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Woman robbed of mobile phone
- 30th January 2015
A WOMAN was robbed of her mobile phone
when she as punched in the head.
Police are appealing for information about the
incident which happened near Paringdon Road, on
the Millwards estate, at about 7.15pm on
Wednesday (January 28).
Police say a woman was approached from behind
and punched to the back of her head by a suspect
who then stole her mobile phone.
Officers want to speak to anyone who saw anyone
acting suspiciously in the area at the time of
the robbery and also want to speak to anyone who
saw two men in the area.
One was white, skinny, about 5ft 10ins tall,
with dark hair and a narrow face. He was wearing
The other man was slim, about 5ft 8ins tall with
and dark hair.
Anyone with any information should ring PC Moira
Kennedy at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Business raises money for charity
- 28th January 2015
HASTINGWOOD-based charity Accuro has
received £1,500 from Harlow-based business
Morplan, a prominent supplier to the retail
Morplan chose Accuro as its charity for 2014
following nominations from several members of
staff including Kim Hammond whose grandson uses
the Accuro Holiday Scheme.
The link continues as Accuro administrator Jan
Schooling, who received the cheque from Morplan
managing director Bill Edwards, joined Morplan
30 years ago - around the time Accuro was first
When she later decided on a career change she
joined Accuro's admin team but continued to work
with Morplan as a freelance proof-reader.
This link has blossomed over the last year to
the benefit of both organisations and the wider
Throughout last year Morplan donated a huge
amount of craft and packaging materials to
Accuro which were used at many of its youth
groups and charity stalls. However the company's
generosity did not stop there.
Morplan staff worked tirelessly throughout the
year holding fundraising cake sales, dress down
days and raffles.
They also decided to make a charity donation
rather than send Christmas cards. The result of
this dedication was that £1,500 was
When Jan was asked to collect the cheque she had
no idea of the total raised by her
She thanked the team for their phenomenal
efforts and explained various ways in which the
money will be used to support the 300-plus
families who access the Accuro services.
Accuro provides a broad range of support and
activities for children, young people and adults
with a disability and their families in west
Services include parenting support, holiday
schemes, youth groups and a Saturday Club,
together with adult friendship schemes and a
community gardening project.
For more details about Accuro's projects,
volunteering opportunities and fundraising
events visit www.accuro.org.uk,
or ring 01279 433117.
Some police stations could be sold
- 26th January 2015
A NUMBER of police stations across Essex
could be sold, Essex Police has said.
A police report reveals a backlog of maintenance
work across the force's property portfolio of
some 80 properties, totals an estimated £30m,
with an additional £1.75m per year needed to
maintain and keep the estate in its current
Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex Nick
Alston said: "Many of the current buildings
are old, in need of extensive and expensive
maintenance and no longer fit for the demands
and purposes of modern policing."
He describes the £30m figure as "no small
total" adding: "particularly with the
financial challenges already facing Essex
Police, as central government funding continues
He added: "In light of that, these ongoing
costs cannot be justified and it is necessary
for the Chief Constable and me to make some
tough decisions on the future of police
buildings, including stations.
"A review of the options available to us is
nearing completion but no final decisions have
yet been made.
"The sale of some police stations, the
reduction of the size of the Chelmsford-based
force Headquarters, and the possible creation of
centralised policing hubs in each local
authority area are all being
Mr Alston added: "What will be key to any
decisions taken is that our police are best
placed and best equipped to deliver quality and
accessible policing to the communities they
'Green' business welcomes MP
- 24th January 2015
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon visited Matching
Tye-based family-run joinery specialist Chordal
CG is a young company with an established
reputation for fitting luxury residential and
commercial interiors across the UK and
Mr Halfon said: "Family businesses are the
best sort. I am impressed this is such a
family-orientated company. Good businesses don't
just rely on their ability to manufacture, but
on their personal relationships."
The firm's successes include being awarded a
project to refurbish Ronnie Scott's home and to
be commissioned to design and make joinery for a
large, modern house in Geneva.
Chordal Green was started seven years ago.
