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Can you help solve the mystery of who killed Jess?

Jess the cat
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
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
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.

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

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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

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.

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