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Bedford and Kempston's Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, Ryan Henson, has welcomed his party's initiative to offer mental health training to all local schools and colleges...
British Police Tape In Front Of Red Post Box, Shallow Depth of Field
Halsey Road in Kempston was cordoned off on Friday after a man was attacked. Police were called to a home there at around 1:30pm on 10 April after a man had been hit in the face...
Modular Classroms Interactive Map environment survey
Recent research has revealed that just under half of Bedfordshire's adult residents are prepared to make lifestyle changes to help save the environment. This may include...
Chicken George has revealed the location of their new Bedford sports bar and restaurant in an exclusive interview with the Bedford Independent. After establishing hugely successful businesses in Luton and Hitchin…
The 13th annual Bedfringe festival launched last night at the Quarry Theatre and proved that Bedford is in for a feast of comedy, music...
Maddie, in maroon, playing for the Ladies' 1s this season
Bedford Hockey Club has spoken of their "immense pride" after it was announced Ladies’ 1s player, Maddie Axford, was selected for the England Hockey U18 Training Camp...
Protesters calling for a Gaza ceasefire marched from Bedford Park to Castle Mound on 2 March 2024. Image: Tony Burke
This letter is in response to your article, Gaza top priority for Bedford and Kempston voters, claims Green candidate. I want to highlight that I have not met more than ten residents in this...
Bedfordshire Police has confirmed that two people have been arrested following an operation at a block of flats in Bedford. Officers were called at around 6am today (Sunday) to...
George Floyd
Community groups in Bedford are holding a peaceful, socially distanced protest this evening (Friday), to mark the start of the trial of George Floyd's...
Another drive-thru coffee shop could open in Bedford  – if new plans are approved. Bedford Borough Council has received plans for a Costa Coffee on land within the existing B&M Bedford (Goldington)...
Stagecoach local bus service. Image: Stagecoach
Britain's biggest bus operator is partnering with our region's local transport authorities to develop ambitious plans to get more passengers to swap their cars for greener public transport...
This Spring, Bedford has been blessed with two new bars, both offering great drinks, great atmosphere and great music. First up, we met with Matt and Jess, owners of The Third Place on St Peter’s Street...