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Police appeal after woman assaulted
A WOMAN was subjected to a "serious
assault" as she walked through Passmore
Fields, off Willowfield, Harlow.
Police say the woman, aged in her 20s, was
assaulted by an unknown man shortly before 10pm
on Friday (June 24).
The man is described as white, stocky and about
6ft tall. He had a chubby face, bushy eyebrows,
a straight nose and stubble. He wore a dark
hooded top with the hood up.
Detective Inspector Richard Sage said: "I
am appealing to anyone who may have seen
anything suspicious or who noticed a man hanging
around the area before or after the time of the
assault to contact us.
"I am particularly keen to trace two
teenaged girls who came to the victim’s aid.
One was riding a bicycle and had short brown
hair. The other was on foot and had long dark
Anyone with information can ring 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Jail for burglar found hiding in
A BURGLAR who was caught hiding in a
hedge has been jailed for 18 months.
Police were called after two men knocked at the
door of a home in Altham Grove, Harlow, and
pushed past the victim sometime between 12am and
12.30am on October 21 last year.
They searched the kitchen before leaving, having
stolen a wallet containing about £110 from a
The victim and his family had only moved into
the property the previous day.
He and his partner had withdrawn the money to
see them through the next few days as they were
due to attend hospital the following day for the
birth of their second child.
When officers arrived they saw two men running
off into Harlow Town Park and pursued them on
After a 15-minute search they found Daniel
Hampton, 26, hiding under a hedge, and discarded
gloves and a screwdriver nearby.
Hampton, a labourer, of Waterhouse Moor, Harlow,
was arrested and later charged with
He admitted the offence at Chelmsford Crown
Court on Tuesday, June 21, and was sentenced on
the same day to 18 months in total.
MP reacts to Referendum result and
Prime Minister's resignation
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has given his
reaction to the 'Leave' EU Referendum vote and
Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to
Mr Halfon said: "The EU has been an
incredibly difficult issue for me. For this
reason I was incredibly proud that the Prime
Minister kept his promise to have a referendum
so that Harlow and the British people were able
to make the decision that they believed was
right for our country.
"I always said that whilst my heart said
leave my head said stay.
"Many Harlow small businesses contacted me
saying that they were really worried that Brexit
would have an impact on their work with European
companies and they were worried that jobs would
be lost in Harlow.
"Since I’ve been MP I’ve done
everything possible to try to bring jobs back to
our town because this is what makes our town
prosperous and enables people to have the means
to look after themselves and their
"I pay tribute to the many Harlow residents
who voted for leave and also the smaller number
who voted to remain.
"Given that the vote in Harlow has been so
decisive, as MP for the town, I will make it my
duty to do my part to ensure that residents'
clear and definitive wishes are followed through
He added: "I am sad that David Cameron has
announced his resignation. He has done this for
"I supported him as Prime Minster because
he introduced the National Living Wage, froze
fuel duty for many years, cut taxes for lower
earners and has pledged billions of pounds of
extra spending on the NHS.
"He has done all this at the same time as
getting our economy back on track and creating
millions of jobs and apprentices, with more
people employed than at any time in our island's
EU REFERENDUM: Harlow votes 'Leave'
VOTERS in Harlow voted 68 per cent in
favour of leaving the EU while in neighbouring Epping
Forest the figure was 63 per cent
Turnouts were high - 76.9 per
cent in Epping Forest and 73.56
per cent in Harlow.
The voting figures for Epping
Forest were 28,676 Remain;
In Harlow the figures were
29,602 Leave; 13,867 Remain.
Two men stabbed in "targeted
POLICE believe the stabbing of two men in
a Harlow underpass was a "targeted
The men, both aged 19, were attacked in an
underpass between the A1169 and Little Pynchons.
Police were alerted by the ambulance service at
One of the men suffered wounds to his head, arms
and legs. The other suffered wounds to his face
Their injuries are not life-threatening and the
second man has since been discharged from
Police carried out a search of the area for the
attackers and enquiries are ongoing.
