GRITTERS are gearing up this evening as temperatures are set to go sub-zero overnight.
Salt-spreaders are expected to be out across the borough to keep the roads safe during the drop to -2 °C.
Bedford man Liam Burchell, who spotted the trucks getting ready, told BoS; "Ten gritters are at the ready. I feel it's going to be a cold night."
Bedfordshire may also see some cloudy conditions, and according to the Met Office the cold will remain through the night and into tomorrow...
THE government is being called on to give communities back the right to decide where houses are built with a petition from a Central Bedfordshire Councillor.
Councillor Adam Zerny, who represents Potton, has set up a petition calling on the government to debate planning policy over building on greenfield land to give the power of appeal to the communities affected.
The petition has already been signed by more than 5,000 people in just five days.
This move comes just days after the development.
A WOMAN was robbed of more than £20,000 worth of jewellery as she was on her way to have the gems valued last weekend.
At about 6pm on Saturday the woman was getting out of a car in Cromwell Road in Bedford when she was approached by a man who stole a bag containing the jewellery.
The woman had been on her way to the jewellers to get the jewellery valued when the incident happened.
The man was wearing a dark hooded top, baggy trousers, and a dark scarf.
Detective Constable Sajid...
RESIDENTS escaped injury after their home was targeted in an arson attack while they were inside the property.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the blaze on the ground floor of a three bedroom house in Bank Close, Luton just after midnight.
A fire investigation confirmed there was a deliberate arson attack to the front door of the property using a flammable accelerant.
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The front door.
A BEDFORD Olympian has been hospitalised following a road traffic collision in Tenerife yesterday evening (January 17).
Bedford's Nigel Levine, who was a semi-finalist in the 4x400m relay at the London 2012 Olympics, was injured along with fellow Team GB athlete James Ellington, who is a European Championships 4x100m relay gold medallist.
However, both athletes are 'conscious and stable'.
Reports say that the two were riding a motorcycle following a training session, when they collided...
AN ice-cream box time capsule buried for just over 30 years in Bedfordshire has finally seen the light of day - unearthing music cassettes, photographs and documents from 1986.
The time capsule was in 'mint condition' as it was removed from the Bedfordshire Against Nuclear Dumping (BAND) monument on Ampthill Road (B530) ahead of the structure being relocated to make way for the new Wixams development.
Built in 1986, the monument was erected to mark the end of the successful campaign by BAND..
A COUNCILLOR has vowed to keep the pressure on to improve safety at a junction which has seen numerous crashes over the past decade.
Police have been informed of more than 12 crashes at the junction of Warren Lane in Clophill and the A507 since 2007, according to figures from the online site Crash Maps, which uses data from the Department for Transport.The data shows there have been multiple crashes each year on the 60mph stretch, the latest just last week - and now one local representative...
TIRED of weaving between dangerously parked cars?
Does the sight of a car parked in a bus stop or taxi rank make your blood boil?
Bedford Borough Council is urging residents to call its parking hotline when they spot people parking in unlawful, irresponsible or dangerous ways, including:
On zig-zag lines outside of schools
In disabled parking bays, without displaying a valid blue badge
In bus stops or taxi ranks
Across dropped kerbs
Without a valid ticket or permit
In a way that...
BEDFORD High Street was closed for an hour last night as firefighters tackled a basement fire.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue crews were called to a basement fire at Pheonix Chambers, High St, Bedford at 6.56pm yesterday after a mattress caught on fire.
Firefighters from Bedford and Kempston found the horsehair mattress on fire in the basement with smoke already coming out of the basement up onto the ground floor.
Although there was no one in the basement but crews led a resident to safety..
TRAFFIC is queuing on the M1 northbound in Bedfordshire after an incident involving three vehicles.One lane is blocked between J12, A5120 (Flitwick) and J13, A421 (Bedford) while Highways England attend.Police were called to the incident at 7.40am but as there were no reported injuries they have since left the scene.The damage-only collision is now in the hand of Highways England traffic officers.Motorists are advised to expect severe delays.An accident southbound at J4, A41 (Greater London) is.
