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Police appeal to trace man over alleged assault

Police want to speak to Alex Odonkor in connection with an alleged assault. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

Police have made an appeal to trace a man after an alleged assault on a woman in Watford at the weekend.

Alex Odonkor is being sought after the victim suffered serious facial injuries.

She was allegedly attacked at an address in the north of the town and then prevented from leaving following an argument with a man shortly after midnight on Sunday.

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Arrests made after car plunges into canal

It's believed the car which plunged into a Hertfordshire canal on Friday failed to stop for police.

A 21-year-old male left the car and ran off on foot, while his two passengers, a 17-year-old male and a 19-year-old woman were helped out of the water by police.

All three were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and released on bail. The 17-year-old suffered a minor injury to the head.

Rewards for recycling your rubbish

You could get shopping vouchers for recycling your rubbish Credit: PA

Tens of thousands of households will be given shopping vouchers if they recycle more under a £5 million fund to promote weekly bin collections.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles says that people should be rewarded for recycling more instead of being punished with "draconian" fines.

He highlighted a successful pilot scheme in Windsor where the council weighs each household's recycling and rewards them with vouchers for national and local retailers worth up to £135 a year.

It is a myth that fortnightly bin collections or unfair bin fines are needed to increase recycling. Rewards for recycling show how working with families can deliver environmental benefits without the draconian approach of punishing people and leaving out smelly rubbish. This Government is protecting the local environment by supporting recycling, as well as championing weekly collections which protect local amenity and public health. Councils with fortnightly collections will not receive government funding and are short-changing their residents with an inferior service.

– Eric Pickles MP, Communities and Local Government Secretary
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