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Sentinel satellite heads to Russia for rocket launch

The Sentinel 5P satellite Credit: Airbus Defence and Space

A Stevenage built satellite is heading to Russia for launch. The Sentinel 5P Satellite was designed and made at Airbus in the town.

Europe’s pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor is heading to the launch site at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

The probe is part of the global monitoring programme “Copernicus”, a joint European Commission–ESA undertaking which aims to acquire continuous and accurate Earth observation data and provide services to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change.

"This mission will give Europe new way to measure global pollution levels in much greater detail.”

– Colin Paynter, Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space in the UK

More on the Copernicus project.

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Police appeal after cyclist left seriously injured in crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road accident in Stevenage which left a cyclist with serious injuries.

The man, in his 40s, was hurt on Thursday July 6th, at around 10.45 am, after he was in collision with a white transit van in Hertford Road, close to the junction with Brookhill.

He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or believes they saw the cyclist or van shortly prior to the collision.

Tourists angry that holidays in the sun cancelled by Jet2

Jet2 is under fire from passengers for cancelling booked holidays.

A holiday company is under fire from holidaymakers angry that their breaks in the sun have been cancelled.

A mother and son from Stevenage in Hertfordshire are among dozens who booked a holiday in Tenerife with Jet2 Holidays only to be emailed to say it had been cancelled. The reason given was that the breaks they booked were sold too cheaply.

Jet 2 said in a statement that it incorrectly placed breaks at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tenerife on its website, when they were not actually available.

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Stevenage finalise deals for Martin and Turgott

Blair Turgott (left) and Joe Martin (right) have joined Stevenage. Credit: PA

Stevenage have strengthened their squad with the signings of left-back Joe Martin and winger Blair Turgott.

The pair both join for undisclosed length deals, with Martin moving to Hertfordshire on a free transfer following his release by Millwall and Turgott making the switch from non-league Bromley.

The pair become the fifth and sixth captures of the summer so far, while goalkeeper Joe Fryer has also joined on a season-long loan from Middlesbrough.

Meanwhile, defender Kgosi Ntlhe has been released.

Appeal following alleged sexual assault in Stevenage

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 15-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assault in Stevenage.

The victim was walking in a field near Serpentine Woods, Great Ashby, on 9 June around 2.40pm.

It's alleged that she was approached by a man who kissed her on the cheek and hugged her. The girl managed to break away from the man and called her mother for help.

A 51-year-old man from Stevenage has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.

He has been bailed until June 29 while enquiries continue.

I am appealing for anyone who saw the alleged incident, or has information that could assist the on-going investigation to get in contact.

I would particularly like to speak to a woman who was walking two lurcher-type dogs and a Border Collie dog in the area as we believe she may have spoken to the victim.

I would also like to speak to a man who was in the area with a child around the time and may have seen the victim following the alleged incident.

– Detective Constable Hayden Coggins

Teenager jailed for stabbing police dog

Police dog Finn now fully recovered after being stabbed by a teenager last year

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.

– Charlie Hall, Chief Constable, Hertfordshire Police

James Ferry: Brentford midfielder joins Stevenage

James Ferry is Stevenage's second signing of the summer. Credit: PA

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.

– Darren Sarll, Stevenage manager

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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