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EPPING: Mayor "very impressed" with school

4.56pm - 22nd March 2017

EPPING Mayor Les Burrows has praised the "positive attitude" of the headteacher and students at Epping St John's School. 
Mr Burrows, accompanied by his wife, Carol, was given a tour of the school by headteacher Allan Osborne and Year 8 students Scarlett Hunter and Jodie Jenkins.
Mr Burrows said: "I was very impressed with the school and with the positive attitude of the headteacher, Allan Osborne, and pupils, and can see why the school is now over-subscribed for next September. 
"The school has a very strong debating forum and School Council which shadows the teaching staff so the students have an influence on how the school is run." 
He added: "I believe that the school will go from strength to strength. "As the Town Mayor I am proud to have the school within Epping. 
"I would like to thank Mr Osborne, Scarlett and Jodie for taking the time to show my wife and I around."

   

DISTRICT: MP "shocked" at Westminster incident

4.37pm - 22nd March 2017

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing has spoken of her shock at the unfolding incident in Westminster involving an apparent attack on a House of Commons police officer. 
The Metropolitan Police has said it is treating the incident as a terrorist incident "until we know otherwise".
It has been reported that eight ambulances were seen on Westminster Bridge after the incident at Parliament. 
The ambulances appear to be linked to reports that several people were injured in an incident involving a car. 
Reports suggest a police officer was attacked when a man burst through the gates at Parliament. 
Mrs Laing has told Everything Epping Forest she was not in the House of Commons chamber at the time of the incident but was currently being held in a "secure place (with others) in the centre of the Palace of Westminster".
She said: "This is shocking and I'm very worried one of our House of Commons police officers seems to have been injured." Because of her location she has been unable to give any further details on the incident. 
Brentwood and Ongar MP Sir Eric Pickles has Tweeted: "My team all safe. The police who protect us are a kind bunch, they put up will a lot from the trivial to the dangerous. Thank God for them."

   

CHIGWELL: New traffic light junction branded "terrible idea"

9.11am - 22nd March 2017

THE introduction of traffic lights to replace the mini-roundabout at Rolls Park Corner, Chigwell, has been branded a "terrible idea" by a county councillor. 
Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South county councillor Valerie Metcalfe is one of several people to have commented about the change via Everything Epping Forest's Facebook pages. 
The work is part of the highway work being carried out as part of the Epping Forest Shopping Park development in Langston Road. 
Mrs Metcalfe wrote: "Terrible idea - traffic always moves so slowly through traffic lights. This will make the inevitable delays at Rolls Park Corner even worse! 
"Hasn't anyone else noticed how much smoother traffic moves when the traffic lights are not working at the junction with Oakwood Hill?" 
Stephanie Brown is also opposed. 
She wrote: "Leave the roundabout. Be less queues." 
Deborah Hall, centre manager at the Chigwell-based Riding Trust for Special Needs charity, wrote: "I think it is not a good idea. It's great having two lanes coming into a roundabout as traffic will flow. Having traffic lights I foresee big hold ups during rush hour. 
"I hope I'm wrong." 

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#EEF999LIVE: STAPLEFORD ABBOTTS: Disturbance at golf club

8.52am - 22nd March 2017

POLICE are investigating a "large scale public order incident" at Stapleford Abbotts Golf Club. 
Police say officers were called to reports of a disturbance at the club in Tysea Hill at about 9.55pm last night. 
Officers are also investigating reports of theft. 
Temporary District Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford said the incident followed a disagreement between travellers and staff during a party. 
Officers attended and the group was dispersed. 
The Essex Police helicopter was also used during the incident. 
Enquiries are ongoing. No arrests have been made.
Anyone with any information should ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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LOUGHTON: Drone helps school mark Ofsted success

4.28pm - 21st March 2017

DEBDEN Park High School enlisted the help of a drone to help celebrate its 'Outstanding' Ofsted judgement. 
Some 60 Year 7 students positioned themselves into the letters spelling out the word 'Outstanding' and stood still at the front of the school while the drone hovered above them taking the pictures. 
Head of School Helen Gascoyne said: “Having the drone circle above the school taking pictures of our students as they spelt out the word 'Outstanding' was another great way of celebrating our fantastic achievement of regaining our 'Outstanding' judgement. 
"The students were a credit to the school and themselves and enjoyed taking part in this significant event, using the very latest equipment in the world of technology.”

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LOUGHTON: 'Magic Moments' day at school

4.25pm - 21st March 2017

MAGIC Moments were aplenty at Hereward Primary School as it held a morning to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism. 
Children came together from all year groups to enjoy participating in activities from around the world.
Among the activities were Jamaican reggae dancing, North American totem pole creating and Bolivian weaving.

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LOUGHTON: MP "most impressed" with college plans

4.21pm - 21st March 2017

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing is "most impressed" with plans in place for Epping Forest College.
Mrs Laing was given a tour of the facilities when she met Principal Saboohi Famili, Deputy Principal Phil Hall and new Chairman of the Board of Governors Gagan Mohindra. 
Mrs Laing, and county councillor Valerie Metcalfe, were shown around the Borders Lane site, including its workshop for motor mechanic students and the facilities for bricklaying courses. 
Mrs Laing said: "It was a great pleasure to meet the new Principal of Epping Forest College and I am most impressed with the plans that she and her colleagues and governors have for developing the college over the next few years. 
"I have watched the college change and adapt over many years and I fully appreciate the challenges that it now faces. 
"There are several ways in which our local community can help and support the college - and the college can help and support the local community. 
"I look forward to seeing these connections develop to the benefit of everyone." 
Mrs Laing added: "The work being done today by the 'Enterprise Academy' is brilliant. I could see the enthusiasm the students have for the new ideas they are learning about - and that is the vital spark for their entrepreneurial futures."

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NORTH WEALD: Parish council presents awards

9.29pm - 20th March 2017

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A MAN who has written a book charting the history of Thornwood and who is described as "a keen supporter of everything that goes on in the village" has received North Weald Bassett Parish Council's Citizen of the Year award.
Jimmy Waters helps at the Thornwood Village Festival and the gardening club. 
He recently set about finding and refurbishing all the milestones around the parish, and produced a leaflet. 
He has also completed a book about Thornwood with the publication described by the parish council as "a wonderful achievement, illustrating what the village is like".

Four runners-up awards were also presented at the council's Annual Parish Assembly at The Parish Hall, Thornwood, on Monday. 
* Viv Madden was recognised for her 30-year spell as secretary of North Weald Horticultural Society. She is retiring from the role this year. 
* Kevin Hobden was nominated for his work assisting the parish council, including his swift response to flood damage at the parish council office at North Weald Library last June. 
* Margaret Mulliner and Daphne Buckley were nominated for their help with the planting at the new garden outside the parade of shops in the High Road. Some 150 winter pansies were planted at the garden before Christmas. 
* Laura Chalcraft was nominated for her work as a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator. 

A Lifetime Contribution Award was presented to Arthur Moreton for his work with the Royal Air Force Association and North Weald Airfield. 

The Group Award was presented to Epping Forest Countrycare for its work at Thornwood Nature Reserve and Weald Common. 

An Exceptional Valour Award will be presented to Stanley, a 16-month-old dog who alerted his owners to a fire in the loft of their North Weald home last December. 
Stanley woke his owners who fled the property, along with Stanley and a new puppy, shortly before the fire took hold. 
His nomination stated: "Stanley's senses obviously detected the heat and smoke so early and his intelligence on raising the alarm and saving them all definitely deserves recognition."

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#EEF999LIVE: EPPING: Police praised for '15-minute' arrest

9.14pm - 20th March 2017

POLICE officers have been praised for a "great multi-team effort" after a man was arrested in Epping on suspicion of burglary just 15 minutes after an emergency call was made.
A 42-year-old man was detained after a suspect made off from police following a break-in at a property in Centre Avenue at 2pm today. 
The arrest was made at Bell Common. 
The man remained in police custody this evening. 
Temporary District Commander Lewis Basford said: "I’m really pleased with the arrest today and I have detectives now working on the investigation whilst the suspect remains in custody. 
"This incident was attended by the Community Policing Team, Response Officers and also Specialist Traffic Resources working in the area showing a great multi team effort from our officers."

