Another teen robbed on west side of Harlow

POLICE are appealing for information after a teenage girl was robbed in Harlow. The 15-year-old from Harlow was walking in an alleyway leading to Barn Mead field at around 3.30pm on April 28 when she was grabbed by her hair and pulled to the ground.

Eric Pickles dismisses fears over street lights being switched off

COMMUNITIES secretary and Brentwood and Ongar MP, Eric Pickles has dismissed calls to switch street lights back on in Essex, saying he wouldn’t do it “on the off chance someone wants to get out and do aerobics at 3am.” The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government was attacked by councillors from his own party over his comments about the controversial part-night lighting scheme, which involves street lights being turned off between midnight and 5am.

Ofsted impressed by St James’ improvement (but can one head really run two schools?

OFSTED have written a glowing report as they monitor the progress of St James’ school in Harlow after it slipped into special measures. The school is now being led by an executive head, Mary Evans, who divides her time between St James and Henry Moore in Church Langley. Although the report is positive, the government watchdog does make reference to slippage when the head is away.

Feeding of the 3,000 in Harlow

3,759 ADULTS and children have received three days’ emergency food and support from Harlow Foodbank in the last 12 months, a shocking 67 percent rise on numbers helped in the previous financial year. Despite signs of economic recovery, the poorest have seen incomes squeezed even more than last year reports The Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest foodbank network. More people are being referred to Trussell Trust foodbanks than ever before.

Ward by Ward: Church Langley

YOU WOULD think that this should be straightforward. Hard working Conservative councillor (and a man with arid wit), Tony Hall should hold onto the seat.
Tony won by a thumping 1714 in 2010. However, that was on a crest of a wave as the Tories rode into 10 Downing Street (with a little help from the Lib Dems). Both Eddie Johnson and Simon Carter have won by over 600 votes in the past two years as well

Everything to play for as UKIP campaign hard in Harlow

THE FACT that UKIP are fielding a full slate of candidates in Harlow has not gone un-noticed in the town. They are uncertainly a party with an upward trajectory. Whether it can be sustained is a debate for another day. All we know is that the party may well have great success in May 2014.

Wanted: Prisoner on the run may be in Harlow

POLICE in Suffolk are renewing appeals for information to trace a Hollesley Bay prisoner who failed to return following a period of home leave, who may now be in the Harlow area. Prison staff contacted police just after 1am on Saturday 26 April to report that Connor Shand, 22, who was serving six years for aggravated burglary, had gone on home leave but had failed to return.

Drop in numbers could have been worse says police boss Alston

THERE has been a reduction in PCSO numbers in our county, but that reduction would have been even greater had I not acted to support funding for policing through modest rises in council tax. However, with less resource available, the policing model will have to be different. Around 85 per cent of the budget for policing and community safety consists of the salaries of police officers, PCSOs and police staff.

Police appeal after girls mugged for mobiles

DETECTIVE Mike Ferguson said: “The suspect has threatened the girls and then grabbed one of them and demanded her mobile phone. She has then taken her phone and the other girls were so scared they also handed over their phones.” A leopard print purse and cash were also taken. The phones stolen were two Blackberrys and an iPhone.

Fruitful evening set for Barron Knights at Harlow Playhouse

AFTER forming in 1960, The Barron Knights have built up a very impressive resume, including opening for The Beatles and Rolling Stones, and playing for the Royal family more than once. Their songs include covers, parodies and original tracks, and as they keep adding to their collection they keep topical (such as their version of ‘Killer Queen’ which documents what might happen if Camilla becomes Queen!).

Council make offer over cloth nappies

FROM just £80, you can buy all the cloth nappies a baby will ever need. Even taking into account laundering costs, using cloth nappies can be £1,000 cheaper compared to disposables. Cloth nappies can also be up to 40% better for the environment than disposables.

Labour launch local election campaign in Harlow

LABOUR councillors and campaigners were joined by MPs Gavin Shuker and Ivan Lewis as they kicked off their campaign for the Harlow District Council elections. Labour seemed in confident mood that they could defend and extend their hold on the District Council.

Harry’s Blog: Amateur dramatics making a scene in Harlow

THEY say that the main difference between amateur and professional theatre is that professionals rehearse for days and play for months, whilst amateurs rehearse for months and play for days. In Harlow, we are blessed with two excellent amateur dramatic companies in the Moot House Players and the Harlow Theatre Company.

Robert Halfon welcomes “Safer streets in Harlow”

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed news that crime has fallen once again over the last twelve months. Latest figures from the independent Office for National Statistics show that since 2010 recorded crime in Essex has fallen by 3%. This trend of falling crime is supported by the independent Crime Survey of England and Wales and a fall in violent crime shown by fewer people going to hospital with injuries from violent incidents.

Man charged after thefts from Harlow Museum

DANIEL Johnson, aged 32 from Canfield Road, Takeley nr Bishops Stortford has been charged with burglary and theft at Stansted Mountfitchet Castle; theft at the Maldon Combined Services Museum; theft at Harlow Museum and theft at the Clink Museum in Southwark, London. All offences happened in March 2014.

Working Age Adults consultation results published

ESSEX County Council wanted to understand how it could improve services to ensure adults with disabilities have the same life expectations, opportunities and outcomes as other citizens and therefore sought feedback on a number of key principles that would influence future service delivery. The principles were around whether adults with disabilities should be supported to live independently; whether carers should be provided with more support and whether there should be a focus on supporting people with disabilities to gain employment.

Football: Hawks win final game as play off awaits

WITH The Hawks already guaranteed a spot in the play offs Chapman decided to change things around, but also knew that a win at The Brentwood Arena could gain them third spot. The first half was a typical end of season affair with not much happening, Junior Dadson coming the closest to score on 9 minutes when Leon Antoine set him free down the right wing, he then cut inside but Brentwood Goalkeeper and Ex-Hawk Dean Neil kept his shot out.

Police looking for owners of jewellery

POLICE in Harlow are issuing photographs of jewellery that has been recovered and is believed to have been stolen. Officers have been unable to find the owners as it does not match any burglary report, so are appealing for the owner to contact them.

Friday morning travel

M11 Essex – One lane closed on M11 southbound between J6 M25 and J5, A1168 (Loughton), because of an accident. M25 Essex – Heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J27 M11. In the roadworks area.

Five star entertainment at Harlow Theatre Company’s One Act Festival

FOR THREE nights, the Harlow Theatre Company have put on two one act plays as part of the Harlow One Act festival at the Victoria Hall Theatre.
The first play was Walk the Walk. Written by Andy Pragnell and directed by Tony Saxby. It told the story of a restorative justice scheme, where a couple allow the man who broke into their house to come and stay for a couple of days. The couple are an earnest,a little wet-liberal round the edges, adroitly played by Gavin Williams and Kirsty Page.

Candidates declared for Harlow Council elections

THE candidates for the Harlow District Council election on May 22nd have been announced. Labour and Conservatives have, as usual, candidates in every ward (a full slate) but for the first time they are also joined by UKIP. With local elections, the same time as the european elections, many expect UKIP to have quite an influence on the vote in 2014.