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Man watched boy while he was in changing room

An e-fit image of a man police would like to speak to.
An e-fit image of a man police would like to speak to. Credit: Hertfordshire Police.

Police in Hertfordshire are investigating reports that a man spied on an 11-year-old boy while he was in a changing room cubicle in Hitchin.

Officers have released an e-fit image of someone they would like to speak to in connection with their inquiries.

The incident reportedly happened at about 6.05pm on Tuesday June 24 at a swimming pool in Fishponds Road.

The victim was getting changed when a man entered an adjacent cubicle and looked over to watch him.

He is described as being white, between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 9ins tall, and of slim build.

“This incident has understandably left the victim shaken as it is a total invasion of his privacy. We would like to identify this man as quickly as possible."

– PC Phil Snook, Hertfordshire Police.

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Heatwave warning for East Anglia as temperatures set to soar

A man relaxes on the beach at Great Yarmouth.
A man relaxes on the beach at Great Yarmouth. Credit: PA

There's a warning by Public Health England this morning of heatwave conditions across the East of England for the next few days.

The high temperature alert's been issued as forecasters predict at least two days of very high temperatures.

People are being advised to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.

Writtle in Essex was the hottest place in the UK on Wednesday

Writtle near Chelmsford recorded the highest temperature in the UK on Wednesday 16 July with a maximum of 27.9°C (82.2°F).

It is forecast to get much hotter on Thursday and Friday and the Met Office has issued a heat-health alert.

Other highs in the Anglia region on Wednesday 16 July

  • 27.3°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 26.7°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 26.5°C at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 26.2°C in Wattisham, Suffolk
  • 26.1°C in Weybourne, Norfolk
  • 25.7°C in Cromer, Norfolk

Region's police work together to target suspected paedophiles

The region's police have made dozens of arrests as part of a nationwide operation targeting suspected paedophiles.

Led by the National Crime Agency, 45 forces across the country, including Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Thames Valley, focused their efforts on people who were accessing indecent images of children online.

In total, Operation Notarise led to 660 arrests and helped to safeguard more than 400 children.

Among those arrested were doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers with unsupervised access to young people.

Action by the region's forces included:

  • 14 arrests by Bedfordshire Police. One had been charge, 13 remain on bail.
  • 10 arrests of men aged between 18 and 66 by Suffolk Police. All are on bail.
  • Seven men, aged between 29 and 68, arrested in Norfolk.
  • A total of 347 computers and 36 mobile phones seized across Norfolk and Suffolk.
  • 24 men arrested and 20 children safeguarded in Essex. In total 31 search warrants were carried out.
  • Seven people arrested in Hertfordshire. All are on police bail.
  • 30 people arrested and more than 10 children safeguarded by Thames Valley Police.

NCA Deputy Director General Phil Gormley said: “This is the first time the UK has had the capability to coordinate a single targeted operation of this nature.

"Over the past six months we have seen unprecedented levels of cooperation to deliver this result.

“Our aim was to protect children who were victims of, or might be at risk of, sexual exploitation.

"A child is victimised not only when they are abused and an image is taken. They are re-victimised every time that image is viewed by someone.

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New jobs for Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire MPs

The Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning has been appointed a Home Office minister while the Grantham & Stamford MP Nick Boles is now the joint Minister of State at the Business and Education departments.

Mr Boles will have the implementation of equal marriage as part of his new brief. He was the junior minister in the Communities and Local Government minister.

Mr Penning was the Minister for Disabled People and has been a Northern Ireland minister and a Transport minister. He is a former firefighter.

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Police name six-year-old girl who died after she was hit by a car in Hertfordshire

A six-year-old who died when she was struck by a car in Hertfordshire has been named by police.

Lara Fernandes-Pontes was hit by a Land Rover Discovery in Hayling Road, South Oxhey.

She was taken to hospital where she later died.

Hertfordshire Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the collision and are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

This is a tragic loss of a young life in these circumstances. The family are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.

The driver and the occupants of the vehicle were unharmed but obviously shaken by what happened.

At the moment we are investigating the circumstances of the collision and whilst we have spoken to a number of people at the scene, we'd be keen to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened and has not yet spoken to officers.

– Sergeant Chris Kent, Hertfordshire Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hertfordshire Police.

Girl, six, dies after Hertfordshire collision

A six-year-old girl has died after she was hit by a car in Hertfordshire.

The girl was struck by a Land Rover Discovery in Hayling Road, South Oxhey.

Police said she died after she was taken to hospital.

This is a tragic loss of a young life in these circumstances. The family are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.

The driver and the occupants of the vehicle were unharmed but obviously shaken by what happened.

At the moment we are investigating the circumstances of the collision and whilst we have spoken to a number of people at the scene, we'd be keen to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened and has not yet spoken to officers.

– Sergeant Chris Kent, Hertfordshire Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Rupert Gadd via Hertfordshire Constabulary's non-emergency number 101, citing reference ISR 449 of 13 July.

Man jailed for 22 years

Paul Dillon Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A man's been told he will spend at least 22 years behind bars for the murder of a man in Welwyn Garden City earlier this year. 52 year old Paul Dillon was jailed at St Albans Crown Court for stabbing 26 year old Scott Stone.

The court heard Dillon was involved in a petty dispute with Mr Stone's girlfriend who lived in the same block of flats.

Scott’s family said:

“We have been left absolutely devastated by the loss of Scott. Whilst we are pleased to see justice done today, nothing anyone can do or say will bring back Scott to us – we have all been robbed of a great son, a genuine friend and partner and his daughter has lost her father who she adored. "

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