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Police treat assault as
26th March 2017
POLICE are treating an assault on a man
in Broadley Road as a hate-related crime.
The incident happened shortly after 6.30pm on
Wednesday, March 22, when a 48-year-old man was
assaulted by a group of youths while playing
football with his sons.
He suffered minor injuries to his head.
Witnesses or anyone with any information should
ring Harlow Police Station on 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Woman robbed at knifepoint
21st March 2017
A WOMAN has been robbed at knifepoint as
she walked along a cyclepath in Harlow.
The 19-year-old woman was in Tripton Road
at about 1.45pm on Friday (March 17) when she
was approached by a man holding a knife. He
demanded money and she gave him some cash. He
then ran off into a wooded area nearby.
The victim was shaken but unhurt.
The robber is described as white, scruffy, aged
about 40, stocky and about 5ft 6ins tall. He had
curly, short, light brown hair with a small bald
patch on the crown and a long bushy beard.
He was wearing black gloves with the ends cut
off both thumbs, a khaki green jacket with a rip
in the back, and black steel toe capped style
Anyone with any information should ring DC James
Smith at Harlow CID or Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555 111.
Drug dealers jailed
TWO drug dealers caught with a haul of
crack and heroin in their vehicle have been
jailed for a total of more than six years.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard how officers from
Essex Police’s West Operation Raptor team were
on patrol in the Town Park area of Harlow on
October 4 last year when they received a report
that drug users had gathered and a suspected
deal was about to take place.
The officers went to the area and saw a group of
what is believed to be drug users approaching a
The driver of the carn 26-year-old Amir Mostofi,
panicked, dropped an object in his lap and
attempted to drive the car away whilst his
passenger, 20-year-old Glen Elamo, tried to
escape on foot.
They were stopped by the officers and a search
of the vehicle found wraps and rocks of the
Class A drugs heroin and cocaine, as well as
mobile phones and more than £200.
The pair were arrested and charged with one
count of possession of a Class A drug with
intent to supply.
Elamo of Station Road, east London, and Mostofi
of Downing Court, north London, admitted the
Elamo was jailed three years and six months
while Mostofi was given a three-year jail
PC Tom Bennett, of the West Operation Raptor
team, said: "It was clear that Elamo and
Mostofi were actively dealing drugs in the
Harlow area but their efforts to escape the West
Operation Raptor team were in vain.
"Their lengthy sentences reflect the
seriousness with which both Essex Police and the
wider criminal justice system view those who are
plying drugs on our streets.
"We hope this sentence also sends out a
clear message to the community that we act on
all information received in relation to drug
dealing and we will not tolerate this crime on
the streets of our county.”
Woman seriously injured in
A WOMAN has been left with
'life-changing' injuries after she was struck by
a car as she crossed Southern Way with her
Police are appealing for witnesses to the
collision which happened at about 7.30pm
The 47-year-old woman, from Harlow, was struck
by a silver Ford Focus car which failed to stop
and drove off towards the A414.
The woman was taken to hospital with serious
She is described as being in a stable condition
with life-changing injuries.
Police say the car would have been damaged in
the collision and the wing mirror was
Any garages approached about repairs are asked
to contact police.
Anyone with any information about a damaged
silver Ford Focus should also contact DC Jenny
Pirie at the Serious Collision Investigation
Unit at Boreham on 101 or by emailing email@example.com.
Information can also be given via Crimestoppers,
anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Organisations receive cash boost
TWO Harlow organisations have received
funding from the Healthwatch Essex Fund.
The Fund, which is managed by Essex Community
Foundation, supports community organisations
that provide information, advice and guidance
around accessing health and care services in the
Harlow Stroke Support Group receives £6,700 to
help provide a new home outreach service for
those affected by stroke while PACT for Autism
receives £5,640 to fund a new Information
Officer post and improve access to information
for children and adults.
Registration open for hospice 10k
1.11pm - 6th
REGISTRATION is now open for St Clare
Hospice's annual 10k race on Sunday, April
Last year's race raised £8,000.
