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  1. 'Significant' amount of waste fly tipped at Duxford

    A "significant" amount of illegal waste has been fly-tipped in Cambridgeshire.

    The Environment Agency say they are "investigating" after it was left on farmland close to Duxford.

    They are asking people to contact Crimestoppers with any information.

    Illegal waste
  2. Milton Keynes Council's rough sleepers plan activated

    Milton Keynes Council has initiated The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol, which provides rough sleepers with shelter during severe weather.

    The protocol is normally put in place when there is a forecast of three nights below freezing.

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    Milton Keynes Council documents on the protocol say the aim of the policy is "to ensure no one dies on the street due to extreme weather and that every effort is made to engage with individuals during the extreme weather period so they can access appropriate services".

    The protocol will be in place until Wednesday, 10 January.

  3. Police cordon removed from graveyard

    Cambridgeshire Police has confirmed that a cordon is no longer in place in the graveyard of All Saints Church in Cottenham.

    Officers sealed off the area after receiving a call from a member of the public to reports of a grave being "disturbed".

    A spokesperson said: "We are confident that a body has not been removed from the grave."

    Police are now investigating the incident as "criminal damage to the grave".

    All Saints Church
  4. Police at scene of 'grave disturbance'

    A police cordon remains in place in the grounds of All Saints Church in Cottenham after officers were called to reports of a grave being disturbed.

    Cambridgeshire Police was called by a member of the public at about 16:45 on Thursday.

    All Saints Cottenham

    A spokesperson said: "Investigations are under way to determine the extent of the disturbance and a police cordon is in place. We would appeal to anyone with information about this incident to contact us."

  5. Body of man found in Milton Keynes

    The Milton Keynes Coachway near Junction 14 of the M1 has been sealed off after the body of a man was discovered.

    Thames Valley Police say the death is currently being treated as unexplained and formal identification is yet to take place.

    The Coachway, Milton Keynes sealed off by police

    A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: "A mandatory referral has been made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission due to the death occurring following police contact."

    The man's next-of-kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

  6. Motorist critical after A6 crash

    A motorist is in a critical condition in hospital after a crash on the A6 yesterday.

    Police say there was a three-vehicle collision by Clophill at the Warren Lane junction at about 15:30.

    It was between a silver Mercedes A-Class, a Vauxhall Vivaro and a Fiat 500.

    A6 by Clophill
  7. Addenbrooke's cancels non-urgent operations

    All non-urgent operations at Addenbrooke's Hospital have been cancelled until the beginning of next month.

    The hospital says it is "a result of winter pressures, aggravated by high levels of people attending A&E with flu-like symptoms".

    They will continue to perform cancer, clinically urgent and paediatric surgery, and day cases.

    Outpatient appointments are continuing as normal, although this will be kept under review, they say.

    Ambulances
  8. CCTV images released after Peterborough stabbing

    A series of CCTV images have been released by Cambridgeshire Police, after the stabbing of a 15-year-old boy in Peterborough.

    They are keen to talk to two people shown below.

    The teenager was seriously injured at the recreation ground in Fulbridge Road at about 15:30 on 28 December.

    He remains in hospital, but his condition is no longer serious.

    CCTV images

    A 17-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder and appeared before Cambridge Magistrates yesterday.

    He's been remanded to appear at Peterborough Crown Court on 1 February.

  9. Thousands of 'illicit' cigarettes seized in Bedford

    About 70,000 "illicit" cigarettes have been seized in a series of raids in Bedford.

    Officers from Bedford Borough Council’s Trading Standards team and Bedfordshire Police visited three shops in the town looking for illicit tobacco and counterfeit alcohol.

    They found "large quantities" of the items, which are either counterfeit or smuggled to evade tax, stored in vehicles associated with the premises, a Trading Standards spokesman said.

    The businesses now face further enforcement action by the council.

    Seized cigarettes
  10. 13-year-old boy flees home after masked men force entry

    Cambridge News

    The teen answered a knock on his door in Fairfields, St Ives, at about 19:00 on Wednesday 3 January, to receive a nasty surprise.

  11. Police deal with increased hare coursing threat

    There will be an increased presence in the rural parts of East Hertfordshire starting from today, to deal with the increased threat of hare coursing.

    Hertfordshire Police say they have "received intelligence" which suggests there may be illegal events taking place.

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    Ch Insp Gerry McDonald said: "Officers will be out patrolling on our quad bikes and in our 4x4s.

    "We are also grateful that members of the local community are keeping a watchful eye and reporting any suspicious behaviour to us."

    Police across the country believe a large-scale hare coursing competition, The Fir Cup, is due to take place today, but the location of the illegal event is unknown.

  12. Charity changing its services to help tackle homelessness in Wellingborough

    Northamptonshire Telegraph

    A charity is changing its services for homeless people in a move designed to offer a more flexible response to the town’s growing problem with homelessness.

  13. Staff tied up as cash stolen from Cranfield store

    Staff at a Bedfordshire supermarket have been tied up by robbers after a raid on Wednesday at about 21:30.

    Police say two men demanded a significant amount of cash from the safe at Budgens in Cranfield.

    CCTV image

    They have released this CCTV image of two men who they believe may have information which could help their investigation.

  14. Woe for Marston Vale, joy for Aspley Guise in local housing plan

    Bedford Today

    There are winners and losers in the latest edition of Central Beds Council’s local plan.

    Marston Vale has still been allocated 5,000 homes, in two villages instead of the initial four, but planned villages around Aspley Guise have been put on hold.

  15. Armed robbery outside Chesham bank

    A security guard was forced to hand over a cash box outside a Chesham bank.

    Thames Valley Police say he was threatened by a masked man, who appeared to have a handgun, outside the Nationwide on the The Broadway on Wednesday at about 22:22.

    The offender is described as white, of large build, about 5ft 8ins tall and wearing an orange Puffa-style jacket.

    No-one was injured.

    Nationwide in Chesham
  16. Easyjet passenger numbers rise in December

    BBC Business News

    Luton-based airline Easyjet says its passenger numbers increased in December by 5.5% to 5,884,304.

    It's load factor, which is how many seats it managed to fill on flights, rose from 89.9% to 91.4%.

    Read about this and more on the BBC Business Live page.

    Easyjet wing
  17. Driver jailed after leading police on high-speed chase

    A driver who led the police on a high speed chase through Bedfordshire has been jailed for a year.

    Danny Mortimer, 21, of Buckwood Road, Markyate, reached speeds of more than 100mph as he drove from Shortstown to Leighton Buzzard where he hit a kerb and stopped.

    Luton Crown Court heard that Mortimer went the wrong way around two roundabouts and drove through road works while being pursued in his Ford Fiesta by police cars and a helicopter.

    Mortimer was arrested after leaving the car when he hit the kerb on 17 February.

    He initially denied being the driver, but today Mortimer changed his plea and admitted to dangerous driving and having no insurance.

  18. Hospital clarifies position on discharging patients

    Bedford Hospital has said reports that it was discharging elderly patients and asking families to collect them to "free up beds" were "inaccurate and misleading".

    It said it only meant that families of "medically well patients", that were "ready leave hospital, to help us by ensuring a smooth discharge process for the patient to their normal residency."

    They "will only discharge patients if they are medically well to do so and not before," a spokesperson said.

    Bedford Hospital

    Bosses are also asking patients to only attend A&E if "they are seriously unwell".