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LOUGHTON: School holds GCSE awards evening

9.56am - 26th November 2015

THE 2015 group of Year 11 students at Davenant Foundation School, Loughton, gathered with their parents, staff and governors to celebrate their achievements at this year's GCSE Awards Evening. 
Sharon Young enjoyed her last GCSE Awards Evening as Head of Year 11 having recently retired from the key role after 15 years. 
She said: "I was so proud of all the students this year. All speeches were excellent and demonstrated the humour and community spirit of this year group." 
Students received their certificates from headteacher Chris Seward. 
Many students were also presented with Subject Awards, Special Awards and Governors’ Prizes recognising a range of academic achievements, effort and extra-curricular activities. 
Among the prize winners were Grace Hyde who received the Maralyn Farrow Shield for her excellent work ethic and significant effort made throughout all areas of study during Year 11. 
Grace achieved above and beyond her target grades due to her attitude and determination. 
Angus Bailey received the 2012 Trophy for best demonstrating the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect as well as the Paralympic Values of courage, determination, equality, and inspiration. 
Meanwhile Governors’ Prizes were awarded to students with outstanding academic achievement.
Students who achieved nine or more A or A* grades in full GCSEs taken during Year 11 were Ruby Clarke, Jonathan Edwards, Mary Gare, Christy Gilbert, Edward Gokmen, Josanne Hicks, Hannah Huff, Lily Lee, Rachel Leong, Jonathan Liu Hong, Thomas Mansfield, Francesca Nash, Zanetta Ogunsanlu, Eleanor Smith, Louis Smith, Megan Thomas, Lewis Wait and Henry Warnock. 
The audience was entertained with stunning musical performances by Hannah Huff and Olivia Collins while Rachel Leong and Florentia Stassi provided a modern medley during the musical interlude. 
Other highlights of the evening included entertaining speeches from students who shared their stories and school experiences from Year 7 through to results day and to the new chapters of their lives.
Headteacher Chris Seward congratulated the students and spoke about the value of education. 
He said: "I referred to a group of Nigerian visitors from a Christian organisation called Open Doors who, earlier in the day, had met the sixth form and told them of life in the north of the country where schools are being destroyed and many children are killed or kidnapped. 
"That should make us realise never to take education for granted and to remind us to make the most of every opportunity that we are given."


WALTHAM ABBEY: Students get reading buzz

9.14am - 26th November 2015

STUDENTS at King Harold Academy have received their chosen books after the school signed up to Bookbuzz - the national reading programme aimed at encouraging reading for pleasure, independent choice and a whole reading and writing culture. 
The scheme, run by Book Trust, means Year 7 and 8 students could choose a free book from a selection of titles. 
Nicola Reece, Head of Literacy, said:: "We are pleased to say these books have arrived and all pupils have now received a copy of their chosen book. 
"These books are a fantastic opportunity to engage pupils in reading, which will ultimately help to develop and improve their progress across the school.
"Pupils have been asking about these books since we ordered them and their enthusiasm is amazing.
"We are so pleased with their response and hope this helps to feed and develop their enthusiasm for reading."


WALTHAM ABBEY: School carol service date

9.12am - 26th November 2015

KING Harold Academy is holding its Christmas Carol Service at the Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey, on Monday, December 7. 
Students will be performing popular Christmas carols and songs. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Entry is free and there will be refreshments available for a small donation.


DISTRICT: Firewalk raises over £12,000 for hospice

9.10am - 25th November 2015

FORTY brave soles helped raise over £12,000 by conquering the coals at the St Clare Firewalk. 
The group, which included ten members of hospice staff, walked barefoot over red-hot wood embers smouldering at about 800 degrees Fahrenheit for the Hastingwood-based charity. 
Challenge events fundraiser Jade Clarke said: “Despite it being a damp November evening, it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits and it was great to see so many people fired up for our Firewalk challenge. 
“To watch people who had said earlier in the evening that they weren’t sure they could do it take their first steps onto the coals was really inspiring, with some people even choosing to walk across the fire pit twice! 
“We are absolutely thrilled to have raised such an incredible amount for the hospice and to have more than doubled our original £5,000 target. 
"We are so pleased to be able to say the event exceeded all expectations and has been such a blistering success that we are planning a second Firewalk in April.”


LOUGHTON: Funding boost for memory cafe

5.41pm - 24th November 2015

A MONTHLY memory café hosted by the Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell has received £1,000 from the Haslers Foundation, an in-house charity set up by the Loughton accountants.
The money will support the café so it can continue to provide free services at its regular meetings at the Loughton Club in Station Road, Loughton. 
People with varying forms of memory loss and their carers regularly attend the café for refreshments, entertainment, informal chats, signing and bingo. 
The next meeting is on Friday, December 11. 
Haslers Foundation chairman Jon O’Shea said: “Conditions such as dementia have brought the issue of memory loss to light in recent years and the Rotary club’s memory café provides a vital service to those suffering from a wide range of conditions. 
“Everyone at Haslers is immensely proud to be supporting this cause and we hope the money will go a long way to securing its future.” 
The Haslers Foundation has given over £70,000 to charity since it was established in 2008, including various national and local causes such as Haven Hospice, Teenage Cancer Trust, Macmillan Cancer support and Oak View School, Loughton.


LOUGHTON: BBC presenter visits students

7.35am - 24th November 2015

BBC presenter Justin Webb visited Davenant Foundation School, Loughton, to speak to a group of Sixth Form students.
 The Radio 4 Today programme presenter has worked in Washington, Brussels and Moscow as well as in war zones in Bosnia and the Middle East. 
He spoke about his life in journalism and recounted interviews with top politicians including Barrack Obama. 
He answered questions about British and American politics, the life of a BBC presenter and trends in news broadcasting - especially the growth of social media. 
Students who are interested in journalism were particularly encouraged by Mr Webb. 
He told them that a career in news gathering was exciting and rewarded those who enjoy ascertaining the truth and in using language skilfully and precisely. 
Student Tim Adams, who is editor of the school's Sixth Form newspaper, said he found talking to Justin Webb “interesting and inspiring” not least when the broadcaster showed interest in the newspaper and gave advice about how to develop experience while at school and university. 
Headteacher Chris Seward said: “It was a great opportunity to listen to a broadcaster from one of the most listened to programmes on radio. 
"Students learned from his insights and encouragement."



ONGAR: Council seeks families over grave rights

4.56pm - 23rd November 2015

ONGAR Town Cemetery has been owned and managed by Ongar Town Council since it was opened in 1865. 
The Exclusive Right of Burials were purchased by relatives in perpetuity when the cemetery first opened. This allowed relatives the right to keep the grave within their family and to be assured that no other burial would take place without their consent.
It also provided them with the right to place a memorial on the grave. In 1962 this was changed to allow the Exclusive Right for 50 years only. 
Graves purchased in 1963 had this Right expire in 2013 and although the Exclusive Right ceased, relatives can renew the Right for a further 25 years.

The council is looking for the relatives of the following individuals: 

* Henrietta Louise Morgan
* Leonard James Morgan 
* Isabel Choat
* Amber Choat 
* Joseph Burgess 
* Charlotte Lilian Burgess 
* Clifford Leon Lloyd 
* Pauline Timms 
* George Timms 
* James Dearman 
* Minnie Grace Dearman 
* Ephraim Ransome 
* Amelia Jane Bird Ransome.

Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst is urging relatives to come forward. 
She said: “I would encourage families to contact the council. Having an owner that the council can contact is essential to administer the cemetery accurately and gives the relatives peace of mind by ensuring that these graves are properly looked after.
"If relatives have not come forward within six months of this notice the grave will be deemed to be abandoned and the council will have the right to make safe (lay flat) or remove unstable memorials.”
If you are, or know of, a relative of these persons and would like to renew the Exclusive Right, or just want more information regarding this, contact Deputy Clerk Judith Farr on 01277 365348 or email deputyclerk@ongartowncouncil.gov.uk


WALTHAM ABBEY: Celebrities turn out for charity's Christmas party

4.28pm - 22nd November 2015

A HOST of celebrities joined some 80 children for The Dream Factory charity's Christmas party at the Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel. 
Guests were greeted by Star Wars 'Stormtroopers' before heading into the party which featured entertainment - including face painting, a photo shoot, gingerbread man making and guest appearances.
Among those joining in the festive fun were EastEnders star Gillian Taylforth, paralympian Anne Wafula Strike, actor and comedian Terry Alderton (The Dream Factory patron), X-Factor's Lydia Lucy, TV presenter Lisa Nash, world boxing champion Colin McMillan (The Dream Factory patron), Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Michael Chapman, Marco the Clown - and Father Christmas! 
Everything associated with the event - from the room hire and food and drink (provided free of charge by the Marriott) to Christmas gifts for the children - was donated by supporters of The Dream Factory. 
The Dream Factory founder Avril Mills said: "This party brings all the 'dream famillies' together and they all get to make friends. 
"Thank you to all the volunteers, businesses and staff at the Marriott Hotel for helping to make the party such a wonderful occasion."

For a slideshow of pictures CLICK HERE


EPPING: Battlefields talk

10.21am - 22nd November 2015

A TALK on wartime battlefields was given to the last monthly meeting of the Probus Club of Epping.
Graeme Cooper, of Corporate Battlefields Ltd, arranges conducted tours of First World War and Second World War battlefields, and others including Waterloo and Salamanca. 
The club's next meeting is the ladies Christmas lunch at Lindsey Street Community Association, Frampton Road, Epping, on Wednesday, December 16. 
For more about the club, ring secretary Hilary Dodd on 01992 560381.


DISTRICT: Council leaders' concerns over health 'exclusion'

10.19am - 22nd November 2015

THE leaders of four local councils have voiced concern that the decision to exclude Princess Alexandra Hospital and west Essex from the Essex-wide improvement regime puts innovative local future plans to achieve a sustainable hospital and the local health system serving their communities at risk.
This comes as the Care Quality Commission published its report on HPrincess Alexandra Hospital highlighting the same key concerns that the Success Regime has been set up to address - capacity issues, pressure on hospital beds and staff shortages. 
The council leaders - Jon Clempner (Harlow), Linda Haysey (East Herts), Chris Whitbread (Epping Forest) and Howard Rolfe (Uttlesford) - said: “Staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital are doing an incredible job in very difficult circumstances and it was encouraging to see the CQC’s praise for the exceptionally caring staff who are prepared to go the extra mile. 
"However, it is very concerning that NHS England, Monitor and the Trust Development Agency last week decided to cut the hospital and West Essex out of its intended package of support for the county under the ‘Success Regime’.
“While we recognise there is more to be done locally, the issues at Princess Alexandra Hospital are not unique to it - they are issues that need a strategic solution. 
"Addressing staff and capacity issues and moving forward with the service transformation work already commenced in west Essex could and should be included in the Success Regime. 
“We urge NHS England to reconsider West Essex’s exclusion from the Success Regime, so that long-term solutions can be identified to the challenges being faced by the health system in west Essex and Princess Alexandra Hospital. 
"It is vital that the communities we serve have access to sustainable and appropriate health services to meet their needs.”


CHIGWELL: Students take part in Reality Roadshow

9.42am - 22nd November 2015

YEAR 9 students at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, took part in a Reality Roadshow. 
The roadshow featured six sessions across a day as well as a thought-provoking drama piece which got students thinking about the importance of the issues they were going to be learning. 
Sessions highlighted healthy relationships, sexual health, substance misuse (including a focus on legal highs), alcohol awareness and a session by the London Ambulance Service on knife, gun and gang crime. 
Louise Hiscott, co-ordinator of PSEC Drop Down Days, said: "During these sessions students saw and understood the devastating effects that can occur so easily when knives or guns are involved. 
"Students were really engaged in the sessions which covered topics that are not on the curriculum but are vitally important. 
"We believe students need information on these topics to gain understanding and help them to make responsible choices in their lives." 
West Hatch High School holds similar styled days for every year group across the academic year.


DISTRICT: Hospice's Light Up A Life services

8.43am - 22nd November 2015

ST Clare Hospice is holding nine Light up a Life services this Christmas.
Light up a Life gives everyone, whether they have a personal connection with St Clare or not, a special way to remember those we will be missing over the festive period and honour their memory in a personal way.
Two events are being held at the hospice at Hastingwood along with seven other services across the St Clare catchment area. 
The hospice services, on December 9 (7pm) and December 12 (4pm), will include readings and music, with the highlight being the lighting of the tree, with each light representing the life and memory of someone dear. 
The other local services are: 
Saturday, November 28 - Methodist Church, Loughton (4.30pm meet at Loughton Methodist Church for torch-lit procession to Kings Green) 
Thursday, November 3 - Waltham Abbey Church (7pm) 
Saturday, December 5 - St John’s Church, Epping (5.30pm) 
Saturday, December 5 - St James’s Church, Buckhurst Hill (6pm) 
Thursday, December 10 - St Martin’s Church, Ongar (4pm) 
Additional services will be held at St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden, and Harlow Jewish Centre early in the New Year. 
For more details visit http://stclarehospice.org.uk/get-involved/lightupalife/


DISTRICT: Chance to speak on waste and recycling contract

10.27am - 21st November 2015

RESIDENTS are invited to take part in a review of the new domestic waste and recycling contract let by Epping Forest District Council. 
Residents can ask questions to councillors, council staff, consultants and Biffa managers involved in the implementation of the new waste contract at a meeting of the Neighbourhoods and Communities Select Committee in the council chamber at the Civic Offices, Epping, at 7pm on Thursday, December 17. 
The council is asking for written questions in advance. These will be categorised. 
Questions from each category will be drawn at random to avoid repetition and the questioners will be invited to ask their questions in person. 
Every question will be responded to and the answers posted on the council website. 
The council is asking for questions about the service rather than specific failed collections as the purpose of this meeting is to improve on the systems already in place. 
The meeting will be divided into three sections: 
* Consultant Len Attrill, from White Young and Green, will field questions relating to procurement
* Biffa managing director Roger Edwards will answer questions relating to the first six months of the contract 
* Environment portfolio holder Will Breare-Hall and Director of Neighbourhoods Derek MacNab will answer questions regarding the revised four-day week service.


LOUGHTON: New plaque to commemorate four servicemen

10.25am - 21st November 2015

A BRONZE plaque bearing the names of four servicemen from Loughton not currently recognised on the town's war memorial is to be dedicated on Tuesday. 
A ceremony, organised by Loughton Town Council and starting at 11am, will be led by Rev'd Hugh Taylor, from St Mary’s Church, with the first of many oppy wreaths to be laid by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre.
The plaque will commemorate Harold J Bassingthwaighte, aged 29, Warrant Officer Class II, Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment); G F Russell Cooke, aged 20, Pilot Officer, Squadron 156 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve; Charles G Howe, aged 35, Able Seaman, Royal Navy S.S. Peleus; and Harold J Martin: Second Lieutenant, aged 22,, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, seconded to the Reconnaissance.
Family members of the four servicemen will be attending the ceremony together with representatives from the service associations. 
Members of the public are welcome to attend.
The plaque is part of an ongoing project by Loughton Town Council to mark the important anniversaries of both world wars.


NORTH WEALD: Airfield market cancelled

10.23am - 21st November 2015

THE North Weald Airfield Market has been cancelled today (Saturday) due to adverse weather conditions which were forecast by the Met Office. 
Epping Forest District Council, which owns the airfield, said the market had been called off as the anticipated very strong winds could cause safety issues for the traders and customers. 
Airfield manager Darren Goodey said: “I don’t like taking such a decision but the safety of the market traders and customers must come first. 
"I anticipate that next week’s market will go ahead as normal. We will be keeping a close eye on the weather.”


