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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

Teenager jailed for stabbing police dog

Police dog Finn now fully recovered after being stabbed by a teenager last year

A teenager who stabbed a police dog and his handler with a foot-long hunting knife in Stevenage has been jailed for four months.

The 16-year-old from London, who cannot be named for legal reasons, knifed German shepherd Finn in the chest and head as he tried to stop him from escaping.

The dog's handler PC David Wardell also suffered a stab wound to his hand as he tried to protect him.

Hertfordshire Constabulary Chief Constable Charlie Hall said

I am glad we can all now start the process of putting the distressing events of last October, where PC Dave Wardell and now retired police dog Finn were stabbed, behind us.

I am extremely grateful to Dave and Finn as well as the other officers and staff who successfully brought the perpetrator to justice.

– Charlie Hall, Chief Constable, Hertfordshire Police

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James Ferry: Brentford midfielder joins Stevenage

James Ferry is Stevenage's second signing of the summer. Credit: PA

Stevenage have signed young Brentford midfielder James Ferry on a two-year-deal.

The 20-year-old trained with Boro in January after impressing against them in a reserves game and has now agreed to join the club on a permanent basis.

Ferry is Stevenage's second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Swansea City striker Alex Samuel earlier this week.

James brings energy, enthusiasm and a real high level of technical ability to the playing squad.

We identified James from Brentford B games across the season and when he played against us, we felt he was at the level we wanted and needed to improve the team.

We moved very quickly with Brentford to organise a permanent transfer who were a joy to deal with during the process.

– Darren Sarll, Stevenage manager

Meanwhile, midfielder Tom Pett has been placed on the transfer list after failing to agree a new contract.

Elsewhere, Northampton Town defender Gabriel Zakuani has been released after talks over a new deal broke down.

Schoolchildren invited to tour Stevenage space centre

The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space will open to school groups across the country. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A £2.5 million space centre in Stevenage will open to school groups from across the country today.

The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space was officially opened by astronaut Major Tim Peake in January.

It features exhibits designed to encourage young people to take up careers in science and engineering.

25,000
students expected to visit the Airbus Foundation Discovery Space in the next five years
The space centre was opened by Major Tim Peake in January. Credit: PA

Stevenage councillor not expecting big Lib Dem recovery

The Leader of the Stevenage Liberal Democrats has told ITV News Anglia he doesn't expect his party to make a big impression at the General Election next month.

Robin Parker was speaking after holding his seat in the Chells division with a majority of 981.

The party haven't really made many inroads elsewhere in the local elections though, and Mr Parker believes it will be a similar story on June 8.

"I think for what it's worth that the Lib Dems will go up slightly, not hugely, and I think Labour will come down a bit," he said.

"I think we'll have a Conservative victory, that's my honest view, because I think a lot of people will fall for Theresa May going on about a strong and stable government.

"I think we will gain some ground, but I'm not suggesting for a minute that we'll sweep the board."

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Police release picture of 'violent and unprovoked attack' in Stevenage

Police have released this image of the injuries the victim suffered Credit: Hertfordshire police

Police investigating a 'violent and unprovoked attack' on a man in Stevenage have released a picture of the victim's injured face.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault which happened at around 11.30pm on Wednesday April 26th in Nicholas Place, Stevenage.

The victim who was a man in his 50s was walking when a red car drove past, the victim shouted for them to slow down. The car stopped and two people got out attacking the man.

One of the offenders held back the victim's friend, while the other punched the man in his 50s and kicked him in the head several times after he fell to the ground.

"This was a violent, unprovoked attack that left the victim with fractures to his eye sockets, cuts and bruising. We believe that the vehicle the offenders got out of was being driven by a woman and I am appealing for her to come forward to speak to police. I would also like to hear from anyone who believes they know who may be responsible for this assault or saw the two offenders in the area around the time stated.”

– Detective Constable Karen Dewar

Fijitsu workers in Stevenage to stage fresh wave of strikes

The strikes are part of an ongoing dispute over jobs and pension cuts. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Workers at IT giant Fujitsu's Stevenage factory are to stage a fresh wave of strikes in their long long-running dispute over jobs and pension cuts.

Members of Unite will walk out for 24 hours on 13 and 24 April, and for 48 hours on 20 April.

Fujitsu workers will walk out for a number of days in April. Credit: ITV News Anglia

They will join workers at other Fujitsu sites across the UK, including:

  • Basingstoke
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bracknell
  • Crewe
  • Edinburgh
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Wakefield
  • Warrington
The Fujitsu factory in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The previous four days of strike action generated strong support from workers determined to stand up for their jobs and livelihoods.

"The way Fujitsu is treating its workforce and keeping them in the dark over its plans for the future is beyond contempt.

"This is a workforce that has worked hard to make Fujitsu in the UK highly profitable, yet their reward is job cuts and pension reductions, while the company frustrates Unite's attempts to minimise compulsory redundancies."

– Unite national officer Ian Tonks, Unite national officer
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