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Inquest hears how 'softly spoken and gentle' 47-year-old died after jumping from walkway in Charter Place

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Stephen Mullett, who lived in the YMCA in Charter Place, was found dead in the service road at 7am on February 20 after he sustained a number of internal injuries and major head injuries from the fall.

Garston gardener Laurie Douglas stepping out for twentieth sponsored 18.2-mile hike

Watford Observer: Laurie Douglas

3:04pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

The 48-year-old will trek through Watford, Bushey, Bedmond and Kings Langley in support of friend and treasurer of the Brow Club in Woodside, Anne Strange, on Saturday, November 29.

Former president of Watford counselling charity awarded honorary doctor of letters by University of Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

1:50pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

Lady Joanna Staughton's charity work, including heading up Relate in Watford, and her service as high sheriff of Hertfordshire and deputy lieutenant for the county were acknowledged with the award.

North Watford Christmas house will be brighter than ever - requiring a record 115 plugs

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Wednesday 26th November 2014

The home of Jane and Paul Ellis in Summerfield Road has wowed passers-by for the past 12 Christmasses as the couple create an extreme light display each year to raise money for charity.

Children herded into school after 'aggressive' squirrel frightens pupils and scratches teacher

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

A teacher had to herd the children at Chater Infants School back into the safety of the building after an "unusually aggressive" grey squirrel disrupted their afternoon playtime earlier this month.

Police and paramedics in Watford High Street after crash between cyclist and pedestrian

Watford Observer: Woman injured as car flipped on to its roof

4:31pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

An ambulance and rapid response unit is on scene and paramedics are tending to the woman pedestrian at the accident site near Halifax.

Watford4Watford winter wonderland family fun day was 'biggest yet'

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Tuesday 25th November 2014

Taking inspiration from Disney animated blockbuster Frozen for its theme, the event at Watford Colosseum this weekend raised more than £2,000 for host charities Herts Inclusive Theatre and Watford Mencap.

Police and paramedics called to crash in Rickmansworth Road underpass

Watford Observer: Man charged after high-speed chase

9:21am Tuesday 25th November 2014

The driver of a white Fiat Punto hit the wall at 8.05am.

Pedestrian rushed to hospital after accident in Rickmansworth Road underpass

Watford Observer:

4:31pm Monday 24th November 2014

The man in his 20s was taken to Watford General Hospital after the accident involving a black Volkswagen Sharan car at 12.30am on Sunday.

Golden Labrador rushed to the vets after eating toxic rat poison found in owner’s back garden

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Monday 24th November 2014

Owner Cathy Cawte, 51, rushed the pet to a vets before the poison kicked in, but has already spent more than £200 on the treatment.

Staff across West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust on strike today over pay

Watford Observer:

11:40am Monday 24th November 2014

In total, seven unions have taken industrial action in response to a national dispute about NHS pay.

Question and answer evening with John Motson to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

Watford Observer:

9:50am Monday 24th November 2014

The night will also include a raffle and nibbles.

Former fork-lift truck driver claims Watford Borough Council owes him thousands in wrongly paid Council Tax

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Friday 21st November 2014

Clinton O’Connor, of Courtlands Close, said he made several approaches to the council between 2005 and 2010 to notify them he was incorrectly paying Council Tax - but there is no record of his attempts.

Annual winter wonderland Watford4Watford family funday to be held at Watford Colosseum today

Watford Observer:

9:00am Saturday 22nd November 2014

Herts Inclusive Theatre and Watford Mencap has invited people to join them for a mince pie and whole a host of winter treats as the countdown to Christmas begins.

Annual winter wonderland Watford4Watford family funday to be held at Watford Colosseum

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Friday 21st November 2014

Herts Inclusive Theatre and Watford Mencap has invited people to join them for a mince pie and whole a host of winter treats as the countdown to Christmas begins.