LOUGHTON: School holds Sixth Form open evening

6.16pm - 20th November 2015

HUNDREDS of parents and prospective Sixth Form students visited Debden Park High School to find out more about the courses available from next September - and to hear about the planned new Sixth Form building.
Executive headteacher Christian Cavanagh announced that the building project was progressing with the new-build set to be ready in plenty of time for the start of the next academic year next September. 
The audience also heard from Sixth Form students Zoe Earwicker and Sam Latchford and Director of Sixth Form Sharon Palmer before they could tour the school and meet Sixth Form students and teachers.
Displays were manned throughout the school as Sixth Form students acted as guides and were on hand to answer questions from visitors. 
Sharon Palmer said: "We had a great evening showing prospective Year 12 students and their parents what Debden Park Sixth Form has to offer. 
"We're immensely proud of our new Sixth Form and were very pleased with the positive feedback we received."



ONGAR: Christmas comes early for club members

5.43pm - 20th November 2015

CHRISTMAS came early for members of the Ongar Club for the Handicapped when they enjoyed a festive tea party. 
The gathering at St James Hall, Marden Ash, was the club's last usual meeting of the year. 
A special Christmas cake was made by local caterer June Giles. 
Some 30-plus members also enjoyed sandwiches and cakes. 
In early December the club is holding its Christmas lunch at the Room in the Rodings, Beauchamp Roding.

(left to right) Vera Pettit, Rose Bush, Vi Buxton, club secretary Jill Hope and Gavin King CLICK HERE


LOUGHTON: Children take part in Anti-Bullying Week

5.08pm - 20th November 2015

CHILDREN at Hereward Primary School, Loughton, have taken part in national 'Anti-Bullying Week'. 
The theme this year was 'Make a noise about bullying!' 
As part of the planned activities, the children have been learning what bullying is and the importance of utilising different strategies. 
A highlight of the week was a visit from Seb Ventura, from Debden Park High School, who conducted drama workshops with Year 5 and 6 children to help them further understand how to deal with bullying issues. 
The school's Anti-Bullying Co-ordinator, Scott Buckland, said: "It is important to highlight the serious issues related to bullying and particularly with those to do with online and cyber bullying. 
"We aim to equip our children with the skills to make the right decisions and to ask for help when they need it."



WOODFORD GREEN: Children study Roman history

4.38pm - 20th November 2015

YEAR 3 children at Avon House Preparatory School, Woodford Green, have been studying the Romans. 
As part of their work, they were visited by 'Crew' to help them extend their knowledge as they took part in a re-enactment of the battle with Queen Boudicca. 
Headteacher Amanda Campbell said: "The children dressed up as different people such as a Roman soldier, Queen Boudicca, slaves, Julius Caesar and the Celtic army. 
"They also held and smelled various Roman replicas. 
"Everyone had great fun and the children furthered their learning."



ONGAR: By-election costs council £2,016

10.39am - 20th November 2015

THE Ongar Town Council by-election held in October cost the town council £2,016.34. 
The election for the Chipping Ongar ward - won by Ongar Residents Association candidate Derek Birch - was held following the resignation of councillor Lynn Hughes. 
The result meant Ongar Residents Association increased its majority - with a ninth councillor - on the 15-member council.


ONGAR: Council votes against funding PCSO

10.27am - 20th November 2015

ONGAR Town Council has voted against funding a PCSO at an annual cost of £36,000 because there is no guarantee that the officer will always be based in the town. 
Council chairman Jim Browning raised the issue saying he had been contacted by a resident who had put a "reasonable case" for the matter to be considered. 
Councillor Peter Gode said: "It's a large portion of money and we will have no direction over the PCSO whatsoever. The town council will not be able to say what that officer did." 
Councillor Sheila Jackman proposed that the cost was not met because of the financial implications on the council and because the officer's presence could not be guaranteed.
Councillor John Reynolds said: "The only way forward is to lobby your MP. The police budget is capped. It's a fact of life. There's nothing that can be done other than lobby your Member of Parliament." 
Ongar resident Arthur Moody, speaking in the public session at the start of last night's meeting, was against the move saying it would cost each household £7 a year on their council tax. 
"We will have no control over this individual. They will be based in Loughton as our own police station is being closed and will form part of the whole area team. 
"I don't believe there is any point in spending this money in Ongar. The sergeant on duty at Loughton will decide what that person does. They could also be called away from Ongar. 
"The amount of time we will get out of it is very limited. It doesn't seem to be a viable option." 
The number of PCSOs across Essex is being cut from 250 to 60 as part of the recently announced police cuts which include the sale of Epping and Ongar police stations and the closure of the front desk at Loughton with the police station to remain an operational base for officers.


LOUGHTON: Children mark Armistice Day

7.25am - 20th November 2015

CHILDREN at Thomas Willingale School and Nursery, Loughton, came together for a two-minute silence for Armistice Day. 
The children had learnt of the importance of the day and had the opportunity to buy poppies to show their support for all current and former British military personnel.
Every class, from Nursery to Year 6, made their own tributes which were presented together as the children reflected.



ONGAR: Televisions and gas canisters found on litter pick

9.28am - 19th November 2015

TELEVISIONS, planters, gas canisters and an office chair were among the items found when Ongar Town Council held its latest litter pick. 
The latest litter pick saw volunteers meet at Jubilee Park, Love Lane, before concentrating their efforts on the northern - Shelley - end of the town.
In addition to the large items collected, the volunteers also amassed ten bags of rubbish and six bags of recyclable items. 
The council said it was particularly distressing to find builders' rubble, including roof felt, dumped in the community orchard off St Peter’s Avenue. 
Ongar Town Council chairman Jim Browning said: “We wanted to show the community that dropping litter is not acceptable. 
"It was much worse than I had thought and I was surprised and dismayed by the collection of things that we found while walking the streets. 
"The clean-up will show others that we care about the future of our local environment and that we are not prepared to live in an area that is blighted by rubbish. 
"Working together like this creates a sense of community.” 

(left to right) volunteer Alan Brett, councillor Peter Gode, Kay Gode and councillors Alison Wingfield, Janice Rushton, Andrew Kaye and Jim Browning with some of the rubbish collected CLICK HERE


CHIGWELL: Pre-Prep children support charity

8.42am - 19th November 2015

CHIGWELL School Pre-Prep children and staff took part in a mini-marathon run to support Cancer Research UK, one of the school's chosen charities. 
Chigwell School Development Manager Gill Punt said: "There was a great deal of enthusiasm as well as a considerable amount of loud cheering during the energetic and enjoyable mini-marathon. 
"They walked, jogged and ran along a route through the school’s grounds. 
"Pupils also wanted to show their support for the 100 or so staff, parents and Old Chigwellians who recently took part in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. 
"They were delighted with the running workshop which preceded the event and especially pleased with their medals!" 
Their efforts raised about £200 for the charity.



CHIGWELL: School team raises over £90,000 for cancer charity

12.35pm - 18th November 2015

THE Chigwell School team which took part in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon for Cancer Research UK raised over £90,000.
It takes the total raised by the school for the charity from two events to over £135,000. 
More than 100 parents, staff and Old Chigwellians joined the 16,000 runners who took part in the 13.1-mile event through Central London, taking in the sites of the capital and the Royal Parks. 
Starting and finishing in Hyde Park, the race took a scenic route past Green Park, St James Park, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. 
Chigwell School development manager Gill Punt, who put together the team, said: “This is a truly astonishing amount of money for Cancer Research UK. 
"CRUK receives no government funding for its research so its life-saving work relies on money from people like us to help the charity discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. 
"Many of us in our Chigwell community have been touched by this dreadful disease and this is one way of helping beat cancer sooner. 
"The adventurous team rose to the challenge magnificently with all completing the race in the glorious sunshine. Aching legs but beaming smiles were the order of the day.” 
A spokesman for CRUK has said the charity was "totally overwhelmed" by the amount raised by the school and added that Chigwell is a shining example of what can be achieved through sport and fundraising.


