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Police treat assault as 'hate-related crime'

9.25am - 26th  March 2017

POLICE are treating an assault on a man in Broadley Road as a hate-related crime. 
The incident happened shortly after 6.30pm on Wednesday, March 22, when a 48-year-old man was assaulted by a group of youths while playing football with his sons. 
He suffered minor injuries to his head. 
Witnesses or anyone with any information should ring Harlow Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Woman robbed at knifepoint

5.24pm - 21st March 2017

A WOMAN has been robbed at knifepoint as she walked along a cyclepath in Harlow. 
The 19-year-old woman was  in Tripton Road at about 1.45pm on Friday (March 17) when she was approached by a man holding a knife. He demanded money and she gave him some cash. He then ran off into a wooded area nearby. 
The victim was shaken but unhurt. 
The robber is described as white, scruffy, aged about 40, stocky and about 5ft 6ins tall. He had curly, short, light brown hair with a small bald patch on the crown and a long bushy beard. 
He was wearing black gloves with the ends cut off both thumbs, a khaki green jacket with a rip in the back, and black steel toe capped style boots. 
Anyone with any information should ring DC James Smith at Harlow CID or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Drug dealers jailed

10.07am - 18th March 2017

TWO drug dealers caught with a haul of crack and heroin in their vehicle have been jailed for a total of more than six years. 
Chelmsford Crown Court heard how officers from Essex Police’s West Operation Raptor team were on patrol in the Town Park area of Harlow on October 4 last year when they received a report that drug users had gathered and a suspected deal was about to take place. 
The officers went to the area and saw a group of what is believed to be drug users approaching a vehicle.
The driver of the carn 26-year-old Amir Mostofi, panicked, dropped an object in his lap and attempted to drive the car away whilst his passenger, 20-year-old Glen Elamo, tried to escape on foot. 
They were stopped by the officers and a search of the vehicle found wraps and rocks of the Class A drugs heroin and cocaine, as well as mobile phones and more than £200. 
The pair were arrested and charged with one count of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.
Elamo of Station Road, east London, and Mostofi of Downing Court, north London, admitted the charges.
Elamo was jailed three years and six months while Mostofi was given a three-year jail term. 
PC Tom Bennett, of the West Operation Raptor team, said: "It was clear that Elamo and Mostofi were actively dealing drugs in the Harlow area but their efforts to escape the West Operation Raptor team were in vain. 
"Their lengthy sentences reflect the seriousness with which both Essex Police and the wider criminal justice system view those who are plying drugs on our streets. 
"We hope this sentence also sends out a clear message to the community that we act on all information received in relation to drug dealing and we will not tolerate this crime on the streets of our county.”

Woman seriously injured in hit-and-run collision

12.25pm - 15th March 2017

A WOMAN has been left with 'life-changing' injuries after she was struck by a car as she crossed Southern Way with her family. 
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision which happened at about 7.30pm yesterday (Tuesday). 
The 47-year-old woman, from Harlow, was struck by a silver Ford Focus car which failed to stop and drove off towards the A414. 
The woman was taken to hospital with serious head injuries. 
She is described as being in a stable condition with life-changing injuries. 
Police say the car would have been damaged in the collision and the wing mirror was smashed. 
Any garages approached about repairs are asked to contact police. 
Anyone with any information about a damaged silver Ford Focus should also contact DC Jenny Pirie at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Boreham on 101 or by emailing collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk
Information can also be given via Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Organisations receive cash boost

9.33am - 10th March 2017

TWO Harlow organisations have received funding from the Healthwatch Essex Fund. 
The Fund, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation, supports community organisations that provide information, advice and guidance around accessing health and care services in the county.
Harlow Stroke Support Group receives £6,700 to help provide a new home outreach service for those affected by stroke while PACT for Autism receives £5,640 to fund a new Information Officer post and improve access to information for children and adults.

