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Over £31million Raised as Capt Tom Reaches 100 & Is Made Honorary Colonel

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Captain Tom Moore has been made an honorary colonel by the Queen to mark his 100th birthday, after raising in excess of £31million for NHS Charities Together.

The war veteran walked laps of his garden to raise the funds during the coronavirus lockdown to raise money for healthcare workers.

Capt Tom has now raised well over £31million for NHS Charities Together and walked 200 laps of his garden in total.

He was informed of his promotion to honorary colonel in a letter presented to him at his home by Lt Col Thomas Miller, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.

Capt Tom said, “Although I can't use it in public it really is something special to be able to say, honorary colonel.

"I'm still Captain Tom, that's who I really am but if people choose to call me colonel, well, thank you very much!"

Earlier in the day, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, was delighted to present Captain Tom Moore with a 100th birthday card from Her Maje…

Three Arrests In Operation Targeting Suspected Drugs Gang

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Drug Dealing — Three people have been arrested and drugs and cash seized after an operation targeting a suspected drugs gang.

A man in his 20s from Luton was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug. A 19-year-old man and 16-year-old boy were arrested in subsequent police raids in Luton, also on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.

Officers recovered suspected cannabis and heroin, almost £1,000 in cash, mobile phones, designer clothing and a car as part of the operation.

Detective Inspector Dani Bailey said: “This enforcement action follows lots of proactive police work across different departments into the potential exploitation of children and other vulnerable people. Unfortunately, drug dealers are continuing to sell their products and exploit people in the face of the Coronavirus restrictions.



“We would just urge people at this time to be particularly aware of cuckooing, where drugs gangs target the addr…

Car Parts Crime: Luton Men Among Those Arrested For Car Crimes

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Four people have been arrested and more than 30 suspected stolen vehicles recovered after a community policing led operation.

Officers attended an address in Heath and Reach last Thursday (16 April) and discovered dozens of stripped out vehicles, as well as a significant number of car parts.

Four men found at the scene – one man in his 60s from London, two men in their 50s from Sussex and a man in his 20s from Luton – were all arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

They have been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

Sergeant Adrian Paine, from the Leighton Buzzard community policing team, said: “This was an exceptional proactive policing operation.“The quick and decisive actions of the team were able to secure the scene for evidence as well as a number of suspects.

“Our officers are determined to root out those involved in this offending and bring them to justice, as well as keeping our residents’ valuable property safe.”

If you have any information about criminal ac…

Jail for Prolific Burglar Who Targetted Luton Homes

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A prolific burglar has been jailed for 2 years and eight months after being forensically linked to burglaries in Luton.

Matthew Mcbride, 39, of no fixed abode, was sentenced on Friday (17 April) at Luton Crown Court for four counts of burglary, one count of fraud and one vehicle interference.

The Judge also took into consideration a further two burglaries and a theft which Mcbride had been linked to prior to sentence.

On 29 July, Mcbride gained access to a property in Park Street and stole numerous electrical items. CCTV from the incident, identified two men gaining access from a window.

On 15 October, he gained access to an outhouse at a property in Hibbert Street and stole a generator and golf clubs. Mcbride was caught on CCTV at the property and seen entering a cash converter store on the same day, he was later identified by officers.

On 17 October, Mcbride gained access to a property in Tennyson Road, whilst the occupants were sleeping and stole a car and other items.

On 30 Octob…

Students Forced to Pay for Accomodation They Can't Use

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Report by Alan Winter, editor LND.
Students at Campus Living Villages in Luton are aggrieved that they are being asked to pay for accommodation they cannot access and for facilities that are not available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Campus Living Villages run accommodation at Fitzroy and Wenlock Courts in Luton. The University of Bedfordshire has suspended all face-to-face teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jade (who has asked us to leave out her last name) and who suffers from Joint Hypermobility Syndrome wrote to us saying, “I am a university student at the University and normally a resident at the student accommodation run by Campus Living Villages.