CHIGWELL: Man sought after police officer assaulted and police car with police dog inside was taken

1.01pm - 17th November 2015

POLICE have named a man they want to question after a police officer was assaulted and his car, with a police dog in the back, was taken.
Tony Turner, 35, is a suspect in an incident which happened on Saturday, October 31, in Pudding Lane Chigwell, during which an Essex Police dog handler was attacked. 
Turner, whose last known address is Vincent Road, Dagenham, is also known to frequent the areas of Romford, Barkingside and Broadstairs in Kent as well as towns on the south Essex border. 
Police say the officer had attended at the scene of a one vehicle road traffic collision involving a grey BMW and was carrying out a roadside breath test when he was assaulted. 
The suspect then drove off in the police car with a police dog in the back. 
The officer reported the assault and the vehicle was quickly located, abandoned, a few miles away in the Metropolitan Police area in Romford and recovered. Nothing had been stolen and the dog was unharmed.
The officer suffered minor injuries and received hospital treatment before being discharged. 
Chief Superintendent Sean O’Callaghan said: "This was a nasty assault on a police officer carrying out his duties to keep the people of Essex safe. We urgently need to find Tony Turner and speak with him. 
"He is not someone that we would advise members of the public to approach. 
"If anyone knows where he is or sees him they should call Essex Police on 999 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” 
Turner is 5ft 7in tall, of proportionate build, with short dark brown hair. He has a tattoo of the name Kirsten on his left arm. 
A 28-year-old man from Swanley, Kent, has been arrested in connection with the investigation. He was taken to Harlow Police Station for questioning before being released on police bail pending further enquiries.


ONGAR: Live music at Jubilee Pavilion

12.49pm - 17th November 2015

AN evening of music is being held at the Jubilee Pavilion, Love Lane, Ongar, on Friday (November 20).
Local musician Paul Rocks will be playing a variety of different types of music. 
The evening starts at 8pm.
Jubilee Park manager Angus McKenzie said: "This is one of a number of events being held at the Jubilee Pavilion for everyone in Ongar to enjoy." 
Admission is free.


BUCKHURST HILL: Parish council keen to fund PCSO

8.57am - 17th November 2015

BUCKHURST Hill Parish Council is keen to recruit a Police Community Support Officer for the parish after it emerged that 190 PCSO posts across Essex are to be lost. 
Parish council chairman Aniket Patel told last night's Epping Forest District Council local councils' liaison committee that the parish council had raised the issue with police last year but had not received a favourable response.
Now that so many posts are to go, the parish council wants to enter talks with Essex Police about funding a Buckhurst Hill PCSO. 
Mr Patel said: "We still want to recruit our own PCSO for our parish deployed for the parish. We are very committed to take this forward. Instead of making them redundant we will take them (one PCSO) on."
Mr Alston, who said the number of PCSOs across Essex was being cut from 250 to 60, said the Chief Constable, Stephen Kavanagh, was "entirely open" to parish councils funding their own PCSO. 
He highlighted Frinton and Walton which was funding six officers. 
"The Chief Constable is very clear that that option remains open," Mr Alston said. 
District Commander Chief Inspector Denise Morrissey said she was "more than happy to have that conversation with the parish council".


DISTRICT: Police and Crime Commissioner defends Remembrance parade withdrawal

8.56am - 17th November 2015

THE Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex has defended the decision of police to withdraw from covering Remembrance Sunday parades. 
Nick Alston told last night's Epping Forest District Council local councils' liaison committee that it was only in Hadleigh and Epping Forest where issues had arisen with some 90 parades still taking place across Essex.
Loughton Residents Association councillor Ken Angold-Stephens asked Mr Alston whether he agreed that the matter had been handled badly by police and that the force's reputation had been damaged as a result. 
Mr Alston said: "Of course the police do realise everyone is under the same (financial) pressure. It would have been better if there had been a few weeks extra notice (that a police presence was to be withdrawn)."
He added: "I don't think it was badly handled by the police - the timing was not ideal." 
Mr Alston added that he would be meeting with local councils and the Royal British Legion to discuss next year's Remembrance parades. 
"There is a new reality about resourcing and that isn't going to change," he said.."


DISTRICT: Council keen on having police office

8.54am - 17th November 2015

EPPING Forest District Council is keen to speak to police about establishing a community base for officers when Epping and Loughton police stations close. 
As part of police cuts, Epping Police Station is set to be sold while Loughton Police Station's front counter will be closed to the public with the building used as an operational base for officers.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex Nick Alston told last night's Epping Forest District Council local councils' liaison committee that public use of Epping and Loughton police stations was "really very small" with only 380 people visiting the two stations in January and July this year with only about 30 of the visits crime related. 
District council leader Chris Whitbread raised the issue saying a police presence in a building was required in the district after the stations close. 
Mr Alston said the police cutbacks would involve a reduction in the number of front counters across Essex from 25 to ten. 
Mr Whitbread said: "The door is open and we want to be talking and we want to be talking early. It's so important to our local people."


LOUGHTON: School netball team lands kit sponsorship deal

5.28pm - 16th November 2015

FOR the first time in the school's history, the under-16 girls netball team at Debden Park High School, Loughton, has landed itself a sponsorship deal with a local company with the girls praised for their dedication to the game. 
The team made up of 12 Year 10 and Year 11 students normally wear their PE kit for matches and tournaments but have been given sponsorship money for a new kit of netball dresses in a professional netballer style. 
Donna Barker, director at Gillard & Sons, said: “As we are soon approaching 30 years of building in the local area we had been thinking about how we could mark this by possibly supporting or sponsoring a local school or college. 
"We then heard about Debden Park High School's netball team and the hard work and dedication they have put in to their training, and what great things they have achieved so far. 
"Whilst the opportunity to sponsor the team for this season presented itself a little sooner than planned we really wanted to help. 
"The girls have shown so much determination, drive and promise for the future. They won the West Essex District League last year and are already doing brilliantly this season. 
"At a time when a lot of youngsters spend most of their free time immersed in technology, we think the girls should be applauded and supported for committing their spare time and energy to the team, and a great sport." 
She added: "Gillard is thrilled that our support means the girls now have new netball uniforms, and hope it is another step forward for them along the road to even greater success.” 
The school's Head of PE, Jen Perry, said: “We are delighted to have a sponsor for the very first time at Debden Park High School. 
"Gillard & Sons have given our under-16 netball team a fantastic new kit of netball dresses which allow us to look a little more professional on the court. 
"I am so proud of the team for their talent in netball, their dedication to training after school, and to helping out coaching and officiating the younger netball teams, as well as competing in tournaments at weekends. 
"The team love their new dresses and we thank Gillard & Sons. We will be proudly wearing our kit in upcoming matches.”

The Under-16 netball team in their sponsored kit CLICK HERE

The Under-16 netball team in their sponsored kit with Donna Barker, director at Gillard & Sons, and Debden Park High School's Head of PE Jen Perry CLICK HERE

Under-16 netball captain Phoebe Evans-Khan in the new sponsored kit, with Donna Barker, director at Gillard & Sons CLICK HERE and HERE


EPPING: MP presents school awards

8.54am - 16th November 2015

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing presented the prizes at Epping St John's School's GCSE presentation evening. 
Mrs Laing said the event was a celebration of the progress the school has made in recent years.
Newly-retired headteacher George Yerosimou returned for the evening to celebrate with the students who had achieved excellent results in their GCSEs. They all paid tribute to him and thanked him for his leadership throughout their education. 
Mrs Laing said: "Sadly the loss of school governor Mike Rigelsford was keenly felt. He did so much for St John's and it was poignant that his funeral was to be held the following day." 
Mrs Laing highlighted that she had first presented a GCSE certificate to Ben Murphy, 15 years ago - and now he is Chairman of Governors at the school. 
"A great example to all students at St. John's," she said. 
Mrs Laing added: "I was delighted to present the certificates and prizes to the students at Epping St John's and to celebrate with them their great results. 
"They have done very well and I am proud of their achievements and of their plans for the future. 
"It is great to see the new school building in full operation - what a great place to work and to study. 
"I am also very pleased to see that so many students are staying at Epping St John's for the Sixth Form. I know they will do well."


