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Satellite built in Stevenage blasts off into space

An artists impression of the satellite in space. Credit: Airbus

A communications satellite built in Stevenage was launched into space last night.

The main structure and propulsion system were constructed in Stevenage, before being shipped off to Toulouse to be assembled.

It blasted off from a launch site in French Guiana in South America.

The satellite is seven and half metres long and 3 metres wide. Its solar rays unfold to 45 metres - the equivalent of three double decker buses.

The satellite was constructed in Stevenage. Credit: Airbus

Driver seriously injured in Stevenage crash

The crash happened last night in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A driver has been seriously injured after his car left the road, went down a verge and overturned on an underpass in Stevenage.

Police were called to Martins Way at 8.30pm on Friday 10 February after reports a silver Nissan had crashed.

The man was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital. Police are appealing for witnesses.


Tottenham's Ogilvie rejoins Stevenage on loan

Connor Ogilvie is back at Stevenage. Credit: PA

Tottenham Hotspur defender Connor Ogilvie has rejoined Stevenage on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Lamex Stadium last season, making 24 appearances.

Left-back Ogilvie could make his second debut for Boro against Grimsby Town on Saturday.

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Witness sought for Stevenage stabbing.

A 22 year old man has been stabbed in Stevenage.

The victim was in an alleyway in Mendip Road on Friday 20th January at 4.20pm when he was approached by two men who attacked him with an unknown implement.

Both offenders are described as white men. The first is described as being of slim build, between 5ft 11in and 6ft tall, with short light coloured hair and wearing dark clothing.

The other man is described as being of slim build with short dark hair and wearing dark clothes including a grey top under a jacket.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw the suspects in the area.

Hertfordshire Police Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Appeal to find missing man last seen in Stevenage

Missing man Miles Naylor who was last seen in Stevenage on Sunday evening

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a man who has gone missing and was last seen in Stevenage.

Miles Naylor, aged 32, was last seen at Lister Hospital at around 7pm on January 15.

He was due to travel home to Leeds but did not arrive.

Miles is described as being around 6ft tall, with cropped, wavy, mousey coloured hair and a short greying beard.

He was last seen wearing a red V-neck jumper, salmon pink shirt and dark blue chino-style trousers.

Anyone who sees Miles, or knows of his whereabouts, is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.


Farewell to wind-sensing satellite built in Stevenage

Airbus Defence and Space has spent more than 10 years developing the Aeolus Credit: European Space Agency

A "wind-sensing" satellite built in Hertfordshire will soon be shipped to France for final testing.

The Aeolus Satellite, built at Airbus Space and Defence in Stevenage, will be sent into space later this year, and it's hoped it will help predict how our weather will be forecast in the future.

Aeolus will be the first satellite to measure wind speeds across the whole planet and generate 100 wind profiles an hour.

Police Dog Finn makes first arrest since returning to work

Police Dog Finn made his first arrest since returning to work yesterday. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A police dog who was stabbed in the head and chest while on duty has made his first arrest since returning to work.

PD Finn and his handler PC Dave Wardell were both injured while chasing a suspect in Stevenage in October.

Fin returned work yesterday, after spending 10 weeks recovering.

Last night the pair arrested a man in Elstree - who allegedly failed to stop for officers in his car and was then involved in a crash with a parked vehicle.

A 30-year-old man from Borehamwood remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and driving other than in accordance with a driving licence.

Finn and his handler PC Wardell were both injured in October. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police dog Finn returns to front-line after being stabbed in head

A police dog stabbed in the head and chest while on duty in Stevenage is ready to return to the front-line.

PC Dave Wardell and Finn were attempting to arrest a suspected robber when they were attacked.

Finn had to undergo life-saving surgery but just 10 weeks on he is ready to go back to work after passing a series mental and physical tests.

I couldn't think of anyone I'd rather work with than Finn he is absolutely amazing and like I said he gives you 100 percent so to be able to go out with him tomorrow and Wednesday is gonna be phenomenal, regardless of whether we get any results or not. Just having him there by my side again is just gonna be absolutely amazing, I can't wait.

– PC Dave Wardell, Dog handler

Teenager killed in car crash outside police station

A man, 19, has died in a car crash in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 19 year old man has been killed and his 17 year old female passenger was seriously injured in a car crash in Stevenage.

He was driving a black Suzuki Swift that hit a road sign on Lytton Way, opposite the police station, at seven minutes past midnight.

The man died at the scene and the woman was taken to Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge.

Hertfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses and information.

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