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Car 'deliberately driven at group' 

08.55pm - 19th April 2015

A TEENAGER was run over by a car which was deliberately driven at a number of people in Harlow.
The incident happened after a fight broke out between two groups of men behind Seen nightclub, off Post Office Walk, at about 4am on Saturday.
Police say a small white hatchback car was deliberately driven at several men, running over a 17-year-old boy from Harlow.
He escaped with cuts and bruises. He was taken to hospital and later discharged.
Sgt Natalie Rooney, of Harlow CID, said: "We are really lucky not to be investigating a fatality. I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident involving the car or the fight which preceded it to contact me as soon as possible.
Anyone with information should ring Sgt Rooney on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

COMPETITION: Win a family ticket to the Extreme Torque Show 

7.20am - 19th April 2015

Everything Epping Forest and Everything Harlow have ten family tickets to the Extreme Torque Show on North Weald Airfield (May 3 and 4) to be won. 
There will be three diverse arenas - Urban Arena, Extreme Arena and Torque Arena - for fans of monster trucks, motorbikes or the more urban sports of BMX and parkour. 
The Urban Arena wiill have a talented street vibe with a mix of urban sports from BMX to parkour. 
Watch the Extreme BMX team as talented young riders showcase their tricks mid-air. 
From the same platforms and straight from the movies check out the Parkour Team as they negotiate their way around the arena, regardless of obstacles. 
Visitors can get involved with workshops available for a taste of the street scene. 
The show is on North Weald airfield on Sunday, May 3, and Monday, May 4 (11am-5pm). 
Tickets are 17 or 15 if booked in advance plus a free brochure for those who book in advance. 
Website: www.ticketweb.co.uk. Ring 0844 477 1000 


To be in with chance of winning a family ticket for four people - any combination; two adults, two children / one 1 adult and three children / four adults (under-3s free) - answer the following question. 

* How many arenas will there be at The Extreme Torque Show when it visits North Weald? a) 6 b) 3 c) 1.

Email your answer to everythingeppingforest@googlemail.com together with your name, home address and a contact telephone number by 5pm on Saturday, April 25. 
The winning entries will be picked at random after the closing date.

Witness appeal over handbag snatch 

3.46pm - 18th April 2015

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a woman's handbag in Harlow. 
A woman aged in her 80s was walking in Potter Street near the junction of Hillside at 5pm on Monday, April 13, when she was approached from behind and her handbag was removed from her shoulder. 
The male thief then got on to the back of a motorbike, which was being ridden by another man, towards Harlow Common. 
The thief is described as being white and aged about 20. 
Anyone with any information should ring PC Neil Armor at Harlow Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111.

Elderly woman targeted in "nasty" robbery 

UPDATED 5.54pm - 15th April 2015

POLICE investigating an attack on an elderly woman in Harlow when she was pushed to the ground and robbed have released more information about the incident. 
The 84-year-old victim was robbed by two youths on a moped in Pyenest Road shortly before 12.30pm yesterday (Tuesday). 
She was walking on the pavement when the pair pushed her over and stole her grey leather handbag containing her purse, cash, bank cards, keys and documentation. 
She suffered multiple injuries to her wrist, face, hands and body. 
The two fled on a white, red and blue moped-type vehicle. 
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Tina Hart said: "This was a nasty robbery that has left the elderly victim with multiple injuries and feeling shaken. 
"I am keen to find the people responsible and would like to speak to anyone who saw the robbery, or who has any information that could help our investigation." 
Anyone with any information should ring DS Hart at Harlow Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Elderly woman robbed 

3.11pm - 14th April 2015

AN elderly woman has been robbed by two youths on a moped in Pyenest Road, Harlow. 
The incident happened shortly before 12.30pm today. 
The 83-year-old victim was walking on the pavement when the pair pushed her to the ground as they passed and stole her bag containing her purse.
She suffered minor injuries and was left shaken. 
Anyone with any information should ring Harlow Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Father and son victims of "horrific attack" 

3.09pm - 14th April 2015

DETECTIVES investigating an attempted murder in which a father and son were attacked in their Harlow home by intruders using a claw hammer and meat cleaver are appealing for witnesses. 
The victims - one aged in his 50s and one in his 20s - were asleep at their home in Tunnmeade when they were woken by a knock at the door just after 9pm on Wednesday, March 25. 
When one of them went to answer, three intruders - two men and one woman - forced their way in and demanded cash. 
During a struggle the father was hit with the meat cleaver and suffered numerous deep wounds to his head, arms and legs. 
He was then forced to go upstairs and hand over 1,600 in 20 notes. 
Whilst upstairs the suspects used the weapons to attack the man's son cutting him to the bone on his back and breaking his collar bone. 
All three suspects fled the scene 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 forward.
Officers do not believe the attack was random and the men may have been targeted for the cash kept at their home. 
Investigating officer Detective Constable Ryan Burgess, of Harlow CID, said: "This was a horrific attack. Both victims suffered horrendous injuries and are lucky to be alive. 
"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area around the time of the attack. 
"The victims suffered considerable blood loss meaning the two male suspects, who carried out the violence, and the van are likely to be covered in blood. 
"One of the male suspects was struck on the head during the struggle so may have suffered swelling or blood loss himself. 
"Thankfully violent crimes such as this are extremely rare. However we are keen to catch those responsible as soon as possible. 
"If you know anything, please come forward to us so we can arrest these people and remove them from our streets." 
Both the father and son are now recovering at home but with continued hospital treatment. 
All three attackers are described as white and spoke with local accents. 
The woman is described as aged between 18 and 22, slim, with long light-coloured hair, about 5ft 2ins tall and wearing 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 passenger side. 
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. In the aftermath of the attack CCTV footage shows the van remaining in the area. 
It leaves at about 9.20pm as emergency vehicles arrive.

