Woman wanted after theft at Colt Hatch

POLICE want to identify a woman who was caught on CCTV at the time that food and wine, worth £63, were stolen from a shop in Harlow. The suspect had entered the Co-op store in Colt Hatch, Harlow at 5pm on January 11. She had then placed a number of items from the shelves into a bag and left the store without making any attempt to pay for them. She is described as white, aged in her late 30s to early 40s, with long dark brown hair in a ponytail.

Woman taken to hospital after crash

A WOMAN has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on Epping Road, Roydon, Harlow. The head on collision happened at approximately 11.30am and caused chest injuries to one of the car occupants, as well as extensive damage to both cars.

Harlow artist to showcase African experience

REFLECTING on his African experiences of often extreme natural phenomena and boundless space, his perception became increasingly abstract as he sought equivalent forms and colours rather than literal representation.In Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of turbulent waters,Paul Cezanne’s patient constructins of forms in space with small rectandular brush marks, which in turn led on to cubism and Piet Mondrian with his so called plus and minus ( pier and ocean ) series, he found the basis for much of his future development.

Ambulance bosses stunned by over a thousand applications

AMBULANCE bosses say they are stunned by the sheer number of applications received so far for the new student paramedic programme. In a week, more than 1,200 people have applied to join the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) as part of a recruitment programme to train 400 student paramedics.

Harlow boy, assaulted in November, dies of unrelated condition

DETECTIVES in Harlow are renewing their appeal for information about an assault in Harlow which left a 17-year-old man with a broken ankle and facial injuries.
The victim, Jake Taylor, of Tithelands in the town, died on Wednesday, January 15 of natural causes from an unrelated medical condition but police are determined to carry on with the investigation into his assault.

Burns Night: Hail to the Harlow Scots

YH DONNED its tartan anorak this morning to find out how many Harlow residents are actually Scots-born? The answer is: 800. The most Scots-born residents can be found in Church Langley (97). Which may explain why they appear to be campaigning for independence from Harlow!

Paramedic recruitment drive launched

A STUDENT paramedic recruitment programme has been launched to help fill hundreds of frontline vacancies in the region’s ambulance service and offer career opportunities to scores of people in the east of England. The new Chief Executive of East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), Dr Anthony Marsh, who has pledged to tackle the issues facing the Trust, said it was “a great step forward for staff, patients and local communities”.

Face the challenge and win thousands

FACE the Challenge is a pilot project being run by the Jack Petchey Foundation in BASILDON and HARLOW. We are asking young people to pitch “Dragon’s Den” style for funding for a group or community project of their choice. We want you to identify areas of need, make a funding application and then pitch your ideas to a panel of experts.

Baby born at intu Lakeside!

INTU Lakeside’s youngest ever shopper was born yesterday when her mother went into labour in the shopping centre and gave birth at approximately 5pm on a cordoned off section of the mall. While waiting for an ambulance to arrive, baby Deborah was born with the support of intu Lakeside security officer Maggie Webb and the team, before being taken to hospital for a full check-up.

County Council to launch survey on usage of recycling centres

ESSEX County Council (ECC) is launching a new survey to look at how residents use recycling services across the county, starting on Monday 27th January 2014. This survey is the start of a process to review and understand how recycling centres need to change in order to meet the long term requirements of residents, and to ensure this service is delivered in the most cost effective way for Essex taxpayers.

Better be quick for the Tortoise and the Hare

Half-Term Productions – a new venture from award-winning local playwright Simon Mawdsley and actor/director Caroline Petherbridge – present a fun-packed, musical version of Aesop’s classic tale The Hare & Tortoise, aimed at children aged from 3 to 11. Day-time shows for children are something new for Victoria Hall Theatre,” says Caroline, “But, as a parent myself, I know that there is huge demand for things to do with children during half-term, and Victoria Hall is an ideal place to stage something like this.”

Suspected arson attack at Spring Hills Tower

FIRE CREWS wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel to tackle a fire in a brick built recycling unit, situated beneath a high rise tower block in Spring Hills Tower, Hobtoe Road. Crews arriving at the scene at 8pm on Tuesday January 21st reported that the unit was well alight. Police were called to the scene as the cause of the fire is thought to be deliberate.

St Clare officially launches new Hospice at Home service

AT the same time, they are launching the St Clare Community Friends. This is a volunteer-led befriending service to offer support, friendship and practical help, whether it is collecting a prescription or taking the dog for a walk. The Hospice recognises this is a vitally important service for the people of West Essex, a service St Clare will be fully funding and developing.

Council defend reasons for increasing council tax

JOB seekers, young and vulnerable people are set to receive additional support under proposals recommended by Essex County Council’s Cabinet today (Tuesday) to increase council tax for the first time in four years. The plans, which will need to be agreed by Full Council next month, propose a below inflation 1.49 per cent rise in council tax – equating to an additional 31p a week on a band D property. The Council has frozen the council tax for the last three years.

Harlow Rugby World shocked by death of young Jake

WE have passed on condolences to Jake’s family on behalf of all those at the club and received the following note from his Mum: “We are having to wait to find out why he died, he was ill with glandular fever but it was more than that and he was taken so suddenly, life is so unfair he was just starting out in life. I will let you know the details when I do but to let you know Jake would be so made up that the lads are thinking about him”

Council Tax protestors vow not to give up

THERE has been a 54% increase in the number of people forced to beg for food from Harlow Foodbank in the past year.
Single householders under 25 on Jobseekers Allowance living in Band A homes in Harlow are expected to pay £3.58 per week, and those living in Band C homes are expected to pay £4.77 per week. In other words, Harlow Council is demanding between 6.3% and 8.4% of the weekly benefit of young single unemployed householders. For single unemployed householders over the age of 25 living in Band A, B, or C accommodation in Harlow, the loss of benefit is between 5.0% and 6.6%.

Delays on A414 set for Friday

POLICE officers investigating a fatal crash in the Ongar area, that happened last year, are warning motorist of potential delays on the A414 between the Four Wantz roundabout, Ongar and The Talbot roundabout, North Weald tomorrow (January 17) as they undertake a reconstruction at the scene.

Two sought after theft from Harvey Centre

Officers are investigating the theft of headphones and SD cards from the store in the Harvey Centre, Harlow, at about 2pm on December 11, 2013. Anyone with information is urged to contact Pc Mark Smith, or his colleagues at Harlow, on 101.