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Man charged with murder of children's author Helen Bailey

A man has been arrested and charged with the murder of children's author Helen Bailey, police have said.

Helen Bailey was last seen alive in April Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The 51-year-old novelist, who created the teen-lit Electra Brown series, was last seen alive walking her dog Boris near her home in Royston, Hertfordshire, in April.

Officers found her body in her back garden after several days of searching the property.

Ms Bailey's partner Ian Stewart, aged 55, from Baldock Road, Royston, was today due to appear before Hatfield Remand Court after being charged with her murder.

He has also been charged with perverting the course of justice by reporting Ms Bailey missing and hiding her body, and with preventing lawful burial.

Her home remains sealed off while specialist searches take place.

A post mortem is due to take place on Monday.



Teenager, 16, charged with murder in Watford

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a man in Watford, Herfordshire.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused over the death of Aqeel Khan, 18, on Friday.

He was remanded into custody when he appeared at Hatfield remand court. The accused, of Watford, is due to appear before St Albans Youth Court on Wednesday.

Mr Khan was found injured in Croxley View at around 4.30 pm on Friday. He was taken to Watford General Hospital but died a short time later.

Runaway rhea shot dead and 'to be made into sausages'

A runaway rhea named Rita who escaped from her enclosure in Hertfordshire almost two months ago has been shot dead by a gamekeeper - and will reportedly be turned into gourmet sausages.

Rheas are flightless birds native to South America. Credit: PA

The six-foot bird, which is native to South America, was killed by a single shot to the head by Stuart Howe, who told the The Daily Telegraph he understood that the police wanted the bird "out of the way" because they were worried that it could cause a car crash

Mr Howe, who is a deer manager, said it was better a professional marksman brought down the bird, and said the meat would be made into gourmet sausages.

"I suppose some people might say it is a shame the rhea is dead but it would be terrible if it caused someone to die in a car crash," the 65-year-old told the newspaper.

A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said that the bird's owner had previously given permission for the bird to be "dispatched if the situation deemed it necessary, which was the case" and was aware of its death.

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