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Car 'deliberately driven at group'
- 19th April 2015
A TEENAGER was run over by a car which
was deliberately driven at a number of people in
The incident happened after a fight broke out
between two groups of men behind Seen nightclub,
off Post Office Walk, at about 4am on Saturday.
Police say a small white hatchback car was
deliberately driven at several men, running over
a 17-year-old boy from Harlow.
He escaped with cuts and bruises. He was taken
to hospital and later discharged.
Sgt Natalie Rooney, of Harlow CID, said: "We are
really lucky not to be investigating a fatality.
I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the
incident involving the car or the fight which
preceded it to contact me as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should ring Sgt Rooney
on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
COMPETITION: Win a family ticket to
the Extreme Torque Show
- 19th April 2015
Everything Epping Forest and Everything
Harlow have ten family tickets to the Extreme
Torque Show on North Weald Airfield (May 3 and
4) to be won.
There will be three diverse arenas - Urban
Arena, Extreme Arena and Torque Arena - for fans
of monster trucks, motorbikes or the more urban
sports of BMX and parkour.
The Urban Arena wiill have a talented street
vibe with a mix of urban sports from BMX to
Watch the Extreme BMX team as talented young
riders showcase their tricks mid-air.
From the same platforms and straight from the
movies check out the Parkour Team as they
negotiate their way around the arena, regardless
Visitors can get involved with workshops
available for a taste of the street scene.
The show is on North Weald airfield on Sunday,
May 3, and Monday, May 4 (11am-5pm).
Tickets are £17 or £15 if booked in advance
plus a free brochure for those who book in
Ring 0844 477 1000
To be in with chance of winning a family ticket
for four people - any combination; two adults,
two children / one 1 adult and three children /
four adults (under-3s free) - answer the
* How many arenas will there be at The Extreme
Torque Show when it visits North Weald? a) 6 b)
3 c) 1.
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
together with your name, home address and a
contact telephone number by 5pm on Saturday,
The winning entries will be picked at random
after the closing date.
Witness appeal over handbag snatch
- 18th April 2015
POLICE are appealing for witnesses
following the theft of a woman's handbag in
A woman aged in her 80s was walking in Potter
Street near the junction of Hillside at 5pm on
Monday, April 13, when she was approached from
behind and her handbag was removed from her
The male thief then got on to the back of a
motorbike, which was being ridden by another
man, towards Harlow Common.
The thief is described as being white and aged
Anyone with any information should ring PC Neil
Armor at Harlow Police Station on 101 or
Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111.
Elderly woman targeted in
- 15th April 2015
POLICE investigating an attack on an
elderly woman in Harlow when she was pushed to
the ground and robbed have released more
information about the incident.
The 84-year-old victim was robbed by two youths
on a moped in Pyenest Road shortly before
12.30pm yesterday (Tuesday).
She was walking on the pavement when the pair
pushed her over and stole her grey leather
handbag containing her purse, cash, bank cards,
keys and documentation.
She suffered multiple injuries to her wrist,
face, hands and body.
The two fled on a white, red and blue moped-type
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Tina
Hart said: "This was a nasty robbery that
has left the elderly victim with multiple
injuries and feeling shaken.
"I am keen to find the people responsible
and would like to speak to anyone who saw the
robbery, or who has any information that could
help our investigation."
Anyone with any information should ring DS Hart
at Harlow Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Elderly woman robbed
- 14th April 2015
AN elderly woman has been robbed by two
youths on a moped in Pyenest Road, Harlow.
The incident happened shortly before 12.30pm
The 83-year-old victim was walking on the
pavement when the pair pushed her to the ground
as they passed and stole her bag containing her
She suffered minor injuries and was left
Anyone with any information should ring Harlow
Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Father and son victims of
- 14th April 2015
DETECTIVES investigating an attempted
murder in which a father and son were attacked
in their Harlow home by intruders using a claw
hammer and meat cleaver are appealing for
The victims - one aged in his 50s and one in his
20s - were asleep at their home in Tunnmeade
when they were woken by a knock at the door just
after 9pm on Wednesday, March 25.
When one of them went to answer, three intruders
- two men and one woman - forced their way in
and demanded cash.
During a struggle the father was hit with the
meat cleaver and suffered numerous deep wounds
to his head, arms and legs.
He was then forced to go upstairs and hand over
£1,600 in £20 notes.
Whilst upstairs the suspects used the weapons to
attack the man's son cutting him to the bone on
his back and breaking his collar bone.
All three suspects fled the scene and are
possibly thought to have travelled in a white
Ford Transit Connect van leaving via Momples
Road and Howard Way and heading south towards
Detectives are appealing for any witnesses in
the area before or after the incident to come
Officers do not believe the attack was random
and the men may have been targeted for the cash
kept at their home.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Ryan
Burgess, of Harlow CID, said: "This was a
horrific attack. Both victims suffered
horrendous injuries and are lucky to be
"We are keen to hear from anyone who may
have been in the area around the time of the
"The victims suffered considerable blood
loss meaning the two male suspects, who carried
out the violence, and the van are likely to be
covered in blood.
"One of the male suspects was struck on the
head during the struggle so may have suffered
swelling or blood loss himself.
"Thankfully violent crimes such as this are
extremely rare. However we are keen to catch
those responsible as soon as possible.
"If you know anything, please come forward
to us so we can arrest these people and remove
them from our streets."
Both the father and son are now recovering at
home but with continued hospital
All three attackers are described as white and
spoke with local accents.
The woman is described as aged between 18 and
22, slim, with long light-coloured hair, about
5ft 2ins tall and wearing a light coloured
jacket, dark or black leggings and white or
light coloured footwear.
