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They may have been backing opposite sides in the Labour leadership contest but Stevenage Borough Council's mayor and deputy mayor have called for the party to unite to fight the Tories.

It’s time for the Labour Party to heal its divisions and get behind its new leader so it can mount an effective opposition to the Tories.

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Angels Farm fire. PICTURE: Mark 'Budge' Burgess.

Cattle were evacuated from a farm near Hitchin after a blaze involving 950 tonnes of hay engulfed a haystack and barn overnight – as more than 40 brave firefighters battled the inferno all night.

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The redevelopment of Park Place, if given the go ahead, is set to kick-start the regeneration of Stevenage town centre.

These exclusive images of the proposed £50 million redevelopment of Stevenage’s Park Place backed by an investment bank give hope that some of the cash needed to regenerate the town centre has arrived.

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A soldier from Stevenage who left blood running down a complete strangers face after repeatedly glassing him on a dancefloor has been slammed by a judge as disgraceful.

A soldier from Stevenage who left blood running down a complete stranger’s face after repeatedly glassing him on a dancefloor has been slammed by a judge as ‘disgraceful’.

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Senior officials from Hitchin's Royal British Legion threaten to quit.

Senior officials from the Hitchin branch of the Royal British Legion are set to resign en masse due to the lack of support from head office after their previous Paynes Park property was sold three years ago.

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Gordon Reid, Marie Sheren and Alfie Hewitt

An inspirational Stevenage mum with epilepsy returned from volunteering at the Rio Paralympics – having had the working trip of a lifetime.

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Lord Robert Winston speaks to science pupils in the new science centre at the Knights Templar School.

Professor, TV presenter and all-round brainbox Lord Robert Winston was in Baldock on Friday to formally open a new £3 million school science centre.

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Lynda Colby and her daughter Hannah together in New Zealand.

A Stotfold mum flew all the way to New Zealand to surprise her daughter on her 21st birthday – and a video of the heartwarming moment has won her two return flights anywhere in the world.

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Adam Clough

Missing Sandy teenager Adam Clough, for whose welfare officers had been extremely concerned, has been found safe and well.

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Lifelong Luton fan Paul Bacon from Stotfold shakes hands with the referee at the head of the Luton team. Photo: Gareth Owen

A Stotfold dad who has supported Luton Town all his life got a memorable 50th birthday surprise on Saturday when he was told just before kick-off to kit up and lead the team out.

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A T-junction plan in Hertford Road, Stevenage, has been approved as part of plans to improve traffic flow on the A602.

The first stage of a £19.4 million major project to improve the A602 between Stevenage and Ware has been granted planning permission.

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North Herts District Council's offices in Letchworth.

A draft Local Plan to build 14,000 homes in North Herts was approved at a cabinet meeting in Letchworth last night.

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A picture of missing man Brian Martin supplied to the Comet by police.

Fears are growing for the welfare of a man who has been missing from Offley since last week.

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Delays building a new bay platform at Stevenage railway station have led bosses to propose replacing services to Hertford North with buses starting in May 2018  and, separately, Baldock looks set to be left off semi-fast services into London.

Delays building a new bay platform at Stevenage railway station have led bosses to propose replacing services to Hertford North with buses starting in May 2018 – and, separately, Baldock looks set to be left off semi-fast services into London.

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Sheep grazing in the Weston Hills nature reserve in Baldock.

A lamb had to be put down after being found with a grave wound to its neck in Baldock’s Weston Hills nature reserve on Sunday – and environmental officers have today appealed for information.

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Adam Clough

Police are continuing to search for missing teenager Adam Clough from Sandy in Bedfordshire.

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Ambulance and police at the scene of the crash at Junction 6 for Welwyn.

All lanes are now open northbound following a multi-vehicle crash on the A1(M) this morning which saw two people taken to hospital.

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There are traffic delays following a crash on the A1(M) this morning near Junction 6 for Welwyn.

A crash believed to involve two cars and a van is causing tailbacks on the A1(M) northbound this morning around Junction 6 for Welwyn.

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Rosetta has been studying the comet for two years.

Technicians at Airbus Defence & Space in Stevenage put hours of painstaking work into building the Rosetta spacecraft so that it could travel 500 million miles across the solar system to study a comet. But on Friday they will watch as it is crash landed into the side of the space rock it has been looking at for the past two years.

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Police are looking for a man who mugged a woman in her 70s in broad daylight on Friday.

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The Fun Palaces event comes to Stevenage on October 1

Stevenage residents are invited to get arty and scientific when Stevenage Museum and play centres across the town transform into ‘Fun Palaces’ on Saturday, October 1.

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A burst main in Letchworth left hundreds of customers without running water yesterday  with Morrisons in the town centre struggling to meet demand for the bottled stuff during the drought.

A burst main in Letchworth left hundreds of customers without running water yesterday – with Morrisons in the town centre struggling to meet demand for the bottled stuff during the drought.

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Adam Clough

Police are asking for help to find missing 16-year-old Adam Clough from Sandy.

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Officers arrested a suspected class A drug dealer when they carried out a raid in Letchworth on Friday morning.

