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Five Arrests in Bedfordshire As Police Act on 'County Lines'

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Five people were arrested in Bedfordshire as part of a county lines crackdown which saw more than 100 arrests made across the region. Officers also carried out engagement work with taxi companies and hotels across the county as part of the wide-ranging week of action to tackle the exploitation of children and other vulnerable people by organised criminal gangs. Those held were suspected of a range of offences including drug possession and supply, false imprisonment and human trafficking offences in relation to suspected county lines activity. Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Festus Akinbusoye said, “The growing threat, harm and risk posed by county lines to our young people in Bedfordshire is real, and I want to thank our officers and community partners for their joined effort in securing these arrests. “Our work is not just about arrests and convictions. It is equally about prevention and diversion, which is why we are commissioning and supporting early intervention serv

Are You Joining the World’s Biggest Bike Ride this Bike Week? #7DaysofCycling

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Residents encouraged to join the World’s Biggest Bike Ride this Bike Week  #7DaysofCycling We're now into May and that means one thing - the World's Biggest Bike Ride starts this month. Central Bedfordshire Council is working alongside Cycling UK – a member organisation supporting cyclists and promoting bicycle use – during Bike Week (30 May to 5 June) to encourage more people to choose cycling as part of their daily travel and exercise. The theme for the week is health and wellbeing. Whether you ride solo, in a group or on a bicycle made for two, cycling has the power to turn a good week into a great one. To be in with a chance to win some exciting prizes, all you need to do is sign up for the event and log your rides. It doesn't matter if you ride every day or haven't been on a bike in years, you just need to set yourself a goal and achieve it – it’s that simple. Any kind of cycle ride counts no matter how far you go or what your motivation is. Thousands of pe

Quadrant car park: Your Questions Answered

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At the privately-owned Quadrant car park in Dunstable, a new pay on exit system was introduced in May.  The Quadrant advised on its Facebook Page , “Please be aware that as of 8am on Wednesday 12th May a new Pay on Exit parking system is in place at The Quadrant. Your car will be photographed on entry and you simply enter your registration into the machine on exit and pay the amount requested. The car park pay machines accept card payments or via the NCP app, giving you reduced parking.”   The news prompted a flurry of comments and queries from Dunstable News Desk readers on our Facebook Page.  Dave Barratt wrote, “Too complicated. I’ll go somewhere else.” and, “  and they wonder why Dunstable is struggling.” Alex Monaghan, “... after lockdown you would think they would encourage people by offering free parking…” Samantha Chisman wondered, “are the car park machines going to give change?” Tony Ash was concerned, “that disabled drivers have to pay too”. Peter Herbert thought, “You ar

Fractured Jaw Incident Boscombe Road Dunstable

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Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted and sustained a serious injury in Dunstable in what is believed to be a road rage incident. At approximately 11.30pm on Tuesday (18 May), the victim was travelling in a car along Boscombe Road, when a blue Ford Focus in front switched its lights off and stopped suddenly, with no hazard warning. The Focus was displaying an “L” plate. When the driver of the car the victim was in pulled alongside the other car, the driver of the Focus exited his vehicle and became verbally abusive so they drove away. The driver of the Focus followed, and when both vehicles stopped near the SFC chicken shop on High Street South, the victim got out of the vehicle to speak to the driver of the Focus, who then punched him to the face before leaving the scene. The victim sustained a fractured jaw and required hospital treatment. The offender is described as a white man, approximately 6 feet tall and of chubby build. He is believed to be around

Zookeeper to Walk 35 Miles to Help Raise Funds for Animals

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Rosie Turner, a keeper from Whipsnade Zoo, is to walk 35 miles to help raise funds to help replace the £20 million it has lost through the pandemic. Rosie is a large hoofstock keeper at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, with duties including looking after rhinos, giraffes, hippos, zebras, bison and some of the antelope.  Rosie tells the story on her JustGiving Page, “I will be walking from London Zoo to Whipsnade Zoo . It’s roughly 35 miles and will take around 11-12 hours to complete, to arrive at Whipsnade before closing time. “This year, on the 23rd of May, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will be celebrating its 90th birthday . So, what better day to complete the challenge and raise some much-needed funds for the place my family and countless others love and enjoy so much. “ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos need to get their 22000 amazing animals fed and cared for throughout the COVID 19 crisis. Zookeepers, vets, and all priority staff are working hard every day to care for them. ZSL has lost £20 million of in

CBC Leisure Centres Remain Open Despite Doubts Over Other Councils Leisure Facilities

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Last Thursday,  Localgov.co.uk  warned that, “More than 100 leisure centres in England could go bust due to the coronavirus crisis” The report continued, “A new survey revealed today that one in three district councils expect to be forced to close gyms and swimming pools due to the ‘devastating’ financial impact of the pandemic.” Here, in Central Bedfordshire, the Council doesn't seem to believe this will apply to them as their statement issued today, 18 May, reads,  “All of our leisure centres are open to support healthy lifestyles across Central Bedfordshire. We are really pleased that group fitness classes are able to restart this week. “We continue to work with our leisure operator Stevenage Leisure Limited (SLL) to support recovery and together we have secured grants and financial support from the government. This financial support will help to support health and wellbeing provision for residents in the future. “We have been supporting our customers by ensuring our facil

