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Beds Police and HMP Prison launch crackdown on smuggling of drugs and phones into jail

A new partnership has been launched between Beds Police and HMP Bedford to clamp down on the smuggling of drugs, phones and other illegal items into the prison.

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Cllr Naseem Ayub is the new Mayor of Luton

Councillor Naseem Ayub is invested as the new Mayor

Councillor Naseem Ayub was invested as the new Mayor of Luton at the Town Hall on Monday, June 18, becoming the first female Asian Mayor of the town.

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MP Gavin Shuker talks to commuters

Luton South MP rails against timetable chaos

The MP for Luton South has called for Govia Thameslink Railway to lose its rail franchise after timetable changes brought chaos to rail commuters over the past two weeks.

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It’s all change for towns and parishes

It’s all change for towns and parishes

It could be musical chairs for the town and parish councillors in the Dunstable area.

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Naughty local elections voter guide: Can I bring my dog? And am I allowed to turn up drunk?

Voters across England will be heading to their local polling station to cast their ballot in the local elections until 10pm.

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Tensions rise again between Central Beds and Luton over new Local Plan

Political rivalries between neighbouring local authorities in Bedfordshire are simmering again over a fresh planning consultation.

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Sugar tax war: Tesco, Asda and Morrisons gear up for soft drinks battle ahead of Friday’s levy

Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have all reduced the amount of sugar in their own-label soft drinks prior to the introduction of the so-called “sugar tax” this week.

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Your chance to hold those in power to account as a local democracy reporter

Your chance to hold those in power to account as a local democracy reporter

Holding those in power to account is at the very core of journalism.

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Train station’s donation to Luton Foodbank is just the ticket!

A caring passenger host at Luton Train Station held a fundraising drive to support the Foodbank’s fight to feed vulnerable families.

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Popular Flitwick restaurant was closed after cockroaches found in kitchen area

A popular restaurant was closed by health inspectors for a week after cockroaches were found in the kitchen.

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Council Tax

Council recognises financial pressures Central Bedfordshire residents face as it proposes lower tax rise

A record level of public feedback to Central Beds Council’s budget plans for a 6% rise in council tax has resulted in a smaller increase put forward instead.

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Black bins could become a three-weekly collection

Proposed three-weekly black bin collection and £40 garden waste charge will be subject to a ‘genuine consultation’ vow councillors

Councillors have voted unanimously to press ahead with a consultation on possible changes to bin collections in Central Bedfordshire, including the option of moving to a three-weekly collection and charging for garden waste.

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Black bins could become a three-weekly collection

Three-weekly black bin collections and £40 garden waste charge for Central Bedfordshire?

Fortnightly general waste collections could be binned in favour of a three-weekly service as Central Beds Council looks at more ways to make savings.

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Luton academic publishes new book about teen pregnancy

A staff member at Luton’s University of Bedfordshire has written a new book offering an insight into how teen pregnancy rates can be reduced.

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Superbug fuelled by food additive

Deadly superbug fuelled by food additive in cakes, juices and jams

A sugar additive found in cream cakes, fruit juices and jams has fuelled the rise of a killer superbug, according to new research.

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Fizzy drinks fuelling obesity crisis in children AND adults

Fizzy drinks fuelling obesity crisis in children AND adults

Fizzy drinks really are fuelling the obesity epidemic - among both children and adults, according to new research.

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MBE for Luton council leader

MBE for Luton council leader

Luton Council Leader Hazel Simmons has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

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Luton Borough Council’s £1m parking profit is revealed...

The RAC has revealed that English councils made a record £819 million from their parking operations in the last financial year, as the Herald & Post can reveal the figures for Luton and Dunstable areas.

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Pioneering BBC project secures four local democracy reporters for Luton News and sister titles in region

The Luton News and its sister titles in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire will be taking on four local democracy reporters to help cover council and public meetings in the region as part of the BBC’s Local News Partnerships.

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Xenophobic Brits more likely to have voted Brexit claims study

Xenophobic Brits more likely to have voted Brexit claims study

British citizens who fear immigrants and thought they threatened their values and way of life were more likely to have voted Brexit.

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