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Web daters warned to 'date safe'

Crimes initiated via internet dating have risen. Credit: PA.

Internet users are being advised to "date safe" following a national increase in reports of crimes initiated via internet dating.

Bedfordshire police recorded 39 crimes in the last two years - all relating to the use of internet dating sites - six of these were serious sexual offences.

Concerns raised for children starting school

A charity has raised concerns about children just about to start school. Credit: ITV Anglia.

More than half of parents in the East of England are worried their child will not be ready to start school at the age of five, according to charity Action for Children.

It has led the group to call upon the Government to offer more support to parents.

The charity says many children have not developed good enough communication skills to cope with the school day.


Two charged with murder after Stevenage killing

Mark Altabas

Two people have been charged with the murder of a man in Hertfordshire. 47-year-old Mark Altabas was found lying in a Stevenage street in the early hours of Thursday morning with stab wounds.

He died later in Lister hospital. Robert Crook, 57, and Katie Holmes, 43, both of Long Leaves in the town, have been charged with murder. Two other people were released on bail by Hertfordshire Police while another remained in custody.

Mark was a loving son, father, brother and partner, who was loved dearly by family and friends for his caring and outgoing nature. He will be sadly missed by all.

– Family tribute

Police search septic tank and garden at missing author's home

Helen Bailey has been missing for nearly two weeks

It's been reported that police have searched a septic tank and garden at the home of missing Hertfordshire author Helen Bailey.

A police officer searches a wooded area at Royston Heath

The 51-year-old was last seen at her house in Royston on Monday 11th April. Police have released a picture of her pet dog Boris in the hope it may help track her down.

Officers believe she left home with her dog Boris

Officers believe she left home with her dog, a brown miniature Dachshund, which has also not been seen since.

Police refused to confirm exact details of the search but say they're continuing to explore a number of areas.

Police searching for missing author release photos of the dog she disappeared with

Helen Bailey has been missing since April 11th Credit: Hertfordshire police

Police searching for a missing children's author from Royston have released a photo of her dog 'Boris'.

Helen Bailey was last seen with her dog on Monday 11th April.

Police believe she left her house with her dog, a brown miniature Dachshund and are investigating a sighting of her walking Boris, who is micro-chipped, near her home address.

Hertfordshire police release photo of Helen's dog Boris Credit: Hertfordshire police

"We are hoping that releasing photos of Boris may help jog people’s memories if they have come across Helen with him since she was last seen. We do not know if Helen and Boris are still together so we are asking anyone who thinks they may have come across him to please contact police. Any information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, could greatly assist our investigation.”

– North Herts Chief Inspector Julie Wheatley

Extensive searches have been taking place around Helen Bailey's home.

“We are still very much keeping an open mind around the circumstances of Helen’s disappearance, bearing in mind she had stated that she needed some time to herself before she was last seen. However, as time goes on, the concerns for her welfare are growing and we are continuing to support her family at this extremely difficult time.

– North Herts Chief Inspector Julie Wheatley


Detectives make fifth arrest arrest in Stevenage murder probe

Detectives investigating a murder in Stevenage have made a fifth arrest.

Officers were called to Angle Ways on Thursday April 21st after a man was found lying in the street. The man, in his 40s, was taken to the Lister Hospital. He died of a stab wound.

A 49 year old man from the local area was arrested last night on suspicion of conspiracy to rob. He remains in police custody at this time.

Four others, arrested on suspicion of murder, also remain in police custody.

The man was stabbed to death in Stevenage Credit: ITV Anglia

We have now established the incident began at a property in Long Leaves and currently this area remains cordoned off. We are continuing to appeal for any witnesses and information about what happened and would also like to reassure the local community that we believe this to be an isolated incident.”

– Detective Inspector Justine Jenkins from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit
  • Those arrested on suspicion of murder are as follows:
  • A 57-year-old man from Stevenage
  • An 18-year-old man from London
  • A 43-year-old woman from Stevenage
  • A 35-year-old man from Stevenage

Reporter Natalie Gray discovers how the East has been celebrating The Queen's special day

It has been a day of celebration across the region. Beacons lit, tea parties held and flags waved.

ITV Anglia reporter Natalie Gray was out and about to film the festivities.

Watch her report from the west of the region.

Watch her report from the east of the region.

RAF abroad in fitting tribute to Queen's birthday

The team were flanked by Typhoon FGR4 and Tornado GR4 strike aircraft. Credit: Ministry of Defence.

Military personnel from Norfolk currently stationed at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus have not let being out of the country stop them from wishing The Queen a happy birthday.

Some of the ground and aircrew at the Cypriot facility are normally based at RAF Marham in Norfolk.

Flanked by various aircraft they created the royal cypher - EIIR, standing for Elizabeth II Regina.

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