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  1. Delivery driver 'robbed of Christmas parcels'

    A delivery driver has been robbed of his van thought to have been filled with Christmas parcels in Milton Keynes, police said.

    At about 15:00 yesterday, the driver was hit on the head by a man while delivering £2,000-worth of packages on Clifford Avenue, Bletchley.

    Clifford Avenue

    The offender, who was described as black, then got into the white Mercedes van - registration WR56 BKL - and drove off.

    The delivery driver, a man in his 40s, was taken to Milton Keynes Hospital for treatment and later discharged.

    Det Con Kim McHugh said: "This robbery happened in the middle of the afternoon just as the driver was delivering parcels, presumably, considering the time of year, many were destined as Christmas presents."

    The officer appealed for witnesses to come forward.

  2. CCTV appeal to find name of man killed at railway station

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    Man at Hemel Hemstead train station

    Police investigating the death of a man at Hemel Hempstead railway station have released an image in an appeal to find out who he was.

    The man was struck by a train and died on Monday.

    Roger Andrew, of British Transport Police, said: "This was a tragic incident and we are working very hard to identify this man so we can offer his family support and let them know what has happened."We are confident that there is nothing to say this death is suspicious."

  3. Luton stabbing: Teenager arrested

    A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after a man was stabbed in Luton.

    Police were called to Derwent Road on Tuesday at about 19:50 following the stabbing. The man was taken to hospital but not seriously injured.

    The teenager was arrested in Kempston this morning.

    Derwent Road, Luton
  4. Campaigners oppose 'wrong place' new town proposals

    Campaigners say a new town of between 4,500 and 6,000 homes, planned for at least one of four locations north of Bedford, is in "absolutely the wrong place".

    Baroness Young of Old Scone is part of Keep North Beds Green, a new group set up to oppose the proposals.

    The scheme to build new towns at Lee Farm in Sharnbrook, Thurleigh, Twinwoods or Wyboston is part of Bedford Borough Council's local plan for housing development. Keep North Beds Green says the area is already too congested.

    The council said its draft plan will go out for public consultation, if it is approved by its executive on 10 January.

    Map showing possible new town locations
  5. An odd place to park...

    A driver has been fined for parking their car in the middle of a road in Beaconsfield.

    Officers from Thames Valley Police said they hoped the motorist would "think again" about parking in a similar fashion after receiving three points and a £100 fine.

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  6. Waste treatment plant would have taller chimney than Ely Cathedral

    waste treatment works plan

    Environmental services firm Amey has submitted plans for a waste treatment plant that, when finished, could end up taller than Ely Cathedral.

    The plant at Waterbeach would cost £200m and its chimney stack would be 80m (262ft) - 14m higher than Ely Cathedral.

    Chris Smiles, from Amey, said the company wanted the plant to have the "least impact on the surrounding area" but admitted the stack height was "significant".

    Plans will now be fully reviewed by the county council, and a decision made next year.

  7. Badminton England funding cut: One year on

    This time last year it was announced UK Sport was withdrawing its funding to Badminton England. The Milton Keynes-based federation was one of seven sports to lose its funding.

    One year on, the former England women's singles number one, Fontaine Wright, has spoken of the effects of the funding cut.

    "It's been a bit of a whirlwind," she said.

    Fontaine Wright

    "I basically had a few months to figure out my life once I lost that funding. It's really hard; you get yourself to a position where you've made good progress - I was number one - then you have to start over."

    Wright explained the funding was used for a variety of things including physiotherapy, training, shuttles, insurance, tournament entry fees and travel costs.

    Badminton England attempted to overturn the decision by UK Sport, but failed in their bid.

  8. Christmas with a difference for Northampton police officer

    It could be a working Christmas with a difference for a Northamptonshire Police officer.

    Det Supt Simon Blatchly has been seconded from the county force as the United Nations Police Commissioner in the West African state of Liberia.

    A presidential election is in progress there, with a second round of voting likely to take place on Boxing Day.

    "It is strange seeing Christmas trees in temperatures around 30C," he told BBC Radio Northampton.

    "It [Christmas] is an important festival here. People try and meet with their families, which will have an impact on the voting because people won't be in the areas where they would [normally be] to vote."

    Simon Blatchly
  9. Borough council budget moots parking charge increase

    Craig Lewis

    BBC Northampton Politics Reporter

    Northampton Borough Council's cabinet has met to discuss plans for next year's budget.

    The budget-setting proposal at the borough council comes against a backdrop of a funding gap of more than £11m over the next five years.

    The deficit is the result of years of reductions in government funding.

    Plans to address this included proposals to increase car parking fees in Northampton by £1 per day along with the introduction of an additional £2 charge at the weekend.

