Showing posts from May, 2020

Ashton Road - Knifepoint Store Robbery in Luton

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for information after a knifepoint robbery at a convenience store.
At around 8.30pm on Friday (22 May) a man entered a convenience store in Ashton Road, Luton, where he stole two bottles of cider.
A man working at the store confronted the man, who threatened him with a knife. 
Fearful for their safety, the shop staff let the man leave the location, and he made off in the direction of London Road.
The offender is described as a mixed-race man, approximately 5’5” and of medium build. At the time of the offence he was wearing a blue denim jacket, black trousers and black shoes. 
Detective Constable Richard Marshall, investigating, said: “A man working in this shop, providing a service to the local community, was put in genuine fear and was terrified by this offender. 
“This sort of casual criminality will never be tolerated and we are following a number of lines of enquiry.
“If you were in Ashton Road, near the shop at the time, or in the wider area and saw any…

Is There a Cuckoo's Nest (Crime Gang) Operating Near You?

Coronavirus has changed how we all operate. Unfortunately, as a result of lockdown and the restrictions on movement, the Covid-19 emergency has seen drug dealers and other organised crime gangs move off the streets and into vulnerable people’s homes.
That is why the Safer Central Community Safety Partnership is raising awareness of the increasing criminal activity known as cuckooing.
What is cuckooing? Named after the cuckoo that steals other birds’ nests, this is the practice of drugs gangs taking over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for their criminal network.
Last year, Bedfordshire Police identified more than 80 cuckooed locations in the county with theses addresses becoming a base for the production or dealing of drugs, as well as exploitation of the person living there.
Victims are befriended by the dealers as they may be vulnerable, isolated, and often drug users themselves. The victims can be robbed, threatened, bullied or even assaulted, sometimes seri…

Crime Help Wanted: Have You Seen This Distinctive Watch?

Bedfordshire Police have issued a photograph of a distinctive watch in a re-appeal for information, following an incident in which a man was punched and robbed in Luton.
The victim was walking along Church Street at around 4.15pm on Wednesday 13 May, when he was approached by a man who tried to take his mobile phone from his pocket.
The offender punched him in the face when he resisted, causing him to fall to the ground and the offender took his phone, his wallet, and took the watch from the victim’s wrist.
The offender is described as a black man, around 5’6”, between 30-40 years old, slim, with short black hair, and was wearing dark clothing.
Detective Constable Daniel Matcham, investigating, said: “This distinctive watch is of great sentimental value to the victim, who is still shaken by this incident.
“Have you seen, or been offered this BOSS watch, engraved with “From all your friends at L&D”, with brown leather strap and three winders?
“If anyone has information, or was in the are…

Luton Mall Some Shops Open | Free Parking

On June 15 many more shops are expected to re-open and Luton Mall is preparing to make sure the area is kept safe.

Up until now, during the pandemic, only essential shops could open, but Prime Minister Johnson has now announced that all non-essential shops in England will be able to reopen from 15 June as part of plans to further ease the lockdown.

Luton Indoor Market has re-opened with selected essential services trading only. Opening times are Tuesday - Saturday, 9am - 3pm.

In a company statement, Luton Mall has said, “During this difficult time, we are placing the utmost importance on the health and safety of our guests, customers and employees, working within the confines of directions from the government.  The centre remains open to allow our guests and the local community to benefit from the essential services, which remain open to the public.

”So that all our guests can continue to safely benefit from these essential services please adhere to the government’s guidance on socia…

Fresh Drug Haul in South Luton

Police today released pictures from an execution of a drugs warrant. Their tweet, said “The South & East Community Team executed a drugs warrant at an address in South Luton following ongoing reports of anti-social behaviour in the vicinity.”
This morning, The South & East Community Team executed a drugs warrant at an address in South Luton following ongoing reports of anti-social behaviour in the vicinity. — Luton Community Policing Team (@LutonCPT) May 26, 2020

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Thousands of victims supported by Signpost Hub in last year

The Signpost Hub has supported almost 2,500 victims of crime in the last year, as it celebrates its two year anniversary.

The Signpost Hub was launched in April 2018 to provide emotional and practical support and access to restorative justice for all victims of crime. From April 2019 to April 2020, the hub supported 2,452 victims who were referred into the hub by police officers, partner agencies, after being assessed as needing support, as well as a number of self-referrals. This is a rise of ten per cent more victims supported from the previous year and figures show 99 per cent of those say they’ve been satisfied or very satisfied with the service they have received from the hub in the last year.

