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Two more arrests over East Gate assaults

7.55am - 21st February 2017

FIVE teenagers have now been arrested in connection with assaults in East Gate which left three 16-year-old boys with head and facial injuries.
The victims were attacked shortly before 3.50pm on Saturday. 
The boys, aged 15 and 16 from the town, were arrested yesterday. 
They have been released on police bail pending further enquiries until tomorrow (Wednesday). 
The other three have been released on bail pending further enquiries until May 25. 
The incident is being investigated by detectives at Harlow CID. 
Anyone with any information is asked to contact them on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Funding available for youth projects

3.01pm - 20th February 2017

VOLUNTARY and community organisations working with young people in Harlow are set to benefit from grants totalling £160,000 over the next two years. 
Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available from The Youth Social Action Fund for a wide range of activities which seek to engage young people in their community and increase their learning and understanding of local issues. 
Supported projects may address topics which include, but are not restricted to, social inclusion, employment, disability, bullying and homelessness or increase access to sports and the arts. 
All projects must, however, benefit young people aged between ten and 20 or up to 25 for disabled young people. 
Big Lottery Fund and Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20m seed funding over four years to create the #iwill fund.
Essex Community Foundation in conjunction with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex are acting as match-funders and are awarding grants locally on behalf of the #iwill fund. 
Paul Hill, Head of Grants and Programmes at ECF, said: "We are delighted to be a part of this nationwide programme which aims to engage young people in learning about their local community, improve their understanding of local issues and help them to interact with people of different ages and cultures. 
“We are grateful to the OPCC for providing match funding for this programme in Harlow. 
"We know there are many voluntary organisations working with young people in this area and we would encourage them to contact us as soon as possible to discuss grant funding.” 
Jane Gardner, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Engaging young people to become proud contributors to their local community is vital. We look forward to working with ECF to ensure this funding makes a difference to the lives of young people living in Harlow.” 
For more information and application criteria visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk or ring ECF’s grants team on 01245 356018. 
Applications will be accepted throughout the year with the first grants awarded in April.1.

Third arrest over East Gate assaults

1.17pm - 20th February 2017

A THIRD teenager has been arrested in connection with an assault in Harlow which left three men with head and facial injuries. 
The victims were attacked by a group of five people in East Gate shortly before 3.50pm on Saturday. 
A 17-year-old boy, from Harlow, was arrested yesterday (Sunday) on suspicion of assault and violent disorder. He has been released on bail until May 25. 
On Saturday, a 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault and a 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. 
The 14-year-old boy has been released on bail until May 25. The 15-year-old boy remains in police custody. 
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to ring Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

New grave-tending service launched

12.08pm - 20th February 2017

A NEW grave-tending service for people who live some distance away or are unable to care for their loved ones' graves has been launched.
D & J Cemetery Care operates throughout the Chelmsford, Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford areas.
Services offered include maintenance around the headstone and edge of plots, the washing of memorials, memorial inspections, the delivery of freshly cut flowers as well as help with grave tracing and photographs for genealogists, cemetery records and grave sitting. 
D & J Cemetery Care is run by Judith Farr who has more than 14 years experience in the management of cemeteries and burials. 
She was deputy clerk, with responsibility for Ongar Cemetery, at Ongar Town Council having spent four years as admin assistant at North Weald Bassett Parish Council. 
Mrs Farr said: "When I was at the council people would ask if the council could provide such a service; clean the graves and remove and provide flowers." 
She added: "The cemetery is always something I have felt passionately about. I enjoy working with people and have empathy with the relatives. 
"It is one of those times when you need people to be helpful and sympathetic. It's a time in peoples' lives when having someone they can talk to makes a difference." 
Mrs Farr's experience with cemetery records was highlighted in the BBC programme Family Finders where she reunited members of a family, where one lived Hertfordshire and the other relative lived in Australia. 
D & J Cemetery Care offers a bespoke service tailored to client's individual requirements. 
For more information, write to D & J Cemetery Care, 60 St Michael's Drive, Roxwell, Essex, CM1 4NU, email office@dandjcemeterycare.co.uk or ring 07729 005295. 
More information can also be found at the D & J Cemetery Care website www.dandjcemeterycare.co.uk

Judith Farr, of D & J Cemetery Care PICTURE

Three men injured in assault

8.38am - 20th February 2017

THREE men suffered head and facial injuries when they were attacked by a group of people in East Gate, Harlow. 
The incident happened at about 3.50pm on Saturday. 
The victims were taken to hospital for treatment. 
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of assault and a 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. 
Anyone with any information or who has video footage of the incident is asked to ring Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two boys hurt in substance assault

