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Armed robbers target Co-op store

3.34pm - 25th June 2017

THREE men wearing gloves and balaclavas and armed with scaffolding poles and what is believed to have been a sword targeted the Co-op store in Maunds Hatch, Harlow. 
The raid happened at about 11pm last night when staff were forced to open a safe. 
The men fled with a four-figure sum of cash. 
No-one was injured. 
Anyone with any information is asked to ring Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Hospice launches Children's Bereavement Service

10.55am - 25th June 2017

ST Clare Hospice has officially launched its new Children’s Bereavement Service. 
The launch event was attended by more than 50 supporters including television presenter Jeff Brazier who delivered the key note speech. 
Lord Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre and Dame Claire Bertschinger DBE, the Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, were also present along with Epping Forest District Council chairman Dave Stallan, Loughton mayor Philip Abraham and Waltham Abbey mayor Mick Fitch who has chosen St Clare as his charity of the year. 
Mr Brazier, whose debut book ‘The Grief Survival Guide’ was published this month, is a supporter of the hospice and consulted their bereavement team during the writing of his book. 
The impact of bereavement in childhood has been an issue close to his heart following his experience of raising his two sons, Bobby and Freddie, after the loss of their mother, Jade Goody, who was cared for at St Clare Hospice in 2009. 
He said: “It is fantastic that St Clare has secured funding to launch this vital service for the children and young relatives of those they care for. 
"My own personal experience, as the father of two sons who lost their mother at a young age, has shown me just how essential this type of specialist care and support is. 
"Grief can happen to anyone, at any point in life; but for children, who may be less well-equipped to cope with it and manage the effects, the need for support is even greater." 
The Children’s Bereavement Service has been funded by a major grant from BBC Children in Need and bolstered by additional gifts from Clara E Burgess Trust and Charles S French Trust. 
For more information about the service ring the Patient and Family support team on 01279 773742 or visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/care/support-families

Police target anti-social behaviour

10.35am - 25th June 2017

POLICE in Harlow are continuing to take action against those responsible following reports of anti-social behaviour.
District Commander Chief Inspector Matt Cornish said: “We are aware of concerns relating to anti-social behaviour in parts of Harlow, including the Staple Tye area. 
"We have been working closely with residents and shop owners through a number of different methods to tackle to the issues presented. 
“I want to reassure residents, customers and shop owners it is something we take very seriously. 
"We have had a plan to tackle the issues in place for sometime, this plan is on-going and relies on the help of the community. 
“A significant amount of community policing resources along with help from local shops to support us have been involved in the process so far as well as youth ambassadors attending the area every week for the past few months. 
“I would encourage the Harlow community to continue to engage with our officers. 
“No-one should be subjected to behaviour which leaves them with concern for their safety or welfare where they live."

New Lord Lieutenant appointed

9.57am - 25th June 2017

A DEPUTY Lieutenant of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst, has been appointed by The Queen to replace Lord Petre as Lord Lieutenant when he retires in August after 15 years as the Royal representative in the county. 
Lord Petre will stand down on August 4 after turning 75 - the obligatory retirement age for the Sovereign’s representatives. 
Mrs Tolhurst, a former High Sheriff of Essex, who lives in Danbury with her husband, Philip, said: “I am extremely honoured to have been appointed Lord Lieutenant of Essex. It will be a tremendous challenge to follow Lord Petre who has given such wonderful service to the County of Essex, but I will do my absolute best to fulfill the role, and represent Her Majesty the Queen in our very special county." 
Mrs Tolhurst, who has three grown-up children and seven grandchildren, launched the Danbury and Little Baddow branch of the NSPCC and chaired the Prince’s Youth Business Trust in Essex, while also serving as a magistrate and vice-chairman of the governors of New Hall School, Chelmsford. 
She remains vice-president of the Essex Community Foundation, serves on Essex University Court, is an assessor for the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Services and is vice-chairman of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee. 
Lord Petre, 18th Baron of the Petre family and Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, whose ancestral family home is at Ingatestone Hall, said: “I have every confidence that Jenny will be a most worthy personal representative of HM The Queen in this County. 
“She has already proved herself many times over as an active and enthusiastic supporter of a large number of our local institution.

