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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.


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

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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