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In Bedford this week

Letters: Over-the-top electric charging provision at Riverside North car park

I know that there needs to be lots more charging points for electric vehicles in the future. I do think, though, that the Borough has gone over the top in the provision being installed in the car park on Riverside North...

Get involved to vote for this year’s Bid4Better community project

Residents in Bedford and Kempston have the opportunity this Saturday to vote for the Bid4Better community project they think will have the most impact on tackling serious youth violence in our area...

Bedfordshire charities join forces to provide Covid catch-up support to schools

For many students, lockdown learning has not been easy, but thanks to two Bedfordshire charities and trainee teachers from the University of Bedfordshire, help is on hand to help everyone catch up...

Waffle the toy dog reunited with his owner thanks to Facebook...

A toy dog, lost in Bedford town centre, has been reunited with its owner, thanks to a local Facebook group. Chanique took to the We Are Bedford Facebook group to ask if any of its 29,700 members had seen her daughter's...

Pitchside pint at Bedford’s newest bar and restaurant

Bedford's newest food and drink venue reopens today (Thursday) and is one of the town's best-kept secrets. With access off Goldington Road, The Burrow is a purpose-built bar...

Two men charged with firearms and drugs offences following Great Denham...

Two men have been charged in connection with a shooting on Greenkeepers Road in Great Denham last weekend. Vitalis Boroviks, 25, and Kody Cox, 21, both from Rushden, have been charged with having a firearm...

Bedford man ‘on borrowed time’ joins demands for an increase in...

A 33-year-old Bedford man is among the 112,00 people affected by brain tumours who are demanding action from the Government today...

PCC candidate continued campaign despite “respectful pause” for Prince Philip

A prospective Police and Crime Commissioner has faced criticism for continuing his election campaign despite an all-party agreement to pause...

Licence bid for 4.30am events puts former science teacher at loggerheads...

A teacher-turned-businessman is at loggerheads with council environmental health officers over his bid to win a 4.30am entertainment licence for his Afro-Caribbean social club...

This week’s most popular stories

Bedford's newest food and drink venue reopens today (Thursday) and is one of the town's best-kept secrets. With access off Goldington Road, The Burrow is a purpose-built bar...
Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from buildings on Brickhill Drive this morning (Wednesday) after a fire broke out on the roof of Bedford Heights...
Mohammad Yasin MP in Parliament
The office manager for Mohammad Yasin, Labour MP for Bedford and Kempston, has called the recall of MPs to the Commons in tribute to Prince Philip "intolerable". WhatsApp screenshots...

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International-filled Saracens too strong for Bedford Blues

The Blues endured a tough afternoon at the StoneX arena as they pitted themselves against a star-studded Saracens side...

Success is on the cards for best-selling author Ruth Hogan

Bedford's best selling author, Ruth Hogan, told the Bedford Independent that writing her latest novel, about clairvoyant Madame Burova, was a labour of love that is dedicated to her beloved parents...

Rescheduled Police and Crime Commissioner husting to take place on Friday

To kick off our coverage of the election of Bedfordshire Police's new Police and Crime Commissioner, the Bedford Independent will be live streaming the first online husting this Friday (16 April)...

Letters: Offer free car parking for the next three months to...

As Bedford reopens after this long COVID Lockdown we all need to support its many excellent businesses. A while ago you published a brilliant letter from Gemma of The Arc supporting the independent shops in Bedford...

Bedford’s gyms ‘pumped up’ for reopening

Along with the Borough Council's leisure facilities, other gyms in Bedford reopened to the public yesterday (Monday) after being closed since December...

Bedfordshire charities join forces to provide Covid catch-up support to schools

For many students, lockdown learning has not been easy, but thanks to two Bedfordshire charities and trainee teachers from the University of Bedfordshire, help is on hand to help everyone catch up...

Letters: Over-the-top electric charging provision at Riverside North car park

I know that there needs to be lots more charging points for electric vehicles in the future. I do think, though, that the Borough has gone over the top in the provision being installed in the car park on Riverside North...

Police launch investigation into Clapham High Street arson attack

Bedfordshire Police officers are keen to speak to a man seen leaving a suspected arson attack on a house in High Street, Clapham in the early hours of Saturday morning (10 April)...

Letters: Dave, help us save our homes

We’ve met once before. I doubt you’d remember - it was back in 2009, not long after you became Mayor. I visited your offices one evening with my Girl Guiding unit. We shook hands and I said, “Nice to meet you, sir..."