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Councillor speaks out over grass
A SENIOR Harlow councillor has spoken out
after "current issues" regarding grass
cutting across the town.
Harlow Council environment portfolio holder
Danny Purton said: “I am aware that there are
current issues with the frequency and standard
of grass cutting across the town and this is
causing some concern from residents and
"I am disappointed that standards are not
being met and I apologise to residents.
“Grass is being cut but not always within the
number of working days promised and not to the
standard our residents expect. These issues are
being taken up with our contractors, Kier
Harlow, and I will be monitoring the situation
very closely to ensure things get back on track
sooner rather than later."
He added: “Subject to weather conditions we
aim to cut the grass in housing areas every 17
working days, highway verges cut every 24
working days with large open spaces cut every 34
"Some areas of grass are left long and only
cut once a year to encourage wildlife and
“The strimming team’s main work recently has
been cutting back summer obstructions along
footpaths and sight-lines around main road
junctions and in housing areas. This has meant
strimming around fence lines and other more
remote obstacles is taking a lot longer than
expected leaving areas which have been cut still
“In addition to grass cutting, every year
three town-wide weed sprays of hard surfaces are
carried out. "The first took place in March
and Kier Harlow completed the second weed
spraying treatment last week.
"Spraying had been delayed due to the wet
weather over the last two weeks in June; as this
would weaken the chemical being applied.
"The third treatment is planned for the
second week of September.
“It is the case that we do cut the grass less
than we once did many years ago simply because
we have less money however we are aware that
keeping open spaces properly maintained is a
priority for residents.
"We currently receive £41,500 a year as a
contribution to the maintenance of the highway
areas owned by Essex County Council.
"This is roughly what it would cost to give
the grass on these areas two cuts per year: but
we cut it seven times a year between mid-March
and mid-October, and we also provide weed
spraying on hard surfaces and maintenance of
trees and hedges on county council land.”
Appeal after two men assaulted
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after
two men were assaulted in Chippingfield, Old
One of the victims, a man in his 20s from the
Harlow area, suffered a fractured cheek bone and
two knocked out teeth.
Another man, aged in his 40s from the Harlow
area, suffered a laceration to his ear and lost
one tooth and broke another.
Two 16-year-old boys, from Harlow, and a
16-year-old boy, from Sawbridgeworth, were
arrested on suspicion of GBH following the
incident which happened between 10.40pm and
10.55pm on Saturday, July 16.
They were released on police bail pending
further enquiries until October 5.
Anyone who was in Chippingfield at the time and
witnessed the incident is asked to ring DC
Richard Canning at Harlow CID on 101.
Warning to motorway drivers after
DRIVERS are being told not to pull over
if requested unless it is a marked police
vehicle after two vehicles were stolen on the
M11 and M25.
A white Mercedes Sprinter van was stolen on
Saturday after four men in a silver Ford Mondeo
stopped the van between junctions 7 and 8 of the
M11 at Hatfield Heath purporting to be police
One of the men was armed with a firearm.
The Mondeo was registration LO62 FOU and the
stolen Mercedes van KR60 NHZ.
The two occupants of the van were left at the
And then between junctions 28 and 27 on the
anti-clockwise carriageway at about 2.10pm on
Monday a silver Ford Mondeo equipped with blue
flashing light requested a grey Volkswagen
Transporter van to pull over.
Three male occupants purporting to be police
officers made the driver get out of the vehicle.
No weapons were seen but one of the men had
Two of the men then got in to the van and both
vehicles drove off.
The driver did not get the index number of the
The stolen vehicle was registration RE16 UCV.
DCI Stuart Smith, from the Kent and Essex
Serious Crime Directorate, who is leading both
investigations due to their similarities, said:
"In a direct response to these incidents
occurring a direction has been given to our
officers that they should not, unless in
emergency circumstances, be in an unmarked car
and attempt to stop a driver.
