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Eve Cooper celebrates her 103rd birthday with her niece Myra Smith and Myra's husband Michael Smith.

An Arlesey nursing home had a double celebration on Monday as it marked the formal opening of a unique 1940s and ’50s street – as well as the 103rd birthday of one of its residents.

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Bancroft Splash Park

Families hoping to make use of the newly opened Hitchin splash park as hot weather coincided with the start of the school summer holidays were left frustrated when they found it closed at the weekend.

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Matthew Pagan, Michael Auger, Jamie Lambert and Thomas J Redgrave make up Collabro.

As a fantastic final curtain to this year’s Hitchin Festival, Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro will conclude their sell-out national tour in the town – while also raising money for The Dyspraxia Foundation.

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Jo Rowley and and Naomi Thomas

When thousands of cyclists lock their feet into their stirrups and begin pedalling on a gruelling charity cycle ride at the weekend, there will be a fair smattering of North Herts riders in the pack.

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Helen Slater after her Brave the Shave challenge.

A mum whose three-year-old son died after contracting a brain tumour has had her head shaved to fund cancer treatment for others.

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Alan Davey with his devoted wife Nikki

The widow of a man who has died two years after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease is advocating assisted suicide being legalised in the UK.

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Plans for 360 homes to be built on Green Belt land on the outskirts of Stevenage have got people hot under the collar.

A planning application to build hundreds of homes on Green Belt land has been submitted to a local authority, prompting opposition from people living close to the proposed site.

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Two suspected drug dealers from Hitchin were arrested last night after police in Letchworth found what they believe to be Class A drugs in a car.

Two suspected drug dealers from Hitchin were arrested last night after police in Letchworth found what they believe to be Class A drugs in a car.

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Jim Breeze

A music lover and DJ is bringing a celebration of West Indian culture to Stevenage in honour of his late father.

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The car on fire in Stevenage's Inskip Crescent.

Police investigating an arson in Stevenage have today appealed for information and witnesses to come forward.

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A 28-year-old man from Royston has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault following an incident in Letchworth.

A 28-year-old man from Royston has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault following an incident in Letchworth.

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Chloe Morris, from Stevenage, was found in Hitchin this afternoon.

A 17-year-old girl who was missing from Stevenage for two days has been found safe and well in Hitchin.

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Police have appealed for information about the Stotfold incident.

An investigation has been launched after a distraction burglary in Stotfold which saw a man knock on a woman’s door with a bunch of flowers before his accomplices charged in and stole several items of her jewellery.

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The Old Town is to be entered into The Great British High Street of the Year Awards 2016

Stevenage’s Old Town is to be entered into the Great British High Street of the Year Awards 2016.

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A new photo of missing Chloe Morris, from Stevenage, has been released by police as the search for her continues.

A new, more up-to-date photo of missing Stevenage teenager Chloe Morris has been released by police as the search for her continues.

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A Hitchin man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl is to face a trial by jury in December.

A Hitchin man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl is to face a trial by jury in December.

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'All Good Friends and Jolly Good Company' - two Arsenal legends Rachel Yankey and Jo Churchman are reunited at the Priory School in Hitchin.

A former Arsenal and England playing legend visited a Hitchin school to inspire its pupils.

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A picture of the bike which has been stolen in Stevenage.

Officers investigating the theft of a bike in Stevenage have today launched a police appeal to trace the thief.

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Chloe Morris, 17, has not been seen at her home address - in the St Nicholas area of Stevenage - since around 2pm yesterday evening.

Police are looking for a 17-year-old girl who has been reported missing from Stevenage.

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A former teacher from Stratton Upper School has been banned from teaching after being found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct with students.

A former teacher at a Biggleswade school has been banned from teaching after an investigation found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct with students, including sending more than 500 emails to a pupil and telling her that she had a ‘beautiful body’ and ‘nice pins’.

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Knights Templar students take part in the Greenway Challenge.

It was a real team effort for Baldock’s Knights Templar School on Thursday as students and members of staff walked all the way round the Letchworth Greenway for charity.

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Stevenage mayor John Lloyd attended the opening alongside pupils, staff and governors at Woolenwick School, as well as those involved in the build.

Youngsters at a Stevenage school ended the year on a high after the town’s mayor paid a visit to celebrate the openings of two new facilities – which coincides with the school’s 40th anniversary.

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Police are appealing for witnesses to a Hitchin assault.

Two men and a woman have been arrested after a man was hospitalised following a fight in Hitchin on Friday night.

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Missing Stotfold boy Zach Churchill.

An eight-year-old boy who went missing from his home between Stotfold and Letchworth for about seven hours has been found safe and well following a police appeal to the public.

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Missing Stotfold boy Zach Churchill.

An eight-year-old boy has been missing from his home between Stotfold and Letchworth for more than six hours – and police are appealing for help finding him.

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Bowmans mill in Ickleford.

A former town planner turned historian has penned his second book exploring the history of local mills – this time focusing on Herts.

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Luke Kiteley, of Havelock Road in Biggleswade, indicated a plea of guilty when he appeared before Stevenage magistrates on Friday.