“Many students returned home and left the accommodation for numerous reasons throughout this pandemic. I left the accommodation as I am disabled and so I would have been left in an extremely vulnerable situation if I had decided to stay.

“I am now at home where I am relying on my family to care for me. Family members have been furlou…

Emergency Services Tributes in Day of Remembrance

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Bedfordshire’s emergency services came together for a day of tributes and applause yesterday to pay respect to those on the front line of tackling coronavirus.

On Thursday, Bedfordshire Police and the East of England Ambulance Service joined Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service for a minute’s silence in tribute to Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital nurse who tragically died this week after contracting coronavirus.

Tributes to Mrs Agyapong were read by Chief Constable Garry Forsyth at Bedford Hospital and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Andrew Hopkinson at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital respectively.

The tribute described Mrs Agyapong as a “much loved nurse and colleague”, adding: “We are taking the opportunity to remember and appreciate a wonderful young woman and nurse who made a huge contribution to this NHS Trust, and to the lives of the many patients she cared for.

“We will remember her, they will remember her, and we are all grateful for her s…

DRC - Helping Disabled People Across Luton and Bedfordshire

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The Resource Centre based in Poynters Road Houghton Regis is busy helping hundreds of vulnerable people every week across Luton and Bedfordshire. This is a coronavirus update on how they are continuing to help carers, people with long term health conditions, disabled people and their friends and families.


Melanie Hawman, the CEO, said, “"Since the prime minister announced the lockdown we have helped 1,796 people in Luton and Bedfordshire. Our phone lines have been hot and increasingly people have been emailing us, sending chat messages and texts. Our team have been getting calls about support for people leaving a hospital and many vulnerable people have been worried about food and medicines. We have also received calls from carers concerned about supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks and gloves.

​“A large number of callers contact us for help to support their older relatives and many disabled people need local help with shopping and medical appointments. Many…

Luton and Dunstable Hospital Information Round-Up

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The Luton & Dunstable Hospital have been overwhelmed with generous donations and offers of assistance and have put together the following update which will hopefully be helpful if you wanted to support the Hospital.
15 April 2020
Volunteering • 60% of our volunteers have needed to step back while the crisis unfolds, this is due to high risks or personal situation. We are currently supporting our current volunteers to continue where possible and have implemented a fast track process for those wishing to support our hospitals through this crisis. If people want to volunteer, while on break from their companies or in general, then they need to email incidentworkforce@ldh.nhs.uk and we will record their details, this way we can arrange a phone interview and fast track them into support. Current areas needed: Staff well-being hub (all days), phoenix house taking delivery and distribution of donations, Portering, Next of kin patient property support, pharmacy.

Donations From individuals …

Three Arrests in County Lines Op - Drugs, cash Sports Car Seized

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County Lines Operation Sees Three Arrests As Well As Drugs Cash and Sports Car Seized

Three people have been arrested and suspected Class A drugs, cash and a sports car seized after a police operation targeting a suspected county lines drugs gang. Four warrants were executed at addresses in Bedford and Luton this morning Wednesday 15 April.

A man in his 30s, a man in his 20s and a woman in her 20s have all been arrested on suspicion of drugs supply offences as a result of the operation and been taken into police custody.

Officers recovered around half a kilo of a substance believed to be cocaine, almost £100,000 in cash and a brand new Mercedes as part of the warrants. A child found at one of the addresses was also safeguarded.

Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Glynn said: “We will always take a zero tolerance approach to those we suspect of being involved in county lines, drug dealing and wider organised crime.

“Organised criminal networks ruthlessly exploit children and other vulnera…

Appeal for Video Footage- Police Appeal for Help To Solve Easter Sunday Street Brawl

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Appeal For Information After Unbelievably Reckless Disorder During Lockdown

Public service leaders in Bedfordshire have urged people to come forward with information after an “unbelievably reckless” disorder involving more than a dozen people.

