Luton Man Sentenced Following Terrorism Plot Investigation

A man found guilty of planning a terrorist attack in London has been sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday, 9 July at Woolwich Crown Court, reports

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 29, of Luton, who unwittingly told undercover officers of his plans to launch a terrorist attack, must serve a minimum of 25 years in jail for preparation of acts of terrorism.
He also received sentences of three years’ and seven years’ imprisonment respectively, to run concurrently, for the dissemination of a terrorist publication – in relation to a violent terrorist propaganda video he sent the undercover officers – and possession of information useful to terrorism, for having a guide to carrying out terror attacks on his phone.
Following sentencing, Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Mohiussunnath Chowdhury posed a very real threat to the lives of innocent people. The investigation team arrested him after gathering enough hard evidence to pro…

L&D Car Park Closure From 13 July - New Arrangements for Drop-off - New Build Starts Soon

Parking for visitors and patients at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital will get a welcome boost by the end of the year, as work gets underway on a new four-level car park on the footprint of the existing Lewsey Road car park.

The new car park will double the current provision for patients and visitors, and also provide more accessible parking as well as bicycle parking for patients, visitors and staff.

The new design will also improve the flow of cars, and reduce queuing and congestion on Lewsey Road.

The existing main visitor and patient car park (on Lewsey Road, opposite the main entrance to the hospital), will be closing on Monday 13 July.

Alternative parking will be available on site, in Farringdon Fields, off Calnwood Road. The Trust is reallocating staff spaces for the period.

But overall numbers may be limited so the Trust is asking patients and visitors not to bring their car if they can possibly avoid it, but to be dropped off instead. A new temporary drop-off point…

Henge Way Woodland: Woman in 70s is Robbed While out for First Walk in Three Months

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 70s was robbed while out walking for the first time in three months due to the coronavirus lockdown.

On Wednesday (1 July) at around 7.50am the victim was walking her dog in a wooded walkway which divides Henge Way and Spinney Road in Luton.

The woman was approached by a man on a bike who punched her and pushed her to the ground before making off with her handbag.

The man is described as black, of medium build and approximately 5’6’’. He was wearing a navy blue hoody with the hood up and tied around his face. His bike is described as being a dark colour.

PC Jodie Dimmock, who is investigating the incident, said: “This is a terrifying incident for the elderly victim and I would urge anyone who saw the incident or anyone acting suspiciously in the area before or after it took place to contact us.

“This was the first time this lady had been out of the house for three months as she had been shielding during the lockdown.

“Any informat…

Drug Charges Following Luton Warrants

Two men have been charged after a series of warrants and searches involving more than 70 Bedfordshire Police officers and staff at 16 addresses in Luton.
Kamran Bashir, 36, of, Stratford Road, Luton, and Ibraz Iqbal, 35, of Woodland Avenue, Luton, have both been charged with drugs supply offences following the operation on Thursday (2 July).

Bashir has been charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A drug, possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and possession of criminal property.

Iqbal has been charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A drug and possession of criminal property.

A woman in her 40s, arrested as part of the same investigation, has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Bashir and Iqbal were both remanded in custody, and are due to appear at Luton Crown Court on 3 August.

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24 Arrests, Huge Drugs Haul, Firearms and Cash Seized in Police Raids in Bedfordshire

More than 90 kilos of Class A drugs, seven firearms and over £180,000 in cash has been seized in Bedfordshire on Thursday as part of the UK’s largest-ever operation to combat serious and organised crime.
Twenty-four people have been arrested in the county and 11 people charged so far as part of a major coordinated period of action by law enforcement agencies across Europe.
Throughout June Bedfordshire Police worked alongside colleagues from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) to run two intensive days of action against suspected organised crime gangs.
This was followed up today (Thursday) with another wave of enforcement action, with more than 70 police officers and staff involved in warrants across Luton.
The massive breakthrough in the fight against serious and organised crime comes after the takedown of a bespoke encrypted global communication service used exclusively by criminals.
Encrochat offered a secure mobile phone instant messaging service, but an international law…

Be Vigilant Against Any Unsolicited Scams

Unsolicited scams are popping up all over the place and we are encouraging you to share this information with your elderly and vulnerable family and neighbours. In June Beds Police dealt with two incidents where a person had contacted a victim and claimed to be a detective investigating their bank and claimed that the people working in the bank are part of the scam. The victim is then told to go and withdraw money from the bank and is encouraged to lie to bank staff about the reasons for the withdrawal. Once the money has been obtained the victim will be contacted again, the fake detective will then declare the cash is forged and arrange for a courier to come and collect the money from the victim. We are urging you not to act on any demands from these calls and instead report it to Action Fraud, our online reporting centre, or by calling 101.
Here are some tips which can help you spot a fraudulent message. 
Police will NEVER ask you to make payments using Amazon Gift Cards or PayPal AND ne…

40°C Days in South-East By the End of the Century

Towards the end of the century parts of the UK could see 40°C days every 3-4 years on average under a high emissions scenario, says the Met Office.