LOUGHTON: School holding Christmas fete

3.55pm - 15th November 2015

HEREWARD Primary School will be holding its annual Christmas Fete at the school in Colebrook Lane, Loughton, between noon and 3pm on Saturday, December 5. 
The event is being sponsored by Loughton-based Keystones Property. 
There will be fun and games for all the family with a Christmas Market selling festive food and drinks, as well as homemade crafts. 
There will also be a Santa’s Grotto (£3 admission). Admission to the fete is £1 for adults (children free). All the money raised will go direct to the school to help fund equipment for the children. 
Keystones company director Scott Jay, said: "We have always wanted to help in some way with our local community and the opportunity of sponsoring the Hereward Primary School Christmas Fete does that. 
"I am sure it will be a great day for the kids and parents. One of our staff members is a parent of the school as well which is always a bonus.”


EPPING: Two men assaulted in High Street

3.29pm - 15th November 2015

ONE man remains in hospital with a head injury after two men were assaulted in Epping.
Police were contacted shortly after 3.30am today with reports of a disturbance in the High Street. 
Police and the ambulance service attended. 
Two men, both aged 24 and from Bristol, were taken to hospital. 
One man suffered a head injury, and remains in hospital. The other man suffered a fractured jaw and is recovering at home. 
Enquiries are ongoing and witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


DISTRICT: Roding Valley High School takes debating honours

10.40pm - 13th November 2015

RODING Valley High School has won this year's Epping Forest Schools Parliamentary Debating Competition organised by Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing. 
Eight schools took part this year with the schools discussing the Motion: "This House believes that it would be in Britain's best interests to remain within the European Union". 
A split vote was recorded when the Motion was put to the audience at Davenant Foundation School, Loughton, this evening.
The winning Roding Valley High School team of Doncho Atanassov and Matthew Tinker had spoken against the Motion. 
Matthew said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have won. It's amazing to have won the debate on behalf of the school. I would like to thank all the school's research team who helped us secure this victory."
Roding Valley High School headteacher James Luck said "I was so impressed with the overall standard of debating which makes the efforts of Doncho and Matthew all the more impressive. 
"They put a huge amount of work into this and were ably supported by their research team of students and staff. A real team effort. Congratulations to all."
The runners-up were Aliyah Akram and Faye Dennis from Braeside School, Buckhurst Hill (who spoke against the Motion), with the King Harold Academy team of Lisa Nakimuli and Adam Freeman (who spoke for the Motion) receiving a Highly Commended prize. 
Also taking part were Davenant Foundation School, Epping St John's School, Debden Park High School, Chigwell School and West Hatch High School. 
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing said: "I was extremely impressed by the exceptionally high standard of the debate. 
"The arguments were intelligent and well-constructed. "I am always pleased when it is a lively debate."



EPPING: Light curtain switch-on at Christmas market

3.38pm - 13th November 2015

THE annual Christmas market organised by Epping Town Council will come to life at noon on Friday, December 4. 
There will be more than 50 stalls selling a variety of festive merchandise and refreshments while entertainment will include singing, the Epping Forest Band, a swing band and magician. 
The fun will go on until 8pm. Friday, December 4, is also the first day of the Christmas Tree Festival at St John's Church which opens at 1pm. 
The tree festival then continues until Monday, December 7. 
Interim town clerk Beverley Rumsey said: "Epping Town Council has had a light curtain made for the St John’s Church tower to make Epping look extra magical this Christmas. 
"The light curtain will be switched on at 4.50pm on Friday, December 4, during the market and tree festival so don’t miss it! The town's Christmas lights will also be switched on that day." 
She added: "There will be something for everyone at the Christmas Market with stalls, entertainment, music and magic. 
"The town will be lit up, so do come along and join in the festivities."


LOUGHTON: Police appeal over 'fail to stop' collision

2.55pm - 13th November 2015

A WOMAN was thrown from her bicycle in a collision with a van in Loughton. 
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision which involved the woman cyclist and a van where the van driver failed to stop. 
The collision happened on the High Road near to the junction with Manor Road at about 6.40am on Wednesday, November 4. Details have only just been released by police. 
The van driver stopped at the scene and made a phone call but then left without leaving his details, police say. The cyclist, a 64-year-old woman, was taken to hospital with minor injuries. 
The van is thought to be a white Ford Transit and is described as having an open back. 
Any witnesses or anyone with any information about the van driver should ring PC Dean Parnham at Loughton Police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


LOUGHTON: Cap-wearing children support cancer charity

2.27pm - 13th November 2015

HEREWARD Primary School has held a fundraising day for the charity CLIC-Sargent which supports children with cancer in the UK. 
The children spent the day wearing their favourite cap and made a donation to the very worthwhile cause.
Headteacher Matt Woolard said: "This is a charity very dear to our hearts. We want to raise awareness of the difficulties children with serious illnesses have and at the same time help raise money for such a worthwhile cause."



CHIGWELL: Record turnout at sixth form open evening

11.18am - 13th November 2015

HUNDREDS of parents and prospective students toured West Hatch High School and heard about its successes at the annual Sixth Form open evening. 
Talks were given by headteacher Frances Howarth, assistant headteacher Victoria Schaefer, Head of Sixth Form Anjala Sharma, Head Boy Sharaf Shiekha and Head Girl Gemma Curtiss. 
Visitors could tour the school, including the Sixth Form Centre, and see displays in various departments.
There were also performances of dance and drama in the Drama Centre. 
Headteacher Frances Howarth said: "We were overwhelmed by the record numbers attending and the interest shown in our school. 
"From the feedback collected parents were very impressed by our students' enthusiasm for their courses and their enjoyment of the whole Sixth Form experience. 
"We look forward to welcoming our new entrants in the autumn.” 
For application details visit the Sixth Form section on the West Hatch High School website

A slideshow of pictures from the evening can be viewed HERE


LOUGHTON: Interpretation board unveiled

4.06pm - 12th November 2015

AN interpretation board which identifies landmarks on the Loughton and London skyline has been unveiled at Pump Hill Green, York Hill. 
The board, funded by Loughton Town Council and a grant from Essex County Council's Community Initiatives Fund, was unveiled by Loughton mayor Judy Jennings and Essex County Council chairman Norman Hume. 
Councillors, Epping Forest Verderer Richard Morris and local residents were among those attending this morning's ceremony. 
Landmarks including the Olympic Stadium and Canary Wharf are among those visible from the vantage point which also overlooks the town. 



BUCKHURST HILL: Council hosts Winter Warmers event

4.04pm - 12th November 2015

BUCKHURST Hill Parish Council hosted a 'Winter Warmer' older peoples' community health and wellbeing event in Buckhurst Hill Library. 
The parish council worked in partnership with West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and Epping Forest District Council to deliver the event. The event was opened by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council chairman councillor Aniket Patel and was very well attended by local residents who received talks and information from a range of health professionals and community safety officers including Essex Fire & Rescue Service, Trading Standards, Voluntary Action Epping Forest, South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT), CARE and Neighbourhood Watch. 
There were also information stands and demonstrations of seated exercises. 
The day was hailed a success by all who attended and plans are already well advanced for a similar event next year.