New buses launched on airport service

2.16pm - 24th June 2017

LONDON Stansted Airport and Arriva have teamed up to launch 12 new luxury single deck buses on the 508/509/510 route from Harlow to the airport, via Bishop's Stortford. 
Arriva has invested £1.9m in the buses that have the latest euro six engines, which generate 95 per less emissions, greatly improving air quality. 
The service runs 24/7, up to every ten minutes during peak and takes just under an hour to get from Harlow to London Stansted Airport. 
The buses, which stop outside the airport, feature free 4G Wi-Fi, USB charging points and the eco-leather seats.
The buses also have a dedicated space for a wheelchair and an extra space is provided for pushchairs.

Two injured in motorbike collision

10.06am - 17th June 2017

A MOTORCYCLIST and his pillion passenger were injured when a motorbike was in collision with a car on Cambridge Road, Harlow. 
Police say the collision involving a Volvo XC90 and a Suzuki motorcycle happened near the junction with Hart Road at about 6.20pm on Thursday (June 15). 
The 22-year-old motorbike rider was thought to have suffered serious injuries was taken by air ambulance to The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel. 
His pillion passenger, a 19-year-old man, suffered leg and spinal injuries and was taken by ambulance to Princess Alexandra Hospital. 
Any witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage are asked to ring PC Tina Quinlivan at Chigwell Roads Policing Unit on 101.

Harlow Council: Only two out of 14 council tower blocks have fire alarms

10.16am - 16th June 2017

HARLOW Council has revealed that only two of its 14 tower blocks - Netteswell and Pennymead - have fire alarms. 
In a statement following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, the council said: "Installing fire alarms in all tower blocks has not been identified as a requirement from fire risk assessments. 
Detailing the fire safety measures the council has in place for its 14 tower blocks, the authority states that fire safety risk assessments are completed every two years in line with legislation. 
Outcomes from the assessments are prioritised and included in the council’s annual programme of works. 
Weekly and monthly management inspections of tower blocks are carried out by council officers. Any actions are recorded and dealt with as a priority. 
This includes removing any flammable materials stored in communal stairwells and areas, such as dumped rubbish, as well as checking evacuation arrangements and the position of signage. 
There are no outstanding actions from any recent inspections, the council adds. 
Each tower block has a fire safety action plan which are published on the council’s website with guidance posted on noticeboards in communal areas. 
A copy of the plans is given to all new tenants and leaseholders. 
Smoke detectors are fitted within every council home and serviced annually. In some cases homes also have heat detectors as well as smoke detectors. 
Communal doors and internal doors to flats are fire resistant and these are renewed as required following fire risk assessments. 
Emergency lighting and lighting conductors within tower blocks are part of the council’s regular inspection programme and are compliant and certificated. 
Out of the 14 high-rise tower blocks only Brenthall Towers have had cladding fitted to them in the late 1990s. 
This cladding is made out of solid, “non-combustible” materials with the system and materials used complying with building regulations. 
This cladding is not the same design as used on the Grenfell Tower. 
The council is reassuring its residents living in tower blocks about its fire safety measures following the Grenfell Tower blaze. 
The council says fire safety is a top priority and it works closely with Essex Fire and Rescue Service to regularly review fire safety. Essex Fire and Rescue Service has approved the approach the council takes in its tower blocks, supported housing and temporary accommodation. 
Harlow Council housing portfolio holder Mark Wilkinson said: "My heartfelt thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by this awful tragedy in North Kensington. 
"The local community there and across the country, including the Harlow community, are doing what they can to support the families affected.
“We know this tragic event is likely to concern our tower block residents so we want to provide reassurance at this time on the measures we have in place. 
“Our fire safety plans are always under review and we will continue to work closely with Essex Fire and Rescue Service to ensure the safety of residents living in our tower blocks. 
“We will be following the proposed public enquiry and full investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire very carefully and I am sure all social housing providers, including Harlow Council, will respond to any recommendations to changes in the building and fire regulations."

Third person arrested over robbery

2.56pm - 15th June 2017

A THIRD person has been arrested in connection with a robbery in Harlow where a man suffered stab wounds. 
The incident happened at an address in Arkwrights at about 4.50am on Tuesday, June 13. 
The victim suffered a stab wound to his ear but his injuries are not life-threatening. 
A 36-year-old Harlow man, who was arrested later that day, has been charged with robbery and false imprisonment. 
He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and was remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on July 12. 
Two women from Harlow, aged 18 and 34, who had previously been arrested in connection with the incident have both been released under investigation.

