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.
AND AS sure as night follows day, the Boxing Day sales follow Christmas Day. Over two hundred souls were queuing up at 5am to see what bargains they could grab in the Harlow Next in the Water Gardens.
MAY WE wish all our readers, viewers, followers and commentators a very very merry christmas. From all four corners of the borough and all four corners of the globe.
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.
FIRE Brigade Union members are attempting to scupper ECFRS’ resilience arrangements on New Year’s Eve with an eleventh hour demand ordering retained crews to extend their action. This below the belt tactic is designed to undermine Essex’ well-oiled back up plans for strike cover which have proven success in past periods of industrial action.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
STUDENTS from all years took part in a Curriculum Day on the final week before Christmas. They enjoyed a variety of activities in different departments throughout the Academy, including Science, ICT and Technology.
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 harlow.gov.uk and the Council can be contacted in an genuine emergency by calling 01279 446666.
NOW WE ALL know that they wanted the pantomime to raise the roof but not quite literally! However, the Harlow Playhouse was one of the victims of the storms on Monday night as there was substantial damage to the roof.
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 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.
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
THE BEST of Harlow’s young musical talent was on display on Friday night as Harlow Rock School held their Christmas concert. A wide variety of acts performed a variety of numbers to a very appreciative audience.
A MAN has been charged with theft following a police media appeal. Nigel Cassell, 45, of Parsonage Leys, Harlow, was charged with stealing coffee from the Co-op in Tumbler Road, Harlow, on July 26.
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.
REALITY TV STAR, Joey Essex made a personal appearance at Flirt Studios in Harlow on Saturday morning. Joey was signing copies of his calendar as he makes a whistle stop tour of the UK.
HARLOW Town’s 13-match unbeaten run came to a halt as they were well beaten by Soham Town Rangers, 2-1 at the Harlow Arena. Harlow nearly scored from the kick-off as Alex Read ran onto a through ball but was just edged out by the Soham defender.
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.
THE SEARCH for a woman who went missing in The Stow area on Saturday morning has ended after she was found safe and well in Hampshire. Police were contacted at 10.30 am on Saturday morning.
IF YOU THOUGHT you recognised Kitty, played by Yana Rodionova in the Harlow Playhouse pantomime, Dick Whittington, then you would be right. In 2003, Yana was the “victim” as knife thrower, Jayde Hanson attempted to break his world record of throwing knives on Good Morning on ITV.