News Round w/e16th June 2012

 Originally Posted by Alan Winter on June 16, 2012 

Dog Show in Houghton Regis Saturday, 16th June

Fractured Eye Socket

Police Witness Appeal. A man was assaulted in Dolphin Square on Tuesday evening and suffered injuries to his eye socket and nose as well as other cuts and bruises.
Bedfordshire Police arrested four males in connection with this incident and all have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
If you have information relating to this incident, contact DC Long, in confidence, on 01582 473286, the non-emergency number 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.orgRead More on this story ...

Dunstable North Railway Station

This station started life situated in Houghton Regis back in 1848 - know your history, have a look at the Houghton Regis Time Line

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Daylight Robbery At Education Centre

On Thursday 14th of June, between 12:55 and 1:05 p.m. an offender has entered the Education Centre in Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, using a communal door, and taken away two water storage tanks and some scrap metal. The offenders were seen loading the stolen property into a White Transit style van. The first offender was male, 6 foot in height, with balding hair. He wore a grey zip up jumper.The second offender was male, 5 foot 9, with black hair. He wore a red shirt and blue jeans.
Crime Reference: J D / 2 0 7 2 5 / 2012.
Call Police: 101
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Head Lice

Have you checked your child for Head Lice? A local school is urging all parents to treat their child this weekend to help curb a major problem. They're advising, "it has been found that hair conditioners, applied thickly, left on for 10 minutes and then combed through with a ‘nit’ comb, works as well as most branded products."

Water Watch

Veolia say its still a drought Veolia Thames say hosepipe ban is lifted Thames Water Anglian Water Lift hosepipe ban from midnight 15th June Anglian Water

National Carers Week from 18th June

The Carers in Bedfordshire Carers Summer Fete 2012 is taking place on Sunday 24 June from 1pm – 5pm at Moggerhanger Park, MK44 3RW, featuring a live choir, refreshments, a raffle, stalls, pampering, face painting, a car wash, a bouncy castle and lots more fun entertainment. The event is free and all carers, their cared for and anyone who fancies an afternoon out, are welcome.Location Link


Central Beds Council are behind a number of brand new ‘on-the-go’ recycling bins at prime locations across Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard town centres.

News Brief

BAPTIST CHURCH: Ordination June 23rd
AUTISM: Draft Autism strategy for Central Bedfordshire. What do you think? Have Your Say
Have your say on the changes to the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Plan Have Your Say
Read the latest edition of News Central online now News Link
On Thursday 21st June, 8pm, Houghton Regis Baptist Church will celebrate its roots by holding an open air service at Thorn Burial ground.
Driver cut free from collision in Toddington. Witness appeal. News Link
Can a council legally issue Penalty Charge Notices? News Link
Andrew Selous, MP, on improving outcomes for orthopaedic patients News Link
20th June to 8th August Public Consultation on Development Strategy for Central Beds News Link
Poynters Rd to be closed 8am 30 June to 6pm 1 July for resurfacing.
7th July - various Houghton Regis roads will be closed for Carnival procession.

Chalk Pit

"Two turtle doves calling at Houghton Regis Chalk Pit this morning." (Thursday)
Best Wishes, Rebecca Pitman, Houghton Regis Chalk Pit, BCN Wildlife Trust

M1 Motorway

The Highways Agency is keen to point out that on the M1 between Junction 10 (Luton-South) and Junction 11 (Luton/Dunstable), the hard shoulder is not available as yet for use as a traffic lane, so drivers can only use it in an emergency situation.
Motorists are able to use the newly built emergency refuge areas (large lay-bys) which have orange roadside telephones installed in them.
The majority of the rolling road closures on the M1 Junctions 10-13 are required for the installation of new gantries which span both the Northbound and Southbound carriageways. The installation of gantries is currently programmed for Wednesday to Saturday nights when traffic flows are lower in order to minimise delays to the travelling public.

Area 1 Development in Houghton Regis Phone Consultation On the Way

You could be phoned soon to be asked for your opinions about proposals for new developments around the existing built up area of Houghton Regis, so don't hang up in a hurry!
The Houghton Regis Development Consortium (a joint venture partnership between AXA Real Estate and Lands Improvement), the promoters of Houghton Regis North site 1, are intending to conduct a phone survey of 5,000 residents from Houghton Regis and its surrounding towns and parishes.
The survey would be used to provide qualitative and quantitative evidence to shape and support the masterplan. The scheduled dates are 21st June to 8th July.
Then between 21st and 23rd June: a small number of door to door surveys will take place with residents to ask for their sentiment feelings in neighbourhoods in close proximity to the proposal site.
From July through to the autumn a series of private and public exhibitions and communications will take place.

Waste Depot Could Be in Houghton Regis

The Core Strategy identifies four sites for large scale non-landfill waste management operations, and sets out Core Policies concerning locations for non-strategic waste uses. The four strategic sites for waste management operations are: Land at Elstow north; Land at former Brogborough Landfill; Land at Rookery Pit South; Land at Thorn Turn.
Have your say on the changes to the Minerals and Waste Core Strategy Plan Have Your Say

Houghton Regis Man Absconds From Prison

A man from Houghton Regis who was serving a sentence for robbery after being jailed in 2007 has absconded from prison. He was one of two who went missing on Sunday, June 2.More on this story ...

Luton Festival Prices Slashed

The ticket price for a Love Luton Festival has been slashed to £15 for the weekend. Opposition leader Martin Pantling tweeted "The concerts were a Labour decision with Council money attached, yet they're in hiding!" He later spoke on BBC3CR saying he hoped the festival would be a success, but he added that the ruling Labour Group needed to come forward to explain what had gone wrong.
Correspondents on our Facebook Page commented that the Houghton Regis Carnival would be on on the same day, and that would be more fun.
Book Tickets for Luton Music Festival.

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