Managing director Mark Rutty, who owns and runs
the business, has a passion for making
From penthouse apartments in Mayfair to sawing a
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow in half for a Soho bar
- Mark loves high risk, quirky challenges.
Mr Halfon discussed various issues including
road infrastructure, apprenticeships, financial
and practical support for small businesses,
payment delays and how it feels to work and live
close to Harlow.
The company relies on local suppliers and staff
and actively supports apprenticeships.
Mr Rutty said: "We really appreciate this
visit from our MP who expressed an interest in
us after talking to colleagues at a networking
event for local companies last year.
"Robert Halfon is a huge asset to Harlow
and he is obviously sincere in his support of
the town and the people who live and work
"Robert demonstrated in-depth knowledge of
local issues affecting us. He has a great sense
of humour too, he was sporting a fetching green
suit and tie in honour of the 'Green' half of
our company name which none of us spotted until
he was about to leave. We were very impressed
Running club boosts charity
- 23rd January 2015
ACCURO (Care Services) has received £600
from Harlow Running Club having been chosen as
the club's charity of the year.
The money, which was raised at the annual Harlow
10 race, was presented to Accuro's Shared Care
co-ordinator Michelle Jephcott.
Michelle said: "During the year the club
has not only provided us with this financial
donation but assisted greatly with a fun run we
held in the summer, as well as providing us with
the opportunity to raise awareness of our work
"We would also like to express our thanks
to the club Committee and members for voting for
Accuro to benefit from being one of their
nominated charities for 2015.
"Every donation makes a huge difference to
the services we can provide to children, young
people and adults with a disability, and their
families, in the Harlow area in these very
Accuro is a local charity that has been
providing services for children and adults with
a disability, and their families, in Harlow
since 1984 and which is now actively seeking to
strengthen its links with the local
Accuro welcomes interest from any club,
organisation, business or individuals who would
like to support the valuable work the charity
Accuro is particularly keen to develop
additional community partnerships that would be
of mutual benefit. For more information about
Accuro, its services and how to become involved
visit the charity's new-look website www.accuro.org.uk
or contact Michelle by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or ringing 01279 433667.
Council reveals budget and
- 23rd January 2015
HARLOW'S street lights are set to be
switched back on after Harlow Council outlined
proposals to raise council tax by 1.5 per cent,
an increase to the average Harlow household of
7p a week.
The proposed rise will generate £100,000 which
the council plans to pay to Essex County Council
to ensure the town's lights are switched back on
between midnight and 5am, seven days a
Plans for the increase on Harlow Council's share
of council tax bills for 2015-16 will be
recommended to cabinet on January 29 and council
on February 5.
Spending on services such as parks, playgrounds
and grass cutting, tackling anti-social
behaviour, regeneration and economic
development, pavement and road repairs
(maintained by Harlow Council), street cleaning
and waste and recycling collections has been
protected following the council's public budget
consultation last summer.
Significant investment to help the regeneration
of Harlow is proposed, the council said.
There are also no proposals to close or cut
services, which would directly impact on
residents or businesses.
Among the budget proposals are funding for the
next three years for The Playhouse, Paddling
Pools and Pets' Corner, the former council-run
Harlow Museum and Gibberd Gallery.
For the second successive year neighbourhood
shopping car park fees will be frozen with the
continuation of free parking for one hour.
The budget will also see no increases in the
basic councillor allowances which will stay at
the same level as since 2011 with allowances
paid to the leader and portfolio holders cut by
five per cent.
Council leader Jon Clempner said: "We have
worked hard to propose a budget which addresses
residents' priorities and protects services from
both closure or cuts.
"Last summer we carried out an extensive
public consultation and we were determined to
make sure we listened and responded to what the
community told us.
"Spending on key priority areas for
residents like parks, playgrounds, open spaces,
tackling anti-social behaviour and street
cleaning have been protected and we are
investing in the regeneration of Harlow which is
another priority for the community.
"This year's council tax increase will be
used to address a major concern for the
community which is constantly raised by
residents and that is turning Essex County
Council street lights back on."