   

EPPING: New Team Rector appointed

3.25pm - 20th March 2017

THE new Team Rector for the Epping District Team Ministry has been appointed and will take up his new role in June.
Rev'd Lee Batson, who replaces Rev'd Geoffrey Connor, has been Priest-in-Charge of Boreham, near Chelmsford, since April 2008, having previously served as Assistant Priest in Saffron Walden. 
Lee is also a parish councillor and a member of the governing body for Boreham Primary School. 
He is also leading the church's engagement with the new Greater Beaulieu Park housing development on the edge of Chelmsford. 
He is a trustee of the Friends of Marsabit - an Anglican Diocese that serves people living in the north of Kenya. He is also chaplain to Chelmsford Air Training Corps, Chelmsford Royal Artillery Association, Essex Police and New Hall School. 
His wife, Stephanie, works in Learning and Development with Hackney Council. 
On Wednesday, April 5, he will be giving the Reynolds Sermon at St John's Church in Epping (8pm). Entitled 'Surely God is in This Place', the sermon is preached under the terms of the will of John Reynolds (1648) - for which the preacher is paid £1. All are welcome.

   

LOUGHTON: Receive 'Love Loughton' news

3.20pm - 20th March 2017

THIS year's 'Love Loughton' family fun day organised by St Mary's Church will be held on Saturday, September 16.
The day will also see the civic opening of the new Hope Centre.
To keep up-to-date with all the news ahead of the big day and coverage on Love Loughton Day itself you can register to receive Love Loughton's media updates. 
The media support for 'Love Loughton' is again co-ordinated by the Everything Local News media service - part of Everything Epping Forest. To register for the email updates, email everythinglocalnews@gmail.com and state LOVE LOUGHTON in the subject line.
No email addresses will be forwarded on and you can ask to be removed from the circulation list at any time. 
You can also keep up-to-date with 'Love Loughton' news on Twitter. Follow @Love_Loughton.

   

DISTRICT: Civic awards recognise those who "make a difference"

11.59pm - 17th March 2017

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THOSE who "make a difference and inspire others to do the same" have been honoured with Epping Forest District Council civic awards.
The awards were presented at the council's annual civic dinner held at the Marriott Hotel, Waltham Abbey, this evening.
Council chairman Jeane Lea said: "We hold the civic awards to recognise the efforts of the remarkable people that live among us, who make a difference and inspire others to do the same. Selfless heroes that strive to make the world a better place, without looking for praise or tribute." 
She added that the efforts of everyone recognised "make our district diverse, unique and exceptional."

Citizen of the Year: 

Winners: Sid and Doreen Miller:
The Epping couple are recognised for their efforts to help hundreds of families find a place to live by providing crucial rent guarantees through the Epping Forest Housing Aid Scheme.
They also support many other organisations throughout the district including Epping Forest Community Transport and the furniture exchange. 
Commended: Elizabeth Renny: Elizabeth is recognised for her outstanding voluntary contributions as a Girl Guide leader. She retires this month having led the 2nd Loughton Girl Guides pack for 35 years. 

Team of the Year: 

Epping Forest District Museum volunteers:
The volunteers are recognised for their work during the refurbishment and extension work at the museum in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey. 
They helped create a new, cultural, learning and historical centre and assisted with the acquisition of artefacts from the Victoria and Albert Museum and British Library. 

Young Citizen of the Year:

 Winner Arjun Kuhaendran: The West Hatch High School student is recognised for his charity work at the school. 
Described as "selfless, caring and an inspiration to his fellow students and teachers", Arjun has organised fundraising raffles and other events for a range of causes, including Crisis at Christmas, Macmillan Cancer Support, Water Aid and International Day of Peace. 
His nomination stated: "He is a shining example of how significant changes can be made by those that are bold enough, in a short time and his teachers say he has made charitable activity ‘cool’."
Runner-up: Georgina Levy: Georgina was recognised for showing excellent promise in her work as a volunteer police cadet. Georgina was one of the first cadets, joining when the unit opened in September 2015. 
Her nomination stated that she has confidently progressed through the ranks to become a cadet leader. 
She selflessly gives her time and energy to her younger peers, supporting them in their quest to give back to the local communities. 
She has recently joined Essex Police as a communications officer.
Chairman's special commendation: David Castleman: The Epping St John's School student is recognised for his actions which saved the life of a man who found himself in difficulties as he swam with another man off the Norfolk coast. 
Council chairman Jeane Lea said: "His role in saving one of the men’s lives was a true act or heroism and I am extremely proud to present him with the chairman’s special commendation." 

Community Service Medals:

Police: Sgt Simon Dear:
Sgt Dear has 20 years’ experience working for the police and for more than ten years has served in Epping Forest. 
His nominated stated that during a very difficult time of police re-structuring, he ensured the continuity of community policing, working with partners at an operational level, delivering the highest levels of service to the public. 
He works tirelessly with different organisations to ensure residents receive the highest standards of public protection. 
He has worked with the council's Community Safety Team to help successfully resolve serious cases of anti-social behaviour, in particular where there were mental health concerns and a risk to the public. 

Fire: Sub-Officer Dave Horton: Based at Waltham Abbey Fire Station, Sub-Officer Horton is recognised for having "continually demonstrated a high level of commitment, dedication and selflessness throughout his 28 years of service". 
As a watch manager, he supports and leads a team of firefighters and does so with professionalism and his unwavering compassion for his team and members of the public, his nomination stated. 

Ambulance Service: Garry Clark and Richard Holt: The Emergency Care Practitioners were instrumental in setting up a special response car for patients in west Essex, with expertise that helps to avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital. 

Epping Forest Youth Council Award: 


Four members of Epping Forest Youth Council are recognised for their "outstanding achievements and dedication to the role". 

Marley Chick was described as "an inspirational young carer". 
The Epping St Johns studrent is recognised for his dedication to his duties as a youth councillor and the way he treats his peers with compassion and understanding, make him an exemplary youth councillor and young man. 

Lisa Nakimuli, a student at King Harold Academy, is a mentor to the newly-elected members. As head girl at King Harold she is an excellent role model. Lisa is a founder of the youth council’s Mi Life mental health project, which is being delivered in schools throughout the district. 

Finlay Jordan, a student at Davenant Foundation School, is described as "extremely dedicated and confident" and always willing to take on extra work commitments.
"He has gone a long way in such a little time to making a difference in the local community," his nomination stated.

Ashwin Gohil, a student at Debden Park High School, has worked hard to achieve a Jack Petchey award for his commitment to the youth council’s Mi Life mental health project. 
His professionalism and abilities make him an outstanding representative, the council said.

Sports Awards:

Winner: Daniel Rowden:
The 800m runner, from Buckhurst Hill, is ranked number 1 in the UK and sixth in Europe. He was the UK national champion and a world championship semi-finalist in his age group. 
He intends to put his bursary towards further development in his sport. He is striving for gold at the next under-23 European Championships and hopes to qualify for the senior World Championships in London. Runner-up: Callum Burnett, from Stapleford Abbotts, is recognised for his achievements in ice hockey. Callum has been consistently selected for England teams since 2014 and has played for Team GB. He plans to put the money towards some further training in Canada.

Creativity Award:

Winner: Bethany Joiner:
The Loughton photographer has been working alongside the Red Balloon Family Foundation and All Saints Church, Woodford Wells, organising programmes and leading groups of young people as well as supporting the organisations with her flair for photography.
She plans to spend her bursary on a new camera and lens. 
As a result of her winning the award, the Epping Forest District Museum plans to work with her on various events to help build her portfolio. 

Runner-up: Gabriella Leon: The student at East 15 Acting School in Loughton was awarded a £250 bursary towards the production of her play which she hopes to take to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. 

Business Adminstration Apprentice awards:
Awards were presented to Jay Binks, Emily Gowens, Rebecca Linford, Sian Pavvit and Rebecca Yellop. They started working at the district council in September 2015 since when they have achieved Level 2 diplomas. They have also gained employment in many different departments across the council.

