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Fraudsters still targeting people in phone scams across Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

In the first two weeks of September, 39 people from around the county were called, with the majority of those targeted being elderly and vulnerable.

Air ambulance called to Leavesden after elderly man collapses

Watford Observer:

4:40pm Friday 19th September 2014

An air ambulance was called in to assist crews at the scene in Forest Road shortly after 3pm.

Two houses burgled in Bushey overnight

Watford Observer:

4:01pm Friday 19th September 2014

One burglary took place in Merry Hill Mount overnight last night.

Lib Dems accuse county council of 'ducking responsibility to provide a service' in recycling centres feud

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

The Highways and Waste Management Cabinet Panel backed dramatic reductions to the opening hours of sites, including Garston's Waterdale site, Rickmansworth and Elstree - including having all the sites shut two days a week.

Watford car dealer stole more than £23,000 in benefit fraud scam

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Friday 19th September 2014

A Watford car trader has been convicted of stealing more than £23,000 in a benefit fraud scam lasting four years.

Watford MP, Richard Harrington, pulls a pint at pub reopening

Watford Observer:

3:30pm Friday 19th September 2014

Watford's Golden Lion pub has re-opened its doors following a £200,000 investment.

Contentious plans to build 56 new homes on cramped Boundary Way estate approved by Three Rivers

Watford Observer:

12:04pm Friday 19th September 2014

Three Rivers District Council planning committee gave the final go ahead for the Watford Community Housing Trust proposals last night, feeling the need for more social housing in Garston and Abbots Langley outweighed fears the new estate would be too dense.

Further controversial parking restrictions suggested for Watford Business Park

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

Hertfordshire County Council has proposed "no waiting at any time" in parts of Greenhill Crescent and Caxton Way.

Firefighters called to lift blaze at intu Watford this moring

Watford Observer:

9:48am Friday 19th September 2014

Emergency services were alerted at 7.28am to a blaze in the lift motor room at the shopping centre.

Plans to close recycling centre rubbished by county council committee

Watford Observer:

4:57pm Thursday 18th September 2014

The Highways and Waste Management Cabinet Panel decided to recommend dramatic reductions to the opening hours of recycling sites in the county, including Watford’s Waterdale site, Rickmansworth and Elstree.

Five more men arrested on suspicion of violent disorder following Watford FC vs Bolton Wanderers fights

Watford Observer:

1:50pm Thursday 18th September 2014

The main fight occurred at approximately 2.45pm in Market Street and involved up to 30 people. No one was reported to have injuries.

Power station seeks planning permission to develop on Green Belt land in north Bushey

Watford Observer:

1:27pm Thursday 18th September 2014

UK Power Reserve Limited submitted an application to Hertsmere Council to build on land adjacent to its existing pumping station in Berry Grove Lane.

Six-year-old aspiring Bushey Heath paralympian meets Prince Harry at the Invictus Games

Watford Observer:

12:02pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Bushey Heath schoolboy Rio Woolf was born without a tibia, knee or ankle joint because of rare condition tibial aplasia and had his leg amputated at 14 months.

Lib Dem parliamentary candidates to go head-to-head in hustings debate on Friday

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

The candidates will state their cases before members of the party who will then vote on who to put forward for the General Election in May next year.

Plans to build more than 50 new homes on cramped Boundary Way estate recommended for approval by Three Rivers

Watford Observer:

8:40am Thursday 18th September 2014

The planning committee are finally due to make a decision on the plans submitted by Watford Community Housing Trust on Thursday night.

Desperate owner of lost kitten fears she might have been taken mailiciously

Watford Observer:

9:35am Monday 15th September 2014

Natalie Foley, of Maxwell Rise, said one-year-old Lambo hasn't been seen since Sunday, August 24, while the family was away on holiday.

Watford housing staff raise top amount in Harefield Hospital Fun Run

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Sunday 14th September 2014

Trusty Troops, from Watford Community Housing Trust, raised £1,895 when they took part in the Harefield Fun Run in 2013 - the highest amount of any team taking part in last year’s event.

