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ZeroAvia’s R&D aircraft crashed during a routine test flight just outside Cranfield airport. Image: Reader photo
A hydrogen-powered plane hailed as the world's first hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial-grade aircraft has crashed just outside of Cranfield airport. ZeroAvia’s R&D aircraft made an...
Bedford Borough Floods 2024 Kempston Mill. Image: Marcin Mioducki
Drone images and reader photos sent into the Bedford Independent give an incredible picture of the extent of flooding across Bedford Borough. At the time of publication, some roads are still closed in...
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service used specialist drone equipment to monitor rescue efforts and help map flooding.
Various parts of Bedford Borough have been issued flood warnings as the River Great Ouse rises.
It has already burst its banks in North Bedfordshire villages and threatens to do so in other...
Tick biting lyme disease
People are being warned to stick to clearly defined paths in Bedford's local parks and open spaces after two two cases of Lyme disease from tick bites in Bedford Park were reported. Lyme disease...
Traffic jam with rows of cars
Drivers in Bedford Borough are being warned to only travel if they really need to and allow extra time as heavy rain. As well as some local minor urban and rural roads being affected, the Highways Agency...
The Store
If you’ve walked past St Cuthbert’s Arcade recently, you can’t have helped but notice the new business that is preparing to open at the front of the...
Sudden flooding Avon Drive. Image: Joanna Spilling-Donnaloia
Both sites of Castle Newnham School are closed to pupils today (Thursday) due to what has been described as 'severe flooding'. Pupils were due to break up for half term this...
Bedford Borough communities have rallied round to help neighbours and strangers alike, as flooding swept through the town and villages after heavy rainfall began...
A number of roads in North Bedfordshire have been closed and cars have become stuck following widespread flooding in the area.  Bedford Borough Council, the Police and the Fire and Rescue...
Bird Bros' Sunny Farm, Swineshead, Bedford Borough. Image: Animal Justice Project
A video filmed inside a Bedford Borough farm, which supplies eggs to Lidl supermarket, has emerged showing what investigators have called "distressing footage" with hens deprived of sunlight...
Flooding between River Great Ouse and Longholme Lake 4 January 2024 Image Bedford Borough Council
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) have issued advice to anyone affected by heavy rain and flood water after being called to rescue a man who became trapped in flood water on his mobility...
Bedford's River Great Ouse, Longholme Boat House, Longholme Lake and Butterfly Bridge. Credit: ADC Films
Bedford Borough Council has confirmed that magnet fishing is not permitted in any of the Borough's rivers or lakes, after two unexploded devices have been dredged from the river since the...