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Police hunt for motorist who drove wrong way along dual-carriageway

Police in Hertfordshire are trying to track down a motorist after a car was driven the wrong way down the A414. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Hertfordshire are trying to track down a motorist after a car was driven the wrong way down the A414 between Hatfield and St Albans.

Police tried to stop the vehicle which was travelling west towards St Albans on Saturday 7 January.

The driver pulled into the Shell petrol station before driving through the forecourt and back onto the carriageway, travelling in the wrong direction.

Officers say they did not pursue the vehicle for the safety of members of the public.

“This was an extremely dangerous thing to do as it put other road users at risk of serious, or even fatal injury.

“We are working to trace the person responsible and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who thinks they know the identity of the driver to please get in touch.”

– PC Pete Talbot, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit

Hertfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses.

Hertfordshire Police appeal after 16-year-old sexually assaulted

Police are appealing for information after a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Hatfield, Hertfordshire Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Hertfordshire police are appealing for information after a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Hatfield.

The incident happened at around 7.10pm on November 4 at the roundabout junction with Albatross Way and Mosquito Way.

The victim was crossing the road when she was approached by a man who then sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as white, in his mid-20s, between 5ft 9in and 5ft 10in tall and of slim build. He was wearing a red baseball cap.

“The road would have been very busy at that time of night, so we are particularly keen to speak to motorists who may have seen the incident take place, or have dash cam footage that could hold crucial evidence.

“There are increased patrols in the area every Friday and Saturday night, and I want to reassure the wider community that we are doing everything we can to locate the suspect.”

– Detective Constable Graeme Anness, Hertfordshire Police

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Teenage boy robbed of Rolex watch worth £7,000

The watch (pictured) was of great sentimental value to the boy. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A 16-year-old boy from Hertfordshire has been robbed of a £7,000 Rolex watch he was wearing on his wrist.

It happened back in August in Hatfield, but police have only now released details.

Officers released a picture of the watch, which they say is of great sentimental value to the teenager and his mother.

It was stolen from the boy while he was at an event at Hatfield House on 6 August.

He was approached by a group of up to eight offenders, who threatened him and made him hand over the watch.

The watch is a Gold Rolex Day Date serial number 5810046 and is worth £7,000.

"The watch is of sentimental value as it belonged to the victim's father. It was left to him and his mother and understandably both are keen to see it returned."

– Detective Constable Emily Martin, Hertfordshire Police

RSPCA says it's 'disgusted' after another horse is found dead in Hertfordshire

The ditch where the horse was found Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA says it's 'disgusted' that another horse has been found dead and dumped in a ditch in Hertfordshire.

The body of the young black filly was found by police on Bradmore Lane, Brookman's Park in Hatfield.

The RSPCA says these cases are now becoming more common and that they and other horse welfare charities are struggling to cope with the number of abandoned, neglected and abused horses.

"I was called about a similar incident involving a dumped dead horse in Hatfield about a month ago. Who knows what happened to this poor animal before she died and it is callous and unacceptable for horses to be treated like this."

– RSPCA Inspector Stephanie Law

The RSPCA is appealing for witnesses to come forward and call 0300 1238018.

Police appeal for help tracing missing Hertfordshire woman

Naoual Moussaid, 20, from Hatfield was last seen on 3 September Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Hertfordshire police are appealing for extra help in tracing a young woman who's been missing for more than a week.

Naoual Moussaid, 20, from Hatfield was last seen on Thursday 3 September. It's believed she may be in the Shepherd’s Bush area of London.

Ms Moussaid is slim built with black shoulder-length hair. Police are urging her to make contact with them to let them know she is safe and well.

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Serious Case Review being held into Alexa-Marie's death

Bedford Borough Council has said a Serious Case Review is being carried out into the murder of four-year-old Alexa-Marie Quinn by her father.

Carl Wheatley has been jailed for 21 years for the "sadistic" murder of his daughter.

Alexa-Marie Quinn’s death at the hands of her father; after he was granted custody of her by the courts has been hugely distressing for everyone involved and we welcome the guilty verdict. Our thoughts remain with her family and all those who knew her during her tragically short life.

We are participating in a Serious Case Review with colleagues from the Hertfordshire Children’s Safeguarding Board to examine every detail of this case and make sure that we learn everything possible from Alexa-Marie’s tragic death. While this review is ongoing it would be inappropriate to speculate on its outcomes. However, once completed, these findings will be published and any learning identified will be used to help shape the way that all agencies work to keep children safe.

– Kevin Crompton, Director of Children’s and Adults Services at Bedford Borough Council

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Hertfordshire: Man who beat his four-year-old daughter to death is sentenced to life in prison

Carl Wheatley. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A man found guilty of murdering his four-year-old daughter in Hatfield has been sentenced to life in prison.

Carl Wheatley must serve a minimum term of 21 years.

Alexa-Marie Quinn. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Mr Wheatley subjected his daughter Alexa-Marie Quinn to weeks of abuse.

She died at their home in March 2014.

She had suffered more than 60 injuries and lost two teeth.

Man to be sentenced for murdering four-year-old daughter

A man found guilty of murdering his four-year-old daughter in Hatfield is due to be sentenced later.

Carl Wheatley Credit: Hertfordshire Police
Alexa-Marie Quinn Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Carl Wheatley, who is 31 and from Queen Bee Court, subjected Alexa-Marie Quinn to weeks of abuse - she died at their home in March 2014.

She had suffered more than 60 injuries and lost two teeth.

Wheatley is due before St Albans crown Court.

Man found guilty of murdering four-year-old daughter

31-year-old Carl Wheatley Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A man has been found guilty of murdering his four-year-old daughter in Hertfordshire in March last year.

Carl Wheatley, who is 31 and from Hatfield, has been convicted of killing Alexa-Marie Quinn at their home in Queen Bee Court by unanimous verdict at St Albans Crown Court.

4-year-old Alexa-Marie Quinn Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The court heard how Alexa-Marie was assaulted by her father over a number of weeks. She suffered more than 60 injuries to her body and had lost two teeth.

Mr Wheatley is due to be sentenced on Friday.

“This is an extremely tragic case. No child should ever suffer in this way and our thoughts are with Alexa-Marie’s family and those who cared for her. I would like to thank them for their support during this extremely difficult time".

– Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent, Beds/Cambs/Herts crime unit
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