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Fancy a flavour of FA Cup drama?

#FAPeoplesCup

If the thrills and spills of the FA Cup third-round action have got you excited - how about getting a flavour of it yourself?

The 2019 FA People's Cup is now open for entries.

There's no experience required, it's free and you get the chance to play at St George's Park and lift a trophy during the FA Cup final in May.

Don't take our word for it - have a look at how these players felt about taking part in 2018...

FA People's Cup: The winners' 'outstanding' day at Wembley

Find out more about the competition and how you can get involved here.

Fancy a flavour of FA Cup drama?

#FAPeoplesCup

If the thrills and spills of the FA Cup third-round action has got you excited - how about getting a flavour of it yourself?

The 2019 FA People's Cup is now open for entries.

There's no experience required, it's free and you get the chance to play at St George's Park and lift a trophy during the FA Cup final in May.

Don't take out word for it - have a look at how these players felt about taking part in 2018...

FA People's Cup: The winners' 'outstanding' day at Wembley

Find out more about the competition and how you can get involved here.

Fancy a flavour of FA Cup drama?

#FAPeoplesCup

We've seen Pete Wild living the dream, now it's your chance.

If the thrills and spills of the FA Cup third-round action has got you excited - how about getting a flavour of it yourself?

The 2019 FA People's Cup is now open for entries.

There's no experience required, it's free and you get the chance to play at St George's Park and lift a trophy during the FA Cup final in May.

Don't take our word for it - have a look at how these players felt about taking part in 2018...

FA People's Cup: The winners' 'outstanding' day at Wembley

Find out more about the competition and how you can get involved here.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service 'effective overall'

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been rated good at keeping people safe, but told it requires improvement in other areas, in the first independent inspection report for 12 years.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ
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Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services has rated services in three major areas - effectiveness, efficiency, and how it looks after staff.

Bedfordshire was rated good in its effectiveness bu the report said it hasn't kept up with the pace of technology, which prevents staff accessing vital information, and it also has too many layers of bureaucracy.

Chief inspector Zoe Billingham said: "While it may be an effective service, we are not convinced that it represents good value-for-money yet.

"Overall, the people of Bedfordshire can be confident that their local fire and rescue service is keeping them safe."

The county's chief fire officer, Paul Fuller, said: "People can be assured the quality of the operational response and the preventative services are good. There are some lessons to learn in other areas and we will be working to take those things forward in the coming months."

Search for man wanted over false imprisonment

Police are searching for a Hyde man wanted in connection with false imprisonment over a domestic incident.

Ian Brewster
GMP

Ian Brewster, 27, is also wanted for malicious communications and harassment two incidents in October.

He is known to have links to the Hemel Hempsted, Hockliffe, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire areas.

Officers believe that Brewster knows he is wanted and is actively evading arrest.

Happy Bedfordshire Day!

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Flags are flying across Bedfordshire day to mark, Bedfordshire Day.

It's a day to celebrate all things from the country, from its beautiful bridges to parks and of course the clanger!

The day was chosen, as it the anniversary of the famous author, John Bunyan, who was born in Elstow.

The local delicacy features a savory filling at one end and a sweet filling at the other end.

Several people on social media are already saying they're going to have one for lunch to get into the spirit of the day.

'Hero' dog 'keeps injured woman warm' in Hadleigh
The labrador-cross snuggled up to the woman who was found lying in the road with a head injury.
Prince William 'tipped over the edge' while air ambulance pilot
The Duke of Cambridge said he "felt things" he "never felt before" following 999 calls as a pilot.

Children in Need: How you've helped

Children in Need 2018: How you've been raising money
People across the East of England have been doing their bit to help Pudsey Bear raise money for BBC Children in Need.

Last year the region raised £5m towards the appeal's £60,750,000 total. 

The charity supports projects across the UK that help children and young people facing a range of disadvantages.

Fears for missing girl last seen at train station

Elisha Crimmins
Family handout

Fears are growing for the welfare of a 14-year-old girl who was last seen getting off a train in south-west London more than a fortnight ago.

Bedfordshire Police released a CCTV image of the last sighting of Elisha Crimmins and said they would like to speak to the two young men pictured with her.

Elisha went missing with friends on 29 September and has not been seen since CCTV cameras captured her at Kingston upon Thames station on 4 October.

She is originally from the Cardiff area but has lived in local authority care at a children's home in Bedfordshire since November 2017.

She also has links to the Croydon area of south London. There has been no phone contact with Elisha since she was last seen in public.

CCTV image of Elisha
Bedfordshire Police

Police poppies to show 'respect'

Poppies that are being places on police cars in across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are to "show respect" and not "glorify war" according to officers behind the idea.

Vehicles in the BCH Road Policing Unit will feature a poppy on all of their marked patrol vehicles in the build-up to the centennial of the end of World War One.

It was the idea of PC Mark Fairclough and Assistant Chief Constable Paul Fullwood, who both previously served in the forces.

ACC Fullwood said: "This is certainly not a glorification of war.

"We will be supporting the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal as we show our respects on this momentous anniversary."

PC Mark Fairclough and ACC Paul Fullwood
BCH Road Policing