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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

Hitchin Town sack player who sent vile tweets to Prem star

Hitchin Town FC in Hertfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hitchin Town have confirmed they have sacked one of their players after he sent a series of abusive tweets to Premier League star Harry Arter mocking the death of his baby daughter.

Alfie Barker posted the tweets during the 3-3 draw between Bournemouth and Arsenal last night.

The match saw Bournemouth throw away a 3-0 lead, which prompted Barker to write a message to Arter saying: "at least you didn't lose your kid."

Barker has recently been on loan at Codicote, but parent club Hitchin have now decided to terminate his registration with immediate effect in light of the comments.

Alfie Barker was registered to play for Hitchin Town in the Southern League and has appeared only briefly for the club in the 2016-17 season. He has been playing at Langford and Codicote on a dual registration basis.

The club adopts a responsible approach to social media and would expect any player connected to Hitchin Town to do likewise.

In the light of the player’s irresponsible and anti-social behaviour, we are terminating Alfie Barker’s registration and relationship with the club with immediate effect.

We would reiterate that Hitchin Town, as a community club with established links with various segments of the public, has been a long-time user of social media channels and expects all club stakeholders to use them appropriately.

– Hitchin Town statement

Loan club Codicote have also ended any association with the player.

"We would like to make it clear that Codicote FC cannot and will not tolerate this behaviour; we have a responsibility to our community, supporters and the Football family to stamp this behaviour out," they said in a statement.

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No Christmas for parents of teenager killed in drink-drive crash

Dave and Anne Mudd say they won't celebrate Christmas because the emotions are still too raw after their son's death. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The parents of a teenager from Hertfordshire who died when his friend crashed the car they were in while drink driving have been telling us about the devastation his death has caused.

Jack Mudd was killed when the car overturned between Hitchin and the village of Gosmore in October last year. On Friday his friend Jack Kay was jailed for 18 months.

There'll be no Christmas for Jack's parents Dave and Anne Mudd. Their emotions are still too raw, the feelings too painful, for them to celebrate anything

The family spoke about the moment of foolishness that changed their lives forever to ITV News Anglia reporter Matthew Hudson

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Man charged with attempted murder after Hitchin stabbing

Richard Campbell has been charged with attempted murder. Credit: PA

A has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing in Hertfordshire.

The attack happened in Hitchin on 22 October.

32-year-old Richard Campbell, from Bromley, was arrested last night. He is due to appear at Hatfield Remand Court today.

Three people were also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They include:

  • A 38-year-old man from Stevenage
  • A 35-year-old woman from Hitchin
  • A 26-year-old woman from Hitchin

They have all been released on bail and are due to return to Stevenage Police Station in December.

Police investigating stabbing in Hitchin want to find this man

Police want to trace Richard Campbell. Credit: Hertfordshire Police.

Detectives investigating a stabbing in Hitchin want to trace this man.

It took place at about 2am on Saturday October 22 at Bunyan Road, close to the junction with Fishponds Road.

One man suffered a serious stab wound during a fight between two men, aged in their late 30s.

He remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital. The second man ran off.

Police believe 32-year-old Richard Campbell, from Downderry Road in Bromley, may be able to help them with their enquiries. He is thought to regularly visit Stevenage and Hitchin.

Investigation launched after man stabbed in Hitchin

Fishponds Road in Hitchin has been cordoned off

Police have launched an investigation after a man was stabbed in Hitchin in the early hours of this morning.

The victim, who is in his 30s, was attacked in the Fishponds Road area around 2am.

He suffered stabbed wounds and is currently in hospital in a critical, but stable condition.

No arrests have been made and part of the road has been cordoned off while police search for the offender(s).

Officers are working hard to establish exactly what has happened in the early hours of this morning and enquiries are on-going to locate the offender(s).

Fishponds Road has been cordoned off and we are urging members of the public to avoid the area.

– Det Insp Tom Leeks
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