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Gains for Tories and Lib Dems on St Albans Council

Conservatives hold St Albans Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservatives have increased their majority on St Albans City and District Council. The party now has an overall majority of four, up from two before the election.

The Lib Dems also made a single gain with net losses for Labour and an Independent.

The Lib Dems were last party to have an overall majority in 2011 and the party had been in and out of power since 1994

Usain Bolt trainers stolen

Usain Bolt in trademark pose Credit: PA Images

Thieves have stolen a pair of signed Usain Bolt trainers from a car in Hertfordshire.

The running shoes had been in a black frame along with a certificate of authenticity and a picture of the sprinting legend. The frame was smashed and offenders took the three items from within it.

The missing trainers Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The owner had bought the shoes at a charity auction raising money for Sport for Freedom.

PC Ben Kirby, of Hertfordshire Police, said the victim had planned to display the shoes at home.

"Whilst the charity has very kindly offered to replace it, the victim is keen to see the return of the original to allow it to be auctioned again and raise further money for the charity."

– PC Ben Kirby

The shoes were taken from a grey BMW near the Marlborough School in Watling Street, St Albans, between midnight and 10am on December 21st. Police are appealing for witnesses.


£100,000 to repair Hertfordshire sinkhole with the equivalent of 6,698 bathtubs of concrete

The St Albans pothole has been filled with the equivalent of 6,687 bathtubs of concrete. Credit: Hertfordshire County Council

The cost of repairing a sinkhole which opened up in a street in St Albans is estimated at £100,000.

Engineers have pumped in 48 lorry loads of foamed concrete over four days which amounts to nearly 6,700 bathtubs full.

Experts are monitoring the site in Fontmell Close using specialist equipment to test for any movement.

Electricity, water, sewerage and telephone services have now been restored to the majority of the fifty homes affected by the sinkhole which appeared on Thursday 1 October

The sinkhole 66ft wide and 33ft deep opened up on 1 October 2015. Credit: ITV News

Two people charged with slavery offences in St Albans

Hertfordshire Police have charged two people in St Albans with offences connected to slavery.

Johnny Murphy, 25, and Shanon Loveridge, 22, were both charged with knowingly holding a person in slavery or servitude and knowingly requiring another person to perform forced labour in St Albans between April 2010 and September 2014.

Their arrest followed advice from Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service.

In March officers from Hertfordshire Police executed a warrant at an address in St Albans following following reports of potential human trafficking taking place on the premises.

Jonny and Shannon have been released on bail and will appear before St Albans Magistrates Court on Tuesday 27 October.

A 62-year-old woman has been released without charge.


Police search for man who failed to appear at court

Luke Giugno who is wanted by police Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a man who is wanted for failing to appear in court.

Twenty-six-year-old Luke Giugno, whose last known address was Farley Hill in Luton, was due before St Albans Crown Court on March 19th in connection with a number of offences.

He has links to Welwyn, St Albans and Luton.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Herts police non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number D1/13/7089. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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