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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.

Road closed until investigations complete

A hole has appeared in St John's Road in Watford, Hertfordshire, and preliminary investigations carried out last week had to be stopped as there were concerns about undermining the road and footway further.

Following further investigations today, the road is being shut until work on it can be completed.

A geotechnical engineer present during the investigations advised that there is a possibility that a sinkhole exists deep down in the underlying chalk.

– Hertfordshire County Council


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

Man arrested after boy found in Watford

The parents of a young boy who was found in Watford today have now been located by police.

The three-year-boy was found by a member of the public at around 1.20pm in The Gossamers. The parents of the child could not be located however police can confirm that the boy has now been identified and the parents traced.

A 48-year-old man from Watford has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect and is currently in police custody while inquiries continue.

Read: Police appeal to trace parents of boy found in Watford

Police appeal to trace parents of boy found in Watford

Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing the parents of a young boy who was found in Watford today.

The boy, thought to be aged two or three years old, was found at around 1.20pm this afternoon at the parade of shops in The Gossamers.

His identity is not currently known and his parents or guardian have not yet been located by police. He is currently in the care of officers.

He is described as being around one metre tall, slim, having light tanned skin, dark brown eyes and short wavy brown hair. He is wearing a navy blue Thomas the Tank Engine tracksuit.

Members of the public who recognise the child are asked to call police using the police non-emergency number 101 and quoting incident reference number 587 of 1/1/2014.


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.

Flying car tops off studio tour

The students got the chance to explore famous sets from the films - including Diagon Alley.

They also created photographs of themselves riding in the magical flying car from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets".

Harry Potter used the car to fly to Hogwarts in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" Credit: ITV News
The set of Diagon Alley features in the Studio Tour experience. Credit: ITV News

Magical assembly for Year 7 pupils

'Magical,' 'mid-blowing' and 'the best first week ever' - not what you'd expect to hear from even the most keen Year 7 students. But for pupils at Queens' School in Watford it really was like none other. The children had their first assembly of secondary school on the set of Harry Potter.

Two hundred had the chance to sit at the long banquet tables where cast members including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint shot many of their famous scenes.

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