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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.

Police on the scent of perfume burglars in Bishop's Stortford

23 October 2021
Police on the scent of perfume burglars in Bishop's Stortford

Police on the scent of perfume burglars in Bishop's Stortford

23 October 2021

Fragrances worth hundreds stolen and glass counters and cabinets smashed in midnight raid on Boots the Chemist.


Covid jabs for children aged 12 to 15 in Herts and west Essex at half-term

23 October 2021
Covid jabs for children aged 12 to 15 in Herts and west Essex at half-term

Covid jabs for children aged 12 to 15 in Herts and west Essex at half-term

23 October 2021

Parents can book in their child for a single Pfizer vaccine dose online or by phone at one of five centres, including Harlow LeisureZone.


Indies community awards: Which local heroes deserve to be honoured?

22 October 2021
Indies community awards: Which local heroes deserve to be honoured?

Indies community awards: Which local heroes deserve to be honoured?

22 October 2021

We want you to nominate people for the 2021 Indies – the Bishop's Stortford Independent's Community, Business and Sport Awards.


Man in his 30s dies after car crash in Sawbridgeworth

22 October 2021
Man in his 30s dies after car crash in Sawbridgeworth

Man in his 30s dies after car crash in Sawbridgeworth

22 October 2021

Driver dies three days after suffering serious head injury when his Peugeot 207 crashed into a ditch in Redricks Lane on Saturday evening.


Acclaimed duo Tennessee Twin to headline Bishop's Stortford Acoustic Club

21 October 2021
Acclaimed duo Tennessee Twin to headline Bishop's Stortford Acoustic Club

Acclaimed duo Tennessee Twin to headline Bishop's Stortford Acoustic Club

21 October 2021

Geoff and Victoria, from Cambridge, were finalists in the 2020 UK Country Music Awards and have played in Nashville, Denver and Amsterdam.


School steps up health and hygiene operation amid daily rises in Covid cases

12 October 2021
School steps up health and hygiene operation amid daily rises in Covid cases

School steps up health and hygiene operation amid daily rises in Covid cases

12 October 2021

Students to wear face masks in communal areas, take lateral flow tests at home at least twice a week and wear PE/sports kit all day on relevant days.


Eddie the Eagle movie mum in Q&A at Saffron Screen

08 October 2021
Eddie the Eagle movie mum in Q&A at Saffron Screen

Eddie the Eagle movie mum in Q&A at Saffron Screen

08 October 2021

Jo Hartley returns for question-and-answer session after screening of new coming-of-age drama Sweetheart on Sunday October 17.


Shoplifter abused public and threw bottle at window

08 October 2021
Shoplifter abused public and threw bottle at window

Shoplifter abused public and threw bottle at window

08 October 2021

Police were called to the town centre just after 4pm on Thursday (October 7) with a report of a man shoplifting in South Street.


Budgens knifepoint robber caught train to London from Sawbridgeworth station

07 October 2021
Budgens knifepoint robber caught train to London from Sawbridgeworth station

Budgens knifepoint robber caught train to London from Sawbridgeworth station

07 October 2021

Police investigating hold-up on Monday September 27 appeal to train passengers who might have seen robber still wearing black balaclava.


Opening date set for new Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre

28 September 2021
Opening date set for new Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre

Opening date set for new Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre

28 September 2021

Colin Jackson plus London 2012 swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo Olympians to officially open £22m centre in Stortford.


Have your say on new political map for East Herts Council

28 September 2021
Have your say on new political map for East Herts Council

Have your say on new political map for East Herts Council

28 September 2021

Local Government Boundary Commission for England wants to hear local views to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries.


Council gives 'Winchester Wall' landowner 28 days to take down fence

27 September 2021
Council gives 'Winchester Wall' landowner 28 days to take down fence

Council gives 'Winchester Wall' landowner 28 days to take down fence

27 September 2021

Owner who erected wooden fence around key open space on Thorley Park after housing development snub is served with planning enforcement notice.


Free film screening to kick-start community climate action in Stortford

27 September 2021
Free film screening to kick-start community climate action in Stortford

Free film screening to kick-start community climate action in Stortford

27 September 2021

Award-winning documentary at South Mill Arts on October 9 precursor to Community Climate Gathering at Thorley during UN's COP26 summit in Scotland.


Hunt for Shiva the missing goshawk near Stortford

24 September 2021
Hunt for Shiva the missing goshawk near Stortford

Hunt for Shiva the missing goshawk near Stortford

24 September 2021

Owner says she is likely to be within half a mile of Esso garage at Start Hill and signs of her presence will be the reaction of other birds.


Rock school students to play October gigs at South Mill Arts and pubs

24 September 2021
Rock school students to play October gigs at South Mill Arts and pubs

Rock school students to play October gigs at South Mill Arts and pubs

24 September 2021

Pub gigs for Livewire adult students in Saffron Walden and Cock Inn in Stortford while younger musicians will play on stage at South Mill Arts.


Princess Alexandra Hospital to reinstate parking charges

23 September 2021
Princess Alexandra Hospital to reinstate parking charges

Princess Alexandra Hospital to reinstate parking charges

23 September 2021

Decision to cease free parking follows end of Government funding to support hospitals which waived charges at start of Covid-19 pandemic.


Daniel Robinson's £44,000 golf day gives cerebral palsy children hope

22 September 2021
Daniel Robinson's £44,000 golf day gives cerebral palsy children hope

Daniel Robinson's £44,000 golf day gives cerebral palsy children hope

22 September 2021

34 teams of 136 golfers raised £44,272 to pay for specialist private physio and equipment to help six youngsters lead more independent lives.


Revving up for Pistons at the Park car show near Bishop's Stortford

20 September 2021
Revving up for Pistons at the Park car show near Bishop's Stortford

Revving up for Pistons at the Park car show near Bishop's Stortford

20 September 2021

The free family event organised and hosted by Mantle Business Centres at Thremhall Park returns on Sunday (Sept 26) for its autumn outing.


Anna Wells to headline Bishop's Stortford Acoustic Club

18 September 2021
Anna Wells to headline Bishop's Stortford Acoustic Club

Anna Wells to headline Bishop's Stortford Acoustic Club

18 September 2021

"Anna is a fine young singer-songwriter and musician – an excellent, versatile live performer with a very wide repertoire."


Herts police commissioner criticises 'unforgivable' motorway blockades

17 September 2021
Herts police commissioner criticises 'unforgivable' motorway blockades

Herts police commissioner criticises 'unforgivable' motorway blockades

17 September 2021

“Many people are committed to reducing their carbon footprint, but Insulate Britain are hitting the wrong target and turning the public against them."


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