• Radlett residents still in the dark

    A development in Radlett which has caused considerable debate among residents was deferred at a Hertsmere Borough Council planning committee meeting tonight. A proposal to demolish a house on the site at 2 Shenley Hill, to make way for 12

  • Bus and push bike collision brings Watford to a standstill

    A bus and push bike collision at Watford Field Road has brought Watford to a standstill this evening. Lower High Street is partially blocked, with traffic forced to queue. Emergency services were called to the scene 20 minutes ago and

  • Extra Police presence in Herne Road

    A marked Police car has been left at the bottom of a Bushey estate since the end of last week. The car, a Vauxhall Corsa, is parked on the grass between Herne Road and Coldharbour Lane. One resident commented: "If I'd parked there my

  • Bollywood comes to Watford

    Free taster sessions to have you dancing like a Bollywood star will take place at Westfield Community Technology College. Instructor Gopi Keilman hosts the session fusing Indian folk dance and Bhangra beats to create a fun dance and fitness

  • Watford Ladies

    In an impressive game Kate Natkiel scored an equally impressive hat trick, bringing her tally to thirteen, in the match against the Charlton LFC Reserve team on Sunday where Leanne Jones made her goal scoring debut. With the quarter finals

  • MP makes new waves in free swimming row

    Watford MP Claire Ward has made new waves in the ongoing free swimming row, this time using government figures to criticise Watford Borough Council. The council, which boasts some of the finest swimming facilities in the region, has so far

  • Spooky times at Watford Museum

    Creepy goings on are in store at Watford Museum when I Can't Believe We're Not Better theatre company take visitors through the town’s murky past. Scary ghouls will be popping up to share their gruesome tales at the High Street venue for

  • Kings Langley flower festival in full bloom this weekend

    A number of bright and beautiful buds are to adorn All Saints Church in Kings Langley this weekend as the church celebrates its annual flower festival. Fantastic floral arrangements based on the theme “All Things Bright and Beautiful” will

  • 'No post backlog' claims Royal Mail in strike row

    The battle for public opinion between postal workers and Royal Mail bosses continued today as both sides made wildly differing claims about the impact of last week’s strikes. Sources inside Watford’s Ascot Road sorting office claim managers

  • Kings Langley Family Festival arms community with new skills

    Adults and children have turned out in force over the October half-term for the ever popular Family Learning Festival. More than 100 adults and children attended the free, two-day event, held at Kings Langley secondary school’s Specialist Art College

  • Woman died of natural causes at Watford General

    A woman who passed away suddenly at Watford General Hospital died of natural causes, a coroner ruled today. Lesley Holt, 52, of Farland Road, Hemel Hempstead, was found unconscious in her bed by her partner at their home. The ambulance

  • Choir offered replacement BNP cash

    The South Oxhey Community Choir, which rejected a £1,000 grant from a British National Party (BNP) councillor earlier in the month, has received at least two replacement cash offers from readers of the Watford Observer. The choir, which

  • City invests in Bushey marathon runner

    A footballer from Bushey is entering an event which will see him running for significantly longer than 90 minutes this Sunday. Ashley Freeman, of Montacute Road, is hoping to raise about £6,000 for the cancer charity Orchid when he runs the

  • Parents banned from council play areas

    Parents have been banned from watching their own children enjoy two council-run adventure play areas because they have not been vetted by police. Mums and dads have been told they will no longer be welcome in two play areas supervised by Watford

  • Police hunt Oxhey flasher

    Police are hunting a flasher who indecently exposed himself to a young woman in the Oxhey area. The man, thought to be in early 20s, allegedly approached the woman in an alleyway off Silk Mill Road on the evening of Thursday, October 22 at

  • Abbots Langley man died from drug dependency

    An Abbots Langley man died from his dependent abuse of drugs a coroner ruled today. Mr Clifford Jones, 45, of Spur Close, was found dead in his home on his sofa by a friend on August 22. Police called to the scene discovered numerous

  • Man attacked on Chicago’s dance floor by gang

    A 56-year-old man’s night out with wife and friends ended at Watford General Hospital with a broken nose after he was attacked by a gang of young men on the dance floor. The man and his 52-year-old wife were on the dance floor of Chicago

  • Hallowe'en fails to cast a spell

    I hate the way that Hallowe’en has become a tacky, tawdry tat-fest. Where once church bells clanged out across the land to ward off evil, the only ringing you hear these days comes from supermarket tills chinging up sales of purple child-sized

  • Council blasts 'refugee camp' farm

    The owner of a Sarratt chicken farm has been criticised by councillors for allegedly turning a picturesque corner of the village into a “refugee camp”. Tim Norris, owner of Mulberry Bush Farm, in Dawes Lane, faced tough criticism at a meeting

  • Get happy-snapping for £10,000

    Amateur photographers in Hertsmere can win £10,000 for photographs of wildlife and people looking after the environment. There are two prize categories in the competition organised by Hertsmere Borough Council: local landscape and wildlife

  • Homeowner wins planning appeal

    A homeowner in Croxley Green has overturned a council decision denying permission to extend her property. Three Rivers District Council ruled in February that her plans to build the single-storey extension and demolish and replace an outbuilding

  • Extended drinking hearing for Watford's nightclub adjourned

    A council meeting called to discuss extending a nightclub’s opening hours has been adjourned. Watford Borough Council’s licensing committee was due to rule this morning on an application by the Chicago Rock Café, in the Parade, to markedly