Showing posts from February, 2020

Man Used Imitation Firearm to Rob BetFred

George Olliffe, of Talbot Road, Luton has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison after he robbed a Betfred store with an imitation firearm.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence last Friday at Luton Crown Court.

At around 9.30pm on Friday 6 December 2019, George Olliffe entered Betfred on Chapel Street, Luton, armed with a hand gun and demanded workers hand over the money in the till and all contents in the safe as they began to shut the shop. Olliffe was threatening the staff in an attempt to hurry them, but after having to wait for the safe to open he quickly left the shop with money from the till.

Bedfordshire Police made CCTV enquiries as part of their investigation and secured footage showed Olliffe walking up and down Chapel Street before putting a balaclava on. Members of staff from a nearby pub were able to positively identify the man as George Olliffe as he previously worked there. O…

Cosgrove Way Industrial Estate Changes Hands in £mm Pound Deal

A multi-let industrial estate in Bedfordshire has been acquired by a London-based property investment company.

Commercial property consultancy Kirkby Diamond advised on the acquisition of a number of units at Cosgrove Way Industrial Estate, in Luton, on behalf of Pears Property Advisors.

The consultancy has also been appointed to deal with lease renewals, rent reviews and general asset management at the site on behalf of the new owners.

The estate consists of six industrial/trade counter units. There is a total of approximately 44,000 sq ft of space, with units ranging in size from approximately 6,000 sq ft to 11,529 sq ft. The units sit on a site extending to approximately 3.95-acres.

Eamon Kennedy, head of the commercial agency (group) at Kirkby Diamond in Luton, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with the Pears Family, and their advisors, and this is the latest in a series of attractive investments they have made in the region.

“This is a busy light industrial estate whic…

Police News: Leon Briggs Misconduct Hearing Discontinued / Two men Jailed for Rape / Luton Car-jacking Appeal

Police appeal for information following Luton car-jacking robbery  - scroll downTwo men jailed for raping and abusing a young girl in Luton almost two decades ago - scroll down
A misconduct hearing regarding the events surrounding the death of Leon Briggs in Luton in November 2013 has been discontinued, with the panel chairman requesting a review of the failed IOPC investigation.

Six officers were initially due to be subject to the hearing to decide matters relating to Use of Force and Duties & Responsibilities as directed by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

However, following concerns raised by Bedfordshire Police, the IOPC removed its direction to the force to pursue these proceedings last night (Thursday) and the hearing concluded today (Friday) with the panel discontinuing all charges against the officers.

Legally Qualified Chair Peter Nicholls finalised proceedings by saying he felt public confidence in policing should not be affected by this case, but he ho…

Luton Man Jailed For Sexually Exploiting A Teenage Girl

A man from Luton has been jailed for 13 months for grooming and sexually exploiting a teenage girl.

At an earlier court hearing, Mohammad Tahir, 44, of Stratford Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and today (Friday) was handed a 13-month prison sentence. 

The incident occurred in August 2018 when Tahir was working in a fast-food shop in Shefford, which was a popular hangout for teenagers.

He would regularly buy alcohol and cigarettes for the victim and exchanged text messages with her. On this occasion, they agreed to meet that evening so he could take her to a local supermarket to buy alcohol.

Tahir picked her up in his car and instead of heading to the supermarket, he took her to a layby and forced her into a sexual act.

After the incident, Tahir continued to send messages to the girl, which her father found on her phone, and which led her to disclose what had happened.

Tahir was subsequently arrested and charged with inciting a child to en…

Luton Man Pleads Guilty To Setting Fire To Homeless Victim

A man who set fire to a homeless man in a Luton street has pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent and assault on an emergency worker.

In George Street, at around 4.15pm on 1 January, David Weir, 53, of Park Street, Luton, sprayed a flammable liquid from a washing up liquid bottle over a homeless man who was sitting outside a fast food restaurant. He then used a lighter to ignite the accelerant.

Nearby members of the public acted promptly and extinguished the flames, before disarming Weir and calling the emergency services.

The victim was initially taken to a specialist burns unit in Essex, and has since made a recovery.

Whilst in custody, Weir was abusive and threatening to officers. He was further arrested for assault on an emergency worker after spitting at a police constable and threatening to urinate on him.