Trained Victim Care Co-ordinators (VCCs) support those affected by the crime including children, partners and parents. Signpost provides a one-stop-shop offering access to available help, support, advice and guidance, with referrals to a wide range of specialist support organisations. As t…

easyJet announces restart of flying from 15 June with new bio security measures

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easyJet say that a small number of mainly domestic flights, from 21 European airports will restart from 15 June

This includes many UK domestic routes, including from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Belfast, and Isle of Man.

easyJet is introducing new measures to help ensure safety and wellbeing including enhanced aircraft cleaning and disinfection and requirement for passengers and crew to wear masks.

easyJet has today announced that it will resume some flights on 15 June. Services will be operating from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Belfast, and Isle of Man in the UK. In addition, flying will resume in France from Nice, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon and Lille, as well as from Geneva in Switzerland, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, and Barcelona in Spain.

Flying will principally be on domesti…

Appeal launched after man is assaulted and robbed in Luton

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for information after a man was punched in the face and robbed in Luton.

At around 4.15pm on Wednesday 13 May, the man was walking along Church Street when he was approached by another man who tried to take his mobile phone from his pocket.

When he resisted, the offender punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. The offender then took his phone, his wallet and his watch from his wrist.

The offender is described as a black man, around 5’6”, between 30-40 years old, slim, with short black hair, and was wearing dark clothing.

Detective Constable Daniel Matcham, investigating, said: “The victim was understandably left shaken by this incident, which took place in broad daylight.

“The watch was of sentimental value to the victim as it was a gift. If you are offered a distinctive BOSS watch, with a brown leather strap and three winders, engraved on the back with 'Happy Retirement', we would like to hear from you.

“If anyone has inf…

Police Name 18 Year Old Killed in Sundon Park Collision

Paul Gabriel, 18, from Hertford, was pronounced dead at the scene on 15 May after he was involved in a collision on Sundon Park Road. Emergency services were called at 5pm, following reports of a collision between two pedestrians and a grey Vauxhall Corsa.

Sergeant James Thorne from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit said: “Our thoughts are with the Mr Gabriel’s family and friends during this traumatic time.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the Sundon Park area around the time of the collision, and either witnessed the incident, or may have dashcam footage of the grey Corsa from the time, to help us establish the circumstances that led to this tragic loss of life.

“Our specially-trained liaison officers are supporting the family of Mr Gabriel at this difficult time.”

Please call 101 quoting Operation Crispin with information, or report online

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Death Crash Driver Jailed for 5½ Years

A Caddington man has been jailed for five-and-a-half-years after killing a young boy on his bike on a crossing.

Michael Raffermati, 35, of Wren Close, Caddington pleaded guilty to one count of death by dangerous driving in October 2018.

At around 2.20pm on 20 October, emergency services were called to reports of a collision. 6-year-old, Zi Singh, was crossing the road on his bike with his father at a crossing point on White Horse Vale, when Raffermati hit him with his blue Vauxhall Astra. Singh was taken to hospital, where he died a short time later due to the injuries he sustained.

Yesterday (Monday) at Luton Crown Court, Raffermati was sentenced to five-and-a-half-years for causing death by dangerous driving, five years disqualification extended by 33 months, and he will have to take an extended re-test.

Sergeant James Thorne, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, said: “I would like to commend Zi’s family for the manner in which they have cond…

Luton Stabbing - Witness Appeal

Bedfordshire Police Force are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Luton on Saturday (16 May).

The incident took place at around 12.35pm in Moor Path where a man was found with two stab wounds to his upper thigh. The victim was taken to hospital and is now in a stable condition.

The offenders are both described as black men aged between 20 and 25 years old.

One man is described as being of slim build and wearing a black outfit, including black trainers. At the time of the incident, it is believed that he was wearing a white coat, which is later believed to have been changed to a black puffer coat.

The second man is described as having a stockier build and wearing a grey tracksuit with a white motif on the top and the trousers, with his hood up. He was believed to be wearing white trainers and carrying a black satchel at the time.

After fleeing the scene, the two men then headed towards the town centre through Cromwell Road and Bury Park Road.

Detective Sergeant Wil Tayl…

4.4km New Road for North of Luton Still Going Ahead

Luton Council has failed to secure a judicial review of Central Bedfordshire's consent for the 4.4km link road that will run between M1 J11A, south of Lower Sundon, across Bedfordshire fields, around ancient woodlands and partly through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Central Bedfordshire Council approved its own full planning application for the scheme in January.  The new road will provide a buffer between the north of Luton, where CBC plan to permit over 3,000 new homes to be built, and Lower Sundon, thereby creating a new edge to the Green Belt.