Gallery: Watford’s local hero Rio Woolf turns on intu Watford Christmas lights

Watford Observer:

1:10pm Friday 21st November 2014

Six-year-old Rio got to officially start the shopping centre's Christmas countdown after readers voted the Bushey Heath schoolboy this year’s town hero.

Labour politician asks MP Richard Harrington to support bill preventing further privatisation of health service

Watford Observer:

4:10pm Thursday 20th November 2014

The National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill 2014-15 goes to parliament on Friday, November 21.

Family pay tribute to 'remarkable' woman who died after choking in a Watford care home

Watford Observer:

1:08pm Thursday 20th November 2014

Hertfordshire Coroner's Court heard Aruna Dave, 80, died on March 30 when her airway became blocked with food, a short time after eating dinner at Pinewood Lodge care home in Oxhey.

Watford primary school rated among top 100 state schools in the country

Watford Observer:

9:50am Thursday 20th November 2014

Nascot Wood Junior School moved up the ranking 171 places to take the 71st position in the league.

Police, paramedics and fire crews called to crash in Kings Langley

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Wednesday 19th November 2014

Two people were taken to Watford General Hospital by ambulance after the smash in Tower Hill, Chipperfield, at about 6.30pm yesterday.

Labour candidate calls for cash bail-out at Watford General

Watford Observer:

4:50pm Wednesday 19th November 2014

Labour's Matt Turmaine said West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust's four-hour A&E waiting times are up 27 per cent year on year, and trolley waiting times have increased year on year too.

Charity calls for people to get tested for HIV during National HIV Testing Week

Watford Observer:

3:59pm Wednesday 19th November 2014

Herts Aid Watford director, Suzanne Bannister, said: "The number of people with undiagnosed HIV shows just how important it is to increase testing both locally and nationally."

Macmillan coffee morning held at north Watford mosque 'went fantastically well'

Watford Observer:

11:50am Wednesday 19th November 2014

Residents, representatives from Watford churches, the police, residents associations and womens groups came together over a cuppa at the mosque in North Western Avenue.

Have your say in Watford parking survey

Watford Observer: Road works to cause delays in Kings Langley

9:50am Wednesday 19th November 2014

The authority has invited people to share their experiences of parking of cars, motorbikes and bicycles in the town.

Watford has UK's first entirely electric pay-per-use car club

Watford Observer:

9:30am Wednesday 19th November 2014

E-Car Club launched the service in partnership with Watford Borough Council to increase people’s transport options around the town, aiming to give an alternative, more sustainable way to travel that will help save money and reduce emissions.

West Herts College students return to graduate as the class of 2014

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

Almost 200 students donned cap and gown for the ceremony at the Weston Auditorium at the University of Hertfordshire's de Haviland campus on Friday, November 7.

Family disco to raise money for Watford Hospital Radio to be held

Watford Observer:

1:10pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

The radio station, which is staffed entirely by volunteers, plans to increase coverage to Hemel Hempstead and St Albans in the near future.

Has your commuter train between Watford and Euston been cancelled by engineering work in December?

Watford Observer:

10:40am Tuesday 18th November 2014

A number of London Midland commuter trains have been cancelled in December.

Diwali 2014 Gallery: 'We need more events like this' says town's mayor

Watford Observer:

8:50am Tuesday 18th November 2014

They followed a 2.5 metre illuminated structure of Lord Ganesha, tricycles decorated with illuminated peacocks and a traditional Dhol player on Sunday.

Accident and Emergency at Watford General Hospital 'extremely busy' after weekend

Watford Observer: Plea to stay away from hospital's A&E

4:10pm Monday 17th November 2014

Antony Tiernan, director of communications, said: "Like other A&E departments across the country, we have had a busy weekend, with our doctors, nurses and other staff seeing 449 patients over the two days - that’s one every six minutes.

Who started bin, skip and fence fires in Watford? Police are hunting for arsonist

Watford Observer: Police up patrols in bid to stop winter burglaries

12:10pm Monday 17th November 2014

Detectives believe two separate arsons on bins in Watford, a fire in a skip and an arson on a fence are linked.

