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Three teenagers arrested over moped crash

4.26pm - 19th October 2018

THREE teenagers have been arrested in connection with an incident where a moped rider was left with a serious head injury. 

A man in his 20s was in collision with a van in School Lane at the junction with First Avenue at 7.25pm on Wednesday, October 10. 

He was taken to hospital where he was treated for a fractured skull.

Three teenagers were arrested yesterday (Thursday). 

A 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, ABH, criminal damage, theft of a motor vehicle, and theft from a motor vehicle. 

Another 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, ABH, theft of a motor vehicle, and theft from a motor vehicle.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of ABH, criminal damage, and theft from a motor vehicle. 

All three have been released on bail until November 8.

Men sentenced over newsagents raid

4.18pm - 19th October 2018

FOUR Harlow men who were in a stolen vehicle when it was stopped by police in Coopersale 90 minutes after they broke into a Hertfordshire newsagents have been sentenced.

 At 12am on August 23 the men broke into McColl’s newsagents in High Street, Tring. 

They left empty-handed when they activated an alarm, triggering a smoke protection device. 

The men were travelling in a stolen vehicle when they were stopped and arrested in Garnon Mead, Coopersale, shortly after 1.30am. 

All four men pleaded guilty to burglary at Luton Crown Court on September 24 and were sentenced today (Friday). 

Levi Mitchell, 34, and Walter Mitchell, 40, both of Fern Hill Lane, Harlow, were each jailed for nine months. 

William Mitchell, 29, of Fern Hill Lane, and Sid Clark, 31, of Broadfield, Harlow, were given seven-month jail terms, suspended for two years. 

They must complete 150 hours of community service and were given a curfew of 10pm to 7am to last for three months.

MP takes up fight for visually impaired people

12.31pm - 15th October 2018

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has met with Guide Dogs Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex to walk round the town centre to understand the needs of visually impaired people. 

Wearing a black mask, Mr Halfon said: "It is one of the hardest things I’ve done. Not just to be blindfolded and walk about but to navigate the obstacles around the pavements just with a white cane."

He added: "The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association told me Market Square is particularly bad for the visually impaired. 

"When planning these public areas, Harlow Council should consult with Guide Dogs. 

"In London, for example, there are specific, coloured lines near some Tube stations to help the visually impaired to guide themselves round." 

Mr Halfon will be contacting Harlow Council to arrange a meeting with Guide Dogs to make the town centre more accessible for visually impaired people.

Refurbished McDonald's opens

12.28pm - 15th October 2018

THE McDonald's restaurant in Edinburgh Way, Harlow, has reopened after a £1.5m refurbishment and expansion. 

The improvements have been welcomed by Harlpow MP Robert Halfon. 

He said: "I am delighted McDonalds and their local manager, Tony Fagg, are investing so much in our town. 

"Their brand-new restaurant is state-of-the-art and will bring jobs and apprenticeships to our town. 

"Just as importantly, they are also a brilliant employer and it is great to see them giving equal opportunities to people with significant difficulties."

Volunteers wanted for new hospice shop

4.51pm - 11th October 2018

ST Clare Hospice is appealing for volunteers to help at its new 'Scarlet Vintage & Retro' shop in Broad Walk, Harlow. 

The shop, which will be officially opened next week, features clothing and accessories dating back to the 90s and earlier. 

Among other retro-style wearables, collectables and homeware, the shop also boasts a range of premium, new items. 

Volunteers are wanted to accept and sort through donations, and display and sell items. 

Voluntary services manager Rob Wallace said: "Volunteering with St Clare in one of our shops is such a powerful way to support the charity. 

"We couldn’t do what we do without our incredible, dedicated team of volunteers. 

"Lending a hand in Scarlet Vintage & Retro is also an extremely exciting opportunity to get involved with a cool, quirky fashion-forward shop in Harlow. 

"The shop will be a community hub dedicated to ‘bigging up’ Harlow whilst celebrating sustainable shopping and individual style. 

"If you are a real team-player, love working with people, and perhaps even have a passion for all things vintage and retro, then please do get in touch! This opportunity could be the retail role of your dreams - and you will also be helping to make a real difference to the lives of local people!" 

For more information visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/volunteervacancies or ring Rob Wallace on 01279 773722 or email rob.wallace@stclarehospice.org.uk

Moped rider suffers suspected fractured skull in "deliberate" collision

4.05pm - 11th October 2018

A MOPED rider has suffered a suspected fractured skull in a road crash in Harlow which police believe was "a deliberate act". 

Police are appealing for information following the crash which happened at the School Lane-First Avenue junction at 7.25pm last night (Wednesday).

Police say it was reported that a white van, believed to be a Citroen, was in collision with two mopeds before it was driven off. 

One of the mopeds rode away but the rider of the other, a man in his 20s, was taken to hospital with a suspected fractured skull. 

A white van was found abandoned in Hare Street a short time later. 

