigners want driving lessons to have more emphasis on the hazards of drink and drug driving

Campaigners want driving lessons to have more emphasis on the hazards of drink and drug driving

Campaigners are now calling for learner drivers to be better educated on the hazards of drink and drug driving – particularly among 16 to 19 year olds – and would like to see UK driving tests adapted to include a compulsory drugs and alcohol awareness section.

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Bedfordshire Police to adopt new burglary response process

New Bedfordshire Police burglary call handling process will be launched in due course

Bedfordshire Police will soon introduce a new process to provide a more efficient and effective service to reports of burglary.

Call handlers in the force’s control room will go through a specially designed series of questions with the caller. These will assess the incident and how it should be actioned in the most efficient way.

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