THE chief executive of the county's Chamber of Commerce has said many businesses are ignoring Brexit 'noise', instead calling for a focus on 'getting the basics right here at home'.Cheryl Smart MBE's comments come after Theresa May delivered a speech laying out the government's plans for the UK's exit from the European UnionIn the speech yesterday (January 17), Mrs May said that her plan cannot allow continued membership of the single market, which would require free movement of people and...
A CARE worker who is retiring after almost three decades of service is urging people to join the profession.
After 27 years of working in the industry, one of Bedford Borough Council's Home Manager's, Linda Cornfoot, retired last month.
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Linda Cornfoot said: "Being able to see the difference you make to a person's wellbeing and confidence has been my ultimate motivation. I particularly enjoyed...
Central Bedfordshire Council has launched a new Supported Lodgings Scheme to help 16 and 17 year olds leaving care to make the step from dependence to independence.
Leaving home and having to face the world on your own can be a pretty daunting experience for any young person.
Across the UK, people are moving out of home at an increasingly later age, with a quarter of 20-34 year olds still living with their parents last year.
In contrast, young people leaving care are often on their own...
PLANS are moving ahead to turn a former police station into retirement apartments with the submission of a planning application.
The Ampthill Police Station in Woburn Road closed in 2015 after it was replaced by the 'hub' in Flitwick, and was put up for sale.
Last year, the .88 acre site, which includes the former magistrates' court where James Hanratty first appeared in the dock after his arrest, was snapped up by McCarthy & Stone to be turned into accommodation for the elderly.
YOU may have your portable heater on full blast during this recent cold spell, but the fire service is urging you to be aware of the dangers this winter.
Across the country deaths and injuries occur each year when people leave heaters switched on overnight or unattended.
Last year, a man and a woman were killed in a blaze in their Roxton caravan. The root cause was believed to be their portable fire heater
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THREE men have pleaded guilty to smuggling thousands of cigarettes through Luton Airport.Paul-Lucian Stoica, Dragos-Emanuel Runceanu and Petronela Corobuta were stopped by members of the UK Border Force on November 25 last year on a flight from Bucharest. Prosecutor Anthony Hucklesby told Luton Crown Court today the duty evaded totalled £31,000. "Mr Stoica had paid for the tickets. They were all separately stopped in the green [nothing to declare] channel at the airport. They were...
UPDATE: Shannon has since been found safe and well
POLICE are appealing for help from the public help to find a missing teenager from Wilstead.
Shannon Newton, 16, was last seen on Saturday, January 14, at her home.
She is described as white, 5' 1", with light brown hair.
She was last seen wearing a green bomber jacket, black top, light blue jeans ripped at the knee and black trainers when she went missing.
Anyone who has information on Shannon's whereabouts is asked to contact...
THERE is heavy congestion going southbound on the M1 this morning in the south of Bedfordshire.
In between Toddington Services and Junction 11 delays are expected, along with between Junction 10 and Junction 9.
There is also heavy traffic for people looking to get on the road at Junction 10a, with heavy traffic approaching the Kidney Wood roundabout.
For people heading out of Luton on the A6, be prepared for delays on New Bedford Road near the Barnfield Avenue junction, and there are...
FOOTFALL in Luton town centre increased by a whopping 25 per cent over the Christmas period - bucking the national trend.
Specialised cameras confirm that visitors to Luton town centre increased all year, with 2.2 per cent more people going into the town centre than in 2015.Meanwhile the UK average dropped by 1.1 per cent and the South East alone saw an average decrease of 3 per cent.
While the summer months from late June to the end of August showed some of the biggest increase in visitor...
POLICE are hunting two masked men who forced their way into a Luton home before threatening the occupant with a knife.The balaclava-clad men demanded money and made off with the stolen cash from the property in Alexandra Avenue, Luton on Friday, January 13.The violent robbery took place at around 6.55pm.The offenders left the house and headed in the direction of Marlborough Road.
Investigation officer Jenita Tailor, of Bedfordshire Police, said: "This was a nasty and violent incident...