A 26-year-old builder accused of glassing a man at a busy Hitchin town centre bar is set for a crown court sentencing next month.

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A 26-year-old man from Letchworth has been handed a suspended sentence after he admitted committing child porn offences while already on the sex offenders register.

A 26-year-old man from Letchworth has been handed a suspended sentence after he admitted committing child porn offences while already on the sex offenders register.

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Julian Thompson, Mike, Rebecca Rawling, Emma Hyman, Amanda Tait, Mark Anderson, Father Ian, Amber and Matilde

Hitchin’s St Andrew’s Primary School and Nursery on Benslow Lane now has a new outdoor learning environment thanks to the efforts of their parent group, St Andrew’s School Association in raising an incredible £40,000 towards its cost.

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Wilshere-Dacre Year 6s sing at the offical clock tower opening ceremony.

Hitchin’s Wilshre-Dacre Junior Academy on Fishponds Road relaunched its clock tower as the culmination of a successful two year fundraising campaign.

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Robert Bloomfield Year 6 students meet Dame Esther Rantzen.

Pupils from a Shefford school have been recognised with a national award from children’s charity the NSPCC after they raised more than £28,000 for it over the past decade.

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The Knights Templar School year 8 and 9 boys get some coaching from England and Saracens rugby player Alex Goode

Knights Templar School in Baldock has been paid a visit by an England and Saracens rugby player.

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Geraint Edwards

The head of a Hitchin school has responded to a petition signed by hundreds which calls for greater freedom in dress code by telling pupils that rules are in place for a reason.

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A 12-year-old girl getting off a bus in a village near Hitchin was kicked down the steps by a grown man  and police are now appealing for witnesses.

A 12-year-old girl getting off a bus in a village near Hitchin was kicked down the steps by a grown man – and police are now appealing for witnesses.

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From left, Sharon Bell from Stevenages children centres, the Stevenage Educational Trusts Shelagh Mackay, SCTs Caroline Haskins and James Jeffrey, a play worker from Stevenage Borough Council.

Children who attend play schemes in Stevenage will be munching on healthy cereals, fruit and wholemeal toast in the mornings thanks to a new scheme being co-ordinated by the Stevenage Community Trust.

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Simon Mason, (son), Joan Lloyd, Sue Mason, (wife), Mayor John Lloyd and Andrew Mason, (son)

Friends, family and former colleagues gathered at Stevenage Indoor Market on Wednesday to unveil a plaque to remember a stalwart trader who died after a battle with cancer.

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The site of the former Black Squirrel pub on Gernon Road in Letchworth.

A plan to build flats on the site of Letchworth’s first purpose-built pub was rejected last night.

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Luton Airport's change in flight paths are affecting residents throughout Herts, including those living including those living in Stevenage and Letchworth - but avoids Luton itself. This shows just one day in March this year: westerly departures in blue, arrivals in red.

Complaints about plane noise from Luton Airport have leapt by 78 per cent, with residents saying their lives have been ‘devastated’ by detrimental flight path changes.

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Rhythms of the World

Hitchin’s Rhythms of the World summer festival is holding a day of live music at venues around the town tomorrow – including at six pubs!

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The Marais Ensemble are set to perform at the Potton Music Festival.

Fans of live music need not look far this weekend, with the Potton Music Festival starting tonight, Friday.

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The brick that was thrown at Andy Kirk's car.

A Stevenage motorist had a brick thrown at his windscreen while he was driving down the A602 Broadhall Way in the early hours of yesterday morning.

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A person has been hit by a train at Potters Bar, according to National Rail.

One line remains blocked on the Great Northern route after someone was hit and killed by a train at Potters Bar railway station.

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Sonia Whitby

A Biggleswade snake lover came to the aid of a Sandy woman who was rattled after discovering one in her garden this week.

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North Herts District Council offices in Letchworth.

Groups campaigning to preserve Green Belt around Baldock and Letchworth have reacted with dismay to the appoval of the North Herts draft Local Plan on Wednesday night.

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Jo West uses a water bottle to show how deep the pothole is.

Motorists whose cars were damaged by a mammoth pothole between Letchworth and Stotfold have had their claims for compensation rejected by Herts County Council – and several are launching appeals.

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Comet journalist JP Asher tries out the anti-gravity treadmill at the Herts MS Therapy Centre in Letchworth.

Anti-gravity treadmills aren’t just for astronauts anymore – they’ve been adopted by professional athletes too, and now one of the machines is benefitting patients at a Letchworth therapy centre.

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Letchworth girl May Stewart's 1929 diary, which was found in Italy in the 1990s and is now in the possession of Claudia Rizzo.

Do you recognise the name May Stewart, or perhaps Velma Williams, Phyllis Rogers or Stella Boon?

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Biggleswade, Sandy, Potton

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Police have appealed for information about the Stotfold incident.

An investigation has been launched after a distraction burglary in Stotfold which saw a man knock on a woman’s door with a bunch of flowers before his accomplices charged in and stole several items of her jewellery.

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