Watford Observer

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 08:00:00 +0000
Colourful rare duck spotted at Rickmansworth Aquadrome
A vibrantly coloured duck, rarely seen in-land, was spotted swimming in a lake in Rickmansworth at the weekend.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 20:00:00 +0000
Comedian Josh Widdicombe comes to Watford with his new stand-up show
Interviewing Josh Widdicombe – acclaimed stand-up, serial panellist and star of shows including The Last Leg, Hypothetical and his own sitcom Josh – means a chance to tackle the big questions. So here’s one of those questions – Josh, what...

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:44:30 +0000
Ex-Watford FC physio investigated as part of football sex abuse scandal
More than 20 people have come forward to say they were sexually abused by a former Watford FC physiotherapist – with one claiming the club were told about the abuse.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 18:00:00 +0000
Red Arrows documentary in North America made to be 'as real as possible'
The Red Arrows squadron leader has said a TV series documenting the team’s overseas tour across North America was made to be “as real as possible”.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 16:30:00 +0000
Pub owner fined thousands of pounds for illegally screening Sky Sports
A pub landlord who illegally screened Sky Sports to customers has been fined more than £18,000.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:10:00 +0000
Two arrests after police chase through Watford and Hemel Hempstead
Two arrests were made following a 'lengthy' police pursuit in the early hours of this morning.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:33:51 +0000
Van crash causes 'damage to gas main' on busy road in Rickmansworth
Gas engineers have rushed to the scene of a crash involving a van.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:30:00 +0000
Gas engineer from Croxley Green catches 'one of a kind' ghost carp weighing more than 40 pounds
One of the country's biggest ghost carp weighing in at more than 40 pounds has been caught in Watford.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000
Watford hospital kitchen given one-star hygiene rating
The kitchen that provides patients' food at Watford General Hospital has been given a one-star hygiene rating.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:00:00 +0000
Letter: Where's the logic behind changes to bin collections?
The logic behind Watford Borough Council’s decision to charge for green waste collection is hard to understand.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:20:06 +0000
Police issue CCTV appeal after robbery at Ladbrokes in Bushey Mill Lane
A suspected armed robber stole hundreds of pounds from a bookmakers.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 06:00:00 +0000
West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust recorded serious error in 2019, report reveals
A hospital made a potential deadly error after it inserted a tube used for feeding into the wrong part of a body.

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 07:38:07 +0000
Morning update: M25 and A406 delays to start the day
Here is a round-up of some of the major delays on the road network this morning

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:00:00 +0000
Aldi staff are getting a pay rise
Aldi employees have received a huge boost to start the new year after finding out their latest pay rise will mean they're employed by the UK's highest-paying supermarket.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:50:00 +0000
Police appeal after burglary in Greenbank Road, Watford
A house in Watford was ransacked in a burglary.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 16:12:06 +0000
Sewage leak on Meriden estate caused by flushed nappies and wipes
A neighbourhood awoke to an unpleasant and smelly sewage leak this morning.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 17:00:00 +0000
Council tax in Hertsmere set to rise again
The average taxpayer is expected to pay an extra £5 to Hertsmere Borough Council for its services.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:32:09 +0000
The Mount prisoner who slapped officer's bottom gets conditional discharge
A bank robber who slapped a prison officer on the bottom will not face any further sanction - unless he breaks the law in the next 12 months.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0000
Edge Grove School pupils hold peaceful environmental protest
Pupils held an peaceful environmental protest after learning about waste.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000
Chorleywood woman who stole £12,000 given suspended sentence
A former financial adviser who took more than £12,000 from her partner’s dying relative has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:00:00 +0000
Letter: I refuse to pay for garden waste removal
Watford Borough Council has decided to do something which for several years it was proud of NOT doing - remove domestic refuse only once every two weeks. It has added insult to injury by deciding to impose a charge of at least £40 per annum for a...

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:29:12 +0000
Two drug dealers jailed for selling Class A drugs in Loughton home
Two drug dealers who took over a family home to sell Class A drugs have been jailed for more than nine years.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:00:00 +0000
Ex-racing greyhound Rafiki is searching for a new home
Could you give this cheeky chap a loving home?

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 07:24:45 +0000
Morning update - Roadworks causing delays on M25 anticlockwise between Enfield and Potters Bar
Good morning

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 17:20:00 +0000
Empty shops and offices costing South West Herts taxpayers millions
Empty business units have cost taxpayers in South West Hertfordshire more than £30 million in lost business rates over the last five years, new figures have revealed.

