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Paul Winspear has edited Iliffe Media's Bishop's Stortford Independent since its launch in October 2017. A lifelong provincial journalist, he has previously edited the Hertfordshire Mercury and the now defunct Herts & Essex Observer and Harlow Star. He started as a trainee reporter on the Rotherham Advertiser in 1982.

Three people injured in two-car collision in Hadham Road

01 March 2024
Three people injured in two-car collision in Hadham Road

Three people injured in two-car collision in Hadham Road

01 March 2024

All three emergency services attended the scene of the crash, which involved a brand new 24-reg blue Nissan Juke and a white Volkswagen Passat.


Kindness at KOKO: Stranger pays for six elderly ladies’ 90th birthday tea

29 February 2024
Kindness at KOKO: Stranger pays for six elderly ladies’ 90th birthday tea

Kindness at KOKO: Stranger pays for six elderly ladies’ 90th birthday tea

29 February 2024

“Much to our surprise, our waitress informed us a lady sitting at another table who had already left had paid the bill for our tea.”


Police patrols to help deter burglars and car thieves

27 February 2024
Police patrols to help deter burglars and car thieves

Police patrols to help deter burglars and car thieves

27 February 2024

PCSOs visited homes on Stortford’s Parsonage estate and Sawbridgeworth to provide advice around preventing break-ins and vehicle crime.


Police officer appears in court on rape and stalking charges

26 February 2024
Police officer appears in court on rape and stalking charges

Police officer appears in court on rape and stalking charges

26 February 2024

Met PC Jake Cummings remanded in custody after being charged by Herts police with rape, stalking and controlling and coercive behaviour.


Police appeal after spate of burglaries in Little Hallingbury area

23 February 2024
Police appeal after spate of burglaries in Little Hallingbury area

Police appeal after spate of burglaries in Little Hallingbury area

23 February 2024

There have been three burglaries and an attempted break-in at homes in Little Hallingbury and Wrights Green since Wednesday evening (Feb 21).


The dangerous wild animals ‘next door’ at people’s homes in East Herts

23 February 2024
The dangerous wild animals ‘next door’ at people’s homes in East Herts

The dangerous wild animals ‘next door’ at people’s homes in East Herts

23 February 2024

Cheetahs, wolves and alligators in East Herts among over 2,700 dangerous wild animals licensed to be kept privately in Britain, says wildlife charity.


Trains through Bishop’s Stortford disrupted by tree on overhead lines

23 February 2024
Trains through Bishop’s Stortford disrupted by tree on overhead lines

Trains through Bishop’s Stortford disrupted by tree on overhead lines

23 February 2024

Network Rail engineers found a tree had fallen onto overhead lines between Stansted Mountfitchet and Elsenham.


Police warning to football fans who take illegal drugs to London matches

22 February 2024
Police warning to football fans who take illegal drugs to London matches

Police warning to football fans who take illegal drugs to London matches

22 February 2024

The Met is working with clubs in the capital – including Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and West Ham – to deal with fans found with drugs on matchdays.


Lectures to explore reality of faith, environmental crisis and spiritual experiences

21 February 2024
Lectures to explore reality of faith, environmental crisis and spiritual experiences

Lectures to explore reality of faith, environmental crisis and spiritual experiences

21 February 2024

Series of free public Lent Lectures in March at Bishop’s Stortford College will explore the reality of three areas of human existence.


Met Office issues warnings for heavy rain and strong winds on Thursday

21 February 2024
Met Office issues warnings for heavy rain and strong winds on Thursday

Met Office issues warnings for heavy rain and strong winds on Thursday

21 February 2024

The Gardens of Easton Lodge has cancelled its snowdrop open day – and half-term activities at Hatfield Forest and Audley End could be at risk.


Teenager banned from shopping centre for anti-social behaviour

21 February 2024
Teenager banned from shopping centre for anti-social behaviour

Teenager banned from shopping centre for anti-social behaviour

21 February 2024

A criminal behaviour order imposed by magistrates bans Logan Howe, 18, from Harlow’s Harvey Centre, adjoining buildings and car park for two years.


Di Trolio sees red as 10-man Blues crash out of FA Trophy in 3-0 defeat to Coalville

20 February 2024
Di Trolio sees red as 10-man Blues crash out of FA Trophy in 3-0 defeat to Coalville

Di Trolio sees red as 10-man Blues crash out of FA Trophy in 3-0 defeat to Coalville

20 February 2024

Bishop’s Stortford, who played with 10 men from the 12th minute after Riccardo di Trolio was sent off, lost to three second-half goals.


Blues’ FA Trophy tie switched after third failed pitch inspection

20 February 2024
Blues’ FA Trophy tie switched after third failed pitch inspection

Blues’ FA Trophy tie switched after third failed pitch inspection

20 February 2024

Bishop’s Stortford will now meet Coalville Town at Aveley’s Parkside Stadium in South Ockendon for a place in the Isuzu FA Trophy quarter-finals.


Late for school and work, phoning for lifts and taxis – that’s life on the buses for long-suffering Arriva passengers

18 February 2024
Late for school and work, phoning for lifts and taxis – that’s life on the buses for long-suffering Arriva passengers

Late for school and work, phoning for lifts and taxis – that’s life on the buses for long-suffering Arriva passengers

18 February 2024

Our story about Arriva buses through Stortford being cancelled opened the floodgates to customers’ woes and gripes with the public transport operator


Flooding brings major disruption to trains through Bishop’s Stortford

18 February 2024
Flooding brings major disruption to trains through Bishop’s Stortford

Flooding brings major disruption to trains through Bishop’s Stortford

18 February 2024

Signalling problems in tunnel outside Stansted Airport caused by flooding “severely disrupting” services, and railway also flooded at Audley End.


More Fords stolen from owners’ drives in Stortford – one in broad daylight

17 February 2024
More Fords stolen from owners’ drives in Stortford – one in broad daylight

More Fords stolen from owners’ drives in Stortford – one in broad daylight

17 February 2024

Police urge owners of keyless entry cars to keep fobs in signal-blocking pouches far away from their vehicle after a Fiesta and a Kuga are stolen.


Elderly Stortford café customer has purse stolen on Valentine’s Day

16 February 2024
Elderly Stortford café customer has purse stolen on Valentine’s Day

Elderly Stortford café customer has purse stolen on Valentine’s Day

16 February 2024

Police investigating theft of purse from elderly woman’s bag outside Café Thyme on Wednesday appeal for public’s help in identifying a man.


Four arrested and £100,000 stolen goods recovered after theft from lorry at M11 services

15 February 2024
Four arrested and £100,000 stolen goods recovered after theft from lorry at M11 services

Four arrested and £100,000 stolen goods recovered after theft from lorry at M11 services

15 February 2024

Arrests and recovery happened in London on Monday, four months after items taken from lorry at Birchanger Green service station at junction 8.


Five charged with smuggling cannabis worth £3.9 million into Stansted Airport

13 February 2024
Five charged with smuggling cannabis worth £3.9 million into Stansted Airport

Five charged with smuggling cannabis worth £3.9 million into Stansted Airport

13 February 2024

Two shipments of the drug, totalling 390kg, intercepted by Border Force officers are linked to a 300kg shipment delivered to Hayes in January.


Gym flooded, parkrun cancelled and flood alert issued for River Stort

09 February 2024
Gym flooded, parkrun cancelled and flood alert issued for River Stort

Gym flooded, parkrun cancelled and flood alert issued for River Stort

09 February 2024

Almost an inch of rain falls in 24 hours, flooding the gym at Manor of Groves and forcing Castle Park parkrun to be called off.


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