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Four people injured in Roydon crash

8.14am - 21st September 2016

FOUR people were injured - one seriously - in a road collision in Roydon. 
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision which happened on Tylers Road at 6am on Sunday. 
A police spokesman said a silver Mazda containing four men from the Harlow area was travelling from Nazeing towards Harlow along Tylers Road when it was in collision with an articulated LGV travelling in the opposite direction. 
The 35-year-old Mazda driver was taken to the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, with serious injuries. His condition is described as stable. 
A rear seat passenger, aged 45, was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, with serious injuries. His condition is described as critical but stable. 
Two other passengers were taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, with minor injuries. 
The lorry driver, aged 52, was uninjured. 
The road was closed for about eight hours for forensic scene examination and vehicle recovery. 
Any witnesses to the collision or anyone who saw the Mazda being driven before the collision are asked to contact PC Ian Tappin at Chigwell Road Policing Unit on 101.

Parliamentary constituency set to grow

10.54am - 13th September 2016

THE Harlow parliamentary constituency is set to be enlarged in the boundary changes announced today with the North Weald Bassett ward and Moreton and Fyfield ward are set to transfer from Brentwood and Ongar. 
No changes are proposed for the neighbouring Epping Forest constituency. 
Amendments are being made to many constituencies across the country as part of reorganising parliamentary boundaries to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 and to ensure constituencies each over roughly 75,000 electors.

Health awards shortlist announced

8.43am - 13th September 2016

VOLUNTEERS, pharmacists and health professionals all feature in the NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group's Best of West Awards shortlist. 
The awards will be presented at the CCG’s Annual General Meeting at Zinc Arts Centre, Great Stony, High Street, Ongar, on Thursday, September 29, with a complimentary lunch before the awards from 1pm.
Chief Officer Deborah Fielding said: “The Best of Awards celebrates the exceptional work being done in west Essex to keep people well. 
"The finalists come from all sectors of the community, demonstrating the commitment and enthusiasm local people have to deliver the best health and care services. 
“We received lots of incredibly strong nominations and I’m really excited to celebrate the deserving winners at our AGM. I encourage local people to come and see the winners announced.” 
A board meeting in public will take place before the awards, at 9.30am. 

The awards shortlist is: 
Best Primary Care Award: Dr Sebastian Moutafis, GP, The Loughton Surgery (Loughton); Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund, Delivery Team (Epping and Harlow); Renier Van Zyl, Director, Stellar Healthcare (Epping and Harlow). 
Pharmaceutical Care Award: Drhu and Pretty Vafasana, North Weald Chemist; Harlow Pharmacy team, Harlow Pharmacy; Anastasia Pelentrides and team, Boots Pharmacy, Loughton. 
Leading with care, compassion and respect award: Alzheimers Society, West Essex Memory Services; Continuing Health Care Team (west Essex); Johanna Gill, Action for Family Carers (west Essex). 
Caring Together Award: Liz McLintock, District nurse, SEPT (west Essex); Dr Soo Teom, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Hertfordshire Community Trust (west Essex); Johanna Gill, Action for Family Carers/Macmillan Carers Service (west Essex).
Individual Volunteer Award: Olive Grannell, Action for Family Carers (Harlow); Tim Atkinson, Fairycroft House Community Interest Company (Saffron Walden); Christopher Bullock, Voluntary Action Epping Forest. 
Best Team or Project Award: Compass Club Team, Epping Forest District Council; Linda Shipp, Action for Family Carers (Harlow); Paul Goddard and Kelly Rowland, Uttlesford District Council and 1Life (Saffron Walden). 
Best Health Education/Educator Award: Angie Pearson, Waltham Abbey Youth 2000; George Sydes, Little Hallingbury Primary School; Glenn Gossling, West Essex CCG (west Essex). 
CCG Unsung Hero Award: To be awarded to a member of West Essex CCG staff.
Best Service Design Award: Continuing Health Care Team, West Essex CCG; Winnie Furlong, Clinical lead - leg ulcer service, Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust; Stellar Healthcare, Central Referral Service - Deep Vein Thrombosis Pathway (Epping and Harlow). 
Celebrating Diversity Award: Claire Totman, Foster Carer (Epping); Steeple Bumpstead Surgery. 
Overall Best of West Award: Angie Pearson, Waltham Abbey Youth 2000 ; Anne Rouse, Newport Surgery; Dr Soo Teo, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Hertfordshire Community Trust.

