Crow Review of 2008

PUBLISHED: 15:45 26 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

BURROWING badgers caused problems for the Queen Adelaide pub.

BURROWING badgers caused problems for the Queen Adelaide pub.

August Plans to slash the opening hours of Royston police station were revealed, sparking outrage in the town. Changes to the police enquiry system mean the station will be open four days a week from January, with greatly reduced hours. Currently it is op

August

Plans to slash the opening hours of Royston police station were revealed, sparking outrage in the town.

Changes to the police enquiry system mean the station will be open four days a week from January, with greatly reduced hours. Currently it is open seven days a week.

Royston County Councillor, Cllr Doug Drake, said the changes "would not go down well" in the town, adding: "We need more police presence, and that includes having lights on in the police station and more public visibility."

Bill Davidson, from the Royston Neighbourhood Panel, commented: "This is a bad idea. A number of elderly people use the station on a daily basis, and many of them will not be able to get to their next nearest station if Royston is closed."

A spokesman for Herts Police said that the current enquiry service is organised on a local level, meaning there are often "unscheduled changes" to opening times. They hope the new system will be "more efficient".

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A farmer lost his entire year's hay crop after a blaze devastated one of his barns. Fire crews spent 36 hours battling the fire, at Thrift Farm, near Royston. Farmer Robert Law was philosophical about the blaze. He said: "We lost our whole crop of hay, but it could have been a lot worse."

UFO spotters descended on Royston following a sighting of an unusual object in the sky over the York Way Industrial Estate. Scope Paranormal Investigators visited the area after workers on the estate spotted "bat-wing shaped orange lights" in the sky.

Busy Badgers caused a village road to be closed. The animals dug under Croydon High Street, leading to fears that the road may cave in. Landlady of the Queen Adelaide pub, Michelle Hunter, said she had been "losing a lot of trade" because of the problem.

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