Police appeal over cyclepath
- 22nd January 2015
POLICE are appealing for information
about a robbery on a cycle path near The Stow,
The incident happened at about 5pm on Saturday
(January 17) when the victim was approached and
spoken to by a man.
After the victim declined to hand over any of
his possessions he was hit on the head from
behind by a second suspect and then punched in
the face by the first.
The victim's mobile phone, wallet, cash and keys
One of the suspects was a white man, aged in his
mid to late 20s with short dark brown
He was about 5ft 10ins tall of medium build and
wearing a grey zip-up hoodie top and jeans.
Investigating officer DC Jo Lanz said: "I
am especially keen to trace a group of around
three to five men who were walking along the
cycle path at the time as they may have
witnessed this robbery."
Anyone with any information should ring Dc Lanz
at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800
Community stalwarts recognised
- 21st January 2015
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband joined Harlow
parliamentary candidate Suzy Stride to honour
two community stalwarts at Westminster.
Town chaplain Robert Finlay, founder of Heart
for Harlow, and Harlow Foodbank founder Gary
Knott were recognised for their contributions to
They were praised by Mr Miliband and also met
Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves
MP and retiring veteran MP Glenda Jackson.
Miss Stride said: "It is people like Robert
and Gary and many others across Harlow who are
doing the hard work, day in day out of changing
our community for the better, offering life
lines for people and transforming people’s
"It is these people by their small acts
that are brining change not just to Harlow but
across the whole country and it was right that
Ed Miliband praised them for their contribution
as local heroes"
Mr Knott said: "It was very special to be
taken to Westminster by Suzy to meet Ed Miliband
and to celebrate the work of Harlow foodbank.
It was a really special moment to be thanked for
all the work we are doing. I think it is really
important that the work of charities and
individuals across Harlow is recognised."
Health bosses holding public
- 20th January 2015
A SERIES of public meetings are being
held by West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
as health bosses give an update on their
My Health, My Future, My Say part two follows
the large-scale public engagement programme - My
Health, My Future, My Say - held across west
Essex at the end of 2013.
The information gathered informed the CCG's
'Five Year Strategic Plan for West Essex Health
and Care System 2015-2020' which will be
presented at the follow-up events next
CCG chairman Dr Rob Gerlis said: "It's not
only important for us to listen to our local
communities, we also need to act on what we're
"This is our chance to show local people
that the things they told us during part one of
My Health, My Future, My Say have been taken
into account, have informed our decision-making
over the last year and will continue to inform
the way we commission services in the future.
"We want people to feel confident that they
can influence the services that will affect
them, their friends and family, now, and in the
years to come, as well as challenge us when they
feel services aren't meeting their
Chief officer Clare Morris said: "One of
the areas we've been working hard on is the
joining up of health and social care services in
west Essex and, whilst progress still needs to
be made the CCG has taken great strides towards
achieving an integrated health and care system
in the area and will continue to work closely
with local partner organisations to realise this
fully in the future.
'Naturally the engagement process doesn't stop
here; we're constantly seeking local people's
perspectives on health services in west
"The NHS belongs to the people and so
everything we do must reflect local people's
A panel of senior health and social care
representatives from West Essex CCG and partner
organisations, including Essex County Council
and Princess Alexandra Hospital, will be present
at each event and the public will have the
opportunity to ask questions and find out more
about what their local NHS are working on and
where they might affect change.
Anyone would like to feedback to the CCG on
local health services but cannot attend one of
these public events can contact the Patient
Advice and Liaison Service on 01992 566122 or
561223 or email email@example.com
The local meetings (7pm-9pm) are at Harlow
Leisurezone (February 2), Waltham Abbey Town
Hall (February 9) and Epping Hall, Epping
Hospice holding Winter Walkies
- 19th January 2015
ST Clare Hospice is holding its annual
Winter Walkies on Sunday, February 22.
Dozens of dogs will turn out to support the
charity and take part in the sponsored 5km
Almost 90 canines are already registered for the
fundraising event which sets off at 11am.
There will be doggy-friendly fun and games for
all the family, including competitions for dogs
and owners as well as a children's quiz.
