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Hertfordshire’s police and crime commissioner David Lloyd has given strong support to a three-county summer blitz on motorists who put others in peril by using their mobile phones at the wheel.

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More breastfeeding helpers means greater support for new mums

More breastfeeding support is now available to families in Stevenage and North Herts thanks to a training programme which has increased the number of peer supporters.

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Painstaking preparation to get the giant machine and the patient perfectly lined up

The robotic surgery team based at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital are celebrating a global accolade.

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A Meldreth father who has set up a charitable trust to help young people with mental illness said he has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response from the community.

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The health body which runs Stevenage’s Lister Hospital has issued an open invitation to its annual meeting.

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An aerial view of what the extended North herts Leisure Centre would look like.

A £3 million project to expand North Herts Leisure Centre is gathering momentum after a planning application was submitted on Monday.

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A man who just weeks ago described himself as a ‘couch potato’ has completed one of the toughest challenges known to man – an ultra marathon.

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Da Vinci Studio School of Creative Enterprise in Letchworth Garden City got perfectly purple to raise funds for Hertfordshire-based charity, Willow

Staff and students at the Da Vinci Studio School of Creative Enterprise in Letchworth had a bit of a purple patch when the decided to put their weight behind Hertfordshire-based charity Willow.

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Hysteric Lolita from Japan will play at Hitchin's Club 85

We’ve all heard about bands who boast that they’re big in Japan – but how many Japanese bands can claim to be big in Hitchin?

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Home-Start supporters protested outside County Hall

A funding cut to a charity which supports vulnerable families is one step closer after councillors voted to support the proposal.

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Volunteers at IWM Duxford

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

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Paula Santomauro with her mobile phone

People who work from home in a village near Royston said having no phone signal due to a broken mast has meant they lost business.

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Stevenage Magistrates' Court

A Royston man stalked his ex-partner by turning up unannounced at their child’s nursery, following her to her home and making a threatening phone call.

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Education news

Head teachers from secondary schools in North Herts headed to Westminster yesterday afternoon to make sure that MPs appreciate the budget headaches they’re facing.

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Richard Alberg is the new chairman at North Herts College

A new chairman and vice-chairman have taken the helm at North Herts College after a management shake up.

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Shout About It event at Stevenage Leisure Centre, June 2015

Stevenage-based advocacy charity POhWER has hailed its Shout About It summit at the town’s arts and leisure centre as a striking success.

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A high number of caravans have been stolen in South Cambridgeshire, sparking warnings from the police.

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A cyclist was taken to hospital after a collision with a car yesterday evening.

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The new Hospice@Home vehicle is a welcome recruit

The Hospice@Home team serving Stevenage and North Herts can now eat up the miles thanks to a new recruit – one that promises to be hard-working and reliable, looks good and is well placed to meet the needs of patients.

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Police have launched a month-long focus on people who use mobile phones while driving

Anyone who uses a mobile phone while driving will be the target of a month-long campaign by police across three counties which starts today.

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999 response

The NHS which runs the ambulance service in Herts is sending out a recruiting call for 60 more student paramedics and is encouraging anyone in Herts who wants to know more to get in touch.

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Hoteliers in Herts have been briefed about the warning signs of child sexual exploitation

Staff from hotels across Herts have been enlisted into the battle against child sexual exploitation after attending briefings at police headquarters and told about the warning signs they should be looking out for.

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Take care in the heatwave

With sky-high temperatures predicted this week, health agencies have been quick to issue advice on what to do to protect yourself from possible problems.

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Cybercrime has surged by 27 per cent in the first quarter of 2015

Police in Herts and Beds are adding their weight to a national awareness campaign encouraging people to protect their personal information.

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Fire crews were called after four people became trapped in a lift in Princes Mews, Royston yesterday evening.

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Warming up at the start of the race

Almost 700 runners rocked up to The Heath on Sunday to take part in the annual Royston in Blue 5k run.

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Royston Summer Rock 2014 was a hit.

People looking to celebrate the summer with some fun in the sun are being invited to mark the return of two popular events – Royston Summer Rock and Summer Soul next Saturday.

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Art on show: Hannah Pocock.

Meridian Upper School art students have produced some fantastic pieces this year and have teamed up with local artist Stacey Leigh to exhibit their work.

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

A 23-year-old man will appear in court on Wednesday charged with 24 distraction burglaries as part of a spree which included crimes in Stevenage, Hitchin and Royston.

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