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Extra officers drafted in to police EDL march in Stevenage

Police officers working at the EDL march in Peterborough in 2010 Credit: PA Images

Police in Hertfordshire say they have drafted in extra officers to help them deal with a planned English Defence League demonstration.

Parts of Stevenage town centre will be closed during the march on Saturday and drivers are being advised to find alternative routes.

A counter protest from the Trade Union Congress is also planned. Similar demos which took place in Peterborough in March passed off peacefully.

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Reaction to Lewis Hamilton's comments on Stevenage

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has been criticised after newspapers reported him describing his home town of Stevenage as a 'not great place' to live.

He was comparing his upbringing with that of rival Nico Rosberg who spent his youth in Monte Carlo.

Click below to hear Matthew Hudson talking to Councillor Howard Burrell from Stevenage Borough Council

Lewis Hamilton told to remember his roots

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has been criticised after newspapers reported him describing his home town of Stevenage as a 'not great place' to live.

He was comparing his upbringing with that of rival Nico Rosberg who spent his youth in Monte Carlo.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg Credit: PA Wire

Hamilton said sleeping on his father's sofa rather than growing up surrounded by yachts had given him a "different kind of hunger" to Rosberg.

Councillors say his comments are unfair and he needs to remember his roots.

Labour hold Stevenage with increased majority

Labour have held Stevenage in Hertfordshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Labour have increased their majority on Stevenage Council which has been in the party's control since it was formed in 1973.

UKIP lost its only seat on the council and the Liberal Democrats replace the Conservatives as the main opposition party.

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Stevenage handed a boost as highly-rated winger Luke Freeman extends contract

Luke Freeman has had his contract extended. Credit: PA

Stevenage have extended the contract of highly-rated winger Luke Freeman as they prepare for life in League Two.

The club have triggered a 12-month option to keep the 22-year-old, who attracted interest from The Championship in January.

Dean Parrett has also been handed a new deal. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Midfielder Dean Parrett, who's currently sidelined with a serious knee injury, has also been handed a new deal, as has Roarie Deacon.

Meanwhile, Filipe Morais, Luke Jones, Peter Hartley, Simon Heslop, Marcus Haber and Sam Wedgbury have all been allowed to leave.

Stevenage: Blind woman so fed up with abuse, she's decided to wear a hidden camera

Siobhan Meade is fed up of being abused. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A blind woman from Hertfordshire says she suffered so much abuse on the streets of Stevenage that she decided to wear a hidden camera.

Siobhan Meade was regularly harassed by bullies who swore at her and threatened to mug her.

She has now given the camera footage to police, who have used it to help identify some of the perpetrators.

"It was a chipping away effect," Siobhan told ITV News Anglia.

"It was destroying me inch by inch, and nobody should have to live with that at all."

Have you seen James Obrien?

James Obrien Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police are asking members of the public for help in tracing a wanted man.

23 year old James Obrien, whose last known address was Church Lane in Stotfold, failed to attend East Herts Magistrates Court on Wednesday 9 April for a drunk and disorderly offence in Stevenage.

He was last known to be in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire area.

Anyone who knows where James is or who sees him should contact the Herts Police non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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