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Conservatives in decline in North Hertfordshire

The Conservative majority in North Hertfordshire was reduced from 19 to 9. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The council which runs local services in Letchworth, Hitchin and Royston has been run by the Conservatives since 1999 but this year saw the Tory majority cut.

The Conservative lost five seats with two going to Labour and three to the Liberal Democrats.


Missing Samuel, 87, disappeared from Royston wearing his pyjamas

Samuel Spruce has gone missing from his home in Royston Credit: Hertfordshire Police

An 87-year-old man has gone missing from his home in Royston - wearing his pyjamas and a grey coat.

Samuel Spruce was last seen at 11.30pm on Thursday, May 3.

He is 5ft 7in tall, with short brown curly hair, stubble on his face and glasses.

Police say they are concerned about his welfare and have issued an urgent appeal for help to trace him.

Firefighter in court accused of causing death of pedestrian after fire engine collision

David Williams at Stevenage Magistrates Court Credit: ITV News Anglia

A firefighter from Hertfordshire has appeared in court accused of causing the death of a pedestrian after the fire engine he was driving struck the man on a roundabout.

It was the first court appearance for 47-year old David Williams who is accused of causing the death by careless driving of grandfather 58-year old Mitchell Bailey on 18th January 2017.

The father of three died after he was struck by the fire appliance on a roundabout at the junction of Old North Road and Burns Road in Royston.

The scene of the fire engine collision in January 2017 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The charge was not put to the firefighter in court today and he was not required to enter any plea.

His solicitor Rachel Tandy explained to the court that the CPS had only just supplied new information to him and time was needed to consider it before advising him of any plea.

The magistrates adjourned the hearing until February 27, when Mr Williams will next appear before magistrates in St Albans.

At the time of the collision, a crew from Royston Fire Station were heading to reports of a house fire.


Pedestrian killed by lorry on Royston bypass

A pedestrian was hit by a lorry on the A505 Royston bypass. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A pedestrian has died after being hit by a lorry on a Hertfordshire bypass.

The victim, who was in his 20s, was killed on the A505 at Royston, between the A10 and A1198 junctions.

Police are appealing for dash cam footage from around the time of the collision. PC Jackie Lister, of Hertfordshire Police, said passing motorists may have captured footage of the lorry or pedestrian shortly before it happened.

The man's family has been informed.

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.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers
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