Detective Sergeant Natalie Rooney said: "We
believe this was a targeted attack and we are
treating it as an isolated incident.
"I would like to thank members of the
public who have already come forward with
information and appeal for anyone who saw what
happened or has any information to please
contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555 111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org."
Pedestrian dies in road collision
A PEDESTRIAN has died after he was in
collision with a car in Katherine's Way, Harlow.
The 28-year-old local man died at the scene
after he was in collision with a green Vauxhall
Corsa at about 11pm last niht.
The driver, a 24-year-old Harlow man, was
A section of the road was closed while emergency
services were on the scene and forensic
collision investigation work was carried out. It
was reopened shortly before 5.55am.
Enquiries are ongoing and witnesses are asked to
contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit
on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Clay pigeon shoot raises £55,000
FUNDRAISERS joined an exclusive clay
pigeon shoot to raise £55,000 for the Princess
Alexandra Hospital Breast Unit charity.
Some 130 people visited the Royal Berkshire
Shooting School or a luxury full day shoot to
boost charity funds.
The top auction lot was an evening of music with
world-famous violinist So-Ock Kim, which raised
£12,000, with the musician present to play as
the bids rose.
Other high-fetching items included two VIP
tickets to the Goodwood Festival of Speed
(£3,500), a private box for 12 people to watch
the NFL at Wembley Stadium (£3,500) and a mixed
media ‘Past Reflections’ by Elizabeth
The Sani Beach Resort in Halkidiki, Greece,
donated a mini-break for two which raised
Ashraf Patel, associate specialist in breast
surgery, said: “The day was a huge success and
we’re so grateful to everyone for their
"The funds raised help us offer local women
the best treatment options and extra
Victoria Gerlis, charity corporate relations
lead, said: “We are so lucky to have such
fantastic support from some amazingly generous
businesses and people.
"We will repeat this fundraising day next
year to continue funding specialist equipment,
introducing new initiatives and supporting
research into breast cancer.”
To book a team for May 12 next year email
Victoria Gerlis at email@example.com
Council raises flag in support of
HARLOW Council hosted a service outside
the Civic Centre as celebrations began across
the country to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday
A short service, at 11am, was attended by
council chairman Edna Stevens and former serving
members of the Armed Forces.
Councillors, council Officers and members of the
public also attended.
The service included raising the Armed Forces
flag while the national anthem was sung.
The flag, which recognises the contribution made
by those who serve and have served in the Armed
Forces, will now remain up for the rest of the
Mrs Stevens said: “[This ceremony recognises]
the work our armed forces do and the risks they
run, not just in battle but at all times.
“Today is not like Remembrance Day, when we
honour those who died, but to remember the
living, to remember how many men and women there
are serving our country all the time. They are
not just British people but come from many
countries of the Commonwealth. They are also
stationed at many places around the globe.
“One group who have supported Britain for 200
years are the Gurkhas.
"During the Nepal War of 1814-1816, a small
band of Gurkhas captured a British Officer who
had been deserted by the force of Indian
soldiers he was leading. They had been so afraid
of the Gurkhas they dared not stay and fight.
But their commander, Lieutenant Frederick Young,
had stood his ground.
"When the Gurkhas took him prisoner, they
asked why he had not fled. They were astonished
by his reply: ‘I didn't come this far just to
run away’. The Gurkhas said: ‘We could serve
under an Officer like you!’
“That is the legend of how the British and
Gurkhas came together. They have been fighting
in our cause for 200 years and hope to continue
for many more.
"So today, let us remember all those in the
Armed Services, Army, Navy and Air Force, whose
lives are in danger every day.”
New exhibition at Gibberd Gallery
A NEW exhibition has taken over the
Gibberd Gallery at the Civic Centre, Harlow,
'Caught in the Act' features the works of
Essex-born and internationally renowned artist
It is the first time his work has been put on
display in the east of England.