Two people charged over girl's bouncy castle death

2.56pm - 15th June 2017

TWO people have been charged in connection with the death of a seven-year-old girl who suffered serious injuries while on a bouncy castle in Harlow Town Park. 
Summer Grant, from Norwich, was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital following the incident which happened on March 26 last year. She died a few hours later. 
Fairground employees Shelby Thurston, 25, and William Thurston, 28, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, were arrested in connection with the investigation. 
They were charged today (Thursday) with manslaughter by gross negligence. They are also charged with failure to discharge a general health and safety duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
They are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on July 19. 
Detectives are continuing their enquiries and are trying to trace a witness who was near the fairground rides at the time of the incident. He was described as a young black man, believed to be aged in his teens. 
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Harlow Major Investigation Team on 101 or email scdappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk

Hospice recognises volunteers

10.33am - 15th June 2017

SEVENTY-six long service awards have been presented by St Clare Hospice to volunteers who have reached a milestone number of years service with the charity. 
Forty volunteers achieved five-year awards, with 19 achieving ten-year awards, seven volunteers with 15 years and eight volunteers with 20 years. 
Two dedicated supporters received awards for 25 years of voluntary service to St Clare. 
Volunteer fundraisers Liz Jones and Letitia Berry have both supported the hospice’s fundraising efforts for more than 25 years, taking part in various street collections and fundraising events. 
The hospice’s clinical teams honoured their 60-plus clinical volunteers with a Fun Fair-themed thank you party in the hospice dining room. 
Clinical volunteers assist in a wide range of roles, including as health care assistants and complimentary therapists as well as supporting the say therapy groups and serving teas on the In-patient Unit. 
The party featured traditional Fun Fair games including hook-a-duck and hoopla, with volunteers treated to candy floss and toffee apples. 

* Two hospice volunteers were recognised with an invitation to a Buckingham Palace garden party. 
Dawn Clark, who has volunteered at the hospice's Scarlet shop in Buckhurst Hill for four years, and day therapy volunteer Val Jones were the lucky two picked out to attend this year. 
Dawn said: “I was so surprised when I got the call to tell me I was going to Buckingham Palace. I actually bought my jacket for the event from the St Clare shop where I volunteer! 
"I started volunteering at the shop after my husband died, and I’ve met so many people in a similar situation to me. 
"If it were not for St Clare I don’t know what I’d do - it’s like a big family. I do everything with the friends I’ve made at St Clare – we even go on holiday together. They’ve all been texting me and wishing me a lovely day at the palace today!” 
Val said: “Both Dawn and I realise we are extremely lucky that out of the hundreds of St Clare volunteers we were chosen to attend. 
"It’s wonderful to be invited to Buckingham Palace for such a prestigious occasion. 
"I even bought my new outfit for today from Oxford Street with the help of my own personal shopper!”

Charities get county council funding boost

10.15am - 15th June 2017

TWO Harlow-based charities have received grants from the Essex County Council Millennium and Chairman's Funds. 
Michael Roberts Charitable Trust and Streets2Homes each received £5,000. 
Gary Knott, from Michael Roberts Charitable Trust, said: “Through our Bounty Club we work with local businesses to collect surplus fresh food. 
"We then distribute it to people in need, many of whom are from low income families, people who are homeless, people with addictions or people who are just finding it difficult to make ends meet each week“. 
Streets2Homes chief executive Kerrie Eastman said: “We have seen an increasing demand for our services in Harlow and we are extremely grateful to receive this grant. 
"We provide a safe and friendly environment for people, who have found themselves without anywhere to go home to and we help them to overcome the obstacles which are preventing them from finding accommodation and rebuild their lives”.
The funds, managed by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation, provide support for community and voluntary organisations whose good work enhances the lives of people living in Essex. 
The Essex Millennium Fund was established as an endowed fund within ECF by members of Essex County Council to celebrate the Millennium. 
The fund, which provides an annual income for a grants programme, distributes funds to voluntary and community groups working within four priority areas, carers, community support, enhancing the environment and young people.
The Chairman’s Fund was established with ECF in 2007 to support voluntary and community groups working to enrich the lives of people in their local communities through activities exploring culture and heritage. 
For information about how to apply for a grant from Essex Community Foundation visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk or ring the grants team on 01245 356018.

