JP Asher

Reporter JP Asher. Photo: Danny Loo

John Patrick ‘JP’ Asher is Hitchin 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, January 12, 2018

How much has your MP been claiming back on expenses – and how are they using your money?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Parents and carers in Herts have been reminded of the importance of applying for school places before the deadline on Monday.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A prolific thief who stole more than £900 worth of perfume and aftershave has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Herts police fails to record more than 11,200 reported crimes each year, including cases involving violence and domestic abuse – that’s according to an estimate from inspectors in a new report.

Monday, November 20, 2017

A former headteacher has been charged with six offences relating to online child sex abuse images.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hitchin and Harpenden’s Labour chairman has categorically denied any party members sought to harass MP Bim Afolami’s family – but Mr Afolami has today firmly stood by his claim.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami has become embroiled in a row with the constituency Labour Party after accusing certain members of trying to harass his family.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A 23-year-old London Colney man who had been missing since yesterday morning has now been found safe and well.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A 23-year-old man from London Colney has been missing since yesterday morning, and police have now appealed for help tracing him.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

A 16-year-old St Albans girl who went missing last weekend has been located safe and well, police have today confirmed.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A long-serving teaching assistant at Kimpton’s village school has been recognised as the best in the east of England – and is now set to go up for the national title.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami has pledged to “go to bat” over Herts firefighters’ pay after a meeting with commanders and crew.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A prolific repeat offender who assaulted two police officers and tried to use a stolen cheque book while serving a community sentence has been jailed for 16 weeks.

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.

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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

St Albans is the most adulterous place in Hertfordshire – that’s according to an index released today that claims to chart infidelity across the UK.

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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