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  1. Mirror purchase of Express 'could be good news' for Luton

    Kate Bradbrook

    BBC Look East

    Gavin Shuker, the Labour MP for Luton South, believes Trinity Mirror could print all of its newspapers in the town.

    It has been confirmed today that the Daily Mirror owners have bought the publishing assets of Northern & Shell, which prints the Express and Daily Star newspapers in the town.

    Print works

    Speaking outside the plant, Mr Shuker welcomed the news.

    He said: "What we now need is certainty for the work force.

    "They have a fantastic facility here in Luton, and I am sure it will be one of the assets that Trinity Mirror will be looking at retaining."

  2. Ram raiders cause 'considerable damage'

    Two BMW cars have been used to carry out a ram raid at a Stotfold supermarket.

    The grey 118 and X5 cars crashed into the Co-op store on Mulberry Close on Monday evening at about 22:00 in an attempt to remove the cash machine

    They caused what police described as "considerable damage" the raisers left in a third car, a dark saloon.

    Ram raid in Stotfold
    Stotfold ram raid

    John McBurney, who saw the damage, said he witnessed another ram raid in the town two years ago when a cash machine was taken from a Barclays branch on Regent Street.

    He's now worried this will mean the town will no longer have a cash machine.

  3. Help needed from tool shop owners after violent robbery

    Police are asking tool shop owners to get in touch if they sell a particular crowbar that was used in an armed robber on a supermarket.

    The plea from Bedfordshire Police came after robbers threatened staff at Budgens in High Street, Cranfield, with a knife in a robbery and left the tool (pictured below) behind.

    It happened on 3 January, at about 21:30. The two robbers, got away with £300,000.

    Crowbar

    Det Con Aroop Nandre said: “This was a disturbing robbery.

    "The crowbar is quite distinctive and I would appeal to owners of tool shops to get in touch if they sell this particular type of tool.”

  4. Eight lives left for Kimpton kitten

    Welwyn Hatfield Times

    A kitten in Kimpton has been left with singed paws after he scampered into the engine of a Peugeot van.

  5. Abbots Langley shooting: Convicted man allowed to appeal

    A Hertfordshire man jailed for having a gun at a rap party has won permission to appeal and clear his name.

    Police at Abbots Langley shooting

    Sharriff Dacres, 23, of Tower Cottrells, Hemel Hempstead, was cleared of attempted murder last February after a 28-year-old man was shot in the shoulder outside High Elms Manor, in Abbots Langley, near Watford, in June 2016.

    But jurors at Harrow Crown Court found him guilty of possessing a prohibited firearm and he was jailed for seven years.

    On Thursday at London's Criminal Appeal Court, his lawyers argued that his conviction was "unsafe" and should be overturned, criticising the identification procedure that led to the finger being pointed at Dacres and complaining about the way the trial judge summed up the evidence to the jury.

    Lord Justice Davis, sitting with Mr Justice Nicol and Judge Richard Marks QC, granted Dacres permission to appeal.

  6. James Bay comes back - with a twist

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter, BBC News

    Hitchin's James Bay is about to pull off one of the most audacious bait-and-switch acts in recent pop history.

    It's not just the hat and the hair that have changed, his music is totally unexpected.

    James Bay

    Back in 2015, critics thought they had him figured out: A young man with an old soul, churning out earnest-but-catchy guitar ballads like the inescapable Hold Back The River.

    His album Chaos and the Calm was the biggest-selling debut of 2015, selling 345,000 copies and earning Brit and Grammy nominations.

    But Bay's second album is filled with little experiments and musical flourishes, from the Strokes-inspired thrash of Pink Lemonade to the juddering electro-gospel of In My Head.

    You can read the full article in BBC Entertainment.

  7. Buzzard 'died of natural causes'

    Police in Hertfordshire investigating the death of a buzzard found near Stanstead Abbotts on Sunday have said there was no foul play involved.

    Buzzard

    The force was looking into whether it died naturally or the death had been a malicious act.

    A spokesman said: "A thorough examination has been conducted by a local vet who has found that it died of natural causes."

  8. Woman suffers 'life-threatening' injuries in Luton assault

    A woman has been taken to hospital with what police have described as life-threatening injuries after an assault in Luton on Thursday.

    Bury Park Road, Luton

    Bedfordshire Police say they were called to Bury Park Road at about 18:15.

    They are appealing for witnesses and information.

  9. 'Feisty' red panda named after comedy star

    A "feisty and bushy tailed" red panda has been called Miranda, after the actress and comedian Miranda Hart.

    Laura Ashton, from Woburn Safari Park, said staff are big fans of Hart.

    Miranda the Red Panda
    Image caption: Miranda the red panda

    The one-year-old now joins pals Mambo and Mali at the park where she has claimed the role of "alpha female".

    Miranda the Red Panda
    Image caption: Miranda eating some bamboo

    "She is the feistiest of the three and can be easily identified by her beautiful, very fiery, ginger fur," said Laura.

    There's not been any word yet from Miranda about her views on the naming honour.

    But to quote her show: "Such fun!"

  10. Hundreds of additional PCs planned for Bedfordshire

    A pledge has been made by the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner to recruit almost 260 officers.

    Kathryn Holloway made the promise after the police share of the council tax was approved.

    "I am planning to recruit between 110 and 130 new officers per year for each of the next two years of my term as a result to boost Bedfordshire’s notoriously overstretched frontline," she said.

    "The intention is for the force to raise the number of officers overall by 10% over the next four years, taking those who retire or leave into consideration, too."

    Kathryn Holloway
  11. Ely slavery suspects released under investigation

    A Romanian couple arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences after six workers were found in a house in Ely have been released under investigation.

    The man, 30, and woman, 32, were detained on Monday on suspicion of modern-day slavery and gangmaster offences by officers from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

    They were released under investigation later that night.

    The six people found in the house had been brought to the UK to work in a salad factory, the GLAA said.

    A spokesman was unable to give further details about the conditions of the workers, but said at the time they were being supported by the British Red Cross.

  12. Polizzi to the rescue of Bedford restaurant

    A struggling Bedford restaurant featured on television last night.

    Riobella, an Italian eatery in the centre of the town, was the focus of the Channel 5 show, Peyton and Polizzi's Restaurant Rescue.

    It showed how Giovanni and Amanda Orlandi, talking to Alex Polizzi, were trying to turn their business around and finally make a profit after taking it over two years ago.

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    The programme showed how the business was putting a strain on their marriage.

  13. Loan fund to help south Cambridgeshire go green

    Orla Moore

    BBC Local Live

    A loan fund of £200,000 has been set up to help people in south Cambridgeshire become more energy efficient.

    Householders, voluntary groups and small firms will be able to borrow cash from the district council's Green Energy Loan Fund to pay for everything from solar panels to insulation.

    They can apply for loans of £1,000 to £10,000, the council said.

    It'll be launched in the summer.

    solar panels

    Simon Edwards, cabinet member for finance, said: "The cheapest unit of energy is the one you never use.

    "We’ll be doing our bit by looking at ways we can be greener."

  14. Vandals trash 20 street name plates

    Vandals have destroyed about 20 street name plates in Harpenden in the past ten days.

    Damaged sign

    Signs in the Townsend Lane, Tuffnells Way and Roundwood Lane areas have all been targeted, with wooden-backing panels snapped in half before the metal name being bent out of shape and the debris discarded nearby.

    St Albans City and District Council, which provides the signs called it "senseless and anti-social crime" and said it will cost more than £2,000 to replace them.

    "This type of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated," a Hertfordshire Police spokesman said.