Police investigated two separate dog attacks in one day in August after a family’s pet was savaged by three bulldogs and a mastiff, and a woman in her 60s was bitten.

St Albans’ chief inspector ordered potential party-goers to stay at home after two illegal raves in the city.

Network Rail issued a warning over “misuse” of Cotton Mill Lane level crossing, in St Albans, after children were involved in a near miss with a train on a level crossing.

And a man paralysed from the neck down spoke of how teaming up with an assistance dog gave him a new lease of life. Paul Phillips, 25, from Harpenden, broke his neck during a car accident in 2012 and required 24-hour support from carers.