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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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Police appeal after children's clothes stolen

2.56pm - 30th April 2016

POLICE are appealing for information after children's clothes worth a five-figure sum were stolen from an industrial unit in Harlow. 
Thieves smashed through a rear wall to get into the unit in Capital Place between 2.50pm and 11.10pm on Saturday, April 16, and returned the following day between 8pm and 9pm. 
The thieves are believed to have used a silver Citroen Berlingo van and a Peugeot car. 
The distinctive clothes are all from the brand Mafana. 
Anyone who has been offered such clothes for sale is asked to ring PC Hazel Foulser at Harlow Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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Man arrested after woman found badly burned

8.33am - 30th April 2016

A 33-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested after a woman was found badly burned in Harlow. 
Officers were called shortly before 4.55pm on Thursday with reports that the 30-year-old woman had been found in a wooded area in Fesants Croft. 
She was taken to hospital with serious burns. Her injuries were described as life-changing and she remains in a serious condition. 
A man from Harlow was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and has been taken into custody for questioning. 
Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of how the woman sustained her injuries. 
Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Harlow Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man robbed of cash and mobile phone

2.10pm - 22nd April 2016

AN 18-year-old man has been robbed of cash and his mobile phone while walking along Velizy Avenue, Harlow. 
The incident happened between 1pm and 2pm on Thursday, April 14, when he was approached from behind by three men and a woman. 
He was hit on the back of the head and fell to the ground. 
A black iPhone 6 and three-figure sum of cash were stolen. 
The group ran off towards the town centre. 
The victim suffered pain to his head and a cut lip and was taken to hospital for a check-up. 
The three male suspects were described as black and believed to be wearing tracksuits. 
The woman had dark skin and is believed to have been wearing a Superdry coat. All were aged in their late 20s. 
Investigating officer PC Rachel Anderson said: "This incident took place during the early afternoon in a busy street near Harlow College so I am appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time who saw what happened, or the suspects after the robbery to get in touch.” 
Anyone with information should ring PC Anderson on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Borneo trek raises £30,000

1.27pm - 19th April 2016

A TEAM of eight fundraisers have returned from the intense heat of the jungles of Borneo having raised £30,000 for local breast cancer clinical trials. 
They hiked through the humid heat of the dense jungle and climbed to the summit of Mount Kinabalu spotting orangutans in aid of the trials unit at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. 
Former Savoy Hotel head chef Anton Edelmann, 63, thought the heat of the kitchen would prepare him for the humidity, but was surprised. 
He said: “The rainforest was amazingly hot and sweaty and very different from anything I had done before. Kinabalu is a fantastic and beautiful mountain but the last 500m were so steep it nearly killed me! But the views made up for the agony.” 
He said the group was great fun and very supportive. Father-of-two Anton has been fundraising for the charity since 2012 when he planned on climbing Kilimanjaro but had to drop out with an injury. “I can’t wait for the next challenge,” he added. 
Also taking part were Epping optometrist Polly Dulley, 51; Simon Gibb, 53; and Sarah Kershaw, 45, the wife of 1980s pop star Nik, who has performed sell-out concerts for the charity. 
She joined friends Viv Edwards, 45, and Lisa Pearce, 43, who have taken on all kinds of feats for the charity including organising a golf day at Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club in Broxbourne for four years, raising £53,000 for the charity. 
Mum-of-two Viv said: “This was an underestimated jungle trek and extreme mountain climb but in one of the most interesting countries - experiencing the dense jungle, beautiful nature, the views from the highest mountain in South East Asia and finally but not the least the funny orangutans. You need to be fit for this one!” 
Yvonne Martin, 63, who works in the trials unit, has taken on lots of challenges in recent years. 
She said: “I could never have achieved this without the determination of the team who were the best. Never again.” 
Paul Snadden, 64, who also took on the charity’s Cuba trek last year, said: “Sweat by sweat…step by step. 
"Together we beat the rainforest and reached the summit - totally sublime.” 
To join a trekking challenge to boost funds, ring the fundraising office on 01279 827857 or email pahbreasttrials@outlook.com

Marathon effort supports town's homeless

12.46pm - 19th April 2016

A CHARITY-minded runner has raised money for the Harlow-based charity The Chocolate Run by completing the Brighton Marathon. 
The charity runs a night shelter every Christmas, and a drop-in session every Sunday. 
Last Christmas 25 to 30 people, who would otherwise have been sleeping rough, slept at the night shelter. 
Steve, a volunteer and trustee with the charity, clocked a time of 3hrs 48mins. 
He said: "The Christmas Haven means no-one has to sleep rough in Harlow at Christmas which is something Harlow can be proud of. 
"I’d like to thank everyone who sponsored me." 
You can still support Steve's fundraising efforts online https://my.give.net/brighton_marathon

Man charged over bank account fraud

12.43pm - 19th April 2016

A MAN has been charged in connection with a fraud in which an elderly man was tricked into giving his bank account details. 
The 34-year-old man, from Croydon, was charged with four counts of committing fraud by false representation in Harlow on April 29 last year. 
The charges relate to the use of stolen bank cards at Lloyds TSB, Argos branches in Edinburgh Way and the Harvey Centre, and Game store in the Harvey Centre. 
More than £7,000 was spent on the cards which belonged to an 87-year-old man from Harlow. He has died since the incident took place. 
The man faces a further 34 similar charges connected to offences in other areas of the country and is currently on remand to appear before Croydon Crown Court on April 29.

Two arrested after boy stabbed in hand

12.41pm - 19th April 2016

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy was stabbed in the hand while in the Bush Fair area of Harlow. 
Police say the boy was assaulted at about 9pm on April 12. 
Two 15-year-old boys, one from Harlow and one from Woodford Green, have been arrested on suspicion of GBH and released on police bail pending further enquiries until July 20. 
Anyone who witnessed the assault or has any other information should ring PC Rachel Anderson at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Accuro secures Cabinet Office funding

2.31pm - 18th April 2016

ACCURO, the Harlow-based specialist charity for the disabled, is to receive significant new financial support from the Cabinet Office’s Local Sustainability Fund (as delivered by the Big Lottery Fund). 
The £51,000 funding in the year ahead means initiatives can be launched that will create new long-term sources of income, securing a bright future for the range of services provided across west Essex for children and adults alike. 
The Government’s Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, recognised the value of organisations like Accuro in delivering vital support for local communities. 
He said: “The voluntary, community and social enterprise sector delivers important services for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our society. 
"However, we know that many of these organisations need to deliver real change in the way they work so that they can secure and enhance the support they offer. 
"I would like to congratulate Accuro on its success in applying to the Local Sustainability Fund." 
Accuro chief executive Derek Farr is delighted with the successful funding application. 
He said: “As a local charity we highly value the assistance we receive from all of our supporters, including the local community and our major funding partners. 
"The award financed by the Cabinet Office is a real boost for Accuro and especially our hard working staff and volunteers. 
"More importantly it's great news for the hundreds of people we have worked with over the years. It shows that the quality of the help we provide is recognised and allows us to continue the growth and development of our services." 
Accuro has been working in west Essex for over 30 years and has gained a reputation for providing highly effective help for children, adults and their families who face life with major disabilities. 
Key to the funding success was the charity’s well established community links and partnerships, an asset the charity is keen to develop still further. 
Looking to the future, Mr Farr said: "We work very closely with our service users and their families and we are keen to keep moving forward to provide the support they need and want. 
"This award provides major help that secures the future of the charity and opens the door to working with many more community organisations and local businesses in the years ahead." 
For further information on the charity, its work and how you can join the Accuro team as a volunteer visit www.accuro.org.uk or ring the charity on 01279 433667.

Raiders with dog force entry into property

8.33am - 14th April 2016

THE occupant of a house was pushed over when two men with a dog forced their way into the property.
Police say the men with a large black dog forced their way into the property in Fold Croft at 6.50pm on Thursday April 7. 
Details of the incident were only released yesterday. 
They rang the doorbell and pushed the occupant out of the way when he answered, causing him to fall back onto the stairs. 
The men stole cash and electrical items before making off towards the golf course. 
The men are both described as white, of large build and wearing scarves across their faces. One of the men spoke with a foreign accent and the other wore a hooded top with the hood up. 
Anyone with any information should ring Detective Constable Ann-Marie Pitcher at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Harlow cafe owner to cycle to Turkey for hospice