Scientists at the Met Office Hadley Centre have found that by the end of the century extremely high temperatures will be possible.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK is 38.7°C set in Cambridge in July 2019.

By 2100, under a high emissions scenario, the UK could see 40°C days every three to four years, especially if emissions are not reduced in line with the Paris climate agreement.

Lead author Dr Nikolaos Christidis, said “We found that the likelihood of extremely hot days in the UK has been increasing and will continue to do so during the course of the century, with the most extreme temperatures expected to be observed in the south-east of England.”

“Some parts of the south-east between 1960 and 2019 the hottest days of the year have already increased by 1°C each decade. The UK is already on a warming trend when it comes to …

Telford Way Underpass - Did You Witness A Nasty Violent Attack on 13 June?

Bedfordshire Police force is appealing for witnesses to an incident in the Telford Way underpass in Luton on Saturday 13 June.
A man was assaulted and knocked unconscious following an altercation which arose from a conversation about the victim and offender both wearing similar red checked shirts.
The victim was walking by the roundabout with two female friends and passed the offender who was wearing a similar-looking shirt to him. One of the victim’s friends made a comment about it, then the offender turned and approached the victim, aggressively asked if he wanted a fight, and struck him on the head.
The victim fell to the ground and was kicked, punched, and knocked unconscious. He suffered head and facial injuriesrequiring him to have hospital treatment.
The offender is described as a Polish speaker, around 30 years of age, bald, and was wearing a red checked shirt, similar to the one pictured here.
PC Abbi Netherton, investigating, said: “This was a particularly nasty, violent, motivel…

Dunstable Road,: Domestic Abuse Attacker Gets Jail Sentence

A man has been jailed for more than four years, after he attacked his partner in her home last year. 
Russell Ward, 33, of Dunstable Road, Luton was sentenced to four and half years in jail at Luton Crown Court on Monday (22 June) for attempted grievous bodily harm (GBH).
On Tuesday 30 July, Ward went to his partner’s home in Luton and began shouting in the street.  His victim let him into the house to try and calm him, but he continued to be aggressive and argumentative and threatened her with a hammer. Then, breaking the coffee table, he beat her with one of the legs until she passed out. He then left the property.
In the early hours of Thursday 8 August, Ward returned to the location and made verbal threats towards her, overhead by concerned neighbours who called the police. It was then the victim disclosed the earlier attack.
Ward was arrested, and on searching his home, officers found a gym bag containing bloodstained clothing.
The investigation into the earlier incident began and, th…

Round Green: Human Trafficking Victim Safeguarded

A woman has been safeguarded and three people arrested after another police operation targeting organised crime gangs suspected of being behind the Luton sex industry.
Officers executed a warrant in the Round Green area of the town on Wednesday and arrested two men and a woman on suspicion of keeping a brothel.
A man in his 40s from Luton, a man in his 30s from Kent and a woman in her 20s fromLuton have all subsequently been released on bail, pending further enquiries.
A Romanian woman identified at the address is being supported through the national referral mechanism for victims of modern slavery.
This marks the latest action police and partners such as Luton Council and local charity Azalea have taken to disrupt the organised criminal networks suspected of running brothels in Luton and protect potential victims.
Last week a multi-agency operation was carried out at three addresses in the town, which identified six suspected victims of human trafficking.
Eleven women were safeguarded duri…

Suspected Drug Paraphernalia Seized By Police

Thousands of pounds in cash and a substance suspected of being used to mix with illegal drugs have been seized following a police operation.
Officers carried out a warrant at a property in Leagrave Road, Luton on Wednesday.
Police seized a large quantity of suspected bulking agent, which is commonly mixed with other Class A drugs and is considered a controlled Class A drug in its own right.
A large amount of cash, as well as other drug paraphernalia such as deal bags and scales, were also recovered.
Two men were arrested at the property and have now been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.
Detective Constable Tracey Litchfield said: “Drugs underpin some of the most serious crimes in our communities.
“Organised crime is a scourge on our society, exploits vulnerable people and allows these criminal networks to line their own pockets.
“We will continue to carry out proactive patrols and warrants targeting drug dealing and other gang activity and bring those behind these org…

