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Court appearance in Royston author murder is delayed

Helen Bailey disappeared with her dog Boris in April 2016 Credit: Hertfordshire police

The man charged with the murder of author Helen Bailey from Royston will now appear before Crown Court tomorrow.

55-year-old Ian Stewart was due before St Albans Crown Court today, but the appearance has been put back.

Helen's body was found in the garden of her home in Royston last week.

Ian Stewart is also charged with perverting the course of justice and preventing her lawful burial.

A post mortem examination on Helen is taking place today.

Author's partner due in court charged with murder

Children's author Helen Bailey with her partner Ian Stewart.

The partner of Hertfordshire children's author Helen Bailey is expected to appear in court later, accused of killing her.

Ian Stewart, 55, is charged with murdering the 51-year-old, perverting the course of justice and preventing her lawful burial.

Helen's body and that of her dog were found in the garden of her home in Royston on Friday.

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Police confirm body is that of missing author - family issue statement

Helen Bailey and her dog Boris

Hertfordshire Police have today confirmed that the body of author Helen Bailey has been found in the grounds of her home at Royston along with the remains of her dog Boris.

Specialist searches have been taking place at the property since Monday, July 11.

Helen Bailey's partner Ian Stewart, who is 55 years old and from Baldock Road in Royston, appeared before Hatfield Remand Court this morning charged with her murder, perverting the course of justice and preventing lawful burial of her body. He is due before St Albans Crown on Monday, July 18.

Ian Stewart and Helen Bailey

Today Helen's family issued this statement:

We share with Helen’s friends, neighbours and fans our shock, disbelief and sadness at the news of her tragic death.

As a family we also stand in solidarity with those around the world who have also suffered loss under tragic circumstances.

Helen was immensely witty and talented. We love her deeply and are immensely proud of her achievements. She is now at peace and we shall all miss her terribly.

We wish to express our gratitude to the Police as well as all those who supported us in the search for Helen in whatever way they could.

In life, Helen was a very just person and we know that she would now wish, like us, for justice to be done.

As will be understandable, we request that our privacy be respected at this awful time.

– Helen Bailey's family

Author's partner appears in court charged with murder

Helen Bailey Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The partner of Hertfordshire author Helen Bailey has appeared in court today charged with her murder.

Fifty-five-year old Ian Stewart, who lived with 51-year-old Mrs Bailey at Royston, appeared before Hatfield Remand Court. In addition to the murder charged he is also accused of perverting the course of justice and preventing a lawful burial.

Ian Stewart with Helen Bailey Credit: Archant

He was remanded in custody to appear before St Albans Crown Court on Monday.

Police revealed yesterday that a body, believed to be that of Helen, was found in the grounds of their house at Baldock Road, Royston. A post mortem is due to take place on Monday and police say specialist searches will continue at their home.

Helen Bailey was last seen walking her dog Boris in April.

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Missing author: Body found in grounds of her home

Helen Bailey. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police investigating the murder of missing author Helen Bailey from Hertfordshire have found a body.

Specialist teams have been carrying out searches in the grounds of her some in Royston all week.

The 51-year-old was last seen walking her dog Boris in April.

A 55-year-old man from Royston, who was arrested on Monday, has today (July 15) been re-arrested and is being questioned at Stevenage police station on suspicion of murder.

Helen’s family have been updated of this significant development and are continuing to receive support from specialist family liaison officers.

As you can fully appreciate this will be an extremely difficult time for them and they have requested their privacy be respected at this time.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Fullwood

Drivers and cyclists urged to look out for each other on the roads

'Let's look out for each other' campaign urges road safety partnership Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers and cyclists are being asked to look out for each other on the roads as part of a new 'Think cyclist campaign'.

At least one person is hurt while cycling every day in the East.

Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are behind the campaign.

Last year two people died on the road in Cambridgeshire, one in Peterborough and one in Bedfordshire.

The purpose of this campaign is to educate and remind drivers and cyclists that they have equal responsibility on the road to drive and ride safely.

– RPU Inspector Philip Bloor
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