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LOUGHTON: School Council visits Westminster

3.55pm - 16th March 2017

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing met the elected members of the school council from White Bridge Primary School when they visited Westminster. 
Mrs Laing said: “I was very pleased to welcome these lively, bright and interested pupils from White Bridge School to Parliament. 
"They told me how much they had enjoyed their tour and several of them would like to be become MPs. I was most impressed by their enthusiasm."

   

DISTRICT: Epping Forest Conservatives elect new president

3.51pm - 16th March 2017

EPPING Forest Conservatives have elected Valerie Metcalfe as their new President. 
Mrs Metcalfe, who is county councillor for Loughton South and Buckhurst Hill, is a former chairman of Epping Forest Conservative Association and has served the local community for over 50 years. 
Gagan Mohindra continues as chairman for another year and Randolph Churchill becomes Patron.
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing said: "We have a great team at Epping Forest Conservatives. 
"I am delighted that Randolph Churchill has become our Patron and continues to keep the close association between our constituency and the Churchill family which has existed since Sir Winston become MP for Epping in 1924. 
"It is also great that the association has unanimously elected Valerie Metcalfe to be President. She works tirelessly for the local community and her election is a very popular one."

   

DISTRICT: Prince Harry visits Epping Forest

8.23am - 16th March 2017

PRINCE Harry visited Epping Forest to view the Wood Pasture Restoration Project which is part of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC). 
His Royal Highness was able to learn about the area's natural and historic heritage and witnessed the work being undertaken as part of the project. 
Park Rangers introduced Prince Harry to Longhorn cow Lucky who grazes across the forest using satellite collars and fenceless grazing technology. 
He also chatted to people involved with ancient tree conservation work and learnt how the site is being preserved and managed for generations to come. 
The QCC was launched in 2015 in partnership with The Royal Commonwealth Society and is a conservation initiative that aims to create a global network of indigenous forests to benefit communities and wildlife. 
Epping Forest, London's largest open space, was dedicated to the QCC in 2016 by The City of London Corporation. Prince Harry met school children who frequently use the forest and are involved in a range of conservation activities. 
His Royal Highness helped identify plant health problems and took part in pond dipping which is all part of The QCC's aim to promote the value of native forests. 
Finally Prince Harry, together with school children, planted a tree under the Queen's Oak to mark the Epping Forest Queen's Commonwealth Canopy.

   

CHIGWELL: Debating team into national final

8.55am - 15th March 2017

CHIGWELL School's Senior Public Speaking team are into the national final of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition after competing at the regional final in Ipswich. 
The team - Matilda Scarborough (chairperson), Christopher Collins (speaker) and Ziyad Chaudhary (vote of thanks) - defended themselves against senior teams from the Perse, Hitchin Boys School and Bishop’s Stortford College. 
The three rival teams were comprised of Sixth Form students but Chigwell's Year 10 team more than held their own in terms of maturity and presence. 
Christopher’s speech on whether the monarchy is an outdated concept was received with rapturous applause by the adjudicators and audience. 
Head of English Emma Rea said: “We were delighted when the team was successful in winning the heat.” 
The national final is in Telford on May 7.

   

EPPING: Dinner and awards mark Rotary club's 80th anniversary

4.43pm - 14th March 2017

THE 80th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Epping has been marked with a gala dinner and the presentation of a special award to two long-serving members.
Between them John Padfield and Len Stace have clocked up 87 years of service to the Rotary club. 
In recognition of their contribution to the club and the community Rotary Club of Epping president Barbara Scruton presented them with the sapphire Paul Harris Fellowship award at the gala celebration at Chigwell Golf Club on Saturday. 
John Padfield organised the club's very successful Youth Makes Music for many years and has taken a leading role in most club activities since joining in 1970. 
Len Stace was president of the Epping club in both its Golden and Diamond Jubilee years, and he introduced the club’s annual ‘Service above Self’ award in its Golden Jubilee year in1986. 
Among the guests were Epping Town Mayor Les Burrows, and Rotary District Governor Helen Antoniou who presented Mrs Scruton with a certificate to mark the club's 80th anniversary. 
Mrs Scruton highlighted some of the milestone events of the club over the 80 years, and some of the more recent successes and community involvement events including its Christmas collections, Carols on the Green on Christmas Eve - which has been held for the last 13 years - its Youth Makes Music concerts and this year's Youth Makes Art exhibition, its strong links with Epping St John's School, the introduction of a Corporate Member scheme, and the club's support of Purple4Polio which has seen the club plant some 5,000 purple crocus corms throughout the town with the support of the Epping in Bloom organisation.
Mrs Scruton said: "The town may have changed but our club continues to serve the community in different ways."

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CHIGWELL: MP interviewed for BBC School Report

3.31pm - 13th March 2017

STUDENTS at Chigwell School interviewed Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing for the BBC School Report project. 
The students asked Mrs Laing for her views on whether 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote, as they were in the Scottish Independence Referendum, her life as a Deputy Speaker and about her biggest challenge so far. 
Those topics were covered by Sixth Form students and interviewer Macy Desborough before Year 7 student Molly Maloney asked Mrs Laing whether there should be a salary cap to reconcile the vast pay gaps that exist between the highest and lowest paid workers. 
Molly was working with fellow students Olivia Nicholas and Evie Tresadern. 
Edited versions of the students' reports will appear on the school's next edition of BBC School Report which will be 'live' via the BBC School Report website from Friday, March 17.

   

CHIGWELL: Tree planted in memory of "lovely, gentle" student

2.54pm - 13th March 2017

A MAGNOLIA tree has been planted at the front of West Hatch High School in memory of a "lovely, gentle" student. 
Nadiyah Chaudhri died on February 3,aged 17, following a long illness and many operations. 
She had spent almost five-and-a-half years at the Chigwell school and would have currently been a Year 12 Lower Sixth student. 
Tributes were paid by her family and school friends at the tree planting and dedication which was led by Rev'd Ian Monks on Monday morning. 
In a citation, the school said: "Nadiyah may no longer be with us in person but will always be in our hearts.
"Nadiyah fought hard until the end and was a brave and courageous young lady. She was the kindest and sweetest girl who lost her father a few years ago yet came to school with a smile on her face every day.
"Nadiyah never complained and just got on with life. She chose to stay here in the Sixth Form even though her friends had all gone to college.
"Nadiyah is an inspiration to us all and will be deeply missed by all her friends and teachers.
Headteacher Frances Howarth said: "Nadiyah was a lovely, gentle student who always thought of others. "The magnolia tree planted at the front of the school will make sure she is remembered and is always in our hearts. 
"Our thoughts are with her family and the many friends she had at West Hatch." 
Nadiyah's funeral was held at the Gardens of Peace Muslim Cemetery in Hainault.

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#EEF999LIVE: LOUGHTON: Two men arrested for drugs and weapon offences

2.45pm - 12th March 2017

TWO 19-year-old men were arrested in High Road, Loughton, when their vehicle was searched as part of Operation Gallery. 
The men, from London, were held on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply and possessing an offensive weapon yesterday afternoon.
They were taken to Harlow Police Station and have since been released on bail pending further inquiries
 The eight-day Operation Gallery involves plain-clothed and uniformed police officers targeting 'Wanted' suspects and conducting patrols and appropriate stop checks.

   

#EEF999LIVE: DISTRICT: MP "extremely optimistic" about district's policing

8.41pm - 10th March 2017

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing says she is "extremely optimistic" about the policing of the Epping Forest district having met with the new District Commander.
Acting Chief Inspector Lewis Basford met with Mrs Laing and county councillor Valerie Metcalfe at Loughton Police Station today. 
Mr Basford said: "I was delighted to meet Mrs Laing and have the opportunity to update her on local crime initiatives and the current trends, the successes we have achieved in recent weeks and I am committed to work alongside her and the work she is doing in the area." 
Mrs Laing said: "I am very pleased to have formally met our new District Commander and I am encouraged by the plans that he has for the policing of our area. 
"We all appreciate what a difficult job he and his officers have but I am extremely optimistic about his plans for the future."

   

BUCKHURST HILL: Loyola Preparatory School extension opened

8.37pm - 10th March 2017

NEW teaching space at Loyola Preparatory School in Buckhurst Hill has been officially opened by Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing. 
The school has created two new teaching rooms - one for science and one for art - by building a Mansard roof extension at its premises in Palmerston Road. 
To the surprise of headmaster Peter Nicolson, the new area is to be known as The Nicolson Suite, and Mrs Laing presented Mr Nicholson with a plaque which will be put up in the new area. 
Next month marks the beginning of Mr Nicholson's 30th year as headmaster at Loyola. 
Mr Nicolson said: "It was felt that perhaps there was one final development we could do under my stewardship. For some time we have wanted to give space for students to do practical science, crafts and design. 
"We now have more space for the pupils to engage in practical experiments in science and practical design in art." 
Mrs Laing was given a tour of the school by Mr Nicholson and was introduced to some of the pupils before being invited to cut the ribbon to officially open The Nicholson Suite. 
Mrs Laing said: "It was a great privilege to visit Loyola Preparatory School. 
"The boys are very engaging and I greatly enjoyed visiting their classes and hearing their enthusiastic accounts of what they are learning. 
"The new facilities are most impressive and I know that generations of Loyola pupils will greatly benefit from them."

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WALTHAM ABBEY: Police station up for sale

9.53am - 10th March 2017

WALTHAM Abbey Police Station is to be put on the open market for sale as Essex Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner continue to reduce the size of the existing estate. 
The front counter was closed to the public in November 2011. The police station itself closed in September 2016.
The station is one of several to be sold as the estate is reduced from 80 to about 30 buildings. 
The current police estate in Essex costs £10m a year in running costs but the buildings would require £30m of maintenance work to bring them up to standard. 
Acting Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, District Commander for Brentwood and Epping Forest, said: "Waltham Abbey will continue to be policed by dedicated officers who will respond to emergencies, investigate crimes, work to resolve local problems and work alongside partners to protect people from harm and prevent crime occurring. 
"These officers have also been equipped with smartphones that enable them to perform key policing tasks whilst out on patrol. This means they can spend more time on the frontline being visible and accessible to the community they serve. 
"Whilst I understand that people are attached to their police stations, as they are an important part of the community, effective policing is not reliant on buildings as it is my officers that catch criminals, prevent and detect crime and support victims."
Police and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst said: "We need to invest in a modern police force where officers can spend more time out in their communities not in stations completing paperwork. 
"By rationalising our estate and investing in technology we can give our officers the tools to log and register crimes while they are out and about. 
"We can help them become more visible and deliver a better service to the public.” 

   

ONGAR: Fashion talk to ladies group

8.31am - 10th March 2017

AN illustrated talk on a Century of Fashion was given by Maggie Radcliffe at the March meeting of Ongar and Shelley Ladies Thursday Group. 
The group's next meeting is at the Church Rooms, Castle Street, Ongar, at 8pm on Thursday, April 6.

   

LOUGHTON: African choir visits care home

7.54am - 10th March 2017

RESIDENTS at Woodland Grove care home, Loughton, were visited by a children’s choir from East Africa.
The children of the Watoto choir from Uganda had never danced and sang for elderly people before. 
The children, mostly orphans because of war, poverty or HIV/AIDS, visited the home as part of a six-month tour of the UK.
Home manager Leigh Burrell said: “The choir was fantastic. The energy the children brought into the home was amazing. 
“We are delighted they chose to come to us. The residents never expected to see young people from so far away and having the chance to spend time together afterwards was something they all enjoyed.”
Resident Joan Hall said; “The children were so lovely and very talented. We are privileged to have had them here. They moved me to tears on several occasions." 
The children are supported by Watoto, a Christian charity in Uganda which offers them a home, an education and the opportunity to develop life skills as they tour the UK and the Netherlands with the choir.
The charity also supports widows and other vulnerable women in and around the country’s capital, Kampala. 
Team leader Richard Opio said the children, aged seven to 12, said: “This group has never performed for elderly people so it was a very different experience for them. 
"The majority of them have lost their parents and don’t have older relatives in their lives. It was important for us to bring them here. They’ve really benefited from being able to talk to people of this generation.” 
The choir ended their performance with a blessing song.

   

ONGAR: Council to submit 'grammatically incorrect' document

9.23pm - 9th March 2017

Epping Forest District Council portfolio holder John Philip, who has responsibility for the Local Plan, contacted Everything Epping Forest following publication of this article.
Writing on the Everything Epping Forest Facebook page, Mr Philip said: "Absolutely no reason why an input from Ongar Town Council should have to be at Epping Forest District Council on Friday.
"The Local Plan consultation finished in December and there are no other deadlines at the moment."

9.01pm - 9th March 2017

AN Ongar Town Council report on Epping Forest District Council's Draft Local Plan is to be submitted to the district council despite calls that its submission should be delayed until grammatical errors are corrected. 
A town council working party, led by councillor Mary Dadd, has produced a 17-page document expressing the town council's views on the effects it believes the Draft Local Plan - which went out for consultation at the end of last year - will have on Ongar. 
Council chairman Jim Browning told tonight's full council meeting that the document had to be submitted to the district council tomorrow (Friday) however no evidence supporting such a timescale was given.
Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst said she had no knowledge of any such timescale and did not want to submit the document until the necessary changes had been made.
When she highlighted the presence of district councillor Maggie McEwen in the public seating Mr Browning did not ask her whether she had any knowledge of a deadline.
District and town councillor Paul Keska did not speak on the matter.  
Councillor Jane Battersby told the meeting she could not support the document's immediate submission in its current format saying there were grammatical errors and various other issues including an inconsistency in the style of bullet points used. 
She said: "The content is fantastic but to put it in as it stands would be doing it (the document) a disservice." 
She said the council should make it a "consistent, formal and proper report". 
Councillor Janet Bicknell added the document was "not grammatically correct" adding: "You're bound to get emotive (writing such a document) but it needs to be objective." 
Councillor Bruce Freeman said: "If the working party has said it has to be in by tomorrow (Friday) for reasons of timescale I will vote with the working party." 
Councillor Patrick Bolden said councillors Battersby and Bicknell were "being too pedantic" adding: "The actual document says what it says and we should have been doing this 12 months ago."

To read the council's report CLICK HERE

   

DISTRICT: MP becomes Defibrillator Champion

2.21pm - 8th March 2017

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing has become a Defibrillator Champion for Epping Forest. 
Every year in the UK 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest and fewer than one in ten survive. 
Mrs Laing has visited The Oliver King Foundation in Westminster to show support her support to the campaign. 
The Oliver King Foundation was set up following the death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 12 young people every week. 
Oliver was winning a swimming race at school. 
In 2012 footballer Fabrice Muamba was shocked 16 times by a lifesaving defibrillator in front of the nation. Early access to a defibrillator is vital. 
For every minute that passes, chances of survival drop by ten per cent. 
Signing up to become a Defibrillator Champion for Epping Forest, Mrs Laing said: “It is vital that we take action to prevent any loss of life where one can be saved. 
"I will be working with local schools in my constituency to fundraise and get lifesaving defibrillators in our area, protecting our students, teachers and visitors whilst at school. 
"It was interesting to hear from the Foundation about how many lives have been saved, including a caretaker at a school who had only received the defibrillator two weeks earlier. 
"I will be delighted to work as a Defibrillator Champion, saving lives is a legacy that we can all be proud of.” 
Oliver's father, Mark King, said: “Five years ago when my son Oliver passed away from this hidden heart condition, we didn’t know that his legacy would reach this far. 
"We are determined to save as many young lives as possible, so that no other family has to suffer a similar loss to that of ours.” 
For more information about the Oliver King Foundation ring 0151 728 3470 or email michelle@theoliverkingfoundation.co.uk

   

NORTH WEALD: Council co-opts new councillor

2.19pm - 8th March 2017

A NEW parish councillor has been co-opted onto North Weald Bassett Parish Council. 
Matt Harris, who has had to resign from his position as chairman of the parish council's Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, has lived in North Weald for 12 years. 
He is representing the Hastingwood ward.

   

#EEF999LIVE: LOUGHTON: Police appeal over NuBar assault

4.02pm - 7th March 2017

POLICE are appealing for information after a man suffered a fractured eye socket when he went to intervene in a fight involving two men at NuBar in Loughton. 
The incident was referred to in police papers which were presented to today's Epping Forest District Council licensing sub-committee hearing which agreed to new restricted opening hours amid several new licence conditions for the venue. 
Police said a 25-year-old man, from Waltham Cross, was injured in the incident which happened at the High Road venue at about 1am on Sunday, February 5. 
The victim was punched in the face by unknown suspects causing him to fall to the ground. He was then punched in the head causing him to suffer a fractured eye socket. 
Detectives have released images of two men they want to speak to in relation to the assault. 
A spokesman said: "We appreciate the images aren’t the clearest but anyone who recognises them or witnessed the incident is asked to contact PC Donna Money at Loughton CID on 101 or to ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."
The images can be viewed on the Everything Epping Forest Twitter feed @eefnews. 

   

#EEF999LIVE: EPPING: Two men arrested over robbery

3.37pm - 7th March 2017

TWO men - from Loughton and Buckhurst Hill - have been arrested in connection with last week's robbery at Victoria Jewellers in Epping High Street. 
Police were contacted at 11.10am on Thursday with reports that four men - two on a motorbike and two on a scooter - had driven up to the shop and smashed a front window with a baseball bat and a sledgehammer. 
A diamond ring, three Cartier watches and two Rolex watches were stolen. 
The men, both aged 22, were arrested today (Tuesday) on suspicion of robbery. 
They are currently in custody awaiting questioning.

   

NORTH WEALD: Concerns voiced over 'pod' housing idea

2.49pm - 7th March 2017

A PROPOSAL which could see mental health patients housed in metal shipping container-type 'pods' in North Weald has been described as an "extremely risky project". 
Epping Forest District Council's cabinet will decide on Thursday whether to progress the idea and submit a planning application for three 'pods' to be sited in a car park at Norway House to provide accommodation for six 'single vulnerable homeless people'. 
A district council report states: "In reality, the vast majority of single vulnerable people are people with serious mental health problems - which can include schizophrenia, psychosis and bipolar disorder.
Parish councillor Terry Blanks told Monday's parish council meeting he was "appalled" at the proposal. 
He added: "The fact they will be housed two to a shipping container seems to be totally inappropriate."
Councillor Andy Tyler raised concerns that the 'pods' would be next to Norway House, the district council's homeless hostel, which accommodates children. 
He described such a mix as "a recipe for disaster". 
He added: "I can't see how this proposal has even got this far." 
Councillor Sheila Jackman said she had "grave concerns about the whole scheme" and added the £345,000 cost was "a hell of a lot of money for an extremely risky project". 
She added: "The thought of a security firm turning up and addressing a situation with mentally ill people would make the situation much worse with someone with a uniform turning up." 
She added: "It's a really serious situation that is being suggested. There are very great risks in the proposal." 
Staff at Norway House have voiced "strong concerns about the heightened risk to staff and other residents about increasing the number of occupants at Norway House with single vulnerable people", the cabinet report reveals. 
In response, Epping Forest District Council has said the six additional people who would be living on the site would not warrant a need to increase on-site staff however "to assist, support and protect Norway House staff when they or other residents feel at risk from residents, particularly out of normal office hours and when lone working, it is proposed that a private security company be appointed to provide security officers to attend Norway House on an ad-hoc basis when required". 
If the pilot scheme proves successful, the district council says it will consider using the 'pods' elsewhere in the district. 
The district council says such accommodation would cost less than traditional-built, permanent accommodation and the cost of placing homeless households in expensive bed and breakfast hotels.
The cabinet report describes the 'pods' as the same size as shipping containers, of robust metal construction that can be painted in a range of colours and can be stacked with staircase access. 
They have thermal insulation and come fitted with carpets, blinds, internal fittings - there would be a shared kitchen - and white goods. 
District and parish councillor Anne Grigg told the parish council meeting she was open-minded having considered the information available and would consider all information ahead of any planning application which would need to be submitted should the cabinet decide to progress with the proposals.
The parish council is to write to Epping Forest District Council expressing its "grave concerns" over the proposal.

   

WALTHAM ABBEY: Day nursery buries time capsule

2.46pm - 7th March 2017

THE Sunshine Day Nursery and Pre-School celebrated the start of work on its new home by burying a time capsule in the foundations at Pick Hill, Waltham Abbey.
The nursery has been at King Harold Academy for the last 27 years and enjoyed excellent links with the school, giving priority to the teaching staff whom work there. 
The new building will allow the nursery to take more children for the expanding population of under-fives in Waltham Abbey. 
The ceremony was attended by Epping Forest District Council chairman Jeane Lea, nursery founder Julie Holmes, manager Debbie Pinnington, deputy manager Carly Parker, nursery children Arley Fenton, Alfie Kay, Sybil Smith and, representing King Harold Academy, headteacher Kim Thackray and student Tia Pinnington.

   

LOUGHTON: New name and 'last chance' for NuBar

1.49pm - 7th March 2017

THE NuBar in Loughton is to change its name after its licence was reinstated and it was given a "final opportunity" to prove it can be a properly managed venue. 
Epping Forest District Council's licensing sub-committee has agreed an array of licence conditions suggested by Greene King which include the introduction of 'traditional pub hours'. 
Essex Police had requested a summary review of the licence following after-hours opening and two incidents of assault associated with the premises within 12 months. 
Documents before today's sub-committee meeting detailed one incident outside NuBar last April when one man had his face slashed and another received a torn ear. 
In an incident last month two men were injured - one suffered a fractured eye socket and another a cracked rib - when they were assaulted inside the premises at about 1.15am on a Saturday evening/Sunday morning (when the venue should have closed at 12.30pm). 
Police say the injured men were helped to a side door by a member of staff, put into a car and driven to the station by a member of staff. 
An ambulance was then called. 
Solicitor Matthew Phipps, representing Greene King, told today's hearing: "We are extremely sorry to be here and extremely sorry to see and read the evidence, representations and additional letter.
"It's a poor window into our operation." 
He added: "We entirely accept what the police have said. There's no challenge to the evidence and we recognise the embarrassment with which we find ourselves here today and the difficult position we find ourselves in front of you."
Mr Phipps told the committee - chairman councillor Brian Surtees, councillor Caroline Pond and councillor Alan Lion: "It has to change its name, it has to change what it was into what it may be going forward."
Greene King suggested a change to 'traditional pub hours' with no entertainment, with the premises open from 8am until 11.30am with alcohol on sale and recorded music between 11am and 11.30pm. 
Mr Surtees said he was concerned at "the amount of upset, distress and concern" the operation of the premises had caused and sought an explanation to what Greene King had done since the last review to apply a "strict review of management and enforcement of conditions". 
Mr Surtees said: "That simply hasn't happened and it has led to a very dangerous situation. It must not be repeated. 
"What are Greene King going to do to make sure we don't have someone coming back in nine months time saying can we have another last chance?" 
Mr Phipps said: "In the vast majority of cases there is an ongoing if not daily dialogue with licensees and their team. There are visits and inspections. That just hasn't been the case here. 
"There will need to be a programme of dialogue with the licensees and the (police) officers. 
"We have to be on the front foot, touching base with them. If that doesn't happen it will be a sorry story."
Gordon Ashford, of Essex Police, said police had initially sought revocation of the licence adding that police concerns had always been about late-night activity. 
He said: "We are satisfied this gives a final opportunity to the business. We are satisfied with the undertaking we have been given that revocation is not necessary but give Greene King a final opportunity for the business to be run lawfully." 
Other licence conditions are that food must be available in all areas until 9pm and no glasses shall be taken outside after 10pm. 
There are also conditions regarding CCTV and its entry policy. Mr Phipps said he believed the conditions were "proportionate, reasonable and appropriate". 
He also suggested that the licence remains suspended for a further 21 days. "The premises is crying out for change and a cooling off period," he said. 
Mr Surtees, giving the sub-committee's decision, said the changes to the licence had been ordered because of "repeated very serious crime and disorder to do with the premises and to prevent further occurrences". 
He added councillors had taken into account Greene King's assurance that they would "maintain effective dialogue with police for the foreseeable future".

