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HMP The Mount in Bovingdon: 'There is a potential crisis waiting to happen' says senior councillor

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Personnel resources have already been described as "stretched to a limit" in a report in March.

Police storm property in north Watford

Watford Observer:

4:28pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Metropolitan Police officers from the London Regional Asset Recovery Team (LRART) searched the address in Cecil Street at 6am.

Two cars crash in busy north Watford road this afternoon

Watford Observer:

3:55pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

North Western Avenue was blocked after a silver Ford Focus and black Audi A3 crashed near the Shell petrol station.

Students from three schools in south west Hertfordshire set to have their taste buds tantalised by celebrity chef

Watford Observer:

3:20pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

The "Great British Menu" judge Phil Howard, proprietor of The Square restaurant in Mayfair, is teaming with school catering firm Cucina Restaurants to produce a special British Classics school food range for British Food Fortnight.

Traffic signals in central Watford this week while Affinity Water carries out work

Watford Observer:

2:57pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Three-way traffic lights will be positioned in Upton Road from today until Thursday, between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Motorists warned of delays in Rickmansworth this week

Watford Observer:

1:50pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Multi-way signals will be in place in Uxbridge Road at the junction with Springwell Lane while BT engineers carry out work.

Police believe taxi driver may have information about intu Watford jewellery raid and car fires

Watford Observer:

1:10pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Operation Chesterfield detectives wish to trace the driver of a black and white taxi believed to have been in the area at around 2.40am on August 29.

Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Roman centurion invades Watford Colosseum

Watford Observer:

12:57pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

The cast member from the popular children's book series accompanied a history lesson from the museum detailing some of the more unsavoury aspects of Watford's colourful past.

Watford Royal Mail delivery office to open on Sundays

Watford Observer:

12:23pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

The Caxton Way office will be open between noon and 4pm from Sunday in an initiative designed to make it easier for online shoppers not at home during weekdays to collect their parcels.

'Bring back our missing crutches' says hospital trust

Watford Observer:

11:50am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

People who have been loaned walking aids are being urged to return them as soon as possible as part of an equipment amnesty across the trust's three sites in Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

Thousands of people to run around Harefield Hospital during annual fun run this weekend

Watford Observer:

11:24am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Former light heavyweight boxer, John Conteh, will be launching the runs, of which there are three distances.

Holly's pictures of the week: Ducks, Lionel the dog, Dylan's Mensa invite and the NAWT fun day

Watford Observer:

10:40am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Our staff photographer Holly Cant picks her favourite images of the week...

Police searching for missing 43-year-old man with German accent from Abbots Langley

Watford Observer:

10:20am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Hertfordshire Constabulary said that Marc Homman was last seen in Spur Close, Abbots Langley, on Monday, August 11.

Scuba divers to honour the memory of 250 men who lost their lives aboard HMS Pathfinder

Watford Observer:

10:10am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Divers will remember 250 men who lost their lives aboard the light cruiser, HMS Pathfinder, by laying a wreath and flying the Union flag on the wreck which is located off St Abbs Head in Scotland.

Bovingdon Horticultural Society to hold autumn show

Watford Observer:

9:50am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Bovingdon Horticultural Society is hosting its autumn show, which is set to feature floral art, Dahlias and Fuchsias at Memorial Hall, High Street on Saturday afternoon.

Did you witness assault of two women during the early hours of Saturday morning?

Watford Observer:

9:10am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Hertfordshire Constabulary was called at 2.25am on Saturday, August 30 following reports of an assault in Rickmansworth Road.

New low-carbon buses for Watford and St Albans

Watford Observer:

8:40am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Arriva invested the money in a fleet of ten brand-new single-deck buses - which took to the road on Saturday.

September 2, 1966

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

1966, and a Bushey teenager attempts to break his own world record

Gallery: Herts Pride 2014

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Monday 1st September 2014

More than 20 acts appeared on various stages throughout Saturday for Herts Pride, which is now in its second year.

Every dog has its day at the National Animal Welfare Trust's annual event

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

Golden oldies, pretty pooches and miniature mutts all had their day as crowds gathered at a Watford animal charity’s open day at the weekend.

Roadworks to continue causing 'chaos' in Kings Langley

Watford Observer:

4:50pm Monday 1st September 2014

Construction on a new roundabout in Lower Road, Nash Mills, is expected to continue until Friday after being scheduled to finish yesterday.

Fun Day held in Langleybury Cricket Club in memory of Carl Hutchins

Watford Observer:

4:30pm Monday 1st September 2014

The event was organised by Carl’s mother, Marion Featherstone and villagers had the chance to enjoy a barbecue, bouncy castles and a whole range of other fun filled activities, including sumo suits, at Langleybury Cricket Club.

Police search for fraudster who conned woman into handing over her bank cards

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Monday 1st September 2014

The victim, who lives in Trinity Hall Close, gave her card details out after what Hertfordshire Constabulary described as an "elaborate con" between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday, July 16.

Chipperfield Horticultural Society to host annual flower show

Watford Observer:

3:10pm Monday 1st September 2014

Floral art, photography and handicrafts will all be on show at a horticultural society’s autumn show later this month.

