As April drew to a close, boxer Anthony Joshua was set to face the biggest test of his professional career when he took to the ring in front of a packed-out Wembley Stadium for one of the most eagerly anticipated fights in British boxing history.

The Watford-born fighter defeated Wladimir Klitscho for the IBF, IBO and WBA Super Heavyweight Championships of the world.

That month, anger had greeted decisions to allow two blocks of flats in Watford - one of which was not set to have any affordable housing. Councillors reluctantly approved plans for a 14-storey block of flats close to Watford Junction station.

A student who hacked the websites of Microsoft, Sony and Cambridge University before selling the software he created to cyber criminals was jailed. Adam Mudd, now 20, committed the crimes from his bedroom at his parents’ home in Toms Lane, Kings Langley, making £386,000.

And Steven Berghuis was not afraid of seeking a move from Watford in the summer if he remained unconvinced he would feature regularly for the Hornets next season, sources close to the player revealed to the Watford Observer.