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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.


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


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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