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Stevenage councillor not expecting big Lib Dem recovery

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 release picture of 'violent and unprovoked attack' in Stevenage

Police have released this image of the injuries the victim suffered Credit: Hertfordshire police

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.”

– Detective Constable Karen Dewar


Fijitsu workers in Stevenage to stage fresh wave of strikes

The strikes are part of an ongoing dispute over jobs and pension cuts. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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.

Fujitsu workers will walk out for a number of days in April. Credit: ITV News Anglia

They will join workers at other Fujitsu sites across the UK, including:

  • Basingstoke
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bracknell
  • Crewe
  • Edinburgh
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Wakefield
  • Warrington
The Fujitsu factory in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"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."

– Unite national officer Ian Tonks, Unite national officer

Ben Kennedy: 'Unique talent' signs new Stevenage deal

Ben Kennedy is a current Northern Ireland under-21 international. Credit: PA

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.

– Phil Wallace, Stevenage chairman


Satellite built in Stevenage blasts off into space

An artists impression of the satellite in space. Credit: Airbus

A communications satellite built in Stevenage was launched into space last night.

The main structure and propulsion system were constructed in Stevenage, before being shipped off to Toulouse to be assembled.

It blasted off from a launch site in French Guiana in South America.

The satellite is seven and half metres long and 3 metres wide. Its solar rays unfold to 45 metres - the equivalent of three double decker buses.

The satellite was constructed in Stevenage. Credit: Airbus

Driver seriously injured in Stevenage crash

The crash happened last night in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A driver has been seriously injured after his car left the road, went down a verge and overturned on an underpass in Stevenage.

Police were called to Martins Way at 8.30pm on Friday 10 February after reports a silver Nissan had crashed.

The man was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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