Watford Observer

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:40:00 +0100
Six arrested in relation to investigation on alleged serial rapist Joseph McCann
Detectives investigating offences committed by alleged serial rapist Joseph McCann have made six arrests.

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 10:51:07 +0100
Police give update on stabbing at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden
A crew member who was stabbed on a film set yesterday is out of hospital, police have confirmed.

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:40:00 +0100
Car crashes into bollards in town centre
A car smashed into the bollards in Watford town centre yesterday morning.

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:00:00 +0100
Huge Watford scheme unaffected by construction firm troubles
A major development in Watford is not under threat despite news that a firm is set to cut more than a thousand jobs.

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:37:05 +0100
Bring Your Dog to Work Day - what is it and how to share your pics with us
It's officially Bring Your Dog to Work Day tomorrow (Friday, June 21).

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:30:00 +0100
Red Arrows squadron leader overjoyed with the team's flypast last Sunday
Red Arrows squadron leader Martin Pert has said it was “wonderful” to fly over the place he grew up in during the team’s fly past over Watford and Borehamwood.

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:00:00 +0100
Letter: Everyone must be involved in preventing climate change
It’s great news that Three Rivers council, under the helm of Cllr Sara Bedford, has approved a climate change motion that implores them to work with businesses and communities to find ways to improve the local environment.

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:00:00 +0100
This is why police were on patrol on the M25 this week
Two cannabis warnings were issued and a knife was seized during a police operation on the M25.

Thu, 20 Jun 2019 08:00:00 +0100
Council will again consider plans for equestrian centre on green belt land
Councillors will consider whether an area of green belt in Bushey can be developed into an equestrian centre.

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 18:53:25 +0100
Crew member 'stabbed' on Warner Bros studio set
A film crew member was stabbed on a film set at the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden.

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 18:00:00 +0100
Tennis triumph for former Bond stuntman
A former James Bond stuntman who will turn 80 in September has won a national tennis tournament.

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:20:26 +0100
Education minster full of praise for schools in Watford
An education minister was joined by Watford MP Richard Harrington for a visit to two schools in the town.

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 15:00:00 +0100
New panto revealed six months before Christmas - and it features an EastEnders star
Stars of a new pantomime in St Albans have already got into the Christmas spirit ahead of the show coming this December.

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:30:00 +0100
Flytippers dumped this pile of rubbish because 'all the waste sites were shut'
A father and son who dumped a lawnmower, tiles, and timber, on a garage site are 'lucky' not to be jailed, according to the judge who sentenced them.

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:20:00 +0100
Police appeal for witnesses to bus crash
Police are appealing for passengers who were on a bus which crashed into a woman to come forward.

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:00:00 +0100
Letter: England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England
Your columnist, Brett Ellis thinks that the fall in numbers of church-goers could be remedied by innovations like “drive thrus [sic] and tablets on tables” (Ring the changes for church to grow, June 7).

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 08:00:00 +0100
Meet boy, 11, who has given up presents all his life to help others
An 11-year-old boy has spent nine years donating money he receives for his birthday to a children's charity.

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 06:00:00 +0100
Hertfordshire residents are 'safe, satisfied, and saving money'
People living in Hertfordshire are 'safe, satisfied, and saving money' - at least that is the view of the county's police chief.

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:00:00 +0100
Maternity ward put on lockdown as a precaution
A maternity unit was put on lockdown after armed police were called to Watford General Hospital.

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 18:00:00 +0100
Theatre company goes on tour with two new shows
Two new theatre shows are touring the UK and will come to Hertfordshire this month.

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:30:00 +0100
This community hero teaches disadvantaged people how to live independently
A woman whose passion is teaching disabled and disadvantaged people how to live independently has won a community hero award.

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:02:47 +0100
Torrential rain and thunderstorm warning issued
Thunderstorms could bring flooding and power cuts tonight.

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:00:00 +0100
Torrential rain and thunderstorm warning issued
Thunderstorms could bring flooding and power cuts tonight.

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:10:18 +0100
Job losses expected at ASOS centre
A number of jobs could be lost at ASOS’ customer care centre, the Watford Observer can reveal.

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:23:05 +0100
Watford man organises protest against decision to scrap free TV licences for over-75s
A Watford man is organising a protest after it was announced free TV licences for people over 75 are set to be scrapped next year.

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:00:00 +0100
Letter: Turn to the Bible for moral lessons
Brett Ellis in his column (Ring the changes for church to grow, June 7) does not amuse. His suggestions for the renewal of the Christian Church reveals his misunderstanding of the nature and worship of Christianity. This comes as no surprise. Anyo...

