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PICTURES: Church Langley water
8.34am - 2nd
A TEDDY bear named Barry, Mother
Christmas and Superman were among those who
abseiled from the top of the Church Langley
water tower for charity.
More than £30,000 was raised yesterday alone by
the dozens of fundraisers who took part in the
two-day event organised by the Rotary Club of
To see pictures click
Police appeal after children's
30th April 2016
POLICE are appealing for information
after children's clothes worth a five-figure sum
were stolen from an industrial unit in
Thieves smashed through a rear wall to get into
the unit in Capital Place between 2.50pm and
11.10pm on Saturday, April 16, and returned the
following day between 8pm and 9pm.
The thieves are believed to have used a silver
Citroen Berlingo van and a Peugeot car.
The distinctive clothes are all from the brand
Anyone who has been offered such clothes for
sale is asked to ring PC Hazel Foulser at Harlow
Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
To see pictures click
Man arrested after woman found
30th April 2016
A 33-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested after
a woman was found badly burned in Harlow.
Officers were called shortly before 4.55pm on
Thursday with reports that the 30-year-old woman
had been found in a wooded area in Fesants
She was taken to hospital with serious burns.
Her injuries were described as life-changing and
she remains in a serious condition.
A man from Harlow was later arrested on
suspicion of attempted murder and has been taken
into custody for questioning.
Enquiries are ongoing to establish the
circumstances of how the woman sustained her
Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone
with information to contact Harlow Police
Station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Man robbed of cash and mobile phone
AN 18-year-old man has been robbed of
cash and his mobile phone while walking along
Velizy Avenue, Harlow.
The incident happened between 1pm and 2pm on
Thursday, April 14, when he was approached from
behind by three men and a woman.
He was hit on the back of the head and fell to
A black iPhone 6 and three-figure sum of cash
The group ran off towards the town centre.
The victim suffered pain to his head and a cut
lip and was taken to hospital for a
The three male suspects were described as black
and believed to be wearing tracksuits.
The woman had dark skin and is believed to have
been wearing a Superdry coat. All were aged in
their late 20s.
Investigating officer PC Rachel Anderson said:
"This incident took place during the early
afternoon in a busy street near Harlow College
so I am appealing for anyone who was in the area
at the time who saw what happened, or the
suspects after the robbery to get in touch.”
Anyone with information should ring PC Anderson
on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555
Borneo trek raises £30,000
A TEAM of eight fundraisers have returned
from the intense heat of the jungles of Borneo
having raised £30,000 for local breast cancer
They hiked through the humid heat of the dense
jungle and climbed to the summit of Mount
Kinabalu spotting orangutans in aid of the
trials unit at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping
and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow.
Former Savoy Hotel head chef Anton Edelmann, 63,
thought the heat of the kitchen would prepare
him for the humidity, but was surprised.
He said: “The rainforest was amazingly hot and
sweaty and very different from anything I had
done before. Kinabalu is a fantastic and
beautiful mountain but the last 500m were so
steep it nearly killed me! But the views made up
for the agony.”
He said the group was great fun and very
supportive. Father-of-two Anton has been
fundraising for the charity since 2012 when he
planned on climbing Kilimanjaro but had to drop
out with an injury. “I can’t wait for the
next challenge,” he added.
Also taking part were Epping optometrist Polly
Dulley, 51; Simon Gibb, 53; and Sarah Kershaw,
45, the wife of 1980s pop star Nik, who has
performed sell-out concerts for the
She joined friends Viv Edwards, 45, and Lisa
Pearce, 43, who have taken on all kinds of feats
for the charity including organising a golf day
at Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club in
Broxbourne for four years, raising £53,000 for
Mum-of-two Viv said: “This was an
underestimated jungle trek and extreme mountain
climb but in one of the most interesting
countries - experiencing the dense jungle,
beautiful nature, the views from the highest
mountain in South East Asia and finally but not
the least the funny orangutans. You need to be
fit for this one!”
Yvonne Martin, 63, who works in the trials unit,
has taken on lots of challenges in recent
She said: “I could never have achieved this
without the determination of the team who were
the best. Never again.”
Paul Snadden, 64, who also took on the charity’s
Cuba trek last year, said: “Sweat by sweat…step
"Together we beat the rainforest and
reached the summit - totally sublime.”
