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Car cruise events need 'proper licensing regime' says council leader

The leader of Stevenage Borough Council says it has applied for an interim injunction banning "car cruise" events until a "proper licensing regime" for them is devised.

It comes after 17 people were injured when two cars crashed into crowds at a meet in Stevenage last night (July 18).

Cllr Sharon Taylor, leader of the borough council, said she felt "terrible" for those hurt and their families.

"It was a horrific accident, a devastating blow for us in Stevenage and for all those effected."

– Cllr Sharon Taylor

"These are very difficult issues to deal with because they're not authorised or licensed," she said.

"My campaign now is to make sure that they will be in future.

"They're advertised to the people who take part on Facebook. We don't know when there coming, where there coming or what numbers they're going to be in and that makes it a very difficult event to police and make sure people are kept safe.

"I think in future we need a proper licensing regime for these events."

"The first thing we've done is applied for an interim injunction to make sure that while we work out how we're going to monitor these events in future there can't be another event."

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Four arrests in farmer murder investigation

Four people have been re-arrested by detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of a farmer from Hertfordshire

William Taylor disappeared in June Credit: ITV Anglia

William Taylor was last seen at his home at Gosmore, near Hitchin, in June. His body has never been found.

Forensic teams search the farmyard Credit: ITV Anglia

A police spokesman said significant enquiries are taking place to locate Mr Taylor's body.

Police make four arrests during modern slavery crackdown in Hertfordshire

Police stopped more than 80 vehicles during the operation. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police stopped more than 80 vehicles - and made four arrests - during an operation targeting human trafficking and modern slavery in Hertfordshire.

The six-hour crackdown, involving more than 100 police officers, targeted vehicles crossing the border between Hertfordshire and London and immigration and vehicle safety checks were carried out.

In total, 83 vehicles were stopped by police and 67 people were spoken to about modern slavery and human trafficking.

Three potential victims of slavery or trafficking were identified and supported by the Red Cross.

Four people were arrested on suspicion of offences including theft, theft of a motor vehicle, possessing drugs, driving while disqualified, carrying a knife and drug driving.

One person was cautioned for possessing cannabis and one suspected stolen vehicle was recovered.

Five uninsured vehicles were taken off the road and seized as well as others with mechanical defects. Other driving offences such as speeding and not having an MOT were also dealt with.

“Trafficked people or other victims of exploitation are often moved around by road. The aim of the operation is to disrupt that activity, making the Hertfordshire/London border a hostile area the criminals or gangs that choose to exploit people. “Members of the public using the services were also engaged on the subject trafficking and modern slavery. It is vital that the public are aware of how to spot the signs that someone might be being exploited or controlled by others for commercial gain.”

– Special Chief Inspector Andrew Lobel

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Witness sought for Stevenage stabbing.

A 22 year old man has been stabbed in Stevenage.

The victim was in an alleyway in Mendip Road on Friday 20th January at 4.20pm when he was approached by two men who attacked him with an unknown implement.

Both offenders are described as white men. The first is described as being of slim build, between 5ft 11in and 6ft tall, with short light coloured hair and wearing dark clothing.

The other man is described as being of slim build with short dark hair and wearing dark clothes including a grey top under a jacket.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw the suspects in the area.

Hertfordshire Police Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police hunt for motorist who drove wrong way along dual-carriageway

Police in Hertfordshire are trying to track down a motorist after a car was driven the wrong way down the A414. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Hertfordshire are trying to track down a motorist after a car was driven the wrong way down the A414 between Hatfield and St Albans.

Police tried to stop the vehicle which was travelling west towards St Albans on Saturday 7 January.

The driver pulled into the Shell petrol station before driving through the forecourt and back onto the carriageway, travelling in the wrong direction.

Officers say they did not pursue the vehicle for the safety of members of the public.

“This was an extremely dangerous thing to do as it put other road users at risk of serious, or even fatal injury.

“We are working to trace the person responsible and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who thinks they know the identity of the driver to please get in touch.”

– PC Pete Talbot, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit

Hertfordshire Police are appealing for witnesses.

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