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Arriva announces bus route changes
BUS company Arriva is making changes to
four routes in the Harlow area - routes 1, 59,
10 and 724 - from March 11.
There will be a revised timetable for Route 1 -
Harlow to Sumners and Katherines - which is
aimed at helping onward connections for
Four new journeys will be added to Route 59 -
Harlow to Chelmsford - a 6.05am service from
Chelmsford to Harlow, a 7.20pm service from
Anglia Ruskin University to Harlow, a 5.42am
service from Harlow to Chelmsford and a 6.20pm
service from Harlow to Anglia Ruskin
Route 10: Harlow to Church Langley will see more
frequent buses with off-peak frequency rising
from every 20 minutes to up to every 15 minutes,
with an hourly service to and from Hertford via
With regards to Route 724: Harlow to London
Heathrow Airport, short journeys between Harlow
and Hertford Bus Station are being renumbered
route ‘10’ and extended to Church Langley.
However journeys between Harlow and London
Heathrow Airport are unchanged.
Arriva Southern Counties marketing manager Craig
Taylor said: "Listening to feedback and
keeping routes up to date with customers’
needs is key to improving our services.
"We aim to make passengers’ journeys as
efficient and enjoyable as possible, and hope
that these developments will do just that for
our Harlow customers."
Nine arrests during police
NINE arrests were made, knives and drugs
seized and two vehicles taken off the roads
during a three-month operation to tackle
anti-social behaviour and crime in Harlow.
The Harlow Community Policing Team-led
operation, Op Latte, which was due to last 12
weeks was extended to 16 weeks.
Police operations included implementing and
overseeing three dispersal orders in the town
centre with officers carrying out an additional
250 hours of foot patrols.
There were nine arrests for various offences
with knives and drugs seized, three cannabis
warnings issued, two vehicles seized and dozens
of fixed penalty notices issued.
The team also took part in a joint operation to
seize 17,000 counterfeit cigarettes from shops
in the town centre.
Inspector Tony Walker, of Harlow Community
Policing Team, said: "We were determined to
reduce anti-social behaviour and crime in the
town centre with extra officers patrolling on
foot over the busy weekends and into the early
hours of the morning.
"There has been a significant reduction in
violent crime, nuisance related calls and
anti-social behaviour and the extra patrols have
been warmly received by local residents and
"It hasn’t all been about enforcement, by
working with partners we have been able to make
improvements to the Harvey Centre CCTV system
and made sure repairs were carried out to broken
fencing and street lighting.
"Further work still needs to be done and we
are continuing to work hard to ensure Harlow is
a safe and welcoming place for people to visit
"I would like to thank the community for
their support throughout our operations."
Everest Base Camp trek for hospice
A SPORTS therapist is set to ascend
5,380m to Mount Everest Base Camp in the
Himalayan Mountains of Nepal in aid of St Clare
Annabel Moeser, 28, from Sawbridgeworth, will
take on the challenging 42-mile trek in aid of
the Hastingwood-based charity after being
inspired by her patients’ accounts of hospice
care and support from St Clare.
Annabel is aiming to raise £4,000 - enough to
fund more than two weeks of care from the
hospice's Patient and Family Support team which
offers practical, psychological, emotional and
spiritual support to people who are living with
a life-limiting illness, and their
Annabel said: "I always hear such lovely
things about St Clare Hospice from my patients.
The care they offer at the hospice is amazing.
"It will be an honour to support a local
charity which is doing such great work in the
community - all offered free of charge!
"As they have to raise most of their
funding themselves, it’s so important that
they receive help from their community so that
they can continue to offer their vital
Annabel will fly from London on Wednesday, March
7, arriving in Kathmandu a day later.
Taking a further flight on a propeller plane to
Lukla airport, Annabel’s 16-day adventure trek
begins on Saturday, March 10. During the trek
she will endure sub-zero temperatures of -15°C
before reaching Mount Everest Base Camp on
Saturday, March 17.
Ascending a further 120m, Annabel and a team of
17 fellow thrill-seekers will climb to the
summit of Kala Patthar peak (5,500m) to witness
breath-taking views from the world’s tallest
Annabel said: "I am really excited to be
taking on this challenge for St Clare.
The scenery is going to be amazing! I am a
little bit nervous but we’ll be taking it slow
and allowing ourselves time to acclimatise to
the extreme altitudes.
"Every night once we reach camp, we will
ascend for an extra hour and then come back
down, so we are acclimatised before we
"We’ll be hiking for about five to seven
hours every day for over two weeks to reach
Everest Base Camp and back down again - so it
won’t be easy!”