To join a trekking challenge to boost funds,
ring the fundraising office on 01279 827857 or
Marathon effort supports town's
A CHARITY-minded runner has raised money
for the Harlow-based charity The Chocolate Run
by completing the Brighton Marathon.
The charity runs a night shelter every
Christmas, and a drop-in session every
Last Christmas 25 to 30 people, who would
otherwise have been sleeping rough, slept at the
Steve, a volunteer and trustee with the charity,
clocked a time of 3hrs 48mins.
He said: "The Christmas Haven means no-one
has to sleep rough in Harlow at Christmas which
is something Harlow can be proud of.
like to thank everyone who sponsored me."
You can still support Steve's fundraising
efforts online https://my.give.net/brighton_marathon
Man charged over bank account fraud
A MAN has been charged in connection with
a fraud in which an elderly man was tricked into
giving his bank account details.
The 34-year-old man, from Croydon, was charged
with four counts of committing fraud by false
representation in Harlow on April 29 last
The charges relate to the use of stolen bank
cards at Lloyds TSB, Argos branches in Edinburgh
Way and the Harvey Centre, and Game store in the
More than £7,000 was spent on the cards which
belonged to an 87-year-old man from Harlow. He
has died since the incident took place.
The man faces a further 34 similar charges
connected to offences in other areas of the
country and is currently on remand to appear
before Croydon Crown Court on April 29.
Two arrested after boy stabbed in
A 15-YEAR-OLD boy was stabbed in the hand
while in the Bush Fair area of Harlow.
Police say the boy was assaulted at about 9pm on
Two 15-year-old boys, one from Harlow and one
from Woodford Green, have been arrested on
suspicion of GBH and released on police bail
pending further enquiries until July 20.
Anyone who witnessed the assault or has any
other information should ring PC Rachel Anderson
at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Accuro secures Cabinet Office
ACCURO, the Harlow-based specialist
charity for the disabled, is to receive
significant new financial support from the
Cabinet Office’s Local Sustainability Fund (as
delivered by the Big Lottery Fund).
The £51,000 funding in the year ahead means
initiatives can be launched that will create new
long-term sources of income, securing a bright
future for the range of services provided across
west Essex for children and adults alike.
The Government’s Minister for Civil Society,
Rob Wilson, recognised the value of
organisations like Accuro in delivering vital
support for local communities.
He said: “The voluntary, community and social
enterprise sector delivers important services
for some of the most vulnerable and
disadvantaged people in our society.
"However, we know that many of these
organisations need to deliver real change in the
way they work so that they can secure and
enhance the support they offer.
"I would like to congratulate Accuro on its
success in applying to the Local Sustainability
Accuro chief executive Derek Farr is delighted
with the successful funding application.
He said: “As a local charity we highly value
the assistance we receive from all of our
supporters, including the local community and
our major funding partners.
"The award financed by the Cabinet Office
is a real boost for Accuro and especially our
hard working staff and volunteers.
"More importantly it's great news for the
hundreds of people we have worked with over the
years. It shows that the quality of the help we
provide is recognised and allows us to continue
the growth and development of our
Accuro has been working in west Essex for over
30 years and has gained a reputation for
providing highly effective help for children,
adults and their families who face life with
Key to the funding success was the charity’s
well established community links and
partnerships, an asset the charity is keen to
develop still further.
Looking to the future, Mr Farr said: "We
work very closely with our service users and
their families and we are keen to keep moving
forward to provide the support they need and
"This award provides major help that
secures the future of the charity and opens the
door to working with many more community
organisations and local businesses in the years
For further information on the charity, its work
and how you can join the Accuro team as a
volunteer visit www.accuro.org.uk
or ring the charity on 01279 433667.
Raiders with dog force entry into
THE occupant of a house was pushed over
when two men with a dog forced their way into
Police say the men with a large black dog forced
their way into the property in Fold Croft at
6.50pm on Thursday April 7.
Details of the incident were only released
They rang the doorbell and pushed the occupant
out of the way when he answered, causing him to
fall back onto the stairs.
The men stole cash and electrical items before
making off towards the golf course.
The men are both described as white, of large
build and wearing scarves across their faces.
