THURSDAY 29th JANUARY 2009
A 19 year-old man from Ware has been arrested following a street robbery in Fore Street on Tuesday morning.
Police are appealing for witnesses following the incident in which a bag containing money was taken from a man at around 9:20am.
The offender was seen running towards Marks and Spencer's car park where he escaped with an accomplice in a red Rover Metro, which was later found abandoned in Dicker Mill.
WEDNESDAY 28th JANUARY 2009
Two men wanted by the police have been arrested following an appeal for information.
The Harvey Brothers of Sele Farm were wanted in connection with burglary and handling stolen goods.
Ricky Harvey failed to appear in court on 23rd December and police issued an appeal for information regarding his whereabouts. Last Sunday he handed himself into Hoddesdon Police Station. He has subsequently been released on bail.
Older brother Lewis was captured In Enfield the previous Friday and has been remanded in custody.
WEDNESDAY 28th JANUARY 2009
A man was taken to hospital with burns following an explosion at Cafe Rouge last night.
The explosion occurred in the restaurant's first floor kitchen shortly before 8:30pm.
There was no fire but some windows were blown out in the blast.
Parliament Square was closed as two fire engines and paramedics attended the scene.
TUESDAY 27th JANUARY 2009
Police are appealing for information and witnesses after a robbery at Good News Newsagents in Bengeo yesterday evening.
Two men entered the shop in The Avenue at 5:50pm and threatened staff before escaping with car from the till and a vehicle.
It is believed the offenders, who are described as one black man and one white man, then made off in a silver/grey Mercedes.
Detective Sergeant Tim Johnson, investigating, said: "We are following a number of lines of enquiry in relation to this crime but I am urging anyone who believes they saw this vehicle or suspects, or has any information they think may help this inquiry, to contact police immediately."
"If you can help, please call the investigating team on 01992 533223 or the non-emergency number on 0845 33 00 222. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, on 0800 555 111."
MONDAY 26th JANUARY 2009
Corn Exchange Comedy
Stand-up is coming to The Corn Exchange on 21st February.
The Gag Club will be presenting four comedians on the third Saturday of every month. February features American comedian Rex Boyd, Pete Jonas, Dean Roberts and MC-Lee Canterbury.
Tickets cost £10 and doors open at 8pm with the show starting at 9pm.
WEDNESDAY 21st JANUARY 2009
Council Broke Rules
Hertfordshire County Council broke it's own rules on investment when it put £28m of taypayers money into
A report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers highlighted 28 transactions that broke the council's own investment rules after
they were singed off by a single officer, instead of the two required by HCC rules.
The council also failed to properly scrutinise existing investments with the Iceland Banks after the rules were changed in April 2008.
PCW have recommended that The County Council make their rules more robust and monitor bank ratings more closely.
TUESDAY 20th JANUARY 2009
Seating Plan Approved
Caffe Nero will be allowed to place seating outside their Salisbury Square coffee shop.
The Planning Officer's decision means that customers will be able to enjoy the sun whilst drinking their coffee and eating biscotti.
A condition of the planning approval is that seating only be set up between 10am and 6pm Sunday to Friday. No seating will be allowed on market day, Saturday.
SUNDAY 18th JANUARY 2009
Bouquet & Blossoms in The Wash is to close at the end of January after 62 years in the town.
The business was established in 1947 by Doris Paddick, who worked in the shop before retiring at the age of 80.
Daughters Rosalind and Rebecca have continued to run the shop, whilst their mother occupied the flat above the shop.
However, with Doris now having moved into a nursing home, the sisters have decided to close the shop and move on.
SATURDAY 17th JANUARY 2009
Police were called to Bircherley Green after protesters moved furniture from outside Starbacks disputed retail unit.
Up to 30 protesters carrying banners moved the furniture from outside the unit to the river frontage to highlight the coffee chain's continued use of Unit 8, in contravention of local planning policy.
Starbuck's use of the retail unit will be the subject of a public enquiry next month.
Police took no action against the protesters.
THURSDAY 15th JANUARY 2009
Sainsbury's Gets Go-Ahead
Sainsbury's plan for a supermarket in Hartham Lane have been approved.
The surprise decision was made last night at a meeting of the council's Development Control Committee, despite the planning officer's recommendation that the plan be turned down.
The plans were opposed by Hertford Town Council, Hertfordshire Highways, Hertford Civic Society and the owners of the Bircherley Green Shopping Centre.
Hertfordshire Highways have warned that the road network is unable to support the expected traffic encrease generated by the store. The resulting congestion is expected to feed through to other parts of the town.
