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A political VIP who headed the guest list at the official opening of the Lister Hospital’s new emergency department told staff this afternoon: New buildings are great, but it’s people that really make the difference.

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Youngsters from the Royston badger sett after a meeting on Tuesday.

A first aid charity overwhelmed with the response from Royston youngsters to the launch of a new group is now looking to reopen an adult unit on the back of its success.

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MP Sajid Javid

The American Air Museum at Duxford has closed for more than a year so that a major redevelopment project can take flight.

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Jeanette White.

A mobility scooter user who would ‘love to get out rather than staying in’ has called for a cycle path between Melbourn and Royston to be put back on a planning priority list.

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Laurence and Tricia Crowley with children Rothia and Barnaby with mementoes of council service

Talented catering students at North Herts College were able to tickle the tastebuds of a VIP guest list when North Herts District Council chairman Tricia Cowley challenged them to host her civic reception on Friday night.

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Community news

Advice teams helping people in North Herts struggling with their problems have added added an extra dimension to their services.

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The scene at the wood recycling plant, Flint Cross, in November.

The deadline set for completion of a clear-up operation at a recycling plant that caught fire in November – and continued smouldering for months – has now been extended until the middle of April.

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Recycling

Why bin it if you can wear it? That’s the question asked by pupils from Letchworth’s St Christopher Schoo with a recycled fashion exhibition at the town’s art centre.

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Greenway Challenge 2014

The organiser of an annual fundraising running challenge has sounded a recruiting call for athletes who want to be part of the event this year.

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Terry Oram stands next to the door of his house which was broken in

The victim of a burglary in which irreplaceable jewellery was stolen is calling on the controversial Royston ‘ring of steel’ to be brought back to protect the town.

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Volunteers at Age UK Royston

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

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Ellie and Craig

A couple from Bassingbourn who adopted a stray dog from Mauritius last year are preparing for the jump of their lives to raise money for an animal charity.

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Sue Churchman from Breathe Easy North Herts shows off the actigraphy equipment alongside fellow members and the Lister Hospital Respiratory and Sleep Disorder Unit team.

Patients who struggle to sleep will be able to use specialist equipment to tackle the problem, thanks to a group set up to help provide support.

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The new law came into force on Monday.

Motorists who put other road users in danger can now be caught and prosecuted more easily after a new law came into force on Monday.

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Trains are delayed due to a level crossing problem.

Trains along the Great Northern line have been delayed due to a problem at a level crossing in Royston.

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Rent will rise from April 1 for North Hertfordshire Homes tenants.

Tenants of North Hertfordshire Homes will see their rent go up by 2.2 per cent next month.

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JOANovArc

Music fans can plug in to a second acoustic fundraiser aiming to help kickstart a charity tour of Japan on Friday night.

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Police have given members of the public a pat on the back for wising up and thwarting phone fraudsters.

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The chosen charity for this year’s Bassingbourn Half Marathon is one that is close to the race director’s heart.

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Education

Parents and pupils waiting to find out which secondary schools they will be moving up to this September have been told: Stand by your email inbox this evening.

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Robert and Pearl revisted the church on their 65th wedding anniversary.

A devoted couple would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, right down to the minute, outside the Ashwell church they were married in had 21st century traffic not thrown a spanner in the works.

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Bassingbourn Cadets earned their stripes by performing in the cross country.

Bassingbourn Cadets earned their stripes by competing in the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire cross country competition.

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Ambulance and police attended the scene.

A man was treated at the scene after a one-vehicle crash in Royston today.

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Benjy Reid. Credit: Patipatah.

A hard-rocking drummer who has performed with the likes of guitar hero Slash on the international circuit has set up shop in a Bassingbourn field.

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Dr Ruth Van Hoogstraten, consultant anaesthetist at the Lister Hospital and RAF reservist.

When moving into a new house most people are looking for somewhere to put down roots. Not Ruth Van Hoogstraten – she’s more concerned with finding somewhere that she’s happy to leave at short notice.

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Erjoel Raga is wanted on suspicion of rape

An appeal has been launched to track down a rape suspect who police say could be ‘anywhere in Hertfordshire’.

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East Hertfordshire MP Oliver Heald.

Royston MP Sir Oliver Heald has expressed his concerns after a spate of house break-ins in the town.

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Police are urging anyone with information about a spate of burglaries in Royston yesterday to come forward.

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Pictured is the garden being planted three days prior to the vandalism.

A Royston town councillor has hit out at ‘senseless behaviour’ which saw a newly-planted garden feature destroyed last week.

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