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 16:30:00 +0000
81-year-old Watford painter wins competition with 'global warming' themed artwork
An 81-year-old painting enthusiast has won a competition with a painting that epitomises the disastrous effects climate change could have on London.

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:20:00 +0000
Police and residents meet in Oxhey to discuss crime issues
A community rocked by a knifepoint robbery met with police officers to discuss how crime is being tackled in their area.

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 11:30:00 +0000
Pharmacists could become 'first port of call' for minor illnesses
Almost one in 12 admissions to hospitals in Hertfordshire are related to medicines - and many are preventable.

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 13:51:05 +0000
Free sanitary products to be offered in schools across England
A period poverty campaign group within the district are ‘ecstatic’ with a new Government scheme that will now provide free sanitary products in every state-funded school in England.

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 11:00:00 +0000
One person charged with fraud in this week's court lists
Court lists, 8th-13th January, 2020

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:30:00 +0000
More than 25 forces were involved in policing NATO summit in Watford
More than 1,000 police officers from 25 police forces were deployed for the NATO summit which was held on the outskirts of Watford in December.

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:30:00 +0000
Letter: Charging for green bins could be just the start
Watford Council’s decision to start charging for green waste collection is on the face of it a simple way of bringing money into the council coffers, but if one stands back and looks at the bigger picture it is in fact setting an uncomfortable p...

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:27:02 +0000
HS2 could cost £106 billion, says leaked review
HS2 could cost up to £106 billion, according to a widely leaked Government review.

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:23:18 +0000
Parents and carers with SEND children can seek support and advice at this event
Parents who have children with special educational needs (SEND) are being invited to a support meeting tomorrow.

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 07:15:13 +0000
Traffic news: Delays increasing on M25 across North London
Good morning everyone, hope you all had a great weekend and ready for a new week. Here is your travel and weather update:

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 05:00:00 +0000
Not complying with the Party Wall Act cost these householders thousands
Are you looking to enlarge your home? This recent dispute between neighbours which spiralled out of control is a reminder that following the right procedures could save you thousands in legal fees.

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 06:00:00 +0000
How to get through Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year
Blue Monday, the third Monday of January, is said to be the most depressing day of the year.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:00:00 +0000
'Most of my films were rubbish but I had a great life'
Well, it is time once again to put on our walking shoes for a stroll down Memory Lane. You notice I say stroll as that is my top walking speed these days.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:30:00 +0000
Herts people among most likely to cause NHS 111 service
People in Hertfordshire are among the most likely to call the NHS 111 service – with more than 31,000 people calling every month.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0000
Electric Umbrella volunteer uses music to help adults with disabilities
A volunteer who helps people with disabilities through music has won a community hero award.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000
Watford Central Library will be closed for five days
Book lovers will have to visit another library during essential work at Watford Central Library.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:30:00 +0000
Flower bed in Bovingdon dedicated to Margaret Horwood
A life-long villager and voluntary yoga teacher has been recognised by her parish council.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:00:00 +0000
Nostalgia: Watford's biggest nightclub gets £3m refurbishment in January 1999
A snapshot of life in January 1999

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:00:00 +0000
Former lorry driver opens wildlife rescue centre in Rickmansworth
A former lorry driver rescued so many wild animals that he decided to open a dedicated rescue centre to free up space at his home.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:00:00 +0000
Council reveal restoration plan to bring ancient woodland in Watford back to life
A council has revealed its long-term plan to restore an ancient woodland back to its natural historic state.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:00:00 +0000
Get crafty to be in with a chance of winning competition
East of England-based crafting company Cosy Owl have launched a regional competition to celebrate local crafting talent across the region.

Sun, 19 Jan 2020 10:00:00 +0000
Amnesty International launches Brave Awards 2020
Amnesty International UK has launched its first ever Brave Awards and is calling on members of the public to nominate people in their community carrying out amazing world for human rights issues.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:00:00 +0000
A parent's guide to the sleepover experience
After spring came summer, then autumn, and now we are in the sleepover season. The pressure on miserable weekend days when the weather is as wretched as a wretch doing wretched things, is relentless: "Can we go to B&M?"

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:00:00 +0000
Warner Bros boss who brought Harry Potter to Leavesden taking up new post in LA
A film wizard instrumental in bringing the Harry Potter film series to life is swapping his home of 25 years for the bright lights of Los Angeles.

Sat, 18 Jan 2020 15:30:00 +0000
Council to consider charging for burials of children from outside the borough
WATFORD Council is to consider bringing in burial fees of up to £600 for children from outside the borough.