Man charged over neck slash incident

9.56am - 14th June 2017

A MAN has been charged in connection with an incident in which a man suffered a slash wound to the neck. 
Car salesman Leon Callander, 33, of Lindum Close, Epping Green, is charged with grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. 
He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on June 8 and is next due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on July 6. 
The charges relate to an incident at Twenty One Bar in Post Office Walk, Harlow, on May 29.

Queen's Award for Razed Roof

10.08am - 8th June 2017

THE Razed Roof Theatre Group has received The Queen's Award for Voluntary Services, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. 
The group will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, later this summer. 
Lord Petre said: "I am delighted to be presenting, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services to Razed Roof Theatre Group, Harlow. 
"There are few opportunities for adults with learning difficulties in Harlow but the volunteers of Razed Roof plug the gap with affection and help change the lives of learning-disabled people in the area.
"Razed Roof succeeds brilliantly in uniting disabled people with energetic, lively and caring young pupils. "The group has engaged with hundreds of people at various community events. Everyone is valued and personal difference is celebrated. 
"The mix of able and disabled, overseen by a committed group of volunteers with an age range of 16-82, brings light and love to a group of learning-disabled people too often segregated from, and by, society.
"Together the group tackles difficult topics through imaginative and appropriate performances in a safe and inclusive environment. 
"The assessor visited an Anti-Bullying Workshop with Year 7 (11 to 12-year- olds) and came away astounded at this master class in inclusion, watching pupils visibly transformed by working with people who obviously find life far more challenging than themselves. 
"Over 3,000 people have engaged with the work of Razed Roof, plus many more who have engaged with social media and YouTube links; 32 people regularly attend weekly sessions; 265 people have attended RAZED ROOF workshops; 1,700 have attended exhibitions and events; 1,200 people have made up the audience.” 
Razed Roof leader Annette Lidster said: ”The Queen's Award for Voluntary Services is a wonderful endorsement of the work being done by Razed Roof and most importantly recognition of all the contributions and commitment of our many fabulous volunteers and supporters.
"We are all feeling very proud.”

Police drop murder probe after injured man found in car

9.58am - 8th June 2017

THE death of a man from Harlow is no longer being treated as suspicious. 
Andrej Arhipovs, 39, was found injured inside a Volvo in Milwards, Harlow, at about 11.45pm on Sunday, May 28. 
He was taken to hospital, where he died in the early hours of Monday, May 29. 
Following enquiries, his death is no longer being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner. 
A 24-year-old man, from Bishop’s Stortford, and two men, aged 35 and 40, from Harlow, were arrested on suspicion of murder and released under investigation. 
They have now been released without charge and face no further action.

Man slashed in nightclub attack

9.56am - 8th June 2017

POLICE are appealing for information after a man received a slash injury to his neck in a nightclub in Harlow. 
The 29-year-old victim had been out with friends inside Twenty One Bar when he was attacked at the bottom of a set of stairs at about 2.15am on Sunday, May 28. 
He suffered a 15cm cut to his neck and managed to run away before being taken hospital for his injuries.
The victim has since been discharged. 
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Richard Canning at Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man stabbed in chest and back

8.34am - 1st June 2017

A MAN was stabbed in the chest and back as he walked in Old Road, Harlow, at about 1.15pm on Friday.
Police say he was near the White Horse pub when he was approached from behind. 
The suspect ran off and the victim was taken to hospital. He has since been discharged. 
The suspect has been described as a white man, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins tall, aged in his 40s and stocky. He had dark scruffy hair and wore shorts and a blue polo shirt. 
Anyone with information is asked to contact Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police name murder victim

8.32am - 1st June 2017

POLICE have named the man who died after being found with head injuries in a car in Harlow as Andrej Arhipovs, 39, from Harlow. 
Police officers were contacted by the ambulance service at about 11.45pm on Sunday with reports that a man had been found injured inside a Volvo in Milwards. 
He was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital where he died in the early hours of Monday. 
A post-mortem examination has found that he died as a result of a head injury. 
A 24-year-old man, from Bishop’s Stortford, and two men, aged 35 and 40, from Harlow, were arrested on suspicion of murder. They have been released under investigation. 
Police continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to Mr Arhipovs' death. 
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Brentwood Major Investigation Team on 101 or email scdappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk

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