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Review: Full-throttle alien thrills with Life

Welcome to a gloop-em-up sci-fi horror thriller detailing mankind’s first contact with an alien lifeform.

We get to join the crew aboard the International Space Station as they manage to dock with a space probe returning from Mars. On board the capsule is ‘Calvin’ – ...

yesterday 20:11 open_in_new
Review: A few hours in the sun with Shirley Valentine

I HAVE long thought Shirley Valentine should be made an official rite of passage for teenagers ready to call themselves adults.

And not just young women; its deepest themes are sexless.

Forget GCSEs and A-levels, teenagers should be plonked in front of Pauline Collins or taken to the ...

yesterday 13:35 open_in_new
Free travel vaccinations and gluten-free foods could all vanish in prescriptions cost-cutting

NHS England is to launch a consultation next month which could see GPs stop prescribing medicines which are available over the counter for a fraction of the cost.

Gluten-free foods, omega-3 supplements and travel vaccinations are among the items which may no longer be available on ...

yesterday 13:35 open_in_new
Right up your street! Have a say on parking

That bugbear of motorists - where to park - is to be considered by Central Bedfordshire Council.

It is proposing to introduce a new set of policies for a framework for how it will provide for, manage and make decisions about parking, whether that’s parking for residents, shoppers or ...

2017-03-27 23:03 open_in_new
All change as new £1 coin poised to enter circulation – but companies unprepared
It will be all change in Britain on Tuesday when the new £1 coin enters circulation but millions of commuters could be left facing fresh chaos as it emerged 11 out of 18 rail providers had not upgraded their machines and would be unable to accept the new tender. ...
2017-03-27 19:45 open_in_new
Appeal to find woman missing in Bedford

Police are appealing for help in finding a woman who went missing last night (Saturday).

Chloe Morris, 18, was last seen leaving her home address in Embankment, Bedford, at approximately 10pm and officers are concerned for her welfare.

Chloe is described as white, ...

2017-03-27 17:33 open_in_new
33 is the magic number - the age when Brits think they can afford a house

The average age when Britons living in rented accommodation think they’ll be able to afford their own house is 33.

The survey by Spark Energy found that one in six respondents (17 per cent) don’t believe they will ever be able to raise the money to purchase ...

2017-03-27 16:27 open_in_new
Baby teething necklaces recalled due to choke hazard

Amber necklaces and bracelets, wooden teething rattles and teething clips have been recalled after Trading Standards test results revealed them to be a choking hazard.

The products, manufactured by It’s Handmade are aimed at teething babies and were voluntarily recalled after the test ...

2017-03-27 14:15 open_in_new
Primark recalls kids’ clothing over choking fears

Clothing giant Primark has recalled a line of children’s clothing over safety fears.

The Novelty Cat Legging, which was on sale in UK stores from November 8 2016 up to February 22 2017, was found to present a potential hazard during the company’s due-diligence programme.

It ...

2017-03-27 14:15 open_in_new
Have you seen missing Bedford teen Chloe?

POLICE are concerned for the welfare of an 18-year-old woman who went missing on Saturday night.

Chloe Morris, 18, was last seen leaving her home address in Embankment, Bedford, at approximately 10pm on Saturday and officers are concerned for her welfare. Chloe is described as ...

2017-03-27 09:53 open_in_new
Owning a car and carrying cash ‘increasingly absurd’ in modern life

Owning a car is bcoming ‘increasingly absurd’ as it carrying cash, according to new research.

More than three quarters of people in the UK currently use a car, but three in 10 (29%) consider owning one as being increasingly unnecessary according to 3-in-1 transportation app ...

2017-03-27 09:51 open_in_new
11 PLUS QUIZ: Are you smarter than an 11 year old?

New research has revealed just 16% of parents score full marks in an 11 Plus quiz.

Are you as smart as an 11 year old? That’s the question Explore Learning has been asking Families readers across the country. The leading extra tuition provider quizzed more than 5,600 parents to see how ...

2017-03-26 11:49 open_in_new
Is this Britain’s most stupid legal high as kids sniff fumes from burning wheelie bins

Kids are literally getting wasted with Britain’s daftest drug craze - sniffing fumes from burning WHEELIE BINS, its has been claimed.

Youngsters are risking their lives by torching the plastic bins n a bid to get high on the fumes, a waste management company has claimed. ...

2017-03-26 11:49 open_in_new
Comedy Festival: Quarry Theatre hosts 12 shows in two days

A COMEDY Festival is returning to Bedford for its second year.

Local favourites and up and coming stars will take to the stage to bring audiences 'the cream of British comedy'.

Next Friday and Saturday (March 31 and April 1) 12 shows will be crammed into two days at The Quarry ...

2017-03-26 10:43 open_in_new
Hospital staff hit out over hiring of interim managers costing £2,000 per day

STAFF at Bedford Hospital have hit out at the amount of money being spent on interim managers, while claiming posts which have a 'direct impact on patient care and safety' are being cut.

BoS can reveal Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is spending £2,000 a day employing three managers - two ...

2017-03-26 10:43 open_in_new
Shop owners steaming over 'eyesore' Amazon lockers in Bedford's Arcade

SHOPOWNERS have lashed out at their landlord for 'promoting' online giant Amazon after bright yellow lockers were installed outside their independent businesses.

The new Amazon lockers, which allow customers to pick up goods ordered online at any time, appeared in the High Street entrance ...

2017-03-26 10:43 open_in_new
Bedford author Daniela speak out about her ordeal with the Beast of Belgravia

MORE than two decades ago, the notorious Beast of Belgravia went on a crime spree that included raping women at knifepoint after being released from psychiatric hospital Broadmoor. Reporter STEPHEN PENN speaks to one of his victims, who has now published a book about her horrific experience in ...

2017-03-26 08:31 open_in_new
Private ambulance firm to face closer scrutiny after BoS reveals failings

HEALTH bosses are strengthening checks on a private ambulance service after BoS revealed it had failed to turn up to take patients to their hospital appointments.

Last week, we reported how 73-year-old John Rogers, of Shefford, had missed a vital appointment to treat his kidney condition ...

2017-03-26 08:31 open_in_new
When do the clocks go forward in 2017?

The light nights are coming - and hopefully they’ll bring some warmer weather with them.

The clocks go forward on the last Sunday in March, which this year is the 26th, which is also Mother’s Day this weekend.

The UK will switch to British Summer Time (BST) at 1am on ...

2017-03-25 15:01 open_in_new
​Vann vs van - councillor's safety warning after crash

WHAT'S in a name?

Paramedics couldn't help but have a little chuckle at the expense of Bedford Borough councillor Henry Vann after he got knocked off his bicycle – by a van – on his way to church near Bower Street last Sunday morning.

But like the portfolio holder for ...

2017-03-25 08:25 open_in_new
Luton Borough Council call for £2m school cuts to be reversed

COUNCILLORS have called on the government to rethink 'galling' cuts to school funding.

Schools and academies across the country are set to lose up to £3bn in real terms from their funding by 2020, due to a 75 per cent cut to the Education Services Grant.

Luton Borough Council ...

2017-03-25 08:25 open_in_new