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New-look Derwent Centre officially
18th September 2018
THE newly refurbished Derwent Centre for
patients with acute mental illness was
officially opened by Harlow Council chairman
Maggie Hulcoop and Essex Partnership University
NHS Foundation Trust chairman Professor Sheila
The Derwent Centre, on the Princess Alexandrta
Hospital site, has undergone a major
refurbishment which was started in 2013 by the
former North Essex Partnership University NHS
The building has two wards, Stort Ward and
Chelmer, which have transformed into a modern
inpatient facility that is suitable for the
needs of patients.
There is also a new reception area, new
entrance, hub and indoor garden.
The refurbishment is part of the trust’s
transformation plans to continually improve and
develop facilities and environments that will
enhance the patient experience.
"Sexual predator" jailed
5th September 2018
A 41-YEAR-OLD man who kidnapped and
sexually assaulted a girl during an
opportunistic attack in Harlow has been
sentenced to a lengthy jail term.
At the conclusion of a six-day trial on Monday,
July 30, Darren Sellen, of Church Leys, Harlow,
was found guilty of kidnap, kidnap with intent
to commit a sexual assault and sexual assault on
a child under 13.
On Friday, August 31, he appeared again at
Chelmsford Crown Court and was sentenced to six
years imprisonment and another four years on
At about 3.30pm on Thursday, November 2 last
year a girl was walking from Bush Fair and
crossed Tillwicks Road when Sellen came from
behind her and put his hands over her mouth and
eyes. He dragged her towards some garages before
sexually assaulting her.
Two people who witnessed Sellen grab the victim,
who was aged under 13, quickly went to her aid
before calling police.
In court it was noted that Sellen was seen on
CCTV following the victim and making sure she
was alone before attacking her.
Officers who reviewed CCTV saw that Sellen was
wearing the same clothing described by the
victim. He was also caught on camera fleeing the
Sellen was arrested the next day, on Friday,
At sentencing, a Sexual Harm Prevention Order
imposed on Sellen following a previous sexual
offence was also extended and will be in place
At the time of the incident in July he was being
recalled to prison after a technical breach of
his parole for this previous sexual
The Sexual Harm Prevention Order means that on
release, Sellen will have to adhere to a number
of conditions for life. Included in these are
strict restrictions on physical proximity to
children under 16.
Detective Constable Ryan Burgess, who led the
investigation, said: “I would like to praise
the victim for her bravery during this
investigation. She has shown an enormous amount
of courage throughout, and gave us key
descriptions of Sellen.
“Sellen is a sexual predator and a very
dangerous individual who continues to refuse to
admit his terrible actions, but who has now been
brought to justice.
“The severity of his crimes are reflected in
the sentence imposed and I hope that this will
help to bring some closure and comfort to the
victim as she moves on from this ordeal.
“I would also like to thank the two people who
helped her, and whose actions were recognised in
crown court for outstanding public duty.”
A ten-year restraining order in relation to the
victim and her immediate family was also
In court, the two witnesses who came to her aid
were each awarded £500.
Applications open for new secondary
8.10am - 3rd
ADMISSIONS are now open for Harlow’s
newest secondary school and sixth form.
Sir Frederick Gibberd College is being opened by
BMAT to provide a solution to the critical
shortage of school places in the town by
A fully functioning temporary school building
next to Burnt Mill Academy in First Avenue will
welcome the first cohort of 120 Year 7 students
The two-phase opening will see Year 7 become the
first cohort while the Department for Education
builds the new school’s permanent home in
When the school moves to its new building in
2020, Sir Frederick Gibberd will offer an
academic sixth form for students who aspire to
attend Oxbridge and other Russell Group
universities or leading universities in America
Characteristics which make BMAT schools a
success - such as extensive enrichment, Saturday
school, holiday club and a broad curriculum
focusing on EBACC subjects - will be a part of
the new school, however Head of School Dee
Conlon is keen to also offer something unique to
An open morning will be held at Burnt Mill
Academy between 10am and noon on on September 8
to give parents an opportunity to find out more
about Sir Frederick Gibberd College before
submitting application forms by the October 31
For more information or to apply for a place in
Year 7, contact the school on 01279 307244 or
Boy stabbed in "targeted
8.35am - 1st
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after
a teenaged boy was stabbed in the leg in
Officers believe the incident happened near
Orchard Croft shortly before 6pm on Thursday,
near the First Avenue underpass.
