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£50,000 To Help with Funding Domestic Abuse Expert

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Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has become the first PCC in the country to fund Family, Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) which have been proven to be 50% better than any other method of care proceedings at helping parents to shake off addiction and retain care of their children five years on. Commissioner Holloway has agreed to provide £50,000 of funding and also to pay for a specialist Domestic Abuse Expert to support parents attending the Family Drug and Alcohol Court. She also provided the lead Judge - Judge Patrick Peruško - with the services of her Chief of Staff to help other key partners across Bedfordshire, such as those in the NHS, Public Health, Mental Health Services and Safeguarding leads of the three local authorities to work together to bring all these parties into partnership to fund and support the unique FDAC process. Family Drug and Alcohol Courts require a parent with addiction to agree to a formal rehabilitation plan and w

Have Your Say on Polling Districts in Central Bedfordshire

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Have your say on polling districts in Central Bedfordshire Central Bedfordshire Council is conducting a review of its polling places and polling districts. The review is an ideal opportunity for electors, community groups and other interested people to share their opinions on the existing polling district boundaries, polling places, and polling stations and, where possible, suggest alternative solutions. Although a review is carried out every five years, it does not prevent changes being made at any time between reviews. To have your say, fill out a questionnaire online at CBC Consultations . The consultation is open until 11 December 2019. Complete the questionnaire. Central Bedfordshire Council is conducting a review of its polling districts and polling places as required by the Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006. Although the review is primarily of polling places and polling, districts, it is recognised that

Exciting Nights Out From the Cali-R Team

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Cali-R have some great nights planned for you Tickets for all events can be purchased online www.cali-r.com Or Big Stuff, Queensway, Dunstable  01582 666678 Or Vinyl Revelations  Cheapside, Luton  01582 876391 Please note neither shop outlets open on Monday NOVEMBER 1st New Crown, High St North Dunstable Sid Hudson Presents THE CROWN REVISITED Featuring COLIN WATTS Resident DJ at THE CROWN  from 1985-1994 A night of true nostalgia with all the classic tunes from his 9 year residency  Tickets £6 in advance £7 on the night  9pm-2am Tickets for this can also be purchased at New Crown DECEMBER 7th Dunstable Conference Centre, Dunstable CALI-R Christmas Party featuring ANGELO STARR & His Band Continuing the legacy of his late brother Edwin This high energy show brings you all the hits and more. Tickets £16  8pm-1.30am NEW YEARS EVE Dunstable Conference Centre Party with Sid Hudson Come and see the New Year in with all the classic tunes.

“Please Report Inconsiderate Parking Incidents” - Cllr John Gurney

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By Cllr John Gurney (Dunstable Town Council) Many residents will say they've heard it all before but things are changing because Central Beds Council has listened to the concerns of residents all over our county. Bus shelter view obstructed This week I spoke to the parking department at Central Beds Council (CBC) about various car parking problems that have been reported to me and my brother. I was assured that anyone who phones or emails them, with details and/or photos of the vehicles involved, will have the issue investigated by one of their Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO). Central Beds Parking Phone: 0300 300 8005 Email: parking@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk Tell them the registration number, make, model and colour of the car and the parking problem. Central Beds Council has just recruited 4 additional CEOs to add to the team they already had. Whilst these officers may operate throughout Central Bedfordshire, having extra CEOs, means they can be sent to invest

Firework Inspectors to Visit Retailers To Check Compliance

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Central Bedfordshire Council’s public protection team will be visiting over 40 retailers to ensure that the public aren’t being sold dangerous fireworks. Officers will be inspecting retailers’ premises to ensure that the fireworks are being stored safely and securely, away from possible sources of ignition and damp. A number of other checks will be carried out to ensure retailers are behaving responsibly and complying with the law, including checks to confirm that the retailer has the required registration or licence to legally store and sell fireworks and that the fireworks conform to relevant safety standards. Retailers will also be reminded of the age restrictions that apply to the sale of fireworks: those under the age of 18 are not allowed to buy fireworks or handle them in a public place. Fireworks should only be purchased from reputable suppliers and the public are advised to steer well clear of buying fireworks from markets, car-boot sales or street sellers. Fire

Top Tips For Van Owners

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A Crime Reduction Officer has put together some top tips for van owners as the Force continues to receive reports of break-ins to vans in the southern area of Bedfordshire. With dark nights upon us some of these tips could prove invaluable to van owners. Top Tips Leaving items on show is an invitation - please don't do it. Remember to remove power leads, Sat-Navs, mounts dash cams, wallets, keys, coats and even bags! Never leave expensive items in your unattended vehicle. Keys and ignition fobs should be kept safe, out of sight and reach  – a common way to steal a car or van is to take the keys or ignition fob, either when left in the vehicle or from your home through burglary. If your key or fob is fitted with an electronic chip store it in a Faraday pouch. Always lock and close the windows of your vehicle when unattended. An unlocked vehicle is the easiest to steal from. When away from home, consider using a Park Mark approved car park. See www.parkmar

How Pupils at every Dunstable School Performed in their GCSEs

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This data is available to anyone to download from gov.uk  - find and compare school data in England. See stats regarding the performances of primary schools, secondary schools, 16s to 18s performances, Ofsted ratings, absences and more. Source: If you have news for Dunstable, please send it in

Captain Flinn Coming to The Grove Theatre on 22nd October!

