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Former BHS store empty
After lying empty since 2016, the former BHS building on Midland Road is set to have a new tenant this August. Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM), the company that originally bought the building in 2017...
Nigel Farage
Following an announcement today by Nigel Farage, the Brexit Party will no longer be fielding candidates in the North East Bedfordshire and Mid Beds...
Ryan Henson Thérèse Coffey
The second cabinet minister in a week has visited Bedford, to support the Conservative Candidate for Bedford and Kempston, Ryan Henson.
Police on the beat
A woman was sexually assaulted in Wyboston this morning (28 June) sparking an urgent police appeal for help to find the attacker. At around 8.30am, the woman was walking...
Lurke Street Car Park
Parking charges in Bedford are set to be frozen once again for 2020, meaning they've remained the same since 2017. At its meeting on Wednesday evening...
The Black Tom Window Trail is back and this time it’s swapping its Santa hat for a Witch's broom and the festivities will be taking place on All...
Bedfordshire Police logo
Bedfordshire’s burglary rates have dramatically dropped with almost 100 fewer burglaries in hotspot areas.There were 93 fewer residential burglaries throughout October and November compared...
Local children have helped bring a joyful splash of colour to a street in Kempston, thanks to a collaboration between the Bedford Borough Parent Carer Form and local charity Creating Memories...
Chiara McCall - coronavirus photography project
Nominations for this year's Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards close next week and so we've been looking at all the categories more closely. Today we're looking at a special category created...
The launch of a new restaurant and bar at Riverside Bedford is one step closer, as its owners launch their crowdfunder at 7pm tonight (Wednesday). The collaboration between Foxy Wings and Beerfly will see...
coronavirus
Key indicators on covid infections are still heading in the wrong direction as public health experts battle to stop Bedford plunging into a local lockdown..
Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway
Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner remained tight-lipped about her future in the role after a meeting of the county’s police and crime panel.