Review of 2013: January

Neighbours of Comet House in Rickmansworth suffering with sore heads after the Christmas and New Year festivities had to endure an alarm going off for five days.

Residents near the deserted head office reported the fault to Three Rivers District Council but nothing happened until a key-holder was tracked down.

One resident took to Twitter to voice their annoyance, saying: “Lucky it’s winter, had this been in the summer, with the windows open, it would have been completely intolerable.”

Father John Stevenson from St John’s Church decided to “share the love” by helping an elderly resident who was unable to look after her seven-month old Yorkshire terrier.

Watford Observer:

He said: “Lulu [the dog] is just a darling and is so full of life. She is flamboyant and has a flair.”

Watford firefighters found themselves in the national media spotlight after launching a full-scale rescue mission in the town’s pond.

Watford Observer:

A stricken squirrel had found itself stuck on a grassy island and had to rescued using a ladder.

When Anthony Abadjian noticed a slight dip in his garden he dug up the turf to investigate and discovered a Second World War bomb shelter.

Watford Observer:

He said: “It is absolutely not what I expected to find under there.”

Watford made the small screen in a new E4 comedy series. Unfortunately it was not the stunning Cassiobury Park, or Victorian architecture on St Albans Road, which was featured, but the outside of Charter Place – chosen because it looked like 1990s Lincoln.

A cold snap turned into a cold scrap when police were called to a large group of men who were punching each other.

No-one was arrested and the men explained the fight started after “messing around in the snow got out of hand”.

Watford Observer:

Mr Motivator showed Watford shoppers that he still had it, by demonstrating his “Quaker Two Minute Mover exercises”. Everybody say huh!

We celebrated 150 years of delivering Watford’s news first. High five?

After about three days of telephone calls, the rumour of actor Channing Tatum visiting Watford was finally put to bed. He was in town, but didn’t visit Nandos or Chimichangas as suggested by people on Twitter. Instead he went to The Grove Hotel and had a sauna.

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