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.

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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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Cambridge
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
Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Great Northern rail line operator is to rebrief station staff after passengers received incorrect ticketing advice ahead of an overhauled timetable’s introduction this weekend.

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London
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Great Northern rail services through Royston could become part of a government-run franchise in the future, the Transport Secretary said yesterday.

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Department for Transport
Friday, May 11, 2018

Overloaded public bins across North Herts are left “heaving and stinking to high heaven” for days amid scant collections, a year on from the removal of many of the district’s dog poo bins.

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North Herts District Council
Friday, May 11, 2018

North Herts District Council leader Lynda Needham last night defeated a challenge for her position by one of her cabinet members.

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Lynda Needham
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Two people have been taken to hospital after a serious crash on the A10 between Royston and Reed that has left the road closed.

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Addenbrooke's Hospital
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The A10 is closed between Royston and Reed after a serious crash, with a man trapped inside one of the two cars involved.

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Royston
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

“Operational issues” meant the splash parks in Hitchin and Royston failed to work amid the sweltering heat over the bank holiday weekend – but they are set to be fixed this week.

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Judi Billing
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A cyclist tragically died on the edge of Royston yesterday morning after being found lying in the road.

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Royston
Friday, May 4, 2018

The Liberal Democrats have doubled the size of their group on North Herts District Council, with Labour also making gains on a difficult election day for the controlling Conservatives.

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Ben Lewis
Friday, April 20, 2018

Hertfordshire County Council has entered a joint venture to build new homes in Letchworth, Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, St Albans and elsewhere as part of a £2 billion development scheme.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

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
Monday, April 16, 2018

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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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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