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Conservatives in decline in North Hertfordshire

The Conservative majority in North Hertfordshire was reduced from 19 to 9. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The council which runs local services in Letchworth, Hitchin and Royston has been run by the Conservatives since 1999 but this year saw the Tory majority cut.

The Conservative lost five seats with two going to Labour and three to the Liberal Democrats.

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Push to raise awareness of hate crime in Hitchin

The stall was set up to raise awareness of hate crime Credit: Hertfordshire Constabulary

Groups have gathered in Hitchen town centre today (October 16th) to raise awareness of hate crime.

Police Victim Support officers, Hitchen Town Football Club, the North Herts Ethnic Minority Forum, youth group YC Hertfordshire and Tell Mama- a charity that supports Muslim victims of hate crime, all manned a stall in the Hertfordshire town and talked to shoppers.

The venture is part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week and aims to let victims know what support is available to them. It will continue on October 18th and 19th and there will be performances from local schoolchildren.

Hertfordshire police's new rainbow patrol car and their victim support dog Peggy were also present.

"We would welcome anyone who is in Hitchin to come along and say hello. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about hate crime, local policing or services for victims."

– Angela Westwood, Hertfordshire Police

Police appealing for help in tracking down missing man

Balbir Bhachu, 50, from Baldock, was last seen in Hitchin on Saturday 9 September. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police are appealing for help in tracking down a man who has gone missing from Hitchin in Hertfordshire.

Balbir Bhachu, 50, from Baldock, was last seen in Hitchin on Saturday 9 September.

He is described as being around 5ft 7in tall, of medium build with short untidy greying hair and a beard.

Balbir was last seen wearing a black jumper, black trousers and black shoes.

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Woman injured in Hitchin dog attack

The dog was seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was injured in a dog attack in Hitchin.

The dog attacked another another dog and the animal's owner at Oughtonhead Common on 15 May.

She was taken to hospital after she suffered injuries to her wrist and thigh.

The dog was seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act. It is being kept in kennels.

“The dog that was attacked suffered severe neck injuries, which required surgery, and its owner suffered deep wounds to her wrist and her right thigh that required hospital treatment."

– PC Josh Wilson, Hertfordshire Police

Hitchin boss 'disgusted' by tweets sent to Harry Arter

Hitchin Town manager Mark Burke has backed the club's decision to sack young player Alfie Barker after he sent offensive tweets to Bournemouth's Harry Arter about his stillborn daughter.

The tweets were posted by Barker during the Premier League clash between Bournemouth and Arsenal last night.

Barker wrote: "Big hype just for a disappointment like the nine months leading up to your child's birth."

Hitchin have now ended their association with the player.

I was disgusted, we can't have people with those views representing Hitchin Town Football Club.

I feel very sorry for Harry Arter and no one should go through that.

It's disgraceful what's happened.

– Mark Burke, Hitchin Town manager
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