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Motorcyclist injured in collision with car in Watford

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11:20am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Police and paramedics were called to St Albans Road on Friday afternoon after a crash between a car and a motorbike.

Council to host meeting tonight about state of sports facilities in Watford

Watford Observer:

4:45pm Monday 20th October 2014

Watford Borough Council wants to hear what you think about sports facilities in the town.

Rail commuters launch petition for more exits from Watford Junction car park

Watford Observer: More changes made to Watford Junction after redesign problems

8:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A petition for more exits at Watford Junction car park has been launched - after commuters say it takes 40 minutes to get out the station at rush hour.

Fire crews tackle blaze at Watford industrial estate

Watford Observer: Discarded cigarette causes rubbish fire in St Albans garden

11:30am Monday 20th October 2014

Five crews from Watford, Rickmansworth, Garston and Borehamwood were called at 12.44am on Sunday to a warehouse in Rhodes Way.

Firefighters called to Mill End kitchen fire

Watford Observer: Discarded cigarette causes rubbish fire in St Albans garden

10:00am Monday 20th October 2014

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue called at 7.10pm yesterday to a fire in a second-floor flat in Curtis Close.

Plans for £6.6m Cassiobury Park makeover approved - despite concerns bandstand will create antisocial behaviour hotspot

Watford Observer:

2:40pm Sunday 19th October 2014

Watford Borough Council development control committee gave the go-ahead to restoration work that included moving the historic bandstand from its current position outside the Town Hall back to its original site in the park.

Family brand hospital infection control "beyond a joke" after a cushion was found covered in previous patient's faeces

Watford Observer:

9:50am Sunday 19th October 2014

Double stroke patient Eric Weatherly, 76, contracted a serious chest infection and was admitted to an isolation room in the Acute Admissions Unit on Saturday, October 4.

Injured veteran thanks Watford company for saving his house after builder scam

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A man injured while serving in Afghanistan has thanked a Watford company who saved his house after dodgy builders scammed him for thousands of pounds.

Herts hospital bosses back cancer campaign


7:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Doctors, nurses and clinicians at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals have added their backing to the national ‘Be Clear on Cancer - Blood in Pee’ campaign which launched earlier this week.

Outdoor ice rink coming to Watford this Christmas

Watford Observer: Twinkling Tasters on Ice

4:10pm Friday 17th October 2014

Get your skates on as Watford's first ever outdoor ice rink will be set up in The Parade this festive seaon.

Teenagers arrested after Watford iPhone theft

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11:51am Friday 17th October 2014

Two teenagers have been arrested after an alleged phone theft at a Watford taxi rank.

Frustrated allotment holders 'stuck in limbo' as High Court verdict on Farm Terrace drags on

Watford Observer:

1:20pm Thursday 16th October 2014

The judicial review challenging permission Eric Pickles gave to Watford Borough Council to use the site in the Watford Health Campus scheme was heard more than two months ago.

Body found in Watford woodland has been identified

Watford Observer:

5:02pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

The 45-year-old from Watford was last seen on Thursday, October 9.

Paralympic gold medal winner from Garston added to Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame

Watford Observer:

12:50pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Margaret Maughan is acknowledged as Britain’s first ever paralympic gold medal winner.

Watford CAB slates energy companies for 'dark age' prepayment services

Watford Observer:

9:50am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Watford Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)'s 'Fair Play for Prepay' asks energy companies to offer a greater choice of tariffs and more innovative ways for their customers to top up.

Watford Fitness4Less gym wins medal in Members’ Choice Health Club Awards

Watford Observer:

9:30am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Managers said they were delighted to receive bronze in the fourth year the awards have been held.

Watford Borough Council to bid for funding to refurbish town's museum

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Monday 13th October 2014

Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, said they would put the "expertise and experience" gained from the successful £4.5million Heritage Lottery Fund grant for Cassiobury Park this year into the new bid.

Watford General Hospital staff take part in protest against government's 'attack on pay'

Watford Observer:

10:34am Monday 13th October 2014

Midwives and maternitiy staff have formed a picket line outside the hospital on Vicarage Road with signs and banners asking for "fair pay".

Watford charity that helps disabled people get into employment receives £10,000 donation

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

Watford Workshop, based at Century Retail Park, received the cash boost from Watford Community Housing Trust's Community Development Fund.

Emergency services attending three-car crash in Rickmansworth Road

Watford Observer: Police warn heroin users after recent death in Watford

5:05pm Friday 10th October 2014

A blue Ford Focus, silver Renault Mégane and black Nissan Qashqai have collided outside York House at about 4.10pm.

Group of women bare all for charity calendar, hoping to raise £50,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Watford Observer:

10:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

The calendar features the women draped in their most flattering colours, with each page containing confidence boosting quotes and helpful style tips.

Watford schoolgirl wins award in UK-wide creative writing competition

Watford Observer:

4:50pm Friday 10th October 2014

Arts & Minds 2014, organised by the largest teacher's union in the country (NASUWT), is an annual arts and creative competition aimed at promoting race equality and diversity in schools.

'Talk Hypos' says most senior doctor at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Friday 10th October 2014

Dr Mike Van Der Watt, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust's Medical Director, has got behind a national campaign to get people with diabetes to discuss hypoglycaemia (hypos) - a potentially dangerous complication of the condition.

Is this Watford's best garden?

Watford Observer:

11:50am Friday 10th October 2014

Jim Murphy, from Tolpits Lane, says people stop to have their picture taken outside his garden.

Garston man and dog homeless after council fail to find suitable accommodation

Watford Observer:

5:48pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Steve McMahon, 47, will be evicted tomorrow after ten years of living in his Third Avenue home.

Ballot: Do you like the new Watford pond artwork?

