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Watford man admits driving his British Jihadist cousin back to UK after terrorist training camp in Syria

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

Tahir Bhatti, 45, from Clarke Way, helped his cousin Imran Khawaja, who had faked his own death to return to the UK, by driving him from Bulgaria in June 2014 - but the pair were arrested by police officers waiting for them at Dover

Fire crews attend lorry fire in Kings Langley

Watford Observer:

1:30pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

The vehicle's breaks were on fire and crews from Kings Langley, Garston and Hemel Hempstead attended the incident in a lay-by at junction 20 at 4.25am.

Watford schoolgirl wins place in National Children's Orchestra

Watford Observer:

8:30am Wednesday 21st January 2015

Emily Nicolas, who learns trombone with Watford-based The Dan Tien Performing Arts School, auditioned successfully over Christmas.

Video: Beauty Queen declares love for Watford FC

Watford Observer:

11:30am Tuesday 20th January 2015

Zina, 22, is currently vying for the title in Miami and has been sporting a Hornets shirt with her nickname and lucky number seven to the many gym sessions she attends in preparation for the competition.

Current Miss Hertfordshire urges people to give blood

Watford Observer:

1:30pm Monday 19th January 2015

Charlotte White, of Ebury Road, Rickmansworth, now regularly donates blood after her Grandma needed a transfusion two years ago.

Herts Aid launch new project to raise HIV awareness

Watford Observer:

8:30am Monday 19th January 2015

The project, called Testing Faith, is designed for faith leaders supporting Black Asian Minority Ethnic congregations.

Homeward Bound, a short digital animated film, will be screened on to the buildings of Watford Parade this weekend

Watford Observer:

8:30am Saturday 17th January 2015

The town centre screenings outside of Jackson Jewellers – lasting for about 10 minutes – will be at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm

Bushey-based company gets £1.3 million from United States Government

Watford Observer:

1:40pm Friday 16th January 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron said the deal was a "vote of confidence" in the work done by Smiths Detection

Watford FC's medical officer backs fitness course for men in Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

4:10pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Speaking about Shape Up, the new scheme commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council and created and delivered by Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust.

Holywell Health Walks begin this weekend

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Thursday 15th January 2015

The Holywell walk will be 45 minutes, meet at 2pm at Holywell Community Centre, Chaffinch Lane, off Tolpits Lane, West Watford, WD18 9QD.

Watford couple support children's air ambulance charity in memory of their stillborn daughter

Watford Observer:

12:50pm Thursday 15th January 2015

Little Lucy Rose was "born sleeping" at 9.30am on December 5, weighing just 3lb 9oz.

Coal Duty Obelisk in Waterfields Recreation Ground has been restored

Watford Observer:

10:40am Thursday 15th January 2015

As well as new planting, seating, signage and improvements to cycle and walking routes, Watford Borough Council has restored the Grade 11 listed Coal Duty Obelisk.

Double amputee becomes gym instructor at Watford YMCA gym

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Shane Hurley has been a double leg amputee from six months old after his mother came into contact with German measles during the pregnancy.

UKIP deputy chairman coming to Watford

Watford Observer:

2:10pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

UKIP deputy chairman Suzanne Evans is speaking at a public meeting in Watford on Friday

Watford & Three Rivers Trust's Big Quiz will be held at Watford Colosseum next month

Watford Observer:

1:40pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

The quiz night will be raising money for the recently launched, W3RT Community Fund, which gives grants to many good causes running services and activities within the community

Watford mum who saved two of her children from choking backs national campaign to teach parents first aid

Watford Observer:

12:50pm Wednesday 14th January 2015

Victoria Riddick, mum of three, said she has had to put her first aid skills to good use in many medical emergencies involving her children

Valentine’s Food Fair at Watford Market needs traders

Watford Observer:

11:09am Wednesday 14th January 2015

Organisers have put a call out for more traders to join the fair, which will be held in The Parade on Saturday, February 14, between 9am and 5.30pm

Dozens of heart patients called back after probe into quality of hospitals' scanning

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

8:00am Wednesday 14th January 2015

Dozens of patients needed to have their medication or surgery date changed after an investigation into the quality and reporting of heart scans by hospital staff.

