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Boundary Way estate plans approved by Watford Borough Council

Watford Observer:

3:20pm Friday 29th August 2014

Watford Borough Council’s development control committee approved Watford Community Housing Trusts proposals for its side of the Boundary Way estate last night.

Police launch large scale investigation after cars torched and two jewellery stores raided in Watford

Watford Observer:

11:30am Friday 29th August 2014

This morning forensic officers and fire investigators were working on a burnt out Audi A5 in Queens Road and Nissan hatchback in nearby Gladstone Road.

Comment: Boris Johnson ends Hertsmere speculation

Watford Observer:

12:50pm Friday 29th August 2014

So Boris has plumped for Uxbridge as his preferred route to Westminster ending speculation he might apply to fill the vacancy in Hertsmere.

Woman sexually assaulted and then had phone stolen on a rail replacement bus near Watford

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Thursday 28th August 2014

British Transport police said the 28-year-old victim was sat on her own on a single decker bus replacing the Euston to Milton Keynes service in the early hours of Saturday August 16, when the assault happened.

M25 crash: lanes reopened after four-car crash near Maple Cross

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

The air ambulance and emergency services were called to the accident between Junctions 17 and 16 and part of the motorway was closed off.

Hannibal the heron returns to Watford pond

Watford Observer:

9:34am Wednesday 27th August 2014

The bird, fondly dubbed Hannibal for his penchant of devouring the water feature’s fish, deserted his usual digs while the pond was being refurbished over the last year.

Aqeel Khan: Former teachers remember 'polite, courteous and respectful young man'

Watford Observer:

5:40pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

The principal of West Herts College, which the 18-year-old attended last year, said the thoughts of staff and students were with his family.

Contentious proposals to build more than 50 new homes on a cramped Garston estate recommended for approval

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Watford Council planners have urged politicians should vote through Watford Community Housing Trust’s plans to expand the Boundary Way estate.

Boy, 16, charged with the murder of Aqeel Khan

Watford Observer:

11:36pm Monday 25th August 2014

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of Aqeel Khan, who was fatally stabbed in West Watford on Friday.

Police hunt 'chubby' suspect after distraction burglary in north Watford

Watford Observer:

5:18pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Police are hunting a “chubby” suspect after a distraction burglary in north Watford yesterday.

Aqeel Khan murder investigation: Man released without charge

Watford Observer:

4:56pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A 21-year-old man arrested in connection with the Aqeel Khan murder investigation has been released without charge.

Teen fatally stabbed in West Watford named as 18-year-old Aqeel Khan

Watford Observer:

12:28pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

The teenager fatally stabbed in West Watford yesterday has been formally identified as Aqeel Khan.

Teenager found stabbed in West Watford has died in hospital

Watford Observer:

11:20pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A teenager stabbed in West Watford has died in hospital.

Croxley View: Police investigating suspected stabbing after a young man found injured in West Watford

Watford Observer:

5:41pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Hertfordshire Constabulary was called to reports a man had collapsed in Croxley View at 4.42pm today.

Six men arrested in connection with disorder before Watford FC’s opener against Bolton Wanderers

Watford Observer:

4:20pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Officers swooped on addresses in Watford, South Oxhey, Croxley Green and Bricket Wood after identifying suspects this week.

Farm Terrace Allotment holders vow to take fight 'all the way' on BBC 1 The One Show

Watford Observer:

12:50pm Friday 22nd August 2014

West Watford allotment holders have vowed to take their fight to save the Farm Terrace site "all the way" even if they lose their High Court battle.

Rabi Martins to challenge mayor Dorothy Thornhill in the battle to be Watford’s parliamentary candidate

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Rabi Martins, who represents central Watford on the borough council, has applied for to be the party’s candidate for the General Election.

Police searching for two witnesses who saw man pick-pocketed in the Meriden Estate

Watford Observer:

1:50pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Hertfordshire Constabulary said the victim, who is in his 40s, was approached by two teenage boys outside the parade of shops in The Gossamers at around 2pm on Thursday, August 14.

Town and Country Markets to run new Watford Market for the next ten years

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Town and Country Markets, which operates markets at 35 locations throughout the UK including London’s Old Spitalfields, will take charge of Watford’s historic market later this year.

Comment: Dorothy dilemma approaches the end of the beginning

Watford Observer:

2:10pm Friday 8th August 2014

Watford’s Lib Dems must be glad that an end to the bruising "will-she-won’t-she" saga is on the horizon.

Lib Dems to begin selecting their candidate for next year's General Election later this month

Watford Observer:

11:40am Monday 4th August 2014

Watford’s Liberal Democrats will begin selecting their candidate for next year’s General Election later this month.

Comment: ruling party is putting vanity projects before vital services

Watford Observer:

2:20pm Friday 1st August 2014

If a week is a long time in politics it may go some way to explaining why politicians have such short memories. It was only a few years ago that Hertfordshire County Council ruling councillors was piously telling resident’s they needed to switch off streetlights at night (coincidentally when they are most effective) to save cash and lower carbon emissions.

Thieves steal industrial vacuum cleaner from Watford golf club

Watford Observer:

4:20pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Police have released a photo of an industrial leaf vacuum cleaner stolen during a break-in at a Watford golf club.

Police hunting man after women report McDonald’s toilet voyeurism

Watford Observer:

1:48pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

Police are hunting a man after women were allegedly spied on in a Watford McDonald’s toilets.

