LATTON GREEN primary school has been placed into special measures as government watchdog, Ofsted has published a highly critical report. The report has come as a crushing blow to the headteacher, Lorna Handscomb, who has dedicated herself to education in Harlow for many years.
FOUR youths have been arrested on suspicion of rape in Harlow. As reported on Monday, Essex Police were contacted following reports that a teenage girl had been sexually assaulted in the park area near Commonside Road and Maunds Hatch the previous evening.
A FORMER St Luke’s schoolboy was today confirmed dead in the Philippines after his body was discovered by rescuers in the aftermath of the typhoon. Jairo Ducusin from Harlow in Essex had been missing since the disaster struck 12 days ago. His father Jeffrey and his grandmother had already been declared dead.
POLICE are at the scene of a road collision involving two buses at Coopersale near Epping. Officers were called to Epping Road at 4.27pm today, Wednesday November 20, following reports of a collision between a school bus and local bus near the junction with Coopersale Common Road.
THEY received the ball first, going down the slope with the wind behind them. The combination of wind, rain and a significant slope on the pitch made it important to establish an advantage in the first half. Ten minutes into the game Harlow skipper Sarah Stimpson playing at fly half scored first, after quick hands she ran around the outside to score out wide. I difficult conditions she missed the conversion. Ten minutes later outside centre Emma O’Donnell broke through several defenders to run over half the length of the pitch to score under the post, Stimpson converted. And Harlow held on to a 12 – 0 lead until half time.
HARLOW COUNCIL has pledged to take legal action against what is believed to be an encampment of gypsy travellers on Howards Way, close to Second Avenue. The party made camp at approximately 7pm on Tuesday night.
POLICE would like to speak with this man about a theft from Boots in Harlow. A man walked into the store, in Broad Walk, at about 1pm on November 9 and selected some aftershave from the display.
ONE of the major stars in jazz guitar, Jim Douglas will join John Petters Swing Band for the final jazz session of the season at The St John’s ARC in Old Harlow.
Born in 1942 in Gifford near Edinburgh, the award winning guitarist formed an interest in jazz while at school. Bitten by the Skiffle bug, he bought a guitar and eventually appeared on a talent show which resulted in a trip to London.
HARLOW College was announced winner of the 2013 AoC Beacon Award for Innovation in FE at the AoC Annual Conference at ICC Birmingham today (19 Nov). The award is sponsored by OCR and the announcement was made by Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise.
ROAD Safety Week, coordinated by the road safety charity Brake, is the UK’s leading event to promote safer road use. This year Road Safety Week focuses on preventing tragic collisions caused by driver distraction, such as mobile phone use, and will be supported by a week of increased police enforcement coordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers.
THE bedroom tax came into force on 1 April, 2013 and this is the first time the Government has released data showing the actual numbers hit. But even this does not show the full extent of families affected – it excludes those working families, previously in receipt of a small amount of housing benefit, whose entitlement has been completely wiped out by the bedroom tax.
POLICE are looking to reunite a final few stolen items with their rightful owners after they were stolen during a series of burglaries in north-west Essex earlier this year. Seventy-nine items of stolen property were returned to their rightful owners at a two-day event held by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s North Herts Local Crime Unit and Safer Neighbourhood Teams over the weekend (November 16 and November 17).
FIREFIGHTERS were called to a road traffic collision (rtc) in Harlow at lunchtime today (Nov 19th). The rtc involved two vehicles and occurred at 1pm on Fourth Avenue. Crews were able to assist the woman from her vehicle and place in the care of Essex air ambulance.
HARLOW Conservative leader, cllr Andrew Johnson has expressed reservations regarding the continuing fiscal relationship between Harlow Council and the Co-Op bank. In May, Moody’s downgraded the Co-Op by six places from A3 to B3, mainly due to concerns that the bank faced the risk of further substantial losses.
THERE IS something about the Clocktower that somehow straddles decades of Harlow history. Perhaps it is the image of the clocktower striking 6 0’clock in the late 19th century, a time that would tell those working in the fields that it was the end of the day. And then it was the day, chronicled by the historians, when the Arkwright family, signed over the land to the builders of the new town.
FANCY giving your giggle muscles an intense workout?Then good news – because some of the country’s best TV comedians are coming to Harlow Playhouse on November 23rd. If you ever got out of bed in the early 2000s then you will remember Paul Tonkinson as a host of the Big Breakfast as well as The Sunday Show and countless other TV appearances. But as well presenting, this self-confessed ‘professional northerner’ is a startlingly good stand-up performer as you will know if you caught him on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.
The week’s activities ran alongside the other reading schemes that are in operation at Stewards and were intended to highlight the benefits of reading to students of all ages and at all stages of school life. Activities included students completing a reading booklet with book related quizzes, word searches and crosswords, a write a book review competition, and staff departmental readings in the library at lunchtime, which were very well attended by students.
HARLOW Running Club members had a productive time at last weekend’s Gunpowder Parkrun 5K at Waltham Abbey, with all four runners improving their personal best time for the distance, and one new club record achieved. Leading the way was Terry Pike finishing in 21st place out of 74 finishers in a superb 24min 15sec. He was followed home by Debbie Barry 25th in 24min 56sec, Peter Mills 36th and 1st Vet 60 in 26min 13sec to create a new HRC Vet 65 record and Jane Evans 38th in 26min 34sec.
Please note that it will be a maximum of two items per person for autographs and the session will be limited to the first 200 people. There will also be limited access to photo opportunities to ensure everyone visiting the shop gets the chance to meet the players. Players/times are still subject to change…
FOLLOWING a sell-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere, Cerrie Burnell (as seen on CBeebies) brings The Magical Playground to Harlow this Saturday
This delightful new show features a new story inspired by Cerrie’s own childhood. Cerrie plays Liberty Rose. Libby dreams of becoming a ballerina like her mother before her. But when she’s told to wear a false arm for dancing lessons, Libby rebels, seeking escape in her favourite playroom. Suddenly, the toys magically come to life around her. Will Libby’s new friends be able to help her to become a famous ballerina?
POLICE are appealing for any information after they received a complaint of a sexual assault on a teenage girl in a Harlow park. The incident is said to have occurred last night (Nov 17th) in the Maunds Hatch play park area near to Commonside Road.
THE bright white lights shone down on the excited young band as they picked up their instruments. Big smiles on their faces meant the audience were in for a good time.
THE Police and Crime Commissioner will be holding a public meeting to discuss crime and policing issues in Harlow on Wednesday November 27, starting at 5:30pm. Nick Alston aims to hold a public meeting in every district of Essex twice a year, working with colleagues from Essex Police, Community Safety Partnerships, district and unitary councils, partner organisations and the voluntary sector. These are important events for everyone who cares about the way their community is policed and who wants to know the facts about crime in their area.
ON Saturday, Suzy Stride Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, joined energy campaigners and labour party activists on a day of action to tackle the cost of living with events taking place up and down the country. So far over 500 residents in Harlow have signed Suzy’s petition calling on the Prime Minister to freeze energy prices.