Pupils to mark Holocaust Memorial Day at a Watford Synagogue hosted event

Watford Observer:

4:34pm Tuesday 13th January 2015

Year nine to 13 students at Watford Grammar School for Boys, Watford Grammar School for Girls and West Herts College will hear testimony from a Holocaust survivor and participate in an educational workshop at the event on Monday, February 2.

Resident-led campaign to crack down on speeding motorists

Watford Observer:

9:34am Tuesday 13th January 2015

A resident-led crackdown on speeders around Cassiobury has caught out motorists travelling almost 20mph over the limit.

Two cars set alight in Watford driveway and house damaged in early morning arson attack

Watford Observer:

4:58pm Monday 12th January 2015

A black Ford Fiesta and a white Nissan Note were set on fire at around 3am on Sunday in the driveway of a home in Cherrydale

Services at Watford Junction returning to normal, but passengers advised to check latest information before they travel

Watford Observer:

4:30pm Monday 12th January 2015

Network Rail said most services are returning to normal this afternoon but could be subject to some alterations or cancellations for the remainder of the day

Damaged tunnel at Watford Junction causes long train delays and cancelled services

Watford Observer: Network Rail’s £81 million improvement project to begin next month

12:19pm Monday 12th January 2015

The damage to a section of brickwork at the station has resulted in a 20mph limit for trains on the fast lines approaching Watford

Funding available for waste prevention entrepreneurs

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Monday 12th January 2015

Grants of up to £50,000 are now available to partnerships with the most innovative ideas.

"Threat of homelessness" hanging over Garston resident

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Monday 12th January 2015

Steve Stunt was attempting to have a phone line installed at the property in Crown Rise, when it emerged the flat was not listed on the Royal Mail database.

Well wishes for 'inspirational role-model dad' Joey McGrath who was hit by a car on St Albans Road

Watford Observer:

4:30pm Friday 9th January 2015

The White Lion barman was seriously injured in a collision with a black Vauxhall Insignia close to Windsor Road at about 1.35am on Saturday and taken to St Mary’s Hospital in London

Three-year-old with leukaemia 'fighting for her life' after week in Watford General

Watford Observer:

3:10pm Saturday 10th January 2015

Mum Abbie Stanwix said she witnessed a string of "shocking examples of serious negligence" at the hospital, which she believes led to her little girl’s condition deteriorating so much she was admitted to Great Ormond Street and put on a morphine drip for a week.

Watford Yoga studio to offer UTC students work placements and sessions to combat exam stress

Watford Observer:

9:36am Friday 9th January 2015

The yoga studio, in the Penfold Trading Estate, Imperial Way, celebrated its official launch in Watford with the town's MP Richard Harrington.

Watford school to hold charity fashion show

Watford Observer: Shop to hold charity fashion show for Peace Hospice Care

11:10am Thursday 8th January 2015

any Shiru, a year 10 pupil at the school, has organised the event in aid of WarChild - a charity supporting children in conflict

Bushey family raise £7,000 for Peace Hospice Care.

Watford Observer:

9:10am Thursday 8th January 2015

Family and friends arranged a second annual charity golf day in memory of Maura Thompson, who passed away to cancer in 2012, but had experienced expert and dignified care at the Watford Peace Hospice.

Great turnout at the Dine Out Tuesday lunch club

Watford Observer:

11:31am Wednesday 7th January 2015

The Dine Out Tuesday lunch club has been organised by members of the Radlett Road Community Association, who divide tasks such as laying tables, serving food and washing up between them.

Tributes paid to former chair of Watford Hospitals League of Friend

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Tuesday 6th January 2015

Tributes have been paid to former chairman and treasurer of the Watford Hospitals League of Friends of almost 20 years, Phil Hopkin, who died on December 23 aged 62.

Firefighters called to Peace Children's Centre

Watford Observer:

11:00am Tuesday 6th January 2015

The building was evacuated when the automated alarm sounded at about 8.50am today.

