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.

Greens say “No Fracking in Harlow”.

THERE are a number of problems with this process. Starting with water, each well uses up to 29 million litres of it. Across all the fracking fields this can lead to series problems in areas already facing droughts, like our own. This water is also pumped with chemicals and sand, rendering it mostly useless. In cases throughout the world we’ve seen water dumped in holes in the ground and into rivers. In Australia a river has been filmed visibly bubbling at the surface. [4]

Man wanted by Northumbria Police

Barnes, aged 22, is last known to be living in Harlow. He is described as a white man, of medium build, with short brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact Essex Police on 101. Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Co-Op shoppers get chance to go green

SHOPPERS at Co-op stores in Harlow will be offered compostable carrier bags in a bid to reduce the number of plastic bags going to landfill and thereby boost recycling. People shopping at Co-op will be able to carry their items home and then re-use the bags as bin-liners in their food waste caddy.

Church Langley man fined over Polish food labelling

Minidelikatesy Kubus, a business selling mainly Polish food, and its director, Marcin Frankowski, each admitted 20 charges at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court.
Nine of the items were on sale at the company’s Braintree shop, in Fairfield Road, during a Trading Standards inspection last April.

Broad Walk security guard assaulted

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a shoplifter assaulted a security guard in Harlow. A man walked into Boots, in Broad Walk, at about 11.05am on December 19 and selected two electric toothbrushes from the display.

Tilbury Mead house daubed in red paint by burglars

A FISH tank was smashed and red paint was daubed on the walls and sofa. However, nothing was stolen. Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area. Anyone with information is urged to contact Dc Mike Ferguson, or his colleagues at Harlow CID, on 101.

Rush hour woes for rail commuters (again!)

OVERHEAD wire problems are causing delays of up to an hour for passengers on trains between London Liverpool Street and Cambridge through Harlow this morning (Thursday, January 9). The wires are down between Great Chesterford and Whittlesford Parkway stations north of Bishop’s Stortford.

On your marks for second round of Olympic legacy grants

HARLOW Council is now accepting applications for the second round of grants from the Olympic Legacy fund, which is designed to help local not-for-profit organisations potentially discover the next generation of Olympic champions. Following the London Olympic and Paralympic Games a decision was made to allocate a sum of money to promote sport and encourage participation in sporting activities locally. The grants can be used to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in sport, as well as bring new sporting activities not currently present in Harlow to the town.

Three car smash near to Clocktower roundabout

EMERGENCY services are dealing with a three car smash near to the Clock Tower roundabout in Harlow. The collision occurred just after 11.30 am on Tuesday morning (Jan 7th) on Second Avenue, close to the location of the fatal collision just before Christmas.

Life after football: Interview with Matt Holland

By Francesca Tye FORMER Republic of Ireland international, Matt Holland grew up playing football in Harlow. He played for Harlow Sports centre and from there went on to have a glittering career. But what happens when it is all over? Reporter, Francesca Tye, went down to the Charlton Athletic training ground to discuss the subject […]

Savage attack by man on bike with pink handlebars

DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses following a robbery which left the victim with serious injuries. The victim, a 58-year-old man, was walking alone along the cycle track between the Clock Tower underpass and Carters Mead underpass in Harlow between 12.30am and 12.45am hours on Friday, December 27, 2013, when he was approached by a man on a bike that had pink handle bars.