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Knifepoint robbery in Luton appeal

Bedfordshire Police is appealing for witnesses following a knifepoint robbery in Manor Road Park on Monday, October 18.

At approximately 12pm a man was on an electric scooter in the park when he was approached by two men, also on electric scooters. The men threatened the victim with a knife.

The victim run off on foot leaving the scooter behind which was taken by the offenders who drove off towards Park Street and Bailey Road junction.

The offenders are described as white, approximately 18-year-old and wearing dark clothing and hoodies.

Detective Sergeant Gillian Richard Marshall, from Luton Crime Investigation Department, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal in busy public space in Luton and we are appealing for help in identifying the perpetrators.

“If you witnesses anything in the area at the time of the incident please get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police by visiting their online reporting centre https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report/Report or by calling 101 and quote reference number 40/55681/21.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Witness appeal following burglary in Houghton Regis

Bedfordshire Police is appealing for witnesses for a burglary where a woman was targeted by three men claiming to be police officers.

At approximately 7pm on Tuesday , October 19, a woman in her 80s was disturbed by three men who broke in through the front door of her property in Farm Close, Houghton Regis.

The victim was sat in her kitchen when three men gained entry to her property and introduced themselves as police officers investigating a theft in the neighbouring address. One of the offenders pulled out a fake plastic police badge, whilst the other two men searched the victim’s bedroom stealing a number of items.

The victim challenged the offenders cover story and demanded them to leave. They have run off after stealing £30 and a blue plastic wallet containing the victims bus pass, driving licence and a loyalty card.  They were seen running from Farm Close towards Dalling Drive.

The three suspects are described as follow white men, approximately 5’10’’, clean shaven and wearing black clothing.

Detective Constable Jason Wheeler, who is investigating, said: “This is a despicable crime, where these three individuals have targeted a woman in her own home. I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed anything suspicious to come forward.

“I would also urge people in the area to check any CCTV cameras they may have in the surrounding area at this time.

“I would also like ask anyone who might have found the victim’s wallet, or cards to get in touch.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact DC Jason Wheeler by visiting the police’s online reporting centre or by calling 101, quoting reference number 40/55955/21.

Alternatively you can contact Crime stoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

If you wish to get advice on crime and burglary prevention visit Bedfordshire Police’s website where you can find practical tips and a home security checklist.