The exhibition features carvings, bronzes, works
on paper and maquettes (small preliminary models
or sketches), and is a celebration of the
artist, his working methods and the ideas that
Hospice celebrates its volunteers
ST Clare Hospice celebrated the Queen’s
90th Birthday in style using the occasion to
thank its 550 dedicated volunteers.
The Hastingwood-based charity marked the Royal
birthday by holding tea parties and celebrations
around the hospice and in a number of its
Bunting and British flags adorned the hospice
dining room as staff gathered to thank
volunteers who were encouraged to wear their own
crowns and tiaras.
They also took part in a Royal family
A number of clinical volunteers received
long-service awards to recognise their
dedication. Among the recipients was Beti Newton
who received a ten-year award for her time
volunteering on the in-patient unit.
Midsummer Ball raises £3,500
THE second Midsummer Ball in aid of the
Breast Unit at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping,
and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, raised
Some 140 guests at Woolston Manor Golf and
Country Club, Chigwell, enjoyed a three course
meal and entertainment which featured cabaret
singer Sharon Scott, Michael Buble tribute act
Kai McKenzie and headline act Frankie’s Guys,
a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute
Fundraising included a bus stop raffle and game
of Heads and Tails.
There were also live and silent auctions.
Organiser Jessica Heffernan said: “It was the
best Midsummer Ball to date – all of the
guests had an amazing time and are all asking me
when is the next one.
“Thank you to all of the local shops and
restaurants who donated a raffle prize for this
Man follows and grabs girl
POLICE are appealing for information
after a 14-year-old girl was followed and
grabbed by a man in Harlow.
Police say the girl was followed from Church
Langley to Potter by a man she did not know
between 8.30am and 8.40am on Friday.
The man is described as white, aged about 40,
stocky with a local accent. He wore a black zip
up hooded top and dark jeans. The hood was
A police spokesman said he tried to talk to the
girl on a footpath between Hadley Grange and
Potter Street before grabbing her shoulder and
stroking her hair when they reached the
underpass between Carters Mead and Nichols
Field. He then left.
Anyone who saw the incident or anyone acting
suspiciously matching the man’s description
should ring Pc Simon Wales at Harlow Police
Station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Robbery victim fractures shoulder
A WOMAN aged in her 70s suffered a
fractured shoulder, fractured hand and severe
bruising when she was robbed on a path in the
Pyenest Road area of Harlow.
The path runs from Southern Way, along
Shawbridge, Hollyfield and on to Pyenest
She was targeted at about 10.30am on Tuesday
(June 14) when she had her handbag grabbed
causing her to fall.
The robber ran off with the bag. He is described
as white, 5ft 5ins to 5ft 8ins tall, slim and
was wearring a navy or black hooded top.
The handbag was brown leather and contained her
purse, which was later recovered, a red umbrella
decorated with giraffes and a black Samsung
Galaxy S3 mobile phone in a green leather
Anyone with information is asked to ring DC Ryan
Burgess at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111.
Man's death "not
10.01am - 11th
Police say they are not treating the
death of a man in Netteswell Orchard, Harlow, as
suspicious and a file will be prepared for the
THE cause of death of a man found
seriously injured in a Harlow street is being
treated as "unexplained".
Police were contacted shortly before 5.35am
yesterday (Thursday) with reports that a man had
been found seriously injured in the street in
Officers and the ambulance service attended but
the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Enquiries are continuing into the circumstances
surrounding his death which is currently being
treated as unexplained.
Any witnesses who saw anything they feel might
be suspicious in the Netteswell Orchard area
overnight or in the early hours of the morning
are asked to ring Harlow CID on 101.
Woman pinned down and kissed
2.32pm - 7th
POLICE are appealing for information
after a 30-year-old local woman was pinned down
and kissed by an unknown man in Market Square,
The incident happened at about 2.20am on Sunday,
May 8. Details have only just been released by
The man is described as white, bald, aged about
30 and clean shaven. Police want to speak to
four men who went to help the woman.
