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Watford Junction car park tunnel to become a no-go area for parked cars

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Watford Mayor and Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Dorothy Thornhill and London Midland have agreed to turn the service road through the tunnel into Watford's first red route.

No traffic signals on St Albans Road

Watford Observer:

4:50pm Friday 31st October 2014

There are currently no traffic signals on the A412 St Albans Road junction with Station Road, Watford.

Teachers and students at Kings Langley School 'increasingly excited' by plans to rebuild school

Watford Observer: Kings Langley School redevelopment 'progressing very well'

4:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

The rebuild, which includes two full size football pitches, three tennis and netball courts, an under-14s football pitch and five cricket strips, is proposed to start in February next year. Building is expected to be finished in July 2016.

Celebrity chef launches New Watford Market

Watford Observer:

3:56pm Friday 31st October 2014

In a series of short cooking demonstrations, Rosemary showed Watford a number of cooking techniques from how to cook an even, crispy duck breast to how to chiffonade a cabbage. Even Watford's elected mayor tried her hand at one of Rosemary's famous recipes.

Residents in Bushey have doorbells ripped apart

Watford Observer:

3:01pm Friday 31st October 2014

It is believed the incident happened yesterday evening between 7:30pm and 8:30pm.

Andrew Kirkman 'needed help, not antidepressants' insists mum as she calls for urgent case review

Watford Observer: Andrew Kirkman: former Rickmansworth School pupil killed by lethal fumes, inquest hears

2:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A Serious Case Review is being launched into the death of former Rickmansworth School pupil Andrew Kirkman whose body was found in a tent filled with toxic fumes on an Oxford common on Sunday, December 8.

Comment: Life lessons from naughty Mr Norton

Watford Observer: TV presenter Graham Norton receiving his award

12:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Seeing Graham Norton live at the Watford Colosseum on Monday reminded me of what the veteran actor Michael Caine once said about the secret of his long and happy marriage to his wife Shakira being, quite simply, separate bathrooms.

Farm Terrace allotments: holders 'thrilled and vindicated' by decision to quash Eric Pickle's decision

Watford Observer:

11:30am Friday 31st October 2014

The judicial review challenging Eric Pickles's decision making progress when he allowed Watford Borough Council to use the site for the mooted Watford Health Campus was heard almost three months ago.

Family-run cafe in Watford takes Halloween decorations to a whole new level

Watford Observer:

11:03am Friday 31st October 2014

The Cafe on the Corner in Queens Road, Watford, have not only decorated their cafe, but they are putting worms in jelly, flies on sandwiches and eyeballs on forks. All fake of course.

Hertsmere Borough Council increases maximum loan available to first time property buyers

Watford Observer:

10:00am Friday 31st October 2014

The scheme, which was launched in 2012, is for first time buyers who can afford the mortagage repayments and have five per cent deposit.

'I always enjoyed Halloween more than the other kids' says woman who turns home into ghostly house of horrors

Watford Observer:

9:00am Friday 31st October 2014

Ms Stratford, 23, said this year she is particularly proud of her garden, which she has turned into a graveyard with 37 tombstones.

October 31, 1931

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Friday 31st October 2014

1931 and electric light envy strikes in Markyate

Ballot: Do you think Watford's Mayor 'abused her position' to boost parliamentary campaign?

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Thursday 30th October 2014

The Watford Labour Party has criticised Dorothy Thornhill for sending out her weekly mayoral newsletter with a link to her personal political website, which details her manifesto and ongoing activities.

Apprentice Blog week four: Ella steps into the project manager spotlight

Watford Observer:

5:18pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Lord Sugar nominated Ms Bitton to be project manager of the task this week, which involved creating, uploading and sharing video online and hope that it goes viral.

Thieves steal expensive mower from children's farm charity in Kings Langley

Watford Observer:

4:55pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Between the hours of 8.30pm on Tuesday evening and 8.00am Wednesday morning, thieves gained access to the Langlebury farm's barn by breaking through a lock by means unknown.

