JP Asher

Reporter JP Asher. Photo: Danny Loo

John Patrick ‘JP’ Asher is Letchworth & Baldock 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.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A woman was found dead at a house in Welwyn Garden City last night – and detectives are now investigating, with a man in custody.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a crash on the A414 near Hatfield last night.

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Addenbrooke's Hospital
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Police have been searching through the night for a 20-year-old man who has gone missing from Potters Bar – and have issued an urgent appeal for the public to help trace him.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A memorial honouring the heroes of the Hertfordshire Regiment was dedicated in Belgium yesterday at the site of their defining moment, exactly 100 years on.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Historians are to mark the centenary of the start of the Third Battle of Ypres by unveiling a new Hertfordshire Regiment memorial in Belgium this morning.

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United Kingdom
Monday, July 24, 2017

The Hertfordshire Regiment’s First World War heroes are to gain their first memorial outside the UK next week – at the site of their most famous action, exactly a century on.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

There are lane closures on the A1(M) between Welwyn and Baldock services during the day this week while work is done to clear vegetation.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Three adults and a child have been taken to hospital after a head-on crash between a car and a van in Knebworth this afternoon.

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Lister Hospital
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A road is closed in Knebworth after a crash involving a car and a van, with an air ambulance landing at the scene to help assist four casualties.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

A lorry shed a load of foam insulation onto the A1(M) southbound between Stevenage and Welwyn this afternoon.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

One of the main roads through Knebworth was closed all day today after contractors began work at 8am rather than 8pm.

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Herts County Council
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Great Northern and Thameslink rail passengers who use a key smartcard now get automatic compensation for delays of more than 15 minutes, the line operator has announced.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

A 16-year-old boy was approached from behind and punched to the ground in Knebworth by a gang of thugs who stole his mobile phone and trainers.

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Knebworth
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It’s a rare opportunity to get a flight in an air ambulance without the downside of being seriously ill – so I didn’t need asking twice to take up the offer.

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Stevenage
Friday, June 16, 2017

A prolific bike thief who stole cycles at railway stations across Hertfordshire has been jailed for 33 weeks.

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Stevenage
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The number of firearms officers available across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire has been increased by 50 per cent, in line with moves initiated last year.

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United Kingdom
Saturday, May 27, 2017

While battlefield tours are de rigeur on the continent, we don’t have much of the sort in Hertfordshire – but a group of community historians are set to change that.

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University of Hertfordshire
Monday, May 22, 2017

Commuters were left confused as two train timetables giving different information were both available this morning – with some services apparently going ‘missing’.

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London
Friday, April 7, 2017

Magistrates’ court lists containing personal data such as national insurance and phone numbers of defendants have been sent to journalists four times in the past month – despite the problem being pointed out twice.

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St Albans Magistrates' Court
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A thief from Stevenage who broke into a garage to steal a bike and alcohol while already under a suspended sentence has today been jailed for four years.

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Stevenage
Monday, March 27, 2017

Herts historians marking the First World War’s centenary are to craft a state-of-the-art online archive after today receiving a £99,800 National Lottery grant.

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University of Hertfordshire
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Do you recognise any of these seven men? Detectives investigating the shooting of a 17-year-old boy think they may be able to assist their enquiries, and could be in Herts, Beds or Cambs.

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Peterborough
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A 24-year-old arsonist who destroyed the largest thatched roof of its kind in the UK, causing £3.5 million worth of damage to a Grade II-listed building, has been jailed.

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Codicote
Thursday, February 2, 2017

The refit of Letchworth’s Broadway Cinema to include a theatre has been finished – and the Comet was invited backstage for a sneak peek today ahead of the first show on Tuesday night.

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