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Footballer banned over offensive dead baby tweets is signed by new club

Alfie Barker has been signed by Baldock Town

Non-league Baldock Town have been talking about their decision to sign Alfie Barker the controversial player who was sacked by his previous club and banned by the FA after sending abusive tweets to Premier League star Harry Arter.

The tweets mocked the Bournemouth player about the death of his daughter. Barker later apologised but was sacked by Hitchin who he was playing for at the time. In statement Baldock say it's time to give Barker a second chance

Although we do not in any way condone his previous actions, we do know that it has come to light he has mild learning disabilities and autism. In this respect, we think that under the guidance of our club we can help him become a better person.

– Baldock Town FC

Tributes paid to driver killed when his car left the road

Tributes have been paid to a man who died when his car left the road in Baldock in Hertfordshire on Saturday 1 October.

Mark Knights, 54, was driving a green Toyota Hilux on Bygrave Road, shortly after 1am when the crash happened. Police are still investigating what caused the car to leave the road.

Mark Knights died in a road accident on Saturday 1 October in Baldock. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

“Mark was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, father and friend. The void left in our lives since his passing will never be filled. He will always be missed by all who loved and knew him.

“We are still trying to come to terms with what has happened and ask to be left alone so that we can grieve in peace.”

– Family Statement


Police dog helps track down missing teenager

A missing teenager from Hertfordshire was found safe and well after a police dog called Blue picked up the trail and found him within minutes.

The 14-year-old boy went missing in Baldock on Tuesday and was last seen near the train station in Station Road.

Police dog Blue helped track down a missing teenage in Baldock, Hertfordshire. Credit: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit

Blue and his handler from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit were called to the scene but the boy had disappeared in the park off Clothall Road.

Blue’s nose was soon to the ground and began tracking, catching up with the teenager, who was found safe and well, within a few minutes.

"This is another excellent example of how our team, with our highly trained dogs and handlers, can assist officers around the three counties.

“I am proud of Blue and his handler who prevented the teenager coming to any possible harm or danger by finding him so quickly.”

– Sgt Vicky Stoughton, BCH Dog Unit

Three people seriously injured in collision

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Three people from Letchworth are in a serious condition in hospital after their car was involved in a collision in Hertfordshire last night.

The accident happened at around 11pm on the A507 Great North Road in Baldock after a Saxo was in collision with an Audi.

The driver of the Saxo, a man in his 30s, and two boys aged 17 and 15 who were travelling with him are in a serious but stable condition. A fourth passenger, a boy aged 15 who is also from Letchworth, was treated for minor injuries. The driver of the Audi did not need hospital treatment. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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