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IN FULL: Hurdles to cross for Luton’s planned expansion of airport

Bold plans to more than double Luton Airport’s capacity could be the linchpin to Luton’s prosperity – but not without overcoming significant hurdles.

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Johnston Press awarded funding from Google Innovation Initiative

Johnston Press awarded funding from Google Innovation Initiative

This newspaper, published by Johnston Press, today announces that it has won two separate grants from the Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund, which is backed by Google.

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Rail staff set for strike action on Friday

Rail staff set for strike action on Friday

Members of the RMT are set to take industrial action on Friday.

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Christmas benefits 2017 to be paid EARLY - these are the dates you can expect them

Christmas benefits 2017 to be paid EARLY - these are the dates you can expect them

Christmas can usually be a difficult time financially but it’s especially tough if you’re relying on benefits.

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Leighton Buzzard Railway

Leighton Buzzard Railway extension on track after cash boost and lease agreement

Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway has secured an early Christmas present after securing a new 250-year lease with Arnold White Estates, and also securing significant EU funding towards its extension project.

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School closures after snow fall

School closures after snow fall

Schools across Bedfordshire are closed this morning because of the snow.

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Aldi recall

Aldi recalls food product because it could contain small pieces of hard plastic

Aldi has recalled one of its food products owing to worries that it may be contaminated with small pieces of hard plastic.

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Baby Rockit Apples from Marks and Spencer

M&S slammed over “irresponsible” plastic apple packaging

Marks & Spencer has been slammed by shoppers and scientists for selling apples in a plastic TUBE - so they can fit in car cup holders.

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Star Wars toys

Do you have valuable Star Wars toys in the attic?

With the latest instalment of Star Wars series ‘The Last Jedi’ due for release next week, the Force could be with Star Wars fans who have valuable vintage action figures.

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Poundland have launched a �1 chocolate bar, Twin Peaks

Poundland launches Toblerone-style treat with 20 per cent more chocolate after court battle

Poundland has finally launched its £1 ‘Twin Peaks’ Toblerone-style chocolate bar this week after a lengthy legal wrangle over its shape and packaging.

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The RAC have released how much each council has earnt through parking fines

Leighton Buzzard residents can find out how much profit Central Beds Council made from parking fees...

The RAC has stated that English councils made a record £819 million from their parking operations in the last financial year, as the Leighton Buzzard Observer can reveal the figures for Central Bedfordshire and Luton.

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(L-R) Dan Neil, of Dorvics Cycles, and PCSO Rachel Carne.

This Saturday: Get your bike security marked for free as Dorvics Leighton Buzzard crack down on theft

A Leighton Buzzard bicycle shop is on a mission to crack down on theft, as it teams up with Bedfordshire Police to help customers keep their possessions safe.

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Court news

Plasterboard firm fined £60k for health and safety breaches

A Totternhoe-based plasterboard recycling company has been fined £60,000 after health and safety concerns were identified during a routine inspection of their premises.

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Product warning

Next recall children’s coats over choking fears

Next have recalled a pair of children’s coats following the discovery that they could present a choking hazard.

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Morrisons

Morrison’s recalls chicken pies - because the filling contains fish and mustard

Supermarket giant Morrison’s has pulled its chicken and mushroom pies off its shelves - because some are actually fish pies.

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The NatWest is to close its branches in Oundle and Stamford next year.

REVEALED: The full list of Natwest and RBS branches set to close

Royal Bank of Scotland is to close 259 Natwest and RBS branches resulting in 680 job losses after the state-backed lender said more people are choosing to bank online or on mobile.

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Stalls at Leighton Buzzard market on Saturday. Photo: Jane Russell

‘We are prepared to carry on subsidising Leighton Buzzard market’

Leighton-Linslade Town Council has said it plans to continue subsidising the town’s ancient market as a “community asset”.

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Are you freezing at work? This is how cold it has to be before you can legally go home

Are you freezing at work? This is how cold it has to be before you can legally go home

England is set to freeze this week as temperatures plummet across the country but how cold does it have to be before you can leave work?

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Housing

House prices in Central Beds, Luton and Bucks rise higher than national average

House prices in Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire have risen higher than the national average in the past year.

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SMIDS Oakman owner Peter Borg-Neal with HR Director Jill Scatchard

Another major gong for popular pub-restaurant operator Oakman Inns

Just over two weeks after Oakman Inns was awarded the prestigious Princess Royal Training Award, their Human Resource programme received further recognition at the National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs) at the Café de Paris in London.

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