STAPLEFORD ABBOTTS: Go-ahead for houses

9.16am - 12th November 2015

PLANS for five detached houses on part of a former pub car park have been approved by district councillors. 
The proposals for the four-bedroom properties at the Royal Oak pub, Stapleford Abbotts, were given the go-ahead despite residents' concerns over parking. 
A 35-name petition against the plans was submitted by residents to Epping Forest District Council. 
Planning officer Jill Shingler told last night's area planning committee meeting that approval had already been granted for five houses but the latest application was for a different design and layout. 
She said the main issue was whether the properties would cause any harm to neighbouring properties.
She added: "It is felt this is appropriate and acceptable." 
Stapleford Abbotts Parish Council representative councillor Marion Francis said the parish council was concerned there was no element of 'affordable' housing in the scheme and highlighted parking issues relating to the pub which caused problems at times.
The applicant's agent, Charlie Bliss, said the proposed development was "sympathetic", fitted in well, would have no harmful impact on adjoining properties and would provide much-needed housing.
Planning approval was granted by nine votes to three with three abstentions.


DISTRICT: MP praises 'most inspirational young person'

9.13am - 12th November 2015

A BUCKHURST Hill teenager has received a national 'most inspirational young person award' from Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing. 
Cody Smart, a former student at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, was recognised by MPs at the Kids Count Inspiration Awards ceremony at the House of Commons when he was presented with the award for the UK's 'MP’s Inspire the House, Most Inspirational Young Person'. 
At the age of nine, Cody Smart - who received Epping Forest District Council's Young Citizen of the Year award in 2012 - taught himself to play the piano so he could go out and raise money to help fund his mother’s fight against cancer. 
Cody, now 17, has become a talented musician attending college. 
Unfortunately Cody’s mother’s cancer has not been cured yet despite this, out of 600 applications, Cody has won a place at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. 
Cody received his award from Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing in the presence of leading politicians, Government ministers, community heroes and other high achieving young people from across the UK.
Mrs Laing said "I am really proud of Cody. When I first met him he was just nine years old and showed amazing initiative in teaching himself to play the piano so he could go out and earn money to help support his mum when she had cancer. 
"Cody is now 17 and has worked with many local charities to raise enormous amounts of money for good causes. 
"He and his band will be taking part, with Rotary, in the New Year’s Day parade in a few weeks’ time." 
Mrs Laing added: "Cody has shown immense courage and determination and his positive attitude has brought great results. It is not surprising that his mum, Yvonne, has tears in her eyes this evening as she looks on with great pride at her son’s achievements.” 
During the ninth annual Kids Count Inspiration Awards evening, business leaders and MPs recognised and supported inspirational young people and community organisations. 
This year there was a record number of nominations received for individuals and groups who are addressing issues that affect the lives of children by creating initiatives that are grounded in practicality and realism, make a positive difference, and afford greater freedom to young people to determine their own futures. 
Kids Count chairman Richard Stephenson said: “We’re delighted to recognise the significant achievements of Cody Smart at the Kids Count Inspiration Awards. 
"I am very proud to be part of an organisation that not only brings young people to the heart of decision making in Westminster, but that also aims to recognise their contribution to society through these Inspiration Awards.”


HAINAULT: New homes completed

3.34pm - 10th November 2015

THE first council housing development in Redbridge for more than 30 years will provide much-needed affordable new homes, Redbridge Council has said. 
Nine families have received the keys to the new development on the site of the former housing office in Manford Way. 
The development of one three-bedroom house, one three-bedroom flat and seven two-bedroom flats was developed with part funding of £256,320 from the Mayor of London’s Housing Covenant initiative which seeks to stimulate house building.
Redbridge Council's housing cabinet member Ross Hatfull said: “Council housing provides homes at affordable rents and I hope our new residents will be proud to live here. 
“Creating more homes to meet the current demand is one of our key priorities for the future and we are working hard to increase the supply of housing and in particular to expand the opportunities for family homes.”
Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land & Property, said: “Boosting house building and delivering more affordable homes in Redbridge and across London is vitally important. 
"I am very proud that we are helping to fund this development through the Mayor’s Housing Covenant which is providing thousands of much-needed brand new homes for hardworking Londoners.”


ONGAR: Squares of London talk to ladies group

3.32pm - 10th November 2015

A TALK on the Squares of London was given by Gary Powell to the last meeting of Ongar and Shelley Ladies Thursday Group. 
Mr Powell who was to give was a police officer with the CID and also involved with the Anti Terrorist Squad in London. 
After he retired he decided to write a book about the history of some of the London squares - of which there are more than 800. His book features 114. 
The group is holding its Christmas meal on December 3. The next monthly meeting at the Church Rooms, Castle Street, Ongar, is on February 4.


ROYDON: E-safety session for children

3.30pm - 10th November 2015

AN e-safety assembly at Roydon Primary School highlighted the potential dangers of the internet and gave children information on staying safe - and legal - on social media. 
Although it is illegal for children to sign up to social media sites, such as Facebook and Instagram until they are 13, a number of Year 5 and 6 pupils are already using the popular communication tools, the school said. 
Head of School Jenni Elliott said: “We know some children are already using social media accounts so we were keen to remind them about e-safety and keeping safe online. 
“Our children have been told not to share personal information online, not to use social media until they are the right legal age and reporting to an adult if they feel unsafe or something happens which puts them or their friends in danger. 
"We have given them tips on how to look out for potential dangers before they happen. 
“Children need to know what to do if they are being cyber bullied. Bullying in any form will not be tolerated at Roydon.” 
The school has also been in touch with parents to highlight the age limit on social media pages.


ROYDON: School launches Welcome Wednesday event

8.04am - 10th November 2015

PARENTS at Roydon Primary School are being invited in to school once each term to have a look at their child’s work and to have a relaxed meeting with their teacher. 
The traditional parents evening will be held later in the year but the school felt a more relaxed event was needed to build good relations between parents, teachers and pupils. 
Head of School Jenni Elliott said: “Welcome Wednesday is an opportunity for parents to come and spend time in school in a more relaxed, informal situation. 
“It was very positive to see lots of parents and carers come in for our first Welcome Wednesday. 
"They loved having more time to look through their child’s books, to see the work on display on the walls and to see the progress they are making. 
“This is another way of showing our parents how welcome they are at Roydon."


LOUGHTON: Fourth arrest over knife attack

2.44pm - 9th November 2015

A FOURTH man has been arrested in connection with the knife attack in Loughton which left a man with life-changing injuries. 
A police spokesman said a 21-year-old man, from Grays, presented himself at an Essex police station this morning. 
He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently helping officers with their enquiries.
This follows the arrest of two men, aged 19 and 21, both from Grays, over the weekend. 
They have been released on police bail pending further enquiries until February 14.
A man arrested on Friday night appeared before Chelmsford magistrates this morning charged with attempted murder. 
Paul Saunders, 30, a labourer, of Biggin Lane, Grays, was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Chelmsford Crown Court on January 18. 
The victim, who is in his 20s, remains in hospital in a serious but not life-threatening condition.


EPPING: School holds careers day

2.36pm - 9th November 2015

STUDENTS at Epping St John's School spent a day finding out more about further education courses and potential career opportunities. 
The post 16/18 option day started with morning sessions on apprenticeships, A-Levels, volunteering and vocational courses and culminated in a careers convention in the afternoon for all students to visit. 
The school's careers manager, Viv Madden, said: "We had 36 exhibitors from colleges, universities, training providers, employers, businesses and Essex Apprenticeships who were available for the students to talk to, look through prospectuses and gain information on post-14 option ideas, post-16 and post-18 opportunities."


LOUGHTON: Man charged; two more arrests over knife attack

8.04am - 9th November 2015

A MAN has been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Loughton High Road on Friday evening where a man suffered life-changing injuries. 
Paul Saunders, 30, a labourer, of Biggin Lane, Grays, was arrested on Friday night. 
He has been remanded in police custody until his court appearance at Chelmsford Magistrates Court today (Monday). 
Two other men - aged 19 and 21 and both from Grays - were arrested over the weekend in connection with the incident.
They have been released on police bail pending further enquiries until February 14. 
The victim, who is in his 20s, remains in hospital in a serious but not life-threatening condition.