"We have taken this decision to safeguard
motorists in Essex while these offenders remain
outstanding. Our victims have told us that the
suspects are purporting to be police officers
and are wearing body armour to further enhance
this deception in order to steal these
"Anyone who is signalled at to stop by
someone in a car which may appear to be an
unmarked police is asked not to stop but to call
999 immediately to verify whether the vehicle
and its occupants are genuine.”
Anyone with any information about either of
these incidents is asked to contact detectives
Rugby stars support breast unit
FORMER England rugby players Paul Sackey
and Andy Goode helped raise over £24,000 for
the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s breast unit
Global bespoke logistics specialist Peters &
May Group hosted its annual charity clay pigeon
shoot at Pennsport Shooting School, West
Eighteen teams took part with the morning shoot
followed by a gourmet barbecue lunch and drinks
and a charity auction which raised over
Auction lots iincluded signed editions by
digital artist Dean Fox, a week’s catamaran
cruise in the British Virgin Islands,donated by
The Moorings, and a Royal Yacht Association
sailing day for two with members of the British
Peters & May Group chief executive David
Holley said: “Each year our charity shoot gets
better and better, with more teams attending,
more auction prizes and even greater generosity
from our guests.
"Having lost my mother to this horrific
disease, it means a huge amount to have been
able to support breast cancer clinical trials in
David Lewis, chairman of the Breast Cancer
Charity advisory board, said: “What we’ve
been able to achieve together with the support
of companies like Peters & May is
"Over the last 13 years we’ve
significantly improved outcomes for patients as
a result of the hard work of the charity, which
is at the leading edge of treatment and
aftercare for breast cancer patients.”
Ashraf Patel, breast surgeon at the breast unit,
said: “Thank you to Peters and May for
choosing us as their nominated charity and
supporting the team at PAH NHS Trust.”
The charity aims to raise awareness of the
importance of clinical trials in the prevention,
diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, giving
women the chance to take part in ground-breaking
research using cutting-edge technologies.
The charity has raised over £2.5m in the past
13 years and has been able to conduct over 30
clinical trials, leading to new drugs receiving
approval from the Food and Drugs Administration
and the European Union as standard treatment.
Award for residents' association
BERECROFT Residents’ Association in
Harlow has been honoured with the Queen’s
Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a
voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The association, which is a volunteer group of
people who live on the estate, was formed 17
years ago when Berecroft moved from council
control to a housing association.
The volunteers work closely with the council,
housing association, police and fire and rescue
service and has run clubs for fishing, football,
craft, swimming and jobs. In addition, weekly
walks and trips for the elderly are
Berecroft Residents’ Association will receive
the award from the Lord Lieutenant later this
Harlow Council leader Jon Clempner said:
"Congratulations to Berecroft Residents’
Association for this fully deserved award. This
is an excellent example of the community spirit
for which Harlow can be rightly proud.
"The group of volunteers work extremely
hard to make a positive and visible difference
to the community they represent.
"Harlow has a thriving network of residents’
associations and this award shows what can be
achieved over time through the dedication and
commitment of volunteers.
"The council is keen to help set up and
support more residents’ associations and
information on what we can do to help can be
found at www.harlow.gov.uk/residents-association.”
Councillor embarks on fundraising
A HARLOW councillor has started his
attempt to get fitter and healthier and raise
money for a charity which supports young
Harlow Council’s mental health champion,
councillor Ian Beckett, aims to lose three stone
in six months and raise £500 for Young Concern
He says this will be the first of many
initiatives in his role to raise awareness and
engage with local providers and users of mental
health support services in Harlow. YCT is a
counselling and therapeutic support charity
specialising in helping children and young
Mr Beckett started his challenge by taking part
in the Harlow parkrun in the Town Park.
He said: "I visited the doctor recently and
was told I need to lose three stone. Losing
weight is never an easy thing to do but if I can
raise money for YCT while doing it, this will
make it even more worthwhile.
"YCT is a locally based charity which
supports young people and children to get
through very challenging times.
