Short cut from Birch Grove to Station Road.

 There is now a short cut with a path (red line) that connects Chaffinch Green (in the new Bovis estate) to Birch Grove. This allows you to cut the corner in either direction and should provide a slightly safer route.




It avoids the roundabout and area opposite the Post Office and connects Station Road to Bedford Road.

15:28, 09 Jul 2019 by James Stirling



Make sure your portable heaters keep you safe and warm this winter

When the temperature drops many households use portable heaters to keep warm but every year people are put at risk through not being aware of the potential dangers that they can pose.

Across the country deaths and injuries occur each year when people leave heaters switched on overnight or unattended. Portable heaters are popular with the elderly who are especially vulnerable. Relatives and neighbours are asked to check that they know how to use them safely.

Area Community Safety Officer Chloe Forde said: “Portable heaters can be very useful but it is vital that they are used properly. Heaters being placed close to flammable materials cause preventable fires and deaths every year. It is important to stay safe when heating your home and depending on the type of heater, people should also be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning.”

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service offer the following advice:

  • Keep heaters away from flammable materials including clothes, curtains and furniture
  • Don’t leave a heater on unattended or when there small children or animals nearby
  • Don’t leave a heater on overnight
  • Don’t place clothes on a portable heater to dry
  • Secure a heater against a wall or fit wall mounted heaters
  • If you are using a gas or paraffin heater make sure the area is well ventilated and fit a carbon monoxide alarm
  • Keep the heater clean and well maintained
  • Don’t move the heater when it is on and allow to cool before moving
  • Don’t sit too close – if you fall asleep you could get burned
  • Always make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for any portable heater.

Every room in your home should have a working smoke alarm and don’t forget to test it every month.

For more information visit

13:02, 16 Jan 2017 by James Stirling

Sergeant Ben Dimmock, of the Crime Reduction Team, which is running this competition, said: “Anyone can become a target for cyber-dependant and cyber-enabled crime. National statistics suggest that fraud is now the most common type of crime and around 70 per cent of fraud is either cyber-dependant or cyber-enabled.

“Online crime is varied and can cover many different forms of crime, from bank fraud and email scams through to harassment and online bullying. While any of us could become a victim of online crime, this competition is designed and focused on reaching out to some of those members of our community who may be more vulnerable.”

By taking simple steps, you can help to protect yourself online:

  • Use a strong password to keep your details safe. This should contain upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols;
  • Never give your personal details out online. Banks and companies will never ask for sensitive information via email or phone;
  • Make sure you are using up-to-date internet security, including on your mobile phone;
  • Ensure you have installed the latest operating system;
  • Edit your privacy settings on social media and make sure only your friends can see your updates and information;
  • If you’re using public WiFi, never use sites that are not secure or require personal information
09:35, 22 Nov 2016 by James Stirling


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