JP Asher

Reporter JP Asher. Photo: Danny Loo

John Patrick ‘JP’ Asher is chief 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.

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Lawyers for the Therfield Regulation Trust have claimed the Conservators of Therfield Heath and Greens ceased to exist as a separate legal entity in 1979 – apparently rewriting decades of documented Royston history.

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Therfield Regulation Trust
Yesterday, 15:30

The Melbourn Hub was abuzz during a cream tea fundraiser for a woman with a terminal illness.

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Addenbrooke's Hospital
Friday, August 10, 2018

The councillor responsible for North Hertfordshire’s waste collections has been accused of being out of touch after he alleged “certain factions” were exaggerating problems.

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Lynda Needham
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A former Melbourn Village College PE teacher who looked up pornography on a school laptop while at home has been allowed to stay in the profession.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The July 31 deadline set by North Herts council’s cabinet for a deal over the would-be district museum entrance in Hitchin has passed without an agreement.

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Julian Cunningham
Friday, July 27, 2018

A 71-year-old retiree with severe disabilities has castigated North Herts waste contractor Urbaser and accused it of misleading customers after her garden and food waste was uncollected for weeks.

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North Herts District Council
Thursday, July 26, 2018

A 53-year-old man has been missing since Monday, and police say he could be in the Royston area.

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Royston
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Campaigners calling for the government to think again on education funding have won cross-party backing from both district and county councillors.

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Lynda Needham
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The December timetable change for Great Northern services has been cancelled – meaning, among other things, that trains between Stevenage and Hertford will run for an extra six months.

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Chris Grayling
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

There are delays on the railways between Stevenage and London after police were called to Welwyn Garden City over concerns for a man’s welfare.

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British Transport Police
Monday, July 9, 2018

The leader of North Herts District Council has apologised for missed bin collections that have left food waste caddies crawling with maggots.

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Lynda Needham
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Volunteers who support patients and their families in their last days of life at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital have won a national award as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations.

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Oliver Heald
Monday, July 2, 2018

A prolific thief who continued stealing just two days after receiving a suspended prison sentence has been jailed.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

“Dangerous” – that was the word used in a conversation between two members of Great Northern rail staff amid overcrowding at Hitchin this morning, commuters have said.

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Bim Afolami
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Even worse chaos than usual on the Great Northern and Thameslink railway lines today has been blamed on a taxi booking firm’s system failing.

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Twitter
Monday, June 25, 2018

Hitchin has the sixth-worst rail service in the country – that’s according to new data ranking the performance of the UK’s stations in the past month.

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Bim Afolami
Friday, June 22, 2018

There are long tailbacks on the A10 this afternoon after a crash at the railway crossing in Foxton.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Do you want to be a magistrate? A campaign has been launched across Hertfordshire to recruit more volunteers to help deliver justice in our communities.

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St Albans
Friday, June 22, 2018

Developers last night got the green light to build 12 homes in Barkway.

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North Herts District Council
Thursday, June 21, 2018

If you’re confused about what’s going on with the North Hertfordshire Museum project in Hitchin, you’re probably not alone. So we’ve put together this recap of the past six years to try to help clear it up.

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Julian Cunningham
Monday, June 18, 2018

Hertfordshire’s police and crime commissioner could close blue-light stations in Hitchin, Hatfield and other towns if he gains control over the fire and rescue service.

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David Lloyd
Friday, June 15, 2018

The chief executive of troubled rail firm Govia Thameslink, which operates the Great Northern and Thameslink lines, has resigned.

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Govia Thameslink
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The contractor now handling North Hertfordshire district’s waste and recycling says a data issue that plagued its work for the first month has been fixed.

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North Herts District Council
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Even Great Northern’s drivers have had enough of the controversial new timetable – that’s if one railwayman’s apology to commuters this morning is anything to go by.

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Bim Afolami
Monday, June 11, 2018

The family of a missing North Herts man whose 70th birthday is today have issued a desperate appeal for the public’s help getting him home.

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Hitchin
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Govia Thameslink railway contract will never work, but North Hertfordshire’s crisis-hit waste contract will – that was the line last night from the councillor responsible.

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Ian Albert
Friday, June 1, 2018

The North Hertfordshire cabinet member responsible for the authority’s much-criticised waste and recycling services is to be grilled by the public in Hitchin town centre tomorrow, and by members of the Hitchin committee on Tuesday night.

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Ian Albert
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Rail services between London and Stevenage are affected this evening by a fire next to the line at Moorgate station.

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Stevenage
Monday, May 21, 2018

There’s misery for commuters this morning, with trains cancelled and delayed on the first weekday of the new Great Northern timetable.

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GREAT NORTHERN
Friday, May 18, 2018

The new chairman of North Herts District Council was announced last night – along with the Labour chairmen for two of the authority’s area committees.

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Julian Cunningham

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