Bedfordshire’s frontline services issue warning vaccine scam

Bedfordshire’s frontline services have issued a warning to residents across the county as criminals seize the current opportunity of the pandemic to use the vaccination programme to create new scams.

These scams could cheat people out of their life savings and put people in danger.

Final call for Greensand Champions

Local environmental charity The Greensand Trust, in partnership with Greensand Country, is looking for Greensand Champions. These are groups or individual young people who are doing something amazing for the Greensand Country environment.

It wants to hear what young people are doing and give them the recognition they deserve as a ‘Greensand Champion’ which includes joining the digital Hall of Fame and receiving a Greensand Champions seed bomb.

Trading Standards warning after illegally imported puppy is quarantined

Buying or rehoming a cute puppy may seem a good idea and a welcome addition to a family, but Central Bedfordshire Council’s Trading Standards team is warning residents to be aware of illegal imports.

Last week, officers had to quarantine an illegally imported puppy because it had not received a rabies vaccination before coming to the UK. The second time in four months they have had to take such action.

Marston Vale Line passengers offered chance to quiz London Northwestern Railway bosses

Passengers who use London Northwestern Railway (LNR) services on the Marston Vale Line are being offered the chance to have their questions answered as part of a new online Q&A.

This is part of LNR’s commitment to keep its customers informed. Previously, it has held regular face-to-face sessions for passengers at stations across the network as part of its popular ‘Whistle Stop Tour’.

Marston Moretaine neighbours celebrate £100K lottery win

Two Marston Moretaine residents are starting 2021 on a high, after winning £50,000 each with People’s Postcode Lottery.

Their postcode, MK43 0WX, was announced as a winner with the lottery on Tuesday 5th January.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire recognises achievements of New Year’s Honours List

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis has officially recognised the achievements of eight Bedfordshire recipients in HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for 2021.

2,700 tax returns sent in on Christmas Day

HMRC has revelled that over 2,700 people filed their Self Assessment tax return on Christmas Day.

The Self Assessment deadline is on 31 January 2021. Those who need to complete a tax return can do so online ahead of the deadline at a time that suits them.

Every year, HMRC said that it sees thousands of taxpayers using the festive period to get their documents in order and complete the task.

On Christmas Day, the peak time for completing tax returns was 14:00 to 14:59, with more than 200 customers pressing send on their online form.

Cat microchipping consultation launched

An eight-week public consultation on the proposal to make it mandatory for pet owners to microchip their cats was launched on 23 December 2020 and will seek views from vets, owners and members of the public as part of a renewed effort to further raise the UK’s world-leading animal welfare standards.

Big Issue calls for public support as restrictions deal ‘a devastating blow’ for Big vendors on biggest week of the year

The Big Issue has called upon the public to, once again, support the organisation as hundreds of vendors are being forced off the streets as Tier 4 COVID-19 measures in London, south-east and east England and South Wales take effect.

Christmas Travel Window refunds confirmed for London Northwestern Railway passengers

Train operator London Northwestern Railway (LNR) has confirmed the refund process for customers whose Christmas journey plans have changed following the latest Government advice.

Passengers with tickets for travel from tomorrow (Wednesday 23 December) until Sunday 27 December which were purchased on or after November 24 can rebook or refund their journeys for free.

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