Hundreds of runners are expected to tackle the
route which starts and finishes at the
The event is suitable for all abilities and for
St Clare fundraising development manager Jamie
Hooper said: “Our 10k race has become a
permanent fixture in many of the local running
club calendars for well over two decades.
"Our route along the roads of Hastingwood
is UK Athletics affiliated and chip-timed so it
offers the perfect opportunity to get a new PB
at the start of the running season.”
Last year’s winner, Matthew Woodman, from the
Orion Harriers, completed the course in 34mins
53secs. Trophies are awarded to the first male,
female, senior, junior and wheelchair athlete.
Medals will be awarded to all runners.
Registration costs £12 (in advance) or £15 on
the day (£10 or £13 for affiliated
The deadline for advanced sign-ups is Monday,
The registration desk will be open at 9.30am on
the day with the race starting at 10.30am.
The event is open to runners aged 15 and
For more information, and to register, visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/event/st-clare-10k-2017
or ring the challenge and events team at the
hospice on 01279 773756.
Leasehold bids sought for sports
3.51pm - 5th
HARLOW Council is inviting expressions of
interest from organisations wishing to bid for a
leasehold on Nicholls Field pavilion and
changing rooms together with a hire agreement
for the adjacent pitches.
The pavilion and changing rooms have been unused
for several years but the council is undertaking
The council seeks a tenant to occupy four
changing rooms and an officials' changing room,
along with shared access for a disabled
There is currently capacity for six senior
11-a-side football pitches but these could be
configured according to the needs of the
The deadline for bids is noon on March 15.
For more information contact Chris Purvis by
or ringing 01279 446435.
Brave officer went 'beyond the call
9.36am - 1st
THE brave actions of a police officer who
was dragged 20ft by a vehicle following a
robbery in Harlow have been highlighted
following the sentencing of two women.
PC Paul Marks was off-duty when he saw a
77-year-old man, from Harlow, being robbed of a
three-figure sum of cash in the Co-op shop at
Bush Fair on October 12, 2015.
Alice Smith, 31, of Mallows Green, Harlow, ran
off with PC Marks giving chase.
She got into a red BMW driven by Elaine Cochrane,
40, of Hollyfield, Harlow, who accelerated as PC
Marks grabbed Smith through a window.
Despite being dragged 20ft and sustaining
injuries to his knees and upper body, PC Marks
noted the number plate and Cochrane and Smith
were later arrested.
On Friday, February 17, Cochrane was found
guilty of dangerous driving following a trial
and was sentenced to 15 weeks in prison and
disqualified from driving for 12 months at
Chelmsford Crown Court. She was found not guilty
of ABH and robbery.
Smith was sentenced to 30 months in prison at
Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday, June 9 last
year after admitting robbery and two counts of
This sentence was later reduced to two years
after she appealed last December.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Leo
Fordham said: "PC Paul Marks instinctively
placed himself on duty after witnessing a
vulnerable man being robbed of his pension money
and bravely gave chase.
"He managed to take note of Cochrane’s
number plate despite being dragged 20ft and
suffering injuries, the effects of which he is
still suffering today.
"PC Marks’ actions went beyond the call
of duty and resulted in two people being brought
Apprenticeships under spotlight
9.34am - 1st
BUSINESS representatives are invited to
an event to hear about the benefits to
businesses of apprenticeships.
The event - at the Civic Centre, Harlow,
starting at 10am on Friday (March 3) - will be
chaired by Harlow Council regeneration and
enterprise portfolio holder councillor Tony
Key speakers include Harlow MP Robert Halfon who
is Minister of State for Higher Education,
Skills, Apprenticeships and Careers; Phil
Warnock, chairman of the South East Local
Ambassador Network for the National
Apprenticeship Service, and Will Allanson,
executive director of Business Development at
Attendees will also hear from apprentices about
how they have benefited from their
apprenticeships. There will also be a question
and answer session with the panel.
The event ties in with National Apprenticeships
Week which runs from March 6 to 10.
To book a place, email firstname.lastname@example.org