PICTURES and VIDEO: Remembrance Sunday

6.58pm - 8th November 2015

IT was feared that Epping would go without its Remembrance Sunday parade for the first time in 97 years - in the end it had two. 
An 'unofficial' parade organised by two local residents attracted hundreds of people who paraded from outside Epping Fire Station to the war memorial at the town green. 
After the wreath-laying ceremony, a parade - the usual time for the town's parade - then headed back along the High Street for a service of remembrance at St John's Church. 
Former Epping mayor Ben Murphy, who was one of the organisers of the 'unofficial' parade, estimated that more than 500 people turned out. 
Epping and District Royal British Legion Remembrance Day organiser John Duffell was also delighted with the turnout saying it was one of the biggest ever in the town on Remembrance Sunday.
A record number of wreaths - more than 46 - were laid at the war memorial. 
Among those paying their respects were Epping Forest District Council chairman Liz Webster, Epping mayor Michael Wright and Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing. 
Civic dignitaries were also among the hundreds of people who attended services and wreath laying ceremonies at churches and war memorials elsewhere across the district. 
The usual parade was held in Loughton, although a slightly different route to that usually followed given the absence of police. 
Headed by the town's firefighters, the parade started at the Royal British Legion club in Church Hill and made its way to the war memorial at Kings Green before returning up Church Hill - instead of along the High Road - where civic guests took the salute. 

Waltham Abbey PICTURES  
Chigwell  PICTURES

VIDEO: An estimated 500+ people took part in the 'unofficial' Remembrance Sunday parade along Epping High Street CLICK HERE 

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WALTHAM ABBEY: Lorry driver jailed over cigarette smuggling operation

8.15am - 8th November 2015

A LORRY driver has been jailed after he was caught smuggling millions of cigarettes into the UK when he was stopped at the Truck Stop by junction 26 of the M25 at Waltham Abbey. 
He has been sentenced to almost seven years in prison for smuggled more than 147 million cigarettes, worth an estimated £32m in lost duty, into the UK hidden behind crates of rotting pears.
 HM Revenue and Customs officers foiled Hans Verhoeven’s plan in July last year when they stopped him at The Junction 26 Truck Stop, off the M25. 
The 45-year-old told officers he was transporting fruit and bread but when they opened the container they found 7.4 million non-UK duty paid cigarettes worth £1.58m in evaded excise duty. 
Verhoeven was arrested and later admitted making at least 18 smuggling runs in the past, each time carrying a similar load which was packed behind crates of pears. 
Stuart Taylor, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: “Verhoeven smuggled huge quantities of cigarettes into the UK, costing the taxpayer tens of millions of pounds in lost duty, money that should have been providing vital public services. 
“These offences have a devastating impact on honest retailers who struggle to compete with the black market in illicit cigarettes and tobacco, costing the country £2.1 billion in lost revenue each year. 
“HMRC takes robust action to detect, disrupt and bring those responsible before the courts and will not cease in its efforts to track down cigarette smugglers and stop their activities. 
Anyone with information about smuggling can contact the Customs hotline on 0800 59 5000.” 
Verhoeven, who runs a transport company from Leuven, Belgium, claimed he was approached to do the runs by people who knew he had financial problems, and was told he could make up to 15,000 euros per trip. 
Four months after his first arrest, and still on bail, Verhoeven was stopped again at the Port of Dover.
While Verhoeven’s vehicle was genuinely transporting cheese, paperwork found in his cab linked him to a countryman’s lorry that was stopped at the same time, containing 8.1 illicit million cigarettes, hidden behind apples, evading £1.75m in duty. 
The other driver was cleared of any knowledge but following this incident Verhoeven was charged with three counts of the fraudulent evasion of excise duty on more than 147 million non-UK duty paid cigarettes, worth an estimated £32m in lost duty. 
He was remanded in custody for breaching his bail conditions and was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing at Maidstone Crown Court to three counts of fraudulent evasion of excise duty on January 2. 
He was sentenced to 51 months in prison for count one and 51 months in prison for count two - to run concurrently, and 31 months in prison for count three - to run consecutively, making a total of 82 months to serve in prison.


EPPING: Garden of Remembrance dedicated

4.26pm - 7th November 2015

THE Garden of Remembrance at the Epping war memorial has been dedicated in a service led by Canon Rev'd Geoffrey Connor. 
Poppy crosses were placed in the Garden of Remembrance on behalf of Epping Forest District Council, Epping Town Council and the Epping and District Royal British Legion. 
Epping St John's School deputy head girl Tyler Anthony and senior student Jade Stevenson joined the civic dignitaries and also placed crosses before a service was held at the war graves in Epping Cemetery.
Some 46 wreaths will be laid at the war memorial on the town green at 2pm tomorrow (Sunday). A Service of Remembrance will be held at St John's Church at 3pm.



LOUGHTON: Man in"serious" condition after High Road 'attempted murder'

3.25pm - 7th November 2015

A MAN remains in a "serious but not life-threatening" condition in hospital this afternoon after he suffered serious knife wounds when he was attacked in Loughton. 
A police spokesman said the injuries had left the man, aged in his 20s, in a "life-changing condition". 
He was attacked in the High Road shortly before 11.30pm last night having been on a night out with friends. 
Police say he left with a group of friends and was attacked in the street by a group of three or four men. He was taken to hospital by ambulance. 
Officers attended and a man was arrested following a short foot chase by a Police Community Support Officer. 
A large knife was recovered by officers from the scene. 
A 30-year-old man, from Grays, is currently being questioned on suspicion of attempted murder. Enquiries are continuing to look for further suspects. 
It is believed they left the area in a black Audi A8 which was found on fire in Horseshoe Close, Waltham Abbey at about 6am today. 
Part of Loughton High Road, near Station Road, has been cordoned off while investigations continue. Officers do not believe that this was a random incident and it may have been a targeted attack. 
Anyone with any information should ring officers at Loughton CID on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


LOUGHTON: First birthday for hospice shop

3.39pm - 5th November 2015

THE St Clare Hospice shop in Loughton has celebrated its first birthday. 
The High Road shop received more than 2,200 bags of donations during the year, signed up 477 people to Retail Gift Aid meaning their donations raised an additional £4,114 for the hospice, and served an average of 50 customers a day. 
The shop is the hospice's eighth outlet. 
Shop manager Jo Leal said: “It’s been a great start for our newest St Clare shop and, thanks to the support of our local community, we are so proud of all we have achieved in our first year. 
“We hope the people of Loughton and Epping Forest will help us achieve even greater things in the coming year by continuing to support us, not only by donating their unwanted goods to us to sell, but also shopping with us to help us raise the money we need to generate each and every year so we can continue being there for local families facing one of the most difficult journeys in life. 
“Thank you for helping get our Loughton shop off to a flying start, and we hope we can count on your continued support. We really could not do it without you.”


EPPING: 'Unofficial' Remembrance parade planned

2.47pm - 5th November 2015

A FORMER Epping mayor is behind plans for an 'unofficial' Remembrance Sunday parade in Epping. 
Ben Murphy, with James Green, has taken to social media to promote a parade which will set off from Epping Fire Station in the High Street at 1.15pm to walk to the war memorial on the town green for the 2pm wreath-laying ceremony. 
A service of remembrance will be held as usual at St John's Church at 3pm. 
The Royal British Legion has cancelled the traditional parade - which has been held in the town every year since 1919 - after Essex Police said it was unable to provide officers to control the road closure. 
Epping Forest District Council has said it has not had sufficient time to arrange a road closure but is working with the Royal British Legion to ensure a parade will return next year. 
Mr Murphy said a hundred people had already indicated their intention to join the parade. 
He said: "I applaud the efforts of the many people who have tried hard to persuade the Chief Constable of Essex Police to re-think his decision not to support the Remembrance Day parade in Epping this year, particularly the dedicated volunteers and veterans associated with the Royal British Legion. 
"I have attended every Remembrance Sunday parade in Epping since I was a five-year-old beaver.
"My family had a proud military history with my grandfather serving in the Royal Navy and my grandmother serving in the Land Army during the Second World War. 
"It is nothing short of a disgrace that our town should not be permitted to mark this occasion with the honour is deserves.
"Following conversations with many frustrated local residents, a local fireman and I decided to arrange a simple, orderly march from one end of our High Street to the other as a mark of respect to affirm our community's desire to remember the Glorious Dead and the ultimate sacrifice they made so that we may walk freely.
"We welcome any other residents who wish to join us outside of Epping Fire Station on Sunday from 1.15pm before the wreath laying ceremony at 2pm."