WEDNESDAY 14th JANUARY 2009
Racial Attack at Station
A 20 year-old man has been arrested following a racial assault at Hertford East Station.
The attack took place last Friday at 6:40pm and involved three men.
The victim was repeatedly punched in the head after being racially abused by two of the men. He sustained minor injuries as a result of the attack.
The three men were all described as white, aged between 20 and 25 years old, all with short hair and wearing jeans.
PC Shaun Turner, investigating, said: "I am appealing to anyone who believes they may have witnessed this assault to contact me as soon as possible."
"If you have any information please contact me via the non-emergency number on 0845 33 00 222 quoting crime reference A1/09/90"
TUESDAY 13th JANUARY 2009
Sainsbury's Decision Due
A decision on Sainsbury's plans for a new supermarket will be made tomorrow at a council meeting at Castle Hall.
Due to public interest in the plans, the Development Control Committee will be holding their monthly meeting at Castle Hall in order to accomodate the large number of people expected to attend.
Previous plans for the supermarket were withdrawn at the last moment after council officer recommended rejection of the proposed development at The Hertford Brewery.
The meeting starts at 7:30. Other decisions to be made include a wind farm at Bennington and a private gypsy caravan site in Bayford Lane.
SUNDAY 11th JANUARY 2009
Ticket Tout In Court
Local ticket tout John Koukoullis appeared in court on Thursday after selling tickets for Premier, EUFA and FA without authorisation.
Koukoullis has been behind a number of online ticket agencies, including Herts Box Office, based in St.Andrews Street.
Customer have complained that tickets have not been delivered and emails not answered.
Koukoullis is charged with 30 counts of fraud. As well as football events, he has also traded in tickets for music events under the names www.paperticket.co.uk and Primetime Events and Hospitality Ltd.
THURSDAY 8th JANUARY 2009
Man Skips Court
Police are searching for an 18 year-old man after he failed to attend court on 23rd December.
Ricky Harvey of Cherry Tree Green was due to appear having been charged with handling stolen goods.
Anyone with information on the whereabout of Mr.Harvey are asked to call police on 0845 33 00 222.
THURSDAY 8th JANUARY 2009
Barney's Grill Fined
Barney's Grill has been ordered to pay £4,515 by magistrates after failing to comply with food hygiene notices served by East Herts Council.
Hidayet Kussan, the food business operator of Barney’s Grill in Railway Street, pleaded guilty at Hertford Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The court heard that seven notices were served following a visit by an Environmental Health officer in November 2007. Revisits in February 2008, after the notices expired, revealed Mr Kussan had not complied with the seven notices.
Six of the notices related to damaged fridge and freezer seals which could not be properly cleaned and a rusty fridge door, all of which presented a risk of food contamination. The last notice was for not having a written food safety management system in place.
Magistrates fined Mr Kussan £500 for each of the fridge and freezer offences and £1,000 for the lack of a written food safety management system.
The fridges have now been re-inspected at Barney’s and found to be satisfactory.
WEDNESDAY 7th JANUARY 2009
Hertford M&S Spared
Marks & Spencer have revealed the locations of the 25 Simply Food stores that they plan to close.
Thankfully, the Hertford outlet is not on the list, the nearest closure being the Letchworth store.
M&S recently opened a small outlet at the Rush Green petrol station.
TUESDAY 6th JANUARY 2009
Lussmanns restaurant in Fore Street is closed until Thursday 15th January so that extensive refurbishment works can take place.
The historic building that Lussmanns occupies was once the meeting place of the secret society of the Knights' Templar of Aquarius, and the Egyptian style frontage is one of only two built in the 1830's.
Lussmanns was established in 2002 by Andrei Lussmann and Tim Hope. They have two other restauranrs in St.Albans and Bishop's Stortford.
SUNDAY 4th JANUARY 2009
Hertford East Disruption
Just as rail companies impose inflation busting price rises, travellers face travel disruption for the next three weekends as National Express replace trains with buses.
The closures are to allow National Rail to make track improvements on the line between Cheshunt and Harlow. Passengers are being advised to allow an extra 20 minutes for their journeys.
FRIDAY 2nd JANUARY 2009
Train Fares Rise
Local rail companies are increasing their fares today by an average of 6 to 9 percent.
An off-peak travelcard from either Hertford East or Hertford North will cost £16, whilst a day return ticket costs £10. An Anytime travelcard allowing travel during peak times will cost £22.
Fares are rising because the government are reducing subsidies to the Train Operating Companies.
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