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A man who claimed to have a gun and threatened to harm himself in Stevenage Old Town has now handed himself in to police following a six-hour standoff.

A man who claimed to have a gun and threatened to harm himself in Stevenage Old Town has now handed himself in to police following a seven-hour standoff.

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A burglar who admitted stealing the cash tray from an off-licence till in Henlow has been jailed.

A burglar who admitted stealing the cash tray from an off-licence till in Henlow has been jailed.

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A motorist who Hitchin who admitted driving through Letchworth with more than six times the legal limit of cocaine in his system has been banned from the road.

A motorist who Hitchin who admitted driving through Letchworth with cocaine in his system has been banned from the road.

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Kenyan people are enjoying the new libraries established in their communities by Just Be A Child.

A charity is appealing for donations of books so a library can be established in a deprived African community.

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The scene at Tye End in Stevenage at 1.30am last night.

One person was taken to hospital after a house fire in Stevenage late last night – and officers are investigating the ‘suspicious’ blaze as an arson.

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Road police arrest a motorist in Stevenage on suspicion of dangerous driving, driving while unfit through drugs, failing to stop and driving without a valid MOT. Photo: @roadpoliceBCH via Twitter

Police in Stevenage swooped this afternoon to arrest a motorist on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop while unfit through drugs.

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A lorry driver from Stevenage who killed an elderly couple when he ploughed into stationary traffic at 56 miles per hour, without braking at all, was yesterday jailed.

A lorry driver from Stevenage who killed an elderly couple when he ploughed into stationary traffic at 56 miles per hour, without braking at all, was yesterday jailed.

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Fire engine

An inspection of Hertfordshire’s Fire and Rescue Service has revealed problems with staffing, IT equipment and buildings, but inspectors also said the service is “punching above its weight” in some areas.

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Samuel Whitbread Academy pupils Millie Stollery and Charlotte Barber, fundraising towards their Tanzania trip at Jordans Mill. Picture: Courtesy of Charlotte Barber

A pair of teenage students are holding bake sales, quizzes and more to raise funds towards an £8,000 trip to volunteer in Tanzania.

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An irate driver from Stevenage who deliberately rammed a pregnant mums car three times on the A602 into Hitchin was yesterday jailed.

An irate driver from Stevenage who deliberately rammed a pregnant mum’s car three times on the A602 into Hitchin was yesterday jailed.

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The newsagent in Queens Road, Royston was targeted by thieves twice at the end of last year.

A hefty reward is being offered to anyone with information on a spate of attempted cash machine break-ins in Herts, Cambs and Beds – including Royston and Sandy.

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Police on the scene after the crash in Swingate this morning.

An 86-year-old motorist from Stevenage has sadly died in hospital after being gravely injured when his car hit a wall in the town centre this morning.

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A social worker employed by Herts County Council has been suspended from the national register for repeatedly putting children at risk. File photo. Credit: Dmitri Maruta/Getty/iStockphoto

A social worker formerly employed by Herts County Council has been suspended from the national register for repeatedly putting children at risk.

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Ambulances leave the scene of a multi-car accident northbound on the A1(M).

Two people have been taken to hospital following a five-car crash on the A1(M) between Welwyn and Stevenage this afternoon.

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Pupils at St Michael's College. Credit Stefan Orszulik.

A former pupil of a long-forgotten Hitchin school is appealing for information on the site which is now Hitchin police station.

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Traffic queuing on the A1(M) between Welwyn and Stevenage after a multi-car accident.

A multi-vehicle crash has caused severe delays on the A1(M) stretching back to Welwyn Garden City.

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Judi Billing with the 20mph sign on Bearton Road

Hitchin’s streets are set to have lower speed limits introduced after the culmination of six years of tireless campaigning by a councillor.

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A man accused of racially abusing a Polish family in a Stevenage branch of Aldi has pleaded not guilty.

A man accused of racially abusing a Polish family in a Stevenage branch of Aldi last month has pleaded not guilty.

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Talented Jayne Mason is calling for men to join her Hitchin singing group

A talented pianist and composer from Hitchin who runs Glee-themed singing classes has launched an appeal for more men to join her group.

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A suspected drug dealer was arrested when officers raided a flat in Letchworth this morning, with class A drugs, an imitation handgun and cash seized.

A suspected drug dealer was arrested when officers raided a flat in Letchworth this morning, with class A drugs, an imitation handgun and cash seized.

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Emergency crews outside the Ibis Hotel in Stevenage after the car crash.

A motorist left with ‘life-threatening injuries’ when his car crashed into a wall in Stevenage town centre this morning has now been taken to hospital.

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Emergency crews outside the Ibis Hotel in Stevenage after the car crash. Photo: @AmboOfficer

Emergency crews including an air ambulance are in attendance in Stevenage town centre after a car crashed into a wall this morning, leaving the driver trapped.

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A disabled man who is now housebound after his wheelchair was stolen from outside his girlfriends home has been targeted by internet trolls over the incident. File photo. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A disabled man who is now housebound after his wheelchair was stolen from outside his girlfriend’s home has been targeted by internet trolls over the incident.

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A drink-driver who went back behind the wheel only a month after being banned has been jailed, and barred from the road for six years.

A drink-driver who went back behind the wheel only a month after being banned has been jailed, and barred from the road for six years.

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Delays are expected after a teenager fell onto the track at Shepreth branch junction.

Delays are expected to train services between Hitchin and Cambridge after a teenager fell off his bike and onto the railway track.

