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A woman has spoken of her frustration after an illegal rave between the villages of Ashwell and Bygrave at the weekend kept her and her family up all night.

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47 young people, mostly from Hitchin, Letchworth, Baldock and Royston attended the National Citizen Service summer project delivered by Youth Connexions’ North Herts team.

Nearly 50 young people from across North Herts have been learning new skills while putting something back during a summer holiday scheme with a citizenship slant.

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Herts County Council
Defibrillator machine

Equipment which could save lives in an emergency has been granted to police across the region, thanks to the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

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Volunteer to give encouragement to fundraising runners at an NSPCC cheer point.

Royston Volunteer Centre manager Denise Graham’s regular look at the voluntary sector in North East Herts

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Denise Graham
Health walks in the countryside

Sundays are made for walks in the country, and this weekend there’s a chance to step out and enjoy some of the glorious scenery that’s just around the corner from North Herts towns.

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Herts County Council
A Dutch man was cleared of conspiracy to smuggle drugs at St Albans Crown Court yesterday.

Police have charged a 33-year-old man from Hitchin with a string of shoplifting offences.

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Stella Creasy is shadow consumer affairs minister and running to be deputy leader of the Labour Party

A senior Labour politician on the campaign trail had a stark warning about the scale of personal debt in Stevenage and North Herts when she spoke to supporters.

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Attackers set fire to Spaldwick Service Station on the A14

A couple from Heydon have been ordered to hand over more than £75,000 and pay a fine of £10,000 after repeatedly renting out two former barn units without permission.

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Betty's call blocker and telephone next to the scam mail she received in one morning.

At least one unexpected approach that 83-year-old scam victim Betty has received was the real deal – because it came from trading standards watchdogs who wanted to help her keep the vultures at bay.

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Long serving trustee and volunteer Hazel Cuthbertson sharing a story with a young customer

Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes will lead a chorus of celebration on Saturday as Letchworth Christian Bookshop marks its 50th anniversary.

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Music

Musical acts from Beds, Herts, Bucks and Cambs will perform at a new one-day music festival to help raise money for Sue Ryder’s St John’s Hospice at Moggerhanger – easily reached from the A1 by following the A603 to Bedford.

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Sky lanterns can cause problems for landowners

The dangers caused by ‘flying bonfires’ during the harvest season have been highlighted by the organisation that represents farmers and other landowners in the county.

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Trying to balance a 20p on a lemon in a bowl of water - a new fundraising pub challenge from Garden House Hospice

Calling all pubs! Do you want your regulars to have a lot of infuriating fun, and raise cash to support Garden House Hospice at the same time?

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The race is on. Pictures by Clive Porter.

It was a town hit yet again as 3,000 people turned up to watch kites soar across the sky for the annual Royston Kite Festival.

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Restoration work at Knebworth House: Beautifully sculpted by Spectrum Stone of Newmarket, these beasts form the most visible element of the current restoration project. Each of the carved stone beasts was carefully craned up into position by specialist teams.

There have been some dark and stormy nights lashing historic Knebworth House in recent weeks – but the new beasts who have become part of the landmark building have been unmoved by thunder, lightning and lashing rain.

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Police were alerted to loud music at a rural spot in North Herts late last night.

Police were called to a rural spot in North Herts late last night after reports of an illegal rave.

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Cutting grass verges

Crews working on behalf of Herts County Council have been working around the clock to get grass verges on main roads cut back and carry out other maintenance jobs.

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Herts County Council

The mayor of Royston will host a charity golf day to raise funds for a cause close to his heart.

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Music trio Ragged Staff

Its namesake may be a 17th century inn which once sat in a Bedfordshire village, but band Ragged Staff has its feet firmly placed in the 21st century.

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For more information call Herts Aid on 01920 484784 or email admin@hertsaid.co.uk to arrange an appointment.

Blood cancer patients and their carers will soon be able to receive support from a new group launched by blood cancer charity Leukaemia CARE.

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Services have been delayed due to a trespass incident at London King's Cross

There are currently delays of up to 15 minutes on the Great Northern line after a trespass incident at London King’s Cross.

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Neil Hardman presents a charity cheque to a representative from Each.

A Therfield man raised thousands of pounds for charity through a golf day in memory of his mother in law.

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If the idea of spending two days celebrating 35 years of Melbourn Rock Club Rock with a beer and motorcycle show sounds tempting, then look no further as Reaper Fest is coming to Meldreth.

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Standon Calling, which has a Tale of Two Faces theme, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Stevenage band Waste kicked off Standon Calling this afternoon, as the three-day festival marks its 10th anniversary.

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Addenbrooke's Hospital

An investigation has been launched into the finances of the NHS trust responsible for Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

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Julia Brooks

The new chairman of Royston and District Chamber of Commerce says her number one priority is to unite the town’s businesses.

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Children at Johnson Matthey

Children from primary schools in Royston were taught about the merits of the science and engineering industry when they visited Johnson Matthey HQ.

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Members of the club are snap happy. PICTURE: David Hatton.

It was a fitting end to yet another successful year for Royston Photographic Society when the group set off on a field trip to Essex to take photos of a brilliant display of rare orchids growing at an Essex Wildlife Trust reserve near Thaxted.

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The Bygrave Lodge anaerobic digestion plant nearby on the A505 between Royston and Baldock.

The decision on whether to go ahead with plans for a controversial anaerobic digestion plant and greenhouse between Shepreth and Meldreth will be made at a meeting next week.

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