Paw and order: meet the pet detective with a nose for clues

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Thursday 30th October 2014

He may look like an adorable puppy but this nine-week-old dog is Hertfordshire police's newest weapon in the fight against illegal drugs.

Sensory planters in Abbots Langley given a spruce-up

Watford Observer:

3:10pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Councillor Whately-Smith and volunteers, young and old, worked together on Sunday afternoon, to dig and plant herbs, flowers and bulbs so the garden in the park can be enjoyed by all who visit.

Man arrested in Abbots Langley pub

Watford Observer:

2:43pm Thursday 30th October 2014

The man was arrested on suspicion of breaching license conditions imposed on him at The Swan, College Road.

Anger at removal of 'eyesore' fence around tennis courts used by dog walkers and childminders

Watford Observer:

1:10pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Councillorr Mo Mills and Susan Denny said the gated old tennis courts in Cassiobury Park provided the perfect area for owners of rescue dogs and childminders to prevent pets and children from running off.

Watford MP defeated in a tense penalty shoot-out at school pitch opening ceremony

Watford Observer:

12:35pm Thursday 30th October 2014

The Watford MP officially opened the Big Lottery-funded sports facility at Coates Way School but it was headteacher Steven Wells who took the glory on the pitch, to the delight of his pupils.

Man who died after becoming trapped under waste disposal truck in Watford has been named

Watford Observer:

12:26pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Mr Coleman, from Dunstable in Bedfordshire, died in hospital hours after becoming trapped under the waste disposal truck he was driving during a collection at Woodside Leisure Park on Saturday, October 11.

Talking newspaper praised by Hertsmere Borough Council Mayor Carey Keates during charity AGM

Watford Observer:

11:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

Volunteers and guests gathered at St John’s Church Hall, in Radlett, for the AGM of the Radlett, Elstree, Borehamwood and Shenley Talking Newspaper.

Bovingdon football club to hold fundraising Halloween party this Saturday

Watford Observer:

11:10am Thursday 30th October 2014

From 7.30pm until midnight, there will be a live acoustic gig with Joni and James, and Wrighty DJ'ing will also be providing music for the event.

Grove Infant and Nursery School holds week of art based activities

Watford Observer:

10:50am Thursday 30th October 2014

Parents and pupils saw a huge range of different styles of art, using many different media.

Hertfordshire Society for the Blind to host first Christmas fair this weekend

Watford Observer:

10:10am Thursday 30th October 2014

The event will be held at Bushey Academy, Bushey from 11am to 4pm on Sunday, November 2.

Football fans bask in the glory of the Premier League trophy in Watford

Watford Observer:

9:50am Thursday 30th October 2014

Visitors to Barclays Bank in Watford High Street were able to have their photo taken with the famous trophy at on Wednesday.

Hertfordshire Constabulary offering firearms amnesty for the first time in almost ten years

Watford Observer:

9:47am Thursday 30th October 2014

The force is carrying out the amnesty in support of a national campaign.

October 30, 2001

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

2001 and a music legend marches into town

Watford granddaughter of Nobel Peace Prize nominee seeks support for hospital in Ethiopia

8:08am Wednesday 29th October 2014

Sarah Hamlin, a Watford resident, has set up a fundraising event in collaboration with Hamlin Fistula UK (HFUK), a charity exclusively supporting a hospital in Ethiopia founded by her grandparents in 1974.

Bonfire night is all wrapped up with our guide to the Watford area's firework displays

Watford Observer:

5:40pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Details of 11 events taking place in Watford and beyond to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night

Man jailed for raping a teenage girl in Watford loses appeal against life sentence

Watford Observer: Arshad Arif had previously been imprisoned in 2004 after raping another 17-year-old girl.

5:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Arshad Arif, 30, of Belfast Avenue, Slough, travelled to Watford with the specific intention of finding a vulnerable victim to rape, an appeal judge said.

South Oxhey Initiative: project moves on as eleven developers are cut to five

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Politicians are moving ahead with plans for the South Oxhey Initiative, which will transform the centre of the estate and at Monday’s Extraordinary Policy and Resources Committee, the number of potential developers was cut from 11 to five.

