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Kevin Lokko: Ex-Norwich academy star joins Stevenage

Kevin Lokko was once part of Norwich City's academy. Credit: PA

Stevenage have signed former Norwich City academy defender Kevin Lokko after triggering his release clause at National League side Maidstone United.

The 21 year old centre-back, who is an England C international, played 46 games for Maidstone last season.

Lokko also had a spell at Colchester earlier in his career but is yet to make an appearance in the Football League.

Many will be surprised by the timing of this but Kevin’s attracted a lot of interest in recent months and I can more than understand why a league club would take a punt on him.

We of course wish him all the best and thank him for his efforts during last season.

– Jay Saunders, Maidstone United manager

Meanwhile, Southend United have signed 19-year-old French forward Amadou Ba following a successful trial.

Ba has agreed a two-year deal at Roots Hall.

Fellow Shrimpers striker Theo Robinson has also committed his future to the club by agreeing a one-year contract extension.

Stevenage re-sign former AFC Wimbledon winger

Chris Whelpdale has signed for Stevenage FC from AFC Wimbledon Credit: www.stevenagefc.com

Stevenage have re-signed winger Chris Whelpdale League One side AFC Wimbledon on a one year deal.

The winger spent two years at Boro between 2014 and 2016.

The 30-year-old spent one season with the Dons last season and scored two goals in 23 appearances.

He left the club by mutual consent.

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Sentinel satellite heads to Russia for rocket launch

The Sentinel 5P satellite Credit: Airbus Defence and Space

A Stevenage built satellite is heading to Russia for launch. The Sentinel 5P Satellite was designed and made at Airbus in the town.

Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor is heading to the launch site at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

The probe is part of the global monitoring programme “Copernicus”, a joint European Commission–ESA undertaking which aims to acquire continuous and accurate Earth observation data and provide services to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change.

"This mission will give Europe new way to measure global pollution levels in much greater detail.”

– Colin Paynter, Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space in the UK

More on the Copernicus project.

Police appeal for missing man in Stevenage

Andrew McGuinn was last seen on 11th July Credit: Police

Hertfordshire police are appealing for help to trace a man who has gone missing from Stevenage.

Andrew McGuinn, who is 53-years-old, was last seen in the town at 9am on Tuesday 11th July.

Police have described McGuinn as:

  • White
  • Around 6ft tall
  • Stocky build
  • bald head and goatee beard
  • tattoo on his right am

Police appeal after cyclist left seriously injured in crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road accident in Stevenage which left a cyclist with serious injuries.

The man, in his 40s, was hurt on Thursday July 6th, at around 10.45 am, after he was in collision with a white transit van in Hertford Road, close to the junction with Brookhill.

He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or believes they saw the cyclist or van shortly prior to the collision.

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Tourists angry that holidays in the sun cancelled by Jet2

Jet2 is under fire from passengers for cancelling booked holidays.

A holiday company is under fire from holidaymakers angry that their breaks in the sun have been cancelled.

A mother and son from Stevenage in Hertfordshire are among dozens who booked a holiday in Tenerife with Jet2 Holidays only to be emailed to say it had been cancelled. The reason given was that the breaks they booked were sold too cheaply.

Jet 2 said in a statement that it incorrectly placed breaks at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tenerife on its website, when they were not actually available.

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Stevenage finalise deals for Martin and Turgott

Blair Turgott (left) and Joe Martin (right) have joined Stevenage. Credit: PA

Stevenage have strengthened their squad with the signings of left-back Joe Martin and winger Blair Turgott.

The pair both join for undisclosed length deals, with Martin moving to Hertfordshire on a free transfer following his release by Millwall and Turgott making the switch from non-league Bromley.

The pair become the fifth and sixth captures of the summer so far, while goalkeeper Joe Fryer has also joined on a season-long loan from Middlesbrough.

Meanwhile, defender Kgosi Ntlhe has been released.

Appeal following alleged sexual assault in Stevenage

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assault in Stevenage.

The victim was walking in a field near Serpentine Woods, Great Ashby, on 9 June around 2.40pm.

It's alleged that she was approached by a man who kissed her on the cheek and hugged her. The girl managed to break away from the man and called her mother for help.

A 51-year-old man from Stevenage has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.

He has been bailed until June 29 while enquiries continue.

I am appealing for anyone who saw the alleged incident, or has information that could assist the on-going investigation to get in contact.

I would particularly like to speak to a woman who was walking two lurcher-type dogs and a Border Collie dog in the area as we believe she may have spoken to the victim.

I would also like to speak to a man who was in the area with a child around the time and may have seen the victim following the alleged incident.

– Detective Constable Hayden Coggins
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