Till stolen from gym 

11.31am - 13th April 2015

BURGLARS have stolen a till from a gym in Harlow after a fire door was forced.
Three men forced open a fire door at the Ripped Gym in Wych Elm at 8.30pm on Monday, April 6. 
They stole a till drawer and till, containing a four-figure sum and ran off to a nearby wooded area between Rectory Road and Morley Grove.
Police want to witnesses who were in the area and saw anyone acting suspiciously. 
They would also like to speak to the driver of a Citroen C4 Picasso who drove through Wych Elm at 8.30pm 
Anyone with any information should ring PC James Selwood at Harlow Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man assaulted after being asked for cigarette 

2.29pm - 7th April 2015

A MAN was punched in the face after being asked for a cigarette in Harlow.
The 26-year-old was waiting outside Paringdon Sports Club in Paringdon Road, at 5am on Saturday, April 4, when he was approached by two men. 
They asked him for a cigarette, but when he said he did not smoke, one of them punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground. 
Both men kicked him while he was on the ground and shouted for him to hand over his wallet. 
But they ran off empty handed when he shouted for help. 
The victim was taken to hospital with facial injuries. His assailants were white, aged 20 to 28 and of medium build. 
Anyone with any information is asked to ring Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Woman assaulted during burglary 

8.33am - 5th April 2015

POLICE are appealing for information following a burglary at a home in Harlow where the elderly occupant was assaulted.
Two men forced their way into the property in Waterhouse Moor at about 5.10pm on Friday, March 20, and stole various items which have yet to be identified. 
The occupant, a woman in her 80s, was assaulted after she challenged the men, causing bruising to her legs. 
Police are appealing to anyone who saw two white men, slim, aged in their 20s, in the area at the time.
One was wearing a red hooded top. 
Anyone with any information should ring officers at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Funding boost for academy 

9.15am - 1st April 2015

BURNT Mill Academy has been awarded once again for its work with disadvantaged youngsters. 
The school was awarded 5,000 as a qualifier in the Pupil Premium Awards earlier this year putting it among just 27 secondary schools nationally to reach the finals. 
It has now been awarded a further 50,000 as an East of England finalist in the national awards. 
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students and to close the gap between them and their peers. 
Helena Mills, head of BMAT schools, said: "I was delighted to receive recognition for all we do at Burnt Mill to ensure children who don't have the same advantages as others get the chance to really succeed. 
"The Government gives us additional funding for children who are on free school meals already and we use this as a way of ensuring they can get tutored, reading books and go on trips; things sometimes their families may not be able to afford. 
"With this additional funding, we will be able to ensure we offer even more opportunities for our children.
"As a free school meal child myself, I know what it is like to want to do something but not be able to afford it. It is the reason we insist here at Burnt Mill that every child gets the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument, go on at least one trip abroad and get tutoring if they need it." 
The school, which has a third of its students in the Pupil Premium category, has closed the gap between the number of students achieving five or more A* to C grades at GCSE from poor or affluent backgrounds from 24 per cent last year to just 12 per cent this year.

Motorcyclist banned for 148mph ride 

9.12am - 1st April 2015

A MOTORCYCLIST who weaved in and out of traffic at speeds up to 148mph on the M11 between Hastingwood and Chigwell with a pillion passenger on board has been banned from driving for 15 months.
Paul Roberts was filmed by an Essex Police motorcyclist as he rode south on the motorway. 
His top speed is believed to be the highest ever recorded in the UK by a rider carrying a pillion passenger.
Roberts, 43 of Malkin Drive Lane, Harlow, who runs a taxi firm in London, was riding to work on his Kawasaki ZZR 1400 with a friend as passenger on Friday September 12. 
He joined the M11 at Hastingwood and was seen and followed by PC Paul Hills who was involved in a motorcycle safety operation on the motorway. 
A video camera on PC Hill's bike recorded events as Roberts weaved across all three lanes. 
At one point he is seen riding through a narrow gap between a lorry and a car. Roberts was eventually stopped near Chigwell and later summonsed for dangerous driving. 
He admitted the offence and appeared for sentence at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday. He was also ordered to do 120 hours community service, told to take an extended re-test and to pay 460 costs. 
Sgt Nick Edwards, from the Essex Police Motorcycle Unit, said: "The levels of harm to which Paul Roberts subjected himself, his pillion passenger, the public and my officer are just beyond comprehension.
"These speeds are for race tracks not public roads. This riding behaviour will not be tolerated on Essex roads and the court has clearly recognised the consequences of the riders actions in the punishment that has been awarded. 
"The Essex Police Casualty Reduction Section continues to focus on targeting drivers and riders that through their actions pose the greatest risk of harm to themselves and other road users."
Sgt Edwards said PC Hills and other Essex Police motorcyclists were carrying out a specific operation targeting motorcycle commuters using the M11. 
This was in a direct response to complaints from members of the public about inappropriate filtering between lanes by motorcyclists and a high number across the county of serious road collisions involving motorcycles. 

The Essex Police video footage can be viewed here

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