Weather warning as remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo expected to hit Herts

Watford Observer:

5:13pm Monday 20th October 2014

West Hertfordshire could be hit by gale force winds and heavy rain as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo are expected to hit the UK tonight.

Delays on trains after woman threatens to self-harm on line

Watford Observer: New trains and more services promised as Government awards rail services to new operator

4:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

Rail commuters travelling between St Albans and London St Pancras experienced delays after a woman threatened to harm herself on the line this morning.

Watford building society raises £725 for charity

Watford Observer: Sale branch of Leeds Building Society raises £700 for Age UK

3:40pm Monday 20th October 2014

Staff at the Watford branch of Leeds Building Society have helped raise £725 for the Jeans for Genes charity.

Man in 'serious condition' after two car collision in Oxhey

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3:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

A man has been taken to hospital after a collision in Oxhey in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Banksy 'Watford arrest' a hoax

Watford Observer: Banksy's No Ball Games

2:20pm Monday 20th October 2014

An American website claimed the elusive street artist had been arrested in Watford and unmasked by the Metropolitan Police.

Coca-Cola memorabilia collectors descend on Bushey

Watford Observer:

1:40pm Monday 20th October 2014

Collectors of Coca-Cola memorabilia from all corners of the globe descended on Bushey earlier this month.

Cash stolen from pensioner's purse during distraction burglary

Watford Observer: Police have arrested two men following the death of a 25-year-old woman

12:50pm Monday 20th October 2014

Fraudsters posing as council contractors stole cash from an elderly woman after tricking her into allowing them in to her home.

Pair convicted of stealing more than £1k of alcohol from Watford nightclub

Watford Observer: Watford Oceana.

12:10pm Monday 20th October 2014

Two men broke into Oceana Nightclub in Watford and stole more than £1,000 worth of alcohol.

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.

Scheme to encourage considerate parking launched in Abbots Langley

Watford Observer:

10:50am Monday 20th October 2014

A scheme to encourage considerate parking has been launched in Abbots Langley after fears were raised by concerned residents.

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.

Watford Hospital staff take part in play week initiative

Watford Observer:

9:21am Monday 20th October 2014

Young patients, doctors, nurses and staff on the children’s ward at Watford Hospital demonstrated how play is good for your health during National Play in Hospital Week which ran from Monday, October 6.

Bushey artist wins top prize in art contest

Watford Observer:

8:40am Monday 20th October 2014

An artist from Bushey won first prize for his master piece at a prestigious art exhibition.

October 20, 1972

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

6:20am Monday 20th October 2014

1972 and Watford's Mayor is, uh, you know, old wotsisname.

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.

School's 'silly bake sale' raises £300

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Sunday 19th October 2014

Nearly £300 has been raised by Divine Saviour Primary School after they held a silly bake sale to tackle the serious issue of an unjust global food system.

October 19, 1956

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

4:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

1956 and sometimes bad language is just too bad to be read out loud

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.

Police urge caution after attempt to trick elderly residents in phone scam

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12:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

Police believe two attempted phone scams are linked after elderly people in Carpenders Park and South Oxhey were asked to give over their bank details over the phone on Monday morning.

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.

Giant rare caterpillars now found in Radlett

Watford Observer:

8:00am Sunday 19th October 2014

Two giant and rare caterpillars have been found in the garden of a Radlett family's home.

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.

Film highlighting dangers of 'silent killer' launched by Katie Haines' family

Watford Observer: Katie Haines

2:20pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A FILM to highlight the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning has been produced by the father of an ex-Watford Observer reporter who died while having a bath.

Champagne, jewellery and electrical goods stolen in North Watford burglaries

Watford Observer: Police have arrested two men following the death of a 25-year-old woman

12:10pm Saturday 18th October 2014

Bottles of champagne, jewellery and electrical goods were stolen during a spate of burglaries in North Watford this week.

WWI memorial concert to be held in Croxley Green

Watford Observer: Poppy on black background (8861656)

10:50am Saturday 18th October 2014

A folk music concert will be held in Croxley Green next month to commemorate World War One.

West Hyde church to hold Autumn fayre today

Watford Observer:

9:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

St Thomas Church, Old Uxbridge Road, will be holding its autumn fayre at the Community Centre in Hornhill Road, Maple Cross.

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.

October 18, 1974

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

 1974 and Labour romp to victory in Watford at the General Election

Contentious Carpenders Park 'fish & chip shop' plan approved

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

Controversial plans to open a fourth take-away in a Carpenders Park shopping parade have been given the green light by a council.

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.

