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Stevenage beat the deadline to sign duo on loan

Callum McFadzean. Credit: PA

Stevenage have beaten the loan deadline to sign Sheffield United winger Callum McFadzean and Ipswich Town goalkeeper Michael Crowe until January.

McFadzean is the younger brother of MK Dons defender Kyle and helped Burton Albion gain promotion to League One last season.

Crowe is yet to make his first team debut for Ipswich, but has previously featured for Woking.


Police search Stevenage station after reports of weapon - which turns out to be sandwich in carrier bag

The suspicious item was found to be a sandwich inside a carrier bag. Credit: PA

Police were called to Stevenage station yesterday afternoon to reports of a man with a concealed weapon - which turned out to be a sandwich in a carrier bag.

Officers received a call that man was seen acting suspiciously near the station, and that he may have had weapon concealed in a plastic bag.

They arrived at the scene, along with officers from the British Transport Police, and quickly found the man.

Following a search they discovered the suspicious item was a sandwich inside a carrier bag.

"Whilst this may sound light-hearted our thanks go to the vigilant member of the public who, concerned by what they saw, had the sense to ring the police who could take swift action.

We would urge anyone else who is suspicious or concerned about anything they see or hear todo the same thing and contact us.

At a time of heightened security the public has a crucial role to play in supporting the police in helping to keep our communities safe."

– Hertfordshire Police spokesman

Man jailed after stealing from vulnerable people in Stevenage

Ricky Briars has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A man has been jailed after stealing from vulnerable people in Stevenage.

Ricky Briars, 32, had pleaded guilty to three charges of robbery, theft and burglary.

He was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison at Cambridge Crown Court on Monday.

Briars first stole a 24-year-old's wallet in August, forcing him to a nearby cashpoint and threatening to beat him and stab him unless he gave up his PIN. Briars ran off after the man fell ill and collapsed, stealing his wallet and two bags of shopping.

The following day Briars approached a man in his late 80s outside sheltered accommodation. He removed the man's wallet in his back pocket, which contained £80 cash, while he was attempting to open the front door.

A few minutes later Briars knocked on a window of another property in the sheltered accommodation, claiming he had found a man’s wallet and asked if he could be let in. He stole £220 in cash from a work surface before making off.

Officers were able to link the three incidents after trawling local CCTV. Briars was identified and arrested a few days later.

"Briars showed complete disregard for his victims. I believe he preyed on them because of their vulnerabilities and trusting nature.

I am pleased with this outcome. His behaviour is deplorable and he will now spend a considerable period of time in prison where he belongs.”

– Detective Constable Jason Tinsey, Operation Manhunt at Hertfordshire Police

Woman, 86, robbed on her mobility scooter in Stevenage

Police are appealing for witnesses after an 86-year-old woman was robbed on her mobility scooter in Stevenage.

The woman was approached by a man at Walden End who grabbed her shopping bag, forcing her to drive into a parked car. He then ran off towards Six Hills Way.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s, proportionate build, 5ft 6ins – 5ft 8install and wearing a red top.


Couple prosecuted for tenancy fraud in Stevenage

A Couple have been prosecuted for tenancy fraud after they provided false information on their housing application which led to them being unfairly allocated a large council house.

The couple were both given a two-year conditional discharge after pleading guilty at Stevenage Magistrates' Court and were ordered to pay costs of £730.

They had been forced to returned the keys to the three-bedroom house in Bedwell on 9th October following an investigation by Stevenage Borough Council and the Hertfordshire 'Shared Anti-Fraud Service'.

They co-operated fully with the investigation once they realised that officers had evidence that they had lied about their housing circumstances.

"The housing service is increasingly under pressure to provide accommodation for customers and we are really pleased that tenants who fraudulently obtained social housing have been brought to justice. This has enabled another family on our housing register to move into the property.”

– Cllr Ann Webb, Executive Member for Housing

"This is the first prosecution since the Shared Anti-Fraud Service was launched and it’s an encouraging start. I’d call on residents to continue to do the right thing if they do know a cheat on their street."

– Chris Hayward, Hertfordshire County Council

Police warning over rise in car thefts

Cars have been stolen in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Stevenage are advising drivers to be especially careful when parking their car after a recent spate of thefts.

In the past two weeks there have been lots of cars and car parts stolen, as well as tools taken from inside vans.

Sergeant Tim Davies said: “These thefts are a huge inconvenience to owners who are left with the costs of replacing stolen items and repairing any damage caused to their vehicles.

“There are simple steps drivers can take to help keep their vehicles more secure and deter opportunist thieves, including making sure all doors are locked, with the windows shut and removing all valuables when leaving vehicles unattended."

Warning issued after spate of vehicle break-ins

Hertfordshire police issued the warning. Credit: Herts Police

Police in Stevenage are warning motorists to be careful after the last two weeks saw a surge in thefts from parked cars.

Several reports have been made regarding thefts from unsecure vehicles, especially vans.

Items stolen include high value power tools, racing car equipment and sat navs.

Hertfordshire police offer this advice to keep your vehicle safe.

  • lock the doors and shut the windows and sunroof
  • Never leave any valuables in your vehicle - not even in the glove box or boot
  • If removal of tools is not possible, fit a good quality tool safe

Sheringham 'won't feature' in Stevenage cup tie

Teddy Sheringham won't now feature for Stevenage tomorrow. Credit: PA

Teddy Sheringham will not be making a playing return for Stevenage tomorrow.

The 49-year-old Boro boss and former England international, who retired in 2008, had registered as a player along with assistant Kevin Watson for the injury-hit club's Herts Senior Cup match with Welwyn Garden City.

"There's been lots of media speculation today on Teddy dusting off his boots, however we have an update for you.

Contrary to speculation we can confirm that neither Teddy Sheringham or Kevin Watson will feature in tomorrow's Herts Senior Cup game at WGC.

With a number of squad injuries and the FA Youth Cup game just 48 hours before this fixture, both were registered in case they were required."

– Stevenage FC
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