If you would like to sponsor Annabel visit her
fundraising page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/annabel-everestbasecamp
Man jailed for nearly seven years
A MAN who tried to evade justice for an
attempted robbery has been jailed for nearly
Derek Lawless was arrested in September 2014
after a 63-year-old man was assaulted in
The victim had gone to a shop in Partridge Road
at about 2.30pm on July 28, 2014, when he was
approached outside by a driver who asked for a
He said he was about to buy some from the shop
and would let him have one on his way out. But
when he gave him the cigarette, the man demanded
money, rifled through his trouser pockets and
pushed him to the ground.
The suspect drove off, leaving the victim
injured in the street.
The man was taken to hospital and required
treatment for a fractured hip and arm.
Following an investigation and witness accounts,
Lawless was identified in connection with the
incident and arrested. He was subsequently
charged that December with attempted robbery and
He denied the offences and after failing to
attend court on six occasions eventually stood
trial at Chelmsford Crown Court on December 19
last year. However he failed to turn up part way
through and the court issued a warrant for his
Lawless, now 37, of Primrose Field, Harlow, was
arrested on December 22 following a public
appeal for information on his whereabouts.
A re-trial took place on February 5 this year
and a jury found him guilty of both counts and
failing to surrender to custody at the appointed
time on February 9 this year.
He was jailed the same day for a total of six
years and nine months.
Investigating officer DC Laura Cuthbert said:
"This was a vicious attack on a man going
about his daily business, all for the sake of a
few pence and some cigarettes.
"The victim is still recovering from his
serious injuries and has had to wait
three-and-a-half years for justice to be
"Derek Lawless sought to thwart the trial
process failing to appear at court and then
absconding while the trial was ongoing.
"I am glad the victim has finally seen
justice done and I hope he now has the closure
he desperately needed.
"I thank him and the witnesses who have
provided evidence to the court for their support
throughout this prolonged ordeal."
Pupils visit national newspaper
YEAR 6 pupils at Little Parndon Primary
Academy visited the London newsroom of the
national Guardian newspaper.
Reporters and sub-editors talked the 60 pupils
through the process of putting a newspaper
together, explaining how to gather and write
stories and design pages.
During a workshop, pupils put together their own
newspaper front pages and were challenged to
complete their work to a tight deadline.
The children researched and wrote stories
focusing on science and the environment, before
sub-editing the articles, writing headlines,
selecting images and completing their
Lead practitioner Jayne Lilley said:
"Visiting the Guardian newspaper was
amazing for the children.
"Visits like this give real meaning to what
children are learning at school. They have been
so inspired by their day that pupils are now
keen to launch their own school newspaper."
Production role for students
YEAR 8 students at Burnt Mill Academy
took charge of the lighting, sound and
projection for a recent production.
They were supporting Year 9, 10 and 11 students
who performed DNA, the set text for this year’s
GCSE drama course.
Phil Watson, lead practitioner in drama, said:
"Our senior drama company auditioned for
roles in the full-length production.
“For the first time, a Year 8 tech team added
the design aspects which are an important part
of the GCSE course."
The black comedy explores the nature of human
violence through a group of teenagers.
Mr Watson said: "It is hard-hitting and
challenging to the audience."
The audience included students from fellow Burnt
Mill Academy Trust school, Royal Docks Academy,
as well as GCSE and Trinity Arts Awards students
from Burnt Mill.
Man arrested over blaze
4.30pm - 7th
A MAN has been arrested in connection
with a fire at a property in The Chantry,
Firefighters were called out shortly before
midnight last night.
A woman and two children who were in the
premises were taken to hospital as a
A 28-year-old man, from Harlow, has been
arrested on suspicion of arson and remains in
police custody for questioning.
Witnesses or anyone with information about the
incident are asked to ring Harlow Police Station
on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555
Two men arrested after stolen lorry
4.28pm - 7th
TWO men have been arrested near Ongar and
two police officers injured after officers
pursued a stolen articulated lorry that was used
in a ram-raid in Harlow.
Officers received reports that the vehicle was
used to ram gates at a business in Temple Bank
at about 11.15pm last night (Tuesday). Two
suspects then stole a skip and drove off.
Officers quickly located the lorry, gave pursuit
and signalled for the vehicle to stop, without
A police spokesman added: "The vehicle was
then used to ram our police car with officers
suffering minor injuries before a stinger was
"The suspects decamped in Blake Hall Road,
Bobbingworth, at about 11.35pm and following a
search of the area using police dogs and our
helicopter we located them."