Registration open for hospice 10k run

1.11pm - 6th March 2017

REGISTRATION is now open for St Clare Hospice's annual 10k race on Sunday, April 9. 
Last year's race raised £8,000. 
Hundreds of runners are expected to tackle the route which starts and finishes at the Hastingwood hospice. 
The event is suitable for all abilities and for wheelchair athletes. 
St Clare fundraising development manager Jamie Hooper said: “Our 10k race has become a permanent fixture in many of the local running club calendars for well over two decades. 
"Our route along the roads of Hastingwood is UK Athletics affiliated and chip-timed so it offers the perfect opportunity to get a new PB at the start of the running season.” 
Last year’s winner, Matthew Woodman, from the Orion Harriers, completed the course in 34mins 53secs. Trophies are awarded to the first male, female, senior, junior and wheelchair athlete. Medals will be awarded to all runners. 
Registration costs £12 (in advance) or £15 on the day (£10 or £13 for affiliated runners). 
The deadline for advanced sign-ups is Monday, April 3. 
The registration desk will be open at 9.30am on the day with the race starting at 10.30am. 
The event is open to runners aged 15 and above. 
For more information, and to register, visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/event/st-clare-10k-2017 or ring the challenge and events team at the hospice on 01279 773756.

Leasehold bids sought for sports facilities

3.51pm - 5th March 2017

HARLOW Council is inviting expressions of interest from organisations wishing to bid for a leasehold on Nicholls Field pavilion and changing rooms together with a hire agreement for the adjacent pitches. 
The pavilion and changing rooms have been unused for several years but the council is undertaking extensive refurbishments.
The council seeks a tenant to occupy four changing rooms and an officials' changing room, along with shared access for a disabled WC. 
There is currently capacity for six senior 11-a-side football pitches but these could be configured according to the needs of the successful bidder. 
The deadline for bids is noon on March 15. 
For more information contact Chris Purvis by emailing chris.purvis@harlow.gov.uk or ringing 01279 446435.

Brave officer went 'beyond the call of duty'

9.36am - 1st March 2017

THE brave actions of a police officer who was dragged 20ft by a vehicle following a robbery in Harlow have been highlighted following the sentencing of two women. 
PC Paul Marks was off-duty when he saw a 77-year-old man, from Harlow, being robbed of a three-figure sum of cash in the Co-op shop at Bush Fair on October 12, 2015. 
Alice Smith, 31, of Mallows Green, Harlow, ran off with PC Marks giving chase. 
She got into a red BMW driven by Elaine Cochrane, 40, of Hollyfield, Harlow, who accelerated as PC Marks grabbed Smith through a window. 
Despite being dragged 20ft and sustaining injuries to his knees and upper body, PC Marks noted the number plate and Cochrane and Smith were later arrested. 
On Friday, February 17, Cochrane was found guilty of dangerous driving following a trial and was sentenced to 15 weeks in prison and disqualified from driving for 12 months at Chelmsford Crown Court. She was found not guilty of ABH and robbery. 
Smith was sentenced to 30 months in prison at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday, June 9 last year after admitting robbery and two counts of ABH. 
This sentence was later reduced to two years after she appealed last December. 
Investigating officer Detective Constable Leo Fordham said: "PC Paul Marks instinctively placed himself on duty after witnessing a vulnerable man being robbed of his pension money and bravely gave chase.
"He managed to take note of Cochrane’s number plate despite being dragged 20ft and suffering injuries, the effects of which he is still suffering today. 
"PC Marks’ actions went beyond the call of duty and resulted in two people being brought to justice.”

Apprenticeships under spotlight

9.34am - 1st March 2017

BUSINESS representatives are invited to an event to hear about the benefits to businesses of apprenticeships. 
The event - at the Civic Centre, Harlow, starting at 10am on Friday (March 3) - will be chaired by Harlow Council regeneration and enterprise portfolio holder councillor Tony Durcan. 
Key speakers include Harlow MP Robert Halfon who is Minister of State for Higher Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Careers; Phil Warnock, chairman of the South East Local Ambassador Network for the National Apprenticeship Service, and Will Allanson, executive director of Business Development at Harlow College. 
Attendees will also hear from apprentices about how they have benefited from their apprenticeships. There will also be a question and answer session with the panel. 
The event ties in with National Apprenticeships Week which runs from March 6 to 10. 
To book a place, email julie.houston@harlow.gov.uk

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