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The “bodies on the floor” exclusive from Bedford is being hailed as a triumph for good local journalism.

Bedfordshire on Sunday editor Steve Lowe puts the success of the story down to the paper’s rapport with the community.

The paper controversially printed a picture of the inside of a chapel of rest, which was being used as a temporary overflow mortuary at Bedford hospital.

It showed bodies scattered around the floor, some with their limbs uncovered in a haunting image from which one woman recognised a deceased relative.

Steve and his chief photographer Ian Miles made a fleeting visit to the scene last Wednesday, after the editor made a trip on his own, with a Polaroid camera, earlier in the week to see the story for himself.

He said: “I had heard a rumour, but no more than a rumour.

“We got information that this was how Bedford Hospital was treating dead people when the normal mortuary facilities were full. Because of the importance of the story and the ramifications we had to check it out.

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