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Good Samaritan is believed to have been involved in a collision after going to help a man who jumped

Eric Pickles' approval of a council's building plans was shot down by judicial review

Allotment holders win victory over Eric Pickles' building plan

Communities Secretary had to backtrack after approving moves by a council to build homes on a 2.7 hectare patch of land

Privately-run hospital taken over by NHS after patient deaths following routine surgery

Commissioning Support Unit confirm services currently provided by Clinicenta will transfer to East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Tesco wants to start offering yoga classes

Yoga classes and hair salons? Every little helps for Tesco

Tesco is hoping to offset the mundane nature of the weekly food shop by turning its out-of-town supermarkets into ‘exciting retail destinations’ offering everything from yoga classes to cookery courses.

The Royston ruling could have wider implications on the use of number-plate tracking in other parts of the country

The Royston ring of steel: Data watchdog warns police that surveillance scheme in rural Hertfordshire town is 'unlawful'

Monitoring of car number plates by CCTV cameras is ‘excessive’,  rules data Information Commissioner's Office

Man jailed for murdering ex-girlfriend with dumbbell in front of daughter

The 22-year-old struck his ex-partner with a dumbbell after she threatened to report him to police for assaulting her

More allotments are being sold off by councils

Allotment-holders take legal action against Eric Pickles

Legal action launched over decision to allow sale of sites

Luisa Zissman in the interview room on the Apprentice

The Apprentice Final 2013: 'I'm not always right,' admits Luisa

Cake shop boss says the programme had helped to tame her

Ian John McLoughlin, who is being sought for the stabbing, is believed to have recently come out of prison

Day release double killer on run after 'Good Samaritan' stabbed to death

Police issued an all-ports alert for Ian John McCloughlin

A scene from the derailment at Brétigny-sur-Orge, where a connecting bar on the track had become loose

Paris rail crash 'due to Potters Bar-style fault'

Friday's derailment, in which at least six died, raises major questions over track maintenance

Paul Gascoigne arrested over 'drunken assault' of ex-wife Sheryl

Former England international allegedly grabbed a security guard by the throat before attacking ex-wife

Blue wonder: Bittern pulls away from the platform at King's Cross

Trainspotters turn out at London's King's Cross to see Bittern locomotive

Outing commemorates Mallard setting record speed in 1938

Jeremy Forrest was jailed for five and a half years yesterday

Woman arrested on suspicion of helping school teacher Jeremy Forrest coach his victim for trial

Jeremy Forrest has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for abducting his pupil to France

Police arrest 11-year-old Rebecca Thompson's father over her murder in Hertfordhire

52-year-old is currently in hospital after car crash hours before the girl's body was found

A policeman and a protester outside Bilderberg venue

Cost of policing Bilderberg conference was £1.3m

The cost of policing the Bilderberg conference – a meeting of politicians, academics and business leaders – in Hertfordshire last week was more than £1m, the Home Office has revealed.

A Royal Air Force Typhoon jet (file photo)

Sonic boom heard in three counties 'broke windows' and prompted deluge of emergency calls

The Ministry of Defence said it was caused when the jets were responding to another aircraft which lost communication

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