    A council tax increase of more than two per cent was also discussed.

    Northampton Guildhall
  10. Paintball attacks in Bishop's Stortford

    Residents in Bishop's Stortford are being blighted by paintball attacks.

    Balls fired at Birchwood High School caused £20,000 worth of damage and six other residential addresses have been targeted in Parsonage Lane, Stansted Road, Cranwell Gardens, Hurn Grove and two in Linkside Road.

    All the offences took place between 15 and 20 December and involved yellow paint.

    Sgt Mark Collins said: "Those responsible may think this is a bit of fun, but they are actually committing a criminal offence and will be dealt with as such.

    "Not only are they causing damage to people’s property, but firing any missile without permission of the landowner, even paint, is a criminal offence and very dangerous."

    The force has asked for anyone with any information to come forward.

  11. 'Step up' campaign launched to prevent sexual assaults

    Orla Moore

    BBC Local Live

    A campaign has been launched by Cambridgeshire Police to reduce sexual assaults in bars and clubs.

    The 'Step up' initiative is encouraging people to intervene if they see a situation where they see inappropriate behaviour that could lead to a sexual assault.

    A recent poll from the force revealed that seven in 10 people would be prepared to intervene.

    The campaign follows initiatives like "Ask for Angela", aimed at putting preventative measures in place to stop people becoming victims of sexual assault.

    Step Up campaign

    Det Insp Kate Anderson, who leads the force's Rape Investigation Team, said: "This campaign is about empowering bystanders to 'step in' if they are concerned for someone's welfare.

    "Everyone has the right to go out and enjoy themselves without fear that they will be subjected to sexual violence, assaults and sexualised comments."

  12. Ice rink work delayed after WW2 grenades found

    Cambridge News

    Work on a new ice rink in Cambridge has been delayed after 40 unexploded grenades dating from World War Two were found and detonated.

  13. Council makes U-turn over Rhubarb Bridge plans

    Peterborough Telegraph

    Rhubarb Bridge, Peterborough

    The city council has guaranteed that Peterborough's ailing Rhubarb Bridge - at junction 17 of the A47/A15 - will be repaired and eventually replaced - despite the £30m price tag.

  14. Pedestrian killed at Haddon services named

    Police have named a pedestrian who died in a collision involving a lorry near Peterborough earlier this month.

    Daniel Guillaume, 54, from France, sadly died on the A605 by the A1 Haddon Services on 12 December.

    Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses.

    A605 at Haddon Services
  15. Hatfield motorcyclist banned after doing 139mph on A1(M)

    Welwyn Hatfield Times

    A motorcyclist has been banned from driving after doing 139mph along the A1(M) in the Hatfield area.

  16. Scene of crash involving fire engine and pedestrian

    This is the scene on Towcester Road in Northampton, after a pedestrian was hit and left seriously injured by a fire engine on its way to an emergency.

    The pedestrian was taken to hospital for treatment after the incident at 19:20. The road remained closed for several hours but has since reopened.

    Towcester Road, Northampton
    Towcester Road, Northampton
  17. Incinerator plan approved by council

    Plans to build an energy-from-waste facility in Hoddesdon have been approved by Hertfordshire County Council.

    Hoddesdon incinerator site

    The development control committee voted by seven to three to grant planning permission for Veolia to build a recycling and energy recovery plant at Rye House in Ratty’s Lane.

    Chairman Ian Reay said: "It hasn’t been a straightforward decision – and I know it won’t be universally popular – but overall the committee felt that the negative impacts of the facility are clearly outweighed by the benefits, and therefore we’ve resolved that planning permission be granted... "

    The council cannot issue a formal decision notice granting planning permission until the communities secretary decides whether or not he will call the application in and hold a public inquiry. If he doesn’t call it in, planning permission will be granted upon the completion of a section 106 agreement.

    County and Broxbourne borough councillor Tim Hutchings tweeted: "We may have lost the battle but the war goes on."

  18. Suspected drug dealer arrested after getting in unmarked police car

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply after unwittingly getting into an unmarked police car.

    Officers in plain clothes were in the car looking for a "drug dealer" in Buckingham, when the man approached the car and got in the back.

    Thames Valley Police said the man was "surprised" when he was arrested.

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  19. Driver seriously hurt in roundabout crash

    Orla Moore

    BBC Local Live

    A motorist has been seriously injured after his Jaguar car "went airborne over the roundabout" in Peterborough last night.

    It happened on the A15 Lincoln Road at Dukesmead, just before midnight.

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    A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Police said: "The driver of the vehicle, a man, had to be released from the vehicle by the fire service. He was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries."