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Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision

10.31am - 26th May 2016

A MOTORCYCLIST suffered serious injuries when he collided with a car in The Stow, Harlow. 
Police were called at 4.15pm yesterday (Wednesday) with reports of a collision involving a black Honda motorcycle and a black Mini Cooper S. 
The motorcyclist, an 18-year-old man from Harlow, was taken by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, with head injuries. 
First Avenue was closed between Howard Way and Mistley Road until shortly after 9.10pm while forensic examinations took place and the scene was cleared. 
Any witnesses are asked to ring PC Paul Fisk at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk

Hospice launches 'The Big Brew'

4.02pm - 17th May 2016

ST Clare Hospice has launched a new community fundraising campaign, The ‘Big Brew’, with supporters invited to host afternoon tea parties and coffee morning events. 
St Clare community fundraiser Dani Dea’th said: “Sharing a cup of tea and cake with friends is something we all like to do - it brings friends, neighbours and communities together for some quality time. What better way to make those cake calories count than by turning your usual meet-ups into a Big Brew for St Clare.” 
Online information packs to help organisers arrange their events - including a poster template, Clare Bear colouring-in template and cake recipe cards - are available to download here
For more information, ring Dani De’ath on 01279 773738 or email dani@stclarehospice.org.uk

Road improvement plans on show

3.59pm - 17th May 2016

AN information event about Essex County Council’s road improvement plans for the Edinburgh Way and Cambridge Road Roundabout will be held on Tuesday, May 24. 
The scheme is part of a £15m investment in the Harlow road network to manage congestion and support future local economic growth. 
Preliminary works are due to start later this year with main project expected early next year. 
Improvements will include duelling Edinburgh Way between the Cambridge Road and River Way roundabouts, upgrading the A414 Cambridge Road roundabout including a dedicated left turn lane from the south to the west along the A414, improving traffic signals at the East Road junction with Edinburgh Way - including new crossing points on the A414 for pedestrians and cyclists - and improvements to the River Way roundabout.
Essex County Council infrastructure cabinet member Rodney Bass said: “We are investing a lot of money in improving roads in Harlow which is working side by side with Harlow Enterprise Zone to transform the town’s economy.” 
Information, including maps, will be on display at the Harlow Enterprise Hub, Kao Hockham Building, Edinburgh Way, between 3pm and 8pm on Tuesday, May 24. 
Officers will be there to answer questions about the scheme. Information is also available on the Essex County Council website A414 Harlow improvement schemes pages www.essex.gov.uk/majorschemes

Two arrested over Tesco robbery

3.56pm - 17th May 2016

TWO people have been arrested after police were called to the Tesco superstore in Edinburgh Way following reports that a number of men had entered the store and threatened staff before stealing several mobile phones. 
The suspects are believed to have forced a door to the associated Costa Coffee shop to get in before threatening staff. 
A large group of males, who had arrived in a Ford van, were reported to be involved in the incident which happened shortly after 1.05am yesterday.
They were all wearing tracksuit bottoms, dark hooded tops with scarves over their faces and gloves. Following a search, a Ford van was found in the Ladyshot area and an 18-year-old man, from London, was arrested nearby on suspicion of aggravated burglary. 
A 15-year-old boy, from Harlow, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary at an address in the town this morning. 
They were taken to Harlow Police Station for questioning. 
Police enquiries are continuing and anyone with information regarding the incident or who has been offered a new mobile phone for sale is asked to ring Harlow CID on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Plans unveiled for new M11 junction

2.04pm - 12th May 2016

PLANS for a new M11 junction at Harlow have been officially launched. 
Essex County Council unveiled proposals for a new junction 7A which will involve the upgrading of Gilden Way.
Essex County Council infrastructure cabinet member Rodney Bass said: “Harlow is severely limited by the lack of road capacity and connectivity, restricting growth that is essential to provide the platform for regenerating the area. 
“To make the most of the town’s opportunities we need to make improvements and investment in roads and infrastructure. 
"This is essential to provide homes and jobs for today’s young adults, our children and future generations." 
He added: “It is a big change but it is necessary and will benefit everybody in years to come. 
"Planned strategic improvements are necessary to support this economic growth. By acting now, we can ensure that the area continues to prosper and provide opportunities for years to come.”
Highways engineers have spent four years investigating options to improve Harlow’s road network. 
They concluded a new M11 junction the best solution. 
Initial designs were shown to the public in 2013 and 2015. These have been developed further into the scheme unveiled this week. 
A consultation on the plans runs until Wednesday, July 6. 
A series of public exhibitions will take place along the Gilden Way/Sheering Road route and also in the town centre library during June.

Science park plans take step forward

4.07pm - 9th May 2016

THE building of a multi-million pound science park at Harlow Enterprise Zone has moved a step closer with Harlow Council appointing VINCI UK Developments as its preferred development partner. 
Harlow Council and VINCI have joined forces to finalise plans for the state-of-the-art science park on 25 acres of council-owned development land at London Road North.
A full development agreement is expected to be signed in early summer with building work starting by the end of the year. 
Harlow Council’s vision for London Road North is to create a high quality science park in an attractive campus style environment that brings high technology companies to Harlow with a good proportion of high value jobs. 
The park will focus on high technology businesses in the Life Science, ICT and Advanced Manufacturing sectors and provide more than 500,000 square feet of space with the potential to employ between 2,500 and 3,000 people. 
The park will also be the home of Anglia Ruskin University’s Med-Tech Innovation Centre. 
Work has already taken place to prepare for development with a new access road being built through the site and other infrastructure improvements. 
The access road is expected to be completed in the autumn.

Man charged with attempted murder

9.32am - 8th May 2016

A MAN has been charged with attempted murder after a man was found with life-threatening injuries in Potters Field, Harlow. 
Officers were called at about 3pm on Friday after the man, aged in his 50s, was found outside a property.
He was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, where he continues to receive treatment to serious head injuries. His condition is critical but stable. 
Fabio Poma, 29, of Potters Field, Harlow, was charged last night (Saturday) and will appear before magistrates in Chelmsford tomorrow (Monday).

Bouncy castle death: Police extend bail

9.09am - 5th May 2016

TWO people arrested in connection with the death of a seven-year-old girl at Harlow Town Park in March have had their bail extended. 
A 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, both from Cambridgeshire, were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence and have been rebailed pending further enquiries until September 13. 
Summer Grant, from Norwich, died after suffering serious injuries while on a bouncy castle on Saturday, March 26.

PICTURES: Church Langley water tower abseil

8.34am - 2nd May 2016

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 Harlow Tye.

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