As July began, a man was arrested in connection with a triple stabbing in Vicarage Road, Watford.

Armed police, and a police dog unit were sent to the scene close to Watford FC stadium after emergency services were called to reports of a stabbing on July 5 at 3.17am.

Two men aged in their 40s and 30s and a woman aged in her 30s were taken to hospital.

Around 100 firefighters and 18 fire crews were called to a huge fire at Warner Brothers Studios.

Two fire crews were initially called to the film studios in Leavesden at 11.30pm on Wednesday but several crews from across Hertfordshire were soon dispatched to the scene.

Neighbours across Abbots Langley and Leavesden were woken up in the middle of the night by a “strong smell” of smoke.

Hertfordshire County Council confirmed at around 8am on Thursday that it was dealing with a blaze at the studios.

The fire broke out in P Stage, which was the set for upcoming comedy sci-fi series Avenue 5 by HBO. Created by The Thick of It producer Armando Iannucci and starring Hugh Laurie as the ship's captain.

Emergency services were in nearby Hunton Bridge by the late morning connecting a hosepipe running from the canal all the way up Hunton Hill Bridge and South Way.

And health bosses formally backed plans to bid for £350 million of NHS funding – most of which would be spent on Watford General Hospital.

The “milestone” decision was taken at a meeting of the West Herts Hospitals Trust’s board on July 11.

Campaigners for a new single site hospital for west Herts have vowed to raise the additional funds themselves.