Bedfordshire Police Force received reports at around 5.40pm on Easter Sunday (12 April) of a number of men fighting with weapons in the Sheridan Road and Argyll Avenue area of Luton.


No one involved in the brawl reported the incident to police, but it was captured on video by neighbours. The footage has been circulated online.

It came on the day that 714 incidents were logged - the highest number recorded in a single day by the force for 22 years.

This included almost 300 reports of people breaching the regulations around the coronavirus lockdown.

Cllr Hazel Simmons MBE, Leader of Luton Council said, “We’re all having to make huge changes to our day to day lives in order to help stop the spread of the virus. This group’s thoughtless and selfish b…

Force has Busiest Weekend Ever - Please Comply With COVID-19 Lockdown

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Bedfordshire Police force has had their busiest ever weekend as they encouraged people to comply with the COVID-19 lockdown alongside everyday policing.

The force logged 2,555 incidents across all four days of the Easter bank holiday, including 712 on Saturday and 714 on Sunday.

The Sunday figure broke a 22-year record for the highest number of incidents recorded in a single day. Between 36 and 42 per cent of the logged incidents on each day were linked to breaches of the regulations on coronavirus.

They have now issued a total of 63 fixed penalty notices for breaches of these rules, the majority of which related to people breaking the restrictions on movement.

Of these 63 penalty notices, 48 were issued over the Easter weekend. These included people having parties as well as larger gatherings in parks and town centres.

Alongside engaging people to comply with the guidance, officers also responded to a number of other offences such as domestic abuse and theft, as well as making a numb…

NHSX and Tech Firms Link Up to Support Isolated Patients

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Thousands of isolated residents and patients will be able to connect with their family and friends with video call devices, the government has announced.


NHSX is working with technology firms to help some of society’s most at-risk and isolated people access vital emotional support and companionship during COVID-19.

As part of this work, Facebook will provide up to 2,050 of its Portal video-calling devices for free to hospitals, care homes and other settings including hospices, in-patient learning disability and autism units.

50 of the devices have already been deployed to pilot sites in Surrey, with Manchester, Newcastle and London and other areas to follow, with support from Accenture.

NHSX Digital Transformation Director Iain O’Neil said, “Technology companies big and small continue to pledge their resources and expertise to support our NHS and social care system in these unprecedented times.

“We are working hard to find and develop services that meet people’s equally unprecedented n…

Susan Lousada – High Sheriff of Bedfordshire 2020-2021

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Susan Lousada was born and educated in Bedfordshire and has lived all but four years of her life in the county. She is married to Simon, has two children and two grandchildren and enjoys local history, gardening, skiing, walking and spinning classes at her local gym.

Susan has a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Microbiology from Leeds University and a PGC in Translational Medicine from Cranfield University. She has over 20 years’ experience of running a family business prior to its sale in 2007.

She is currently taking a sabbatical from sitting as a non-legal member in the First Tier Tax Tribunal and has recently stepped down from serving on a Research Ethics Committee based in Oxford where she has held both the Chair and Vice-Chair positions.

Susan is privileged to serve as Deputy Lieutenant for Bedfordshire and support the Lord-Lieutenant in carrying out her functions as Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in the county. She is a school governor with responsibility for safeguardin…

NHS Launch Online Coronavirus Status Checker

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A new Coronavirus Status Checker will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data on the COVID-19 outbreak.


A new Coronavirus Status Checker that will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data on the COVID-19 outbreak has been launched today by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.

People with potential coronavirus symptoms are now being asked to complete the status checker and answer a short series of questions which will tell the NHS about their experience.

It is open to anyone in the UK to use on the NHS website and in its initial phase the NHS is particularly keen for anyone who thinks they may be displaying potential coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, to complete it.

Status Checker users are clearly told at the beginning and the end of the survey that it is not a triage or clinical advice tool, and that they should visit 111 online for medical advice about their symptoms.

The information gathered will help the NHS to pl…
Luton local news and events for the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, UK. Editor Alan Winter.