Volunteers needed to help with Abbots Langley Tough Ten

Watford Observer:

2:30pm Monday 1st September 2014

Runners will be taking to the streets on Sunday, October 5, and the organising committee are looking for volunteers to marshal the race.

Diners and staff evacuated from Bushey Heath restaurant fire

Watford Observer:

2:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

Firefighters were called to New China, in High Road, at 3.40pm following reports that a serious fire had begun in the kitchen.

Firefighters tackle lorry blaze on M25 clockwise at junction 17

Watford Observer:

1:16pm Monday 1st September 2014

Three fire crews were called at 12.18pm after a refuse lorry reported smoke coming out the back of the vehicle on the entry slip road at junction 17 (Maple Cross) on the clockwise M25.

People suffering from strokes are waiting longer to be treated in a specialist unit, according to official figures

Watford Observer:

12:50pm Monday 1st September 2014

NHS guidelines state that 90 per cent of patients with a suspected stroke must be sent to a specialist stroke unit within four hours of being admitted to hospital.

Bronze statues worth hundreds of pounds have been stolen from an art gallery in Kings Langley

Watford Observer:

12:10pm Monday 1st September 2014

Eight bronze "Frogman" statues were stolen from Montague’s Gallery in Kings Langley High Street on Friday, August 22.

Bushey corporal from World War One remembered in commemoration project

Watford Observer:

11:50am Monday 1st September 2014

Corporal Alfred Waldron, a landscape gardener of 119 School Lane, Bushey, was killed in action in France in October 1918.

Refurbished Golden Lion set to open this week

Watford Observer:

11:10am Monday 1st September 2014

The pub, formerly Druids, was closed for four weeks while the work was carried out. It was last called the Golden lion more than 20 years ago.

Watford Mencap shortlisted for a donation from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014

Watford Observer:

10:50am Monday 1st September 2014

Watford Mencap has a chance to be awarded a grant of up to £3,000 from Lloyds Bank to enable it to continue its work.

Firefighters called to early morning car fire in West Watford

Watford Observer:

10:10am Monday 1st September 2014

A crew from Watford attended the blaze after receiving reports the car was on fire in Chester Road at 12.23am.

Youngsters at Watford Town Cricket Club bowled over by sponsorship deal

Watford Observer:

9:50am Monday 1st September 2014

Gulfraz Riaz, the club’s cricket development manager, said the support of Claytons will play an important part in the success and future development of the club and is something that is greatly appreciated.

September 1, 1934

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Monday 1st September 2014

1934, and a parrot runs rings round the emergency services

Watford confirm Sannino has resigned

Watford Observer: Picture: Action Images

8:12pm Sunday 31st August 2014

Watford have confirmed Beppe Sannino has resigned as head coach and released a statement with comments from the Italian, which can be read here.

Sannino has resigned as Watford's head coach

Watford Observer: Picture: Dave Peters

7:49pm Sunday 31st August 2014

Beppe Sannino has resigned as the Hornets’ head coach, the Watford Observer understands.

Three Rivers chairman to tackle the Moor Park 10k for tenth time

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014

The Moor Park 10k attracts hundreds of fundraisers each year, but one runner will be pushing himself for charity for the tenth time next month.

Teenagers hold fashion show to raise money for Peace Hospice Care

Watford Observer:

2:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014

They were taking part in the government youth scheme, National Citizen Service (NCS), and put on a festival-themed fashion show to raise money and awareness for the hospice.

Watford Borough Council chairman enjoys Mums in Action Funday

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014

The chairman of Watford Borough Council, George Derbyshire proved he was game for a laugh when he kicked off his shoes and climbed on board the bouncy castle at the Mums in Action Funday, held at Stanborough Park last Sunday.

West Watford play group needs to improve, says Ofsted

Watford Observer:

9:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

Precious Play Days, in Durban Road East, has maintained its grading of three for ‘requires improvement’ after the inspection by the education watchdog in June.

Commercial Feature: Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan

Watford Observer: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

7:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

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August 31, 2001

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

2001, and the aliens are about again

Watford business raises £200,000 for children and young people with cancer

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

PartyLite, a home party business, has been raising funds for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent for 10 years.

Villagers in Abbots Langley asked to give views 'Neighbourhood Area' plan

Watford Observer:

2:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Abbots Langley Parish Council have submitted an application to become a Neighbourhood Area, which means the parish council would be able to draw up plans for how the land would be used and developed within the area.

Arriva bus service times changing from next week

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Bus routes and time schedules will be altered from Sunday onwards, particularly affecting Watford and South Oxhey.

Pet owners can have their dogs micro chipped for free in Radlett

Watford Observer:

9:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

The free micro chipping event, organised by the Dogs Trust, will be held on Wednesday, September 17 between 11am and 3pm.

August 30, 1991

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

1991, and it's time to rid The Parade of its "ghost town" image

A look behind the bars of Northwood military base

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Friday 29th August 2014

Behind the barbed wire of a vast military base in Northwood, a technological battle is being waged against terrorists and pirates as far away as Africa and the Mediterranean.

Abbots Langley father raises more than £1,000 for a cancer charity

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

Malcolm Horne, 42, held a barbecue at his Gable Close home last Saturday to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

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