Free soup and a roll for all walkers will also
be available along with other hot refreshments
Registration costs £10 for adults (£5 for
children; £27.50 for two adults and two
For more information, ring 01279 773750, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk
Abseil registration opens soon
- 19th January 2015
ADVENTUROUS fundraisers will soon be able
to register for the Church Langley water tower
abseil organised by the Rotary Club of Harlow
This year is the 18th year of the event which
has raised £755,000 for various
The abseil will take place on Saturday, May 2,
and Sunday, May 3.
For more details visit www.harlowtyerotary.org.uk,
or ring 01279 734211 or 01279 731312. Last
year's event raised £54,000.
Registration costs £30 with all sponsorship
money raises by participants going to their
Abseilers must be aged 16 years old and
Registration opens on February 1.
Cabinet members tour enterprise
- 16th January 2015
ESSEX County Council's cabinet met in
Harlow so members could learn more about the
developments at Harlow Enterprise Zone.
The meeting took place in the former Nortel
plant which is set to become a 21st century
business park and data centre, Kao Park, named
after Sir Charles Kao who invented fibre optic
cable on the site.
Economic growth and infrastructure cabinet
member Kevin Bentley said: "Harlow
Enterprise Zone is a big boost not only to
Harlow but to the whole of Essex.
"There is potential for 5,000 new jobs
which will have a huge knock-on effect on the
economic wealth of Harlow and the surrounding
"The transformation of Harlow is about more
than jobs - it's about increasing education and
skills opportunities in schools, it's about
highways, it's about bringing more people to the
"Holding our meeting in Harlow was a good
opportunity for all cabinet members to
understand the scale of what is starting to
happen in Harlow and how it will affect their
After a welcome from Harlow Council leader Jon
Clempner, Harlow Enterprise Zone project
director Andrew Bramidge gave an update on
progress so far.
David Bloom, chief executive of Goldacre
Ventures, which owns the London Road site, took
councillors on a tour.
The 35-acre site is due to become a premium data
centre campus with 200,000sq.ft of grade A
The Kao Park development will occupy the
southern sector of the London Road Enterprise
Zone with a further 35-acre northern sector
being developed by Harlow Council for MedTech,
Life Science and ICT design and build
Anglia Ruskin University is set to create a
MedTech campus on the site.
Harlow firm Pryor has been contracted to start
the transformation with demolition, setting up
utilities supplies and new road access.
A second site in Harlow, Templefields, is being
re-developed into a smaller manufacturing
business park. The Enterprise Zone offers
companies business rate relief for up to five
years up to £55,000, simplified planning and
Car prize in hospice raffle
- 12th January 2015
A NEW car is the first prize in St Clare
Hospice's spring raffle.
The Hastingwood-based hospice, which is
celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has
teamed up with Harlow-based Insight Private
Finance to give away a silver Suzuki Alto, worth
£7,500, as well as 24 other prizes.
Second prize is £1,000 cash, third prize is a
40in TV, fourth prize is a £250 shopping
voucher, fifth prize is a 10ins tablet while 20
£25 gift vouchers are also up for grabs.
The charity hopes to raise £40,000 from the
St Clare lottery manager Caron Lakey said:
"St Clare's passion and purpose is to be
there for those facing the difficult journey of
living with a life-limiting illness and your
support enables us to provide our specialist
care here at the hospice and in people's homes.
This time is precious and your help means so
much to those families."
The 25 lucky winners will be picked by a special
guest at the Harvey Centre, Harlow on March 31
Raffle tickets, priced £2 each, are on sale
until March 23 from all eight of the St Clare
Hospice shops as well as the hospice reception
and other outlets.
Street lights petition presented
- 12th January 2015
A 1,500-NAME petition calling for
Harlow's street lights to be switched back on
has been collected by Labour parliamentary
candidate Suzy Stride.
The petition has been presented to Essex County
Council and Harlow District Council.
Lobbying from figures such as Miss Stride has
led the national Labour party to advocate local
authorities switching to low energy LED lighting
rather than plunging areas into darkness.
Miss Stride said: "It is six months since I
started my campaign to get the street lights
turned back on in Harlow.