These men or anyone who believes they know the
suspect or has further information should
contact PC Melissa Bailey or Sgt Steve Parish at
Harlow Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Events to celebrate Queen's
2.30pm - 7th
TWO events are being held in Harlow town
centre to celebrate the Queen's 90th
The Harvey Centre in association with Harlow
Council is hosting 'A Right Royal Bash' from
12.30pm to 3.30pm on Saturday (June 11).
The event, for all generations, will include
tiara and crown making, face painting, a ‘pin
the nose on a corgi’ competition and a
Free flags will be given to shoppers and selfies
can be taken with cardboard cut outs of Her
Any Harlow resident celebrating their 90th
birthday this year is invited to be guests of
The centre will be decorated with bunting
supplied and created by the Phoenix Centre and
lit in patriotic colours of the Union
The council is supporting the event by
presenting the guests of honour with a gift and
supplying a birthday cake.
All this week a 'Queen of all treasure hunts' is
being held throughout the town centre with a
range of prizes donated by Blue Inc, McDonalds,
Specsavers, Tesco, Quaser and WH Smith.
Participants will need to search for cardboard
cut-outs of the Queen in various shop
All entries will be put into a prize draw which
will take place at the Harvey Centre’s 'A
Right Royal Bash'. Leading up to the nationwide
celebrations on Saturday and Sunday (June 11 and
12) Broad Walk and Harvey Centre Approach will
be decorated with red, white and blue bunting
and flags. Harlow Council is opening a birthday
book for residents to leave messages of
congratulations for the Queen.
The book, which will be sent to the Queen, can
be signed in the Civic Centre and at the Harvey
Harlow Council chairman Edna Stevens said: “It
is really exciting that next week Harlow Town
Centre will be in the party spirit so local
families can celebrate together the Queen’s
90th birthday and her remarkable life.
"I hope as many residents as possible also
sign the birthday book, which will be Harlow’s
present to the Queen.”
Woman fined for speeding offence
9.43am - 4th
A HARLOW woman who failed to respond to a
speeding notice has been fined £1,500.
The 52-year-old woman failed to respond to a
Notice of Intended Prosecution after the VW
Tiguan for which she was listed as the
registered keeper was caught on a safety
The camera detected the vehicle travelling at
14mph over the 40mph limit on the B1393 High
Road, Thornwood Common, shortly after 7.20pm on
April 24 last year.
The woman failed to identify who was driving the
car within the specified 28-day period or act on
a reminder sent to her home address.
She appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court
and was ordered to pay a £1,500 fine, £300
costs and £120 victim surcharge.
Casualty reduction manager Adam Pipe said:
"I hope this sends out a clear warning to
other drivers who find a Notice of Intended
Prosecution come through their letterbox.
"Anyone who ignores the notice will face
court proceedings and could find themselves left
with a hefty fine and/or points on their driving
Police operation targets drivers
9.41am - 4th
A SUSPECTED drink driver was arrested
during a road safety operation in Harlow.
Officers from the Casualty Reduction Unit were
joined by students from Essex Police College for
the operation which aimed to increase road
safety and detect offenders using the
The Surround a Town operation forms part of a
long-running campaign with Essex County Council
and the Safer Essex Roads Partnership and used
automatic number plate recognition technology to
identify suspect vehicles.
Motorcycles and cars were used to intercept
vehicles which were taken to stop-check sites at
junction 7 of the M11, Southern Way and First
A 36-year-old man, from Harlow, was arrested on
suspicion of drink-driving and driving without
insurance. He was later charged with both
offences and released on bail.
During the operation 63 people were dealt with
for not wearing a seatbelt and 37 drivers were
stopped for using a mobile phone behind the
Two vehicles were found not to have valid MoTs
and one was found to have a defective tyre.
One driver was dealt with for careless driving
and three vehicles were found to be over the
legal weight limit.
Motorcyclist dies after collision
9.40am - 4th
A MOTORCYCLIST has died following a road
collision in Harlow.
Police were called at 4.15pm on Wednesday, May
25, with reports of a collision involving a
black Honda motorcycle and a black Mini Cooper S
in The Stow.
