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.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Community groups have been called upon to take over play areas in North Hertfordshire that otherwise face the axe.

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Jane Gray
Thursday, November 16, 2017

A motorist allegedly reacted to a crash in Royston by getting out and punching the other driver in the face – and police have today appealed for witnesses.

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Herts police
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Friends and colleagues from across North Herts gathered in Royston on Thursday to say farewell to the town clerk on her retirement after 10 years.

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Royston Town Council
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A national body of councils has warned leisure centres could be forced to close without urgent government investment – but North Hertfordshire’s authority doesn’t see any imminent threat.

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Jane Gray
Monday, October 30, 2017

A 28-year-old paedophile faces sentencing by a crown court judge after he admitted sexually exploiting a primary-school-aged girl in Henlow.

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Biggleswade Comet
Saturday, October 28, 2017

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald and Save the Children’s Hitchin branch chairman have met at parliament and discussed the charity’s global efforts.

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Oliver Heald
Friday, October 27, 2017

Royston Rotarians are launching an initiative to help people affected by memory loss and their carers.

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Royston
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Two women from Royston are set to travel to west Africa this weekend to volunteer on the world’s largest charity-run hospital ship.

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Royston
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Residents at a Meldreth care home specialising in dementia have raised £1,600 with a fundraising walk.

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Meldreth
Saturday, October 14, 2017

A record-breaking number of Herts children took part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, including 544 at Royston Library.

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Herts County Council
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Planning permission for a proposed development of 46 new homes, two sports pitches and a children’s play area on the edge of Ashwell has tonight been refused.

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North Herts District Council
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The owners of Ashwell’s Three Tuns pub and hotel have said they weren’t aware of the erstwhile landlady’s intentions before she suddenly closed it.

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Ashwell
Monday, October 9, 2017

A cowboy builder who fleeced a couple out of £22,000 has been handed a suspended jail term and a hefty compensation bill.

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Bassingbourn
Friday, September 29, 2017

North Herts District Council should be more transparent and decisive about major projects – that’s according to a forthright report accepted by top brass on Tuesday night.

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Jane Gray
Friday, September 29, 2017

Will you come in sparkles, neon pink or glow-in-the-dark yellow? Fluorescent fundraisers are set to walk by the light of the stars this weekend to raise funds for hospice care.

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Letchworth
Monday, September 25, 2017

A month-long schedule has been drawn up for the examination of North Hertfordshire’s 2011-to-2031 Local Plan during November and December.

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North Hertfordshire District Council
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Green-fingered villagers in Melbourn have been using plots on the parish council’s allotment area to grow their own vegetables, amid a wider revival of the grow-your-own ideal.

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Melbourn
Saturday, September 16, 2017

The team at BuildTrain in Royston will be rolling up their sleeves alongside volunteer repairers in an new partnership this month.

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Royston
Friday, September 15, 2017

The Royston Fringe is back as part of the Royston Arts Festival – with a concert and an art exhibition both in store.

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Garden House Hospice Care
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

An Indian takeaway in Royston has ramped up its support of the town’s ladies’ football team by becoming its sole kit sponsor.

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Royston Town
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Royston’s Meridian, Roysia and Greneway schools are set to merge into a single establishment from September 2018, their governing trust has announced.

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Royston Schools Academy Trust
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Two Royston fundraisers smashed the Great North Run on Sunday to raise more than £600 to help stop sudden cardiac death in young people.

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Papworth Hospital
Monday, September 11, 2017

A Royston driving instructor has condemned the infamous Letchworth Gate A1(M) filter lane after seeing a motorcyclist “miraculously” walk away from a crash that left his bike wedged under a van this morning.

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Herts County Council
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The A505 between Baldock and Royston is still partially blocked after a crash near Ashwell earlier this afternoon, with traffic remaining very slow.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Ashwell French horn soloist Ben Goldscheider is to return home from his overseas studies this month to help celebrate the village’s 1,100th anniversary.

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Ben Goldscheider
Friday, September 1, 2017

A police officer has received a special commendation for the way he ensured the smooth running of the Helen Bailey murder trial, which made headlines around the world.

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Ian Stewart
Saturday, August 26, 2017

In a Letchworth living room sits a bronze plaque dedicted to a fallen hero of the First World War, whose friendship with one of his comrades is still held dear by the family after 100 years.

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Letchworth
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The number of children arrested by Herts and Cambs police has fallen more than 60 per cent since 2010, according to new figures.

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Cambs police
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

There was joy across Baldock and Letchworth last night as the burst water main was repaired – meaning tap supplies returned during the early hours.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A water outage hitting Baldock is now set to spread to Letchworth, Hitchin and beyond as technicians isolate the burst main to carry out repairs.

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