"The service they provide supports young
people’s emotional health and wellbeing and as
the council’s mental health champion I want to
start raising awareness of the great work and
support which is available in the
He added: “We are fortunate in Harlow to have
such a great range of sports facilities and
things to do which can keep both mind and body
in good shape. Harlow parkrun is a fantastic
initiative and as part of my challenge I am
committed to joining the parkrun movement and
will be running each week over the next six
months, including the Christmas parkrun, all in
the name of YCT."
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Woman sentenced for
"deceitful" actions over fatal road crash
A WOMAN who lied to police and disposed
of part of a motorcycle involved in a collision
which killed a Harlow man has been sentenced at
Chelmsford Crown Court.
Lucy-Jane Williams, 27, unemployed, of
Fillingham Way, Hatfield, was sentenced to 14
months imprisonment suspended for 18 months, a
community order for 12 months, 200 hours unpaid
work and disqualified from driving for 12
At an earlier hearing she pleaded guilty to
perverting the course of justice, failing to
stop and failing to report a road traffic
The court case followed a fatal collision in the
early hours of Christmas Eve 2014. Williams was
driving a black BMW M3 along Tylers Road, Roydon,
when she collided with a motorcycle ridden by
Jonathan Aicken, 24, from Harlow.
Mr Aicken died at the scene although Ms Williams
She only identified herself to police the
following day and claimed that she thought she
had struck an animal.
Although Ms Williams was not at fault for the
collision, a police investigation showed that
she not only left the scene but disposed of a
part of the motorcycle left in the car, deleted
data from her phone and lied to police about her
knowledge of the collision.
Three other people who assisted Ms Williams have
already received police cautions for perverting
the course of justice.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector
Scott Egerton said after the hearing: "We
will never know the true reason Lucy-Jane
Williams did not want to remain at the
"By choosing to leave she delayed the
arrival of paramedics and left Jonathan Aicken
"The actions she took to hide her
involvement were deceitful and caused further
heartache for his family. It is some small
relief to them that she has admitted her guilt
Police investigate after woman
POLICE are investigating reports of a
serious assault in Harlow.
A woman in her 40s was approached by two men in
Broadfield between 11.15pm on Saturday, July 9,
and 12am on Sunday, July 10.
They attempted to steal her handbag before
assaulting her in a garage area nearby.
The suspects were described as white and aged in
Temporary Detective Inspector Bonnie Moore said:
"This happened in a residential area near a
pub and there would have been people in the area
at the time.
"I am appealing to anyone who may have seen
anything suspicious or who noticed two men
hanging around the area before or after the time
of the assault to contact us.
"I am particularly keen to trace a man who
saw the victim with the two men and spoke to
them, but was told by the suspects that they
Anyone with information can ring T/DI Moore on
101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555
Citizen of the Year gives prize
money to two causes
5.41pm - 4th
THE recipient of Sheering Parish
Council's Citizen of the Year award has donated
her prize money to two causes.
Sheila Caves decided to share her £100 prize,
awarded at the annual parish council meeting,
between Epping Forest Community Transport -
which runs services serving the village - and St
Sheila, who was recognised for her community
work in the village, said: "I decided to
share the money between two charities close to
my heart; Epping Forest Community Transport
provides the 347 bus that runs between Hatfield
Broad Oak and Harlow and is a lifeline to many,
andSt Clare Hospice which is well known for
providing excellent palliative care. My thanks
go to all who nominated me for this award."
Man charged over 'offensive' tweet
8.16am - 1st
A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been charged under
the Communications Act 2003 in connection with
an offensive message posted on social media site
Twitter which was directed at Harlow MP Robert
The man has been charged with sending by means
of a public electronic communications network a
message that was grossly offensive or of an
indecent, obscene or menacing character.
A police spokesman said the charge relates to a
message posted on Twitter on June 23.
The man is due to appear at Chelmsford
Magistrates’ Court on July 13.
West Local Policing Area Chief Superintendent
Sean O’Callaghan said: "While people in
public office attract comments on social media
on a daily basis, the public must expect abusive
or offensive messages that relate to violence to
be dealt with robustly."