5.08pm - 11th April 2016

BUSINESSMAN Mehmet Cakmak sets out on Saturday to cycle 3,000 miles from Harlow to Turkey to raise money for St Clare Hospice. 
The father-of-four who owns and manages the Cafe Pizzeria in Bush Fair, has lived in Ilford more than 30 years. He opened his Harlow business 25 years ago. 
On reaching his 50th birthday last November, Mehmet decided he wanted to take on a personal challenge and give something back to his local community. 
He said: “I have always been a keen cyclist but I just couldn’t find the time once my wife and I had our four children and I was running my business. But when I reached the big five-zero I just thought, it’s now or never. I need an adventure!" 
He added: “I have driven past St Clare’s twice a day, every day, for the past 25 years on my way to work. I know from my many customers at the cafe about the amazing work St Clare does and I just wanted to give something back to the community I have worked in for so many years. 
"St Clare has been there for so many thousands of people over the years and I want to do my bit to make sure they can continue to care for local families in future.” 
Mehmet has received much support from the community as he prepares to set off on his ride. 
He said: “Everyone has been so supportive of my challenge - it has really helped to motivate me. I even had a visit to my cafe from Jeremy Corbyn MP who wished me luck for the trip!” 
Mehmet anticipates it will take him about six weeks to complete the journey, to his hometown of Ankara in Turkey. 
The ride will take him through seven countries – from Holland to Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and finally Turkey. 
He plans to cycle about 70 to 100 miles per day but expects he will need a number of rest days en route.
You can follow his progress by checking the St Clare website and Facebook pages. 
To sponsor Mehmet visit his fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/Mehmet-Cakmak 
You can also track Mehmet’s journey across Europe in real time here
 For more information on Mehmet’s cycle expedition contact St Clare Challenge and events fundraiser Jade Clarke on 01279 773756 or email jade.clarke@stclarehospice.org

Register for hospice's Midnight Walk

9.48am - 8th April 2016

FUNDRAISERS can register for St Clare Hospice’s Midnight Walk. 
Hundreds of supporters will be taking part in the event on Saturday July 2.
An estimated 600 people are set to walk in memory of loved ones to raise vital funds for the charity which hopes to hit its £60,000 fundraising target which would fund the hospice's Inpatient Unit for two weeks.
The walk starts at 11pm with participants walking through to about 1am. 
Registration is now open with an introductory offer of two places for £30 for the first 200 places. 
Standard ticket prices are £20 per adult (16 years and above) and £10 for children (aged 11-15). 
You can register online at http://stclarehospice.org.uk/event/midnight-walk-2016/ or by ringing Jade Clarke on 01279 773756 or emailing jade.clarke@stclarehospice.org.uk
Registration forms are also available from the hospice reception and St Clare Hospice shops.

Drivers stopped in police crackdown

9.13am - 7th April 2016

THIRTY people were spotted not wearing a seatbelt during a road safety operation in Harlow. 
Road policing officers teamed up with Essex Safer Roads Partnership to lead the operation designed to detect and deter motoring and criminal offenders. 
Twenty-eight drivers were seen using a mobile phone behind the wheel and two were dealt with for using a mobile phone whilst failing to wear a seatbelt too. 
Four drivers were found not to have insurance and had their cars seized at the roadside. 
Nine vehicles did not have valid MoTs and one driver was found to be driving otherwise than in accordance with their licence. 
Two drivers were stopped for failing to stop at a red traffic light and three were dealt with for speeding.
One vehicle was stopped for being over the legal weight limit and one driver was dealt with for careless driving. 
A 26-year-old man, from Harlow, was arrested on suspicion of drug driving after the car in which he was travelling was stopped in Southern Way. 
He has been released on bail pending further investigation until May 9.

Boy, 15, arrested as part of murder investigation

9.10am - 7th April 2016

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested in connection with the death of a man in Harlow. 
The teenager, from north London, was arrested in Holloway on Tuesday, March 29, on suspicion of murder and possession of class A drugs. 
An 18-year-old man, from north London, who was arrested on suspicion of murder on March 11 remains on bail until May 17, pending further enquiries. 
A murder investigation was launched after Hassan Abdi Mohamed, 48, from Harlow, was found collapsed near Holly Field at 10.45am on Saturday, March 5. 
He was found injured on a path that leads from Southern Way to Pyenest Road. He had been stabbed and later died of his injuries. 
Police are continuing to appeal for information. 
Anyone who can help is asked to ring the Harlow Major Incident Team on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Woman suffers fractured hip in attempted robbery

8.29am - 7th April 2016

OFFICERS investigating the attempted robbery of an elderly woman in Harlow are continuing to appeal for witnesses. 
A 69-year-old woman was walking from Harlow town centre along a cycle path that runs behind Arkwrights to The Stow at 2.25pm on Monday, March 21, when she was approached from behind. 
Her handbag was grabbed before she was pushed to the ground causing her to fracture her hip. 
A 27-year-old woman, from Harlow, was arrested on suspicion of robbery six days after the incident. 
She has been released on police bail pending further enquiries until April 26. 
Anyone with any information is asked to ring PC Richard Canning at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Charity seeks volunteers

7.38am - 4th April 2016

HOME-START Harlow is seeking volunteers with parenting experience to help support other parents with young children. 
Volunteers are needed to give two to three hours of their time each week. 
For more details, ring Claire on 01279 451669 or email homestartharlow@btconnect.com 
A spokesman said: "If you have parenting experience and an interest in the welfare of local families and you think you have the patience and skill to support parents with young children who maybe finding life difficult, then you could be just the person we are looking for. 
"We are currently recruiting volunteers who are keen to become involved with Home-Start in Harlow and become part of our hard working and dedicated team."

Bottle attack leaves man with "life-changing" injuries

7.56am - 2nd April 2016

POLICE are appealing for information after a 22-year-old man was assaulted with a bottle outside Bar 21 in Post Office Walk, Harlow. 
The victim was taken to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, for injuries to his neck and arm which are described as life-changing. 
The assault happened yesterday morning Friday). 
Police are looking for three suspects all described as white men. 
Officers have viewed CCTV and are aware that there will have been people who saw the incident who have not yet been spoken to. 
Any witnesses should ring PC Gemma Bristow at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Register now for water tower abseil

7.40am - 1st April 2016

CHARITY-minded fundraisers can still register for this year's Rotary Club of Harlow Tye abseil from the top of the Church Langley water tower. 
Participants can raise money for a charity or voluntary organisation of their choice. 
In the 18 years that the event has been held, some £800,000 has been raised for hundreds of causes.
This year's event is on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1 (the May bank holiday weekend). 
There is a £35 entry fee with all the sponsorship money raised going to the chosen organisation.
Abseilers must be aged 16 or over. 
For more details, visit www.harlowtyerotary.org.uk or click on the Abseil box on the Everything Harlow events page.
Alternatively, e-mail abseil@harlowtyerotary.org.uk or ring text Bill on 07711 982671.

Police renew appeal over attack on father and son

7.36am - 1st April 2016

POLICE have renewed their appeal for information a year after a father and son were attacked in their own home in Tunnmeade, Harlow. 
Three people forced their way into the home at about 9pm on Wednesday, March 25 last year and demanded cash. 
The victims, one aged in his 50s and one in his 20s, were both attacked and left with serious injuries. They were forced to hand over £1,600 in £20 notes. 
The father was struck with a meat cleaver, sustaining numerous lacerations to his head, arms and legs. 
The son suffered a deep wound to his back and a broken collarbone. 
All three suspects fled 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 DC Ryan Burgess said: "A year has passed since this horrific attack and although the investigation has made progress, no one has yet been prosecuted for inflicting these horrendous injuries. 
"The level of violence used in this attack was huge and both men were lucky to survive. The victims are recovering but the injuries have had an impact on their lives. 
"I believe someone must know something and I urge anyone with information to get in touch. "Were you near Tunnmeade at the time of the attack? Did you see the van pictured? It is a "first generation” Ford Transit Connect and is similar in design to the one pictured. Please contact my team if you have any information.” 
All three attackers are described as white and spoke with local accents. 
The woman is described as aged between 18 and 22, slim, had long light coloured hair, was about 5ft 2ins tall and wore 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. 
Anyone with information is asked to ring DC Ryan Burgess at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 
Three men and a woman were arrested in connection with the incident but were later released with no further action.

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