Gang member from Bushey jailed for string of drugs and firearms offences

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Romaine Callender, 22, of Woolmerdine Court, Bushey, was caged for conspiracy to supply class A and class B drugs, and for possessing a prohibited weapon and ammunition.

Man jailed for 27 months for selling cocaine to undercover police officer on six occasions in South Oxhey

Watford Observer:

4:50pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Paul Kelly, 41, sold the policeman a wrap from his home and was filmed dealing the drug in the car park of The Ox pub in Bridlington Road.

Did you lose bag full of Boots products in the intu Centre Watford?

Watford Observer: Have your say and enter to win shopping voucher

2:50pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

The woman said she picked up a bag she believed belonged to her in WHSmiths in the intu Watford centre at about 3.30pm on Tuesday.

Sarratt history society to hold exhibition to commemorate World War One villagers

Watford Observer:

2:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Sarratt Local History Society will be holding the exhibition on Saturday, November 8 at Sarratt Village Hall, The Green.

Who is responsible for 'seriously unsafe and dangerous pathways' in Leavesden?

Watford Observer:

2:15pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Leavesden Councillor Martin Brooks has become incresingly concerned for the welfare of residents who live in the flats in Furtherfield.

Watford centenarian Tessa Lawless: '100 sounds so old and I don't feel it'

Watford Observer:

12:50pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Tessa Lawless celebrated turning 100 on Sunday, October 19, with Irish singer Dave Dawson and Irish dancers, as well as giving her own rendition of Danny Boy and Molly Malone on the microphone.

Towpath resident clocks cyclists speeding past her cottage 'at 20mph'

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Barbara Brockhurst lives between the Hunton Bridge to Kings Langley stretch of the tow path and has encountered a number of issues since the instalment of the new cycle path.

Watford Beer Festival celebrates 20th anniversary next week

Watford Observer:

11:40am Wednesday 29th October 2014

About 80 beers and ten ciders will be on offer at the festival.

Missing teenager Samantha Chikowore has been found

Watford Observer:

11:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

Seventeen year old Samantha Chikowore had been last seen at home address in Hemel Hempstead on Wednesday, September 24. She was found safe late yesterday evening in Luton.

Thousands of pounds worth of damage done to car in Bushey

Watford Observer:

10:50am Wednesday 29th October 2014

The damage is believed to have been done between midday on Saturday and 1.15pm on Sunday.

Man assaulted with bottles stolen from shop during Queens Road's altercation

Watford Observer:

10:04am Wednesday 29th October 2014

The man was getting into his van, which was parked in the road, at around 5.10pm when he was involved in an argument with the occupants of another vehicle that stopped in the road.

October 29, 1937

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

1937 and the dangers of meeting the new vicar

Gallery: More than 10,000 attend Diwali 2014 at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple

Watford Observer:

4:54pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

Visitors enjoyed face painting, henna, traditional dance performances, and the annual grand firework display.

Emergency services called to South Oxhey after collision between teenage cyclist and car

Watford Observer:

4:10pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

Police and paramedics were called just after 2pm today following reports of a collision between a car and a push bike in Gosforth Lane.

Missing teenager Nikita Atkinson found after national search

Watford Observer:

3:57pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

Nikita Atkinson, 17, went missing from her home in Brent. She was last seen on Thursday, October 9 in Salmon Street, Brent.

Trains delayed by lorry crashing into bridge near Watford Junction

Watford Observer:

3:44pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

Network Rail and the British Transport Police attended the scene. The bridge remained intact and no-one was reported with serious injuries.

Have you seen missing teenager Samantha Chikowore?

Watford Observer:

2:43pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

The 17-year-old girl was last seen at her home address in Hemel Hempstead on Wednesday, September 24.

Watford based JD Wetherspoon cleans up at Loo of the Year Awards

Watford Observer:

2:10pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

The company, based at Maple Court on the Reeds estate near Watford Junction, has been awarded a platinum rating for 365 of its pubs and a gold rating for a further 81 outlets, with one pub gaining a sliver rating.


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