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Watford sign Etienne Capoue from Tottenham for record fee

Watford have signed Etienne Capoue from Tottenham for a club-record fee.

Etienne Capoue Credit: PA

Capoue struggled to hold down a regular starting spot and is out of favour with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. He was linked with a move away in the January transfer window but potential reported deals fell through.

The midfielder made almost 200 first-team appearances for Toulouse after progressing through the youth ranks at the French club, and was nominated for Ligue 1's young player of the year award in 2013.

Capoue has featured seven times for his country since being handed a senior international debut in a friendly against Uruguay in August 2012. He has scored once for Les Bleus, in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over Belarus.

The promoted side have also been heavily linked with a move for another Frenchman from Spurs - Benjamin Stambouli - but so far there has been no update on apparent negotiations.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder joined the north London club from Montpellier last September.

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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.

Can you help solve the mystery of who killed Jess?

Can you solve the mystery of who killed Jess the cat? Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cat was shot dead with a pellet gun. The body of 10-year-old Jess was found by her owner in her garden in Westfield Avenue in north Watford. It's thought it happened between 6.30pm on Saturday August 16th and lunchtime the following day.

"Understandably, the owners are extremely distraught at the loss of their beloved pet in such an inhumane way and I would urge anyone who has any information about what happened or who knows who is responsible to contact police straight away"

– PC Leo Sale, Hertfordshire Police

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Serial sex offender on the loose in Watford

A serial sex offender who has groped a number of women over the past two months is on the loose in Watford, police revealed today.

The man has struck seven times since the beginning of June, approaching women from behind and grabbing their buttocks.

A facial reconstruction of the offender has been released Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A facial reconstruction image has now been released in a bid to track down the pest, who carried out the attacks in the Vicarage Road, Wiggenhall Road and Exchange Road areas of Watford.

He is black and slim, between 5ft 3ins and 5ft 5ins tall with short hair.

CCTV of a man wearing Simpsons slippers has been released Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Detectives have also now released a CCTV image of a man they believe may be able to help in the investigation. He was wearing a distinctive pair of Simpsons slippers.

Witnesses, or anyone who recognises the man in the image, can contact officers on 101.

Road could be closed for 4 days

Hertfordshire Council says the road could be closed for up to four days Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Hertfordshire Council has closed St Johns Road, between Woodford Road and Clarendon Road this morning - and say it could remain shut for up to four days.

Preliminary investigations into the hole last week had to be stopped amid fears about undermining the road and footway Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Investigations will include excavating a hole from the pavement to the middle of the road.

The council added: "It is possible that by exposing the hole and then subsequently back-filling, this will cure the problem. A small section will be resurfaced upon completion.

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