Review of the year 2013: September

Tammy Smith

Tammy Smith

Tributes were paid to a mother of nine who tragically died from a heart attack while on a family holiday.

Tammy Smith of Biggleswade was taken to hospital in Great Yarmouth after complaining of stomach pains. Doctors believe the heart attack may have been caused by toxic shock syndrome, a rare bacterial affection. Friend Bev Anderson later set up a charity called Tammy’s Wishes in her memory, to help support bereaved children.

Bedfordshire’s police and crime commissioner Olly Martins paid a visit to Biggleswade police station in September amid discussions about possible police cuts. But during his Thursday afternoon shift just three people visited the station – and two of them were asking for directions elsewhere.

Readers said that the station gets so few visitors because people did not realise it was still operational and opening times are poorly advertised.

A driver spoke out about a terrifying unprovoked attack that left him with a broken jaw. The 24-year-old also suffered two broken teeth, two black eyes and a swollen cheek following the attack in Clifton.

The assault happened after another car began tailgating him, before overtaking and forcing the victim to stop. Five men were involved in the attack, opening the victim’s car door and pinning him down while repeatedly punching him.

The man, who works at Bedford Hospital, said: “I’m just glad that it was someone like me and not somebody who was elderly or vulnerable.”

Generous Peter Vickers, who passed away in August, was revealed to have donated thousands of pounds to Chronicle Country causes in his will.

Among the benefactors were Biggleswade Conservative Club, while St Andrew’s Church received a six figure sum.




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