Man arrested following “verbal abuse” incident on bus

POLICE have arrested and charged a man in connection with an incident in which a woman on board a bus in Harlow was verbally abused. The arrest was made after officers issued an appeal in the media for information on the man’s whereabouts and he handed himself in on Monday December 23.

Room at the Inn: Festive season at The Chocolate Run

IT IS HARD to avoid any religious references on December 24th but it was heartening to see that there was “room at the inn” at The Chocolate Run on Christmas Eve.As the sun was setting at the base next to the Great Parndon Community Association, YH went along to the centre to speak to trustee Neil Hopkins about how things were going at the Christmas haven.

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme – the recipe for a great meal out in Harlow this Christmas

HARLOW Council’s Environmental Health Team is working to ensure the town’s eating establishments are up to scratch throughout the busy festive period and beyond. Good company, great food, Christmas crackers and all the trimmings are usually the ingredients for a great meal out during the festive season. But what about the food hygiene rating? Whatever your recipe for eating out this Christmas, make sure you choose one of the eateries in Harlow with a rating of 3 or more.

Enjoy a festive pint in a Harlow but behave!

HARLOW Council’s Licensing Team, in conjunction with Essex Police, arrange and attend meetings with licensed premises that are signed up to both Pubwatch and BOBB on a monthly basis with town centre premises and once every two months with licensed pubs/members clubs outside of the town centre. The joint initiative is supported by the Safer Harlow Partnership and involves Essex Police, Harlow Council and Town Centre Pubwatch. Initiatives have been run in other areas within Essex with great success.

Suzy Stride joins U3A for Christmas Celebration

U3A is a self-help learning organisation for the active retired. U3A offers enhancing and life changing opportunities to those who are retired and semi-retired in Harlow. It gives the opportunity to come and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery! Harlow U3A was formed in January 2008 and now has around 800 members all over 50 years old.

Police still searching for Ross Clarke-Bremner

INVESTIGATING Officer, Pc Jon Ward, said: “We have spent six weeks looking for Ross Clarke-Bremner without result which is why we’re now turning to the local community’s help to get him arrested. We would urge people to contact us with any sightings or information on where he is living or who is he with.”

Halfon defends decision to vote against Foodbank motion

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has gone on the record to defend his reason for voting against a Labour motion to investigate the reason for Foodbanks. Whilst much has been written on the 269 MPs who voted against the motion. Mr Halfon has echoed other Conservative MPs such as Romford MP, Andrew Rosindell and Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price who have pointed to the wording of the motion and believed that it was less about Foodbanks and more about an opportunity to condemn government policies.

Harlow Council partial shut down set to save £150,000

SOME of Harlow Council’s services including the Civic Centre will shut down between Christmas and New Year to help save over £150,000. Arrangements are in place for residents to still access services and information online at www and the Council can be contacted in an genuine emergency by calling 01279 446666.

Review: The Albino Peaches at The Half Moon

AS musically impressive as a band like this might be, you can’t help feeling their sound might have missed the zeitgeist. That said, if they play their music industry cards right, keep gigging and get heard by the right people, they have the look and sound that could easily land them on ‘Later with Jools’ within the next year.

Kier group warn over bogus callers

KIER Harlow has strengthened its commitment to resident safety by issuing a reminder to check the ID cards of doorstep visitors. Exercising caution is always recommended, but when the days are shorter and nights darker, the threat is more apparent. Residents are warned bogus callers could use a range of excuses to enter their home, such as needing to make an urgent phone call or asking for a drink of water, but they should not, under any circumstances, be let in without ID.

Whatever happened to the Maunds Hatch money?

RESIDENTS from the Maunds Hatch area of the town asked Harlow Council on Thursday night: “Whatever happened to the Maunds Hatch money?” The money they refer to is the proceeds arising from the sale of land at Maunds Hatch which they believed was ring-fenced in order to provide the Staple Tye area with a new community centre

Christmas presents headache for Harlow rail commuters

HARLOW RAIL commuters face major disruption after Greater Anglia (GA) announced that no trains will run on its entire network on Christmas Eve before 10am. There will also be cancellations tomorrow (Monday) evening as a result of services – including those on the London Liverpool Street to Cambridge line through Bishop’s Stortford and Harlow – being run at reduced speeds from 6pm until the end of the day.

Man attacked and robbed in own home in Felmongers

The attack happened when two men smashed their way through the back door of a house on Felmongers at 1:30pm on Friday, December 20th and stole a quantity of jewellery and cash. As they committed the crime, the male homeowner challenged them and was then punched in the face.