A report to CBC's Development Management Committee said the application site was “entirely within the green belt" while a 1.6km central section "falls within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Chilterns National Character Area".

Planning officers also wrote that "very special circumstances" had been demonstrated, and that the scheme's economic and social benef…

Animal and Wildlife Crime on the Increase Warns Beds Police

Bedfordshire Police is experiencing an increase in animal and wildlife crime reports and is warning the county’s residents to be wary about purchasing meat from unregulated suppliers. Since the start of the lockdown, the force has received a higher number of reports from the farming community.

These range from incidents of walkers trampling crops, leaving gates unsecured and loose dogs chasing cattle, sheep and deer. A single incident resulted in a number of sheep and lambs being killed and mutilated.

Evidence of cattle rustling has also been discovered at one farm near Bedford, where a pig was also slaughtered overnight and the innards left behind.

Inspector Craig Gurr, from the force’s Rural Crime Team, said: “This activity can be devastating to small farms, as the loss of crops and livestock can have a serious effect on a farmer’s livelihood.

“It is also worrying that potentially unsafe meat may be circulating for sale in the county, as the animals were not slaughtered at suitable…

Further Arrest In Operation Targeting Suspected Drugs Gang

A further arrest has been made as part of an ongoing operation to combat drug and gang activity in an area of Luton.

A man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug following a warrant in the Bury Park area of Luton yesterday (Wednesday).

This is the seventh warrant Bedfordshire Police have carried out in Luton in connection with the same operation. Yesterday officers recovered a number of mobile phones as well as £2,000 in cash.

The man arrested has now been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Louisa Glynn said: “Gangs and organised criminal networks linked to drugs are unfortunately still operating on our streets, even as the rest of us make sacrifices to combat the spread of Coronavirus.

“These gangs blight our communities with knife crime and other serious violence, anti-social behaviour and the criminal exploitation of children and other vulnerable people. We believe this operation is having an im…

Vestry Close - Appeal after Stabbing in Luton

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was left with serious injuries following a stabbing in Luton on Monday 11th May 2020.

The incident took place at around 3.15pm in Vestry Close. A man in his 20s received multiple stab wounds and was airlifted to hospital. He is now in a stable condition.

The three male suspects are described as black, wearing black clothing, with their hoods up.

Detective Inspector Grant Maxted, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a very nasty attack in what we believe to be an isolated incident.

"We are appealing for anyone who saw anything to get in contact. It was the middle of the afternoon so we are confident someone must have seen something or a group of men acting suspiciously prior to the incident.

"We really need your help in trying to catch the perpetrators, as we will not tolerate this kind of violence in our county.”

Anyone with information can contact 101, or report online at…

Deaf Awareness Week - Acquired Hearing Loss

Deaf Awareness Week runs from May 4 to May 10th.

(Text of video) “Greetings to you all!
I am CRAIG CROWLEY, Chair of UK Council on Deafness (UKCOD), a membership organisation representing a range of organisations with a Deaf and hearing loss remit.
It is wonderful to see many organisations, agencies and authorities sponsoring, celebrating and promoting the importance of raising awareness of Deafness and hearing loss. Thank you!
Annually, we highlight different themes of Deafness. This year it is Acquired Deafness.
It is important to raise this awareness so this year we are putting a spotlight on what is it like to become Deaf, be it sudden, health or age-related.
If you know someone or have customers who have lost their hearing, how are you able to meet their access and communication requirements? This has become even more vital during this virus pandemic and the huge increase in the use of technology to keep businesses/services open.
A range of technology is available and can be util…

Wizz Air Limitations on Flights

Apr 30 - Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced today that its routes to and from Slovakia remain suspended until May 14 inclusive due to the prolonging of existing travel restrictions announced by the Slovakian authorities.

Apr 29 - Wizz Air announced today that several routes to and from Romania remain suspended due to the prolonging of existing travel restrictions announced by the Romanian authorities to the specific destination countries. Thus, the routes to France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, The United Kingdom and The Netherlands remain suspended until May 14 inclusive. Consequently, the reopening of the Timișoara operational base will be postponed to 15 May.

Apr 29 - Wizz Air announced today  a new base in Lviv opening on 1 July 2020, which will be the second and the newest WIZZ base in Ukraine. The airline will base one Airbus A320 aircraft at Danylo Halytskyi International Airport.

Apr 25 - Wizz Air announced…
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