The boy was taken to
hospital with injuries which are not believed to
be life-threatening or life-changing.
Police believe it have been a targeted attack
and are appealing for anyone with information to
ring Harlow CID on 101, quoting incident number
880 of 30/08, or Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111.
Special day as hospice patient
meets F1 star
8.30am - 1st
A PATIENT at St Clare Hospice has had a
once-in-a-lifetime meeting with Formula 1
superstar, Lewis Hamilton.
Katherine Lee, 39, from Epping, has followed the
sport since she was a teenager.
Her mother, Diane, approached the hospice and
asked if it could assist in arranging a special
40th birthday surprise for Katherine who has
been supported by St Clare Hospice since
December 2016 when she was diagnosed with
terminal heart failure.
Katherine’s condition began after treatment
for childhood cancer, aged 12, which saw her
undergoing radiotherapy that caused later
complications and heart failure.
The hospice has been supporting Katherine and
her family with specialist medical advice from
its Clinical Nurse Specialists, practical
support from social workers, and outpatient
support from the hospice's Day Therapy team
including occupational therapists,
physiotherapists and complementary therapists -
all who have helped Katherine manage her
condition and continue to live her life to the
Katherine’s social worker at the hospice,
Michele Tavarone, took on the challenge of
planning Katherine’s special day.
The hospice arranged for Katherine and her
mother to attend the F1 British Grand Prix at
Silverstone after securing a grant to pay for
the tickets from the Willow Foundation, a
charity that pays for seriously ill young adults
to have a special day out.
Having secured the Sunday tickets, the hospice’s
communications team undertook a social media
campaign to attempt to reach Lewis
The ‘Katherine’s F1 wish’ campaign reached
over 50,000 people on the hospice’s Twitter
page in mid-June and led to a member of the
public giving Katherine an additional two VIP
tickets to Silverstone for the Friday when
Katherine and her mother had a tour of the
pit-lanes and garages, a ride around the track
on an open top truck, and watched the
qualification races, as well as a chance meeting
with Lewis Hamilton when the F1 champion snapped
a selfie with Katherine.
But Katherine’s dream did not end there.
A representative from fashion brand Tommy
Hilfiger, of which Lewis Hamilton is an official
ambassador, saw the Twitter campaign and got in
touch with her with an invitation to an
exclusive launch at their Regent Street store.
The event was for the launch of Lewis
Hamilton’s official clothing collection -
Tommy x Lewis - which will be available this
Just before leaving for the launch event,
Katherine received a phone call from Lewis
Hamilton’s team inviting her to meet Lewis at
his hotel suite before the Tommy Hilfiger launch
Katherine said: "I couldn’t believe it.
It was apparently all Lewis’s idea! My Mum, my
friend Beth, and I were welcomed at the hotel
foyer by a member of Lewis’s staff and invited
to wait in the bar as Lewis was still busy
"Once he was available we were taken up to
his suite and invited into a big lounge. Lewis
then came in, wearing his special Tommy Hilfiger
outfit ready for the launch, and just sat with
us and chatted. It was so surreal!”
Katherine added: "Lewis was just so nice
and down to earth, and he talked to me for over
"We spoke about Formula 1 of course as I
have been a fan of his for years and have
followed his whole career.
"We talked a lot about Sunday’s race as
it had been such a spectacle to watch, and it
really just felt like talking to a friend.
"He was just so modest and kind. We then
took some photos in his hotel. I just couldn’t
stop smiling like the Cheshire cat all
"I told Lewis about St Clare and how they
had helped arrange my trip to the Grand Prix and
he was happy for me to share my story with the
hospice and of course the photos which we took
"I just felt like I was on Cloud 9 and
cannot really believe that it all
“Once we had finished talking it was time to
leave for the Tommy Hilfiger launch in Regent
Street. We were escorted by one of Lewis’s
bodyguards to the event and then given front row
seats to watch the launch!
"We stayed for the party afterwards where
there were canapés and the champagne was
flowing. It was just crazy for me to be at an
event like that, with fashion icons and
celebrities. I had to pinch myself to believe it
"They were certainly a few days that I will
never forget, and I am so grateful to everyone
who made it happen - the staff at St Clare’s,
the people who kindly shared the campaign on
social media, the PR team at Tommy Hilfiger who
invited me, and of course Lewis Hamilton and his
amazing team of people!
"It really was a dream come true."