"During this time Essex County Council has
twice refused to re-consider its decision so
today not only am I handing my petition into
Essex County Council, I am also handing it to
the leader of Harlow Council (Jon Clempner)."
She added: "Across Harlow people are
calling for their lights to be switched back on
and for peace of mind to be restored. This
switch off has cost money in the short term and
won't even break even for a number of
"Street lights in Harlow should be turned
back on as a matter of urgency and I urge the
relevant authorities to act."
Harlow Council leader Jon Clempner said:
"While it is clearly Essex County Council
that is responsible for turning off Street
Lights in Harlow, this petition, along with many
conversations with residents and the budget
consultation that Harlow Council conducted last
year, demonstrates the strength of feeling of
"I will continue to explore what can be
done to address these concerns."
Burglars threaten man with knife
- 12th January 2015
POLICE are investigating an incident in
Harlow where a house was burgled and a man was
threatened with a knife.
Officers were called to a property in Ladyshot
at 1pm on Saturday following reports from a man
that his parents' home opposite had just been
He had seen two men pull up outside the property
in a white 4x4 vehicle. One forced their way
inside the house and the other waited
The man, who is in his 40s, went to challenge
the men and one threatened him with a
The man's parents were not at home. Various
items of jewellery were stolen.
The suspects are described as white men. One had
dark brown receding hair with a goatee- style
beard, olive skin and a chubby face. The other
was wearing a jacket.
Investigating Officer PC Leo Fordham, of Harlow
CID, said: "A white 4x4 vehicle, possibly
an Audi, was seen in the area at the time and in
the days before the incident. I would especially
like to speak to anyone who may have seen this
Anyone with any information should ring PC Leo
Fordham at Harlow Police Station on Essex Police
101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555
Health Secretary accepts hospital
- 8th January 2015
HEALTH Secretary Jeremy Hunt has accepted
an invitation from MP Robert Halfon to visit
Princess Alexandra Hospital following an
increase in patient numbers visiting its
Accident and Emergency department.
Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday
(Wednesday), Mr Halfon urged the Government to
look at what more could be done to ease the
pressure on A&E which has been struggling
under pressure due to a surge in visits.
Figures show Princess Alexandra Hospital is one
of the busiest hospitals in the country, with
significantly more patients per bed than much
bigger hospitals, for example Barts Hospital in
In addition, the number of ambulances taking
patients to the Harlow hospital's accident and
emergency department has increased hugely.
Two years ago an average of 45 ambulances a day
transported patients to the hospital.
Now it is an average of 75.
Over Christmas this peaked at more than 90
ambulances every day with one in five arriving
from outside the area.
During the debate Mr Halfon said: "Will my
Hon. Friend first thank the passionate
commitment of the staff at Princess Alexandra
"Whilst the Government have invested £5m
into our A&E services, due to issues
elsewhere in other nearby hospitals, the
pressure on our A&E has been immense.
"Princess Alexandra is one of the busiest
by far in terms of attends per bed and one in
five ambulances arriving are from other
"The PAH is now admitting four more
patients per day than they were this time last
year. Will my Hon. Friend meet with me, the
chief executive of PAH and visit the Hospital to
see what can be done?"
Mr Hunt responded by agreeing to visit the
He said: "Well I'm very happy to do that
and I am aware of the very significant pressures
at Princess Alexandra. I would like to thank him
for the way he is supporting staff at his local
hospital, getting behind local plans."
Pets' Corner to close for
- 7th January 2015
PETS' Corner is to close temporarily next
month while it undergoes major refurbishment
work as part of a town park-wide improvement
The refurbishment is part of a £2.8m investment
to regenerate and renovate Harlow Town
More than £1.8m has been secured by Harlow
Council in lottery funding to pay for
improvements at Pets' Corner and across the Town
A new events barn and Learning Centre will be
built at Pets' Corner to provide an enhanced
education programme along with better visitor
access and improved facilities for
Pets' Corner will close to the public in early
February for about three months.
The plan is for Pets' Corner to reopen in the
middle of the spring period.
