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Tributes to ‘one in a million’ teacher and Harlington 'legend' Andra Bishop

TRIBUTES have been paid to a teacher, playwright and beloved member of the community after she lost her battle with cancer this month.

Andra Bishop, 62, from Harlington was head of drama at Rushmoor School, ran Harlington Performs for 32 years and wrote the village pantomime each ...

2017-10-01 11:35 open_in_new
Launch of Bedfordshire Midweek paper will bring you news and events from heart of the community

TODAY will be the last publication of Bedfordshire on Sunday - but we are launching a new newspaper for the community in its place.

On Wednesday, October 4 Bedfordshire Midweek will hit door mats across the county.

The new title will have a changed emphasis, with community at its ...

2017-10-01 09:23 open_in_new
Teenage gang arrested after violent altercation in Queen's Park, Bedford

SEVEN teenage boys have been arrested after after a violent altercation in Queen's Park yesterday.

Officers were called to Old Ford End Road and the police helicopter was deployed just after 3pm yesterday after the force received numerous calls about the incident.

Upon arrival eight ...

2017-09-27 14:05 open_in_new
Locals voice traveller gripes after fly-tipping blaze in Houghton Regis

A VILLAGE was smoke-logged over the weekend after piles of fly-tipped rubbish were set alight.

Locals have been left fuming as BoS understands the fire started at a traveller site settlement off the M1-A5 Link Road near Houghton Regis.

A group of 30 caravans set up camp near to the ...

2017-09-26 11:39 open_in_new
​Biggleswade teacher avoids jail after sexually touching student and sending lewd messages

A TEACHER has avoided being locked up after he sent lewd messages to a school girl and touched her in a sexual manner.

Ricky Sedani, 34, of Chamberlain Drive, Biggleswade, used SnapChat to send inappropriate messages and images to the school girl.

He also took advantage of an after ...

2017-09-25 17:51 open_in_new
​Armed Bedfordshire police officers equipped with body worn video cameras to increase transparency

POLICE officers toting weapons across the county will now be fitted with body worn video cameras to help corroborate evidence in relation to incidents attended by firearms officers.

The move was enforced as of today (Monday, September 25) within the tri-force armed policing unit in order ...

2017-09-25 12:19 open_in_new
Bedfordshire artist's playful chimney sculpture raises the roof on art

A HOMEGROWN artist has been commissioned to create one of the UK's most ambitious artworks to date.

This week former Bedford Modern School student Alex Chinneck unveiled his designs for his Onwards&Upwards sculptural trail around Sheffield and Tinsley Canal to celebrate the area's ...

2017-09-24 09:53 open_in_new
COMPETITION: TWo tickets up for grabs to CAMRA Bedford Beer Festival courtesy of Charles Wells

Beer's to new brews!

TWENTY two new beers will be created over the next two years, thanks to a project launched by Bedford's family brewer.

Charles Wells will be sending out their brewers to collaborate with a collection of Britain's best breweries.

Each trip will result in ...

2017-09-24 09:53 open_in_new
Media slapped with filming ban ahead of Bedford's public rail consultation meeting

MEDIA outlets have been refused permission to film a public meeting discussing the future of rail services between Bedford and London.

In July this newspaper revealed government proposals to scrap fast inter-city trains stopping at Bedford, Luton and Luton Airport Parkway during peak hours ...

2017-09-24 09:53 open_in_new
See a new side of the Storage Hunters with comedy show at The Grove in Dunstable

Storage Hunters

Grove Theatre

Saturday, 8pm

IF you own a TV there's no doubt you have witnessed the madness that is Storage Hunters.

A group of folks searching for hidden treasure blindly bid on the contents of a storage unit that could prove very lucrative - or ...

2017-09-23 16:17 open_in_new
Calls to extend ‘appalling’ train consultation period

A COUNCILLOR has launched a scathing attack on the government over the consultation process for major changes to Bedford's rail services.

