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Boys sprayed in face with unknown
TWO teenagers have been sprayed in the
face with an unknown substance during a
disturbance in Harlow.
Police say the victims were involved in a verbal
argument with two men outside Essex Pizza in The
Stow at about 7.30pm last night
One of the men was then reported to have sprayed
an unknown substance in their faces.
The substance also affected a number of people
who were in the area but not involved in the
They were treated at the scene by paramedics and
no-one was reported to be seriously injured.
Specialist trained fire officers and the fire
service's Detection, Identification and
Monitoring equipment used to help identify
substances were called in along with fire crews
from Harlow and Epping.
An area of The Stow was cordoned off while a
forensic examination of the area was carried
out. A police spokesman said enquiries are
ongoing to locate the suspects.
One of the men was described as white, aged
between about 35 and 45 and of stocky
He had blond wavy hair, was about 5ft 8ins tall
and was wearing a green jacket.
Police want to speak to anyone who saw what
happened or has any information that could
assist with the investigation.
Anyone with information should ring Harlow CID
on 101, quoting incident number 1038 of April
14, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Autism charity highlighted in
9.01am - 9th
THE work of the Harlow-based autism
charity PACT for Autism was highlighted by
Harlow MP Robert Halfon during debate on autism
in the House of Commons.
To support Autism Awareness Week, Mr Halfon
commended the work of the organisation which
supports autistic children and adults across the
Commenting on the debate, Mr Halfon said:
"I was very pleased to be able to speak in
the House of Commons debate on autism in my
capacity as MP for Harlow and as Education
Select Committee chairman.
"I work closely with PACT for Autism and
have seen first-hand the amazing work they do to
support the families of autistic children and
"I was also able to raise a number of
important issues that have be brought to my
attention through the Education Select
Committee's inquiry into alternative
"I am committed to helping all children and
young people climb the educational ladder of
"All children should have the opportunity
to learn in schools that meet their needs but it
is vital that young people are also supported to
move into the world of work."
Schools hold careers day
9.17am - 4th
STUDENTS at Burnt Mill Academy and BMAT
STEM Academy in Harlow and Epping St John’s
School came together for the first Burnt Mill
Academy Trust careers day.
The Build My Future event, at BMAT STEM Academy,
saw 100 Year 9, 10 and 11 students complete a
personality questionnaire to establish their
strengths before looking at developing skills
needed for the world of work.
Careers advisor Hayley Lancaster, of All
Together, works with the Trust to give students
inspiration for their future career paths.
She delivers careers programmes and gives
one-to-one guidance to students, including
completing college, apprenticeship and
She said: "The students were amazing. We
want them to take away from this the message
that everyone can be a genius in their
"They have discovered themselves and taken
the opportunity to have conversations with real
employers to seek advice and
Students attended sessions on writing personal
statements and CVs and learnt about
apprenticeships before meeting local employers
at a careers fair.
Year 10 Epping St John's student Harper Kubaisi
said: "It was really interesting. It has
given us things to look at to help us to find a
job which matches us.
"I don’t yet know what I want to do but
the day helped me to start thinking about it.”
Her teacher Sonia Ahmed, lead practitioner in
science, said: "I am so impressed with how
the students have embraced this
"Mingling with students from other schools
has helped to boost their confidence. I think
they will go away from this thinking about the
options open to them.”
Employers taking part included Princess
Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, Lloyds Bank, Bank
of England, Raytheon, GlaxoSmithKline, Pearson,
Anglia Ruskin University, HNE Media, Pure
Structures Ltd, Construction Industry Training
Board, Sporting Futures and Hertford Regional
Burnt Mill assistant headteacher Shawki Bakkar,
who took Year 9 and 10 students along, said:
"Many students will have attended not
knowing exactly what they want to do with their
futures but hopefully the event gave them a push
in the right direction.
"It is a really positive thing and great to
create links with local employers."
Volunteers wanted for 'Can Do'
5.40pm - 3rd
THE volunteering programme 'Can Do', run
by Leonard Cheshire Disability for disabled
people in Harlow, is appealing for
It is open to young disabled people aged from
ten to 35 who have a long-term health condition
or disability, including physical, visual or
hearing impairments, mental health conditions,
autism and learning disabilities such as
dyslexia and dyspraxia.
'Can Do' is about feeling part of the local
community, learning new skills, having fun,
growing in confidence and making friends.
Volunteers can work alone or as a group (school,
social, activity group) and are welcome to
attend volunteering sessions independently or
with someone who supports them.
Young people can volunteer for just one day or
take part in the scheme's Building Communities
programme over ten sessions with the opportunity
to earn a recognised qualification.
Among the projects to be undertaken will be a
learning to bake session where a group will
learn to bake with a cookery teacher with the
results given to a local care home for the
elderly as a Befriending Cream Tea.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/CanDoVolunteers
Carnival date and route announced
5.38pm - 3rd
THE route for the Harlow Carnival on
Sunday, August 26, has been announced.
The carnival will set off from Bush Fair
Shopping Centre at noon and arrive at the Town
Park showground at about 2pm, in time for the
Linkfest music event on the Showground and
The street carnival, which was a regular popular
event in the town in the past, returned last
year as part of the 'Harlow is 70' celebrations
with more than 600 people taking part and an
estimated 5,000 people lining the streets.
Harlow Council hopes to build on last year’s
event this year with an extended route and the
hope that more groups and organisations will
The procession will leave Bush Fair shopping
centre and make its way down Tillwicks Road to
Howard Way, past The Stow to First Avenue and
turn into Fifth Avenue before making its way
into the Town Park. A number of road closures
will be in place during the carnival.
Council leader Emma Toalsaid: "I was lucky
to be part of the parade last year and I
remember seeing so many families lining the
streets and cheering on the parade.
"The carnival created so many positive
memories for all those who took part and it
showed how much Harlow’s community spirit is
"It was an easy decision to make to bring
it back every year as part of the legacy of
Harlow’s 70th birthday celebrations.
"We want to give something back to local
families and establish it once again as an
annual event which all members of the family
grow up remembering.”
Residents, voluntary groups, social groups and
commercial businesses are all invited to take
part. Interest can be registered at www.harlow.gov.uk/carnival-form