Showing posts from November, 2016

Counter Terrorism In Eastern England #GunsOffOurStreets

Police across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk are reminding the public of some simple steps to take in the unlikely event of a marauding gun attack. It's National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week and  the follows anniversary of the Paris attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers who left 130 people dead and hundreds wounded on 13 November 2015. Det Supt Glen Channer, of the Eastern Region Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit, is urging people to view a video, called  Run, Hide, Tell, that gives advice on what to do if confronted by terrorists. The video explains that it is important to run to a place of safety, which is a better option than to surrender or negotiate. If there is nowhere to run then hide, since is better to hide than confront. Turn your phone to silent and turn off vibrate. Barricade yourself in if you can. Only when it is safe tell someone, by calling police on 999. Det Supt Channer said: “We would reassure the public t

Do We Still Need Our Phone Booths? Consultation Now On

BT is proposing to remove 80 payphones in Central Bedfordshire. The removal concerns payphones identified by BT as unnecessary, whilst retaining public payphones that are still in use or have been categorised as providing a social need. An initial Object or Agree comment has been added by Central Bedfordshire Council following a local parish council consultation, and now they want public feedback on the booths to be removed or kept. You can download the full list here , but for local convenience we've listed some here. The following are under threat of removal: Houghton Regis: Junction of Tithe Farm Rd, Leaf Road Junction of Windsor Drive, Lowry Drive Outside shops at Hillborough Crescent Opposite number 2 Neptune Square Dunstable: PCO Chiltern Road, LU6 1HP Appleby Gardens, Langdale Road, LU6 3BT P O Forecourt, Luton Road, LU5 4JW PCO Coombe Drive, LU6 2AE O/S Maidenblower Lodge, Chalk Hill, LU6 1RR Eaton Bray: Jcn High Street, Knights Close, Eaton Bray,

Beds Fire & Rescue Warn Against Buying Cheap Electrical Goods

​​ Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are alerting people about the dangers of buying cheap electrical goods online in the run up to Christmas this year. The Fire Service wants people to be aware of the fire risks of using fake electrical goods and chargers. According to Electrical Safety First the number of counterfeit and sub-standard electrical goods sold online has increased considerably in recent years with the most common fakes being for popular and sought-after items. The number of fake mobile phones seized has risen by more than 50% with other top electrical fakes including hair straighteners, e-cigarettes chargers and games. Worryingly, research by Electrical Safety First has shown that: 24% of people have knowingly bought a counterfeit product 21% would consider buying one in order to save money 16% do not think counterfeit products could put them at risk. However, these fake goods often contain faulty parts that can cau

Best Bar None Now Includes Leighton Linslade Venues

We'll raise a glass to that… The Leighton Buzzard Brewing Company is helping to promote this year's Best Bar None awards with a commemorative beer. The awards scheme is running in Central Bedfordshire for a third year. The success of the inaugural awards covering Dunstable saw the scheme extended to Houghton Regis in 2015. And this year it also takes in venues across Leighton-Linslade. In total, 22 venues have been accredited to the scheme after being visited by an independent assessor. All of them are now in the running for two separate prizes – the overall award, approved by a panel of independent judges, and the People's Vote prize, chosen by residents. To tie in with the People's Vote prize, you can now enjoy a special Best Bar None ale. It's available at some of the shortlisted venues, and will also be available at the presentation evening on 29 November. Best Bar None is a traditional bitter – and if you find it at the bar then you can