The centre:mk shopping centre has announced the return of the Middleton Hall beach for 2024.

The indoor beach will return at the Milton Keynes-based shopping centre from 19th July 2024, and will be in place until 1st September.

Multiple attractions will take place as part of the beach’s return, including a variety of fair rides to keep the whole family entertained from Bungees and Helter Skelter, and the ever-popular shark Roller Coaster.

Free activities are also planned for visitors, including a Punch & Judy show on every Tuesday throughout the Summer Holidays from 11pm, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. There will also be Face Painting on every Thursday throughout the Summer Holidays at 12pm to 3pm.

Visitors are advised to note this is a free activity which is subject to change without prior notice.

Visitors are also advised to note restrictions may apply on rides, and that adults may need to accompany children on rides and will need to purchase tokens accordingly. All access to rides is at the discretion of the operator.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a sexual assault on a bus in Milton Keynes.

As part of their appeal, Thames Valley Police have released an image of a man who could have important information relating to the incident.

The incident happened at around 4.45pm on the number six bus service in Milton Keynes on Tuesday 18th June.

A man sat next to the victim, a woman aged in her 20s, and touched her inappropriately.

Investigator Beth Willis, based at Milton Keynes police station, lead police’s appeals by saying, “We are appealing for the man in this picture, or anyone who knows him, to come forward, as we think he could have important information about this incident.

“If you are this man, or if you know him, please contact us on 101, quoting reference number 43240286535.

“Alternatively, you can make a report online, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenage boy was forced into a car before having his phone stolen.

The incident happened in Milton Keynes on Thursday (27/6) at about 6.50pm.

Four people got out of a blue Vauxhall Astra before chasing two 16-year-old boys from Lanercost Crescent into Lindores Croft.

The offenders then caught one of the boys and forced him into their vehicle before stealing his white iPhone.

In their appeal, police confirmed that the boy was not injured as a result of the incident.

Thames Valley Police described the offenders as all male, aged between about 18 and 21. Three of them are described as black and about 5ft 10ins tall. One was wearing a baseball cap and another had messy, possibly braided hair.

The final offender is described as being mixed heritage with cornrows and light eyes.

Investigator Sophie Gibbs said, “This is a concerning incident, which has led to a boy being forced into a car before being robbed.

“We are carrying out an investigation to try and locate those responsible, but if you think you have information which could help us, please call 101, quoting reference number 43240301381.

“You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or make a report online.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious injury road traffic collision in Milton Keynes.

The incident happened in Pinders Croft, Greenleys, at just after 7.15pm on Saturday (29/6).

In the incident, a three-year-old child sustained a broken leg when his pedal cycle he was riding was involved in a collision with a red Range Rover Evoque.

The boy was taken to hospital for treatment, and he remains there at this time. The driver of the Range Rover stopped at the scene and no arrests have been made.

Investigating officer PC Adam Stevens of the Roads Policing Unit, lead Thames Valley Police’s appeal by saying, “This collision occurred in the early evening and I am appealing to anybody who witnessed it to please get in touch with us.

“If you were driving in the area and have dash-cam, I would urge you to please check this and contact us if it has captured anything that may assist my investigation.

“You can get in touch by making a report online or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43240307397.”

Milton Keynes City Council bosses have announced they are investing funding to buy new state of the art equipment to fix more potholes.

The council will be investing £100,000 on a new Roadmender Elastomac machine, which is a machine that uses new technology to improves the quality and speed of repairs while being more sustainable and reducing carbon.

MK City Council reported that they had been trialling the machine here in recent months and results from MK, and other local authorities, have been positive.

Conventional repair methods can create lengthy disruption to roads due to requiring potholes to be excavated for repairs, whereas MK City Council said that this new technology uses a pioneering material which is poured into and over the top of defects, wielding itself to the surface and improving the road surface.

Purchasing the new machine will ensure more efficient use of existing budgets and allow more potholes to be fixed.

A severe winter and wet spring and early summer has seen an increase in road defects, with national research has shown there is a £16.3billion road repair backlog in England.

The council will pay for the purchase by using part of an underspend of the council budget last year.

Cllr Jennifer Wilson-Marklew, Cabinet Member for Public Realm said, “Labour Milton Keynes City Council is investing to fix more potholes.

“Judging by national standards, the roads in Milton Keynes are amongst the best in the country but we are not complacent. We want to make sure we keep standards high. A severe winter and wet spring and early summer means we have work to do.

“This new machinery will allow us to carry out repairs quickly, reduce lengthy road closures, cut costs and be even more sustainable. Trials have highlighted this new technology works well and so we are investing to make sure we are able to fix our roads more efficiently. The funding is coming from an underspend in last year’s budget, highlighting that as a well-run council we can afford to invest in new technology like this rather than having to make more and more cuts.

“Nationally we know our roads are in a terrible state and 14 years of Conservative government has left us with a £16.3billion pothole backlog and crumbling roads, however in Milton Keynes Labour is acting quickly on our manifesto pledges and investing in ways to improve roads across the city and lower our carbon footprint.”

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