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It's cutting out! Race to restore power in Bishop's Stortford before World Cup clash

The power cut left traffic lights not working. Credit: ITV

Hundreds of homes in Hertfordshire are keeping their fingers crossed for the football... and it hasn't even kicked off yet.

A power cut in Bishop's Stortford has left people worried they may miss England's crunch World Cup clash with Sweden.

It's due to a fault in an underground cable.

Engineers are currently trying to restore power to around 400 homes, which were hit by the power cut at lunchtime.

The estimated time of restoration is between 3-4pm.

"Our engineers are working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore electricity to around 400 properties in Bishop’s Stortford, which were affected by a power cut just before 13:30.

"The cause is a fault on an underground cable. We realise how difficult it can be to be without power and apologise for any inconvenience caused."

– UK Power Networks
The power cut has hit around 400 homes. Credit: .

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New £800,000 cycle path opens to Stansted airport

New £800,000 cycle path opens to Stansted airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

Highways England has spent £800,000 improving a cycle path which links Bishop's Stortford to Stansted Airport carrying cyclists safely over the busy M11.

It means anyone cycling to and from the airport can avoid having to use the main multi-lane roundabout to get to there.

The project includes new signs as well as some resurfacing work and adding extra barriers and fences.

The cost of the upgrade was part of an £11 million improvement scheme for the M11.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Tributes to motorcyclist who died on M11

Adam Squires with his wife and son Credit: Family picture

Tributes have been paid to a devoted husband and father who died following a collision on the M11 on Friday, April 27.

Adam Squires, 42, from Bishop Stortford, died when his motorbike was in collision with a Ford Mondeo at junction 8.

“Adam was a devoted husband and father, with a keen interest in American football and gaming. “He was an accomplished and well respected professional in the field of IT and had a network of wonderful friends that appreciated his wit and sense of humour. “He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.”

– Mr Squires’ wife, Rachael

Witnesses or anyone who captured dash cam footage are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01245 240590 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk.

Driver killed when van hit by concrete block is named

The man killed when his van crashed on the M11 in Essex and was found to have a block of concrete smashed through the windscreen has been named.

He was 61-year-old Andrew Brett of Alexandra Road in Sible Hedingham.

Mr Brett crashed into the central reservation of the M11 near Bishop's Stortford before veering into a tree on the side of the road on Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened on the M11 at Birchanger near Bishop's Stortford on Wednesday afternoon. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The incident is being treated as suspicious because a brick-sized piece of concrete had hit the windscreen but police ruled out the block being thrown from a bridge or the roadside.

“We continue to keep an open mind as to how it came to strike the windscreen and ended up inside the van, and whether this was the result of a deliberate act or accidental. “It is vital we speak to drivers who were travelling on the M11 Birchanger area, either north or southbound, at around 4.50pm.

– Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

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E-fit released after attempted sex assault and indecent exposure

They made the e-fit after an attempted sex assault and indecent exposure they believe are linked. Credit: Herts Police.

An e-fit’s been released after an attempted sexual assault in Bishop’s Stortford.

A 16-year-old girl was walking home over a footbridge near Castle Gardens on Saturday 18 March.

She almost collided with a man who then grabbed her and inappropriately touched her. The girl screamed and the man ran off.

The image was created after another report of indecent exposure in the area.

He was described as in his 20s or 30s and of an athletic build.

This image was created after a second person came forward to report an indecent exposure in the same area.

We are currently looking at the potential connections between these incidents and would urge anyone who recognises this man to get in touch with me as soon as possible.

– Detective Constable Caroline Smith, East Herts Local Crime Unit
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