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Watford church fire started deliberately

A fire which caused substantial damage to a church is believed to have been started deliberately.

The Derby Road Baptist Church in Watford is thought to have been targeted by arsonists early this morning.

Appealing for information to help track down those responsible for the blaze, police said:

Our initial enquiries lead us to believe this was started deliberately, however whilst the exact motivation is unclear, we do not believe this was religiously aggravated. I would like to ask for the public's help in our investigation. The church is situated on the busy ring road in Watford and I would appeal to anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity at the church this morning to call police as soon as possible."

– Detective Inspector Matt Phillips, Hertfordshire Police

£16m drugs hoard uncovered

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Detectives in Hertfordshire have seized class A drugs with an estimated street value of £16 million.

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A lorry driver called police when he grew suspicious about a load he'd picked up in east London. Forty kilos of suspected heroin was discovered in the vehicle. Officers are appealing for information.

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Do you recognise this man?

Police want to speak to this man about a kebab shop burglary Credit: Herts Police

Police in Watford have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with a burglary at a shop in the High Street. The crime took place at 7am on Monday 19th August at Kismet Kebabs.

Do you recognise this man? If you do, call 101 Credit: Herts Police

Police say a man forced his way into the shop and took money from the till. Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV images is asked to contact non-emergency number 101 and quote reference C1/13/3873.

Police investigation after pair found dead

A 72-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman have been found dead in Cheshunt.

Hertfordshire Police were called to an address on Great Cambridge Road last night.

The pair, from Waltham Cross, were found dead at the scene.

Police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths.

"Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident however we can confirm that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with it."

– DCI Jon Hutchinson

Thieves target ATM in Welwyn Garden City

Thieves have used a forklift truck to try and prize an ATM from the wall of a shop in Welwyn Garden City.

Although they did not make off with any cash, considerable damage was caused to the shop and the machine.

DC Mark Cotte from Hertfordshire Police said: “We believe a forklift was used in an attempt to force out the machine from the wall.

“This would have created a lot of noise and so I believe anyone in the area at the time could well have seen or heard something that could help us with our investigation."