GM plants trial given go-ahead

Scientists in Hertfordshire have been given permission to grow genetically-modified plants which could help protect against heart disease.

Be Deer aware, RSPCA urges drivers

The RSPCA is urging drivers to be 'deer aware' in a bid to reduce the number of road collisions involving the mammal.

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Have you seen missing Rachida Rattab?

Rachida Rattab - missing for two weeks. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police is appealing for help tracinga 40-year-old woman who has not been seen by her friends for two weeks.

Rachida Rattab, whose last known address was inNapier Road, Luton, has been traced on CCTV walking through the town on March17.

Rachida is described as having a southern European appearance, 5’4” tall with a slim build and long dark wavy hair.

It is known that Rachida has friends in the High Town area of Luton, the St Albans area of Hertfordshire and the Camden Town area of north London.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Rachida can contact PC Glyn Milbourne, in confidence, on 01234 275133, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.


Police to crackdown on speeders

Police are carrying out speed checks in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Police in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are taking part in a Europe-wide crackdown on speeding this week.

Officers in unmarked cars will be out in force across the three counties armed with speed guns.

Speeding is one of four offences known to increase the chances of having a serious or even fatal crash on our roads - along with using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt and drink driving.


Re-appeal to find missing Hemel Hempstead man 15 years later

Andrew Bateman missing since 1999. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The family of a man who went missing from Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire 15 years ago, are re-appealing for information on his whereabouts.

Andrew Bateman was last seen at 7.45am on April 12 1999, at the home he shared with parents in Lawn Lane.

Andrew, who was 27 at the time and would be 42 now, has not been heard from or seen since. Any with any information is asked to contact the police on 101.

Wooden doorstop could fetch £100,000


A block of wood used as a doorstop in a Hertfordshire cottage near Buntingford for more than 40 years could sell for £100,000. The carving's owners were surprised to discover that it is, in fact, a rare Chinese pot from the 18th or 19th century.

Originally it would have been used to store calligraphers' brushes. It's being auctioned in Essex later this month.

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