Detective Sergeant Leo Fordham, from Harlow CID, said: "From our initial investigations we believe this was a deliberate act and the van was driven at the two moped riders on purpose. 

"One of the riders is currently in hospital with a fractured skull but we need to locate the other rider. 

"This area of Harlow would have been very busy at this time of day so we believe people will have seen what happened. 

"We have already spoken to a number of people who saw the collision and we have begun to build up a picture of the incident but will still need anyone who we’ve not spoken to to come forward. 

"Witnesses also reported seeing three people, described as teenagers, making off from the van when it was abandoned in Hare Street and it’s vital we identify and speak to them. 

"If you were in either area at around 7.15pm to 7.30pm I need you to come forward and contact us."

Anyone with any information, including dashcam footage, should ring police on 101 quoting incident 1117 of October 10, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Stab victim undergoes surgery

1.51pm - 9th October 2018

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has undergone surgery after being stabbed in the stomach during an argument.

Police were called to the scene near the Greyhound pub in School Lane - near Harlow Town Park - shortly before 6.30pm last night. 

A 20-year-old man, from Harlow, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody. 

Detectives believe there were a number of young people at the scene at the time of incident. 

Detective Constable Anne-Marie Hardingham said: “Officers are in the area conducting house-to-house enquiries and taking witness statements from residents. 

“We believe an argument led to the victim being stabbed although we are currently unclear as to the full circumstances surrounding the incident. 

“We think there were a number of teenagers who saw what happened and we really want to speak to them. 

“We are aware that there may be some images of the incident or information being shared on Snapchat and we would encourage this to be sent to us. 

“If you don’t feel comfortable talking to police, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously.” 

Anyone with information is asked to ring Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Consultation for new college underway

12.40pm - 3rd October 2018

A PUBLIC consultation into Sir Frederick Gibberd College runs until November 19. 

The new secondary school and sixth form college is being opened by BMAT to provide a solution to the critical shortage of school places in Harlow by 2019. 

Year 7 will be the first cohort to join the school in temporary accommodation next to Burnt Mill Academy in September 2019, with the sixth form to open once the school’s new building is completed in Tendring Road. 

The school will grow to an eight-form entry for students aged 11 to 16, with a 500-place academic and selective sixth form for those aged 16 to 19. 

Members of the public are invited to a consultation meeting at Burnt Mill Academy on October 15 to hear BMAT CEO Helena Mills and Head of School Dee Conlon speak about the new academy. 

There will be opportunities to ask questions and share views. Parents can also register views online - and apply for a place for Year 7 children for next September before the October 31 deadline - at www.bmatsfg.org.uk

Inaugural meeting of Harlow Ambassador Group

7.49am - 2nd October 2018

MORE than 80 representatives from local businesses and groups attended the inaugural Harlow Ambassador Group meeting at Harlow Rugby Club. 

Harlow Place Board chairman John Keddie said: "This is a scheme that brings together businesses, organisations and individuals across Harlow and the surrounding area in a powerful network to help change perceptions. 

"Harlow Ambassadors will be proactive advocates for the town and area locally, nationally and internationally and be part of a movement driving forward the prosperity of the town." 

Ambassadors will meet bi-monthly to hear about what’s happening in the Harlow area from the people making it happen. 

The next breakfast meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 29. 

To discuss how you or your organisation can get involved in the network, email discoverharlow@harlow.gov.uk

MP's hospital parking petition delivered to No 10

8.37am - 1st October 2018

A PETITION launched by Harlow MP Robert Halfon calling for an immediate end to charges at all NHS hospitals has been hand delivered to Number 10 Downing Street. 

The petition was presented by Mr Halfon and representatives from FairFuel UK, Kate Lee and the charities CLIC Sargent and Headway. 

Mr Halfon, who has been campaigning for four years on the issue, said: "Hospital car parking charges are a stealth tax on the sick, vulnerable, families and our hardworking NHS staff. 

"Our petition urges the Government to scrap hospital car parking charges once and for all.” 

The online petition has received more than 25,000 signatures and is backed by major charities and motoring organisations.

Council launches community fund

8.34am - 1st October 2018

HARLOW Council has launched a £10,000 community fund to support local projects, activities and events which aim to raise pride in the town. 

The Civic Pride Community Fund is part of the Harlow is 70 legacy and aims to build on the local pride which grew out of the town’s birthday celebrations. 

The fund is open to all Harlow-based agencies, organisations and voluntary groups. Applicants can bid for funding from £50 up to £500. 

The events and projects can include a community litter pick, school event, art project or anything which involves local people and makes a difference. 

A Harlow Council spokesman said Harlow’s 70th birthday celebrations did so much good in raising pride in the town and celebrating achievements and that the council wants that to continue. 

Last year more 70 community events and projects involving more than 19,000 people were organised with support from the council. 

The fund means the council can continue to support a range of local community events and projects that will benefit local residents. 

For more information and to apply for funding visit www.harlow.gov.uk/civic-pride-community-fund

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