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Police to hand out 'safety packs' to drinkers in Hitchin

Drinkers found a little worse for wear after celebrating in Hitchin’s pubs and clubs over Easter will be handed so-called safety packs.

North Herts Community Safety Partnership has secured funding to provide the packs which will be distributed to people during the evenings over the bank holiday weekend.

Contents of the 'safety pack' Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The safety packs contain a bottle of water, a stopper to put into bottles to prevent drinks from being spiked, condoms, a foil blanket to keep warm and even a pair of flip flops for anyone who has worn high heels and plans to walk home barefoot.

“We want people to go out and have a good time in Hitchin over the Easter weekend - however, we also want people to get home safely and to take responsibility for themselves and their friends."

– North Herts Community Safety Sergeant Richard Wilmot

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Man killed in car crash near Hitchin

A man has died following a car crash in Weston near Hitchin this morning.

Location of fatal crash Credit: ITV News Anglia

A blue peugeot hit the wall of a property on Hitchin Road at about 3:15am, no other vehicles were involved.

A man in his 30s from Hertfordshire passed away at the scene.

This is a tragic incident where a man has sadly lost his life and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

I am appealing for anyone who was in the area and saw the car during the night and leading up to when the collision took place to come forward.

Any information provided could help us to piece together the circumstance of this collision.

– Investigating officer Sergeant Stephanie Crichton from the Road Policing Unit

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the non-emergency number 101.

Road closures are currently in place on Hitchin Road in Weston at the junction with Lannock Hill while investigations continue.

Police investigate 'stabbing' at house party

Detectives are investigating reports of a man being stabbed at a house party in Hitchin over the weekend.

Police say there was an altercation in the garden of the property in North Place at about 12:30am on Saturday. It is alleged an 18-year-old man was then stabbed.

He was taken to Lister Hospital where he is currently in a stable condition.

This young man appears to have been very lucky to survive the wounds he sustained.

We are aware that the party was very well attended and that it is possible there are a number of witnesses that have yet to speak with police.

We need to establish exactly what happened during this incident and so I would urge anyone who has any information about what happened to contact us or report what they know completely anonymously via Crimestoppers.

– Detective Inspector Lynda Coates

An 18-year-old man from Stevenage has been arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed until October 25.

Anyone with any information can contact the North Herts Local Crime Unit via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference G1/14/2349.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Cat shot with air rifle in Hertfordshire

Six year old Archie has been left with three broken bones after the attack. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a family pet was shot with an air rifle in Hertfordshire.

The six year old cat has been left with three broken bones after the attack.

The incident took place near the owner’s property in Cadwell Green, Hitchin, Hertfordshire on 25 July.

The RSPCA said it has received more than 250 calls about animals shot with air guns between June 1 – July 31. In Hertfordshire alone, there is a reported 150 per cent rise in calls to the RSPCA relating to air gun attacks.

“We need to find out urgently how this happened and who’s responsible for such a callous act. Luckily Archie is responding well to treatment but this was a horrible attack on a defenceless animal.”

– RSPCA inspector Stephen Reeves

Under the Animal Welfare Act, if someone is caught deliberately using an air gun to cause unnecessary suffering to an animal, they could face a £20,000 fine and/or up to six months in prison.

Anyone who witnessed this attack can report it by calling the RSPCA.

Man watched boy while he was in changing room

An e-fit image of a man police would like to speak to. Credit: Hertfordshire Police.

Police in Hertfordshire are investigating reports that a man spied on an 11-year-old boy while he was in a changing room cubicle in Hitchin.

Officers have released an e-fit image of someone they would like to speak to in connection with their inquiries.

The incident reportedly happened at about 6.05pm on Tuesday June 24 at a swimming pool in Fishponds Road.

The victim was getting changed when a man entered an adjacent cubicle and looked over to watch him.

He is described as being white, between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 9ins tall, and of slim build.

“This incident has understandably left the victim shaken as it is a total invasion of his privacy. We would like to identify this man as quickly as possible."

– PC Phil Snook, Hertfordshire Police.

Police hunt wanted man

WANTED: Ricardo Johnson. Credit: Hertfordshire Police.

Police are appealing for help to trace a man from Hitchin who is wanted in connection with a serious assault.

Twenty-eight-year-old Ricardo Johnson, whose last known address was John Barker Place, is wanted in connection with the assault on a woman in her 20s in the town on Friday.

Anyone who has seen Ricardo or knows where he is should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cash boost for Hertfordshire museum

Cash boost for the Hitchin museum Credit: ITV News Anglia

The British Schools Museum in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, has been given a major grant of nearly £90,000.

The money from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be used to develop the museum's learning programmes.

The grant will fund the appointment of a Learning and Access Manager for the next 3 years.

"Whilst our fantastic volunteers will remain absolutely vital, we will now have an experienced and highly-qualified museum professional to lead and develop our provision of learning activities and engage with a wider range of audiences."

Spokesperson, British Schools Museum

The manager will also work to improve links between the museum and the local community.

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