Police holding community meeting after attacks on Polish men in Harlow

4.09pm - 9th September 2016

A COMMUNITY meeting will be held for Harlow residents at the Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, at 1pm tomorrow (Saturday) following the recent attacks on Polish men in the town. 
Essex Police has organised the meeting following the death of Arkadiusz Jozwik, who was assaulted in The Stow on Saturday, August 27, and a separate incident in which two Polish men were assaulted in Kitson Way on Sunday, September 4. 
Chief Superintendent Sean O’Callaghan said: "Residents are understandably shocked and concerned following these two violent incidents. 
"During the course of our patrols and enquiries we have also been made aware of incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour that had not been previously reported to us. 
"We wanted to give the community an opportunity to raise their concerns and speak to us directly about the issues they are experiencing.” 
Essex Police Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh met with Colonel Rafal Batkowski, Director of International Co-operation of the Polish State Police, on Tuesday when they discussed the investigation into both incidents and the work Essex Police is doing to reassure the Polish community in the county.
Essex Police has accepted an offer from the Polish State Police offered to send an officer to assist the Harlow Community Policing Team. 
The officer will work with the team for a week and support Essex Police's engagement with the Polish community in Harlow. 
The officer will be in uniform but will have no police powers. No date has yet been confirmed for the officer's visit.

CCG appoints new Accountable Officer

5.06pm - 6th September 2016

A NEW Accountable Officer has been appointed to NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.
Deborah Fielding specialises in service transformation and comes to west Essex from Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group where she was Accountable Officer since the CCG's inception in 2012. 
Before that she was a deputy CEO at NHS Havering and director of strategy and partnerships at NHS South East Essex PCT for over six years. 
She takes over the leadership of the organisation from Andrew Geldard who was acting Chief Officer during the recruitment period after Clare Morris, the former chief officer, left. 
Mr Geldard remains at West Essex CCG in an interim position to support the delivery of its Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). 
Deborah said: “I’m really happy to be here and have received a warm welcome from everyone I’ve met so far. I was well aware of West Essex CCG’s excellent record in involving local people in the development of their vision and plans.” 
Deborah’s heart is in community-based, population health and out of hospital care. 
She said: “I’m impressed with what West Essex CCG has already achieved in making that vision a reality. "A lot of good work has been done and my aim is to help realise this vision. 
“I can see the potential for transforming new policy into practice very quickly in this environment. It is about how we bring people together. There is a lot of support from the local authority, our providers and the already established Accountable Care Organisation.” 
She added: "I am a proud Essex girl and I have worked in the NHS for many years. I was a community nurse and health visitor, so I have a passion for community and public health. 
"For the last four years I’ve been in Wiltshire, as an Accountable Officer, but I was keen to return to Essex and I am really positive about the work West Essex CCG is doing.” 
West Essex CCG chairman Dr Rob Gerlis said: “I am delighted that Deborah has taken on the challenge of this role to transform our health and social care system into one of the best in the country. 
"I am looking forward to working with her and building on the work that has already been done since the CCG was set up, as are my other GP colleagues.”

Attack on Polish men may have been filmed - police

4.36pm - 6th September 2016

POLICE investigating the assault of two Polish men in Harlow are continuing to appeal for witnesses, including someone who may have filmed the incident on a mobile phone. 
Officers were called at about 3.35am on Sunday after reports of an altercation outside the William Aylmer pub in Kitson Way. 
Witnesses reported two men, who are both Polish and in their 30s, were attacked by a group of four or five men. 
Officers are treating this as a potential hate crime. 
One of the men suffered a cut to his head while the other suffered a broken nose. Both victims were treated at Princess Alexandra Hospital and later discharged. 
Detective Sergeant Tina Hart said: "We are appealing for any witnesses to come forward and are particularly keen to hear from someone who may have filmed the incident on his mobile phone.
"He may have vital evidence that could assist us with the investigation.” 
Anyone with information is asked to contact Harlow CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 
Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, has described the attack - which followed an incident when Polish man Arek Jozwik was attacked and later died, and a friend was also assaulted - as "disappointing and disturbing". 
He added: "Local residents and shopkeepers have spoken of persistent anti-social behaviour and low level criminality in The Stow (where the first assaults took place) over recent months. 
"My expectation is that Essex Police will crack down on anti-social behaviour, that the Community Policing Teams will provide visible and accessible local policing in Harlow, and that local patrols will be stepped up. 
"Essex has long been a tolerant and welcoming county, and it will remain so."

