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Flynn Pharma's in Stevenage.

Stevenage based pharmaceutical firm Flynn Pharma says it will appeal against a huge fine imposed by the The Competition and Markets Authority for hiking the price of epilepsy drugs.

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Rebecca Kelly

An award-winning centre offering holistic treatments has launched a shop in Hitchin’s town centre.

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Stephen McPartland

As Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership waits for an announcement on government funds which could be used to revamp Stevenage railway station and begin the transformation of the town centre, Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland has claimed it does not have the backing of millions of pounds of private funds it has suggested.

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Hitchin Band

Hitchin brass band has been busy throughout the year celebrating their 150th anniversary and are set to bring the year to an end with a joint concert, a new CD and some exciting news for the future.

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A 3D schematic showing how the proposed Howard Cottage sheltered housing redevelopment at Hamonte would be laid out. Picture: The Design Partnership

A planning application has been made to knock down a Letchworth sheltered housing scheme and rebuild it as a multi-storey assisted living complex of 71 two-bedroom flats for the elderly.

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Police at the scene of the crash on the A602 in Hitchin.

Police closed a road in Hitchin for a short time this afternoon after a two-car crash on the A602 near the town centre.

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Yvonne Caylor of Hitchin is standing trial accused of murdering her half-sister Nicola Collingbourne (pictured), at Ivel Court in Letchworth, on May 23.

A woman accused of disguising herself with a wig, fake goatee beard and heavy-framed glasses before killing her half-sister with a chicken-shaped casserole pot in Letchworth today told a jury she was not the killer.

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Alan Johnson MP is coming to Letchworth.

Letchworth sees a book signing on Sunday – with MP and former Home Secretary Alan Johnson set to introduce and sign the third volume of his memoirs The Long and Winding Road from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

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Terry Wadsworth from Sandy, who died aged 55 in November 2014 following failures at Bedford Hospital.

Hospital staff three times failed to diagnose the illness that led to a Sandy grandfather’s death in 2014, a coroner has ruled – and his widow says he may have well have just stayed at home.

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Unhappy local parents and their children in the Brook View playground.

Plans to close a Hitchin playground have created uproar – leaving a little girl in tears, and parents and childminders up in arms this week.

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Flynn Pharma's in Stevenage.

A Stevenage pharmaceutical firm has been hit with a £5.2 million fine after hiking the price of epilepsy drugs sold to the NHS by more than 2,600 per cent.

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A 54-year-old woman was shoved to the ground and robbed of her purse in Hitchin on Monday afternoon  and police have now appealed for witnesses.

A 54-year-old woman was shoved to the ground and robbed of her purse in Hitchin on Monday afternoon – and police have now appealed for witnesses.

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A woman getting off a bus in Letchworth on Tuesday was allegedly hit by it moments later  and with a prior altercation between the passenger and driver reported, police have today appealed for witnesses.

A woman getting off a bus in Letchworth on Tuesday was allegedly hit by it moments later – and with a prior altercation between the passenger and driver reported, police have today appealed for witnesses.

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Garden City Montessori School French language assistant Annabelle Cattin and head of school Sarah Cummins with some of the donations for Christmas day.

For an example of the true spirit of Christmas, you need look no further than a group of Letchworth volunteers who are offering free festive food, gifts and vital supplies to the less fortunate on Christmas Day.

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The Baldock Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal stall at the Christmas Fayre in Baldock on Saturday.

The Royal British Legion’s Baldock branch has raised £13,300 so far for this year’s Poppy Appeal – with a charity pub quiz and a Christmas market stall among the fundraising initiatives.

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The John Goldsmith plaque at North Herts College's Hitchin campus at its unveiling, flanked by his daughter Shirley and son Bob.

A plaque honouring North Herts College founder chairman John Goldsmith’s contribution to the education and training of young people was unveiled at its Hitchin campus on Monday.

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Maxmilian Holba from Stevenage is in the final 10 of MasterChef: The Professionals.

A head chef from Stevenage made it through to the final 10 of MasterChef: The Professionals last night, although a fellow local didn’t make the cut.

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Decorations at the All in One Season Dutch Winter House in Letchworth. Photo: Kasia Burke

Hundreds converged on Letchworth from far and wide to see the Winter House decorated and opened to visitors by a Dutch floral designer.

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Representatives from Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs the Great Northern service, will be speaking at County Hall today.

Bosses responsible for trains across Stevenage and North Herts will face up to their critics at a public meeting this morning.

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Zoe Cunningham is determined to support others who have been victims of sibling sexual abuse.

A woman has started an awareness campaign to help sexual abuse victims who are suffering in silence after she says she was abused by her brother.

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Heartless thieves have stolen a blow-up Father Christams doll from a garden centre in Codicote.

Police are hunting heartless thieves after they stole a blow-up Father Christmas doll from a garden centre near Hitchin.

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The final 12 for MasterChef: The Professionals, which included Andrew D'Amery and Maximilian Holba.

Two Stevenage men who cook for a living have made the final 12 of MasterChef: The Professionals and in tonight’s episode on BBC Two will be battling for a place in the next round.

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A 26-year-old man from Stevenage has been remanded into custody after being charged with a number of thefts from vehicles in Hitchin over the past week.

A 26-year-old man from Stevenage has been remanded into custody after being charged with a number of thefts from vehicles in Hitchin over the past week.

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Visitors take a selfie with the Coca-Cola truck in Baldock Tesco.

With the Coca-Cola Christmas truck in Baldock this afternoon, holidays are definitely coming – and young and old alike have come out to enjoy the fun.

