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.
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.
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.
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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.
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."
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.”
The family of a woman killed in a crash on the A1(M) have paid tribute to a ‘beautiful, selfless and loving’ daughter and sister.Read the full story ›
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, has announced three new contracts worth over £530 million for missiles to be built in Stevenage.Read the full story ›
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.
They will join workers at other Fujitsu sites across the UK, including:
"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."
Highly-rated Stevenage midfielder Ben Kennedy has signed a new contract with the club.
The 20-year-old has already made over 70 appearances for the League Two side and is believed to be on the radar of several Premier League and Championship clubs.
Kennedy's new deal will run until 2019.
Ben is a unique talent. He is a big game player and we have worked hard to develop him on and off the pitch since he came to us from Northern Ireland 4 years ago.
We are delighted he has agreed to extend his contract.