Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Airlander Airship Takes A Nose Dive

Airlander 10 has been damaged after a bad landing following the second flight from Cardington Sheds. BBC Three Counties Radio shared these pictures via Twitter earlier today.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Zoo Weigh In At Whipsnade

Sam at the weigh-in
Keepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo have carried out a huge scale operation as they encouraged thousands of animals to step onto the scales for the Zoo’s annual weigh-in.

Hercules beetle at ZSL Whipsnade
As part of their regular check-ups, all creatures great and small - from giant beetles and plucky penguins to sprightly meerkats and gentile elephants - were enticed onto specialist scales of varying sizes in order for keepers to check their vital statistics.

Young Asian elephant calf, Sam, who will turn two years old in September, tipped the scales at an impressive 714kg, while the Hercules beetle – one of the world’s strongest insects and able to lift up to 850 times its own body weight – was recorded at 4.5g.

Logging the statistics of the Zoo’s residents, many of them on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species, is vital to ensure the health and wellbeing of each animal can be closely monitored by keepers throughout the year.

Rockhopper penguin steps on the scales
The animals’ measurements are recorded into the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) where they are shared with zoos around the world and used to compare information on thousands of endangered species.

With more than 3,300 animals at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, a range of inventive techniques were used to encourage the animals to stand up and be measured, from training the elephants to lift their huge feet to coaxing the meerkats onto the weigh-board with tasty insect treats.

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Latest Crime Figures for June 2016

New data for your area has been published on

Here is a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months:
May 2016 June 2016
All crime 692 678
Anti-social behaviour 299 321
Bicycle theft 11 5
Burglary 67 56
Criminal damage and arson 67 56
Drugs 2 4
Other crime 4 4
Other theft 41 38
Possession of weapons 0 1
Public order 17 24
Robbery 8 3
Shoplifting 23 23
Theft from the person 3 4
Vehicle crime 48 50
Violence and sexual offences 102 89
Please visit for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.

The information and statistics displayed are for information purposes only and may be subject to change.
Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the detail is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.
While the figures shown have been checked as far as practicable, they should be regarded as approximate.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

70 year-old Gloria in Head Shave for Blind Benefit

A 70 year-old lady from Lowry Drive, Houghton Regis, has vowed to have her head shaved for charity.

Gloria Smith will raise money for RP Fighting Blindness during a Bingo night at Lewsey Farm Community Centre next month.

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a disease of the eye that leads to loss of vision and blindness. RP Fighting Blindness works hard to stimulate and fund cutting edge research to find a treatment or cure and support those affected.

Gloria told News Desk, "I've always helped, when I can, to raise funds for this charity since it affected family friends. I am getting quite apprehensive now, but I'll be supported by friends and relations on the day. It's not really brave of me, the real bravery is with those who suffer from RP. My hair will be quite thick when the time comes to have it shaved off, but I don't mind, it will grow back."

Wayne Kett, from Lunatic Fringe hairdressers at Hillborough Crescent, has promised to do the cut on September 2nd. He told News Desk, "She'll be fine. I'll do a Number 1 all over on her."

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Safety Improvements For Bedford Road

By Alan Winter

A series of measures to improve safety for all road users in Bedford Road is proposed.

  • On approach south to Aylesbury Drive (the new main road into the Taylor Wimpey site), the existing road markings to be removed, and replaced with new 30mph warning lines. 
  • A section of road to be coated in red with high friction surfacing just north of the Red Lion car park entrance.
  • A mini-roundabout is proposed for the junction of Bedford Road with Aylesbury Drive .
  • A zebra crossing in Prismo Red is proposed between Aylesbury Drive and Roslyn Way; this will include some footpath widening to accommodate a belisha beacon.
  • A mini-roundabout on a raised platform in prismo red is proposed to be situated at the junction of Roslyn Way and Bedford Road in Houghton Regis.
  • A speed ramp coloured prismo red  is proposed for by the site of Brethren's Meeting House, described as "Dragons teeth road markings to be installed on both vehicular protruding directions on 1.0m ramp approach."
  • A new 2 metre footway is proposed for the eastern side of Bedford Road, togther with a retaining wall, from Aylesbury Drive to opposite the junction with Bidwell Hill.
  • A new speed ramp in prismo red is proposed between the steps leading down from Bidwell Hill and the junction of Bedford Rd with Bidwell Hill.
  • Lighting columns and other street objects are to be relocated to the back of footways.
  • A scheme to manage the trees on the left hand side going up the road is to be worked out with CBC's Horticulture and Arboriculture officer.
  • 4 parking bays opposite the junction of Bidwell Road with Bedford Road  to be retained; the parking bays and the whole junction to be treated with a 50mm thick surface course in Prismo Red. 
  • Just south of Ivydene House, a zebra crossing is proposed.

Further Details may be examined during normal office hours at the address shown below, viewed online at or tel. 0300 300 5003.

Comments should be sent in writing to the Traffic Management team at the address below or by e-mail to by 26 August 2016.

Traffic Management
Priory House 
Central Bedfordshire Council
Shefford SG17 5TQ