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A Stevenage man was punched, wrestled to the ground and left with head and facial injuries by two robbers who took his wallet in the Old Town on Sunday night  and police have now appealed for witnesses.

A Stevenage man was punched, wrestled to the ground and left with head and facial injuries by two robbers who took his wallet in the Old Town on Sunday night – and police have now appealed for witnesses.

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Ryley Phillip, 11, whose Lifan 150 motocross bike was stolen last night.

An 11-year-old boy from Baldock is heartbroken after he woke up this morning to find his prized motocross bike – his Christmas present last year – was stolen during the night.

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These are just a few of the task force of craftsmen, traders and project managers who have offered to help Francesse

A former midwife who grew up in Mauritius but served the NHS for 45 years, will hopefully be able to look forward to Christmas in her own home after Stevenage traders came together to answer an appeal for help in the Comet.

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Michael at the competition.

A Stevenage school ‘dinner man’ has been crowned the best school chef in the East of England using an old family recipe – and he’s set to go up against nine other regional champs in the national final in March.

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A stately-looking crib from Shelagh Cox at the St Ippolyts Crib Festival.

Hundreds flocked to St Ippolyts over the weekend for the village church’s annual Nativity Crib Festival, a staple of the North Herts Advent season.

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A 39-year-old pedestrian from Stevenage died at the scene on Friday night after a serious crash with a vehicle on the A505 near Hitchin, police today confirmed.

A 39-year-old pedestrian from Stevenage died at the scene on Friday night after a serious crash with a vehicle on the A505 near Hitchin, police today confirmed.

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A woman from Stevenage who was domestically abused has spoken out so other victims know they are not alone, and that there is always a way out.

With police reports of domestic abuse on the increase, and further funding for a specialist unit approved, one brave victim has told the Comet her story in a bid to show other victims they are not alone.

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The rover in the Mars yard at Stevenage

Stevenage space engineers are one step closer to landing a rover on Mars after crucial funding for the ExoMars mission was approved by the European Space Agency on Friday.

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Hitchin MP Peter Lilley has labelled Govia 'appalling and incompetent' as fares are set to rise again.

Hitchin MP Peter Lilley has launched a scathing attack against train operator Govia Thameslink after the under-fire franchise announced its fare increase at the same time as a new compensation scheme.

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Participants in Saturday's Santa Canta. Photo: North Herts Road Runners

Almost 200 runners of all ages came together for a great cause on Saturday as hundreds of pounds were raised for charity at a ‘Santa Canta’ around Norton Common in Letchworth – with one man going the distance in his Speedos!

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The fire at Two Chimneys pub outhouse in Letchworth.

A pub outhouse in Letchworth was destroyed by fire last night, with customers evacuated from the main building as a safety precaution.

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Gennaro Capasso, Christopher Scott, Richard Slater, Mark Whitaker and Frank Berridge reading through the script before shooting a scene.

A Letchworth filmmaker originally from the region of Italy hit by August’s earthquake is set to hold a charity screening in Hitchin this Sunday night to raise money for the victims.

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New figures show a 19 per cent increase in assaults on East of England Ambulance Service staff.

New figures show a 19 per cent increase in assaults on ambulance service staff working in this region, with one paramedic terrified she was going to be strangled.

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A 33-year-old Stevenage man who stole cash and jewellery from his own grandmother has been jailed and ordered to pay thousands of pounds over the breach of trust.

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A fire has broken out at Two Chimneys pub in Letchworth.

Fire crews from Baldock, Hitchin and Stevenage were called to tackle a blaze at the site of the Two Chimneys pub in Letchworth this evening.

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John Roberts with his home dialysis machine

Can you imagine the debilitating impact on your life if you have to spend three days of each week travelling to your nearest hospital only to have needles stuck in your arm, as you are wired up to a dialysis machine for five hours at a stretch. You can’t move much, get up to go to the loo or to answer the phone. You can only sit and contemplate the waste of time.

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Food Bank

A Great Ashby charity worker has had some help from three very special little helpers in her bid to help people in need this Christmas.

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Holy Trinity Church in Weston.

In the churchyard at Holy Trinity Church in Weston, between Baldock and Stevenage, two stones stand 14 feet apart – marking the head and foot of a grave.

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Two lanes on the A1(M) northbound were closed for a time between Hitchin and Letchworth following a crash.

All lanes have reopened following a two-vehicle crash northbound on the A1(M) this morning between junction 8 for the A602 to Hitchin and junction 9 for Letchworth.

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Motorists calls for something to be done to improve roads have resulted in an additional £480,000 investment from Herts County Council in Stevenage for 2016/17.

Motorists’ calls for something to be done to improve roads have resulted in an additional £480,000 investment from Herts County Council in Stevenage for 2016/17.

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Michael Bartlett

You’ve heard of the fighting monk Friar Tuck, but have you ever heard of one that flies?

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The A505 was closed yesterday evening following a road crash between Luton and Hitchin.

The A505 was closed yesterday evening near Hitchin after a serious crash in Offley involving a vehicle and a pedestrian, and police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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Biggleswade, Sandy, Potton

Thu, 14:51
Terry Wadsworth from Sandy, who died aged 55 in November 2014 following failures at Bedford Hospital.

Hospital staff three times failed to diagnose the illness that led to a Sandy grandfather’s death in 2014, a coroner has ruled – and his widow says he may have well have just stayed at home.

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Education

Wed, 12:57
The John Goldsmith plaque at North Herts College's Hitchin campus at its unveiling, flanked by his daughter Shirley and son Bob.

A plaque honouring North Herts College founder chairman John Goldsmith’s contribution to the education and training of young people was unveiled at its Hitchin campus on Monday.

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