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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Have you seen missing Helen?

Hertfordshire Police say concern is growing for a woman from Royston who's not been seen for almost a week.

51-year-old Helen Bailey is described as slim, with long black hair but it is not known what she was wearing at the time she went missing.

She was last seen around 2.45pm on Monday April 11.

It is also believed that Helen has her dog with her – a miniature Dachshund. Helen is known to have connections to Kent, Northumbria and London.

Missing Helen Bailey Credit: Hertfordshire Police

East Anglian chocolate businessmen set to make millions from sell-off

Hotel Chocolat is set to float on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Credit: ITV News Anglia

Its name hinted at origins in a Parisian back street but Hotel Chocolat actually began life in Royston in Hertfordshire and has become an international success with shops in many of our towns and cities.

The company now boasts revenues of £81 million a year and when it is floated on the stock market its founders stand to make a fortune.

Huntingdon-based company Hotel Chocolat will be floated on the stock market raising capital to fund expansion of the business.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

Man arrested following drugs raid

Credit: Hertfordshire Police

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.

Credit: Hertfordshire Police

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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