One of the men spoke with a foreign accent and
the other wore a hooded top with the hood
Anyone with any information should ring
Detective Constable Ann-Marie Pitcher at Harlow
CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
Harlow cafe owner to cycle to
Turkey for hospice
BUSINESSMAN Mehmet Cakmak sets out on
Saturday to cycle 3,000 miles from Harlow to
Turkey to raise money for St Clare
The father-of-four who owns and manages the Cafe
Pizzeria in Bush Fair, has lived in Ilford more
than 30 years. He opened his Harlow business 25
On reaching his 50th birthday last November,
Mehmet decided he wanted to take on a personal
challenge and give something back to his local
He said: “I have always been a keen cyclist
but I just couldn’t find the time once my wife
and I had our four children and I was running my
business. But when I reached the big five-zero I
just thought, it’s now or never. I need an
He added: “I have driven past St Clare’s
twice a day, every day, for the past 25 years on
my way to work. I know from my many customers at
the cafe about the amazing work St Clare does
and I just wanted to give something back to the
community I have worked in for so many
"St Clare has been there for so many
thousands of people over the years and I want to
do my bit to make sure they can continue to care
for local families in future.”
Mehmet has received much support from the
community as he prepares to set off on his
He said: “Everyone has been so supportive of
my challenge - it has really helped to motivate
me. I even had a visit to my cafe from Jeremy
Corbyn MP who wished me luck for the trip!”
Mehmet anticipates it will take him about six
weeks to complete the journey, to his hometown
of Ankara in Turkey.
The ride will take him through seven countries
– from Holland to Germany, Austria, Hungary,
Romania, Bulgaria and finally Turkey.
He plans to cycle about 70 to 100 miles per day
but expects he will need a number of rest days
You can follow his progress by checking the St
Clare website and Facebook pages.
To sponsor Mehmet visit his fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/Mehmet-Cakmak
You can also track Mehmet’s journey across
Europe in real time here
For more information on Mehmet’s cycle
expedition contact St Clare Challenge and events
fundraiser Jade Clarke on 01279 773756 or email email@example.com
Register for hospice's Midnight
9.48am - 8th
FUNDRAISERS can register for St Clare
Hospice’s Midnight Walk.
Hundreds of supporters will be taking part in
the event on Saturday July 2.
An estimated 600 people are set to walk in
memory of loved ones to raise vital funds for
the charity which hopes to hit its £60,000
fundraising target which would fund the
hospice's Inpatient Unit for two weeks.
The walk starts at 11pm with participants
walking through to about 1am.
Registration is now open with an introductory
offer of two places for £30 for the first 200
Standard ticket prices are £20 per adult (16
years and above) and £10 for children (aged
You can register online at http://stclarehospice.org.uk/event/midnight-walk-2016/
or by ringing Jade Clarke on 01279 773756 or
Registration forms are also available from the
hospice reception and St Clare Hospice shops.
Drivers stopped in police crackdown
9.13am - 7th
THIRTY people were spotted not wearing a
seatbelt during a road safety operation in
Road policing officers teamed up with Essex
Safer Roads Partnership to lead the operation
designed to detect and deter motoring and
Twenty-eight drivers were seen using a mobile
phone behind the wheel and two were dealt with
for using a mobile phone whilst failing to wear
a seatbelt too.
Four drivers were found not to have insurance
and had their cars seized at the roadside.
Nine vehicles did not have valid MoTs and one
driver was found to be driving otherwise than in
accordance with their licence.
Two drivers were stopped for failing to stop at
a red traffic light and three were dealt with
One vehicle was stopped for being over the legal
weight limit and one driver was dealt with for
A 26-year-old man, from Harlow, was arrested on
suspicion of drug driving after the car in which
he was travelling was stopped in Southern
He has been released on bail pending further
investigation until May 9.
Boy, 15, arrested as part of murder
9.10am - 7th
A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested in
connection with the death of a man in
The teenager, from north London, was arrested in
Holloway on Tuesday, March 29, on suspicion of
murder and possession of class A drugs.
An 18-year-old man, from north London, who was
arrested on suspicion of murder on March 11
remains on bail until May 17, pending further
A murder investigation was launched after Hassan
Abdi Mohamed, 48, from Harlow, was found
collapsed near Holly Field at 10.45am on
Saturday, March 5.
