Police set to reveal why crimes remain unsolved

CRIME statistics are to be overhauled in an attempt to allay public fears that many alleged offences are never properly investigated by police. The new system will be phased in from the start of the new year in England and Wales. Policing minister Damian Green told ITN that the revamped crime statistics will demonstrate the hard work the police force does.

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.

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.

Police renew appeal after Second Avenue death

POLICE are renewing their appeal for witnesses to a road crash in Harlow in which a man and his dog were killed. The collision happened when Andrew Wiggins was struck by a lorry on Second Avenue shortly after 4pm on Monday, December 16. The 50-year-old man from Great Brays in the town was certified dead at the scene. He had been out walking his dogs at the time. One dog died in the crash while another was injured.

Ashlyns set for Christmas Bazaar

RESIDENTIAL CARE home, Ashlyns will be holding a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday December 21st. The bazaar will be between 2pm and 5pm. Please come and support a care home that throughout the year puts on so much for its residents.

Harlow pensioners victims of telephone fraud

POLICE have renewed an appeal for Harlow residents to be on guard against telephone tricksters following an increase in incidents in the west of the county. Six elderly people in Harlow have been targeted since the start of December, including five on Monday December 16, as the fraudsters extended their activities into new areas after concentrating mainly in south Essex.

Small Business Saturday to promote local businesses

THIS Saturday, (December 7), is the UK’s first ever Small Business Saturday, and it’s set to be the biggest celebration of small businesses that Britain has ever seen. In January of this year, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna was the first to call for a UK version of Small Business Saturday, which has been a success in the US for some years now. In short, people are encouraged to use local shops on what is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

New measures to fast-track planning process announced

Improving plan making and making it a statutory requirement for a council to put a Local Plan in place; 76% of councils currently have a published local plan, helping shape where development should and shouldn’t go cutting the number of applications where unnecessary statutory consultations take place while keeping the same level of environmental protections

Council tax band-its warning

ROB Pavey, Assistant Director for Council Tax said: “We don’t set council tax bands. If anyone feels their council tax band is too high they themselves can contact the Valuation Office Agency who set the bands on 03000 501501, and would then receive the full refund should their band be reduced. Residents can also contact my team at Epping Forest District Council for general council tax advice on 01992 564188 or 564189.”

From Robben Island to Mandela Avenue: Harlow pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

“Having visited the cell that Mandela spent 27 years in on Robben island it is hard if not impossible to comprehend his ability to forgive the past and fight for reconciliation. Nelson Mandela was an incredible man who was humble and so full of vision. His ability to forgive his enemies but also to lead his country in forgiveness, set a standard in history.

Harlow Chorus comes in from the cold

THE choir’s Christmas concert was slated for Thaxted, but there has been a complete breakdown of the heating system in the church. Not wanting to disappoint our audience, or turn them into blocks of ice, they have relocated to All Saints Church, Hockerill, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 2DY on the same day, Saturday 14 December, with a new start time of 7.30pm.

Chihuahua struck down by joyriders

THE dog’s owner was walking her dog, a Chihuahua/Jack Russell cross, along the cycle track between The Stow and Burgoyne Hatch, Harlow on December 2 around 7pm when two young men on motor bikes, without lights or helmets, rode past her and hit her dog. They did not stop. The dog was taken to local vets but fortunately was not seriously injured.

Men rob teenager in Shawbridge

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following an attempt to rob a 15-year-old boy in Harlow. The boy from Harlow was walking in Shawbridge at about 5.30pm on Monday, December 2, when two men in a silver coloured saloon car pulled up alongside him and three friends and shouted at them.