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Police appeal to find missing man

Christopher Lambeth Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Hertfordshire Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a man who has gone missing from Hitchin.

Christopher Lambeth, who is 32 years old and from the town, was last seen leaving his home at 8.30am today (Tuesday).

He is described as being around 5ft 10in tall, of medium build and has facial hair.

Christopher was last seen wearing a burgundy hoodie and jeans.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for Christopher’s welfare and anyone who has seen him is asked to contact police via 101, quoting ISR 128 of 23/10/18.

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Football row results in community order for player who punched ref in the head

Ref row ends in community sentence Credit: PA Images

An argument between an amateur football player and a referee - ended with the ref in hospital and the player being handed a 12 month community order.

Luke Nicholls, 28, of John Barker Place, Hitchin, admitted an assault which happened during a football match in Luton on 11 December 2016.

During the row, Nicholls punched the referee in the head once. It caused the official to lose consciousness and he required treatment.

Nicholls was sentenced to a 12 month community order, during which he needs to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. He'll also be subjected to three months of a tagged curfew between 9pm and 6am, and he must pay a £250 victim surcharge to the victim.

Detective Constable Daniel O’Mahoney, who investigated the assault, said: “We are satisfied that the offender in this case has been brought to justice nearly two years after the incident. “We have carried out a thorough investigation and in the end the offender decided to plead guilty to this violent assault.”

Families flock to beach in Hitchin town centre

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Conservatives in decline in North Hertfordshire

The Conservative majority in North Hertfordshire was reduced from 19 to 9. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The council which runs local services in Letchworth, Hitchin and Royston has been run by the Conservatives since 1999 but this year saw the Tory majority cut.

The Conservative lost five seats with two going to Labour and three to the Liberal Democrats.

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Push to raise awareness of hate crime in Hitchin

The stall was set up to raise awareness of hate crime Credit: Hertfordshire Constabulary

Groups have gathered in Hitchen town centre today (October 16th) to raise awareness of hate crime.

Police Victim Support officers, Hitchen Town Football Club, the North Herts Ethnic Minority Forum, youth group YC Hertfordshire and Tell Mama- a charity that supports Muslim victims of hate crime, all manned a stall in the Hertfordshire town and talked to shoppers.

The venture is part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week and aims to let victims know what support is available to them. It will continue on October 18th and 19th and there will be performances from local schoolchildren.

Hertfordshire police's new rainbow patrol car and their victim support dog Peggy were also present.

"We would welcome anyone who is in Hitchin to come along and say hello. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about hate crime, local policing or services for victims."

– Angela Westwood, Hertfordshire Police

Police appealing for help in tracking down missing man

Balbir Bhachu, 50, from Baldock, was last seen in Hitchin on Saturday 9 September. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police are appealing for help in tracking down a man who has gone missing from Hitchin in Hertfordshire.

Balbir Bhachu, 50, from Baldock, was last seen in Hitchin on Saturday 9 September.

He is described as being around 5ft 7in tall, of medium build with short untidy greying hair and a beard.

Balbir was last seen wearing a black jumper, black trousers and black shoes.

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