Watford Observer:

1:53pm Thursday 9th October 2014

The sculpture called Effervescent Thoughts represents a collection of thought bubbles made from steel rings which appear as though they are emerging from the water.

Former homeless man from Watford moves into new flat in the centre of town

Watford Observer:

9:22am Thursday 9th October 2014

Five years ago Chris Betts was living on the streets, but has since been helped by Herts Young Homeless and New Hope House to move into supported lodgings and volunteer four days a week in an electrical repair shop.

The 75th anniversary of Watford Citizens Advice Bureau marked at annual meeting

Watford Observer:

8:30am Thursday 9th October 2014

During the meeting it was reported that the CAB received more than 13,500 inquiries last year, including about 6,500 inquiries related to debt and benefit, almost 1,600 on housing issues and a similar number on problems regarding employment.

Gallery: Operation to recover sunken narrow boat from Cassiobury Park lock is underway

Watford Observer:

3:40pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

Workers are draining the boat of water in a bid to float it out of the lock at Iron Bridge, where it has been stuck since yesterday.

Missing Watford man Jilji Hoferica found safe in London

Watford Observer:

3:10pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

Jilji Hoferica, 36, was last seen in the town on September 8 but was found safe in London.

Police called to Watford Costco following report of attempted shoplifting

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

Witnesses reported seeing up to six police cars at the store in Hartspring Lane at around 11.30am on Sunday, October 5.

Watford Colosseum wins national award for excellence in customer service

Watford Observer:

10:02am Wednesday 8th October 2014

The awards summit was hosted at the Watford Borough Council owned venue on Thursday, October 2.

'Get your flu jab before November' doctors urge

Watford Observer:

12:36pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group, which looks after south west Hertfordshire, is supporting the NHS campaign in preparation for an unpredictable flu season.

Canal boat blocking Cassiobury lock could take days to recover

Watford Observer:

11:10am Tuesday 7th October 2014

The Grand Union Canal by Iron Bridge Lock has been closed while the boat is recovered - which is expected to take a couple of days.

Watford woman who suffered devastating stroke completes 300-mile cycle ride from London to Paris

Watford Observer:

10:26am Tuesday 7th October 2014

Tracey Groom, now 46, marked her ten-year recovery with the gruelling ride in aid of Stoke Association. The accounts manager at A1 Stretch limousines said that it was "fantastic".

Man embarks on desperate quest to find long lost brother in Watford after suffering fifth heart attack

Watford Observer:

5:21pm Monday 6th October 2014

Philip Brown, 62, lost touch with his big brother Thomas ‘Tommy’ Cook 30 years ago and after becoming seriously ill said all he wants is to see him again.

Permit plans to solve 'parking nightmare' in West Watford

Watford Observer:

9:20am Monday 6th October 2014

Watford Borough Council started the consultation in 2013 following a petition from M/N zone residents to change the current match day controls to a full controlled parking zone.

Parade hosts range of drawing activities and petting farm today

Watford Observer:

11:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

The Big Draw will offer workshops where people can try drawing, printing and animation using fun techniques, including a hand-built carousel and hand-cranked roller contraptions, from 11am until 4pm.

Name change for 800 year old company behind Watford's new market

Watford Observer: Watford Market traders: 'conned from day one'

5:00pm Saturday 4th October 2014

WMC Retail Partners Plc, as it will be known, is a company that’s been built on the operation of traditional indoor and outdoor markets - dating back to the granting of a Royal Charter in 1244.

Two men arrested after car smashed into railings near Watford Junction

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2:12pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Police recovered the red BMW three series from the junction of Station Road and St Albans Road.

Watford arts centre signs 30 year lease

Watford Observer:

10:50am Friday 3rd October 2014

The Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre has signed a 30-year lease with the council this week.

'Smell of death' led patient to bedside cabinet stuffed with bloodied swabs in Watford General Hospital

Watford Observer: Watford General Hospital fails five of six areas in NHS watchdog inspection

5:30pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

And in a second incident within a month, a dad lifted the mattress of the bed his young daughter was lying on to find a build up of congealed blood from a previous patient.

Police and paramedics called to two-car smash that blocked the ring road

Watford Observer:

3:36pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Emergency services were called at 2.41pm to the crash between a silver Mercedes and a white Skoda on Beechen Grove A411.

Fundraising concert at Watford Grammar School for Girls was a 'night to remember'

Watford Observer:

9:13am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Watford Grammar School for Girls is currently raising funds for a new music suite having "outgrown its facilities".

Man arrested in Watford town centre on suspicion of cannabis possession

Watford Observer:

3:04pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Police descended on a churchyard off High Street at around 12.45pm following reports of a man with cannabis bags.

Watford dad 'horrified' after discovering suspected false widow spider in punnet of grapes

Watford Observer:

4:10pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

Adam Damary, 37, said the grapes were sitting on his table for four days before the false widow - a species which is venomous - jumped out at his daughter Jasmine.

New 420-place primary school for Watford given Government approval

Watford Observer:

1:46pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

The proposal for St John’s Church of England Primary School was green-lit by the Department for Education following a "rigorous application and assessment process".

New free school for Watford approved by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan

Watford Observer:

5:50pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

St John's Church of England Primary School will offer 420 places for four to 11-year-olds.

Watford charity to hold service for people who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth

Watford Observer:

8:30am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Alternatives is holding the service at 4pm on Sunday, November 2, called Time To Remember at the Wellspring Community Church in Wellspring Way.

Avid Watford FC fan says 100-year-old photo of the 1912/13 team is 'a piece of Watford history'

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

Paul Hooker, 62, said the postcard of the Watford Division 2 squad with their coaches and managers was originally given to his great great grandfather who worked for the club.


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