How spate of crime left Bedfordshire police with no one left to cover incidents 

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A police force 'literally ran out of officers' and was unable to cover incidents after a spate of crime in the county, MPs heard.

On Sunday September, 16 last year, three gangs armed with knives and bats clashed outside a takeaway shop in Luton, leaving one teenager with critical injuries.

Bedford - Hours - Takeaway - Clash

A 16-year-old was murdered in Bedford, only hours before the takeaway clash.

On the same day Bedfordshore Police officers were called out to HMP Bedford to deal with rioting at the jail and they were also investigating four rapes.

Details - Day - Force - House - Commons

Details about the day the force was so stretched were revealed in the House of Commons yesterday, as MPs agreed a £970million funding boost for the police.

Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police, Jon Boutcher told Conservative MP for South West Bedfordshire Andrew Selous about the demand on his force in a letter.

'They - Teenagers - Luton - Rapes - Prison

'They had to deal with seven teenagers stabbed in Luton, four rapes, five prison officers being assaulted at Bedford prison, a fatality in a road incident, a 16-year-old being murdered in Bedford, and gunshot wounds coming into Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

'That was a particularly demanding Sunday, but that level is not unusual as far as Bedfordshire is concerned.' Politicians last night approved Mr Javid's funding plan for England and Wales' police forces.'

Debate - Home - Secretary - Sajid - Javid

In the debate Home Secretary Sajid Javid played down links between rising violent crime and dwindling police numbers.

Next year's funding increase for the police will be the...
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