JP Asher

Reporter JP Asher. Photo: Danny Loo

John Patrick ‘JP’ Asher is Hitchin reporter for the Comet, and also contributes to Archant titles such as the Royston Crow, Welwyn Hatfield Times and Herts Advertiser. He lives in Hitchin with his wife and two small children, and is a keen Luton Town football supporter.

Mon, 14:29

A disgraced former police officer who sexually abused two young girls over a period of four years has been jailed.

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Herts police
Mon, 09:11

A drink-driver who went the wrong way down the A505 while almost four times the alcohol limit has been given a suspended prison sentence.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

North Herts District Council has told this paper its officers took weeks to inform the leader that questions had been raised over an unlawful allowance rise vote.

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Lynda Needham
Monday, April 9, 2018

The full list of candidates has been confirmed ahead of elections to North Hertfordshire District Council next month.

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North Hertfordshire District Council
Saturday, April 7, 2018

A grant funding pot of almost £90,000 for charities, volunteer groups and more is up for grabs until May 4.

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North Herts District Council
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

An “administrative glitch” was to blame for North Herts District Council voting to raise members’ allowances unlawfully, its leader has told this paper.

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Lynda Needham
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Conservative members of Herts County Council have been accused of hypocrisy after they voted down a motion on free school meals, then “trooped off” to enjoy one themselves.

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David Williams
Friday, March 30, 2018

Young and old came together in Therfield at the weekend for a mammoth Easter egg hunt.

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Tara McGovern
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Buses will replace trains between Royston and Cambridge all day on Easter Sunday.

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Network Rail
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

There are delays on the railways between Hitchin and Cambridge due to a signalling fault at Hitchin that means a southbound line is blocked.

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Network Rail
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Six registered sex offenders from Hertfordshire are wanted because their whereabouts are unknown, police have today confirmed – and officers have appealed for the public’s help tracking down three of them.

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Robert Morton
Monday, March 19, 2018

Firefighters are on the scene on the A505 between Baldock and Royston to deal with a serious car fire near the Weston Hills tunnel.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

An amber snow warning has been issued for Hertfordshire later today and tomorrow – with motorists advised to travel only if necessary.

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United Kingdom
Friday, March 16, 2018

A “cold and calculated” paedophile who blackmailed Hertfordshire schoolgirls as young as 12 into sending nude photographs of themselves has been jailed.

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Herts police
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Planning permission for a development of 39 homes on the northern edge of Royston has tonight been granted at the third time of asking.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Conservative association has been criticised for falsely claiming it is possible to pay North Herts’ new brown bin charge by instalments.

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Judi Billing
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It’s 35 years since the UK first made it compulsory to wear a seatbelt – yet last year 420 people were prosecuted in Hertfordshire for not buckling up.

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Beds
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A nine-year-old boy remains “in a serious condition” in hospital following a three-car crash on the A505 near Royston yesterday, and police have now appealed for witnesses.

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Lister Hospital
Monday, March 12, 2018

Roman treasures found between Baldock and Royston went on show for the first time at the weekend – and visitors were queueing out the door.

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North Herts District Council
Saturday, March 10, 2018

A dementia home in Barley has donated £500 to the Alzheimer’s Society after reaching the final for a national award.

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Alzheimer's Society
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

North Herts district and Herts county councils have now set their budgets for the next financial year – and there are council tax rises at both levels.

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David Williams
Sunday, March 4, 2018

Ashwell’s international French horn maestro Ben Goldscheider will be back in North Herts to help Hitchin Chamber Orchestra launch its 2018 concert series.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

The week’s snow and ice haven’t stopped Hertfordshire’s meals on wheels from reaching their destinations, as everyone signed up has received their hot food.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Most Herts families will today find out where their children are going to secondary or upper school in September – and one in five don’t have their first choice.

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Terry Douris
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

As the so-called “Beast from the East” covers our town and villages with snow, some schools in and around Royston are closing early this afternoon.

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Freman College
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The snowy Siberian blast dubbed “The Beast from the East” is set to send temperatures plummeting down to -5°C in Royston tonight, with a Met Office yellow weather warning in place.

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Met Office
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A person has died after being hit by a train north of Hitchin railway station.

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Network Rail
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

An average of two sex offences targeting children and young people are recorded in Hertfordshire every day, according to new police figures.

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Herts police
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A baby’s nanny was jailed for 10 months today after she deliberately made an 18-month-old boy fall three feet to the floor.

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Addenbrooke's Hospital
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Tuesday marks 100 years since women first got the vote in this country – and a costume company is to mark the occasion by dressing like the suffrage campaigners of a century ago.

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