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Welwyn sprinter Williams books place in semi-finals

Jodie Williams has made it through to the semi-finals in Rio. Credit: PA

Welwyn Garden City sprinter Jodie Williams has qualified for the semi-finals of the women's 200m in Rio.

The 22-year-old ran a season's best of 22.69 to finish third in her heat which was good enough to qualify as one of the fastest losers.

Williams was the 12th fastest overall and will now run in the semis on Wednesday.


Frenchman on trial over murder of Hertfordshire woman

Patricia Wilson disappeared four years ago Credit: ITV News Anglia

A gardener is going on trial accused of killing a woman from Hertfordshire who disappeared from a village in France four years ago.

Jean-Louis Cayrou has been charged with murdering 58-year-old Patricia Wilson who was originally from Welwyn Garden City.

She vanished from her home in Vabre-Tizac near Toulouse in August 2012.

Her body has never been found.

Cayrou is due to appear in court later.


Helicopter search for missing woman as concern grows

Missing woman Cheryl Hyatt from Welwyn Garden City Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A police helicopter has been used in the search for a woman missing from Welwyn Garden City as fears grow for her safety.

Cheryl Hyatt, who is 51 years old, was last seen this morning (January 9) at around 1am in Wilkins Grove.

Cheryl is 5ft 3ins tall, medium build with light brown shoulder length straight hair. She is believed to have been wearing a black puffa style jacket which has a belt around the middle, jeans and calf length black boots.

Anyone who has seen Cheryl or who knows of her whereabouts should contact Herts Police on 101.

Hertfordshire Police: 'Classic car could have been stolen at any point in the last 20 years'

The red Ford Mustang. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A classic car has been stolen from a garage in Welwyn Garden City, but police admit that the theft could have happened 20 years ago.

The owner of the red Ford Mustang died in August, and his relatives realised that the vehicle was missing when they went to check if it was still in the garage on October 15.

The last definite sighting of the car in the garage was way back in 1995.

“The owner of the vehicle was hugely proud of the car and it has a large amount of sentimentally attached to it.

Obviously the car is very distinctive and, despite the length of time in which it could have been stolen during, I believe anyone who witnessed the car being removed from the garage would remember seeing it.

I would like to speak with anyone with information about this theft as soon as possible. Equally, I would like to hear from anyone who has seen the car or been offered it for sale.”

– Detective Constable Geoff Smith

Managers to be sentenced over wall crush death

Gareth Jones with his son Casey and widow Lianne. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Managers at a Hertfordshire building firm are due to be sentenced today in connection with the death of a worker.

28-year-old Gareth Jones died when a wall collapsed on him while working for Linley Developments of Welwyn Garden City.

The company has admitted corporate manslaughter. Contractor Trevor Hyatt and project manager Alfred Barker have each pleaded guilty to contravening Health and Safety Regulations.

They will be sentenced at St Albans Crown Court.

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