He was found injured on a path that leads from
Southern Way to Pyenest Road. He had been
stabbed and later died of his injuries.
Police are continuing to appeal for
Anyone who can help is asked to ring the Harlow
Major Incident Team on 101 or ring Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Woman suffers fractured hip in
8.29am - 7th
OFFICERS investigating the attempted
robbery of an elderly woman in Harlow are
continuing to appeal for witnesses.
A 69-year-old woman was walking from Harlow town
centre along a cycle path that runs behind
Arkwrights to The Stow at 2.25pm on Monday,
March 21, when she was approached from
Her handbag was grabbed before she was pushed to
the ground causing her to fracture her
A 27-year-old woman, from Harlow, was arrested
on suspicion of robbery six days after the
She has been released on police bail pending
further enquiries until April 26.
Anyone with any information is asked to ring PC
Richard Canning at Harlow CID on 101 or
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Charity seeks volunteers
7.38am - 4th
HOME-START Harlow is seeking volunteers
with parenting experience to help support other
parents with young children.
Volunteers are needed to give two to three hours
of their time each week.
For more details, ring Claire on 01279 451669 or
A spokesman said: "If you have parenting
experience and an interest in the welfare of
local families and you think you have the
patience and skill to support parents with young
children who maybe finding life difficult, then
you could be just the person we are looking
"We are currently recruiting volunteers who
are keen to become involved with Home-Start in
Harlow and become part of our hard working and
Bottle attack leaves man with
7.56am - 2nd
POLICE are appealing for information
after a 22-year-old man was assaulted with a
bottle outside Bar 21 in Post Office Walk,
The victim was taken to Broomfield Hospital,
Chelmsford, for injuries to his neck and arm
which are described as life-changing.
The assault happened yesterday morning
Police are looking for three suspects all
described as white men.
Officers have viewed CCTV and are aware that
there will have been people who saw the incident
who have not yet been spoken to.
Any witnesses should ring PC Gemma Bristow at
Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555
Register now for water tower abseil
7.40am - 1st
CHARITY-minded fundraisers can still
register for this year's Rotary Club of Harlow
Tye abseil from the top of the Church Langley
Participants can raise money for a charity or
voluntary organisation of their choice.
In the 18 years that the event has been held,
some £800,000 has been raised for hundreds of
This year's event is on Saturday and Sunday,
April 30 and May 1 (the May bank holiday
There is a £35 entry fee with all the
sponsorship money raised going to the chosen
Abseilers must be aged 16 or over.
For more details, visit www.harlowtyerotary.org.uk
or click on the Abseil box on the Everything
Harlow events page.
Alternatively, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or ring text Bill on 07711 982671.
Police renew appeal over attack on
father and son
7.36am - 1st
POLICE have renewed their appeal for
information a year after a father and son were
attacked in their own home in Tunnmeade,
Three people forced their way into the home at
about 9pm on Wednesday, March 25 last year and
The victims, one aged in his 50s and one in his
20s, were both attacked and left with serious
injuries. They were forced to hand over £1,600
in £20 notes.
The father was struck with a meat cleaver,
sustaining numerous lacerations to his head,
arms and legs.
The son suffered a deep wound to his back and a
All three suspects fled 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 Second Avenue.
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 DC Ryan Burgess said: "A
year has passed since this horrific attack and
although the investigation has made progress, no
one has yet been prosecuted for inflicting these
"The level of violence used in this attack was
huge and both men were lucky to survive. The
victims are recovering but the injuries have had
an impact on their lives.
"I believe someone must know something and I
urge anyone with information to get in touch.
"Were you near Tunnmeade at the time of the
attack? Did you see the van pictured? It is a
"first generation” Ford Transit Connect and is
similar in design to the one pictured. Please
contact my team if you have any information.”
All three attackers are described as white and
spoke with local accents.
The woman is described as aged between 18 and
22, slim, had long light coloured hair, was
about 5ft 2ins tall and wore 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 top.
The other man was also about 5ft 8ins tall, of
medium build and wore a white coloured top.
Anyone with information is asked to ring DC Ryan
Burgess at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers,
anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Three men and a woman were arrested in
connection with the incident but were later
released with no further action.