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Victims are being urged to come forward if they experience any form of domestic abuse.

Valentine’s Day is globally recognised as the day to be spoilt by the one you love, but Hertfordshire’s County Community Safety Unit is asking you to consider how you are being ‘treated’ tomorrow, to raise awareness of domestic abuse and coercive control.

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Peter Chand wows the crowd with Grimms' Sheesha

The team behind this year’s Fireside Festival are hoping to bring a bit of heat to Baldock over the winter months.

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Children attend a stoytelling event at Stevenage library for libraries day

Little faces lit up as children listened quietly to some treasured tales at a special storytime event at Stevenage Central Library.

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Settlement Players production of A Servant to Two Masters, February 2016. Smereldina and Pantaloon

One Man, Two Guvnors has been one of the biggest stage hits of recent years – but what about the 18th century farce that inspired it?

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Villagers and supporters outside the former Windmill pub are making an appeal to NHDC to have a clause in the forthcoming local plan to prevent 'the last remaining community facility in any village' from being closed or having its use changed

The campaign to save a riverside pub has taken a new twist with supporters lobbying North Herts District Council to include a clause protecting community facilities in the Local Plan blueprint for development in the area.

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Stevenage had the lowest suicide rate of any local authortiy area in the UK in 2014

Fewer people in Stevenage took their own lives in 2014 compared to any other part of the UK, new figures reveal.

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Allied Healthcare regional director Matt Jackson.

A community hub is opening up in Letchworth to provide information and advice on all aspects of care.

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Two ambulances were called to the crash at Juntion 7 on the A1(M)

Ambulances are still at the scene of a three-car collision on the A1(M) this morning.

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Peter Lilley MP

Hitchin’s long-standing MP Peter Lilley has revealed which way he will vote in a forthcoming EU referendum following talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Junior doctors protesting outside the Lister Hospital during a one-day strike in January

Junior doctors at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital say they are ‘shocked and devastated’ after the government decided to impose a new contact for their working hours and pay.

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Thomas Hannifin has been sentenced to 15 years and two months in prison.

A man who targeted the elderly in a string of distraction burglaries – including in Royston, Stevenage and Hitchin – has been jailed for 15 years.

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Please give generously: John Richardson, Tricia Reed, Robin Sternberg and Ali Sheriff are among the volunteers supporting the Hitchin street collection in aid of the Syria Crisis Appeal.

Christian and Islamic communities in North Herts are coming together for a street collection in Hitchin this Saturday to help raise money for victims of the civil war in Syria.

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Staff from 24 offices of Country Properties across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire have been busy fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support over the last two years and have raised over £64,000.

Staff at an estate agency group who have continued their support of a leading cancer charity for a second year are celebrating a tremendous total.

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360 Play staff are saddling up in support of Sport Relief. Managing director Duncan Phillips (left) with Billie-Jan Hills, Dave Coleman and Anne Basketfield who, with other members of the 360 Play team, will be taking part in the 50 mile cycle ride for charity.

Staff at family entertainment centre operator 360 Play are saddling up to support next month’s national Sport Relief fundraising push.

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David Kelly from Stevenage has been missing since 1984.

A public appeal to trace a Stevenage man who has been missing since 1984 has been relaunched today with a heartfelt plea from his brother.

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A petition has been launched which complains that members of staff at Baldock Manor are parking along Anchor Road.

The director of a Baldock rehabilitation centre says that he’s not aware that his staff have been causing parking problems for people living nearby, despite a petition with almost 100 signatures claiming that they’re causing a real headache.

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Fire crews were first to get to Kelsey who was sat stranded on the hard shoulder on the A1(M)

A woman due to take a hospital pregnancy test hours later had to sit clutching the steering wheel of her crushed car for an hour as she waited for an ambulance to arrive.

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Foxholes Care Home in Hitchin has been rated by the CQC as requires improvement at its latest inspection, but a spokesman has vowed the Pirton Road home will be fully compliant when they next return.

The latest care home in our area to come under the CQC microscope is confident it will be ‘fully compliant’ when inspectors next return.

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Ben Tomlin and his partner Lauren Newland with Poppy and Xander.

A Letchworth family in crisis who didn’t know where to turn have found help on their doorstep thanks to a grass roots group determined to improve the lives of their neighbours.

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Hitchin Town Hall and Museum

Plans to hold a swish civic bash at Hitchin Town Hall before it opens to the public have sparked outrage.

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St Thomas More School Year 5 pupil Leah Grant models the latest in Arctic-wear with Antony Jinman.

Members of a Letchworth youth group were all ears as an Antarctic explorer popped in to give a talk about his 2014 solo expedition to the South Pole.

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A woman held at Stevenage police station ended up in hospital after she took concealed medication three times while under arrest  and the Independent Police Complaints Commission has recommended reforms to make sure it doesnt happen again.

