Savage attack by man on bike with pink handlebars

DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses following a robbery which left the victim with serious injuries. The victim, a 58-year-old man, was walking alone along the cycle track between the Clock Tower underpass and Carters Mead underpass in Harlow between 12.30am and 12.45am hours on Friday, December 27, 2013, when he was approached by a man on a bike that had pink handle bars.

Suzy Stride backs Labour betting shop plans

SUZY Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, has backed Labour’s plan to give councils the power to take decisions on the spread of betting shops and Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). Ed Miliband’s announcement recognises that betting shops are not a problem in all areas; Labour’s plans
will empower local people and local authorities to take local decisions in their area.

Have you seen this stolen rare beer stolen in Harlow?

POLICE have appealed for information following the theft of thousands of bottles of rare beer from a warehouse in Billericay. Officers especially want to hear from anyone who has been offered for sale four different brands of beers made by the Scottish brewers BrewDog.

Last week to nominate for Essex Neighbourhood Watch Awards

HARLOW residents have until Friday to nominate their local Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for the 2013 Neighbourhood watch awards. Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh of Essex Police and Nick Alston, Essex Police and Crime Commissioner are supporting the Essex Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator of the Year Award for 2013.

Harlow libraries secure summer arts money

HARLOW Libraries is one of ten library services across the eastern region to have secured funding to develop a joint summer reading and arts programme for young people in 2014. A total of £93,000 has been awarded using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Essex Book Festival to host ‘Writers’ Day’

ON Saturday 8 March 2014 at Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford, Essex Book Festival will host its Writers’ Day – an inspirational event bringing together top names from the world of publishing to help writers and aspiring writers across the county to develop their skills and network with publishers, agents and fellow writers.

Halfon resolute on Right to Buy

SINCE Right to Buy was extended, 13,400 social housing tenants have now become homeowners. It is a policy that has social justice embedded in its’ core – ensuring that those on lower incomes have an opportunity to own their homes and that social housing is maintained.

Labour protest at rail prices hikes

LABOUR activists in Harlow went down to Harlow Town railway station on Monday morning to leaflet and speak to commuters about recent prices hikes.
It seems that a day does not go by without commuters venting their frustration about the level of service on the Harlow to Liverpool Street line.

When Eusebio came to Harlow

IT WAS sad to hear that the famous Portuguese footballer, Eusebio had passed away aged 71. But for many Harlow residents of a certain age, they will recall the time that (in May 1968) that the Benfica side came to stay at the Saxon Inn (now the Park Inn) in Harlow.

Disruption to rail services from Harlow

GREATER Anglia trains between London Liverpool Street and Harlow, Bishop’s Stortford and Hertford will not be running this weekend as a result of tracks being renewed. Instead, buses will replace trains between Tottenham Hale/Edmonton Green and Hertford East/Bishop’s Stortford.

Join up and join the Dryathlon

ALREADY more than 11,900 people have signed up to the challenge to stay dry until 31 January. You can do the same – visit Those registered will have the option to receive email updates about the campaign and can choose whether to set up a fundraising page and get friends and family to sponsor them for a month without alcohol. All money donated will go towards Alcohol Concern for research and raising awareness of the harmful effects of alcohol misuse.

Sound of the Suburbs coming to Harlow

ONE OF THE bands that are filed under ‘Punk legends” are coming to The Square next month. The Members were primarily known for the top 20 hit: “Sound of the Suburbs” although the older members of YH had a soft spot for “Offshore Banking Business”

Harlow residents honoured in New Year honours

Chartered surveyor, Graham Ellis, 64, has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds after more than 35 years of fundraising. Graham was one of the few Harlow residents to run in the first London Marathon in 1981 and since then has competed in numerous events for a large number of charities.

Man in court over police cell attack

A LOUGHTON man is due in court over an alleged assault and damage to a police cell. Ross Matthews, of Mead Close, Loughton, is charged with assaulting Lee Arthy and using threatening, insulting or abusive words or behaviour towards him in Harlow on December 13.

Fire Brigade on strike

MEMBERS of the public should continue to dial 999 in an emergency and working Essex crews will respond. All businesses with automatic fire alarms should remember to follow up with a phone call during periods of reduced fire cover”. Essex FBU is joining colleagues from across the country in this national action as part of a dispute with the Government over planned pension reforms.

Over 700 hundred treated across county on New Years Eve

THE region’s ambulance service thanked its staff and volunteers for their work in caring for more than 2,000 patients during a busy New Year’s Eve into 2014.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) saw 2,164 emergency calls during New Year celebrations most of which involved falls as well as assaults and sick patients. Of these, around 700 people were taken to hospital.

Harlow businesses urged to get active

THE one-of-a-kind initiative will see employees battle it out to win points for their company or organisation by taking part in sport and physical activity. The company with the highest number of points earned will clinch the Active Essex title of the sportiest workplace in Essex.