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Police searching for missing Hertfordshire pensioner find a body

James Lomax. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police in Hertfordshire who were searching for a missing man with dementia have found a body.

83-year-old James Lomax was last seen by his family leaving his home in Wheathampstead on Thursday evening.

Police today found a body in a field close to his home. The man hasn't yet been formally identified, but police are confident it's Mr Lomax.

Police forces facing sharp budget cuts offered no relief in Queen's speech

Police forces across the region facing sharp cuts in their budgets, have been offered no relief in today's Queen's speech.

The government policies outlined in the speech before parliament this morning set the scene for further austerity measures across the board to eliminate the national deficit.

Hertfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd says it's about listening to what the public wants.

What I have said in my Police and Crime Commissioner plan is that there are things that the people in Hertfordshire want and that is to have local neighbourhood policing.

They want to make sure they don't have to pay anymore for policing and they want to make sure that victims are put at the heart of everything they are doing.

– David Lloyd, Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Sniffer dogs join search for missing James Lomax

Hertfordshire Police say time is running out to find a missing 83-year-old man who has dementia.

James Lomax was last seen by his family leaving his home in Wheathampstead on Thursday evening.

Today a specialist team with sniffer dogs took over the search.

Click below to watch a full report by Sarah Cooper:


Man stabbed in Stevenage

Police are investigating after a man was stabbed in Stevenage last night.

Location of stabbing in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It happened outside a property on Cherwell Drive, Great Ashby at about 9.45pm. The man became involved in an argument with three men and one of them stabbed him in the leg.

The victim is currently in hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. He is in a stable condition.

Police have described the three men as: black, with one of them having lighter skin.

“Incidents of this nature are very rare in the local area and I would like to reassure the public that we believe this to be an isolated and targeted incident which we are treating very seriously.

“I am appealing for help from the public who may have seen the incident take place or who knows anything at all about it to please get in touch. Perhaps you saw the three men outside the address or did you see them drive off in their vehicle? Any information you pride could significantly help us with our enquiries.”

– Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Mark Clawson from the Local Crime Unit.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number: ISR 0706 23/05/15. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Public urged to join search for missing James Lomax

Detectives investigating the disappearance of James Lomax, who is 83 and from Wheathampstead in Hertfordshire, are urging members of the public to join a search to find him.

James Lomax Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Mr Lomax, who has dementia, was last seen leaving his home in Manor Road, Wheathampstead at around 4.50pm on Thursday.

Police officers gathered at Memorial Road Wheathampstead at 9am today to search the area, this search is currently on-going.

Members of the public are now being asked to assist with the search. Detectives are urging anyone who is fit, healthy and willing to assist to attend Memorial Road as soon as possible.

Volunteers will need to be available for a minimum of six hours and expect to cover up to 12 miles during the search.

Mr Lomax is believed to be wearing a light brown coloured anorak, dark blue trousers, opened-toe sandals and brown socks. He may also be wearing a dark coloured flat cap. He is likely to be confused and disorientated.

Anyone who sees James, or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police via the non-emergency number 101.

Disappointing night for Hertfordshire singer in Eurovision contest

Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas Credit: PA

Hertfordshire's Alex Larke took to the stage in Vienna last night as one half of the UK's entry in the 60th Eurovision Song contest.

Alex from Welwyn Garden City performed alongside Bianca Nicholas as part of Electro Velvet but sadly their track 'Still in Love With You" didn't go down well with the judges, only picking up five points. The duo finished 24th out of 27.

Sweden were crowned the eventual winners fighting off strong competition from Russia and Italy.

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