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:04:04 +0100
Power cut in parts of Watford - this is when you can expect power to be restored
A power cut is affecting customers across a large part of Watford this morning.

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 08:00:00 +0100
Youths on bikes believed to be responsible for tree vandalism
Police say two young people on bicycles were seen yanking at small trees in the middle of the night.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:40:00 +0100
Crash witness describes how he held hand of woman killed by bus
A man who was first on the scene of a crash between a double-decker bus and a woman says he held her hand and wants her family to know she was not alone when she died.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:00:00 +0100
Orchestra ends season with a celebration of British music
An orchestra is closing its 2018/19 season with a celebration of British music.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 18:00:00 +0100
Walkabout sickness outbreak was norovirus
A sickness outbreak at a bar in Watford was norovirus, tests have confirmed.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 15:30:00 +0100
John McDonnell on Watford FC and companies paying all staff a living wage
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said he understands why Watford FC may have previously been unable to pay all staff the real living wage.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:30:00 +0100
Raiders blasted cash machine with gas canister
Police say a gas canister was used to blow up a cash machine during an overnight raid last week.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:10:00 +0100
Your pictures and video of the Red Arrows - including from inside the cockpit
Families were treated to an incredible and special flyby from the famous Red Arrows yesterday evening.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:30:00 +0100
Letter: A radical overhaul is needed to prevent climate breakdown
As I was named and apparently criticised by Prof. Christine Wheeler McNulty in your letters page (People before planet, Letters, May 31) for being both “young” and a Green Party member, I thought I would take the opportunity to address some of...

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:00:00 +0100
Two charged with assault in this week's court lists
Court lists, 3rd-7th June, 2019

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:42:12 +0100
Missing teenager safely found
Police have safely found a teenager who went missing overnight.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 08:27:11 +0100
Broken down vehicle and heavy congestion on M25
Good morning everyone, hope you all enjoyed a lovely weekend, don’t let the Monday morning rush hour spoil your day! Here is your morning update:

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 05:00:00 +0100
Will 'voluntary pledge' put pressure on housebuilders to end leasehold rip offs?
With 54 per cent of flats sold on a leasehold basis - where buyers only have the right to occupy the property for a fixed period of time, and do not own the building outright - and harsh ground rents that can soar over a short time, the residential l...

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:00:00 +0100
Lucy Bee on how she overcame challenges to set up her own business
The woman behind fitness coach Joe Wicks’ favourite coconut oil set up her business after being inspired by her own intolerance to gluten.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 18:14:17 +0100
Amazing sights as Red Arrows fly over Hertfordshire
If you're only just reading this now, sadly you've missed the incredible flypast by The Red Arrows over Watford and Elstree & Borehamwood.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 16:30:00 +0100
The day Jack Lemmon was an extra at Sir Laurence Olivier's memorial service
I used to attend memorial services for stars I had known or had admired on the screen over the years. The last occasion was a couple of years ago for Philip Madoc, who enjoyed a long career and was always willing to turn up for my events. Although...

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 16:00:00 +0100
Letter: Images of refurbished Watford General Hospital are misleading
I was very interested to read the various articles in last week’s edition about the boards of West Herts Hospitals and Herts Valleys CCG being likely to back the plans to redevelop Watford General Hospital. Your coverage has been exceptional.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 15:30:00 +0100
Chocolates and cake for staff at care home
A care home owner paid tribute to its staff with free chocolates, certificates and a cake.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 11:30:00 +0100
Eager beavers have signed up, but now they need adults to help run group
A new beaver colony has recruited 17 young people to the Scout movement.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 11:00:00 +0100
Nostalgia: World Cup and Queen's Jubilee give people a reason to celebrate in June 2002
A snapshot of life in June 2002

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 08:00:00 +0100
A Channel 5 show is looking for ill-behaved dogs in Hertfordshire
People with mischievous dogs in Hertfordshire are being called on to take part in the new series of ‘Dogs Behaving Badly’.

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 21:07:25 +0100
Woman involved in collision with bus has died
A pedestrian who was struck by a bus has died, police have confirmed.

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:18:43 +0100
Pedestrian 'caught under bus' in Rickmansworth town centre
Update: Woman dies after collision with bus in Rickmansworth

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 12:30:00 +0100
Big Bandstand returns with free music in Cassiobury Park every Sunday
Watford's iconic bandstand will play host to a summer of free live music and dance performances.