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Hertfordshire County Council release video to aid social worker recruitment drive

Hertfordshire County Council have made a new video to encourage people to apply to be social workers. Credit: Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council is recruiting 80 new social workers to work in its child safeguarding department.

They've made this video to encourage people to apply.

It'll be funded by £4.8 million of government money.

Click below to see the video

“This will be the first time that all these professionals will work together, under one roof, to tackle the root causes of harm in families. The aim is to work with all members of the family to solve issues that put children at risk, so children can stay at home wherever possible, rather than enter care.

The changes will ensure our child protection services are run in the most efficient and effective way, but most importantly help us ensure all children in Hertfordshire have the opportunity to live in a safe home where they can thrive.”

– Sue Williams, Director of Family Safeguarding

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A warm welcome home for Jasper the dog

Martha reunited with her dog Jasper Credit: ITV News Anglia

When Jasper the whippet disappeared from his home in Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire his owners feared they would see him again.

Michael Ford his wife Rebecca and daughter Martha were heartbroken and set up a Facebook page to find Jasper.

Six months later though he was discovered, more than a hundred miles away and has since been reunited with the Ford family..

Click on the link below to watch a report on the reunion...

Man in critical condition after assault outside pub

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being assaulted in Welwyn Garden City.

The 29 year old was allegedly punched by two men outside the Two Willows pub around 1.15am on Saturday March 28th.

The victim suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Addenbrookes hospital where he remains critically ill.

"We know there were a small group of people sat outside the pub who would have seen what happened. There was also a man walking out of the pub who would have witnessed the incident also. If you were there, then please contact me."

– Detective Sergeant Sophia Pidgeon, Hatfield Police Station

Two men aged 23 and 22 years old and who are from Welwyn Garden City, were arrested on suspicion of GBH and have been released on police bail until May 9th.

General Election 2015: Day One

The election campaign has formally begun with politicians hitting the campaign trail across the East for what's likely to be one of the closest battles for political power in modern times.

Over the next five or so weeks, candidates will be knocking on tens of thousands of doors in the hope they can convince you they're worthy of your vote.

Russell Hookey reports on Day One of the election campaign in the west of the Anglia region...

To see how the Election battle began across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex click on the link below to hear Victoria Lampard's report

Disabled passenger turned away from bus

Jamie Wildman Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man from Hitchin in Hertfordshire, who received an apology from a bus company over the way he was treated by one of their drivers, has been turned away again.

Jamie Wildman was told he could not get on two separate buses in the last fortnight, because they didn't have wheelchair access.

Jamie's bus stop on Hermitage Road in Hitchin is about 15 minutes away from his flat. He doesn't have a car, so he relies on buses to get to nearby Letchworth and beyond.

The bus company Arriva has apologised.

"We would like to apologise again to Mr Wildman for the problems he had when trying to travel on our buses with his wheelchair last week. As we said before, the buses to be used on this service are normally accessible but on occasion there will be the need to substitute the bus as a result of delays or breakdowns and this may sometimes mean a non-accessible is sent out rather than having to cancel the journey. We will follow this further report up with the depot and make them aware of the additional problems Mr Wildman has experienced."

– Arriva spokesperson

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Video: heartwarming moment dog is reunited with owner after disappearing for six months

Credit: Heath Veterinary Clinic

A pet dog from Bedfordshire have been reunited with his owner after being found more than 100 miles away from his home – six months after he disappeared without trace.

One-year-old whippet Jasper was brought into Heath Veterinary Clinic in Hurstpierpoint in Sussex on March 12th after being found by a local resident.

One of the vets checked him over and scanned him for a microchip to discover he had disappeared or possibly been stolen from his owner's home in Leighton Buzzard last September.

Vets say he'd been sold to a woman who had looked after him for the past three months.

Click below to see the moment Jasper is reunited with his owner Michael Ford...

The veterinary clinic is now urging all pet owners to microchip their dogs and cats.

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