Police thank family for their cooperation following funeral procession through Bedford

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Bedfordshire Police has denied asking businesses in Bedford to close in anticipation of a funeral procession taking place through the town centre.

Pubs in Bedford closed ahead of today’s event, which Police confirm passed off without incident.

Inspector Ed Finn from Bedfordshire Police’s community policing team said: “We were made aware of a funeral taking place in Kempston today (Tuesday), which involved a procession through Bedford.

“This has passed off without incident, besides some minor traffic delays due to the number of vehicles.

“We want to thank the family involved for their engagement with us and our thoughts are with them at this time.

“No businesses were advised to close in advance by the police.

“We will always try to work constructively with everyone to facilitate events, while minimising any disruption to the wider community.”

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