Bedfordshire Police

Police officer hurt in 'outrageous' party attack

A police and crime commissioner has decried an "outrageous" attack on an officer who needed stitches to his head after he was hit while trying to break up a party that was allegedly breaking lockdown rules.

Around 20 people were reported as not observing social distancing rules at the party in Underwood Close, Luton on 13 June.

As they attempted to break the gathering up, one of the two officers had a drink thrown in his face by a man and was then hit over the head with an object.

Underwood Close, Luton
John Yaxley / Geograph

The officer was taken to hospital, where he received stitches to his head wound. The other officer had minor injuries.

Bedfordshire PCC Kathryn Holloway said: "It is outrageous that a police officer who was acting to protect the wider public with regard to the deadly risks presented by the coronavirus should have been attacked and injured in this way.

"A vicious assault of one of our officers is not part of the job and is wholly unacceptable in any circumstances but, especially, in those represented by the current emergency."

Two women in their 20s, a man in his 20s and an 18-year-old man were arrested and have been released under investigation.

Bikes donated to get NHS staff to work

After the theft of bicycles for NHS workers at Bedford Hospital, the police and a local shop have come forward to help.

The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, said she was "grateful" for the help Bedfordshire Police and Flamme Rouge Cycles in Bedford gave, to get staff to work.

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Police plea not to 'stampede' to closed safari park

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

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Woburn Safari Park

People have been urged not to walk around the outskirts of a safari park in the hope of seeing animals.

Bedfordshire Police said they've had to visit villages that back on to Woburn Safari Park, to deal with cars parked unnecessarily and people hoping to "get a free visit".

"Please refrain from visiting this area and if you do please use public car parks only", the force said.

"Woburn Safari Park have stated that all animals including elephants have been put away from the public footpaths so cannot be seen, this is to protect their welfare and to stop members of the public stampeding for a free visit", it said.

Police car on a road
Ampthill Community Policing Team & Surrounding Area

The safari park said: "We would also like to ask that you please do not travel to Woburn or the surrounding areas this weekend, stay home and keep yourselves and the local residents safe."

Sky's the limit for Captain Tom tribute

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

Messages of congratulations to Captain Tom over his knighthood have reached new heights, as officers from Bedfordshire Police spotted earlier.

The creative artwork was left in the sky above the war veteran's home in Marston Moretaine this morning.

Capt Tom is to be knighted for his efforts in raising more than £32m for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April.

The centenarian received the special nomination from the prime minister.

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Police assaulted while dealing with coronavirus-related behaviour issues

New figures released by a police force show that in April seven officers were assaulted after dealing with coronavirus-related behaviour issues.

Bedfordshire Police said between January and March, 74 assaults were recorded, compared with the same period of 2020 – a rise of 27%.

Supt Jaki Whittred said: “We all know that policing can be a dangerous environment, but it is totally unacceptable that any officer is assaulted while carrying out their role.

“Our officers do an extraordinary job on a daily basis, and we need to ensure they are as safe as possible when carry out their duties, committing to giving them the support they need and following through with the consequences for those who assault emergency service workers."

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Police chief thanks public for 'brilliant' support

The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire police has praised the public's response to lockdown, and his officers for their work in trying to enforce it.

Garry Forsyth posted a message on social media.

He said his force was "committed to respond to concerns" and "overall support has been brilliant".

He added that having to stay in "can be frustrating" but our "sacrifices are starting to have a positive impact".

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Police staff sew 300 laundry bags for officers

A Bedfordshire Police canteen worker has swapped cooking for sewing and organised a group of volunteers who have created 300 laundry bags for officers.

Sarah Bowers and her team have made the bags so officers can use them to put their uniforms in at the end of their shifts - lessening the risk of contaminating their cars and homes with coronavirus, or any other virus for that matter.

The bags have been made from unwanted materials which have all been cleaned, the force said.

Laundry bag
Bedfordshire Police