A woman held at Stevenage police station ended up in hospital after she took concealed ‘medication’ three times while under arrest – and the Independent Police Complaints Commission has recommended reforms to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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Chells Way, at the mini roundabout with Ferrier Road, is in need of attention.

A penny-pinching council needs to invest more money in highways before people start moving out of what is fast becoming a ‘Third World’ town.

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Simon Northcott of Choux Stopper prepares some of his trademark buns

A street patissier from Baldock is looking to mix up the North Herts food scene with his hand-crafted French-style delicacies.

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Races get underway

It was the sweet taste of victory for CHQ Architects this morning as they come out on top in Baldock’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day Race.

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A signalling problem at Royston means that trains are presently unable to run between Hitchin and Cambridge.

Commuters taking the train tonight face disruption as engineers work to fix a signalling problem at Royston that has stopped all services between Hitchin and Cambridge.

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The scene after the wall collapse on Hitchin Road in Arlesey yesterday.

The Arlesey road that was closed yesterday afternoon following the collapse of a front-facing wall on a building site reopened this afternoon.

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Racers from Highbury Rise home in the wheelchair race

Everyone in Hitchin had ‘flipping’ good fun during the town’s annual pancake day race held today.

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A house in Hitchin was burgled and ransacked.

A Hitchin home has been burgled and ransacked seeing £100 worth of foreign currency stolen along with items of jewellery.

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There were 192 crashes on the A1(M) between Stevenage and Baldock last year

Motorists face the prospect of at least one crash every other day on the North Herts stretch of the A1(M), despite attempts to make the road safer.

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A police helicopter was sent out to search for three people who fled after a car was stopped in York Road, Stevenage, last night.

A police helicopter and a dog unit were sent out last night in a bid to track down three people who fled after police stopped a car in Stevenage.

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The scene after the wall collapse on Hitchin Road in Arlesey yesterday.

A main road in Arlesey remains closed this morning after a building under construction collapsed yesterday afternoon.

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Amanda Smith, her mum Helen Young and her daughters Holly and Lucy all help to make the family-run Cre-Art-Ivity studio a successful business.

A mother-of-two with an entrepreneurial streak has realised a dream with the opening of a pottery painting and craft studio.

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Police cordoned off the children's play area at St Nicholas Park in Stevenage to investigate a suspected arson attack.

Police closed a children’s play area in Stevenage to investigate a suspected arson attack.

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The Muscle Help Foundation is reaching out to Hertfordshire businesses for support

The Muscle Help Foundation has launched a countywide call to get businesses involved in a life-changing project.

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Heather Good and her husband Phil.

A new ‘recognising carers’ form is helping more and more carers get the practical and medical support they are entitled to.

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A 22-year-old man was remanded in custody after the alleged hit-and-run in Letchworth

A 22-year-old charged with attempted murder for allegedly running over a man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court today.

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The scene after the oak trunk split in Rowland Road. Photo: Rob McTait

At least two garden fences were flattened in Stevenage last night when the trunk of a huge oak tree split, sending branches crashing down into three gardens.

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The cast of Puss In Boots, the 2016 panto production by Walsworth's St Faith's Church

St Valentine’s Day may be just around the corner but panto productions are still taking to the stage, with this keen crew still putting the finishing touches to their seasonal show.

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A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after the incident on Saturday

A 22-year-old from London has been charged with attempted murder after an alleged hit-and-run incident in Letchworth left a man with serious leg injuries.

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A demonstration by people in Stevenage town centre who have organised a petition to campaign against TTIP contracts for the NHS

Concern about what might happen if more of the NHS is allowed to be run by private companies was the subject of a protest in Stevenage town centre on Saturday.

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Richard Smith, Photograph by Rosie Hallam, Co…owers Gallery

It’s not long now until the official opening of Letchworth’s new dedicated art gallery.

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A woman had to be cut free from her car after a crash on the A1(M) near Letchworth Gate.

A woman in her 20s was taken to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage with minor injuries after being cut free from her car on the A1(M) this morning.

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Steve Shaddick taking part in an adaptive yoga session with Jo Duffin.

The dedicated team at the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living is on a mission to enhance the health and wellbeing of 150 older people in the area over the coming months.

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Wyevale Garden centre in Stevenage, has been earmarked as a site for a new supermarket

People who use a popular garden centre to the north of Stevenage have said they don’t want to swap it for a supermarket.

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Some of the team who organised last year's summit

Businesses are being given the chance to get on board when Stevenage-based POhWER – which provides information, advice, support and advocacy to people who experience disability, vulnerability, distress and social exclusion – holds its third annual Shout About It event in the town.

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Sir Matthew Pinsent is backing the Cancer Research UK indoor rowing challenge

Olympic legend Sir Matthew Pinsent, above, is urging fundraisers to do something oarsome by pulling their weight as part of a new Cancer Research UK campaign.

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