A 23-year-old man, from Laindon, was arrested on
suspicion of conspiracy to steal a motor vehicle
and a 29-year-old man, from Hockley, was
arrested on suspicion of driving while
disqualified, theft of a motor vehicle, theft
and failing to stop.
They remain in custody for questioning.
Harlow Council chief appointed
3rd February 2018
BRIAN Keane has been appointed Managing
Director of Harlow Council having initially
taken on the role last November on an acting
The permanent appointment follows a proposal
agreed by the council last April to create a new
single Chief Officer post for the
The managing director replaces the former posts
of chief executive and chief operating
Reducing the council’s top management team to
one post saves the council more than £424,000
over the next four years.
Mr Keane, who was the council’s Head of
Governance for four-and-a-half years, has held
senior management roles in other Essex councils
including working at Brentwood and Braintree and
has carried out governance investigations for
He said: "Harlow is a great place with huge
potential and I am delighted to take up this
opportunity on a permanent basis.
"I have enjoyed working in this role over
the last few months and my priority is to
continue working with and support our fantastic
staff, councillors and partners to ensure that
we deliver what the local community wants and
"This is a huge opportunity in a very
exciting place and I can’t wait to get on with
School now ranked among the best
4.07pm - 1st
LITTLE Parndon Primary Academy has been
placed sixth nationally in the latest Department
for Education school performance tables for its
Key Stage 2 achievements.
The school took the top spot for reading results
where 96 per cent of pupils achieved national
standard. The table shows 84 per cent of pupils
are meeting the national standard expected of
them in reading, writing and maths with reading
and maths progress well above average and
writing considered to be above average.
The overall results mean the school is in the
top ten per cent of schools nationally and the
third best in Essex.
When the Burnt Mill Academy Trust took control
of the school in 2015 it had been given a
'Requires Improvement' grading by Ofsted.
Sophie Laing, who stepped in as Head of School
and set about turning the situation around,
said: "The school was ranked below 300 on
the table previously; it was near the
"We have taken the school from the bottom
to the top in a couple of years.
"The school has never been near the top,
nationally or in Essex. The turnaround has
happened through developing excellent teaching,
by carefully crafting a bespoke curriculum, by
creating a sense of comradery across the school
and in Year 6, particularly, by adopting the
"We finely tuned each child’s curriculum
timetable and became acutely aware of the
various needs of those individuals. It has been
a three-year process to get to this
New leaders were brought in to focus on
improving teaching, children’s progress,
attainment, reception and Year 6 transition,
early years, literacy, numeracy, Key Stage 1 and
special educational needs.
Mrs Laing, now executive headteacher of Little
Parndon and Freshwaters Primary Academy, added:
"Expectations were raised, the quality of
teaching was improved and children’s needs
were met which resulted in these wonderful SATs
"Progress has always been good at the
school, but now with the change in culture the
attainment is where children are making
"The model we have implemented is
sustainable and will see these standards
"I am proud and blessed to have such highly
skilled and dedicated staff who bring the very
best out of all the children. I am immensely
pleased for the children and their
With the school having now also secured a 'Good'
Ofsted rating, next on the list of improvements
is the school environment.
Mrs Laing said: "Now we are going in the
right direction with our parents behind us I am
going to focus on creating an outstanding
environment for our children.
"Our vibrant PTA are devoting the year to
fundraising for new outside play equipment and I
am researching sensory rooms to install next
An additional classroom, which will be freed up
when the large Year 6 group move on next year,
will become the new library and ICT suite and
the existing library will be used for the
The kitchen is also being developed into the
Little Parndon Pantry."
Students get a taste of France
8.48am - 1st
YEAR 7 and 9 students at Burnt Mill
Academy spent two days putting their language
skills to use in France.
Students visited markets in Lille and Arras,
tried French food and took on a range of
speaking challenges, including speaking with
shop owners and interviewing locals.
Teacher Guylaine Ganzhorn said: "The trip
was about putting what they had learnt in the
classroom into practise.
"For Year 7 it was about getting them
engaged in the topic and to develop an interest
and for Year 9 it was to support their GCSE
course which involves a lot of culture.
"All the students loved the visit. It was a
new experience for them and, for many, the first
trip without their parents.
"They were a bit nervous at first about
speaking French but they all gave it a go and
were really enthusiastic and realised they could
"Year 9 in particular were really pleased
as it proved to them they knew far more than
they had realised.
"Trips like this really help students
understand what we talk about in lessons having
been there and experienced it for