   

LOUGHTON: Students perform Valentines show

8.25am - 7th March 2017

STUDENTS at Debden Park High School performed a Valentines cabaret evening to a sell-out audience.
The theme of 'The Late, Late Valentines Cabaret' was love and involved 70 students from the four gifted and talented companies that run as extra curricular clubs at the Willingale Road school. 
The four companies include Voyage Theatre Company, Debden Youth Dance, Encore (band) and Debden Chorus (choir).
There was a wide selection of pieces including extracts from Adrian Mole , poems, devised drama pieces and songs such as 'I Can't Help Falling In Love' and 'Crazy'. 
Some of the pieces were also collaborations between the companies to create musical theatre-type pieces. 
Head of Expressive Arts Seb Ventura said: "It was a great evening which celebrated what love means to different people."

   

ONGAR: Town council holds litter pick

1.36pm - 6th March 2017

AN old bicycle, fridge and fan were among the items collected when Ongar Town Council supported the national Great British Spring Clean litter picking campaign.
Five volunteers and four councillors collected 27 bags of rubbish on Saturday. 
Epping Forest District Council supported the event by collecting all the rubbish at the end of the morning.
Council chairman James Browning said: “I am very grateful to the volunteers and the district council for supporting this campaign. 
"Sadly litter is a continuous problem but with the many groups taking part in the Great British Spring Clean we will make a difference countrywide."

   

HASTINGWOOD: Registration open for hospice 10k run

1.14pm - 6th March 2017

REGISTRATION is now open for St Clare Hospice's annual 10k race on Sunday, April 9. 
Last year's race raised £8,000. 
Hundreds of runners are expected to tackle the route which starts and finishes at the Hastingwood hospice. 
The event is suitable for all abilities and for wheelchair athletes. 
St Clare fundraising development manager Jamie Hooper said: “Our 10k race has become a permanent fixture in many of the local running club calendars for well over two decades. 
"Our route along the roads of Hastingwood is UK Athletics affiliated and chip-timed so it offers the perfect opportunity to get a new PB at the start of the running season.” 
Last year’s winner, Matthew Woodman, from the Orion Harriers, completed the course in 34mins 53secs. Trophies are awarded to the first male, female, senior, junior and wheelchair athlete. Medals will be awarded to all runners. 
Registration costs £12 (in advance) or £15 on the day (£10 or £13 for affiliated runners). 
The deadline for advanced sign-ups is Monday, April 3. 
The registration desk will be open at 9.30am on the day with the race starting at 10.30am. 
The event is open to runners aged 15 and above. 
For more information, and to register, visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/event/st-clare-10k-2017 or ring the challenge and events team at the hospice on 01279 773756.

   

LOUGHTON: Plans to expand Oak View School

12.41pm - 6th March 2017

THE expansion of Oak View School is among proposals subject to public consultation as Essex County Council looks create almost 100 new special school places across Essex. 
The council wants to have the spaces available by September 2019 as the first phase of its record investment in special needs schools. 
Creating 24 new places at Oak View School for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder is among the proposals. 
The Oak View plans will be on display at the school between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Wednesday (March 8). The deadline for any comments is March 31. 
To find out more and to take part in the consultation click here

   

DISTRICT: Interim report into Draft Local Plan responses

8.08am - 6th March 2017

AN interim report into the responses to the Draft Local Plan shows widespread opposition to possible sites for thousands of new homes in the district. 
Figures included in the document have been taken only from the responses to the hard copy and online questionnaires. Information from letters and emails will be included in the final report. 
The report reveals some 52.1 per cent (928 people) said they 'strongly disagreed' with the overall vision set out in the document which was put out for public consultation at the end of last year. 
Some 52.2 per cent 'strongly disagreed' with the council's approach to the distribution of new housing across the district however views on possible development around Harlow was more even with 23 per cent agreeing with the proposals and 20.1 per cent 'strongly disagreeing'. 
A total of 23.1 per cent of respondents did not agree to the Epping housing proposals (75.1 per cent did not comment on Epping's sites). 
Regarding the Loughton development sites, 26.8 per cent did not agree with the proposals (449 people) with 72 per cent expressing no opinion. 
Only 79 responses were recorded for Waltham Abbey's sites with 67 disagreeing and 12 agreeing. 
The question on whether people agreed or disagreed to the proposed sites in Ongar attracted just 161 responses with 146 disagreeing. 
The main concerns and issues identified so far through consultation analysis of the responses include concern that the infrastructure required for the proposed development is not met particularly with respect to the capacity of the Central Line. 
Concern was also voiced over education and health provision;, the proposed distribution of growth across the district, the potential loss of managed open space and leisure facilities, the impact on the roads and traffic congestion and the loss of local identity and character and proposed alterations to the Green Belt boundary.
The council said it received about 3,300 individual responses to the consultation with responses received in a variety of formats. 
Approximately half were sent via the online questionnaire, about 200 via hard copy questionnaire with the rest a mixture of letters and emails.

   

LOUGHTON: College principal to speak at town meeting

4.07pm - 4th March 2017

THE principal of Epping Forest College, Saboohi Famili, will be the guest speaker at Loughton Town Council's Annual Town Meeting at The Murray Hall, Borders Lane, at 8pm on Wednesday, March 15. 
The doors open at 7.30pm to allow people time to view displays mounted by local voluntary organisations.
There will be reports from mayor Carol Davies and the chairmen of the council's committee about the council’s activities and achievements during the past year and its plans. This will be followed by a question and answer session. 
An engraved plaque will be presented to the winner of the 2017 Loughton Building Design Award and representatives from local groups, organisations and charities that were successful in their grant applications will receive certificates to mark their achievement. 
Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

   

#EEF999LIVE: EPPING UPLAND: Two arrested over hare coursing

UPDATED 9.44am - 5th March

Two men have been charged with causing criminal damage to land and are due before magistrates tomorrow (Monday).

3.40pm - 4th March 2017

TWO men remained in custody this morning having been arrested in connection with hare coursing in fields in Epping Upland. 
Police were called by farmers at about 5.25pm yesterday. 
The men, aged 26 and 35, were arrested after a 4x4 vehicle crashed into a ditch. 
Temporary District Commander Lewis Basford said: "My team are committed to policing hare coursing incidents in the Epping Forest district and I hope these arrests send out a clear message that if anyone comes to Essex to undertake this type of activity we will deal with them with the full force of the law." 
Essex Police launched a countywide crackdown combating hare coursing last month. 
Operation Galileo aims to tackle offenders and raise awareness of the problems associated with hare coursing, including criminal damage to property and agricultural land; theft; and anti-social and threatening behaviour. 
Operation Galileo runs alongside Operation Buzzard which was launched last September to tackle rural crime, and will make best use of specialist police teams to help ensure the force is in the best position to tackle a range of rural crime offences. 
Anyone who sees hare coursing or suspicious activity should report it via Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

   

#EEF999LIVE: WALTHAM ABBEY: Police take action over caravans

8.02pm - 3rd March 2017

POLICE say they have taken "strong action" after eight caravans set up an illegal encampment on land off Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey. 
Temporary District Commander Lewis Basford said: "Following the arrival of the caravans yesterday a visual build-up of litter associated with them has been identified and evidenced.
"A decision has been made to direct them to leave by 10am tomorrow (Saturday, March 4)." 
He added: "Strong action such as this will always be taken where the criteria in law is met to safeguard the land they are occupying.”

