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First pieces fall into place for mosaic project
The first three mosaics in the Story in Stone series have been unveiled, aimed at promoting the history of Biggleswade, Sandy and Potton.Category: Regeneration Location: Biggleswade,Sandy,Potton
Persistent shoplifter in the dock
A prolific shoplifter has been given a suspended prison sentence for repeatedly breaching an injunction banning him from entering Leighton Buzzard town centre. John Denton was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment suspended for two years at Luton County Court on Thursday following a case brought by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Antisocial Behaviour Team and Bedfordshire Police.Category: All Location: LeightonBuzzard,East
Shefford update - Tuesday 18 July
Both Robert Bloomfield and Shefford Lower school were closed this morning (Tuesday 18 July) but are now open. The decision to close was based on having raised questions about the gas supply on the site. Whist there have been no signs or reports of any gas leakage in the area, we raised the schools' concerns with National Grid yesterday (Monday 17 July).Category: Planning,Schools & education Location: Shefford
26 July 2017
A man has been prosecuted for Blue Badge fraud after one of our officers saw through his hair-brained excuse.
Leslie Turvey was spotted getting into the driver’s seat of a car displaying a Blue Badge and parked in a bay restricted to Blue Badge holders in Matthew Street car park, Dunstable, during a Blue Badge fraud exercise we carried out on 22 February 2017.
He told our officer that the Blue Badge wasn’t his but that he was the carer of the badge holder – and the man was in the hairdresser.
That didn’t wash when a quick check proved that the badge holder was bald.
Turvey then said that the man would now be at the shops – but that again didn’t cut it as he couldn’t say where.
When the officer checked with the Blue Badge holder he confirmed that he was at home and that Turvey was doing some shopping for him.
We later interviewed Turvey under caution.
In his defence, Turvey said that he believed he could use the Blue Badge if he was doing jobs for the holder, but having read the guidance material he now realised that was not the case.
At Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (25 July), Turvey pleaded guilty by letter to misusing a disabled person’s Blue Badge.
He was fined £200, ordered to pay £300 towards court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Councillor Richard Wenham, Executive Member for Corporate Resources and Deputy Leader of the Council, said: "Fraudulently using a Blue Badge could not only land you in court, as this case proves, but is incredibly selfish as it takes away a parking space that people with mobility issues and other disabilities may need to use.
"We are cracking down on Blue Badge fraud here – so if you are thinking of parking illegally, don’t!"
If you suspect someone of illegally using a Blue Badge you can report them to us by calling 0300 300 8035 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org