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A Biggleswade pubgoer was allegedly robbed and assaulted after taking a ride in what turned out to be an unlicensed minicab at the weekend – and police have today appealed for witnesses.

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A garden built by a team of young people in memory of a beloved Baldock school secretary has today been unveiled at her old workplace.

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As North Hertforshire baked in the UK’s hottest weather since 1976, Comet photographer Danny Loo cooled off by visiting some of our splash parks and swimming pools to see how families were coping in the heat.

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Neighbours living in Stevenage’s tower blocks have been left shocked by the devastating fire in Grenfell tower last week.

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Sort out our pool – that’s the message from visitors to Hitchin’s swimming spot as attendances soared amid the sweltering heat last weekend.

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What a difference a week makes. It’s only been seven days since my last column but in that time I’ve been busy launching a new website dedicated for Stevenage town centre.

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In April 2016 the owners of Shires Funeral Directors commissioned a special report to look into the attitudes of the modern public to death.

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Hitchin man Steve MacSweeney has taken the germ of an idea formed while he was out walking the dog and is busy turning it into reality!

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A social worker from Biggleswade recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his work with disabled children has said we are all only as good as the teams of which we are part.

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In 2016 Bragbury End Residents’ Association approached Stevenage Borough Council and said there was a strip of land which they would like to take over to create a community garden. The council had no other plans for the strip and were pleased to have the residents offer to take care of it.

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The council is investing to improve play areas for children and young people in Stevenage. Earlier this year it opened six new play areas designed with the help of local children. Work starts on two more in Pin Green in July.

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The Friends of Hampson Park group have been working with Stevenage Borough Council to help improve their popular local park. They have applied for funding to help buy new play equipment in partnership with the council, such as the outdoor gym and skate park.

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Tucked away in a corner of Hitchin, there is a team hard at work developing innovative products for the food and drink and pharmaceutical industries, carrying on the work started by their founder more than 170 years ago.

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A prisoner is to walk free within a week after having his aggravated burglary conviction quashed in a landmark court case.

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A teenager walking across a Stevenage playing field was taken to hospital after being struck on the head after being approached from behind - and police have today appealed for witnesses.

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People from all walks of life came together at the weekend as groups in Letchworth and Hitchin took part in the Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox, raising hundreds of pounds for good causes.

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A charity which collects thousands of books and transforms shipping containers into libraries for deprived African communities is appealing for help with its latest project.

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A light aircraft pilot died when his plane crashed in a field near Walkern yesterday police have confirmed.

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A teenage girl in Letchworth has received unwanted attention from a topless motorist who demanded she take his phone number – and police have today appealed for witnesses.

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A veterinary practice serving the Biggleswade area is set to welcome visitors to an open day this weekend, with pony rides, exotic animals and more for all the family to enjoy.

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A fraudster who forged a building society letter to try to get out of paying a four-figure hotel bill has been given a suspended jail sentence.

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Police were called after it is believed a cat was drenched in motor oil before being thrown against the side of a house, causing catastrophic injuries.

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A light aircraft crashed in a field near Walkern this morning, police have said.

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A Baldock school’s online and video news teams won a remarkable five categories at a national awards ceremony last night.

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Rather than settling for a quiet birthday meal, a super-fit fundraiser has celebrated her 70th birthday with a 192-mile walk across England for charity.

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Police have now located a man from Stevenage who was reported missing last week – after he responded to their appeal to trace him with comments on social media.

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A pair of students hiking 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada have now raised more than £1,000 for charity – as they approach the halfway point of their great American odyssey.

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Stevenage’s MP and mayor joined the Royal British Legion and other veterans yesterday for the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag ahead of this year’s celebration on Saturday.

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The Comet has been tracking Stevenage’s inspirational Twin Towns cyclists as they rode across five countries in their bid to raise as much money as possible for Lister Hospital – and the message after more than 1,000 kilometeres is: ‘We did it!’

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A big-hearted seven-year-old from Hitchin has been busy working on a fundraising project to aid Herts Air Ambulance.

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This weekend’s Hitchin Fire Station Open Day has been hailed as bear-rilliant fun – and helped three worthy charities.

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A cocaine and heroin dealer from Hitchin has been sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty by a jury.

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A Hitchin computer wizz has drawn on his love of the cult 1980s computer game Daley Thompson’s Decathlon to create his own app for smartphones.

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A man has died after falling from a bridge near Hitchin.

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Hundreds of people turned out for a true show of community yesterday at the Baldock Big Lunch, with great food ranging from fish and chips to curry.

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Police got an unexpected response today when a man they were looking for in an online missing person appeal started replying to it himself with comments on social media.

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A Hitchin creative and former journalist has launched an new online business looking to pay homage to the extraordinary talents of the UK’s best photojournalists.

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It was an eventful day in one of Letchworth’s shopping thoroughfares on Saturday, with the ribbon being cut on a new business – while another held a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

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Book lovers gathered from across our area and beyond to meet a famous children’s illustrator and author as she launched her latest book in Hitchin.

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Hertfordshire Constabulary has said it will continue to conduct reassurance patrols across the county following the latest terrorist attack in Finsbury Park this morning.

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A 30-year-old man from Stevenage has been missing since before the weekend, and police have today appealed for the public’s help tracing him.

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A Letchworth man who went missing from Stevenage yesterday morning has now been found safe and well.

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Two cars have been involved in a crash on the A505 near Baldock this morning, and officers remain at the scene.

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Increased support for the wellbeing and mental health of our region’s ambulance service staff has been pledged, with employees working “under huge pressure and often in unpleasant or dangerous conditions”.

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North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt is back in government as a foreign office minister – and he’s looking forward to working with Britain’s Middle East partners again.

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A violent repeat offender from Stevenage who continued beating a woman despite being threatened with a prison term has now been jailed.

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A Biggleswade pubgoer was allegedly robbed and assaulted after taking a ride in what turned out to be an unlicensed minicab at the weekend – and police have today appealed for witnesses.

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