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Police appeal after woman assaulted

8.02am - 28th June 2016

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 hair.” 
Anyone with information can ring 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Jail for burglar found hiding in hedge

7.59am - 28th June 2016

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 handbag.
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He and his partner had withdrawn the money to see them through the next few days as they were due to attend hospital the following day for the birth of their second child.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 foot.
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 burglary. 
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

10.08am - 26th June 2016

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has given his reaction to the 'Leave' EU Referendum vote and Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to resign.
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 families. 
"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 in Parliament." 
He added: "I am sad that David Cameron has announced his resignation. He has done this for honourable reasons. 
"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 history."

EU REFERENDUM: Harlow votes 'Leave'

7.35am - 24th June 2016

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; 48,176 Leave. 
In Harlow the figures were 29,602 Leave; 13,867 Remain.

Two men stabbed in "targeted attack"

5.27pm - 22nd June 2016

POLICE believe the stabbing of two men in a Harlow underpass was a "targeted attack". 
The men, both aged 19, were attacked in an underpass between the A1169 and Little Pynchons. 
Police were alerted by the ambulance service at 12.30am today. 
One of the men suffered wounds to his head, arms and legs. The other suffered wounds to his face and hands. 
Their injuries are not life-threatening and the second man has since been discharged from hospital.
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

7.53am - 22nd June 2016

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 uninjured. 
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 collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk

Clay pigeon shoot raises £55,000

12.36pm - 21st June 2016

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 Armstrong (£4,000).
The Sani Beach Resort in Halkidiki, Greece, donated a mini-break for two which raised £2,000. 
Ashraf Patel, associate specialist in breast surgery, said: “The day was a huge success and we’re so grateful to everyone for their support. 
"The funds raised help us offer local women the best treatment options and extra life-enhancing programmes.” 
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 victoria.gerlis@pah.nhs.uk

Council raises flag in support of Armed Forces

8.07am - 21st June 2016

HARLOW Council hosted a service outside the Civic Centre as celebrations began across the country to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday (June 25). 
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 week. 
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

2.22pm - 20th June 2016

A NEW exhibition has taken over the Gibberd Gallery at the Civic Centre, Harlow, until September. 
'Caught in the Act' features the works of Essex-born and internationally renowned artist Peter Randall-Page. 
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 inspire him.

Hospice celebrates its volunteers

2.20pm - 20th June 2016

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 shops. 
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 quiz. 
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

2.18pm - 20th June 2016

THE second Midsummer Ball in aid of the Breast Unit at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping, and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, raised over £3,500. 
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 act. 
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 excellent cause."

Man follows and grabs girl

4.29pm - 19th June 2016

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 up. 
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 and hand

4.26pm - 19th June 2016

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 Road. 
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 case. 
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 suspicious"

UPDATED 10.01am - 11th June 2016

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 coroner.

7.39am - 10th June 2016

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 Netteswell Orchard.
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 June 2016

POLICE are appealing for information after a 30-year-old local woman was pinned down and kissed by an unknown man in Market Square, Harlow. 
The incident happened at about 2.20am on Sunday, May 8. Details have only just been released by police. 
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 birthday

2.30pm - 7th June 2016

TWO events are being held in Harlow town centre to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. 
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 treasure hunt. 
Free flags will be given to shoppers and selfies can be taken with cardboard cut outs of Her Majesty. 
Any Harlow resident celebrating their 90th birthday this year is invited to be guests of honour. 
The centre will be decorated with bunting supplied and created by the Phoenix Centre and lit in patriotic colours of the Union Jack. 
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 windows. 
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 Centre event. 
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 June 2016

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 camera. 
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 licence."

Police operation targets drivers

9.41am - 4th June 2016

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 roads. 
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 Avenue. 
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 wheel. 
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 June 2016

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 May 29. 
He has been named by police as Liam Brown, 18, from Harlow. 
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 collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk

Town-wide injunction against nuisance motorbikes

9.38am - 4th June 2016

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 Court. 
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 vehicles. 
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 field. 
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 do nothing. 
"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 bikes. 
"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 antisocial behaviour."

Husband raises money for breast cancer unit

9.24am - 1st June 2016

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 cancer treatment.
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, Harlow. 
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 her hair.” 
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, October 9. 
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 £300. 
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 pahbreasttrials@outlook.com or visit The Princess Alexandra Hospital Charitable Trust – Breast Unit on Facebook.

Slimmers boost hospice funds

9.22am - 1st June 2016

FITNESS fundraisers lost a combined total of 15st 8lbs as they raised over £3,000 for St Clare Hospice.
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 advice. 
The hospice is running another ‘You Lose, We Gain’ challenge this summer. 
For more details ring Jade Clarke on 01279 773750 or email jade.clarke@stclarehospice.org.uk

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