West Dunstable Phone Box Could Be Removed by BT

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BT has proposed to remove a payphone in Coombe Drive Dunstable as they deem it unnecessary. As part of the process, Central Bedfordshire Council must undertake public consultation and inform BT of the results. The consultation runs from today until Friday 18 June 2021. Residents can comment on whether they agree or object to the proposals. BT has placed consultation notices on the payphone. Go here to make your comments. Follow us on Facebook If you have any update on this story or other news for Dunstable, please send it in. Tweets by @KingHenryFirst

Central Bedfordshire pupils prepare for Walk to School Week

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It's estimated that over half the journeys made by car could easily be walked. A mile journey walked on foot could easily be done with 20 minutes of brisk walking and arm-swinging exercise. Pupils throughout Central Bedfordshire will join thousands of children across the UK to celebrate the benefits of walking during ‘Walk to School Week’ (17-21 May).  Children and their parents are being encouraged to swap four wheels for two feet by taking part in the five-day walking challenge, organised by Living Streets , the UK charity for everyday walking, as part of their National Walking Month campaign each May. Families are encouraged to travel sustainably and either walk, cycle, scoot or ‘Park and Stride’ for the whole week, to show them the big differences that come from small steps, from healthier and happier children to fewer cars outside the school gates. Central Bedfordshire Council will be supporting local pupils by supplying a number of classes with Walk to School Week res

Chairman and Vice Chairman for Central Bedfordshire Council are re-elected

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Following yesterday’s Council meeting (Thursday 13 May) Cllr Brian Saunders, was re-elected as Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council. Cllr Gordon Perham was also re-elected as Vice Chairman. Annual Council - Thursday, 13th May 2021 at 6:30pm - Central Bedfordshire Council Webcasting Following his re-election, Cllr Brian Saunders, who represents Stotfold and Langford said, “During these unprecedented times, I have been proud to be an ambassador for the council, but the health emergency has meant that I have been unable to get out and meet with residents and communities as much as I would have liked. I look forward to restrictions lifting and having the opportunity to meet with residents. I also look forward to representing the council at civic and ceremonial events.” Cllr Saunders will continue to raise funds and awareness for his chosen charity, The Need Project, which is based in Stotfold and covers much of Central Bedfordshire. Cllr Gordon Perham, who represents

Witness appeal launched following Dunstable robbery

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The local force are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Dunstable. On Friday (7 May) at around 9.55pm, a young man was sitting on a bench near the café on Bennetts Close when he was approached by three men. The men assaulted the victim, attempted to take his bicycle, and stole his mobile phone, before fleeing the scene towards Bull Pond Lane. The offenders are described as three young men, but one was of a much larger build than the other two. PC James Holohan, investigating, said: “This incident has left the victim very shaken and we are keen to catch those responsible. “We would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any video doorbell footage or CCTV in the area.” Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact us online, or by calling 101, quoting reference number 40/22829/21. HELP IS AT HAND In an emergency ring 999. In a non-emergency ring 101 or alternatively, you can  report a crime or concern online  or anonymously

Over a Thousand Weapons Taken Off Bedfordshire Streets

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Bedfordshire Police say that more than a thousand weapons are now safely off the streets after being recovered from outdoor public spaces and from a number of weapons bins throughout the county. This activity was a result of Operation Sceptre – the national week of action aimed at tackling knife crime and encouraging people to think twice before carrying a knife. Police activity included weapons sweeps, school and retailer engagement, and pro-active high visibility patrols in areas most affected by knife crime. The force’s crime reduction team emptied  22 weapons bins  prior to the week of action and found 347 blades and five firearms. The bins were last emptied in November last year following a previous Operation Sceptre week of action. The bins were  emptied  again  on Tuesday  (4 May) and  a further 843 blades and two firearms  were  recovered . Officers from the community teams took part in a number of weapons sweeps across the county, where a total of 13 knifes were found. S

Conservative candidate is elected Police & Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire

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The new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Bedfordshire is Conservative Festus Akinbusoye  The vote took place at Luton's Inspire Centre. In the first round results the votes were as follows: Festus Akinbusoye, Conservative: 51,700 David Michael, Labour: 42,708 Jas Parmar, Liberal Democrat: 15,983 Patrick Hamill, Independent​: 8,279 Antonio Daniel Vitiello, English Democrats: 3,387 Liberal Democrat Jas Parmar, English Democrat Antonio Vitiello and Independent Patrick Hamill were eliminated after the first round of voting. Following the second count, the second preference votes were considered and added to the first round tally. Mr Akinbusoye won 59,793 votes, compared to Labour candidate, Mr Michael, who polled 50,815. PCCs are elected to oversee the work of their local police force. Follow us on Facebook If you have news for Dunstable, please send it in. Tweets by @KingHenryFirst

Giving back your Dunstable High Street

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This coming Monday 10th May sees the launch of the next phase of works to improve Dunstable’s High Street. Over the last 18 months, Central Bedfordshire Council has been making improvements to Middle Row, Ashton Square, High Street South and Queensway, including improving the drainage to reduce the risk of flooding which the area has been prone to in the past.  The aim has been to create a more pleasant, safe and attractive High Street area, reducing the sense of vehicles dominating the road, giving greater priority to pedestrians and cyclists and improving accessibility between and within different parts of the town centre. Thanks to funding support from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership with an allocation from the Local Growth Fund, the most significant work phase begins on Monday 10 May and continues until the Spring of 2021. High Street North will be remodelled, the traffic light timings will be changed and a four-way crossing will be installed at Church S
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