Jewellery stolen in North Watford burglary

Watford Observer: Police have arrested two men following the death of a 25-year-old woman

3:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

Jewellery was stolen during a burglary at a North Watford house last night.

Charity Christmas event to be held in Kings Langley

Watford Observer:

2:20pm Friday 17th October 2014

A special Christmas event raising money for charities will be held at a Kings Langley church next month.

Bushey mum takes on Candy Crush with iPhone app

Watford Observer:

1:30pm Friday 17th October 2014

A mother-of-two has ditched teaching English to creating an interactive app for the iPhone.

South west Herts MP calling for direct tube link between Watford and Amersham

Watford Observer:

12:40pm Friday 17th October 2014

The Government minister claims that if a direct link was installed between the Amersham Branch of the Metropolitan Line and Watford, travel times between Croxley and Rickmansworth would be as low as three minutes.

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.

Tools stolen during spate of van break-ins in Abbots Langley

Watford Observer:

11:30am Friday 17th October 2014

A power drill and a radio were stolen from a Ford Transit in Hazelwood Lane, a jigsaw, nail gun and hammer drill were also stolen from a Transit in The Fairway and various power tools were stolen from a van in Deans Close.

Students from West Herts College take part in digital career initiative

Watford Observer:

10:30am Friday 17th October 2014

Schools and colleges up and down the country had the opportunity to partner a digital agency for the day, offering their students the chance to work to live briefs and find out more about the rapidly growing industry.

Contactum takes up new office and warehouse space in Croxley Green Business Park

Watford Observer:

9:30am Friday 17th October 2014

Contactum, which supplies a range of electrical wiring accessories and circuit protection equipment to companies all over the world, employs more than 100.

Meeting about the Harperbury Free School has been cancelled

Watford Observer:

8:30am Friday 17th October 2014

Harperbury Free School was due to open last month at the former Harperbury Hospital Site, in Harpers Lane, Radlett, but it was delayed after it failed to secure the site in time.

October 17, 2001

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Friday 17th October 2014

2001, and a new Millennium springboards a campaign to secure the future of St Albans Abbey

Shahana Uddin: eight people arrested in connection with Watford woman's death released on bail

Watford Observer:

12:22pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Officers arrested a 24-year-old woman on suspicion of murder yesterday - the eighth arrest in the murder investigation.

Major changes to be made to social housing register in Watford

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Thursday 16th October 2014

All 4,800 people on the housing register will be asked to reapply under Watford Borough Council’s revised Housing Nomination Policy, agreed by Cabinet on Monday.

Owners of Maple Cross farm told to 'quit farming' on land earmarked for a new school

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Thursday 16th October 2014

The Reach Free School, currently based in the Wolsey Business Park in Rickmansworth, has announced it will be based on a 48-acre site near Woodoaks Farm.

Buses between South Oxhey and Watford were axed because not enough people were using them

Watford Observer:

4:50pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Arriva has faced criticism after they axed the popular 503 service, which ran from Watford to Hemel Hempstead, at the end of August.

Apprentice blog: what did we learn about Aldenham's Ella Jade Bitton (aside from her 80 sheep)?

Watford Observer:

4:36pm Thursday 16th October 2014

We didn't learn a huge amount about Bitton in the first episode, well other than the fact that she has 100 animals, with "probably around 80 per cent sheep". And her moto is: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams".

Cassiobury Park is the fourth best open space in the country, according to a national survey

Watford Observer:

4:10pm Thursday 16th October 2014

The West Watford park slipped one place in the People’s Choice Vote, a nationwide competition run by Green Flag Award selectors Keep Britain Tidy.

Two men jailed for manslaughter following death of shopkeeper after attack in Watford Costco car park

Watford Observer:

3:57pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Cousins Patrick O’Driscoll and James O’Driscoll were jailed at Southwark Crown Court today after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Prasanna "Nick" Arulchelvam.

Pupils from Three Rivers enjoy expert coaching at London 2012 legacy venue

Watford Observer:

3:10pm Thursday 16th October 2014

The four day event began on Monday at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and gave youngsters the chance to take part in tennis and hockey tournaments for free.

Athletes compete at disability games

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Thursday 16th October 2014

The Elstree & Borehamwood and Radlett Rotary Clubs helped organise this year’s disability games, at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

Plans to move Radlett Post Office and extend opening hours

Watford Observer:

2:10pm Thursday 16th October 2014

The relocation would mean the post-office will have significantly longer opening hours. It would be open Monday to Saturday, 7am to 11pm and Sundays, 7am to 10pm.

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