Category: Crime

Football fans urged to support matches at home on ‘Super Saturday’

As lockdown restrictions ease further, Luton Town Football Club and public services in Bedfordshire are asking people in the county to continue to enjoy the return of the football season from home.

Dubbed ‘Super Saturday’, Luton Town will host their next home game against Reading at 3pm on Saturday (4 July), but the club are still urging Hatters fans to watch the game from home.

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Bedfordshire Police calls on hair professionals to help victims of domestic abuse

As lockdown restrictions in the fight against COVID-19 are further eased, hair salons are just one of the business sectors preparing to reopen their doors from 4 July 2020.

Bedfordshire Police is asking professionals to familiarise themselves with the signs of domestic abuse, in consideration for returning, or new, clients who may have lived through lockdown with their abuser.

The Force said that one in four women and one in seven men will suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime. Adding that around 78,000 women and 44,000 men across the county will be affected by this crime.

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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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Beds Police trains new PCs at Central Bedfordshire College

Bedfordshire Police has been working with Central Bedfordshire College in Dunstable to provide training to student officers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the pandemic and the new social distancing guidance, training facilities at Dunstable Police Station were not able to house all students.

The college offered its space free of charge for Bedfordshire Police’s learning and development teams. It also supported the force in maintaining a high standard of training for the current intake of students.

On Friday (19 June 2020) 16 student officers passed their initial training for the police officer role. These students will now work with response teams and increase numbers on the frontline

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Social distancing calls after Bedfordshire officer assaulted breaking up a party

Detectives are investigating after a Bedfordshire Police officer was assaulted while responding to a breach of the coronavirus regulations.

Around 20 people were at a party in Underwood Close, Luton on Saturday night (13 June 2020) when officers responded.

As they attempted to break the gathering up, one officers had a drink thrown in his face by a man and was then hit over the head with an object.

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Bedfordshire Police donates bikes to help doctors and nurses

Bedfordshire Police is donating 25 bicycles to doctors and nurses at Bedford Hospital to help them with transport issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

All the donated bikes have been recovered by police, and their owners could not be traced. They have been sent to local bike shop Flamme Rouge Cycles in Bromham Road, to ensure they are safe before being handed over, and which has been offering free bike services to all key workers during lockdown.

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Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel: Commissioner’s complaint response

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway says she “represents exceptional value for money” for local council taxpayers, after allegations were made in an email sent to the county’s police and crime panel.
She described herself as “beyond disappointed” with some of the claims surrounding award ceremonies and special events arranged by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

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Bedfordshire Police issues warning on NHS Test and Trace scams

Bedfordshire Police is urging members of the public to be vigilant following reports of fraudsters posing as people from the NHS Test and Trace service.

The Test and Trace system is part of the government’s efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. It uses contact tracers to get in touch with those who have had recent close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

But, a number of fraudsters are using this to their advantage and posing as contact tracers to trick people into parting with their personal information.

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Driver clocked at 104mph in Bedfordshire 40mph zone

‘Lockdown speeding’ has become a very unwelcome by-product of the Government’s fight against coronavirus. So says the RAC, who sent a freedom of information (FOI) request to all British police forces.

The data found that 20 police forces caught their worst offenders travelling at speeds in excess of 100mph.

The worst speeder in the first three weeks of the lockdown was caught in West Yorkshire driving at 151mph on the M62 motorway – 81mph over the speed limit. This was 11mph faster than the next fastest recorded which was 140mph on the A14 in Suffolk.

Six forces – The Met, Northamptonshire, Gwent, Staffordshire, Kent and Humberside – all caught motorists driving at speeds in excess of 130mph.

The highest speed seen in a 40mph limit was 134mph on the A10 in North London. In Bedfordshire, the highest speed was in a 40mph limit, here the driver was clocked at 104mph on Airport Way in Luton.

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