Bedfordshire Police has dismantled a large scale cannabis factory – the 100th the force has discovered since the start of the coronavirus lockdown. The factory was discovered in a commercial building located in an industrial estate near Shefford. The number of cannabis factories discovered by the force this year is up by more than 50 per cent compared to the same period last year. Officers executed a warrant at the address yesterday (Monday). Seven separate units were found to be modified to accommodate large scale cannabis cultivation.
Detectives from Bedfordshire Police are appealing for information after a newsagent in Flitwick was broken into in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 20 October 2020). Police were called just before 2am to reports that a newsagent in Station Square had been broken into. The offenders, believed to be two men, entered the shop by forcing the door off its hinges, conducted a search behind the counter and made off with a number of cigarettes.
When calling for assistance, the card holder simply needs to say “Pegasus” Bedfordshire Police has chosen national Hate Crime Awareness Week to launch “Pegasus” - a new scheme to help those with autism, or other communication...
Bedfordshire Police is working with forces across the country and partners, including Match Group, to tackle romance fraud, with a combination of awareness raising and enforcement activity co-ordinated by the City of London Police. Between August 2019 and August 2020, police recorded a total of 68 reports of romance fraud in Bedfordshire, with victims’ losses totalling £1.4m.
Two Bedfordshire Police officers who drove forward work to improve diversity in the force’s recruitment have been recognised by the Queen. Chief Inspector Mo Aziz and PC Ruth Honegan have both been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The pair helped Bedfordshire Police recruit record numbers of police officers from diverse backgrounds. Chief Inspector Aziz and PC Honegan helped launch a positive action recruitment campaign by the force to attract more candidates from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as well as more women and those from other diverse backgrounds, such as Eastern European communities.
Bedfordshire Police is making it easier to enquire about a partner’s violent past, as applications can be made online, via an easy-to-use secure form. The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), also known as Clare’s Law, was introduced in 2014. Up to now applicants had to contact police by phone, or in person, which could be difficult for someone living in an abusive relationship. It is now hoped that the online application will encourage people to take the step to find out the possible risk before a situation escalates, and give them the opportunity to act on relevant information, or access support services to assist them with making future plans if they feel their circumstances mean they are unable to leave.
Three men were sentenced on Wednesday (16 September 2020) at Luton Crown Court for a range of burglary and theft offences. Shane Ellwood, 28, of Artur Street, Luton pleaded guilty to a number of theft, fraud...
Members of the public have had the chance to quiz Bedfordshire Police officers on how they use stop and search as well as other powers. Nearly 30 people from communities across the county dialled into an online meeting on Thursday last week (10 September 2020) to give their views. The meeting was organised by Bedfordshire Police and Montell Neufville, chairman of the force’s stop and search scrutiny panel.