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.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A former Conservative committee chairman has alleged “fragrant flouting” of party rules in the Hitchin and Harpenden constituency association.

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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Residents have reacted with concern after travellers pitched up on a Wheathampstead playing field.

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.

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.

Friday, June 15, 2018

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

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami has visited Syrian families resettled in the area and supported by the Refugee Council.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, April 2, 2018

A suspected drink-driver was arrested near Radlett last night after a police dog found him hiding in bushes.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A teenager has been arrested in Hertfordshire after a mass email bomb hoax targeting schools across the country – including in Stevenage, St Albans and Sandy.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Six registered sex offenders from Hertfordshire are wanted because their whereabouts are unknown, police have today confirmed – and officers have appealed for the public’s help tracking down three of them.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

An amber snow warning has been issued for Hertfordshire later today and tomorrow – with motorists advised to travel only if necessary.

Friday, March 16, 2018

A “cold and calculated” paedophile who blackmailed Hertfordshire schoolgirls as young as 12 into sending nude photographs of themselves has been jailed.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It’s 35 years since the UK first made it compulsory to wear a seatbelt – yet last year 420 people were prosecuted in Hertfordshire for not buckling up.

Monday, March 12, 2018

A burglar who broke into houses in Hitchin, Radlett and Abbots Langley has been jailed for five and a half years.

Friday, March 2, 2018

The week’s snow and ice haven’t stopped Hertfordshire’s meals on wheels from reaching their destinations, as everyone signed up has received their hot food.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Most Herts families will today find out where their children are going to secondary or upper school in September – and one in five don’t have their first choice.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami has signed an early day motion aimed at tackling fly-tipping.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

An average of two sex offences targeting children and young people are recorded in Hertfordshire every day, according to new police figures.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami has cancelled his subscription to a research group that lobbies for Brexit, saying he no longer needs it.

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.

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