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Les Petits Theatre Company, the children’s arm of the Olivier Award Nominated Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company, are excited to bring their fun and magical performance of Captain Flinn: The Magic Cutlass, to Grove Theatre on Tuesday 22nd October. Captain Flinn is ready for an adventure! Les Petits return with the sequel to their highly successful Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs based on the book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto. Join Flinn in an action-packed adventure as he attempts to rescue his kidnapped friends who have been forced to hunt for the Magic Cutlass by his nemesis the tyrannical Mr T-Rex! Grove Theatre, LU5 4GP Tues 22nd Oct - 2.30pm Age Recommendation: 3+ Running Time: 60 mins (no interval) Book online now. Source: If you have news for Dunstable, please send it in

Union Street, Dunstable - Man Sought For Police Enquiries

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Bedfordshire Police are investigating a robbery at an address in Dunstable on 15 September and are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man in a photo as he could help with their enquiries.  At approximately 6.40pm, three men broke into a flat in Union Street and threatened the occupant with a knife and assaulted him.   Police would like to speak to the man pictured as they believe he might have information about the break-in.   Detective Constable Colin Knight, who is investigating, said: “We are looking to identify the man as we believe he will be able to help us in our investigation.” Anyone with information about the incident or about this man’s identity is asked to contact DC Knight through the force’s online reporting centre or by calling 101 and quote reference number 40/53318/19. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Source : If you have news for Dunstable, please send it in

Increase In Theft From Motor Vehicle Offences

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Dear Resident of Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Surrounding Villages. Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in Theft From Motor Vehicle offences, whereby trade vehicles and work vans are being targetted. Most - but not all -  of these offences are taking place between 8pm and 10pm, with windows being smashed or sliding doors being ripped open. Victims of these offences are losing hundreds if not thousands of pounds of expensive tools, some of which are crucial to their work. Please, if you own any vehicle, do not keep any valuables inside. Especially in plain sight. Unfortunately, these opportunist criminals do not give thoughts to who their actions will effect, so please do your best to avoid becoming one of their targets. If you see any suspicious behaviour, be that people looking through car windows or trying door handles, to vehicles driving very slowly along your road or cul-de-sac, then please call us. We would much rather come and check it out and it be fou

54 More Police Officers For Bedfordshire

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An additional 54 officers will be recruited into Bedfordshire Police in 2020-21, following the latest government announcement on its three-year police recruitment uplift. The figure for Bedfordshire is part of the first wave of 6,000 new police officers to be recruited nationally, under the plans announced earlier this year to achieve an uplift of 20,000 officers over three years. The first-year target allocated for forces is based upon the existing funding formula for all police forces in England and Wales. The force’s current recruitment window has so far seen high interest in people applying to become a police officer and registering their interest for further information about a career in policing, but there is still time to apply before applications close on 13 October. Deputy Chief Constable Trevor Rodenhurst said: “We are thrilled to receive funding to employ an additional 54 police officers in the first year of the government’s campaign. “We want to make B

High Quality Camera Equipment For Anti-Nuisance Bike Scheme

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Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, is continuing to support Operation Meteor - the Force’s response to the issue of anti-social riding, nuisance bikes and related criminality - by investing in new high-quality camera equipment to help deter repeat nuisance offenders. “Sadly, many of our communities in our smaller towns and villages and farmers too have found their lives blighted by the total lack of consideration and damage caused by nuisance motorcycles, quad bikes and even hand bikes. The whole idea of funding this specialist camera gear is to allow Bedfordshire Police officers to capture images to evidential standards to make it easier to prosecute such individuals. “They don’t just deliver a tap on the wrist. Stolen bikes are easy to identify, as they usually have had the stock or registration details removed, and in these circumstances, they are crushed by Bedfordshire Police,” said the Commissioner. Problems caused by nuisance motorb

CBC Local Plan - Inspector's Examination & Council's Response

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Following a public examination of Central Bedfordshire’s Draft Local Plan this summer, The Planning Inspectorate has now provided formal feedback. And Central Bedfordshire Council has responded. Read in Full the feedback  dated 30 September 2019.  Read in full the response  by CBC dated 14 October 2019. The Local Plan proposes a number of allocations of land to deliver 20,000 new homes and  19,000  jobs. With the number of homes already committed, this would mean some 43,000 new homes being delivered in Central Bedfordshire between 2015 and 2031. The Inspector's Examination raised concerns regarding the soundness and legal compliance of the submitted Local Plan and has followed that up with detailed comments on the main issues in writing. The written report is 17 pages long and contains 91 paragraphs. Many critical areas of policy have been accepted without commentary, and there are a number of issues which require some further work. In the response to the Examinatio

Adoption Concern: 420 Children Waiting For Families

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Latest figures show children in the East of England awaiting adoption outnumber adopters by 2 to 1 The latest analysis published by the government shows that the East of England has nearly twice as many children awaiting adoptive families as there are adopters.  The figures reveal the region currently has 420 children waiting to be adopted and 155 families approved to adopt. Cllr Sue Clark, Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said: “This report highlights the ongoing and urgent need to find adoptive families for children who desperately need them. Adoption transforms the lives of those it touches and this National Adoption Week we’re asking anyone who has ever thought about adoption to find out more. Whatever your personal or professional circumstances are, if you think you have the stability and energy to give a vulnerable child a loving home, please get in touch.” The latest statistics for the East of England from the Ado

What is Your Vision for Central Bedfordshire in 30 Years Time?

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Your chance to create the right future for Central Bedfordshire Residents are being urged to imagine what Central Bedfordshire will be like in 30-years’ time as the council launches a major consultation with residents. Roadshows, pop-events and a new website www.centralbedfordshire2050.co.uk will be used to capture views from residents as well as businesses and local organisations. Leader of the Council, Cllr James Jamieson explained: “The best way to predict the future is to create it. But we can’t do it on our own. “Over the next few months or so we will be asking residents to share with us their vision of what are going to be the challenges and opportunities and how we are going to deal with them. “We need to be able to paint a picture of the sort of place we want Central Bedfordshire to be in 30 years’ time. “This vision will influence and inform how we develop services, support local businesses, manage transport, educate our young people and grow our communi
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