Bedfordshire Police launch new recruitment campaign

Bedfordshire Police have launched a new recruitment campaign as they look to build on the recent success that saw officer numbers reach their highest level in 10 years. More than 20 officers, PCSOs, special constables and detectives within the force have shared their stories in a bid to inspire more people to start a career in policing. They share some of the real sides of policing through their experiences and bring different roles to life. The campaign will be the first time the force has invested in recruitment to this level and places its biggest asset at the heart of it – its people. Officers, staff and volunteers will be the face of billboards, digital advertising and social media campaigns that look to encourage others to identify the same traits in themselves that they may not have known would transfer to policing. Detective Chief Superintendent Karena Thomas said, “We really want to showcase our people, the role and the endless opportunities that are available with a career at

Brand new £2.8 million landscape partnership project

The Chilterns Conservation Board¹ has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the development of Chalkscapes, an exciting new partnership project in the northern part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty².   Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to undertake landscape-scale conservation across 5 focus areas across the project area – 172 km2 of protected landscape , whilst inspiring communities to learn about, explore and take action for their local landscapes.  Development funding of £232,600 has been awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help the Chilterns Conservation Board and its partners to progress their plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant at a later date. The project will work with urban communities in Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Hertfordshire to find new and creative ways of inspiring more people to understand and care about the landscape on their doorstep.   Chalkscapes will feature a

Action Fraud Urge More Caution Over Online Shopping Due to Rise in Scams

Reports of online shopping fraud have surged by 30% over the pandemic as many of us continue to shop online in light of current restrictions. Figures from Action Fraud show that criminals conned 17,407 shoppers out of almost £13.5 million over the Christmas period last year, an increase of over 20% when compared to the same period in 2018. Action Fraud is warning the public to take extra care when shopping online, ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as shoppers search for bargains and gifts for loved ones in the run up to Christmas. Top tips to shop online securely this festive season: Where to shop: Making a purchase from an online store you haven’t used before? Carry out some research first, or ask a friend or family member if they’ve used the site and about their experiences before completing the purchase. Your information: Only create an account if necessary or to save you effort if you’re going to use that site a lot in the future. Be cautious if the website asks you for detai

L&D Hospital Helipad Boost From Amazon Team

The Bedfordshire Hospital Charity’s Helipad Appeal for The Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has received a £7,000 boost from Amazon in Dunstable. The Emergency Department at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital is renowned as one of the best in the UK and treats over 90,000 people each year. Approximately 25% of patients have life-threatening injuries and require immediate and specialist medical care. The aim of the Bedfordshire Hospital Charity is to construct a helipad at the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital site, helping patients in critical need by allowing them to receive care in the local area, rather than being sent further afield. The hospital has been chosen as the location for the new helipad because it is best placed to transfer patients directly from the air ambulance to the Emergency Department, Stroke Unit and Cardiac Centre. The new helipad will significantly enhance the standard of care already offered by the hospital and make Luton & Dunsta

Leadership Changes at Central Bedfordshire Council

Cllr James Jamieson, who has led Central Bedfordshire Council since 2011, has announced that he will be standing down from this role in January. In a message to all Members of the Council, Cllr Jamieson explained that he had always intended to make way for a new leader ahead of the next elections at the Unitary Authority in 2023 and that in doing so now, he will be able to devote more time to his role as Chairman of the national Local Government Association. Cllr Jamieson said, “It has been a privilege to be Leader at Central Bedfordshire Council, over the last nearly 10 years. The council has made huge strides in improving services to Adults and Children’s Services and developing our economy.  I look forward to continuing as a councillor to support the new leader, who will build on this strong legacy. “In the context of the national crisis and the significant economic and social pressures which local government is facing as we recover from the pandemic, now is the right time for me to

New Site Being Considered for Houghton Full Body Burials

Burial space in Houghton Regis was finally exhausted about two months ago. Anyone who lives in the town and now wants a whole-body burial has to go outside of the town. Councillors are to have a feasibility study done into a new site near the Household Waste and Recycling Centre.  The Town Council now only offer internment places on a plot of land at their Cemetery Road site. So where are Houghtonians to have full-body burials in the future? The Town Council have been meeting for years to try to find a solution .  A site at Orchard Close was once considered . Part of the recreation ground there was to have been used, leaving a substantial amount of space left over for recreation. A campaign group was formed to oppose that, and then it transpired that there was a covenant on that land which meant it could not be used for that purpose. Elections were held in 2015 and the new council  withdrew the site in 2015. In 2019 land at Dog Kennel Down was considered. Despite housing development