CPRE In Attempt to Stop M1-A6 Link Road

In a letter to their supporters Campaign for Protection of Rural England (CPRE) urged ”pressure to be put on local decision makers” to demand a rethink about the A6-M1 Link road. The letter, of 18 June 2020 addressed from Lois Wright, Manager, CPRE Bedfordshire reads,

“This is our last chance to stop the A6-M1 Link Road so will you join us in demanding a better deal for our Bedfordshire countryside?
“The need for economic recovery post COVID-19 has been widely welcomed as a chance to build a healthy, green and fair future for all and we are hopeful that this will include a review of spending and road building. But we need to put pressure on our local decision makers NOW and demand that they think again about the A6-M1 Link Road for the following reasons:- “THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR COUNTRYSIDE This road runs alongside an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Bedfordshire Chilterns and will be entirely within the Green Belt and beside 2 Ancient Woodlands. These are vital parts of our “Natu…

Police Officer Assaulted While Party-Goers Ignored Coronavirus Regulations

Detectives are investigating after a police officer was seriously assaulted while responding to a breach of the coronavirus regulations.
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has used the incident as a catalyst to renew calls for people to maintain social distancing and stay at home if they can.
Some 20 people were at the party in Underwood Close, Luton on Saturday night (13 June) when officers responded.
As they attempted to break the gathering up, one of the two police officers had a drink thrownin his face by a man and was then hit over the head with an object.
The officer required treatment from paramedics at the scene and was taken to hospital, where he received stitches to his head wound.
The other officer also suffered minor injuries.
“It is outrageous that a police officer who was acting to protect the wider public with regard to the deadly risks presented by the coronavirus should have been attacked and injured in this way,” said Commissioner Holloway.
“We …

Luton Man Jailed For 71 Burglaries

Prolific burglar Aaron Evangelou, 32, of Crescent Road, Luton, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to three burglaries, handling of stolen bank cards and fraud.
Evangelou was arrested by the Operation Maze team, which is the force’s standalone team dedicated to tackling burglary. During his interview with Detective Constable Jason Wheeler, Evangelou made admissions to a further 68 burglary offences.
Detective Constable Jason Wheeler, investigating said: “Evangelou is a prolific burglar and I am glad he has been sentenced to time in prison. I hope that he uses this time to reflect on his actions and does not re-offend in the future.
“Fortunately I was able to identify Evangelou through CCTV footage and due to the good work of our forensic officers at the scenes.
“Burglary is a key priority for the force and such criminality will not be tolerated in Bedfordshire.
“The force continues to run dedicated operations to target those individuals who commit burglary off…

PC Jon Henry Remembered

The bravery of a police officer who gave his life to protect others was remembered at memorial services at the spot he was killed and at force headquarters on Thursday.
A small number of officers and the family of late PC Jon Henry joined Chief Constable Garry Forsyth today to mark the 13th anniversary of his death. Flowers were laid in his memory at his memorial stone in George Street, before a minute’s silence was held.

Officers who served with PC Henry were invited to attend a separate service at police headquarters in Kempston.
CC Forsyth said: “Although 13 years have passed, PC Henry will always be remembered across the force for his bravery and his sacrifice, which is still felt among all ranks as we all work hard to protect the public on a daily basis.
“In the face of the challenges we are experiencing today, it’s important we all take the opportunity to reflect on his commitment to protecting others.
“PC Henry’s loss is also felt acutely by his family who are very much in our thoug…

Five Year Sentence For Drug Dealer in Possession of a Gun

drug dealer who had stored a gun in his bedroom has been jailed for five years.
Umar Javid, 19, of Hastings Road, Kempston, had pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition, two charges of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possession of cannabis.
It was reported to police earlier this year that Javid was believed to be in possession of a firearm.
In April armed officers recovered a gun from Javid’s bedroom and established that it was a blank-firing weapon that had been converted into a viable firearm.
Prior to this, on 21 June last year, Javid was arrested when officers stopped a vehicle in Bassett Road, Leighton Buzzard.
He was captured as he dropped cling-filmed packages containing Class A drugs while he attempted to run away from police.
He also had a small amount of cannabis in his possession as well as a mobile phone, which when investigated indicated he was involved in dealing drugs.
Javid appeared at Luton Crown Court on Monday (8 June) via vi…
Luton local news and events for the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, UK. Editor Alan Winter.