New JRC Global Buffet opens in Watford

Watford Observer: Curry Course

11:40am Tuesday 6th January 2015

The 25,000 sq ft restaurant has dishes from 12 different countries including China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Mongolia, Singapore, Vietnam, India, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Family of pedestrian in St Albans Road RTC "praying he will pull through"

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Monday 5th January 2015

Kelly Sheward said her brother Joe had heart surgery and remains in a serious but stable condition following the collision in St Albans Road on Saturday.

Man in hospital with serious injuries after RTC in St Albans Road this morning

Watford Observer:

11:08am Saturday 3rd January 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after the road traffic collision in St Albans Road, close to Windsor Road, at about 1.35am.

New Year's baby Florence first of 2015 at Watford General

Watford Observer:

3:13pm Friday 2nd January 2015

Florence had been expected on Christmas Eve but put in her appearance on January 1 instead.

Busy start to the New Year for ambulance service

Watford Observer:

3:30pm Friday 2nd January 2015

The region's ambulance service dealt with more than 1,600 999 calls during a busy New Year's Eve into 2015.

Clinical commissioning group in south west Herts urges residents to use pharmacies over the New Year

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Wednesday 31st December 2014

The Herts Valleys CCG said High Street pharmacies are open during the holiday period with many open later into the evening and can help manage a number of conditions triggered by falling winter temperatures.

Watford residents named in Queen's New Year's Honours list

Watford Observer:

11:40am Wednesday 31st December 2014

Dr Timothy William Robson was awarded an OBE for his services to the homeless in Hertfordshire.

Woman mugged at knife point for iPhone in Watford

Watford Observer:

2:10pm Wednesday 31st December 2014

The victim was approached by a teenage boy who produced a knife and demanded she hand over her iPhone 5, which she did before he ran off towards the High Street at around 7.10pm on Sunday, December 21.

Ambulance service patient satisfaction hits 100 per cent for the second month in a row

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Thursday 1st January 2015

More than 120 people who received emergency medical treatment from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust during the month of September filled out questionnaires.

Thousands of eager shoppers flock to intu shopping centre for Boxing Day sales

Watford Observer: Power cut affects intu Watford centre

12:00pm Wednesday 31st December 2014

While most shops began their sales on Boxing Day, stores such as John Lewis opened their doors to sale shoppers on Saturday, December 27, making the sales a two-day long event.

'Dirty, long, filthy fingernail' found in pancake came from another diner, says restaurant

Watford Observer:

2:00pm Friday 2nd January 2015

Antoinette Miller, 42, from Cassiobury, was eating a specially prepared dosa pancake when she felt something crunch in her mouth.

How to keep your New Year's resolution with professor Richard Wiseman

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Friday 2nd January 2015

Research shows only one in 10 of us will stick to our New Year's resolution, but psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman's guide should greatly improve your chances.

Angry Boxing Day shoppers queue in the cold after power failure in Watford shopping park

Watford Observer:

2:00pm Thursday 1st January 2015

A "1,000-odd" people were left standing outside the Next store in Waterfields Shopping Park waiting for a fault in the UK Power Network to be repaired until about 8.15am.

Lights on busy West Watford footpath remain broken - three weeks after faults were reported

Watford Observer:

9:00am Saturday 3rd January 2015

The three streetlights in the footpath between Wiggenhall Road and Lady’s Close are out leaving people using the route in complete darkness during the afternoons.

Vacant industrial area in Watford to be turned into homes after businesses show 'no interest' in moving in

Watford Observer:

9:00am Friday 2nd January 2015

The six commercial units in Dodd Road will be converted into ten new homes for the Leggatts Green estate by developer Taylor Wimpey North Thames.

Emergency services close section of Whippendell Road after partial building collapse

Watford Observer:

2:30pm Tuesday 30th December 2014

Police and fire crews were called to a property near the junction with Addiscombe Road after several bricks from the gable fell into the road.

Police hunting three men in connection with break-in at Garston family home

Watford Observer:

11:50am Tuesday 30th December 2014

It is believed three men - two wearing balaclavas - forced entry through a window to the home in Rushton Avenue.

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