Watford fans of Masterchef rejoiced as Watford General Hospital junior doctor, Saliha Mahmood Ahmed, who lives in the area, won the competition in May.

But it was a sad month for the devastated family of a much loved 20-year-old killed in a car crash in Australia. They led tributes while money was raised to bring him home for burial. Jake Franklin-Beck was planning to surprise his family and friends by coming back from Australia for his 21st birthday, but was killed in a car crash just days before he was due to return.

The man convicted of killing South Oxhey man Bradley Cresswell on a drunken night out was jailed for nine years. Ridwaan Shaikh, 22, threw a right hook without warning at the 21-year-old Cresswell in the street after a quarrel between them in a nightclub.

And four builders were treated for injuries after the roof of the disused building they were working in collapsed. The roof of the three-storey terrace in High Street, Bushey, fell in on a Monday afternoon, resulting in the area around the building being evacuated.