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Former Bedford schoolboy Alastair Cook to get a knighthood

Old Bedford School pupil Alastair Cook CBE will be knighted in the New Year honours, becoming the first England cricketer to receive a knighthood for a decade.

Alastair joined Bedford School as a boarder in 1998, when he was 13. However, his first love was not cricket - but ...

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Where can you get a tasty meal for £7.50? - these Bedford chefs of the future cook up some ideas

It was aprons at the ready when Castle Newnham School in Bedford hosted the local round of the Future Chef competition.

Five schools from around the area brought two pupils, winners from the school heats, to take part at this stage where each young ‘chef’ was required to create a main ...

yesterday 15:01 open_in_new
Man found guilty of raping woman in bushes close to Bedford river

A man has been found guilty of raping a woman near Bedford Embankment.

Anderson Cosma, 25, originally from Romania, but now of Kimble Drive, Bedford, was found guilty at Luton Crown Court on Friday following a three-week trial, for the rape of a woman in her 40s. He was also convicted for ...

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Residents celebrate transformation of retirement scheme in Clapham

Residents at The Lodge in Clapham celebrated the stunning refurbishment of their retirement living scheme with a special lunch for guests including local stakeholders.

Housing association Stonewater’s transformation of the 30-apartment residency is part of an ongoing £9m upgrade to its ...

2018-12-17 21:46 open_in_new
Bake-off fundraiser at school in Bedford producers some showstoppers

Westfield School’s annual ‘Bake Off’ had all the right ingredients for a tasty event.

The theme for this year was seasonal and the school’s chosen charity was the WWF. The bakes reflected this with black and white panda and Christmas tree cakes. The competition was ...

2018-12-17 20:43 open_in_new
Man found guilty of raping woman in bushes close to Bedford river

A man has been found guilty of raping a woman near Bedford Embankment.

Anderson Cosma, 25, originally from Romania, but now of Kimble Drive, Bedford, was found guilty at Luton Crown Court on Friday following a three-week trial, for the rape of a woman in her 40s. He was also convicted for ...

2018-12-17 20:43 open_in_new
Calls to animal cruelty hotline expected to jump over Christmas in Bedfordshire

The season of goodwill is the worst time of the year for animals in Bedfordshire.

Figures from the animal welfare charity RSPCA show that last year in the county there were 1,407 calls to its animal cruelty hotline in the winter months (December to February 28).

And 468 of those ...

2018-12-17 18:27 open_in_new
Secretary of State for Transport marks completion of London Luton Airport’s transformation

The Secretary of State for Transport has officially opened London Luton Airport’s newly-upgraded terminal.

Rt Hon Chris Grayling marked the completion of LLA’s three-year transformation project on Thursday. The £160m redevelopment focused on making passengers’ journeys easier ...

2018-12-17 15:58 open_in_new
Charlatans man Tim to headline Independent Venue Week gig in Bedford

Tim Burgess is back in the region next month as part of Bedford Esquires’ Independent Venue Week shows.

The Pad Presents, The Roar Club and Club Biscuit have teamed up with O Genesis to bring The Charlatans main man to the venue as part of its week long IVW celebrations.

Tim ...

2018-12-17 13:26 open_in_new
Cranfield Airport between Bedford and Milton Keynes gets a ‘smart’ air traffic control centre

Technology is replacing what air traffic controllers can see out of the window with digital displays.

Cranfield Airport’s new Digital Air Traffic Control Centre was last week officially opened by aviation minister, Liz Sugg.

The airport is the first in the UK to have an ...

2018-12-17 10:58 open_in_new
Nine people arrested in drugs bust at traveller site near Bedford

Nine men and four women have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences at a traveller site near Cardington.

Police carried out an early morning raid yesterday, following reports of criminal activity.

Around 180 officers, including support from the dog section, helicopter, firearms ...

2018-12-14 21:00 open_in_new
Cranfield Airport between Bedford and Milton Keynes gets a ‘smart’ air traffic control centre

Technology is replacing what air traffic controllers can see out of the window with digital displays.

Cranfield Airport’s new Digital Air Traffic Control Centre was last week officially opened by aviation minister, Liz Sugg.

The airport is the first in the UK to have an ...

2018-12-14 17:37 open_in_new
Nine people arrested in drugs bust at traveller site near Bedford

Nine men and four women have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences at a traveller site near Cardington.

Police carried out an early morning raid yesterday, following reports of criminal activity.

Around 180 officers, including support from the dog section, helicopter, firearms ...

2018-12-14 12:46 open_in_new
Our own Emily Atack comes second in the jungle

Ampthill’s Emily Atack is still our jungle Queen, despite coming in second place in this year’s I’m A Celebrity.

The former Inbetweeners star finished behind former West Ham United and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

She is understood to have been flooded with ...

2018-12-14 03:48 open_in_new
Shane Richie leads a fun-filled festive extravaganza on Milton Keynes stage in Robin Hood

Alan Wooding reviews Robin Hood at Milton Keynes Theatre

It may be a story straight out of English folklore, but now the legend of Robin Hood and his Merry Men has been turned into a seasonal pantomime which is set to fill Milton Keynes Theatre until mid-January judging by last night's ...

2018-12-13 19:01 open_in_new
Extra £8m for Beds Police ... but Council Tax payers to stump up most of the cash

Council Tax payers are to stump up extra cash in order to meet Bedfordshire Police’s £8m settlement increase this year, it has been revealed.

In an announcement earlier today, the force hailed the settlement as a victory for PCC Kathryn Holloway and Chief Constable Jon ...

2018-12-13 19:01 open_in_new
Shefford extend their advantage in Bedfordshire League

Shefford Town & Campton stretched their lead at the head of the Premier Division supported by Sportsform to eight points with a 4-2 victory at AFC Oakley M&DH on Saturday.

Sam King scored a brace, supported by strikes from Ryan Lewis and Nathan Aulsberry, to take the Town to their ...

2018-12-13 16:35 open_in_new
Bedford man dies following serious assault

A 39-year-old Bedford man has died from a head injury following a serious night-time assault in the street.

Simon Mushonga was visiting Kettering and was found unconscious in a street close to the town centre at 4.30am on Saturday.

He was rushed to hospital but died on Sunday ...

2018-12-13 03:01 open_in_new
Bedford man dies following serious assault

A 39-year-old Bedford man has died from a head injury following a serious night-time assault in the street.

Simon Mushonga was visiting Kettering and was found unconscious in a street close to the town centre at 4.30am on Saturday.

He was rushed to hospital but died on Sunday ...

2018-12-12 20:05 open_in_new
Bedfordshire MP slams ‘obsessed’ colleagues over no confidence vote

North East Beds MP Alistair Burt says he is backing the Prime Minister in tonight’s no confidence vote.

And he has slammed those of his fellow MPs who have called for the vote.

On his website Mr Burt said: “In tonight’s confidence vote on PM Theresa May, I shall be voting ...

2018-12-12 20:05 open_in_new
Robin Hood hits the target at Milton Keynes Theatre

All the most-loved pantomime ingredients are there - the slapstick comedy, the “Oh no you won’ts”, the songs that make you want to dance in the aisles, and the innuendo-filled jokes that get the mums and dads giggling helplessly.

But where this Robin Hood production ...

2018-12-12 18:40 open_in_new