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Three arrested after man robbed

12.28pm - 13th October 2015

THREE people are in custody after a man in his 70s was robbed of a three-figure sum of cash in Bush Fair, Harlow. 
An off-duty police officer was injured after he attempted to stop a woman suspect who got in to a vehicle following the robbery which happened at about 4.40pm yesterday (Monday). 
The officer, aged in his 30s, suffered minor injuries and was treated at hospital.
A 38-year-old woman, from Harlow, was arrested on suspicion of robbery, drugs offences, dangerous driving and drink driving. 
A 30-year-old woman, from Harlow, was arrested on suspicion of robbery, assaulting a police officer, GBH and an unrelated aggravated burglary. 
A 21-year-old man, from London, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and drugs offences.

Man stabbed in town centre

8.38am - 12th October 2015

DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Harlow town centre. 
He suffered four wounds to his back and chest after he became involved in an altercation with another man outside Bar 21 in Market Square at about 2.30am yesterday (Sunday). 
The victim, who is in his 20s and from Harlow, was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital where he is still receiving treatment. His injuries were not life-threatening but will require surgery. 
A large area in Market Square was taped off while police carried out forensic investigations. 
A 19-year-old man, from Harlow, was arrested yesterday morning on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and he remains in custody being interviewed by detectives. 
Any witnesses who have not yet contacted police or anyone with information about events leading to the stabbing, should ring investigating officer DC Laura Cuthbert or colleagues at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Ten out of 14 PCSO posts set to go

8.19am - 7th October 2015

SWEEPING cutbacks announced by Essex Police will see the town lose ten of its 14 Police and Community Support Officers. 
In addition the opening hours of the police station are to be cut back. 
While the town's police station will remain open - unlike those in Epping (which is to be sold, along with Ongar and Waltham Abbey) and Loughton (where the front counter is to be closed) - staffing levels are to be drastically cut. Just four PCSO posts will remain once the changes are introduced by April next year. 
A new Community Policing Team will consist of one local partnership and policing inspector, two sergeants, six constables, one dedicated youth officer and four PCSOs. Essex Police say the team will be locally based and prioritise protecting people from harm; preventing and reducing crime, bringing criminals to justice, engaging with the public, and ensuring the public are satisfied with the service they receive. 
However police will not deal with "low-level non-policing matters such as long-term neighbourhood disputes, low level anti-social behaviour and parking issues, but will work alongside partners, for example the local authority and Community Safety Partnership, who will address these matters". 
Harlow Police Station's front counter will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm seven days a week having previously been open 8am to midnight seven days a week.

Doctors urge smokers to join quit challenge

9.58am - 4th October 2015

DOCTORS are encouraging people to sign-up the stop smoking challenge, Stoptober. 
Doctors from NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, which plans and buys NHS services on behalf of people in Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford, are adding their voice to the national campaign.
Stoptober is the country’s 28-day mass quit attempt from Public Health England. 
Clinical director Dr Christine Moss said: “Stopping smoking is always a challenge but by signing up to the Stoptober mass quit attempt you will be joining thousands of people making a positive change to their wellbeing. 
“By stopping smoking for 28 days you are five times more likely to stop for good so this is the perfect time to sign up to receive the support you need.” 
To stand an even better chance of quitting for good, people are encouraged to sign up with their friends, family and colleagues as evidence reveals this type of ‘social quitting’ can dramatically improve people’s chances of successfully stopping. 
Research shows smokers are two-thirds (67 per cent) more likely to quit when their spouse stops smoking, and a third more likely to quit when a close friend (36 per cent) or someone they work with (34 per cent) stops. 
The data also shows individuals are much more likely (61 per cent) to smoke if their partner or a close friend smokes, showing the powerful influence that people’s social networks have on their own smoking behaviour. 
This is backed up by a study of smokers in Australia, Canada, the UK and the United States which shows that the fewer smoking friends someone has, the more likely they are to succeed in a quit attempt.
By signing up to Stoptober, smokers can choose from a range of free support tools including a mobile phone app which includes lots more tips and advice. 
To sign up, search 'Stoptober' online or visit www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober

Motorcyclist dies after collision

9.19am - 4th October 2015

A MOTORCYCLIST has died following a road collision in Harlow. 
Officers were on patrol in Southern Way at about 11.30pm on Friday when they saw a motorcycle had been in collision with a lamp post. 
The rider was seriously ill and the officers gave him CPR until ambulance crews arrived. 
The 24-year-old local man died later in hospital. 
Police are investigating the circumstances leading up to the collision. 
Anyone who has any information or who may have witnessed what happened is asked to contact DS Damon Bainbridge at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on Essex Police 101 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk

Nominations open for sports awards

5.31pm - 1st October 2015

NOMINATIONS can be made for this year's Harlow Sports Awards run by Harlow Council and Active Harlow. 
The event, funded by Active Essex 2015, will celebrate and recognise sporting talent and achievements in the Harlow area.
The finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony at the Civic Centre, Harlow, on Tuesday, November 24. 
For more information click here
Businesses wishing to sponsor a category can email Harlow Council sports and leisure policy and development officer Chris Purvis at chris.purvis@harlow.gov.uk or sports development apprentice Lewis Casey at lewis.casey@harlow.gov.uk 
The closing date for nominations is midday on October 14. 
All awards are inclusive and encourage nominations of all abilities and impairments. 
Those being nominated must live in the Harlow area, be involved in or a member of a Harlow-based club.
Where applicable exceptional nominees will be automatically nominated for the Active Essex Sports Awards.

MP opens Harlow Enterprise Zone

5.29pm - 1st October 2015

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has officially opened the Harlow Enterprise Zone. 
This marks the completion of the first phase of development on the Enterprise Zone, made possible by a public private partnership comprising the landowner, local government and national government. 
The Enterprise Zone will be able to generate up to 3,000 jobs in Advanced Engineering, ICT and Life Sciences and will be the biggest single commercial development ever to take place in Harlow. 
Mr Halfon said: "The Enterprise Zone is part of an important triangle of investment, skills, business and jobs between the new Public Health England, the Enterprise Zone, the University Technical College and Harlow College. 
"The Government is investing in Harlow and business and jobs are coming back to our town. 
"I am especially delighted that Arrow Electronics and Raytheon were in attendance (at the opening), both of whom have signed 15 years leases to take space at Kao Park on the Harlow Enterprise Zone.
"Their presence will boost the local economy and benefit Harlow enormously and I am excited to see what the future will bring. 
"With Arrow Electronics and Raytheon, I can see the potential that this project has to strengthen Harlow’s reputation as a hub of innovation and invention, as well as create hundreds and potentially thousands of jobs in our local community over the coming years."

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