Solicitor appointed to Board of Trustees

8,04am - 6th September 2016

A SOLICITOR with Harlow-based firm Attwaters Jameson Hill has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Olympia-Wafula Foundation. 
James Sherwin joins the board of trustees of the Foundation which was founded by Harlow-based Paralympian wheelchair racer Anne Wafula Strike. 
The Foundation - www.olympia-wafulafoundation.org - supports disabled people in the UK, Kenya, Malawi, Swaziland and Nepal. 
Mr Sherwin, a Medical Negligence Solicitor with Attwaters Jameson Hill - where he has worked for almost ten years - said: “I met Anne at a networking event at the end of last year and was fascinated to hear of the wonderful work the Foundation does for people both here in the UK and abroad. 
“We subsequently became friends on Facebook and I kept a keen eye on events the Foundation was involved in, so when Anne asked me to join the Board of Trustees I was delighted to accept. 
“I am looking forward to being involved with the Foundation and helping develop its profile in whatever way I can.” 
Anne, who was awarded the MBE for services to disability sport and charity in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List, has undertaken charitable work in various countries including Nigeria, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC disabled sport). 
The foundation's vision is to promote healthy living solutions for differently able (disabled) and disadvantaged people with a special emphasis on Education, Mobility and Advocacy to empower and enrich their lives through social inclusion. This is being achieved through an exchange of experiences and ideas. 
Anne Wafula Strike said: “We hope that the addition of James to the Board will move us forward. 
"We are a very small group and James's expertise, knowledge and experience in his own field will be a big boost to us.” 
Julius Chitseko, chairman of the Olympia-Wafula Foundation, said: “James Sherwin's contribution to the board will bring a different perspective that we have been looking for. We are happy to welcome him on board.” 
Anne Wafula Strike added: “One billion people are living with a disability and together they make up the third largest poorest nation on earth. 
"The majority of the disabled population come from Africa. “Our passion is to equip and provide a safety net to the neglected group and help turn a statistic into a solution.” 
The Olympia-Wafula Foundation has engaged in several projects in five nations to provide wheelchairs, education scholarships and advocacy through media and community outreach. 
The 2016 Kenya project involves more than 150 new wheelchairs specially designed for the terrain of Kenya which will be distributed at the end of this year.

Family pay tribute to "hard-working" man

7.52am - 1st September 2016

THE family of the Polish man who died two days after being attacked along with another man in Harlow have paid tribute to the "hard-working man". 
Police have provisionally identified the man who died as Arkadiusz Jozwik, 40, of Parsonage Leys, Harlow. 
Mr Jozwik, known as Arek, was assaulted at about 11.35pm on Saturday outside the TGF Pizza and Mr Luigi’s takeaway shops in The Stow. 
He suffered head injuries and was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital. He was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where he died on Monday evening. 
A 43-year-old man from Harlow was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with suspected fractures to his hands and bruising to his stomach. He has since been discharged from hospital. 
Mr Jozwik’s family said: "We are all extremely devastated at the sad loss of our brother, son and uncle Arek. 
"This is obviously a very difficult time for us as Arek was taken from us so suddenly and unexpectedly. 
"He was a hard-working man who love spending time with his family, specifically his nephew, with whom he loved to play table football. 
"He loved IT and strategic gaming and enjoyed life as a bachelor. "We now ask that we are left alone to grieve during this very difficult time and we ask for our privacy to be respected. "R.I.P Arek.” 
Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Danny Stoten, of the Kent and Essex Crime Directorate, said: "This investigation is in its early stages and there are a number of lines of enquiry that need to be considered and completed, and this will take time.
"However, I want to stress that the motive behind this brutal attack remains unclear and there is no direct evidence at this time to say that this incident was racially motivated. 
"We are continuing to keep an open mind about the motive.
"I am continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the area between 10pm and midnight on Saturday, August 27, to come forward, as any piece of information could be vital. 
"We understand there will be witnesses who were deeply shocked by what took place and we know they may find it hard to come forward. 
"In the first instance, the important thing is to come forward and talk to us and to discuss the fears that you have. There are a number of measures that we can put in place to protect witnesses or alleviate the concerns you may have. 
"You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously if you are afraid to give your name or speak directly with us.” 
Anyone with information about assault is asked to contact the Harlow Major Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

MP speaks of "awful" murder

7.50am - 1st September 2016

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has spoken about the "awful, tragic" murder of a man in The Stow. 
Mr Halfon says he is "deeply saddened" at the death of the man - who he has named as Polish man Arkadiusz Jozwik - and the injury of his friend. 
Mr Halfon added: "I give my heartfelt sympathy not just to these men's families and friends but to the whole of Harlow's wonderful Polish community. 
"All murder is evil, but if it is also true, as is being investigated, that this could be a hate crime, then it is all the more disturbing and shocking. 
"We should be celebrating the hard work and positive contribution of the migrant communities that greatly benefit our society. 
"I believe it is the responsibility of all those in public life, of politicians, journalists, and anyone with a voice, to stand up and speak out against racism and to promote and celebrate the massive benefits that Polish, and other migrants, give to Harlow and to our country. 
"I am proud to be MP for Harlow and I believe that almost every single person in our town will be horrified at this event. But, we must do more than be horrified. 
"We must actively stand up against racism of any kind. 
"We must welcome Polish and other communities just as we would welcome our best friends and we must all work together to ensure that Harlow remains a kind, decent and tolerant place to live."

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