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, 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.

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.

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