Watford pupils to take part in photography exhibition in aid of Hope for Children

Watford Observer:

9:00am Sunday 14th September 2014

Parmiter's School A-Level students will display their work to be judged by photography experts and VIPs, including the former head of photography at the Tate Gallery, David Clarke, and the deputy mayor of Dacorum, Gbola Adeleke.

Watford gym supports Peace Hospice Care's Push It For The Peace

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

The Gym Watford, which is set to open in the Imperial Industrial Park, is sponsoring the five-mile obstacle run being held in Cassiobury Park on September 20.

Boundary Commission confuses West Watford with north Watford while drawing up new wards

Watford Observer:

5:11pm Friday 12th September 2014

The commission has proposed Callowland Leggatts be named West Watford instead and Holywell Vicarage be changed to north Watford in it's new report.

Hospital trust chief shortlisted in health awards

Watford Observer:

4:10pm Friday 12th September 2014

Samantha Jones, who was appointed in February 2013, is one of 11 chiefs vying for the title in the Health Service Journal awards.

Free events to be held across Watford as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme

Watford Observer:

2:53pm Friday 12th September 2014

Heritage Open Days, which runs until Sunday, September 14, aims to celebrate architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Lib Dems back campaign to abolish school admissions tests

Watford Observer:

3:40pm Friday 12th September 2014

Mark Watkin, who is also a Liberal Democrat councillor for Nascott in Watford, said he opposes the admissions tests the seven schools in the consortium use as part of their application process.

Soaps, sanitizers and gloves needed to combat spread of ebola

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

The community has great concern for Gambia citizens and are doing their best to provide people there with soaps, sanitizers and gloves as a means of preventive measures.

Farewell to Scotland? dance to be held later this month

Watford Observer:

11:40am Friday 12th September 2014

The Watford Scottish Society will hold the dance from 7.30pm to 11pm at Dame Fuller Hall, The Watford Grammar School for Girls, Lady's Close, Watford.

Firefighters release woman's hand from letterbox in South Oxhey

Watford Observer:

10:40am Friday 12th September 2014

Rickmansworth Fire was called at 2.44pm to Gleneagles Close following reports the woman was trapped at her home.

Watford cat charity struggling to cope with volume of animals needing care

Watford Observer:

10:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Catherine Jarvis, spokesman for Cats Protection, said: "The huge number of unwanted cats in the UK puts intense pressure on animal welfare organisations such as Cats Protection and the charity’s national network has its hands full looking after between 5,000 and 6,000 cats at any one time.

Residents invited to join discussion on urgent care services across south west Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

4:37pm Thursday 11th September 2014

The event will be held on Thursday, September 18, from 9.30am at The Metropolitan Police Sports Club, Aldenham Road, Bushey.

Watford café raises £1,300 for ebola victims in Sierra Leone

Watford Observer:

9:30am Friday 12th September 2014

Wellspring Church, who support a school and community home for the blind in the suburbs of the capital, Freetown, were able to release over £1,300 in response to the desperate needs arising from the ebola outbreak.

Family-of-four forced to leave home after 'disorganised' housing association botched repairs to damp house

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

A family-of-four has been forced to spend the last four months in temporary accommodation after a Watford housing association botched repairs that should only have taken six weeks.

Hundreds call for an end to school admissions tests in south west Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Hundreds of people have signed a petition to abolish the South West Herts Admissions Consortium in a bid to stop admissions tests and keep local schools for local children.

Watford banker, Victoria Zielonko, walks Hadrian's Wall for Teenage Cancer Trust

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Victoria Zielonko, regional manager for Leeds Building Society in Watford, will walk 84 miles from Wallsend to Bowness over three days with 13 other colleagues from the building society.

Watford fraternity opens its doors to the public for first time in 120 years

Watford Observer:

2:54pm Thursday 11th September 2014

The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, Watford Lodge, opened its doors to the public for the first time in 120 years.