At Luton Crown Court today (Monday), Weir pleaded guilty to GBH with intent and assault on an emergency worker.

Detective Constable Gary Hatton, investigati…

Now LBC Wants A Judicial Review on M1-A6 Link Road

Luton Borough Council are to seek a judicial review into the building of £64.6m link road between the M1 and A6 north of Luton. The road would be on Central Bedfordshire Council  land from M1 J11a to the A6 south of Streatley.

Luton Borough Council (LBC) said it wants to ensure Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has "fully considered the impact".

The M1 to A6 Link Road was approved by CBC in January 2020 after the government decided against having a public inquiry. Voting on the Development Management Committee at CBC was not unanimous (See recording below).

Development Management Committee - Wednesday, 8th January 2020 at 10:00am - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting

Work was hoped to have started on the 2.75-mile (4.4km) road in 2021. The approved single and dual carriageway road will have a 50mph speed limit and incorporate a green bridge for wildlife.

The road aim was to improve access to Luton Airport, Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Linslade, as well as prov…

Storm Dennis Cancels Luton Planes

Dozens of easyJet flights have been cancelled due to the poor weather brought by Storm Dennis this Saturday (February 15), leaving families going on half term breaks facing chaos. The airline has cancelled almost all of its flights departing from Luton Airport today, claiming it was experiencing "significant disruption due to Storm Dennis". So far around 26 easyJet flights have been cancelled from the airport to various destinations including Genevra, Barcelona, Zurich, Venice, Belfast, Amsterdam, Alicante, Malaga, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Tenerife. Other airlines flying from the airport have yet to cancel planes, but some are also experiencing delays.  Winds of up to 55mph are expected in the area.

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Two Sisters Jailed For Kidnapping And Attacking A Woman Have Their Sentences Extended

Two women who were jailed for attacking a woman, because they thought she’d been sharing embarrassing videos of them online, have had their sentences extended.

Sobiya Iqbal, 28, of Weatherby Road, Luton, and Uzma Iqbal, 33, of Runley Road, Luton, were jailed for two and a half years and 18 months respectively in December, after being found guilty of kidnap, causing actual bodily harm, and robbery.

However, the sentences were considered to be unduly lenient by the Attorney General, and have now been increased following a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice today (Friday 14 February).

Sobiya Iqbal will now serve four years in jail, while Uzma Iqbal faces three years behind bars. 

The sisters mistakenly believed a woman had shared videos online of them drinking and dancing – something they said had caused them embarrassment due to their faith.

In a bid for revenge, the sisters drove the victim to a remote country lane before assaulting her, cutting off her hair, and spraying her with…

Amazon Prime Scam - Don't Get Caught by the Scammers!

Bedfordshire Police is issuing a fraud warning after a number of Bedfordshire residents fell victim to a scam, with one losing their entire life savings.

Action Fraud has reported that the scam was first reported in October 2019 and since has cost the victims more than £1 million.

The scam is carried out by phone call, with the victim receiving an automated phone message that they have been charged for an Amazon Prime subscription.

How It Works They are subsequently instructed to ‘press 1’ to cancel the transaction. When they do this, they are directed to a fraudster posing as an Amazon customer service representative.

The fraudster advises the victim that their subscription was purchased fraudulently and that remote access to their computer is required in order to fix a security flaw that will prevent it from reoccurring.

The unsuspecting victim then downloads software which grants the scammers remote access to their computer, including personal and financial information.

Other vari…

Will Your Secondary School Be Signing Up to 'Start A Heart'?

Registration is now open for this year’s Restart A Heart Day!❤️

Without CPR the chances of surviving cardiac arrest are zero.
Secondary schools in our region can sign up for staff and volunteers to come to them and teach lifesaving CPR skills to their students.

Sign up today

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Storm Ciara Emergency Funding for Sports Clubs

Grants of National Lottery funding up to £5,000 could help repair damage to pitches and facilities.

Sport England have released emergency funding of up to £5,000 per organisation to help repair damage to sports pitches and facilities caused by Storm Ciara. Please share with any local providers who have been affected. Local authorities and sports clubs are encouraged to apply.

The funding is available through the Community Asset Fund. Applications will be assessed and funds distributed quickly (within 3 weeks).

You can read the full details on the Sport England site here, with details of how to apply.

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