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24 Hours in Police Custody
One of the most talked about episodes of '24 Hours in Police Custody' airs again tonight, and the lead officer in the case, detective constable (DC) Dave Brecknock, has spoken about the episode...
Screenshot of site taken from the applicant's supporting statement Image: LDRS
It’s now too late to enforce planning conditions to restore a Stewartby quarry, planning consultants have claimed. An application for a certificate of lawfulness has been sent to Bedford Borough...
The three lifts at River Street multi-storey car park in Bedforfd town centre will be getting an upgrade when work starts on Monday, 19 February. The lifts have reached the end of their lifespan and...
Bedford mayor Tom Wootton Screenshot Executive - Wednesday, 21st June, 2023
Members of the public will be able to watch tonight's East West Rail briefing via a live stream on the Council's website. The meeting will be a presentation of reports that Mayor Tom Wootton...
Money cash finance
Bedford Borough Council's executive is proposing a maximum council tax increase of 5% for 2024/25, which critics say is 75% more than the increase last year in cash terms for Bedfordians...
The approximate location of the proposed development (for indication only, it does not follow the exact boundaries) Screenshot Google My Maps - Map Data (C)2023
Up to 1,000 new homes could be coming to a village near Bedford, if planning is approved. A hybrid planning application for a development in Shortstown has been submitted to Bedford Borough Council...
Harold MacMillan 'never had is so good' speech
Today we launch a new series of articles for #ThrowbackThursday will take a look at moments in Bedford Borough's history. Young local writer Harry MacPhail looks at moments that...
Sharnbrook Hotel
Bedford Borough Council has shared its concerns with the Home Office over the plans to use Sharnbrook Hotel to house refugees, a meeting heard. During yesterday’s full council meeting...
Cllr Mohammed Mahboob Din
A Bedford Borough Councillor has resigned from the Labour Party as he says "no longer stands for the principles and values" it did when he became a member after the Labour Leader failed to...
Police and Crime Commissioner, Festus Akinbusoye. Image: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC)
Members of the public would be able to ask the Bedfordshire police and crime commissioner (PCC) questions during a regular public meeting, if changes to its rules are approved...
Aerial screenshot of area near the Interchange Retail Park in Kempston that could be developed.
More drive-thrus and another supermarket could be coming to Kempston following a ‘screening opinion’ application submitted to Bedford Borough Council. The application...
Police on the beat
This week in Parliament, I joined fellow Bedfordshire MPs in raising the issue of Bedford’s defective police funding formula. I wrote to the Minister for Crime and Policing, Chis Philip to ask if his...