   

#EEF999LIVE: LOUGHTON: Teenager arrested after mopeds seized

8.00pm - 3rd March 2017

A TEENAGER has been arrested after police seized two mopeds in Pyrles Lane, Loughton. 
One of the machines had been stolen from Sittingbourne in Kent last August. 
A 15-year-old boy, from Loughton, has been arrested in connection with the incident. He currently remains in custody. 
Meanwhile another 15-year-old boy, also from Loughton, has been dealt with by police by means of a traffic offence report for having no insurance or driving licence.

   

LOUGHTON: Children dress up for World Book Day

4.08pm - 3rd March 2017

A VARIETY of book characters were at Thomas Willingale School and Nursery, Loughton, as the school took part in World Book Day.
Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: "We saw an amazing array of costumes to celebrate World Book Day. "The children (and parents) exceeded all our expectations and this year we saw the best costumes we have seen yet. 
"The effort to hand-make costumes was exceptional!" She added: "Reading and hearing stories is so important for all children, and days like these help us to enthuse and motivate with the children talking about their favourite books and characters and learning about new books they might like to try at the same time. 
"The children are now going to participate in a Readathon to raise money for children's hospitals."

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WALTHAM ABBEY: School runner-up in World Book Day competition

4.06pm - 3rd March 2017

KING Harold Academy has been named runner-up in a national World Book Day competition. 
Librarian Giselle Morris and several Year 8 students, Klerda Murtezi (group leader), Georgiana Burca, Isabella and several others created a display to demonstrate their love of reading books and entered the Competition last December. 
Mrs Morris said: "The students worked on the display in the Learning Resource Centre as well as relentlessly dedicating time at home for two weeks by planning, designing and preparing the resources for the display.
"To make sure their display was the best it could possibly be our students worked right up to the competition deadline. 
"The students demonstrated their commitment to reading and learning and I am immensely proud of their achievement."
The students will receive a book of their choice while their efforts have also earned them a copy of 'A Child of Books' signed by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston and a framed limited edition print from the book courtesy of publisher Walker Books.

   

ONGAR: Residents' association retain seat

10.40am - 3rd March 2017

ONGAR Residents Association candidate Simon Cole has taken a seat on Ongar Town Council after winning the Greensted ward by-election by eight votes. 
Mr Cole polled 52 votes with Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Surtees receiving 44 votes. 
The election was called following the resignation of Ongar Residents Association councillor Nathan Fletcher.

   

#EEF999LIVE: DISTRICT: Officers receive certificates

10.35am - 3rd March 2017

TWO Epping Forest-based police officers have received Command Team certificates in recognition of their work which led to a man being jailed for a string of commercial burglaries. 
The certificates were presented to Brentwood and Epping Forest Local Policing Team Sgt Paul Austin and Community Policing Team Sgt Lisa Cooke by Superintendent Andy Mariner. 
Following a spate of commercial burglaries in the Loughton area Sgt Cooke identified a vehicle index which, following inquiries, she suspected to be stolen. 
She was able to create an overnight operation with colleagues from the Road Policing Unit and, on the first night, the vehicle used in the commercial break-ins was located. It failed to stop and following a pursuit, the driver ran off and was found following a short search. 
The suspect was initially released on bail however inquiries revealed further evidence and Sgt Austin led a team in the further arrest of the man.
A 47-year-old man, from Harlow, was charged with 18 offences of commercial burglary in the local area.
He has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years. 
The certificates were awarded to recognise the officers' direction, supervision and co-ordination.

   

DISTRICT: MP supports Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

4.02pm - 2nd March 2017

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing met Birds of a Feather and Strictly Come Dancing star Lesley Joseph and comedienne Helen Lederer to help launch Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. 
More than 7,300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year in the UK, and 4,100 women dying - the equivalent to 11 women a day. 
The Eve Appeal is encouraging women across the UK to ‘Think Ovarian Cancer’ during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. 
Guests also heard from Alison Dagul, who has personal experience of both breast and ovarian cancer. She shared the story of her diagnosis and the need for women to be aware of the common symptoms associated with ovarian cancer as well as BRCA gene mutations. 
She was passed down the BRCA gene mutation by her elderly father, which increased her risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and subsequently was the likely cause of her diagnoses. 
Alison has also passed down the gene mutation to her daughter Gabby who has since had a double-mastectomy and will undergo a hysterectomy once she has completed her family. 
Alison said: “I always presumed, incorrectly, that the BRCA gene mutation was passed down the maternal side of the family, but can be passed down via the paternal side of the family too. It was this gene mutation which caused both my cancers. 
“I hope that prevention, risk-prediction and early diagnosis research will progress so that no one will have to endure the awful treatment I personally have had to experience, and which my family are witnessing.” 
The Eve Appeal chief executive, Athena Lamnisos, said: “Talking openly is a powerful tool. 
"It is our vision that through raising awareness and funding pioneering research we can begin to make a difference. "Ovarian cancer really is a disease that needs all the help it can get, as survival rates are low, treatment options are limited and diagnosis often comes too late. 
"The signs, symptoms and risk factors are too-little known, often stigmatised and not talked about enough and that is why it is so vital that we encourage women to speak openly about ovarian cancer during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. 
“March is a golden opportunity to emphasise the devastating nature of the disease and spread the message about the key signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. 
"So let’s all do something today that can change this. Let’s open up about ovarian cancer, both for women of today and for women in the future.” 
Make Time for Tea parties will be taking place throughout the UK during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in March to help raise vital funds and awareness for The Eve Appeal. 
Mrs Laing said: "I am delighted to give my support to Ovarian Cancer Month and would encourage people to do all they can to help raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to host a tea party to support the cause."
For a free fundraising pack visit www.eveappeal.org.uk/tea or ring 020 7605 0100.

   

#EEF999LIVE: EPPING: Armed raid on jewellers shop

2.50pm - 2nd March 2017

FOUR men armed with a sledgehammer and a baseball bat stole five watches and a diamond ring in a raid on Victoria Jewellers in Epping High Street. 
The men - two on a motorbike and two on a scooter, targeted the shop at about 11am today smashing the window. 
They rode off towards Harlow having grabbed a diamond ring, three Cartier watches and two Rolex watches. 
No-one was injured. 
All four suspects were described as slim and thought to be aged in their 20s. They were riding a black motorcycle and a black or grey Lambretta. 
The motorbike rider was about 6ft tall and wore blue jeans and a dark hooded jacket. 
The passenger wore black jogging bottoms with a grey stripe down the leg, a black or grey hooded top and a mask. 
The scooter rider wore a black jacket, grey and black jogging bottoms and a grey crash helmet. 
His pillion passenger wore a black hooded top, yellow gloves, blue trainers and a black bandana. Detectives want to speak to witnesses or anyone who captured footage or images of the incident and suspects on their phones. 
Anyone with information should ring Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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Everything Epping Forest launches #EEF999LIVE

7.57am - 2nd March 2017

Everything Epping Forest is launching a dedicated police and crime section - and social media hashtag - to highlight the work and crime-fighting successes of police officers across the Epping Forest district.
#EEF999LIVE will provide updates on ongoing incidents and highlight the work of the various policing sections. 
You can keep up-to-date with #EEF999LIVE news via the Everything Epping Forest website - www.everythingeppingforest.co.uk - and its social media pages, @eefnews on Twitter and its Facebook page and group. 
A special #EEF999LIVE Day will see Everything Epping Forest join front-line officers as they answer calls to incidents with as-it-happens social media updates. 
Throughout the day you will be able to put questions to officers via Everything Epping Forest's social media feeds. 
Temporary District Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford said: "We hope #EEF999LIVE will provide a special insight into the work of the police officers who patrol the streets of Epping Forest 24 hours a day and give people a chance to see what varied work our officers are involved with day in and day out. 
"We look forward to working with Everything Epping Forest and to be able to provide a real behind-the-scenes look at policing across the Epping Forest district."

* As well as keeping track of #EEF999LIVE on the Everything Epping Forest website, Twitter and Facebook you can receive the updates by email. 
To be added to the #EEF999LIVE circulation list email everythingeppingforest@gmail.com and state #EEF999LIVE. 
Your email address will not be forwarded to a third party and you can ask to be removed from the list at any time.