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Rugs, saddles and other tack have been stolen overnight after stables were broken into near Hitchin  and police have today appealed for information.

Rugs, saddles and other tack have been stolen overnight after stables were broken into near Hitchin – and police have today appealed for information.

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Children have fun at the Jackmans community fun day.

Almost 140 kids of all ages enjoyed a charity fun day on Letchworth’s Jackmans estate on Saturday, raising more than £150 for Garden House Hospice Care in the process.

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The waste from the cannabis factory, in the field near Breachwood Green. Photo: Courtesy of North Herts District Council

Bags of assorted waste from a cannabis factory have been found dumped in a field between Hitchin and Luton.

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A lorry hit a railway bridge in Hitchin this afternoon.

A lorry hit a railway bridge in Hitchin this afternoon.

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Volunteers from Feel Good Factor, now called Community Spirit, dressed up to entertain youngsters in hospital over Christmas.

An action group that entertained children in hospital, gave supplies to the homeless and sang with the elderly over Christmas has decided to continue the community spirit all year round.

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Councillor Lynda Needham

An anonymous Conservative councillor has shared concerns over failures and overspends and called for the current North Herts District Council leader to step down.

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Do you recognise this man? Police have released this CCTV image after an armed robbery at the Co-op store in Symonds Green on Valentine's Day, Tuesday.

Robbers held up a Stevenage branch of the Co-op on Valentine’s Day, having the cashier put wine and cash into a carrier bag – and police have today released CCTV images of two men they’d like to speak to.

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Brave Graham Rees from Baldock, in whose aid the concert is being held. Photo: Courtesy of Sharon Smith

A Baldock community big band is set to help raise funds to support a friend’s cancer treatment with a concert in the town next month.

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Hitchin MP Peter Lilley, Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland, North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald, chief executive of the East and North Herts NHS Trust Nick Carver and the Trust's chairman Ellen Schroder met at Parliament to discuss satellite radiotherapy and vascular surgical services at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

Specialist cancer treatment could be brought to Stevenage’s Lister Hospital if a campaign being backed by three members of parliament is successful.

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A Sandy surgerys move into the town centre looks set to go ahead after its request for reserved bays in the town council car park was endorsed by councillors on Monday.

A Sandy surgery’s move into the town centre looks set to go ahead after its request for reserved bays in the town council car park was endorsed by councillors on Monday.

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David and Samantha Harrison.

A grieving husband who lost his soulmate and the love of his life after she was struck down by a stroke has praised the ‘unbelievably professional’ care she received at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital.

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Police are appealing for witnesses after two burglaries in Fenland within 24 hours.

Jewellery was stolen on Thursday after someone smashed through the rear patio doors of a house near Hitchin – and police have today appealed for witnesses.

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Location, Location, Location presenter Phil Spencer, centre, with Lane & Bennetts director Michael Delaney, property manager Clair Foster, Letchworth negotiator Daniel Poulton and negotiator Paula Holm. Photo: Courtesy of Lane & Bennetts

If you put on Channel 4 tonight, you may see some familiar streets on Location, Location, Location – which features a Stevenage couple’s house-hunt in Letchworth, Baldock and Royston.

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A man in his 50s remains in hospital after being found in the street outside a Hitchin nightspot with serious facial and spinal injuries on Saturday  and police have today appealed for witnesses.

A man in his 50s remains in hospital after being found in the street outside a Hitchin nightspot with serious facial and spinal injuries on Saturday – and police have today appealed for witnesses.

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Sign2Sing at Knights Templar School in Baldock.

Schoolchildren in Letchworth and Baldock raised funds to help those affected by deafness last week by performing a song with associated hand signs.

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Delays after helium balloons get caught in overhead electric wires.

Two helium balloons that got caught in the overhead electric wires caused delays for Welwyn Hatfield commuters this morning.

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Judith Pooni with her eight-month-old daughter Sophia.

A mother-of-two has launched an appeal to raise money to buy a ‘cuddle cot’ for Lister Hospital in Stevenage, allowing grieving parents to spend precious time at home with their babies who have died.

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A 29-year-old man who admitted smearing faeces across the wall of a custody cell at Stevenage Police Station has been ordered to pay £220.

A 29-year-old man who admitted smearing faeces across the wall of a custody cell at Stevenage Police Station has been ordered to pay £220.

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The identity of the man in his 50s has never been revealed but he was known to be well spoken and reserved. he is pictured here in police reconstructions.

The identity of a mystery tattooed man who died in Biggleswade almost exactly 20 years ago remains a mystery police are still keen to solve.

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Firefighters rescued a man from a first floor flat in Sharps Court on Cooks Way, Hitchin.

Heroic firefighters helped save a man from a burning first floor flat in a blaze which resulted in a Hitchin pensioner arrested on suspicion of arson with an intent to endanger life.

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The Baldock Beast 2016. Credit: Stephen Drayton

The Baldock Beast Half Marathon through the North Herts villages and countryside is back for its sixth year – and the deadline for sign-ups is this Monday.

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Yanky Fachler speaks at the Letchworth Settlement on Monday night.

Letchworth, Stotfold and Shefford may not be the first places that spring to mind when you think of Jewish history – but as a visiting author explained last night, the connections there are actually quite strong.

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A burglar who admitted stealing the cash tray from an off-licence till in Henlow has been jailed.

A burglar who admitted stealing the cash tray from an off-licence till in Henlow has been jailed.

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Aerospace engineers of the future from Letchworth’s Pixmore Junior School helped to send a robot flying 33km towards space – and now await his return to Pixmore for analysis.

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