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Man hit in face with champagne bottle in Stevenage

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was hit in the face with champagne bottle in Stevenage on Saturday evening.

The victim, a 34 year old man, was approached by four males believed to be aged between 17 and 20.

One of the men attacked him with a champagne bottle, causing him to lose two teeth. The victim ran off and hid until the offenders had left the scene. He then realised his red mountain bike had been taken.

The incident happened between 7.50pm and 8pm in Shephell View.

Appeal for help in tracing missing vulnerable man

James Thorn Credit: Herts Police

Police are appealing for the public's help in tracing a missing vulnerable man from Stevenage.

James Thorn, 24 , was reported missing yesterday afternoon. He is white, 5ft 7in tall and of medium build with dark brown cropped hair.

He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, black jogging bottoms and blue trainers.

Members of the public are being asked to contact the police if they see him, rather than try to approach him.


Pregnant chihuahua dumped on the street

Poppy was found by a member of the public Credit: RSPCA

A chihuahua was dumped on the street in Stevenage in Hertfordshire after an unsuccessful attempt to give birth.

The RSPCA is appealing for more information after he dog was found by a member of the the public in the Symonds Green area of Hertfordshire on Friday in an extremely poorly state, before being taken straight to a vet.

The dog, nicknamed Poppy, had a microchip registered to Lithuania and was found with a stillborn puppy still waiting to be delivered.

It is believed the dead puppy may have been inside her for at least a couple of days.

Poppy was treated by a vet, but died over the weekend. The vet also found she had previously had a caesarian section.

“This was such a heartbreaking story. I can’t believe this dog was just abandoned and left to suffer on her own in this terrible state. We are very grateful to the member of the public for finding and rescuing her, but sadly it was too late for Poppy, she was just too unwell.

“It seems likely that Poppy was one of many dogs brought over from other countries for breeding, and then just dumped when she didn’t fulfil her purpose."

– Paula Wilson, RSPCA’s Hertfordshire East Branch

Campaign to protect Stevenage skatepark

Nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for a skatepark in Stevenage to be given listed status.

Bowes Lyon skate park was built in the 1970s, when the sport was at the peak of its popularity.

Now some are worried it could be built on if plans to regenerate the town centre go ahead.

The council says their fears are unfounded, and that the skate park is not under threat. However, campaigners say they're acting now before any definite plans are set out.

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Stevenage complete double signing ahead of new season

Jamie McCombe in action for Doncaster Rovers. Credit: PA

Stevenage have completed the double signing of centre-back Jamie McCombe and MK Dons striker Tom Hitchcock.

32-year-old McCombe, who has played for the likes of Bristol City and Doncaster Rovers, has agreed a one-year deal.

Tom Hitchcock will spend the next month at Stevenage. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, promising forward Hitchcock joins on a month's loan.

The 22-year-old could make his debut in tomorrow's clash against Notts County at the Lamex Stadium.

Stevenage v Notts County, Sky Bet League Two, Saturday 8 August, 3pm

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