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Sat Nav shenanigans as 50-foot lorry gets stuck in Hertfordshire village

The 50-foot vehicle got stuck mid-route. Credit: Hertford and Ware Police.

A lorry driver found himself in a tight spot this morning after his Sat Nav directed him down a narrow Hertfordshire road.

The navigation system took him through Walkern near Stevenage, a route his 50-foot vehicle did not seem to agree with.

The lorry was stuck for some time before Hertfordshire Police helped maneuver it out, although not before a few tongue in cheek tweets.


Stevenage: Corbyn calls for councils to start building housing again

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says we're facing a housing crisis and the Government must do more to make sure social housing is built across the East.

He was speaking on a visit to a development in Stevenage where the council is funding new homes.

Mr Corbyn also believes his party's gaining support again in our region after failing to win any of their target seats from the Tories, including Stevenage.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Emma Hutchinson

Labour leader Corbyn praises Stevenage council house development

Jeremy Corbyn in Stevenage today. Credit: ITV News Angliaitv

The Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has made a visit to our region to see a new social housing development.

He met with bosses from Labour-led Stevenage Borough Council which has funded the project through efficiency savings it's made within its budgets.

31 new council homes are being built as part of the scheme.

"Housing is crucial and housing that people can afford is crucial.

Here we've got a development going on of new council housing which will be life-time tenancy for people."

– Jeremy Corbyn


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
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