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Three men jailed for iron bar attack on 80-year-old woman

Three men have been jailed for attacking an 80-year-old woman. Credit: Hertfordshire Police.

Three men have been jailed for beating an 80-year-old woman with an iron bar in Hertfordshire.

The gang, all from London, broke into the woman's house in Westly Wood, in Welwyn Garden City, last July.

They hit her with the bar then stole cash.

Clinton Jackson was jailed for 18 years, while Marvin Semper and Jermaine Kellman got 13 years. A fourth man will be sentenced later this month.

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Shopping trolley thrown on to train

A shopping trolley was thrown into the path of a commuter train. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A £1,000 reward is being offered to help catch the person who threw a shopping trolley into the path of a high-speed commuter train in Hertfordshire.

It was thrown off the bridge at Digswell Rise in Welwyn Garden City last month.

The Cambridge to King's Cross service was travelling at 100mph when it was hit.

British Transport Police say they are amazed the train did not derail.

It happened just after 6pm on Tuesday February 10. The driver of the 5.17pm train was forced to make an emergency stop.

Tesco announces move as sales fall

Tesco is shutting its head office Credit: ITV News Anglia

Britain's biggest supermarket Tesco has unveiled it is moving its head office to Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.

The restructuring comes as the company announced it will close 43 unprofitable stores as part of a raft of new measures.

Figures released today reveal like-for-like sales have dropped by 2.9% over the past five months.

90-year-old conned into spending £50,000 on electrical goods by men pretending to be police officers

Detectives have released images of two men they would like to speak to after a 90-year-old woman from Welwyn Garden City was conned into spending £50,000 on electrical goods by men pretending to be police officers.

She bought a mobile phone, iPad and Playstation in her home town before travelling to London where she bought two watches in Selfridges.

Hertfordshire police say she had been targeted in telephone calls from a man claiming to be a police officer on September 23.

The telephone that was used to contact the pensioner is believed to have been topped up in a convenience store in Midland Road, Bedford.

"The two men pictured are believed to have been in the store around the time the phone was topped up and so we would like to speak with them as they may be able to assist our investigation."

– Detective Constable Mark Cotte

Anyone who recognises the men, or has any other information about this incident, should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary's non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B1/14/2834. They could also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Detectives investigating £50k phone scam release CCTV images

Detectives investigating a scam which targeted a 90-year-old woman in Welwyn Garden City have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

CCTV image released by detectives Credit: Hertfordshire Police
CCTV image released by detectives Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The scam happened on 23 September when a 90-year-old woman from the town received telephone calls from a man claiming to be a police officer.

He convinced the woman to make a number of purchases of high value goods in Welwyn Garden City and later in London.

The woman bought a mobile phone, iPad and Playstation in the town before travelling to London where she bought two watches in Selfridges.

All of the items were handed over to a man outside the shop in London who identified himself as a police officer.

The woman lost nearly £50,000 to the offender(s).

The telephone that was used to contact the victim is believed to have been topped up in a convenience store in Midland Road, Bedford.

The two men pictured are believed to have been in the store around the time the phone was topped up and so we would like to speak with them as they may be able to assist our investigation.

Anyone who recognises the men, or has any other information about this incident, should contact me straight away via Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B1/14/2834. Alternatively people can call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111

– Detective Constable Mark Cotte

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Health bosses defend decision to close A & E at Welwyn Garden City's QE2 Hospital

Emergency cases won't be treated at the QE2. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Health bosses in Welwyn Garden City have defended the closure of A & E at the QE2 Hospital.

The hospital is being rebuilt and from today emergency cases won't be treated locally.

An urgent care centre will treat non-life-threatening cases, but the remainder of patients will have to go to an enlarged A & E Department at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage instead.

Jacqui Bunce. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"All the major trauma will be going up to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, but we're opening an urgent care centre here on the QE2 site for the majority of patients who currently go to the QE2.

They'll still be able to come here, but it's for those specialist, major trauma and major A & E patients that will be going up to the Lister Hospital."

– Jacqui Bunce, East & North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group

Witness appeal after fatal crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was killed in a collision on the A1(M) in Hertfordshire.

It happened at 12.20pm yesterday when a grey Vauxhall Zafira hit the central reservation between junctions five and six, near Welwyn Garden City.

Police say they do not believe any other vehicles were involved, but they want to speak to anyone who saw what happened.

“We would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision or who saw this car driving south on the A1(M) before the collision occurred, but who have not yet spoken to police.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who possibly saw the car stopped on the hard shoulder around junction six sometime before the collision.”

– Sergeant Pete Scholes - Beds, Cambs & Herts Road Policing Unit

Witness appeal after motorway crash

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision on the A1(M) today (Saturday) near to Welwyn Garden City.

At around 12.20pm, a grey Vauxhall Zafira was driving southbound on the road when it collided with the central reservation between junctions six and five.

Police are currently in attendance and the road has been closed southbound at junction six. As of 2.30pm, it is expected to remain closed for at least another two hours while the investigation and recovery of the vehicle is conducted.

No other vehicles are believed to have been involved at this stage however officers investigating the incident are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who saw the car beforehand.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who possibly saw the car stopped on the hard shoulder around junction six sometime before the collision.

– Sgt Pete Scholes, from the Beds, Cambs & Herts Road Policing Unit
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