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Family-run bus company steps in to save abandoned services

As bigger bus companies move away from some rural routes a small business has stepped in to save them. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An small family-run bus company has stepped in to continue running vital services for rural villages on the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire border.

It comes with local councils across our region reducing their bus subsidies leaving some communities feeling cut off.

Brian Clifford, who runs A-2-B buses in Melbourn near Royston, says bigger companies are reluctant to run some country bus routes because they don't make enough money to cover their costs.

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Killer of author Helen Bailey ordered to pay nearly £100,000

Ian Stewart has been order to pay towards the cost of the trial which convicted him of killing his financee Helen Bailey.

The killer of children's author Helen Bailey has been ordered to pay almost £100,000 to cover the cost of his trial.

Ian Stewart, 56, is serving a minimum of 34 years for smothering the Electra Brown writer, his fiancee, and dumping her body in a cesspit below their £1.5 million in Royston, Hertfordshire home in 2016.

The 51-year-old was slowly drugged by Stewart over the course of several months as part of a plot to inherit her wealth.

During a brief hearing at St Albans Crown Court, Judge Andrew Bright confirmed £5,100 of the murderer's ill-gotten gains previously confiscated will go to Ms Bailey's estate.

He also agreed to prosecutor Stuart Trimmer's request for costs of £98,455.74 to be met to cover the expenses incurred by the six-and-a-half week trial.

Stewart did not appear at the hearing due to ill health.

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Author's killer to face forfeiture hearing

Ian Stewart

The killer of children's author Helen Bailey who murdered her in order to benefit from her multi-million pound fortune faces a forfeiture hearing in court.

Ian Stewart, 51, killed his partner at their home in Royston in Hertfordshire in April last year. Her body was found in the cesspit.

The hearing is designed to ensure that Stewart, who was jailed for life last for the murder, would not financially benefit from the crime.

Crews tackle Buntingford fire

Fire crews have thanked callers for information after a fire broke out at an agricultrual building in Hertfordshire. Royston and Stortford fire crews were called to the scene at Hare Street. It was eventually brought under control but the building was severely damaged.

World War Two shells discovered in Royston

Residents were evacuated from part of Royston this lunchtime after two unexploded WW2 shells were discovered.

The shells were found by workmen in a garden in Kneesworth Street.

The cordon was lifted at a quarter past four after specialist Herts Police officers and Bomb Disposal experts took the shells to open ground in the north of the county for a controlled detonation.

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Ian Stewart branded a 'real danger to women' as he's jailed for life

Ian Stewart was jailed for life with a minimum of 34 years for murdering his finance Helen Bailey. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A judge branded the partner of the children's author Helen Bailey a 'real danger to women' as he handed him a minimum 34 year sentence for her murder.

Judge Andrew Bright said Ian Stewart had committed a long planned murder before telling a 'callous series of lies', and that Helen Bailey's family would have to live with the consequences of his 'wicked crime'.

He said it was likely Stewart would die behind bars.

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Ian Stewart jailed for 34 years for killing fiancé Helen Bailey

Cesspit killer Ian Stewart has been jailed for at least 34 years. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Cesspit killer Ian Stewart has been jailed for at least 34 years after being convicted of murdering his fiancee, the children's author Helen Bailey in Royston in Hertfordshire.

Stewart, 56, had always protested his innocence - for three months he lied to police and Helen’s family and friends in an effort to make it look as though she had gone missing.

He spent weeks poisoning Helen Bailey with prescription sedatives before smothering her in a "heinous" plot motivated by greed.

Following a seven-week trial at St Albans Crown Court, Judge Andrew Bright sentenced the murderous computer expert, who refused to attend the hearing, to life with a minimum term of 34 years.

"I am firmly of the view that you currently pose a real danger to women with whom you form a relationship."

– Judge Andrew Bright
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