Gallery: Mayor and MP join sixth Watford Interfaith Pilgrimage 2014

Watford Observer:

12:50pm Monday 17th November 2014

The group marched down High Street carrying banners during the tour of the town’s places of worship.

Police called to Watford nightclub after man allegedly assaulted with bottle

Watford Observer:

10:50am Monday 17th November 2014

A 37-year-old man from Wembley was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after a man in his 30s was hit on the head with a bottle at 2.05am in Rehab, Watford High Street.

Watford Grammar School for Girls hosts seventh annual Holocaust Survivors' Conference

Watford Observer:

10:10am Monday 17th November 2014

The all-day event, which featured workshops and talks from the author of The Hunt For The Kommandant Auschwitz, Thomas Harding, was attended by more than 400 sixth-form pupils and members of the public.

Residents split over possible solutions to Cassiobury Park parking problems

Watford Observer:

4:10pm Friday 14th November 2014

Improvement works at the park promise more visitors and more events, but residents of the surrounding triangle area say a proposed extension of parking restrictions is not the answer.

Clinical commissioning group in charge of Watford releases winter health advice

Watford Observer:

5:40pm Sunday 16th November 2014

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has joined the Self-Care Week campaign, running from November 17 to November 23, and is advising people to use their pharmacist more as the cold season starts to bite.

An introductory orienteering event is being held in Watford

Watford Observer:

1:50pm Sunday 16th November 2014

Thames Valley Orienteering Club is organising the event at the Big Wood.

Watford nursery and childminder agency opened by the town's elected mayor

Watford Observer:

2:22pm Friday 14th November 2014

Bright Buttons Childcare, in Bushey Mill Lane, is a nursery and the first one-stop shop for childminders, helping with registration and training in the south of England.

Widow from Three Rivers reunited with late husband’s stolen war medals in Remembrance week

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Thursday 13th November 2014

The medals, which were awarded to the victim’s late husband for his service in the Navy during the Second World War, were stolen from a property in May 2009.

MP Richard Harrington defends comments over lack of volunteers 'scandal'

Watford Observer:

12:50pm Thursday 13th November 2014

During a panel discussion Mr Harrington said it was a "scandal" that he had nothing but three or four people to help him in his campaign to hold his seat in May.

Mecca Bingo: plans to turn King Street building into a shop and 25 flats submitted

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Wednesday 12th November 2014

The bingo hall, which has been in King Street for 28 years, has now closed permanently with most of the building set to be demolished for the new development.

Watford secondary school sends more than 100 gift boxes to children in Togo, West Africa

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Wednesday 12th November 2014

Stanborough Secondary School, in Stanborough Park, also raised £250 towards shipping costs as part of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency appeal.

Watford Market: 'give us a chance' beg traders after lacklustre footfall

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Wednesday 12th November 2014

The stallholders say the move out of Charter Place has been "incredibly positive", but people have been hesitant to give the new-look market a try.

Armistice Day: record numbers attend Watford service

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

The service at Vicarage Road cemetery this morning was attended by more than 60 people in the centennial year of the First World War.

Watford soldier who was killed in Afghanistan honoured in a new book

Watford Observer:

4:40pm Tuesday 11th November 2014

Corporal Christopher Harrison, 26, died in May 2010 in an explosion while leading a patrol alongside the Afghan National Army through hostile territory in Sangin, Helmand Province.

Police appeal after motorist 'dangerously drove' through Watford

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5:41pm Monday 10th November 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses to a motorist who allegedly drove a car through a red light and mounted the pavement "several times" in Watford.

Diwali celebrations to take place in Watford

Watford Observer:

3:35pm Monday 10th November 2014

Diwali celebrations will take place in Watford this weekend as part of the Borough Council’s Big Events series.

Police launch firearms amnesty

Watford Observer: ELM/SC War hero's firearms donated to Scottish museum

11:50am Monday 10th November 2014

Hertfordshire Constabulary launched its firearms amnesty today.

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.

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