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Venomous bird-eating spiders found on the loose in the UK

Two giant bird-eating tarantulas with a leg span of up to 10 inches could be on the loose, after babies were found abandoned in a car park.

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The top five cottages in our region perfect for a countryside escape!

The top five cottages in our region perfect for a countryside escape!

Thinking of escaping the rat race and upping sticks to the countryside?

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Council plan to repair pavements

Central Bedfordshire Council is planning to make pavement repairs in two areas of Leighton Buzzard later this year.

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Leighton Middle School SATS celebration

Leighton Middle School celebrates SATs outcome – and it’s impressive results for Central Beds as a whole too

Pupils attending Central Bedfordshire schools have achieved an increase above the national average in their provisional standard attainment test (SATs) results for reading, writing and mathematics, among pupils aged 7-11.

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A tortoise enjoying the garden. Note: This is NOT the lost tortoise which the shop is looking after. Credit: Wrigglies.

Can you help Leighton Buzzard pet shop reunite tortoise with its owner?

A Leighton Buzzard pet shop is hoping to reunite a lost tortoise with its rightful owner.

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Incredibles 2: great fun

More Incredible adventures in top-notch sequel

Matt Adcock reviews Incredibles 2 (PG)

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The Blakesley Show is on August 4

All the fun of the fair at the Blakesley Show with Michael Graham

The Blakesley Show is all set for another successful year celebrating the very best of British livestock, local food, and rural skills.

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Cublington Fire.... Photo: Woburn Community Fire Station jkfPmJJlUZwHiTy9otYA

Multiple crews of firefighters spend three hours dealing with stubble fire in Cublington

Firefighters were called to a stubble fire in Cublington on Saturday at about 7.45pm.

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Leighton club Captain Jeremy Taylor is presented with the wooden spoon by Ladies Captain Patti Marriott.

Captain Jeremy wins the one trophy he wishes he did not

Legal expert Jeremy Taylor is enjoying a successful season as Captain of Leighton Buzzard golf club.

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Wolverton vs Leighton Buzzard | Pic: Jane Russell

Leighton run Wolves close in tight loss

Leighton Buzzard’s woes in Division 2 continued on Saturday with a two-wicket defeat to high-flying Wolverton.

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Horsefly bites can result in horrible, painful blisters

Why bloodsucking horseflies are on the rise this summer

As temperatures reached the exotic heights of 31C across the country this week, sunbathers could be in for more than a tan as horse flies appear to be terrorising the nation.

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Thelma Whitehouse ran the Hockliffe Street Post Office for 27 years

Tribute to ex-Hockliffe Street Post master Thelma

Tributes have been paid to a former post master in Leighton Buzzard who ran her store in the town for 27 years.

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Great Brickhill vs Cumnor

Title race remains at boiling point for Brickhill

The battle at the top of Cherwell League Division 1 remains as tight as ever as Great Brickhill beat Cumnor by one wicket to remain within touching distance of leaders Oxford Downs.

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Highways England are reviewing speed limits around roadworks

Speed limits could be increased but concern remains over road workers safety

Drivers could be allowed to travel at increased speed through motorway roadworks depending on what day of the week they are travelling, under new plans from Highways England.

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Are villagers’ fears that Tilsworth travellers’ site will turn into another Dale Farm unjustified?

Villagers in LBO land were left reeling after a partially retrospective planning application was submitted “with all the hallmarks of Dale Farm”.

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Carnival 2018 was legendary, but attendance hit by the heat and World Cup

Organisers of Leighton Buzzard Carnival always hope that fine weather will bless the town’s annual showpiece event, but this year the ongoing heatwave caused the numbers enjoying the fun to wilt somewhat.

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Picture yourself in this perfect postcard cottage

Picture yourself in this perfect postcard cottage

If you’ve ever imagined yourself living in a quintessentially English thatched cottage, then Ivy Cottage in Flitton may well be your dream property.

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Horsefly bites can result in horrible, painful blisters

As NHS warn of a rise in blood sucking insects and horsefly bites, here’s what you should do if bitten

Brits may have been basking in the tropical sunshine over the past few weeks, but the downside to the balmy weather is that painful bites by bloodsucking insects have soared.

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Chris and TJ

Charity devoted to stopping young people from taking their own lives

A man from Leighton Buzzard hopes the work he is doing can help save someone’s life after he lost his teenage son.

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Young farmers at the Lord Mayor's Show 2017 in London

FARMING MATTERS: Taking to the streets of London

Young farmers are being sought to join one of the most popular civic pageants in the world. The National Farmers Union (NFU) wants a bunch of enthusiastic young farmers to have starring roles in the 2018 Lord Mayor’s show in London and is launching a competition to find them.

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