JP Asher

Reporter JP Asher. Photo: Danny Loo

John Patrick ‘JP’ Asher is chief reporter for the Comet, and also contributes to Archant titles such as the Royston Crow, Welwyn Hatfield Times and Herts Advertiser. He lives in Hitchin with his wife and two small children, and is a keen Luton Town football supporter.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Drone footage shows the massive extent of the damage caused by yesterday’s crop fire between Knebworth and Stevenage.

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Knebworth Stevenage
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The December timetable change for Great Northern services has been cancelled – meaning, among other things, that trains between Stevenage and Hertford will run for an extra six months.

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Chris Grayling Network Rail Stevenage Hertford
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

There are delays on the railways between Stevenage and London after police were called to Welwyn Garden City over concerns for a man’s welfare.

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British Transport Police Stevenage Welwyn Garden City
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Volunteers who support patients and their families in their last days of life at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital have won a national award as part of the NHS 70th birthday celebrations.

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Oliver Heald Lister Hospital NHS
Monday, July 2, 2018

Officers looking into a report of an attempted child abduction at Knebworth’s Geronimo Festival yesterday say they have established it was a case of mistaken identity.

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Knebworth
Thursday, June 28, 2018

“Dangerous” – that was the word used in a conversation between two members of Great Northern rail staff amid overcrowding at Hitchin this morning, commuters have said.

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Hitchin
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Even worse chaos than usual on the Great Northern and Thameslink railway lines today has been blamed on a taxi booking firm’s system failing.

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Twitter
Monday, June 25, 2018

There are delays and a speed restiction on the railways between Stevenage and London King’s Cross this afternoon “due to a problem that is currently under investigation”.

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London
Sunday, June 24, 2018

A nine-year-old boy from Welwyn Garden City who went missing from the Hatfield Galleria today has been found safe and well after a public appeal.

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Herts police
Sunday, June 24, 2018

A fire in Hatfield that engulfed several sheds last night was caused by a bonfire that wasn’t properly extinguished, firefighters have said.

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St Albans
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Firefighters from three stations last night teamed up to tackle a fire that spread to multiple garden sheds in Hatfield.

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St Albans
Friday, June 22, 2018

Do you want to be a magistrate? A campaign has been launched across Hertfordshire to recruit more volunteers to help deliver justice in our communities.

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St Albans Stevenage Hatfield
Monday, June 18, 2018

Hertfordshire’s police and crime commissioner could close blue-light stations in Hitchin, Hatfield and other towns if he gains control over the fire and rescue service.

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David Lloyd Hertfordshire County Council
Friday, June 15, 2018

The chief executive of troubled rail firm Govia Thameslink, which operates the Great Northern and Thameslink lines, has resigned.

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United Kingdom
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Even Great Northern’s drivers have had enough of the controversial new timetable – that’s if one railwayman’s apology to commuters this morning is anything to go by.

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Network Rail
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Knebworth author Ken Follett has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Knebworth Stevenage
Thursday, May 31, 2018

A motorist was cut free from her car today after crashing into a tree on the B656 between Hitchin and Welwyn.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Rail services between London and Stevenage are affected this evening by a fire next to the line at Moorgate station.

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Stevenage London
Monday, May 21, 2018

There’s misery for commuters this morning, with trains cancelled and delayed on the first weekday of the new Great Northern timetable.

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Cambridge London
Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Great Northern rail line operator is to rebrief station staff after passengers received incorrect ticketing advice ahead of an overhauled timetable’s introduction this weekend.

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London Hitchin
Friday, April 20, 2018

Hertfordshire County Council has entered a joint venture to build new homes in Letchworth, Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City, St Albans and elsewhere as part of a £2 billion development scheme.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Plans to build a house and nine flats next to the only pub in Knebworth were tonight branded “shoehorning with a vengeance” and refused.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A person has been taken to hospital after a crash on the A1(M) near Stevenage this morning that involved four vehicles.

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Lister Hospital Stevenage Welwyn
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

There is a closed lane and slow traffic on the A1(M) near Welwyn and Stevenage this morning after a crash involving multiple vehicles.

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United Kingdom
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A cyclist has been taken to hospital after a collision involving an SUV in Knebworth this morning.

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Knebworth
Thursday, April 5, 2018

A pair of jailed money launderers who helped a gang prey on the vulnerable as part of a £350,000 vitamin scam have had almost £37,000 confiscated and must pay compensation to victims.

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Herts County Council Hitchin
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A nurse from Biggleswade who went into hospital for treatment says she went hungry after staff repeatedly misunderstood her vegan dietary requirements.

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Lister Hospital Biggleswade Comet Stevenage
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Conservative members of Herts County Council have been accused of hypocrisy after they voted down a motion on free school meals, then “trooped off” to enjoy one themselves.

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David Williams Herts County Council Stevenage Hertford
Sunday, April 1, 2018

A burglar knocked on a 97-year-old woman’s door in Potters Bar yesterday before heading in and stealing her handbag.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Firefighters put out about 30 tonnes of flytipped rubbish that had set alight on the edge of Welwyn last night.

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Herts County Council

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