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  1. Samauri swords handed into Beds police

    Three Samauri swords have been handed into Bedfordshire Police.

    They were discovered when a weapons amnesty bin was emptied.

    The bins have been set up across the county, as part of Operation Sceptre, a week-long operation dedicated to a clampdown on knife crime.

    Samurai swords

    A gun was also recovered.

  2. Paula Radcliffe: The damage to my body

    Colin Murray

    BBC Radio 5 live

    I've travelled to the south of France to visit the home of the three-time winner of the women's London Marathon, women’s marathon world record holder and former BBC Sports Personality of the Year - Bedford's very own Paula Radcliffe.

    She revealed to me she tore her colon during her world-record breaking marathon run in 2002.

    She also discusses the long term damage that running has caused to her body, and her very high pain threshold.

    Paula Radcliffe

    You can listen to At Home With Colin Murray by clicking on the following link.

  3. Man charged with Bedford rape

    A man has been charged with rape after a woman was attacked on Bedford's Embankment on 2 February.

    He was arrested earlier in the week.

    Bedford's Embankment
  4. Government funding to 'unlock land' for housing

    Andy Holmes

    BBC Three Counties Radio political reporter

    Three local councils are due to benefit from government funding to help them build homes on land that's previously been unusable.

    The Housing Minister has put aside £45m for 79 schemes across Britain including Wycombe, Luton and Stevenage.

    Wycombe District Council has been allocated £500,000 to turn contaminated land at Bassetsbury allotments into housing. Campaigners near the site have previously had pleas to turn it into a visitors centre and heritage site rejected.

    Elsewhere, Luton's Taylor Street will receive £855,000 and land in Stevenage around Kenilworth Close, Burwell Road and Gresley Way will get £900,000.

  5. Shefford Town & Campton FC 'devastated' by vandalism

    Alex Pope

    BBC Local Live

    A football clubhouse, which was renovated and refurbished by volunteers three years ago, has been vandalised.

    The damage was caused to Shefford Town & Campton FC this week.

    Sean Moore from the club said: "All the light fittings are broken, graffiti drawn on the walls and the showers pulled off the walls.

    "For someone to go in and vandalise it as they have is shocking.

    "Everyone is devastated. It's going to cost a lot of time, effort and money to put right."

    Damage to Shefford Town Campton FC clubhouse

    He says they have volunteers going to the clubhouse tomorrow to assess the damage, but if it can't be fixed quickly they might have to postpone future games.

    Police have been informed, he says.

  6. Family land included in Central Beds 'call for sites'

    Dunstable Gazette

    A farmer was shocked to find his fields have been included as possible development land in Central Bedfordshire Council’s Local Plan.

  7. Britain's bus coverage hits 28-year low

    Britain's bus network has shrunk to levels last seen in the late 1980s, BBC analysis has revealed.

    Rising car use and cuts to public funding are being blamed for a loss of 134 million journey miles over the past decade alone.

    In England, the scale of the bus network has fallen to levels last seen in 1991, even though passenger numbers are now 8% higher than they were then.

    The figures show big regional variations, with Central Bedfordshire the second worst area for the number of bus journey miles lost over four years, although neighbouring Bedford, Luton, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire have gained miles.

    A chart showing the top ten hardest hit transport authorities in England

    The government has encouraged councils and bus companies to work together to halt the decline.

  8. Friday fluff: Cop dogs salute their Chinese year

    To celebrate the Chinese New Year, police have put together a parade of pooches.

    Friday marks the start of the Year of the Dog, so what better excuse to look at pictures of "man's best friend"?

    There are more than 40 dogs in the joint police unit covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

    They're a skilled lot, doing everything from tracking suspects to sniffing out drugs and cash.

    Happy pooch year to you all.

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  9. Luton Borough Council’s budget blown by over £8m

    Luton News

    Luton Borough Council has projected it will have overspent £8.23m on its budget by the end of this financial year.