Arrangements have been made to ensure all the
animals are re-housed or cared for during the
Staff will continue to work during the closure
to feed and exercise the animals.
Although there will be no access to Pets'
Corner, the outside paddocks within the
showground will still be accessible to visitors
where animals such as sheep, cows, llamas,
goats, horses, reindeer are given daily exercise
Youth and community portfolio holder Emma Toal
said: "This project underlines Harlow
Council's commitment to securing the future of
Pets' Corner which is a hugely popular facility
used by many members of the community.
"Once reopened we will have a much-improved
venue for the public and the animals to enjoy
and be proud of."
Karen Mash, from the Friends of Pets' Corner,
said: "We fully support the temporary
closure. This really was the only option
available as it is the quickest and safest way
for the works to be carried out and we believe
this plan will work out best for both the
welfare of the animals and for the visitors who
enjoy coming to Pets' Corner.
"We are excited about the development and
we know that everyone else will share our
excitement about the bright future Pets' Corner
Other works planned as part of the Harlow Town
Park regeneration programme include the
conservation of Spurriers House (including
turning the ground floor into a café);
improvements and upgrades to the bandstand; the
restoration and conservation of the park's water
gardens; renewed and new pathways; seating,
viewing points and improved signage across the
Work on the regeneration programme begun in
December with the start of horticultural
improvements and the restoration of various
garden and wooded areas across the park.
Family's tribute to "gentle
- 7th January 2015
THE family of a man who died following a
road collision in Roydon have been paying
tribute to the "gentle giant".
Jonathan Aicken, 24, of Foldcroft, Harlow, was
riding a motorbike which was involved in a
collision in Tylers Road in the early hours of
A family tribute, issued by Essex Police, said:
"Jon was known affectionately among his
friends as Panda. He was a gentle giant who
lived life to the full.
"His passions were motorbikes, Viking
culture and loud music, attending many live gigs
and music festivals both within the UK and
"Jon was a regular at The Square (the
Harlow music venue), well known for his bear
hugs and caring nature. If he heard that any of
the girls in his circle of friends were walking
home alone he would go miles out of his way to
make sure they got home safely.
"Jon will be missed by his mum, Anne,
brothers, James and Nick, as well as his
extended family and large circle of
"His family are overwhelmed by the messages
of support and the generous donations to the
fund organised by his friends to cover funeral
costs, which has raised £7,500."
* A 25-year-old woman from Hatfield in
Hertfordshire was arrested on Christmas Day on
suspicion of causing death by dangerous
She has been bailed pending further police
enquiries until Monday, January 26.
Efit issued in robbery appeal
- 7th January 2015
POLICE want to identify a man depicted in
an efit image following a robbery in Berecroft,
Harlow, on Boxing Day.
Three men were seen in a wooded area near
Peterswood at about 11am.
Police are investigating the robbery of a man in
his 50s in nearby Berecroft and want to trace
the men in connection with the investigation.
A rucksack containing some prescription
medication, a small amount of cash and keys was
One of the suspects, the subject of the efit,
was white, aged in his early 30s, well built,
with bleached blond hair and stubble. He was
Another man was also white, aged in his early
20s, of medium build with short dark hair.
The third was also in his 20s, white with short
brown hair and wearing a black leather
Anyone with any information should ring PC Moira
Kennedy at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111.
The efit image can be viewed here
Apprentice star to visit college
- 7th January 2015
A STAR of the BBC One show The Apprentice
will be visiting Harlow College on Monday to
meet local apprentices and talk to them about
Felipe Alviar-Baquero, a solicitor for an
international law firm, made reached Week Nine
with Lord Sugar and in 2012 was named one of the
Top 100 Colombians in the world.
The entrepreneur, who was also chosen to carry
the Olympic Torch en route to the London 2012
games, was invited to Harlow by MP Robert Halfon
who campaigns on the issue of apprentices.
Felipe hopes to give a speech on skills,
employment and his time on the show, before
hosting a question and answer session with
Mr Halfon, who has hired three Harlow College
apprentices himself, said: "I met Felipe
towards the end of last year and we both have a
strong commitment to apprenticeships and
providing people with the skills they need to
get on in life.
