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Stevenage man 'unlawfully killed' in Libya

A coroner has said a Stevenage man shot dead on a beach in Libya was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Mark De Salis Credit: Family photo

46-year-old Mark De Salis had worked for an energy company in the Libyan capital Tripoli for six years.

He was found dead on a beach in the west of the country in January alongside the body of a female friend.

The coroner ruled the pair were unlawfully killed.

'Bump Mark' could change the way we look at food

A 22-year-old woman from Stevenage has come up with an invention which could completely change how our food is labelled.

Solveiga Pakstaite's 'Bump Mark' would let people know if something has gone off, just by feeling the outside packaging.

Now it has won her an award from the prestigious James Dyson Foundation.

Click below to watch a report from Olivia Patterson:


Police investigate 'stabbing' at house party

Detectives are investigating reports of a man being stabbed at a house party in Hitchin over the weekend.

Police say there was an altercation in the garden of the property in North Place at about 12:30am on Saturday. It is alleged an 18-year-old man was then stabbed.

He was taken to Lister Hospital where he is currently in a stable condition.

This young man appears to have been very lucky to survive the wounds he sustained.

We are aware that the party was very well attended and that it is possible there are a number of witnesses that have yet to speak with police.

We need to establish exactly what happened during this incident and so I would urge anyone who has any information about what happened to contact us or report what they know completely anonymously via Crimestoppers.

– Detective Inspector Lynda Coates

An 18-year-old man from Stevenage has been arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed until October 25.

Anyone with any information can contact the North Herts Local Crime Unit via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference G1/14/2349.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Dispersal order targets groups of youths

A map of Stevenage showing the area affected by the dispersal order

Police are targeting groups of youths who gather in an area of Stevenage following an increase in the number of complaints from local businesses and residents.

A Section 30 dispersal order covering The Hyde has come into effect.

Over the last six weeks police have received forty five calls about anti-social behaviour at the Hyde.

The order permits police and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to disperse groups of two or more people who are causing or are likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to the public.

Police can ask people to leave the area and not return within 24 hours.

Stevenage: Mother "relieved" after daughters survive Indonesian boat ordeal

Katherine and Alice Ostojic. Credit: Foreign Office

The mother of two young women from Stevenage in Hertfordshire who survived a shipwreck in Indonesia has spoken of her relief that they are safe.

Joan Ostojic and her husband heard in an email from 21-year-old Katherine and 19-year-old Alice how they had to sit on the roof of their semi-submerged boat for 10 hours, before swimming for another 8 hours.

They were rescued by local fishermen, and plan to return home shortly.

"It's a relief that they are safe. They are fine, carrying on with their travels and will be home shortly."

– Joan Ostojic, Katherine and Alice's mother


Train cleaners to stage pay strike

Train cleaners to stage pay strike.

Cleaners working on the East Coast line, running through Stevenage and Peterborough, are to stage a fresh strike in a row over pay, but action in a separate dispute over jobs has been suspended.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said cleaning staff employed by contractor ISS on the East Coast line will walk out for two days from Friday over pay.

Acting general secretary Mick Cash said ISS cleaners had not received a pay rise since 2011.

A planned 48 hour walkout from Friday by cleaners working on Interserve contracts for the Eurostar, over jobs, was called off after new proposals were put forward.

'Rosetta' in orbit...with a little help from Stevenage

The European Space Agency's "Rosetta" spacecraft has successfully entered the orbit of a comet hundreds of millions of miles from the Earth - but it would not have got there without a bit of scientific know-how from our region.

The spacecraft was built at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage. The lander it is carrying has equipment on board designed at the Open University in Milton Keynes which will analyse the surface of the comet.

Click below to watch a full report by Stuart Leithes:

Benefit campaign gains 70k supporters in a week

A woman, who has started a petition for an independent inquiry into the way the government sanctions people on benefits, has gained more than 70,000 supporters in a week.

Gill Thompson is calling for the inquiry after her brother David Clapson, who lived in Stevenage, had his benefits stopped and was unable to pay his electricity.

David suffered from diabetes and, unable to refrigerate his medication, died through lack of insulin last year.

Gill believes more could have been done to help her brother and is asking the government to learn lessons from his death.

Click below to watch a report by Elodie Harper:

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