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Chief Constable Garry Forsyth
Bedfordshire's top cop, Chief Constable Garry Forsyth, has said he has the "best job in the world" while reflecting on his first 12 months in charge of Bedfordshire Police. “I’m blown away...
Julie Horsman took over the role of manager at Bedford's Debenhams in February.
A former St Thomas More pupil has had her dream come true, after being made manager of Bedford's Debenhams  Julia, 30, has worked at eight Debenhams stores, including Oxford Street...
EasyJet Luton airport
A Great Denham man has been jailed for six months after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a woman and disrupting an easyjet flight from London Luton Airport. Kramat Khan, 36...
Where’s Uncle Al Sarah Harrison Eva Hibbs
A Bedford-based illustrator has collaborated on a new book to help children and families talk about death and how they are affected by grief...
Eat Out To Help Out Pay It Forward
Foodies across Bedford are being encouraged to "Eat Out To Help Out" next month, with around 100 restaurants in the Borough signed up to a government scheme. The idea of the scheme...
coronavirus
Public health officials have issued new advice on family gatherings in Bedford following an increase in COVID-19 (coronavirus) infections. With the publication of a deep dive report into the situation in the town delayed until today...
Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway
As a public official, let alone a former journalist, PCC Kathryn Holloway should be more than aware that she and her office will be asked difficult questions and be held to account. Her...
Luton Crown Court
Drug dealer Kurt Bygraves was caught when his brother told the police they would find a ‘load more drugs’ in his bedroom. Officers had gone to the home the brothers share...
Play Parks Closed
Bedford Borough Council have said all 120 play parks will be open from this weekend, except Kingfisher play area in Wixams. A spokesperson for the council says that due to...
Midland Road Bedford
Cash for "dramatic improvements" to Midland Road in Bedford has been secured to make the area safer. £434,000 was secured by Bedfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) after...
Bunyan Centre
Customers who had booked classes at council leisure centres run by Fusion Lifestyle say they've been left to "work it out for themselves" after it was announced the centres wouldn't be opening along...
Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs during early morning police raids in an operation to tackle crime in the town's high rise flats. Concerns about drugs and anti-social...