The motorcyclist suffered head injuries and was
taken by air ambulance to the Royal London
Hospital, Whitechapel, where he died on Sunday
He has been named by police as Liam Brown, 18,
Enquiries are ongoing and any witnesses to the
collision who have yet to come forward are asked
to contact PC Paul Fisk at the Serious Collision
Investigation Unit on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Town-wide injunction against
9.38am - 4th
A TOWN-wide injunction is in force in
Harlow banning people from causing a nuisance by
taking part in unauthorised ride outs involving
motorbikes and motor vehicles.
Harlow Council, supported by Essex Police, was
granted the injunction at Chelmsford County
The injunction, believed to be the first of its
kind, runs until March 31 next year.
The injunction bans groups of two or more people
from taking part in unauthorised ride outs
between 10am and midnight on any public land or
public highway in Harlow. It covers ride outs
involving both motorcycles and motor
Anyone breaking the injunction would be in
contempt of court and may be sent to prison.
Injunction orders are being posted on hotspot
areas - fields near Radburn Close and Rundells,
Harlow Common, Latton Common, Sumners Park,
Nicholls Field and Church Langley playing
A copy of the injunction has been published on
the council’s website.
Residents have complained about nuisance
motorbikes in recent months.
Complaints have ranged from motorbikes being
driven dangerously on roads, in wooded areas and
on playing fields as well as concerns about
dangerous stunts, excessive noise from vehicles
and the danger posed to the public and riders
with many not wearing any protective gear.
A Harlow Council spokesman said: "Nuisance
particularly from the illegal riding of
motorbikes is blighting peoples' quality of life
in Harlow and the council will not stand by and
"It is becoming an increasing problem, not
just in Harlow but other areas in the country,
and now we are approaching the warmer months we
want to put deterrents into action.
"The injunction is one of a number of
measures the council working with the police has
in place to target the issue of nuisance
"This injunction and the action being taken
is not about stopping anyone from having fun. It
is about ensuring everyone is safe from harm,
that laws are not broken and that our
communities are protected from nuisance and
Husband raises money for breast
9.24am - 1st
CAR mechanic Jon French has already run
two half marathons and is now training for his
third, raising money to say thank you for the
care his wife, Lisa, received during her breast
Mum-of-two Lisa, 33, received her diagnosis last
summer and had surgery and subsequent treatment
at the breast unit at St Margaret’s Hospital,
Epping, and Princess Alexandra Hospital,
Jon, 33, said: "The treatment was superb
but the extra support we got thanks to the
charity really did help Lisa, me and our family
deal with it.
"Things like make-up workshops helped Lisa,
I know, and they gave us storybooks to read to
the girls to help explain why Mummy was losing
Jon added: "I just wanted to give something
back and raise awareness of the great work they’re
doing locally for women with breast cancer.”
To support Jon, who is taking on the Three Peaks
Challenge with seven friends in August and will
also run the Royal Parks half-marathon in
October, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Jon-French3
The breast unit needs more runners to join Jon
and Rob in the 13.1-mile challenge on Sunday,
If you would like to join the run through four
of London's Royal Parks - Hyde Park, Kensington
Gardens, St James’s Park and Green Park - and
past some of the capital's historic landmarks,
including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye,
Houses of Parliament and Royal Albert Hall, you
need to pay a £50 deposit to secure a place and
sponsorship or a suggested donation of at least
Last year 73 runners took on the half marathon
for the unit and raised £37,000.
To book your place, ring the breast clinical
trials office on 01279 827857, email email@example.com
or visit The Princess Alexandra Hospital
Charitable Trust – Breast Unit on Facebook.
Slimmers boost hospice funds
9.22am - 1st
FITNESS fundraisers lost a combined total
of 15st 8lbs as they raised over £3,000 for St
The nine-week fitness challengeinvolved more
than 20 slimmers who were supported by body
experts from NX Professionals who provided
specialist healthy eating and exercise
The hospice is running another ‘You Lose, We
Gain’ challenge this summer.
For more details ring Jade Clarke on 01279
773750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org