Review of the year 2013: September

Cockroaches in some of the food packaging

Cockroaches in some of the food packaging - Credit: Archant

A man staged a rooftop protest, residents were evacuated after a chemical leak and a restaurant had a cockroach infestation in September.

Gabriel Yellowe protests at Stevenage Police Station

Gabriel Yellowe protests at Stevenage Police Station - Credit: Archant

• Emergency service cordoned off a road and evacuated residents in Bowyer Drive, Letchworth GC, following a chemical leak.

A man in his 20s suffered burns to his arm and face in an incident involving chemicals.

He was taken to hospital with residents returning to their homes at around midnight.

• An Indian restaurant was closed after inspectors discovered it was infested with cockroaches.


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The Maharajah, based in Stevenage High Street, was visited by Stevenage Borough Council officers who issued an order prohibiting the business from operating.

The restaurant later reopened after officers were satisfied that the matter had been resolved.

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• A call was made for crash barriers to be installed and a lower speed limit introduced on a “seriously dangerous” road.

Stevenage resident Jo Sorrell described the pedestrian barrier separating James Way and her home as “insufficient”, and said there had been a number of accidents on the road throughout the year.

• A man staged a rooftop protest at Stevenage Police Station.

Gabriel Yellowe, of Langthorne Avenue in the town, was protesting against his perceived unfair treatment by the police.

The 52-year-old said: “What about justice for me? What about my job? My family? This is not going to be over until I get justice.”

• Balstock 2013 “absolutely smashed it”, according to this year’s organiser.

The music festival in Baldock saw 166 acts watched by record crowds.

Organiser Graeme LaRoche said: “We absolutely smashed it. I’m so incredibly proud of everyone who gave their time and efforts to Balstock.”

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