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Critical incident in Bishop's Stortford as roads close due to flooding

Flooding on Parsonage Lane Credit: Elaine Smith
Flooding in Stansted Road Credit: Herts Police

Reports are coming in that roads in Bishop's Stortford have been closed down because of flooding.

Police are warning drivers not to attempt to pass through it. They say a critical incident plan is in place.

Roads blocked are thought to include Stansted Road and Parsonage Lane.

Man jailed for child abuse

Matthew Challis Credit: Essex Police

A man from Bishop's Stortford has been jailed for three years for causing injuries to a child in his care.

The boy was four-months old when he was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow after a sudden fit. He was found to have various injuries to his body and a CT scan revealed a bleed to the brain.

Matthew Challis, 34, of Kingsmead Road, was arrested and later charged with causing serious physical harm to a child by means of an unlawful act.

Challis was found guilty following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday, June 10. He had claimed the injuries to the child, who was alone in his care at the time, were accidental.

"Matthew Challis has continued to maintain his innocence and disputed medical evidence which concluded that the baby had been shaken and the injuries he sustained were not accidental."

"The boy is being monitored and we will have to wait and see whether the injuries he sustained at the hands of Matthew Challis have any lasting impact on his life moving forward."

– Dc Ian Forsith


Man jailed for life for hammer attack on former girlfriend

Matthew Keough has been jailed for life for killing former girlfriend Sally Campion. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A man's been jailed for life with a minimum of 22 years for killing his former girlfriend in a brutal hammer attack.

Matthew Keough left Sally Campion dying from 41 separate injuries inflicted on her with a claw hammer in the bedroom of her house in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire in July 2014.

The mother-of-one died later in Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Keough, of no fixed address, appeared for sentence having changed his plea to guilty of murder at a hearing in May.

Secrets of the Walking Tree - on ITV's Countrywise

One of the region's best preserved medieval landscapes is to feature in ITV's Countrywise series later this year.

Hatfield Forest near Stansted Airport is home to many historic trees dating back hundreds of years to the time of the Tudor monarchs.

Elodie Harper met up with presenter Paul Heiney to find out more about this well-loved woodland - including the magical sounding Walking Tree.

Click below to watch the report:


Man charged with murder of a woman in Bishop's Stortford

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman in Bishop's Stortford.

45-year-old Sally Campion was found with serious injuries on Wednesday 2nd July. She was taken to hospital but later died.

44-year-old Matthew Keough, who is of no fixed address, appeared before Hatfield Remand Court and has been remanded into custody.

He'll now appear before St Albans Crown Court on Monday 7th July.

The case has been referred as a matter of course to the Independent Police Complaints Commission following prior contact with the victim.

Drivers facing disruption in Bishop's Stortford

A120 will close between B1383 and the A1184 for road works Credit: ITV Anglia

Drivers are being warned about a road closure on one of the main routes in Bishop's Stortford, as £130,000 of improvement work gets underway tonight.

Work on the viaduct will close the A120 between 8pm and 5am Monday to Friday, between the B1383 and the A1184. A diversion will be in place.

The work is due to be finished by Friday 20th June.

Tributes to man found dead

Charles Goodwin Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Tributes have been paid to a man found dead in Bishop's Stortford.

36 year old Charles Goodwin was found in undergrowth in the London Road area on Sunday.

His partner described him as a devoted family man and a very proud father.

Police are treating his death as unexplained.

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