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Rewards for recycling your rubbish

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You could get shopping vouchers for recycling your rubbish Credit: PA

Tens of thousands of households will be given shopping vouchers if they recycle more under a £5 million fund to promote weekly bin collections.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles says that people should be rewarded for recycling more instead of being punished with "draconian" fines.

He highlighted a successful pilot scheme in Windsor where the council weighs each household's recycling and rewards them with vouchers for national and local retailers worth up to £135 a year.

It is a myth that fortnightly bin collections or unfair bin fines are needed to increase recycling. Rewards for recycling show how working with families can deliver environmental benefits without the draconian approach of punishing people and leaving out smelly rubbish. This Government is protecting the local environment by supporting recycling, as well as championing weekly collections which protect local amenity and public health. Councils with fortnightly collections will not receive government funding and are short-changing their residents with an inferior service.

– Eric Pickles MP, Communities and Local Government Secretary


Have you seen missing Charley?

Police are concerned for the welfare of Charley Poole Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Hertfordshire Police are appealing to the public for their help in finding a missing teenager from Bedmond. Officers now believe she may be in company with another missing teenager from Stevenage.

Seventeen year old Charley Poole is described as slim and around 5ft 7ins tall. One side of her hair is shaven. She was last seen wearing black leggings and a white top. She was wearing black and white pumps.

Reece was last seen on the 28th August Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Charley may be in the company of sixteen year old Reece Hines, who was last seen in Hatfield.

Reece is described as slim. He was last seen wearing a grey tracksuit top and bottoms, a black baseball cap and trainers.

It’s possible they may be in Hemel Hempstead, Watford, Borehamwood, Stevenage or Hatfield.

Man arrested over hit and run in Hemel Hempstead

Police have arrested a man over a fatal hit and run in Hemel Hempstead.

Sixteen year-old Fazan Ahmed was knocked down in the collision on Friday 22nd August. He died two days later in hospital from his injuries.

A 20-year-old man from Berkhamstead has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He's currently in police custody and is being questioned about the collision.

Fazan Ahmed was the victim of a hit and run Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police investigate assault in Bishops Stortford

Have you seen this man? Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police investigating an assault in Bishop’s Stortford have released CCTV images of two men they wish to speak with as part of their investigation.

A 26-year-old man and a woman were in a fast food shop on Friday 15th August when the man was involved in an argument with two men.

One of the men hit the victim on the head causing him to fall to the floor.

The two men then fled the shop.

Thankfully the victim wasn’t more seriously injured and only received bruising. I would like to speak with the two men pictured, one who is believed to be from the Chigwell, Essex, area, as they may be able to assist the investigation.

– PC Jon Channell, Hertfordshire Police
Police want to speak to this man as part of their investigation Credit: Hertfordshire Police

16 year-old student killed the day after he received his GCSE results

Fazan Ahmed was described as
Fazan Ahmed was described as Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The family of Fazan Ahmed, who was killed in a hit and run incident in Hemel Hempstead on Friday evening, attended a press conference today where they urged for the driver to give himself in.

Fazan was playing football on the day after he had received his GCSE results. He was struck by a blue car, possibly a Ford Focus, which then drove on. Police believe that the car would have suffered damage in the collision and have asked garage staff and car mechanics to keep an eye out for it.

This tragedy has torn not just this family apart, but his friends and the community as a whole. To the driver we say, please come forward. Look at the devastation you have caused this family, its friends and the community as a whole.

– Ahmed family statement



Kate Bush fans mostly pleased over no filming rule

Fans of Kate Bush have mostly shown their appreciation, after the singer asked people not to film or take photos ahead her comeback performances.

The concerts mark the singer's return to the stage more than three decades after her one and only tour.


@itvnews A big ask but...KB fans have sensitivity...What a powerful coup if it is heeded


So pleased #KateBush asked fans not to film her upcoming gigs on their mobiles/tablets. Drives me nuts!


#katebush asks fans not to film her gig on their mobiles or tablets. I guess if her lawyers get involved they'll be #RunningUpThatBill !


Kate Bush asks fans not to use cameras at comeback gig

Singer Kate Bush is to return to the stage tonight after 35 years, only to request that fans refrain from taking photos or filming during shows.

Singer Kate Bush due to perform after 30 years
Singer Kate Bush due to perform after 30 years Credit: PA

The star will perform live to kick off a 22-show run at the Hammersmith Apollo in west London - the same venue where she effectively retired from live performances after six weeks on the road in 1979.

Tickets for the 56-year-old's comeback gigs sold out in less than 15 minutes after they were announced in March. In a statement on her website, the singer said:

It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iphones, ipads or cameras.

I know it's a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together.

– Kate Bush
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