Officers arrested a suspected class A drug dealer when they carried out a raid in Letchworth on Friday morning.

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A man in his 50s broke his thighbone during Hitchin's Cobbled Classic.

A cyclist was taken to hospital after crashing during a closed road race in Hitchin yesterday.

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A cyclist was hospitalised after a crash in Whitwell.

A cyclist was airlifted to hospital after being involved in a collision with a car in Whitwell yesterday.

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Suzzanne rowing

A quarter of a century after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, a Stevenage personal trainer hasn’t forgotten the treatment she received and is still fundraising for the cancer centre which supported her at the time.

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Biggleswade station

Roads around Biggleswade 
railway station are soon to 
be subject to new parking restrictions in an effort to stop 
commuters dumping their cars in residential roads before getting on the train.

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Forster Country

Some of Stevenage’s most cherished green spaces are the subject of a new guide book aimed at preserving them for future generations.

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An image of what the outside of the Debenhams store will look like when it opens in the autumn of 2017.

The North Herts job market is booming – that’s according to the Department for Work and Pensions’ operations manager in Stevenage.

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Firefighters tackled a blaze in the grounds of Our Lady Catholic Primary School in Hitchin. Picture: @budgehitchinWC

Firefighers tackled a blaze in the grounds of a primary school in Hitchin this morning.

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Tani Whittaker has been found safe and well.

A sixteen-year-old girl who went missing from Hitchin has been found safe and well.

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Hundreds of visitors to Norton Common could have a potentially life-wrecking disease and not even know it  thats according to a Letchworth man who is trying to raise awareness after two blood tests failed to spot the infection.

Hundreds of visitors to Norton Common could have a potentially life-wrecking disease and not even know it – that’s according to a Letchworth man who is trying to raise awareness after two blood tests failed to spot the infection.

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Three people were hurt in a crash near the turning for the A505 in Odsey yesterday evening.

A baby was among three people hurt in a crash off the A505 near Ashwell yesterday evening.

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Stevenage Borough Council

People who want to turn their homes into Houses of Multiple Occupation will have to seek planning permission under new measures being considered by Stevenage Borough Council.

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Fire crews were called to an incident in Letchworth overnight where a car hit a tree.

Crews from Hitchin, Stevenage and Baldock Fire and Rescue Service were called to an incident in Letchworth just before 4am this morning when a car hit a tree.

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A rogue landlord who admitted renting out houses in Stotfold and Arlesey with serious safety hazards has been ordered to pay more than £8,500.

A rogue landlord who admitted renting out houses in Stotfold and Arlesey with serious safety hazards has been ordered to pay more than £8,500.

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Missing Tani Whittaker was last seen at her home in Chaucer Way, Hitchin, on Wednesday, September 21.

A public appeal to trace a missing teenage girl from Hitchin has been launched this afternoon as concern grows about her welfare.

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Video: WI dancers surprise Stevenage with flash mob antics

Friday, September 23, 2016
The Women's Institute perform a flash mob dance in Stevenage square.

Women’s Institute members took a belt and braces approach in characteristic style when they decided to put on a flash mob dance in Stevenage town centre to promote the popular women’s association.

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Stevenage's Just Be A Child charity has opened another library for deprived children in Kenya.

A project to transform a shipping container into a library for deprived African children has finally been completed thanks to donations totalling £600 from Comet readers.

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Thomas Hannifin, 24, has had his sentence reduced to 11 years and six months.

A burglar who targeted the elderly in a string of ‘despicable’ offences in Royston, Stevenage, Hitchin and elsewhere today had his prison sentence reduced by top judges on appeal.

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Robert Farrow, who has now been found safe and well.

A 53-year-old man who went missing from his home in Stevenage yesterday morning has been found safe and well.

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A section of the Great Wall of China at Juyongguan. Inset, Sue Hutchinson and Lissa McGown fundraising for the Alzheimer's Society at the Orange Tree in Baldock before their Great Wall trek. Great Wall photo: Anagoria.

A pair of fundraising friends are set to take part in a 80km trek along the Great Wall of China next month to support those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

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The owner of Gold Star Taxis in Stevenage has upped security in the wake of the robbery.

The owner of a Stevenage taxi firm which was targeted by robbers in the early hours of Tuesday morning has said security has been overhauled in the wake of the raid.

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Tony Hunter, Ros Allwood and strategic director of customer services John Robinson discuss the planned construction work outside Hitchin Town Hall in 2011.

A senior North Herts District Council officer who played a big role in the ongoing Hitchin Town Hall and museum project has taken early retirement.

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Beds firefighter Carolin Horgan, who is an on-call crew member in Leighton Buzzard. Photo: David Stubbs

A crew of female Beds firefighters are set to tour the county this Saturday as part of a drive to increase the number of women in the fire service.

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Biggleswade, Sandy, Potton

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Adam Clough

Missing Sandy teenager Adam Clough, for whose welfare officers had been extremely concerned, has been found safe and well.

Education

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Lord Robert Winston speaks to science pupils in the new science centre at the Knights Templar School.

Professor, TV presenter and all-round brainbox Lord Robert Winston was in Baldock on Friday to formally open a new £3 million school science centre.

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