Two people trapped in car following crash into St Albans Road music shop

Watford Observer:

8:59am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Two people were trapped in a car after it crashed into a music shop in St Albans Road, Watford, in the early hours of the morning.

Controlled parking plans in St Albans Road junked by overwhelming opposition

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Monday 28th July 2014

Proposals to bring in controlled parking around St Albans Road in Watford have been junked after running into overwhelming opposition from people in the area.

CCTV released following purse theft in Watford

Watford Observer:

10:30am Monday 28th July 2014

CCTV images have been released of a man after a woman had her purse snatched in Watford town centre.

E4 programme 'Drifters' filmed in Watford

Watford Observer:

9:00am Sunday 27th July 2014

A hit E4 comedy was being filmed in Watford this week.

Comment: legal review will shed light on what health campus entails

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Friday 25th July 2014

What is the likelihood of a new hospital being built in Watford? This will be one of the main questions being examined today as the Farm Terrace Allotment holders take their fight to the High Court.

Farm Terrace Allotments: live coverage from the High Court judicial review

Watford Observer:

9:53am Friday 25th July 2014

Farm Terrace Allotment holders are challenging permission Eric Pickles gave to Watford Borough Council to use the site in the Watford Health Campus scheme at the High Court today.

UKIP prospective MP Nick Lincoln talks about his party's plans for the town

Watford Observer:

4:33pm Thursday 24th July 2014

The UK Independence Party’s growing presence in Watford could have a decisive impact on who is its next MP is, according to the party’s newly selected parliamentary candidate.

Farm Terrace Allotments: Preserving site would 'close the door' on future hospital development

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Watford’s elected mayor said preserving the Farm Terrace Allotments in the health campus scheme would mean "closing the door" on a future hospital development.

Farm Terrace Allotments: 'David versus Goliath' fight to be taken to High Court

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Allotment-holders would not have fought plans to concrete over the Farm Terrace site if they genuinely believed it would used for new hospital facilities, according to its lead campaigner.

Roofer who charged Watford woman for work that was never carried out admits fraud

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A roofer who charged a Watford woman for work that was never carried out has admitted fraud.

Two women and a man injured in early morning attack

Watford Observer:

1:31pm Monday 21st July 2014

Two young women and a young man needed hospital treatment after being viciously beaten up in Watford town centre at the weekend.

Watford UKIP selects party chairman, Nick Lincoln, to fight parliamentary seat

Watford Observer:

2:43pm Friday 18th July 2014

The UK Independence Party has selected Nick Lincoln, the Watford branch chairman, to run for the town’s Parliamentary seat next year.

Comment: Hospital bosses cannot get away with pretending it's not their fault

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

The NHS is a closed shop. We pay for it. We depend on it to save our lives. Yet when it fails, it’s apparently not a matter for our concern. The people who run the service can just carry on as normal – business as usual.

Pictures: lightning storm lights up sky over south west Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

9:50am Friday 18th July 2014

Flashes of lightning lit up the sky as a torrential storm lashed south west Hertfordshire last night.

Farm Terrace Allotments: Eric Pickles refuses to back down over decision to build on land

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Eric Pickles has refused to back down over his decision to allow West Watford allotments to be built on as part of the health campus scheme, ahead of a High Court showdown.

Image of bike stolen after being left for 'a couple of minutes' released

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Police have released a picture of an expensive mountain bike after it was stolen from a home in West Watford.

Unemployment rate drops in south west Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

2:24pm Thursday 17th July 2014

Unemployment is dropping across Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere, latest benefit claimant figure have shown.

Missing Leavesden teen, Olivia Imolek, found safe and well

Watford Observer:

1:10pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A teenager who went missing from her home in Leavesden has been found.

MP David Gauke promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury in cabinet reshuffle

Watford Observer:

12:22pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

South West Herts MP David Gauke has been promoted Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

Mike Penning promoted in Government cabinet reshuffle

Watford Observer:

11:46am Tuesday 15th July 2014

Mike Penning, the MP covering Kings Langley, has been promoted in the Government cabinet reshuffle.

Comment: Is Mayor Boris to return to Westminster via Hertsmere?

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Friday 11th July 2014

There is something about the parliamentary seats in south west Hertfordshire that makes them very tempting for elected mayors.

Oxhey mum chops her locks for children with cancer

Watford Observer:

5:20pm Thursday 10th July 2014

An Oxhey mum who had a miracle pregnancy was inspired to cut her hair off for children with cancer by her three-month-old daughter.

Fourth family member charged in Watford kidnap case

Watford Observer:

11:50am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A fourth family member has been charged in connection with a kidnapping in Watford.

Cancer referral failings report raises 'serious points' about hospital management, says Watford MP Richard Harrington

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

An independent review into cancer referral mismanagement at the NHS Trust in charge of Watford General has raised "a number of serious points", Watford MP Richard Harrington has said.

Comment: Police score own goal with offensive World Cup tweets

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Friday 4th July 2014

A few weeks back I lauded the West Herts hospital trust for the way it engages with patients on social media sites such as Twitter.

Watford Borough Council told to release health campus financial report ahead of Farm Terrace Allotments High Court battle

Watford Observer:

9:10am Friday 4th July 2014

Council bosses have lost the fight to keep financial figures underpinning the Watford health campus secret ahead of the High Court battle over the Farm Terrace Allotments.

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