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Bedford's River Great Ouse, Longholme Boat House, Longholme Lake and Butterfly Bridge. Credit: ADC Films
Bedfordshire Police has confirmed that on Sunday evening (26 November) it performed a controlled explosion of a device found on Bedford Embankment. In a statement on its social media...
Fire crews from Bedford rescued a man from his sinking boat on the River Great Ouse earlier this month, but the boat remains almost completely submerged. Following emails from concerned...
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Bedford Borough Council said it remains “committed” to doing all it can to help local residents and businesses “manage and mitigate” the risk of flooding. The council is marking this year’s...
Conservative mayoral candidate, Tom Wootton, speaking at a hustings
A borough councillor has accused Bedford’s mayor of making a U-turn on his plans for the Bedford to Milton Keynes Canal Project. During yesterday’s Executive Meeting (November 13) councillor...
Lovell Road railway bridge Clapham. Image: Bedford Borough Council
Bedford Borough Council says it has been left with no alternative but to take legal action against Network Rail regarding ongoing flooding issues under a railway bridge in Clapham. However, Network Rail maintains...
Local photographer, Jon Pauling, captured the Aurora Borealis, also known as the northern lights, when the natural phenomenon was visible near Bedford last weekend (4 and 5 November)...
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Engineers from Cadent have closed a footpath along the River Great Ouse to carry out emergency gas repair work in The Slipe, Bedford, following reports of the smell of gas. The repairs are...
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...
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...
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...
An amateur photographer has shared photos of the Northern Lights that he managed to capture from Cleat Hill near Ravendsden. By day, Jon Pauling works for Bedford...
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...