Funday to be held on the Meriden estate this weekend

Watford Observer:

1:58pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Children’s rides, refreshments and a variety of stalls will be set up at an "I love The Meriden" funday being held on Saturday from noon until 3pm.

Watford Big Events and Imagine Festival cost the taxpayer £220,000

Watford Observer:

12:30pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Watford Borough Council stumped up £180,000 for the Big Events series and £40,000 for the festival. But critics said the money could have been spent in better ways for the people of Watford.

Hundreds turn up to Friends of Fishers Field picnic in Bushey

Watford Observer:

9:30am Thursday 11th September 2014

More than 300 people turned out for the annual event, which was organised by Friends of Fishers Field, the Countryside Management Service and Hertsmere Borough Council.

Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers AGM to be held later this month

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Newly appointed Home-Start UK National CEO Rob Parkinson will be delivering a keynote speech on his five year plan for the future of the family support charity.

John Lewis donates more than £1,500 to Peace Hospice Care

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

The cheque was presented to Peace Hospice Care by Sue Henderson, section manager catering, whose relative had stayed at the hospice.

Accident 'hotspot' jeopardises children's safety, warn Bushey residents

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Karen George said the "poor state of repair" - including a road sign hidden behind an overgrown tree - in Little Bushey Lane, at the junction with Chiltern Avenue, poses a danger to school children.

Man arrested on suspicion of vehicle interference and cannabis possession

Watford Observer:

11:40am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Police attended Vicarage Road in the early hours of this morning after a man was seen trying door handles on parked cars.

Teenager arrested and released with no further action following alleged sexual assault in Oceana

Watford Observer:

11:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

The incident was alleged to have occurred on a staircase leading out of Oceana at around 1.30am on Tuesday, August 5.

South Oxhey breast cancer survivor to strut down London catwalk in charity fashion show

Watford Observer:

10:20am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Jill Padayachee, 45, will be walking the catwalk for Breast Cancer Care at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Wednesday, October 1.

Intu Watford to hold food festival for charity this weekend

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Intu Watford Shopping Centre is holding a food festival on Saturday and Sunday with a stall collecting for Watford Foodbank.

Amputee who lost his leg while serving in the Royal Engineers swims the Channel

Watford Observer:

4:30pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Jamie Gillespie, 39, was serving as a sapper when he was involved in a road traffic accident and lost his left leg below the knee in 1994.

DNA evidence links Jack the Ripper to man who died in Leavesden mental hospital

Watford Observer:

1:18pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Leavesden asylum patient Aaron Kosminski had been the prime suspect in the shocking Whitechapel murders, which saw the gruesome mutilation of five prostitutes in the East End of London during the autumn of 1888.

Officers called to intu Watford after suspicion is aroused over abandoned bag

Watford Observer:

12:20pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Emergency services attended at around 10.30am after concerned staff raised the alarm.

Four-year-old alerts firefighters to frying pan alight in kitchen

Watford Observer:

11:20am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Call handlers heard a fire alarm in the background as they questioned the child shortly after 5pm yesterday.

Two Watford companies commended at the Central Eastern National Apprenticeship Awards 2014

Watford Observer:

9:35am Tuesday 9th September 2014

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their eleventh year, is run by the National Apprenticeship Service to recognise excellence in two areas, namely businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

Dementia activity co-ordinator at Watford General Hospital presented with award

Watford Observer:

5:04pm Monday 8th September 2014

Jeremy Ruppersburg's job involves using specialist techniques to help patients with dementia keep active and independent, including supporting them to maintain pre-existing hobbies and other leisure activities.

Hundreds oppose plans to reduce the opening times of recycling centres serving south west Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

4:30pm Monday 8th September 2014

Currently, 673 people signed the online petition to stop plans by Hertfordshire County Council to close the Elstree site and to shut the Rickmansworth and Waterdale two days a week and close at 4pm on the remaining days.

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