A family of four have been left homeless today after a fire ripped through two houses in Hertfordshire.
Crews will remain on the scene of the blaze at Hole's Farm, Offley, near Hitchin, for much of the day.
It began in one of the cottages just before 6.15am and quickly spread to the adjoining property.
The roofs of both homes have been destroyed.
The family were checked over by an ambulance crew at the scene but did not require treatment.
Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal crash near Hitchin in the early hours of this morning.
The collision occurred at around 3am on Preston Road, Gosmore. Just one car was involved, a blue Peugeot 106, which overturned.
Emergency Services attended but an occupant was pronounced dead at the scene.
Anyone with information should call PC Shona Gillen or Sergeant Richard Barker via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101.
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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.
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."
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A man has died following a car crash in Weston near Hitchin this morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.