Back in April, a collection of dinosaur sculptures descended on Cassiobury Park leaving families eager to visit.

But excitement soon turned to disappointment with visitors leaving a string of negative reviews about Jurassic Encounter.

Parents complained the interactive dinosaurs were missing limbs and teeth or the sounds weren’t working – some weren’t impressed by the entrance fee and even requested a refund.

Children still seemed to be entertained by the eye-catching selection of 50 dinosaurs but those behind the event decided they did not want to respond to the criticism in what was meant to be one of the biggest and newest exhibitions in Watford’s most-visited park.

Watford Observer: Jurassic Encounter at Cassiobury ParkJurassic Encounter at Cassiobury Park (Image: Newsquest)

Over in the town centre, there was some good news for atria Watford, which had suffered the loss of Debenhams and John Lewis in recent years.

Next decided that it wanted to open its first concept store, mixing its home, beauty, and clothing offerings in the former Debenhams unit.

The expanded offering also includes concessions from partner brands Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, Mamas & Papas, and Costa Coffee.

Store manager Dipak Varsani said at the time of opening that Next was looking forward to bringing back a department-style store to Watford.

Watford Observer: Next store at atria Watford Next store at atria Watford (Image: Next)

Also unveiled in Watford was the new multi-storey car park for Watford General Hospital.

Situated over seven floors, the 1,455 space facility recently won an honour at the British Parking Awards for its design.

The car park, funded by nearly £40 million from the government, means patients and visitors no longer have to take the steep hill up to the hospital.

A spokesperson for West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said when it opened: "Creating a new multi-storey car park will help us unlock the site and deliver our planned transformation of Watford General Hospital.

"We know that the current parking facilities are unsatisfactory, especially for those who are unwell or find the uphill walk to the main buildings a struggle."

Watford Observer: Multi-storey car park at Watford General HospitalMulti-storey car park at Watford General Hospital (Image: West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)

A pharmacist in Watford was labelled a hero after he saved the life of an elderly man who suddenly collapsed and suffered a heart-attack at the store.

Quick-thinking Manpreet Athwal saved his patient when he dropped to the ground minutes after entering Tudorken Pharmacy in St Albans Road on April 9.

The man, believed to be in his 80s, was at the counter on Saturday (April 9) when he struggled to breathe and fell.

It was said he was there to receive his Covid booster jab, and he placed his leaflet on the table when the incident happened.

Watford Observer: Hero pharmacist Manpreet Athwal Hero pharmacist Manpreet Athwal (Image: UGC)

After not responding to his name, Mr Athwal sprang into action by doing CPR and mouth-to-mouth for nearly four minutes in an attempt to resuscitate him.

Mr Athwal said that the moment was “surreal”, and he feels “incredible” knowing that he managed to save a life.