On CCTV footage she appeared to be smoking a
cigarette when she entered the same van via the
One of the men was aged in his 30s, was balding
or had short shaved hair, was of medium build
and about 5ft 8ins tall and wore a dark
The other man was also about 5ft 8ins tall, of
medium build and wore a white coloured top. In
the aftermath of the attack CCTV footage shows
the van remaining in the area.
It leaves at about 9.20pm as emergency vehicles
Till stolen from gym
- 13th April 2015
BURGLARS have stolen a till from a gym in
Harlow after a fire door was forced.
Three men forced open a fire door at the Ripped
Gym in Wych Elm at 8.30pm on Monday, April
They stole a till drawer and till, containing a
four-figure sum and ran off to a nearby wooded
area between Rectory Road and Morley Grove.
Police want to witnesses who were in the area
and saw anyone acting suspiciously.
They would also like to speak to the driver of a
Citroen C4 Picasso who drove through Wych Elm at
Anyone with any information should ring PC James
Selwood at Harlow Police Station on 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Man assaulted after being asked for
- 7th April 2015
A MAN was punched in the face after being
asked for a cigarette in Harlow.
The 26-year-old was waiting outside Paringdon
Sports Club in Paringdon Road, at 5am on
Saturday, April 4, when he was approached by two
They asked him for a cigarette, but when he said
he did not smoke, one of them punched him in the
face, knocking him to the ground.
Both men kicked him while he was on the ground
and shouted for him to hand over his
But they ran off empty handed when he shouted
The victim was taken to hospital with facial
injuries. His assailants were white, aged 20 to
28 and of medium build.
Anyone with any information is asked to ring
Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555 111.
Woman assaulted during burglary
- 5th April 2015
POLICE are appealing for information
following a burglary at a home in Harlow where
the elderly occupant was assaulted.
Two men forced their way into the property in
Waterhouse Moor at about 5.10pm on Friday, March
20, and stole various items which have yet to be
The occupant, a woman in her 80s, was assaulted
after she challenged the men, causing bruising
to her legs.
Police are appealing to anyone who saw two white
men, slim, aged in their 20s, in the area at the
One was wearing a red hooded top.
Anyone with any information should ring officers
at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Funding boost for academy
- 1st April 2015
BURNT Mill Academy has been awarded once
again for its work with disadvantaged
The school was awarded £5,000 as a qualifier in
the Pupil Premium Awards earlier this year
putting it among just 27 secondary schools
nationally to reach the finals.
It has now been awarded a further £50,000 as an
East of England finalist in the national
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to
schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged
students and to close the gap between them and
Helena Mills, head of BMAT schools, said:
"I was delighted to receive recognition for
all we do at Burnt Mill to ensure children who
don't have the same advantages as others get the
chance to really succeed.
"The Government gives us additional funding
for children who are on free school meals
already and we use this as a way of ensuring
they can get tutored, reading books and go on
trips; things sometimes their families may not
be able to afford.
"With this additional funding, we will be
able to ensure we offer even more opportunities
for our children.
"As a free school meal child myself, I know
what it is like to want to do something but not
be able to afford it. It is the reason we insist
here at Burnt Mill that every child gets the
opportunity to learn how to play a musical
instrument, go on at least one trip abroad and
get tutoring if they need it."
The school, which has a third of its students in
the Pupil Premium category, has closed the gap
between the number of students achieving five or
more A* to C grades at GCSE from poor or
affluent backgrounds from 24 per cent last year
to just 12 per cent this year.
Motorcyclist banned for 148mph ride
- 1st April 2015
A MOTORCYCLIST who weaved
in and out of traffic at speeds
up to 148mph on the M11 between
Hastingwood and Chigwell with a
pillion passenger on board has
been banned from driving for 15
Paul Roberts was filmed by an
Essex Police motorcyclist as he
rode south on the
His top speed is believed to be
the highest ever recorded in the
UK by a rider carrying a pillion
Roberts, 43 of Malkin Drive
Lane, Harlow, who runs a taxi
firm in London, was riding to
work on his Kawasaki ZZR 1400
with a friend as passenger on
Friday September 12.
He joined the M11 at Hastingwood
and was seen and followed by PC
Paul Hills who was involved in a
motorcycle safety operation on
A video camera on PC Hill's bike
recorded events as Roberts
weaved across all three
At one point he is seen riding
through a narrow gap between a
lorry and a car. Roberts was
eventually stopped near Chigwell
and later summonsed for
He admitted the offence and
appeared for sentence at
Chelmsford Crown Court on
Monday. He was also ordered to
do 120 hours community service,
told to take an extended re-test
and to pay £460 costs.
Sgt Nick Edwards, from the Essex
Police Motorcycle Unit, said:
"The levels of harm to
which Paul Roberts subjected
himself, his pillion passenger,
the public and my officer are
just beyond comprehension.
"These speeds are for race
tracks not public roads. This
riding behaviour will not be
tolerated on Essex roads and the
court has clearly recognised the
consequences of the riders
actions in the punishment that
has been awarded.
"The Essex Police Casualty
Reduction Section continues to
focus on targeting drivers and
riders that through their
actions pose the greatest risk
of harm to themselves and other
Sgt Edwards said PC Hills and
other Essex Police motorcyclists
were carrying out a specific
operation targeting motorcycle
commuters using the M11.
This was in a direct response to
complaints from members of the
public about inappropriate
filtering between lanes by
motorcyclists and a high number
across the county of serious
road collisions involving
The Essex Police video footage
can be viewed here