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Brian Lara ducks for cover.

Lara ducks for cover

West Indies star Brian Lara will play against Hertfordshire on Sunday in a special match at Lord's, but it could have been very different...

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Force apologises for World Cup Twitter gaffe

James Rodriguez after scoring against Uruguay

Hertfordshire Police has apologised for posting warning messages on Twitter about countries playing in the World Cup in Brazil.

When Colombia played Uruguay on Saturday the force warned about drug problems in the South American Country.

Another tweet involving Nigeria said: "British nationals are increasingly being targeted by scam artists operating in West Africa."

The tweets were removed after complaints that they stigmatise countries.

A spokesman said: "The tweets featured information from research into crime issues for the countries involved in the World Cup.

"They were designed to provide crime prevention advice about issues that may affect people in Hertfordshire.

"We would like to apologise to anyone who has been offended by the tweets issued by Hertfordshire Constabulary linked to the World Cup."

Police appeal after CCTV attack

CCTV image Credit: Hertfordshire Police

British Transport Police have released a CCTV picture of a man they want to speak to about an attempt to break into a cash machine in Hertfordshire.

A gang of six people tried to break into the ATM at Knebworth railway station around 9pm on Friday evening.

They fled empty handed after being disturbed and police are appealing for witnesses.

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Was fatal fire started deliberately?

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Investigators at the remains of the house Credit: ITV News Anglia

A fire which gutted a house in Welwyn Garden City and claimed the life of a man inside is believed to have been started deliberately by the victim.

The blaze in Heronswood Road broke out during the latest fire fighters' strike. A stand-in crew from Welwyn were at the scene in 10 minutes.

The house has been gutted by the fire
The house has been gutted by the fire Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man was rescued from a first floor window, but died later in hospital with severe burns. The rest of the family got out the house before fire crews arrived.

Who is mystery man?

One of six men British Transport Police would like to identify
One of six men British Transport Police would like to identify Credit: British Transport Police

Detectives investigating an attempt to steal money from a cash machine in Hertfordshire have released a CCTV of a man they would like to question.

Six men attempted to use an angle grinder to break into an ATM at Knebworth station but were disturbed by a member of the public.

Two of the men were wearing high-vis jackets in a apparent attempt to pose as railway engineering staff

Pedestrian killed in Hatfield crash

A 56-year-old pedestrian's died after a collision involving a car and a motorbike in Hatfield early today. The crash happened at 1.05am on the A1000, Great North Road, close to French Horn Lane.

The motorcyclist suffered injuries and was taken to hospital but the car driver was unhurt.

This is a very tragic incident and the man’s family are being supported by a specialist family liaison officer.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the events leading up to the collision, or who saw the collision take place, to contact police as soon as possible. Did you see the pedestrian prior to the collision walking in the area? If so we’d like to hear from you.”

– Investigating officer, PC Terry Nesbitt

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Man suffers severe burns in house blaze during fire strike

Heronswood Road fire
House damaged by fire in Heronswood Road, Welwyn Garden City Credit: Carl Went

A man's suffered severe burns in a fire in Welwyn Garden City. The fire broke out at a house in Heronswood Road this afternoon during the latest fire fighters' strike. Hertfordshire Fire says a stand-in crew from Welwyn was at the scene in 10 minutes.

Two other crews had to travel from Stevenage and Hertford. Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Mills said the back-up crews would have been on the scene more quickly if it were not for the strike. The man was rescued from a first floor window by ladder and taken to hospital with severe burns.

The rest of the family got out before fire crews arrived. The latest Fire Brigades' Union action over pensions ended at 5pm.

Hertfordshire's cricketers to turn back the clock to commemorate iconic Lord's match

When Hertfordshire's cricketers stepped out to play at Lord's in 1814, who'd have thought the club would be deeply rooted in the stadium's rich history.

Their match with the MCC will be commemorated on Sunday, 200 years to the day since they first played.

The current Hertfordshire side will face one of cricket's legends - former West Indies captain Brian Lara, who's world record innings of 501 runs still stands.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake

Read more: Lara forced to duck for cover

Couple found out about lottery win while manning a car boot sale stall

Lesley Blackman and Matthew McCarthy celebrate their win. Credit: Camelot.

A couple from Hertfordshire are set to bring their wedding plans forward after winning nearly £800,000 on the lottery.

Insurance manager, Lesley Blackman, 40, from Ware, found out about the win while manning a car boot stall with fiancé Matthew McCarthy.

The pair experienced a surge of generosity and sold everything for £1 an item to make £150 on top of the £799,255 jackpot share.

Lesley said: “I really couldn't concentrate for the rest of the day and just kept telling everyone that everything was a pound so I think some bargains were had.

“We have been planning to get married for a while now with a small gathering of family and friends in Lake Como, Italy, but we weren’t able to afford it. With this win we’ll still have exactly the same wedding but we can now set a date sooner rather than later.

"I’m so happy, I can’t wait to organise it."

Lesley is also hoping to buy a horse to rekindle her love of the animals and start riding again.

Her winning numbers were 5, 10, 16, 23, 31 and 44 and she won a share of the £4.79 million jackpot.

Lesley Blackman and Matthew McCarthy with their massive cheque. Credit: Camelot.
Lesley Blackman and Matthew McCarthy hope to buy a horse with some of their winnings. Credit: Camelot.
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