Herts news: 5 great stories you might have missed on October 27
From the court case of a serial sex abuser to news that Bellway Homes has secured an extension of its 47-house development plan, the news agenda has been busy in Hertfordshire today.
We’ve also brought you Hertfordshire’s High Sheriff’s thoughts on Black History Month and highlighted 25 wonderful dogs in need of new homes in the county.
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Here’s a recap of five great Herts stories you might have missed.
Serial sex offender “attacks vulnerable women”
A dangerous serial sex offender who “preyed on vulnerable women” by “fitting into their lives” has been put behind bars.
Nigel Holmes has been jailed at St Albans Crown Court for a series of sexual assaults in Stevenage.
The 54 year old man from Silkstone Crest, Normanton, Wakefield, was described by the judge as a “high risk and dangerous offender”.
Read the full court report here.
“Everyone is missing out” if black history is not taught in schools
The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire said “everyone is missing out” if black history is not taught in schools across our country.
Lionel Wallace is considered the first Black High Sheriff of Herts in the role’s 1000-year history.
The office of the high sheriff is an independent, non-political royal appointment for a single year, and the office’s origin dates back to Saxon times.
Read the full story here.
Developer authorized to build more houses than planned on former green belt land
Developers will be allowed to build even more new homes on old green belt land after advisers back an expansion of the development.
Bellway Homes had originally submitted plans for 47 homes on the former Green Belt site in Goffs Oak on land south of Andrews Lane, but during the design process the number increased to 66.
Councilors granted a building permit at the Broxbourne Borough Council planning committee meeting on October 19, after initially postponing a decision in September.
Read more here.
25 adorable dogs looking for their forever home
Following a boom in dog ownership during the pandemic, Battersea and Dogs Trust found themselves with plenty to relocate as many new dog owners came out of lockdown life and returned to the office in full-time.
Dogs Trust in Harefield, just south of Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, has 25 dogs waiting to be picked up and taken to their forever home.
Take a look at the Herts dogs looking for homes here.
The mysterious story of Stevenage’s Six Hills where the devil would throw dirt at passing residents
When it comes to spooky folklore, Hertfordshire doesn’t disappoint.
Perhaps one of the most frightening of all is the mysterious story of Stevenage’s Six Hills, where the devil once watched over the inhabitants.
The story goes back around 2,000 years when travelers along the then Roman Road – now known as the Great North Road – passed this way.
Read the full story here, if you dare …
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