LOUGHTON: Community orchard opened

2.31pm - 3rd November 2015

A NEW community orchard has been officially opened after months of hard work by Epping Forest Countrycare and volunteers.
A plaque for the Willingale Road Community Orchard was unveiled by Loughton mayor Judy Jennings, assisted by Epping Forest District Council chairman Liz Webster. 
Volunteers planted a variety of trees including apple, plum and greengage, as well as gooseberry, raspberry and blackcurrant bushes after clearing the overgrown and neglected plot of land. 
The town council-owned site was originally covered in brambles and full of litter and fly-tipped cement. 
An ecological survey showed it to be a site worthy of protection with common lizards, slow-worms and grass snakes amongst its inhabitants. 
Mrs Jennings said she was proud to open the community orchard where all the fruit will be grown by local residents, for local residents. 
She added: “I am very grateful to Epping Forest Countrycare who have provided expert advice and practical assistance on improving the site, planning maintenance regimes, nature conservation, and wildlife law.
“Once the site is more accessible we will work with local schools to arrange bug hunts and tree identification events.” 
Mrs Webster said: “Our Epping Forest Countrycare volunteers have worked extremely hard to clear this site. They have created a new local nature reserve and community orchard in the middle of Loughton. 
“All the volunteers should be very proud of themselves. This wonderful project has been nominated in the Greenest Community Project category in this year's Green Essex Awards Scheme. 
"I would urge anyone with a bit of spare time and loves the outdoors to volunteer with Epping Forest Countrycare.”


LOUGHTON: School holding Sixth Form open evening

8.37am - 3rd November 2015

PROSPECTIVE sixth form students at Debden Park High School, Loughton, will be able to tour the facilities and meet with staff at a Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday, November 19. 
The school, in Willingale Road, will be open between 4pm and 6.30pm to welcome Year 11 students who are exploring their A-Level options. 
Director of Sixth Form Sharon Palmer said: "This is a great opportunity for students who will be considering what A-levels to study. Students and their parents will see just what wonderful facilities and teaching expertise we have to offer. 
"We are offering a wide range of subjects at A-Level and visitors will be able to meet with representatives from all of our subjects. They will also be able to talk to representatives from various universities, something that is unique to our Sixth Form Open Evening." 
Debden Park High School with Epping St John's, Roding Valley High School and King Harold Academy forms the Epping Forest District Sixth Form Consortium.
The Consortium, which was launched in September, offers Sixth Form provision at each of the four schools.


NORTH WEALD: Villagers raise policing concerns

8.35am - 3rd November 2015

VILLAGERS in North Weald have raised concerns over the police response to Halloween incidents involving dozens of youths and the throwing of fireworks. 
North Weald Parish Council is now going to try and arrange a public meeting with Divisional Commander Chief Inspector Denise Morrissey to give people a chance to raise their issues following the disturbances in the village on Saturday evening. 
More than 40 people attended last night's parish council meeting when one resident said that the first emergency call on Saturday was made at 5.17pm but police did not arrive until about 6.30pm. 
One woman said: "It was outrageous and scary." 
PC Andy Cook told the meeting that police resources had been doubled up for this coming weekend. "We will go to where the incidents are," he said. 
Another woman asked the meeting: "Is this the best (the safety of the area) we can expect? Is this what we should be happy to live with? 
"Do you (the police) consider this to be acceptable and we should just get on with it and live with it? 
"Is this something we need to get to live with and batten down the hatches. We have been having problems for months." 
A group of villagers have been invited to attend the Epping Forest Local Councils Liaison Committee meeting, which will be attended by Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex Nick Alston, at the Civic Offices, Epping, on Monday, November 16. 
Parish councillor Andy Tyler told residents: "Just keep reporting it and reporting it, we have to get these incidents numbers up. 
"We want the CCTV camera down at the Co-op. Five or six years ago there was just a bad generation of horrible kids, and then it passed." 
Residents have also called for a pre-planned dispersal order to be put in place.


WALTHAM ABBEY: School launches media service with Everything Local News

1.44pm - 2nd November 2015

KING Harold Academy in Waltham Abbey has launched an email media service to keep people informed about its news and events. 
Anyone can register to receive the school’s media releases and pictures to keep up-to-date with the school’s achievements in the classroom, on the sports field and in the community. 
Head of School Kim Thackray said: "There is so much ‘good news’ being created by the pupils and staff at King Harold Academy that we are keen to ensure that this is made available to as wide an audience as possible."
She added: “We hope many people will make use of the service and register to receive our press releases and other information which will be sent to them at the same time as it is circulated to the local media.” 
The service is free of charge and anyone subscribing can ask to have their email address removed at any time. No email addresses are passed to a third party. 
To register for the service, which is provided by the Everything Local News media service - part of the Everything Epping Forest local news and information website - send an email to everythinglocalnews@gmail.com with KING HAROLD in the subject line.


LOUGHTON: Woman threatened and robbed at knifepoint

9.27am - 1st November 2015

A WOMAN has been threatened at knifepoint and forced to hand over jewellery after two men and a woman forced their way into her Loughton home. 
Police were called at 9.55pm on Thursday after the victim reported that the trio had forced their way into her home in Alderton Way. 
The victim, aged in her 50s, answered a knock on her front door and was confronted by a woman who pushed her back into the house.
Two masked men, one holding a knife, then grabbed her and removed her rings and a watch, together worth a five-figure sum. 
All three suspects then ran out of the house and were last seen escaping along Stonards Hill. 
The woman was white, aged between 18 and 23, about 5ft 3ins tall, of heavy build and with long, tied-back dark hair. She was wearing a navy blue zip-up sports top. 
The two men were both black, in their early 20s and both about 5ft 8in tall. One was wearing a black padded jacket. Both were wearing tight-fitting thermal gloves and black and grey patterned balaclavas.
Anyone with any information should ring PC Darren Coote or his colleagues at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


CHIGWELL: Work starts on sixth form centre

9.25am - 1st November 2015

WORK has begun on a sixth form centre at Chigwell School which will form a memorial to former student Risham Sarao. 
Risham, who lived in Chigwell, left the school in 2006 but was tragically killed at the age of 21, in a road accident in Peru where she was travelling as part of her university studies. 
When news spread, her friends gathered at the school for a memorial service and it was soon afterwards that her uncle and aunt suggested that a new building might form a memorial to Risham for whom the school was such an important part of her life. 
The Sixth Form Centre, on Roding Lane, has been designed to complement the buildings it adjoins, some of which are the original school buildings dating back to 1629. 
It will include classrooms, study and social spaces for sixth form students as well as areas in which careers advice and visiting speaker sessions will be held. 
Risham’s brother, Arjun, is pictured getting building work underway with headmaster Michael Punt. 
Mr Punt said: "I am delighted that work is beginning on this much-needed new building. 
"Most sixth form students have studied at Chigwell previously but they are joined by others from local schools as well as a small number of overseas students who come to us as boarders. 
"In all cases we aim to prepare these young people for life after school, at university and beyond and the Risham Sarao Sixth Form Centre will be a focus for that preparation. 
"It will serve as a memorial to Risham who was an important member of our school community and I am very grateful to her family and the other donors who have supported this project so generously. 
"We hope to complete the building by the start of the new academic year."