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Man arrested following drugs raid

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A man's been arrested after police uncovered a quantity of what's thought to be cocaine and cannabis at a house in Royston.

Officers raided the property in Mill Road on Friday 26th June. As well as the drugs they also found weighing scales and deal bags.

A 44-year-old man from Royston was arrested at the property on suspicion of possession of Class A and Class B drugs and possession with intent to supply. The man currently remains in police custody for questioning.

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Drug related crime in Royston is low and to keep it that way we are determined to deal robustly with anyone believed to be involved in such offences. Through our own investigations and information from the public, we can work together to keep Royston safe and I would therefore strongly encourage people to always report suspicious activity to us should they come across it.

– PC Mark Ellwood

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Calls for controversial 'ring of steel' CCTV network in Royston to be reintroduced

The CCTV network monitored every car going in and out of the town until 2011. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are calls for a controversial CCTV network, dubbed "the Royston Ring of Steel", to be reintroduced.

The CCTV network used to monitor every car going in and out of the town but the system was then deemed unlawful.

Now campaigners and politicians are calling for the network to be reinstated.

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Royston man killed in collision

A 28-year-old man from Royston in Hertfordshire has been killed after he was involved in a fatal road traffic collision on the A507 this morning.

Jamie Horgan died at the scene following the incident which took place just past the turning for Throcking.

The passenger, a 31-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.

The collision, which involved a black Vauxhall Corsa which had been travelling westbound, occurred at around 3.20am. The vehicle left the road and came to rest in a field.

Police are now appealing for witnesses and information.

Drivers in Royston unlawfully monitored by ANPR cameras

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Hertfordshire Police has been found in breach of the Data Protection Act for it's disproportionate use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras in "the ring of steel" in Royston.

The Information Commissioner's Office said it was impossible for anyone to drive their car in and out of the town without a record being kept of the journey.

An investigation into "the ring of steel" scheme was launched after privacy groups including the Big Brother Watch made several complaints.

The police force has now been issued with an enforcement notice ordering it to stop processing people's information in this way, unless it can justify the ANPR cameras use by way of a proper privacy impact assessment, or similar such assessment.

ICO Head of Enforcement, Stephen Eckersley, said:

“It is difficult to see why a small rural town such as Royston, requires cameras monitoring all traffic in and out of the town 24 hours a day. The use of ANPR cameras and other forms of surveillance must be proportionate to the problem it is trying to address.

"After detailed enquiries, including consideration of the information Hertfordshire Constabulary provided, we found that this simply wasn’t the case in Royston.

“We hope that this enforcement notice sends a clear message to all police forces, that the use of ANPR cameras needs to be fully justified before they are installed. This includes carrying out a comprehensive assessment of the impact on the privacy of the road using public.”

New community cinema for Royston

The interior of the new cinema

The official launch of Royston’s new community cinema will take place on Monday 1st July.

It is exactly 100 years since the original Priory Cinema first opened in the Hertfordshire town.

It is hoped that the Royston Picture Palace will encourage more people to stay in Royston rather than travelling to cinemas in Cambridge and Stevenage.

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