Potential victim of trafficking safeguarded in modern slavery operation

A potential human trafficking victim was safeguarded as part of a joint operation led by Bedfordshire Police.

The man was identified by police and National Crime Agency officers at Toddington Services on Thursday (14 November 2019).

He had been dropped off at the services for further transport to begin work at a car wash.

However, officers identified some concerns around his welfare and further questioning suggested the man had been trafficked. He was then safeguarded and referred to support services.

Bedfordshire Police led the operation alongside Immigration Enforcement, Central Bedfordshire Council, the East of England Ambulance Service and the Highways Agency.

Eighteen lorries were pulled over and 12 were searched over the course of the day.

Eyes on the road, not on your phone

Anyone caught using a mobile phone while driving will be fined £200 and six points

Bedfordshire Police is clamping down on motorists who use mobile devices and reminding them to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phone.

Drivers using a mobile phone while behind the wheel are four times more likely to be involved in a collision, according to a recent Parliamentary report.

A moment’s distraction is all it takes to crash, resulting in potentially devastating, life-long consequences. Not only the driver, but their passengers, other road users and pedestrians too.

More than 1,500 people were caught using their mobile phone across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire last year, with 371 caught in Bedfordshire.

Of these, two thirds were under the age of 40. Anyone caught using a mobile phone while driving will be fined £200 and will receive six penalty points. Any driver caught using a mobile phone within two years of passing their test will have their licence revoked.

Father jailed for life for killing his eight-week-old baby girl in Wixams last year

A father has been jailed for life for killing his eight-week-old baby girl in Wixams last year.

Kevin Eves, 37, of Coppice Farm Road, in Penn, High Wycombe, was jailed today (6 November 2019) at the Central Criminal Court in London for the murder of his baby daughter, Harper Marie Denton.

Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit opens up project bidding process

A £400,000 pot for projects to tackle serious violence and exploitation involving young people is now accepting bids for funding.

The Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU) has been established to create a network of different agencies and groups to tackle the root causes of things like gang membership.

Community groups are being encouraged to bid for funding for initiatives worth up to £20,000 which can work with young people and divert them away from violence.

Poppy to feature on police vehicles across Beds, Cambs and Herts

Poppies will again feature on a number of the vehicles in the Beds, Cambs and Herts Joint Protective Services fleet in the build-up to Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

PC Mark Fairclough from the tri-force Road Policing Unit said: “We displayed poppies on a number of our cars last year and I am pleased we are able to do this again to remember our fallen service personnel and the ultimate sacrifice they made.”

Bedford Borough Council advice for buying a new furry friend

A new furry friend can make a great addition to the family. But Bedford Borough Council is warning residents to be cautious and carry out checks after reports of illegal puppy trading.

Bad dealers and breeders are selling puppies that are too young, imported from other countries, haven’t had the appropriate vaccinations, and without the right paperwork.

This can result in the puppies being quarantined and not allowed to go to their new owners.

The Dogs Trust also has concerns about the welfare of the puppies caught in the illegal dog trade. This can leave unsuspecting families picking up the pieces when they just wanted to give a puppy a home.

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