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Want to learn to drive a train? Find out how at the Leighton Buzzard railway museum volunteers' day

THE Leighton Buzzard railway is one of the few remaining light gauge railways built in the 20th century for industrial use.

Nowadays it offers steam-hauled rides to members of the public rather than transporting sand. And the history is kept alive by a team of dedicated museum ...

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Police appeal to find missing Luton man with dementia

POLICE are asking the public for help in locating a vulnerable man who has gone missing from Luton.

Peter Brady, 86, was last seen today (Monday) at his home in Blundell Road.

He is believed to have got on either the number 20 or 28 bus heading towards the town centre.

He ...

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Cigarette flicked in woman's face in Dunstable road rage assault

A WOMAN had a lit cigarette flicked in her face during a road rage assault in Dunstable last week.

On Friday (February 17) at approximately 12.10pm a woman was driving her car along Court Drive when she was approached by a man while waiting in traffic.

The man was verbally abusive ...

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Police issue vehicle safety advice as hundreds of cars broken into across Bedfordshire in six months

POLICE are urging residents to be vigilant after a spike in vehicle crime across Bedfordshire.

Recently BoS reported that in 2016 police were informed about 60 thefts of tools from vans, which averages out at five a month.

But this figure barely scratches the surface as between ...

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​Luton Town: Donny draw felt like losing play-off final, says Jordan Cook

JORDAN Cook said it felt like Luton had lost a play-off final after seeing victory snatched from them in a 1-1 draw at League Two leaders Doncaster – but the midfielder still believes the Hatters can secure automatic promotion.

The 26-year-old scored his third in six games to put ...

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​Moggerhanger Park's Bluebell holiday club deemed a smashing half-term success

A SCHOOL holiday club is set to return to Moggerhanger Park over Easter after big success over February half term.

The Bluebells Club, based in the garden room, launched last week running a mixture of outdoor activities as well as arts and crafts, all aimed at getting children involved ...

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Luton Town: Cruel blow for Hatters in Doncaster clash

ON a day where Luton did 99 per cent of things right it was the one per cent that made this draw feel like a big chance blown to topple League Two leaders Doncaster and truly assert themselves in the race for automatic promotion.

Immense performances by returning captain Scott Cuthbert and ...

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Luton Town: Deadman ‘error cost Hatters’, claims Jones

HATTERS boss Nathan Jones claimed that referee Darren Deadman's only mistake cost his side as they drew 1-1 draw with League Two leaders Doncaster.

It's rare in the fourth tier to talk about an assured performance by an official, but the manager insisted that the man-in-the-middle got ...

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Cyclist in hospital after Bedford Town Bridge collision

A CYCLIST has been taken to hospital after a collision in Bedford town centre.

Police officers were called to the scene of the accident between a car and a bike on the bridge in St Mary's Road, Bedford, at around 8.20am.

The High Street was temporarily closed while emergency ...

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NHS IN CRISIS: ‘Stroke patients will have to travel further to fewer hospitals in future’
Many of the plans to shake up services in the NHS and change the way of working talk about having specialised services - but campaigners fear this may mean patients travelling further to fewer hospitals. ...
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WEATHER: Winter chills give way to sunshine in Bedfordshire

MOST of us can't wait for some warmer weather and sunshine after a damp and cold winter.

It's not quite the Canary Islands but today the weather is turning- a welcome break for those of us who have spent the last three months hibernating.

According to the Met Office, temperatures ...

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NHS IN CRISIS: GP numbers in England heading for a ‘cliff edge’

GP numbers are heading for a ‘cliff edge’ as almost 40 per cent approach retirement in the next few years, it has been warned.

Plans for the reorganisation of the NHS to help save £22bn are putting a greater focus on general practices taking appointments currently done in ...

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​Council plan to invest in drones to spy on illegal traveller camps after clear-up bill hits £70k

FLYING cameras could be used to spy on travellers as part of an ongoing battle against illegal encampments.

Over the past nine years, Bedford Borough Council has spent more than £70,000 clearing and safeguarding nine of the most frequently breached sites.

Hotspots include Browns ...

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Blues record first win of 2017 away to Rotherham

Rotherham Titans 19

Bedford Blues 36

THE Blues won for the first time since Boxing Day yesterday against Rotherham at Clifton Lane.

Bedford ran in five tries on their way to a 36-21 away victory, which left a smile on the face of Director of Rugby Mike Rayer after the ...

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Bank finds no record of Bedford OAP’s pension pot

A RETIRED building society worker who claims part of his pension has been lost is concerned his case may just be the tip of the iceberg.

The 66-year-old pensioner from Bedford, who asked not to be named, started working at Bedfordshire Building Society [BBS] back in 1965.

He paid ...

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Infrastructure levy could bring fresh hope for long overdue Wixams rail station

FOR nearly a decade, the people of Wixams have been waiting for a railway station touted as an incentive for homebuyers.

The project was left with a £16.5 million financial hole after National Rail withdrew its promise of funding in 2015.

READ MORE: Wixams railway station 'still ...

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​Tax-hike budget set for Luton council approval

PROPOSALS for a budget which is recommended for approval tomorrow (Monday, Feb 20) could see five people lose their jobs and a 4.95 per cent hike in council tax.

Luton Borough Council will meet to decide their budget for the 2017/18 financial year, which requires them to make £8.5 ...

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​Fighting back as tool thefts surge across Bedfordshire

LIVELIHOODS of tradespeople across our county are being ruined by a surge in tool thefts from vans.

In fact, tools are now being stolen from five vans a month according to Bedfordshire Police data. But out of the 60 thefts last year, only one case has been solved.

This leaves 59 ...

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Bedford husbands plea for help to bring music back into the life of his wife with dementia

A HUSBAND whose life was turned upside down when his wife was diagnosed with dementia has issued an urgent plea for an engineer to repair his electric organ – one of the few activities the couple can still enjoy together.

Despite scouring Bedford and placing an advert in BoS, ...

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Luton council slammed for 'wasting' money on renovations for sheltered accommodation

A RESIDENT of council-run sheltered accommodation has bashed the authority for wasting thousands on 'pointless renovations'.

Richard Winsborough, 70, has lived in Centenary Court, Lewsey Park, for 13 years and claims building work has 'never stopped'.

Over the past decade, £820k ...

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East of England Ambulance Service 'improves' after warnings over work hours safety

THE East of England Ambulance Service has said it has made 'significant steps to improve' after being issued with two official warnings for failing to ensure staff finished on time or had proper meal breaks.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) imposed the two notices on the service in ...

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