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E-fit released after attempted sex assault and indecent exposure

They made the e-fit after an attempted sex assault and indecent exposure they believe are linked. Credit: Herts Police.

An e-fit’s been released after an attempted sexual assault in Bishop’s Stortford.

A 16-year-old girl was walking home over a footbridge near Castle Gardens on Saturday 18 March.

She almost collided with a man who then grabbed her and inappropriately touched her. The girl screamed and the man ran off.

The image was created after another report of indecent exposure in the area.

He was described as in his 20s or 30s and of an athletic build.

This image was created after a second person came forward to report an indecent exposure in the same area.

We are currently looking at the potential connections between these incidents and would urge anyone who recognises this man to get in touch with me as soon as possible.

– Detective Constable Caroline Smith, East Herts Local Crime Unit

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Anti-bird flu restrictions to be lifted on poultry flock

Restrictions were first put in place in December 2016 to keep poultry indoors. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Restrictions on poultry following the recent bird flu outbreak will be lifted, the government has announced.

Owners will no longer have to keep their birds housed or enclosed in netting, after experts decided the level of risk had reduced.

Strict disease prevention measures and a ban on poultry gatherings will remain in place.

The move will come into effect on 13 April

All poultry and bird keepers in England must continue to comply with strict biosecurity measures. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Based on the latest evidence on reduced numbers of migratory and resident aquatic wild birds we believe that kept birds in the areas we previously designated as higher risk are now at the same level of risk as the rest of England and may now be let outside.

"However, all keepers must still observe strict disease prevention measures to reduce the risk of contamination from the environment, where the virus can survive for several weeks in bird droppings.

"This does not mean business as usual: the risk from avian flu has not gone away and a prevention zone remains in place, requiring keepers across England to take steps to prevent disease spreading."

– Professor Nigel Gibbens, Chief Veterinary Officer

Fijitsu workers in Stevenage to stage fresh wave of strikes

The strikes are part of an ongoing dispute over jobs and pension cuts. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Workers at IT giant Fujitsu's Stevenage factory are to stage a fresh wave of strikes in their long long-running dispute over jobs and pension cuts.

Members of Unite will walk out for 24 hours on 13 and 24 April, and for 48 hours on 20 April.

Fujitsu workers will walk out for a number of days in April. Credit: ITV News Anglia

They will join workers at other Fujitsu sites across the UK, including:

  • Basingstoke
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bracknell
  • Crewe
  • Edinburgh
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Wakefield
  • Warrington
The Fujitsu factory in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The previous four days of strike action generated strong support from workers determined to stand up for their jobs and livelihoods.

"The way Fujitsu is treating its workforce and keeping them in the dark over its plans for the future is beyond contempt.

"This is a workforce that has worked hard to make Fujitsu in the UK highly profitable, yet their reward is job cuts and pension reductions, while the company frustrates Unite's attempts to minimise compulsory redundancies."

– Unite national officer Ian Tonks, Unite national officer

Senior police from eastern region to attend Pc Keith Palmer's funeral

Pc Keith Palmer died in the Westminster terror attack Credit: ITV News Anglia

Senior police officers from across the region will be attending the funeral in London today (10 April) of the PC killed in the terror attack on the Houses of Parliament.

Keith Palmer's funeral will take place at Southwark Cathedral this afternoon.

Representatives from Police Federation branches around the region will also be travelling to London to pay their respects.

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