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Police on the beat
Bedfordshire Police have arrested a teenager in connection with a fatal stabbing in Bedford earlier today (Friday). Emergency services were called just before 2pm to a report that a man had been...
Police Appeal witness
Police are currently investigating on Riverfield Drive, Bedford after receiving reports that a man has been stabbed. A man has been arrested and is currently in police custody. Witnesses...
Leon Penman. Image: Bedfordshire Police
An 18-year-old has been charged with murder following the stabbing of a man on Riverffield Drive, Bedford on Friday (24 May). Leon Penman, 20, from Bedford, died following an incident...
Reece Thandi Image: Bedfordshire Police
A leading member of a gang supplying Class A drugs in Bedford has been jailed for five years and six months. Reece Thandi, 21, of Edwards Close, who led the ‘Capone’ drug supply...
Fox and Hounds, Goldington Road, Bedford Image: Screenshot Google Streetview (c)2023 Google Image captured Nov 2020
Plans to change the use of a Bedford pub have returned after three refusals and two dismissed appeals since 2021. Bedford Borough Council has received a fourth application...
The former Debenhams building. Image: Bedford Independent
Bedford Borough Council has just announced that they have signed a deal to buy the former Debenhams building in the town centre. A council spokesperson says it makes "marking"...
MP for Mid Beds, Nadine Dorries and PCC Festus Akinbusoye
The former MP for Mid Beds said the selection process to decide the Conservative candidate for the upcoming general election was “rigged”. Last night (23 May), Blake Stephenson was selected...
No 10. Downing Street. Image: Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC:MOD, OGL v1.0OGL v1.0, via Wikimedia Commons
With the news yesterday that there will be a General Election on 4 July 2024, details of who will be running in constituencies across Bedford Borough are starting to come in. While some candidates...
Daniel Molczan. Image: Bedfordshire Police
A drunk driver from Bedford who collided head-on with a motorbike has been jailed for three years along with a six-and-a-half-year disqualification period. Daniel Molczan, 47, from...
Violet Alison (10) and Eleanor Casey (11) enjoying the Oasis Beach Pool party. Image: Bedford Independent
Oasis Beach Pool officially opened today (Tuesday) and hundreds of Bedfordians came along to celebrate 'Hawaiian style' with a beach party to remember, and I loved it. Walking...
The welcome return of Oasis Beach Pool. Image: Bedford Borough Council
The much-anticipated official opening of Bedford's Oasis Beach Pool will take place this half term with a Totally Tropical Beach Party. A steel band, limbo dancers, competitions and a mocktail 'Tiki Bar' will...
Flowers tulips along the Embankment Bedford near suspension bridge over River Great Ouse
Some of the flowers that have been filling Bedford's Embankment with colour could now do the same for local community groups as Bedford Borough Council launches its popular tulip bulb...