Cllr Louise Jackson said the Department for Transport's (DfT) consultation into the future of East Midlands railway services has been 'disgraceful' and ...

2017-09-23 11:51 open_in_new
Bedford council offices to be reborn as 'friendly neighbourhood cafe bar'

A RESTAURANT chain has been searching for premises in Bedford for over a year, BoS can reveal.

Loungers Ltd is planning to open a 'friendly neighbourhood cafe bar' to the Cowper Building next to Riverside North next month.

A spokeswoman said: "We will bring our homely, relaxed and ...

2017-09-23 11:51 open_in_new
​Making light work out of weightlifting

IT is an unfortunate truth that the weights room is still seen as a kind of 'man cave' extension.

But Bedford mum-of-four Lisa Yeats, 36, can pump more iron than the vast majority of men reading this newspaper, with an eye-watering 220kg deadlift.

She started lifting just two years ...

2017-09-23 11:51 open_in_new
Lincroft School has lost its outstanding rating in the midst of Bedford borough two-tier switch

A SCHOOL has been stripped of its long-time Outstanding rating following a recent Ofsted inspection

.Lincroft School, based in Oakley has held onto the highest rating for many years now, securing its place as one of the best schools across the entire Bedford borough.

But as it ...

2017-09-23 10:45 open_in_new
Police investigating 'suspicious' fire in block of flats in High Town, Luton

POLICE are investigating a suspicious fire in a multi-occupancy home in Luton and say it is 'lucky; no one was seriously injured.

Emergency services were called to the scene in Hightown Road, Luton around 8pm on Wednesday (September 20)

Upon arrival they found the fire had ...

2017-09-22 17:09 open_in_new
​CCTV issued following attempted robbery in Luton

POLICE have released CCTV images as part of an investigation into an attempted robbery at Corals in Luton.

On Saturday (September 19) at around 9.30am, two men entered the bookmakers on Tavistock Street and demanded money from the till.

In the process they injured a staff ...

2017-09-22 13:51 open_in_new
Luton woman sentenced to four years in prison for sexually abusing young child

A DEPRAVED woman will serve four years behind bars after she was filmed performing sickening sex acts on a child.

Renata Manyoki, 21, of Dallow Road, Luton, was arrested in 2016 after videos of woman sexually abusing a child were found, with police suspecting that Manyoki was the woman in ...

2017-09-21 16:55 open_in_new
Wixams man locked up after leaving his glasses at the scene of £70,000 robbery

A ROBBER who stole a whopping £70,000 from a car was foiled by cops after he left his glasses at the scene.

Wesley Grinham, 31, of Wixams attempted to say that someone else must have used his glasses as a disguise to commit the robbery – but was jailed for seven years this ...

2017-09-20 17:47 open_in_new
Police investigating hate crime after young men racially abused and threatened with a knife in Luton

A TEEN boy was subjected to a racial assault in Luton after two men jumped out of a taxi and threatened him with a knife.

The incident took place on New Bedford Road, in Luton, near the junction of Austin Road, at 4.30pm on Monday (September 18) as the victim was walking with ...

2017-09-20 16:41 open_in_new
Police called to reports of shots being fired in Barford Avenue, Bedford

A HIGH police presence is expected in the London Road area of Bedford today following reports of a shooting yesterday evening.

Bedforsdshire Police were called to the scene in Barford Avenue yesterday evening but say they have found no conclusive evidence of a firearm being ...

2017-09-20 16:41 open_in_new
Dunstable man slapped with fine after fraudulently claiming £11,000 in care fees from a council

A MAN has been left with a criminal record after gave false information to get more than £11,000 to help towards his wife's care fees.

Colin Gardner, 57, of Calcutt Close, Dunstable, was ordered to pay more than £500 after being convicted of fraud at Luton Magistrates' Court yesterday ...

2017-09-20 16:41 open_in_new