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Mazda3 review - family hatchback keeps things simple

You might be forgiven for thinking that pretty much every car aimed at families these days is an SUV. It certainly feels that way sometimes but there are manufacturers out there still catering to people who want a good old fashioned hatchback.

The Ford Focus dominates the sales charts but ...

yesterday 19:02 open_in_new
Nissan Leaf review - plug-in pioneer gets a boost

A lot of tests of electric cars seem to involve people trying to drive from Bognor to Bosnia or some other unlikely epic trip in order to test their range and the charging infrastructure to breaking point.

These tests do have their uses and help expose the strengths and weaknesses in the ...

yesterday 19:02 open_in_new
Woburn Lido flooded with thousands of calls since re-opening

Woburn Lido is desperately trying to stem the flood of enquiries for outdoor swimming sessions since it reopened on Saturday, August 1.

With the scorching summer temperatures, trustee Murray Heining says he has received thousands of calls and emails, with no chance of meeting the demand - ...

2020-08-07 20:53 open_in_new
Government lists Bedford as an 'area of concern' due to rising number of coronavirus cases

Bedford residents are being urged to continue to follow social distancing advice to avoid a local lockdown.

The town has been listed as ‘an area of concern’ by the government after there was a rise in the number of cases over the past three weeks - with 97 cases recorded since July 13 ...

2020-08-07 19:50 open_in_new
You’ve been storing Ben & Jerry’s ice cream the wrong way - here’s how to do it properly

You may have unknowingly been storing your ice cream the wrong way, according to experts at Ben & Jerry’s.

The ice cream manufacturer has revealed that storing it in a specific way helps to keep it fresh and prevent freezer burn.

Ben & Jerry’s website states that the ...

2020-08-07 19:50 open_in_new
These are 10 of the friendliest cat breeds in the UK - do you agree?

But have you ever wondered if certain breeds of cat are friendlier than others? These are the 10 friendliest cat breeds, according to pet food company Purina.

Abyssinian cats are joyful, intelligent and friendly and will always stay within petting distance of their owner (Photo: ...

2020-08-07 19:50 open_in_new
Top 10 experiences around the world revealed by TripAdvisor

Make your post-coronavirus travels as amazing as possible with these incredible activities, hailed as the top 10 experiences by the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

Experience the red dunes of Dubai's Lahbab desert and enjoy activities like sandboarding, 4WD dune bash, camel ...

2020-08-07 18:47 open_in_new
Former Bedfordshire Police officer sent pictures and suggestive comments to female colleagues

A former Bedfordshire Police officer has been found to have committed gross misconduct after sending inappropriate messages to female colleagues over social media.

Jagjeet Dhillon who resigned from his detective constable post in November after a 10-year career, had denied breaching the ...

2020-08-07 18:47 open_in_new
UPDATE: Bedford has six new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours

As of today (August 7), Bedford has recorded six more cases, with a total of 1,379 people now diagnosed with the deadly virus, according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

Central Bedfordshire has three new case, with a total of 1,288 and Luton has five new cases, with a ...

2020-08-07 18:47 open_in_new
This is why you might see supermarket shoppers wearing a sunflower badge

Sunflower lanyards are being handed out for free at UK supermarkets like Sainsbury's in order to alert people to hidden disabilities.

Though shoppers are now required to wear a face mask when picking up their groceries, some people are not able to wear masks due to health conditions. ...

2020-08-07 18:47 open_in_new
Bedfordshire woman's peak performance in aid of mental health charity

A woman from Ampthill has climbed Mount Snowdon in aid of a charity close to her heart - saying it's helped turn her life around.

Rachel Mannings challenged herself to hike Wales’ tallest mountain, raising more than £450 for the mental health charity Mind.

Joined by her husband, ...

2020-08-07 17:44 open_in_new
Amazon is now selling a family-sized paddling pool for just £13 - here's how to get your hands one

With some scorching summer days ahead of us, a paddling pool in your garden is a perfect way to keep cool in the heat. 

No need to worry if money is tight either, as Amazon has slashed the price of its popular Bestway paddling pool to just £13.25 - down from £29.99.  ...

2020-08-07 16:41 open_in_new
Thousands in Bedford to lose free TV licence

Thousands of pensioner households in Bedford will soon be receiving a letter that ends their automatic right to a free TV licence.

Charities and campaigners have said the change will be devastating for many older people, especially as a second wave of Covid-19 could make access to ...

2020-08-07 16:41 open_in_new
Covid cases still on the rise in Bedford borough as council calls for more data

Bedford Borough Council is planning to deliver 44,000 leaflets to homes in a range of languages, and to send an advertising van around the streets, to step up efforts to get messages across.

Recent testing has identified cases where people have the virus but are showing no symptoms at all, ...

2020-08-07 15:38 open_in_new
These are the 10 hottest cities in the UK today - with temperatures 31C or more

An amber heat health warning was issued on Thursday (6 August), urging people to drink plenty of fluids and avoid excessive quantities of alcohol so as to stay safe in temperatures which could rise as high as 38C in some areas. Parts of east and south-east England are expected to have the ...

2020-08-07 14:35 open_in_new
Drugs found several times each month at Bedford prison

Staff at Bedford prison are seizing drugs several times every month, new figures reveal.

It comes as drug finds in jails across England and Wales reached a record high – but prison reform charity the Howard League has warned confiscations do not show "the true scale of the ...

2020-08-07 14:35 open_in_new
Drivers paying £35 a year too much for insurance due to whiplash reform delays

British drivers are each paying £35 a year too much for their car insurance because reforms to compensation payments have been delayed, it has been claimed.

The Government was due to introduce new limits on whiplash claims earlier this year but the changes have now been delayed twice, ...

2020-08-07 12:29 open_in_new
The simple steps to prepare your car for a summer road trip

Summer is here and, for most of us, lockdown is easing, bringing the call of the open road.

Whether you’re planning a local staycation or a trip to Europe it’s vital to make sure your car is suitably prepared - and that doesn’t just mean making sure you’ve stocked the glove box ...

2020-08-07 11:26 open_in_new
Seat Tarraco review - Spain's seven-seat SUV gets it right first time

It might seem odd to get hung up on a car's cup holders. In fact, it is odd.

But in the case of the Seat Tarraco worrying about things like awkward beverage holders and weird badges goes to show just how much Seat has got right.

The Tarraco is its first stab at a seven-seat SUV, ...

2020-08-06 21:47 open_in_new
Bedford teenager wins 'Unsung Hero' award

A teenager from Bedford has been awarded 'Unsung Hero' in a national magazine for the fish frying and fast food industry, Fry Magazine.

Abi Cantle, 18, is a counter assistant at Al's Plaice in Bedford, she was nominated for the award by Alex and Jess McKeegan, owners of the fish and chip ...

2020-08-06 18:38 open_in_new
Public Space Protection Order renewed for dog control across Central Bedfordshire

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive has agreed to keep the existing rules as it renewed a Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) in relation to dogs, for the next three years.

A blanket rule requiring dogs to be on leads in any open space with a marked sports pitch has been retained ...

2020-08-06 18:38 open_in_new