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Two more arrests over East Gate
FIVE teenagers have now been arrested in
connection with assaults in East Gate which left
three 16-year-old boys with head and facial
The victims were attacked shortly before 3.50pm
The boys, aged 15 and 16 from the town, were
They have been released on police bail pending
further enquiries until tomorrow
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
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
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
All projects must, however, benefit young people
aged between ten and 20 or up to 25 for disabled
Big Lottery Fund and Department of Culture,
Media & Sport are each investing £20m seed
funding over four years to create the #iwill
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
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
"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
For more information and application criteria
or ring ECF’s grants team on 01245
Applications will be accepted throughout the
year with the first grants awarded in April.1.
Third arrest over East Gate
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
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
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
A NEW grave-tending service for people
who live some distance away or are unable to
care for their loved ones' graves has been
D & J Cemetery Care operates throughout the
Chelmsford, Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford
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
She added: "The cemetery is always
something I have felt passionately about. I
enjoy working with people and have empathy with
"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
For more information, write to D & J
Cemetery Care, 60 St Michael's Drive, Roxwell,
Essex, CM1 4NU, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Three men injured in assault
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
The victims were taken to hospital for
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
Two boys hurt in substance assault
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
Registration open for charity
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
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
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 email@example.com
or ring Bill Colton on 07711 982671.
Council seeks Playhouse operator
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
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
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
"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
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
ST Clare Hospice is calling on businesses
and schools to take up the St Clare ‘£50
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
For more information, ring Amy Jacobs on 01279
773758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Harlow Council welcomes M11
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
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
"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
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
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