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Twin bridge roads in Bedford village to close during half term

The roads which travel over the River Great Ouse between the villages of Oakley and Bromham will be closed for two days over half term.

It's because Bedford Borough Council is carrying out utility investigations ahead of refurbishment works to the Oakley twin bridges.

The ...

yesterday 18:08 open_in_new
Lexus LC 500 review - razor-sharp drop-top is built to turn heads

Not exactly what I’d envisioned. I’m sat in one of only three new £96,600 Lexus LC 500 Cabriolets in the UK, parked in the Toyota GB press car park in a not-so-salubrious part of Crawley … and it’s tipping down. At the moment, any thoughts I’ve had of swanning round the south coast ...

yesterday 18:08 open_in_new
New marshals in Bedford to advise those not following Covid guidelines

The first Covid-19 marshals have taken to the streets in Bedford town centre, providing advice and information to shoppers and businesses.

The marshals - which have been funded by the Government - will identify and support businesses not following the guidelines - and, more importantly, ...

yesterday 18:08 open_in_new
Market traders in Bedfordshire village ask council to reconsider ban over Covid-19 regulations

Organisers of the 800-year-old Woburn Market have started a petition to lift a ban after Central Bedfordshire said it couldn't go ahead.

The petition has already attracted 1,160 signatures, claiming "bureaucracy has prevented Woburn Market from running this month, and this wonderful ...

yesterday 17:05 open_in_new
UPDATE: Bedford records 23 new cases in 24 hours

As of today (October 23), Bedford has recorded 23 new cases, with a total of 2,147 people now diagnosed with the deadly virus, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

There were no deaths in Bedford and Central Bedfordshire but one in Luton.

In Central ...

yesterday 17:05 open_in_new
Developers hope to build 80 luxury homes on outskirts of Bedford

Developers Hayfield have submitted a planning application to build 80 luxury homes after buying a 10.4-acre site in the village of Bromham.

It was bought with Outline Planning consent in place, which has determined the main site access off Stagsden Road, with a secondary access to be ...

yesterday 16:02 open_in_new
Here's why you should take your child's jacket off before strapping them into their car seat

With temperatures plummeting as we enter the winter months, parents are being warned about the dangers of strapping their child into a car seat while they are dressed in a winter jacket.

It might feel natural to keep your child warm in the cold weather, but the practice could actually be ...

yesterday 16:02 open_in_new
‘Prepare for a digital Christmas’ says councillor as virus creeps into most parts of Bedford borough

Bedford Borough Council’s local outbreak engagement board heard that in the week from October 12 to 18 some 149 cases were found giving the borough an infection rate of 86 per 100,000.

Ian Brown, the chief officer for public health, said 46 cases were related to 21 household clusters ...

yesterday 14:59 open_in_new
Help us avoid a local lockdown this half term, urges Bedford Borough Council

With announcements that large parts of the country are moving further up the national Covid tiers, Bedford Borough Council is asking everyone to pull together to keep each other safe and avoid a Liverpool-style lockdown.

Bedford is currently in the ‘medium’ local Covid alert level. ...

yesterday 13:56 open_in_new
Covid-19: How many people have lost their lives in Bedford's care homes?

Coronavirus has been linked to the deaths of at least 25 people in Bedford care homes since the start of the crisis, new figures reveal.

The Independent Care Group called for a "short, sharp lockdown" to curb the spread of infection in care homes nationally, as fatalities in care homes ...

yesterday 12:53 open_in_new
EVENING UPDATE: Bedford records 28 new cases

As of last night (October 22), Bedford recorded 28 new cases, with a total of 2,124 people now diagnosed with the deadly virus, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

There was one death in Central Bedfordshire and two deaths in Luton.

In Central Bedfordshire, ...

yesterday 11:50 open_in_new
Deliveroo giving away kits to start up 200 new female football teams

Community clubs have been severely impacted by COVID-19, losing sponsor revenue and other crucial income streams, with womens’ and girls’ teams considered most at risk.

Teams can apply via between today and November 1st.

And Deliveroo will randomly select over ...

yesterday 11:50 open_in_new
Ex-mayor of Luton and Beds PCC candidate suspended from Labour Party amid antisemitism allegation

Former mayor of Luton, Tahir Khan, had been Labour's choice in the upcoming Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election - due to take place in 2021.

However, Mr Khan, 53, faced disciplinary proceedings over an alleged antisemitic social media post.

He is understood to ...

yesterday 22:11 open_in_new
Fiat 500 Electric price and specifications announced

Fiat has revealed that its new 500 Electric will cost from £19,995 when it arrives in the UK early next year.

The compact EV is Fiat’s first-all electric model and is an all-new replacement for its popular retro-styled city car, updating the styling while retaining a clear link to its ...

2020-10-22 18:56 open_in_new
Graduated licence plan scrapped in favour of new 'learners' curriculum'

Plans to limit what new drivers can do, including restrictions on nighttime driving and a limit on passengers, have been dropped by the Government.

Roads minister Baroness Vere told the Commons’ Transport Select Committee that the Department for Transport was abandoning work on ...

2020-10-22 17:53 open_in_new
Half of motorists struggle to see in the dark - here's how to stay safe as the clocks go back

Half of UK’s motorists struggle to see properly while driving in the dark and millions more admit to trying to avoid nighttime driving because of nerves.

Ahead of the clocks going back this weekend, research has found millions of drivers struggle with issues such a glare, blurred vision ...

2020-10-22 16:50 open_in_new
How to avoid falling victim to lockdown car fraud

Lockdown rules which have seen people spend more time online, combined with economic uncertainty, have created “perfect conditions” for fraudsters targeting motorists, according to experts.

Drivers are being urged to be extra vigilant for con artists trying to trick them using ...

2020-10-22 12:38 open_in_new
Jo Malone launches Christmas collection - here’s what’s new for 2020

The festive range is inspired by the glamour and opulence of the 1920s, with this year’s Christmas collection featuring geometric prints and Art Deco-inspired designs. It’s available online now and in boutiques nationwide.

Midnight Musk & Amber Scent of the Season ...

2020-10-22 11:35 open_in_new
Laura Whitmore Collaborates with Moonpig to Create ‘The Laura’ Bouquet

Moonpig is delighted to announce their partnership with broadcaster, author & TV presenter Laura Whitmore. We have teamed up to create a beautiful floral bouquet named ‘The Laura’.

The bouquet, available now from Moonpig .com has been designed by Laura and Moonpig ’s in-house ...

2020-10-22 10:32 open_in_new
UPDATE: Bedford has 25 new cases and one death in 24 hours

As of today (October 21), Bedford has recorded 25 new cases, with a total of 2,096 people now diagnosed with the deadly virus, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

There was one death in the town - bringing the total to 172 - but no deaths in the rest of the ...

2020-10-21 19:50 open_in_new
Blood tests cancelled across Bedfordshire after shortage of chemical for testing

The shortage of the reagent - used to analyse blood tests - has affected NHS trusts all over the UK.

Text messages have been sent by GP practices across Bedfordshire warning patients of cancellations.

The Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche, which supplies the reagent to the NHS, ...

2020-10-21 19:50 open_in_new