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Royston man killed in collision

A 28-year-old man from Royston in Hertfordshire has been killed after he was involved in a fatal road traffic collision on the A507 this morning.

Jamie Horgan died at the scene following the incident which took place just past the turning for Throcking.

The passenger, a 31-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.

The collision, which involved a black Vauxhall Corsa which had been travelling westbound, occurred at around 3.20am. The vehicle left the road and came to rest in a field.

Police are now appealing for witnesses and information.

Drivers in Royston unlawfully monitored by ANPR cameras

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Hertfordshire Police has been found in breach of the Data Protection Act for it's disproportionate use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras in "the ring of steel" in Royston.

The Information Commissioner's Office said it was impossible for anyone to drive their car in and out of the town without a record being kept of the journey.

An investigation into "the ring of steel" scheme was launched after privacy groups including the Big Brother Watch made several complaints.

The police force has now been issued with an enforcement notice ordering it to stop processing people's information in this way, unless it can justify the ANPR cameras use by way of a proper privacy impact assessment, or similar such assessment.

ICO Head of Enforcement, Stephen Eckersley, said:

“It is difficult to see why a small rural town such as Royston, requires cameras monitoring all traffic in and out of the town 24 hours a day. The use of ANPR cameras and other forms of surveillance must be proportionate to the problem it is trying to address.

"After detailed enquiries, including consideration of the information Hertfordshire Constabulary provided, we found that this simply wasn’t the case in Royston.

“We hope that this enforcement notice sends a clear message to all police forces, that the use of ANPR cameras needs to be fully justified before they are installed. This includes carrying out a comprehensive assessment of the impact on the privacy of the road using public.”

New community cinema for Royston

The interior of the new cinema

The official launch of Royston’s new community cinema will take place on Monday 1st July.

It is exactly 100 years since the original Priory Cinema first opened in the Hertfordshire town.

It is hoped that the Royston Picture Palace will encourage more people to stay in Royston rather than travelling to cinemas in Cambridge and Stevenage.


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