   

NORTH WEALD: Safety fears over homeless housing plan

4.51pm - 1st March 2017

VULNERABLE homeless people, possibly mental health patients, could be housed in metal storage container-type accommodation in North Weald, it has emerged. 
Staff at Norway House, where three of the 'pods' could be located, have voiced "strong concerns about the heightened risk to staff and other residents about increasing the number of occupants at Norway House with single vulnerable people", a council report reveals. 
In response, Epping Forest District Council has said that the six additional people who would be living on the site would not warrant a need to increase on-site staff however "to assist, support and protect Norway House staff when they or other residents feel at risk from residents, particularly out of normal office hours and when lone working, it is proposed that a private security company be appointed to provide security officers to attend Norway House on an ad-hoc basis when required". 
The district council is proposing - provided planning permission is granted - to put three of the modular units - to accommodate six "single vulnerable people' in one of the car parks at Norway House, the council's homeless hostel. 
The council report, which will be considered by the cabinet, gives a legal definition of "vulnerable people" and adds: "In reality, the vast majority of single vulnerable people are people with serious mental health problems - which can include schizophrenia, psychosis and bipolar disorder. 
If the £385,000 pilot scheme goes ahead and proves successful, the council says it will consider using the 'pods' elsewhere in the district. 
The council says such accommodation would cost less than traditional-built, permanent accommodation and the cost of placing homeless households in expensive bed and breakfast hotels. 
The cabinet report describes the 'pods' as the same size as shipping containers, of robust metal construction that can be painted in a range of colours and can be stacked with staircase access. 
They have thermal insulation and come fitted with carpets, blinds, internal fittings - there would be a shared kitchen - and white goods. 
North Weald district councillors Anne Grigg and Dave Stallan were made aware of the proposals ahead of the publication of the council report. 
The report states that Mr Stallan supports the proposal in principle saying it will help alleviate the current housing problem. 
Mrs Grigg has said that in light of the increasing need for temporary accommodation for homeless households she supports the proposals but does not find the exterior of the 'pods' visually attractive. 
North Weald Bassett Parish Council will discuss the proposals on Monday. 
Parish council clerk Sue de Luca told Everything Epping Forest: "Probably many people in North Weald are unaware of this proposal."

   

LOUGHTON: School rated 'outstanding'

1.32pm - 1st March 2017

DEBDEN Park High School has been rated as an 'Outstanding' school following an Ofsted inspection.
The school had an inspection in January when inspectors were overwhelmingly impressed by the school, its staff and students. 
The report states that “a culture of high aspirations and high expectation pervades this very popular school’s work”. 
The inspection team comprising two HMIs initially inspected the Willingale Road school for one day and at the end of the day converted their inspection to a full section 5 inspection, returning with four more inspectors for a second day to investigate whether the school was 'Outstanding'. 
The report states that “leaders at Debden Park High School have successfully established a school where high aspirations and excellence are the norm, and where pupils and staff enjoy coming to work.
"Outstanding teaching and the exceptional promotion of pupils’ personal development ensure that current pupils make substantial and sustained progress across a wide range of subjects including English and Maths. 
"This is reflected in the new Progress 8 score showing that pupils from Year 7 to the end of Year 11 made progress that is well above the national average in 2016. 
"The new sixth form is rapidly becoming popular and successful. 
"Throughout the school, pupils are very familiar with being challenged to do even better. Challenge is a word used naturally and frequently by pupils.” 
Head of School Helen Gascoyne said: “Debden Park High School is an exceptional school to lead and we are all thrilled with this judgement and the report. 
"We have an inspiring team of staff and students at the school who work tirelessly together to succeed. 
"Our staff are constantly looking for ways to challenge, motivate and inspire our students and work above and beyond with them.” 
Executive headteacher Christian Cavanagh said: “This judgement is well deserved by everyone associated with Debden Park High School. 
"Our results have consistently proved that our students achieve well above the national average. 
"The inspectors noted how the school had been on a long journey of improvement and we have now 'established a school where high aspirations and excellence are the norm, and where pupil and staff enjoy coming to work'. 
"We continue to go from strength to strength and this judgement secures our position as such a successful school.” 
The school celebrated with an all-day event, inviting an artist, photographer and filmmaker to celebrate the moment. 
Students wrote cards to summarise why they feel the school is outstanding and then experienced ‘the red carpet treatment’ with photographs and filming. 
Every student was given a badge and there was a buzz of excitement in the school throughout the day.
The images can be seen on the new school website which is updated daily. 
The full report can also be found on the school's website and on the Ofsted website.

   

THEYDON MOUNT: Crews tacking workshop blaze

9.47am - 1st March 2017

FIVE fire crews are tackling a large barn fire in Epping Road, Theydon Mount. 
The building is used as a vehicle workshop and propane cylinders and two fuel tanks are involved in the blaze. 
Crews from Epping, Loughton, Brentwood, Harlow and Hainault were called out at about 8.45am.

   

CHIGWELL: West Hatch appoints new headteacher

9.19am - 1st March 2017

THE current associate headteacher at West Hatch High School, Daniel Leonard, has been appointed the new headteacher and will take up his new role in September. 
Mr Leonard, who has been at the Chigwell school since September 2008, said: "I feel honoured to have been appointed by the governing body to be the next headteacher at West Hatch High School. 
"It is a very exciting time for the school and I look forward to building upon the successes under Mrs Howarth and supporting our students to have the greatest possible building blocks for a successful future." 
Current headteacher Frances Howarth announced her retirement just before Christmas and will leave West Hatch at the end of the summer term after 18 years in charge. 
Mrs Howarth said: "It has been an honour to have served the school and I wish West Hatch the very best in its next phase of development.
"Following three intensive days of interviews and tasks I'm delighted that Mr Leonard has been successful in securing the position as Head of West Hatch from September.
"This is excellent news for us all as he is not only very capable but 100 per cent committed to the school. He will do a tremendous job." 
Mrs Howarth added: "I have enjoyed my 18 years of Headship immensely and wish to thank all those parents who have entrusted us with their sons and daughters during what are their most important years to date.
"I also want to say thank you to our amazing pupils, our very hard-working and committed staff and very supportive governors and parents."

   

DISTRICT: Hotel option considered for Civic Offices site

9.17am - 1st March 2017

A DEVELOPMENT of shops and a hotel is among various options being considered as Epping Forest District Council considers the future of the Civic Offices site in Epping, Everything Epping Forest can reveal. 
Residential development could feature a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom townhouses, a report states. 
Four potential development options have been identified and appraised. 
Two involve the part relocation of the council's headquarters while retaining a presence on the current site or in Epping town centre. 
This could see the council maintaining core civic and customer-facing services at the current site while relocating other Civic Offices functions to new-build offices on another site, potentially North Weald Airfield, and co-locating housing staff intended for the new Housing Hub on the airfield in the new headquarters.
An alternative could be to rent office space in Epping town centre for civic and customer services with housing staff housed in the new offices. 
The other two options focus on optimising the use of the Civic Offices and a new Housing Hub, or the "full relocation" of the offices. 
The report states: "A hotel and residential development mix suggests slightly better financial return but the market for hotel use is untested and therefore higher risk." 
Documents, which will be presented to the next council cabinet meeting on March 9, state: "A mixed use scheme incorporating a hotel could generate a better return than a predominantly residential scheme but the demand for a hotel in the locality from visitors and operators currently is untested. 
"This should be explored further once visitor numbers are confirmed. 
"A budget chain hotel is likely to be more viable than an independent 'boutique'-style hotel based on market experience." 
Currently 472 workstations are provided for 449 staff based at the Civic Offices. 
Cabinet members are being recommended to support a modified version of the option which involves optimising the current office space to accommodate the majority of staff with the phased vacation of the older Condor Building, rear extension and 323 High Street building within five years with the aim of making part of the site available for residential and/or commercial use. 
Cabinet members could also give the go-ahead for a planning application to be submitted to provide a temporary housing repairs depot at and around the control tower (and including the first-floor meeting room) on North Weald Airfield. 
A redesign of the current reception area at the Civic Offices is proposed to create a centralised Customer Service Reception.