"We'll also be visiting the new Sir Charles
Kao Technical School which has just opened on
the Harlow College campus.
"I'm very grateful to the college for
facilitating our visit."
Police reveal anti drink-drive
- 6th January 2015
A TOTAL of 175 drivers were arrested
during Essex Police's 2014 Christmas Anti-Drink
A total of 2,429 drivers were stopped and
breathalysed between December 1 and January 1
and 143 were found to be driving over the legal
alcohol limit or refused or failed to provide a
A further 32 were arrested in connection with
drug driving legislation.
During the 2013 campaign 3,409 drivers were
breathalysed and 124 were arrested for driving
over the limit or refusing or failing to give a
sample of breath.
Casualty reduction manager Adam Pipe said:
"It is always frustrating to see that,
despite knowing the consequences, some drivers
still consider themselves to be above the law by
getting behind the wheel having knowingly
consumed too much alcohol.
"This year we breathalysed fewer drivers
and arrested more on suspicion of drink driving.
Whilst this appears disappointing on first sight
it can be explained by a more targeted approach
taken during this year's campaign.
"This year we were able to target our
patrols more specifically to areas where
intelligence told us people were
"We were also able to act on information
received from members of the public about people
who regularly get behind the wheel under the
influence of alcohol."
He added: "Our Christmas Anti-Drink Drive
Campaign may have come to an end but Essex
Police takes a robust approach to drink drivers
365 days a year. Drink driving isn't just about
Christmas - it ruins lives all year round.
"Perpetual drink drivers will choose to
drink and drive any day of the year so I want to
ask for support from the public 365 days a year
to help take them off the roads of Essex.
"Please help keep the county's roads safe
by reporting drink drivers."
Appeal after attempted robbery
- 6th January 2015
DETECTIVES are appealing for information
after five friends were targeted by two men in
The attempted robbery happened in Paringdon Road
between 1am and 1.30am on New Year's Day when
the three men and two women were walking along
the road and were approached by two men who
initially asked for a cigarette.
They then demanded that the group hand over
their mobile phones and turn out their
When they refused one of the men produced a long
object and struck one of the victims, an
18-year-old man from Chingford, on the head and
also caught a second victim, a 17-year-old
Harlow man, on the chin. The 18-year-old needed
hospital treatment for a head cut.
The 17-year-old suffered grazes. Both suspects
ran off empty-handed.
The man who carried out the assaults is
described as white, bald, about 6ft tall, aged
in his 20s to 30s and skinny. He was wearing a
beanie hat and had on a padded jacket.
The second man was white and had on a hooded
Anyone who saw what happened or has any other
information should ring Detective Constable Jo
Lanz at Harlow Police Station on 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Man robbed at knifepoint
- 5th January 2015
THREE men are being sought by police
after a man was robbed at knifepoint in Harlow
The incident happened off School Lane at 8pm on
Friday, January 2, when a 21-year-old man was
approached by three men who punched him in the
stomach threatened him with a knife and stole
£25 cash and a black Apple iPhone 5.
The men all had their faces covered.
The victim said they appeared to be aged in
their 20s. One was very tall, another was stocky
and the third was thin.
Anyone who saw anyone matching these
descriptions in the area at the time or who has
any other information that could help police
should ring PC Leo Fordham at Harlow Police
Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111.
Jewellery among £4,000 burglary
- 2nd January 2015
JEWELLERY was among items stolen during a
burglary at a house in Rideways, Harlow.
The break-in happened between 7.30am and 3.15pm
on Thursday, December 18, when thieves smashed
through the patio doors.
Police say a messy search of the house was made
and a number of items were taken including an
Apple iPad, a Prada clutch bag, boxed ladies Ugg
boots, Tiffany earrings, a yellow gold men's
wedding ring, a pair of Gucci sunglasses and a
black G Shock watch.
The total value of the stolen property is
estimated at more than £4,000.
Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the
area or who has been offered any of the items
for sale should ring PC Jo Snell at Harlow CID
on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555