Saturday, January 23, 2021
Police Appeal witness
Bedfordshire Police is appealing for witnesses after an aggravated robbery at a convenience store in Bedford. The incident took place at the McColl's store on Avon Drive at approximately 6.20pm on Wednesday (20 January)...
coronavirus
We are regularly updating this blog with the latest coronavirus statistics from Public Health England and any further details we receive from Bedford Hospital. All data is correct at time of...

In Bedford this week

Government supply issues force Queens Park vaccine hub to temporarily close...

The recently opened vaccination hub at the Queen's Park Gurdwara has been forced to temporarily close next week due to delays in receiving supplies. This comes as Bedford Borough has recorded its 10,000th Covid-19 (coronavirus) case...

Bedford Borough records over 10,000 COVID-19 cases as national R-rate falls

Bedford Borough has now recorded over 10,000 positive cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Government data says there have now been 10,595 positive cases of COVID-19 in...

Fundraiser for Bedford ICU team in memory of mum and son...

A brother and sister are fundraising for the ICU staff at Bedford Hospital who cared for their mother and brother before they lost their lives to Covid-19 (coronavirus). Akhlatun Miah, aged 66 and her son, Mohammed Imdad Miah, known as Imz, 40...

Bungling burglars captured on dashcam compared in court to the Marx...

Bungling burglars who didn’t know they were being filmed by their own getaway car, have been sentenced by a judge who told them he had been sickened watching the footage of them gloating...

Partial closure of High Street until November 2021 as improvement works...

The transformation of Bedford High Street will begin in February, with the first phase completed by July and the entire project finished by November. The regeneration will see widened pavements and the High Street reduced to one lane of traffic to...

Local CCG: ‘Half of patients in hospital’ with covid as NHS...

Around half of the patients in hospitals across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes have covid, a meeting was told. Although the actual number of patients was not reported to the governing body of the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes...

100-year-old Norah gets best belated birthday present she could have asked...

In the week she turned 100, Bedford care home resident, Norah Gould has received the best belated birthday present she could have asked for. Today (Wednesday), Norah and the other residents and...

Proposed Council budget sees vital services protected but Council Tax will...

Continuing Government cuts to local authorities, plus the added pressure of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, mean that Bedford Borough Council must save £10.9million in the 2021/22 financial year...

Dorothy Hosein steps down as Chief Executive of EEAST due to...

Dorothy Hosein has today (20 January 2021) stepped down as chief executive of the beleaguered East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust following a period of ill health. Medical director and deputy chief executive, Dr Tom Davis...

This week’s most popular stories

Before March 2020, Marianna Slivnitskaya was a fit and healthy mother of teenage twins with a job in London and a passion for running. She ran regularly with her friends from Transition Coaching, exercised six days a week and was...
Imagine being so dedicated to something that you want to be reminded every time that you open your door. Well, that is exactly what Bedfordian Pritti Saggi has done, with the help of local illustrator Sarah Harrison...
vaccine
Local health chiefs were grilled by councillors for not releasing information about Covid-19 (coronavirus) vaccinations in Bedford. Some elected members at the borough council believe a reluctance to provide up to date information is causing...

Stories you may have missed

Warning as fraudsters target Bedford’s vulnerable with COVID-19 vaccine scam

People are being warned to be vigilant as a growing number of scams are appearing and asking for people's financial details to register for a COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccination Police forces across...

Petition calls for better flood defences across Bedford Borough

A petition calling for improved flood defences in Bedford Borough was presented at a full Borough Council meeting last week (13 January) as councillors praise those who helped protect homes and support those...

1,000th call out for Riseley’s community first responders

Riseley community first responders (CFRs) marked a milestone this new year when they attended their 1,000th emergency call on 2 January. CFRs are a team of volunteers who work alongside the East of England Ambulance Service...

100-year-old Norah gets best belated birthday present she could have asked...

In the week she turned 100, Bedford care home resident, Norah Gould has received the best belated birthday present she could have asked for. Today (Wednesday), Norah and the other residents and...

“Racism and lack of trust” could be helping cause high covid...

Systemic racism and a lack of trust in authority could be helping push high rates of Covid-19 (coronavirus) infection in Bedford, a meeting heard. A Bedford Borough Council meeting yesterday (Monday) saw a league table of recent cases...

Bungling burglars captured on dashcam compared in court to the Marx...

Bungling burglars who didn’t know they were being filmed by their own getaway car, have been sentenced by a judge who told them he had been sickened watching the footage of them gloating...

Environmental protections post-Brexit: the race to the bottom begins

The watering down of workers' rights, standards and environmental protections was at the heart of my concerns over Brexit. Just weeks after our final ties with the EU were severed and my concerns are already being realised...

FOI reveals Bedford Borough currently has just 52 public electric vehicle...

A freedom of information (FOI) request by British energy company Centrica has revealed Bedford has only 52 public Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers, in streets and car parks. Based on the 2018 ONS borough population estimate, this equals a rate of 30...

Partial closure of High Street until November 2021 as improvement works...

The transformation of Bedford High Street will begin in February, with the first phase completed by July and the entire project finished by November. The regeneration will see widened pavements and the High Street reduced to one lane of traffic to...