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New Year Honours For Bedfordshire People

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HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for 2020 has been announced and includes ten Bedfordshire recipients. Those who have been successful are as follows:

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Rosemary Frances MAYGLOTHLING (Bedford)

For services to Rowing and Gender Equality in Sport

Martin James MCELHATTON (Luton)

For services to Disability Sport

Sabah GILANI (Luton)

Chief Executive Officer, Better Community Business Network
For services to Young People and to the Muslim community

Charles Alan John YATES (Bedford)

Head of Threat Leadership, Insights, Partnership and Delivery, National Crime Agency
For services to Law Enforcement


Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Peter John SCOTT (Bedford)

For voluntary service to the National Trust at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton

Dr Anne Margaret Stuart GRANT (Bedford)

For services to charity in Bedfordshire

Councillor Dr David MICHAEL (Luton)
For services to the community in Greater London

Medallists of the Order of the Brit…

Successful year for Regional Organised Crime Unit

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A regional organised crime unit has helped secure jail sentences of almost 500 years in 2019.

The regional organised crime unit (ROCU) is tasked with managing the threat posed by crime types such as firearms supply, county drugs lines, child sexual exploitation, cybercrime and modern-day slavery.

Officers use a range of specialist tactics and work closely alongside police forces and partner agencies to disrupt dangerous offenders operating across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent.

Over the course of 2019, the unit has led or supported on more than 380 arrests, the seizure of 237 kilograms of Class A drugs and 64 firearms, and helped secure jail sentences of almost 500 years.

Convicted criminals have also been made to pay back £5.8 million as a result of confiscation orders made under the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation while more than £1.6 million has been secured as compensation for victims of crime.




Hannah Wilkinson, Head of the ROCU, s…

Luton Burglar to Spend Christmas Behind Bars

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A Luton man has been jailed after a spree of distraction burglaries in Luton.

James Williamson, 22, of no fixed abode, was sentenced today (Friday) to five years in prison in relation to four counts of burglary and one attempted burglary at multiple addresses in Luton. The judge also took into consideration a further eight burglaries which Williamson has been linked to.

On three of the occasions, Williamson entered the properties under the pretence of removing cut branches from the victim’s garden.

On 7 November 2018 at a property in Whitehaven, Luton, an elderly woman let two men into her back garden via the side gate. She was distracted while Williamson entered the property and stole various items which were of high monetary and sentimental value, as well as £180 cash.

Williamson was forensically linked to the property by a fingerprint left on an envelope that contained the cash stolen.

He used the same technique to gain entry to other properties and stole a number of high-value it…

Luton Sisters Jailed for Attack on Someone Who Was Innocent

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Two women have been jailed for attacking a woman because they thought she’d been sharing embarrassing videos of them online.

Sobiya Iqbal, 24, of Weatherby Road, Luton, and Uzma Iqbal, 33, of Runley Road, Luton, mistakenly believed the victim had shared videos online of them drinking and dancing – something they said had caused them embarrassment due to their faith.

The victim denied sharing the videos but agreed to meet the pair for dinner to discuss the matter.

They picked her up in the car, but rather than going to dinner, they drove her to a remote country lane where they dragged her out of the vehicle and assaulted her. They punched and slapped her before cutting off her hair, stealing her handbag and spraying her with an unknown substance. Fortunately, the victim was then able to run away and ran for more than a mile before seeking help from a remote farmhouse.

They were both found guilty of kidnap, causing actual bodily harm, and robbery, and were sentenced at Luton Crown Cour…
Luton local news and events for the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, UK. Editor Alan Winter.