9.35am - 16th February 2017

TWO boys suffered reddening and swelling to their faces and eyes when a substance was thrown at them. 
Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault on the boys, aged 14 and 16, which happened as they were walking through an underpass in The Hides at about 3pm on January 23. Details have only just been released. 
One of the men is described as Asian, aged about 17, 5ft 5ins tall, slim and wearing grey tracksuit trousers and black shoes. 
The other is described as white, in his late teens to early 20s, about 5ft 6ins tall, of athletic build with black hair and stubble, wearing a white t-shirt and dark trousers. 
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Lauren Strangward at Harlow Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Registration open for charity abseil

2.05pm - 13th February 2017

REGISTRATION is open for Harlow Tye Rotary Club's annual charity abseil from the top of the Church Langley water tower. 
Abseilers can raise money for any charity or voluntary organisation. 
The club is holding the event on Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30. 
In the 19-year history of the event some £850,000 has been raised for hundreds of causes. 
There is a £35 entry fee but all the sponsorship money collected goes to the group of the individual's choice. 
Abseilers must be aged 16 and over. 
For more details, visit www.harlowtyerotary.org.uk and follow the instructions to download a registration form and conditions of entry. 
You can also e-mail abseil@harlowtyerotary.org.uk or ring Bill Colton on 07711 982671.

Council seeks Playhouse operator

10.15am - 12th February 2017

HARLOW Council has begun the process to find an operator to take over the management and operation of The Playhouse Theatre. 
The Playhouse is one of several discretionary community services currently funded by Harlow Council. The council says it is committed to securing The Playhouse’s future and will invest £2m from its capital programme over the next three years to make improvements to the building. 
The council is looking to lease the building and transfer the service and all its activities to an external party however it expects to still provide a certain level of funding for the service. 
The deadline for tenders is March 7. 
Youth and Community portfolio holder Emma Toal said: “This exercise is part of our commitment to securing the Playhouse’s long-term future and look at how we can secure this but with less council funding for it. 
"This doesn’t change our ambitions for the Playhouse and where we want it to be. 
"We are looking for an experienced organisation to not only manage and operate the Playhouse but also to take the theatre forward as a significant cultural force for the region. 
"I believe that the Playhouse is currently in one of its strongest positions ever and the time is right to move ahead with this process.”
Given the tender exercise the council is not immediately advertising for a replacement for the theatre's general manager post. 
Members of the Playhouse Management Team, Jessica du Preez and Rory Davies, will take on extra responsibilities. Both have been in senior roles at the theatre for many years. 
Jessica will be responsible for the artistic planning, development and commercial side of the venue to include the programming of the theatre spaces. 
Rory will be responsible for the operational side of the venue looking after the Facilities, Technical, Accounts and Projects Teams.

Hospice launches £50 challenge

3.44pm - 9th February 2017

ST Clare Hospice is calling on businesses and schools to take up the St Clare ‘£50 Challenge’.
The Hastingwood-based hospice is again running the annual fundraising investment initiative which sees businesses compete to grow their £50 seed funding stake into as healthy a profit as possible for the charity. 
This year schools are invited to also take part with some businesses getting the opportunity to mentor students and assist pupils in growing their own investments. 
The £50 Challenge for businesses runs from April 3 until June 30 with the £50 Youth Social Action Challenge from September 4 until December 15. 
For more information, ring Amy Jacobs on 01279 773758 or email amy.jacobs@stclarehospice.org.uk

Harlow Council welcomes M11 junction boost

12.45pm - 1st February 2017

HARLOW Council has welcomed the news that a new M11 junction will receive a major cash boost from the Government. 
The Department for Transport says it will support plans for a new junction 7A at Sheering which will help to ensure the delivery of 15,000 homes and support continued growth in the local economy. 
Harlow Council leader Jon Clempner said: “It is clear that a major town like Harlow suffers from only having one motorway junction. I know that traffic congestion is a major frustration for residents who want to be able to travel around the town without any delays. I know it is also frustrating for local businesses as traffic delays can cost them money. 
“If Harlow is to recognise its short and long-term housing and business growth needs, including the ambition for a northern bypass, then an extra motorway junction to the north of Harlow is vital. 
"This is about Harlow having the right transport infrastructure now and in the future to support new housing and help create new businesses and jobs at places like Harlow Enterprise Zone. 
"A new junction is not the only answer to improving Harlow’s infrastructure but it is extremely important, and another piece of the jigsaw that is falling into place. 
"The support and commitment from the Government, Harlow’s MP and Essex County Council for this project can only help attract further investment in our ambition to transform Harlow for the better.”

Man suffers stab wounds

12.41pm - 1st February 2017

A MAN was taken to hospital with stab wounds following reports that a man had been attacked with a claw hammer in Harlow. 
Police were called to The Downs, Harlow, at about 1.30pm on Thursday. 
The man was taken to a London hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. 
Two men aged in their late teens to early 20s are being sought by police. 
Any witnesses are asked to ring Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are asking residents in The Downs area to check their gardens and bins for any hammers or other similar type weapons that have been discarded.

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