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Pride of Britain West Nominees: Kirsten Bailey

Video report by ITV News Anglia’s Russell Hookey

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the West of the Anglia region. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

Next we meet Kirsten Bailey who lives near Royston in Hertfordshire. Despite having to overcome problems of her own, Kirsten devotes her time to raising money for countless charities and helping others.

Partner of Helen Bailey pleads not guilty to her murder

Helen Bailey and dog Boris Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The partner of Hertfordshire children's author Helen Bailey has pleaded not guilty to her murder.

Helen was reported missing April. Her body and that of her dog were found in her garden in Royston three months later.

55-year-old Ian Stewart appeared at St Albans Crown Court to today enter his plea.

He pleaded not guilty to further charges, including fraud and preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body.

He also pleaded not guilty two offences of doing an act tending or intended to pervert the course of public justice and one offence of doing acts intended or intended to pervert the course of public justice.

He’s expected to go on trial early next year.

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Court appearance in Royston author murder is delayed

Helen Bailey disappeared with her dog Boris in April 2016 Credit: Hertfordshire police

The man charged with the murder of author Helen Bailey from Royston will now appear before Crown Court tomorrow.

55-year-old Ian Stewart was due before St Albans Crown Court today, but the appearance has been put back.

Helen's body was found in the garden of her home in Royston last week.

Ian Stewart is also charged with perverting the course of justice and preventing her lawful burial.

A post mortem examination on Helen is taking place today.

Author's partner due in court charged with murder

Children's author Helen Bailey with her partner Ian Stewart.

The partner of Hertfordshire children's author Helen Bailey is expected to appear in court later, accused of killing her.

Ian Stewart, 55, is charged with murdering the 51-year-old, perverting the course of justice and preventing her lawful burial.

Helen's body and that of her dog were found in the garden of her home in Royston on Friday.

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Missing author: Body found in grounds of her home

Helen Bailey. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police investigating the murder of missing author Helen Bailey from Hertfordshire have found a body.

Specialist teams have been carrying out searches in the grounds of her some in Royston all week.

The 51-year-old was last seen walking her dog Boris in April.

A 55-year-old man from Royston, who was arrested on Monday, has today (July 15) been re-arrested and is being questioned at Stevenage police station on suspicion of murder.

Helen’s family have been updated of this significant development and are continuing to receive support from specialist family liaison officers.

As you can fully appreciate this will be an extremely difficult time for them and they have requested their privacy be respected at this time.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Fullwood

Seeing red! The farmer who ended up with a surprise field of poppies

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes.

A field full of poppies is a spectacular sight - and one which could be thought of as a gesture of remembrance.

The farm is next to the A505 near Royston. Credit: ITV News Anglia

But at a farm near Royston in Hertfordshire say they're not too happy with the poppies that have grown in one of their fields - because it's not the crop they planted.

The 60 acre field should be filled with blue linseed, but because the sprays didn't work, poppies grew instead.

Police search septic tank and garden at missing author's home

Helen Bailey has been missing for nearly two weeks

It's been reported that police have searched a septic tank and garden at the home of missing Hertfordshire author Helen Bailey.

A police officer searches a wooded area at Royston Heath

The 51-year-old was last seen at her house in Royston on Monday 11th April. Police have released a picture of her pet dog Boris in the hope it may help track her down.

Officers believe she left home with her dog Boris

Officers believe she left home with her dog, a brown miniature Dachshund, which has also not been seen since.

Police refused to confirm exact details of the search but say they're continuing to explore a number of areas.

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