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DISTRICT: Twenty-four people arrested in major drugs operation

2.51pm - 13th November 2018

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TWENTY-four people have been arrested in the Epping Forest district in one of the biggest drugs operations ever undertaken by Essex Police. 

Police believe today's series of dawn raids have shut down five suspected drug dealing gangs. 

By the end of the initial phase of the operation - the culmination of a complex and long-running investigation - some 20 people had been arrested. 

Four more have since been taken into custody and are being held at various police stations in Essex.

Acting on information from the community, Essex Police launched an investigation in May targeting so-called ‘county line’ drug dealing gangs in the Debden, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Limes Farm and Hainault areas. 

The gangs are believed to be involved in the supply of Class A drugs and thought to make about £3,000 per day from the sale of illegal substances. 

Supported by Epping Forest District Council, which also provided £5,000 towards the cost of the policing operation, Essex Police began investigating the gangs and building a picture on key members. 

The six-month probe culminated with today's operation when 19 warrants were executed across the district. 

Substances believed to be Class A drugs and cannabis have been seized along with a substantial amount of cash - including an estimated £20,000 from one property in Loughton alone. 

Phones and SIM cards have also been seized. 

Everything Epping Forest was invited to join officers on the operation which involved more than 170 police officers from both Essex Police and the Metropolitan Police Service. 

After a 4am briefing, officers were tasked to carry out a series of co-ordinated raids from 5am. 

One of the first properties to be targeted was on the Chigwell-Hainault border where officers forced there way through the front door. 

One man was arrested for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. 

Substances believed to be class A drugs and bags of what is thought to be cannabis were found.

A number of other items including a mobile phone and SIM cards were seized. 

A second wave of raids included a property in a Loughton cul-de-sac where the major cash find was made. 

Officers also seized mobile phones and an asp. 

Again, substances believed to be Class A drugs were discovered. 

The 24 people arrested are being held on suspicion of offences ranging from possession of drugs, to possession with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of drugs. 

The operation was jointly led by Essex Police’s West local policing teams and Operation Raptor. 

District Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford said: “Essex Police has continued to take the fight to the gangs and individuals attempting to sell drugs on our streets. 

"As long as people continue to attempt to sell drugs in our county we will continue to hunt them down and bring them to justice and if that takes days or as in this case an operation that runs for months we will leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of them. 

"We have seen some excellent results today with the arrest of 24 people who are all suspected of being involved in drug supply, as well as the seizure of a significant amount of drugs and cash. 

"I would like to reassure the residents of Epping Forest District that where we receive information that criminals, gangs or drug dealers are active in their area we will, as today shows, act on that. 

"I would also like to send a clear message to drug dealers and criminals that they are not welcome on the streets of Epping Forest District or Essex." 

Epping Forest District Council supported Essex Police during the six-month operation. 

Community safety cabinet portfolio holder councillor Sam Kane congratulated Chief Inspector Basford and his team. 

He said: "This operation has been long in the preparation and swift in the execution. It involved months of painstaking work by brave and dedicated men and women. 

"It shows the real results we can achieve working together and I am very proud of the support we have been able to give Essex Police leading up to today’s action. 

"Police and councillors really care about our district. "This operation had to be carried out away from public view to enable officers to do their job and I am especially sympathetic to Inspector Basford. 

"Local residents frequently ask what the police and the council are doing to fight crime and he has held his tongue many times in local meetings. 

"We all can now appreciate why it’s not always possible to tell people everything happening behind the scenes. 

"Hopefully our residents will sleep easier in their beds tonight knowing a little more of the hidden work by brave men and women to keep them safe. 

Essex Police set up Operation Raptor teams in the north, south and west of the county to tackle drug and gang-related crime. 

Anyone with information about drug or gang-related crime in their community can ring Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

Mr Basford told Everything Epping Forest: "This is really good news for the district. I'm really pleased with today's operation. It's the biggest operation we've had with a significant number of arrests in one day."

Everything Epping Forest was the only local news organisation to attend today's operation.

AUDIO: To listen to Everything Epping Forest's audio report on today's operation CLICK HERE

PICTURES: For pictures from today's operation CLICK HERE

   

LOUGHTON: Primary school marks Remembrance with week of events

3.15pm - 12th November 2018

PUPILS at Hereward Primary School took part in events and activities focused on the theme of 'remembrance' in relation to the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The children participated in a special morning where they created pieces of artwork on the theme in a variety of ways. 

Each pupil also made a special poppy which was placed outside the school library as part of a 'For the Fallen' display based on the famous poem by John McCrae. 

The week culminated with a poignant assembly where the children listened to the 'Last Post' and observed a two-minute silence after which pairs of children from each class laid a poppy wreath in front of the school's own 'cenotaph' - cutouts of soldiers inscribed with the names of all the people from Loughton who died in service in the Great War. 

Headteacher Matthew Woolard said: "This was a very special event which we wanted to commemorate with the utmost respect. 

"The children were amazing throughout the week, asking many questions and sharing details of family members who have been affected by war."

PICTURES

   

STANFORD RIVERS: "Massive" pile of flytipped waste reported to district council

10.45am - 12th November 2018

A "MASSIVE" pile of flytipped waste has been reported to Epping Forest District Council by Stanford Rivers Parish Council. 

Parish council chairman John Glover told last Thursday's parish council meeting he believed the "massive" pile at the bottom of Old Rectory Road could amount to some 22 tonnes of builders' waste. 

He added he thought it have come from a waste transfer station and could cost the district council some £3,000 to remove.

The parish council reported the incident on November 2.

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#EEF999LIVE: HIGH ONGAR: Man in court over A414 incident

10.18am - 12th November 2018

A MAN has appeared in court charged with using a firearm with intent to resist arrest, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of drugs following an incident in High Ongar. 

David Brandon, 38, of Ongar Road, Stondon Massey, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Thursday and is due to appear at Basildon Crown Court on Thursday, December 6. 

It follows reports that an officer was sprayed with CS spray after stopping a vehicle on the A414 at about 4am on Tuesday, November 6. 

Police also arrested a 47-year-old man, from Boreham, on suspicion of burglary and a 22-year-old man from Ongar on suspicion of possession of a knife. 

They have been released on bail until Tuesday, December 4.

   

DISTRICT: Campaign launched to reduce amount of un-used prescription medicines

12.45am - 10th November 2018

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to help reduce the £1m bill for medicines which are prescribed every year in west Essex but never used. 

GPs and pharmacists are working together to encourage people to consider the cost and health implications of not taking medicines as they are prescribed, or ordering medicines which are no longer needed. 

Research with patients and carers across the area suggests prescription medicines are sometimes over-ordered ‘just in case’ they run out - leading to very expensive and potentially dangerous stockpiles of medicines in the home that have a limited life.

Some patients are also reluctant to tell their GP surgery that they have stopped taking medicines that have been prescribed for them, which could lead to serious health problems. 

Patients are returning unused medicines to their pharmacy, but most do not realise they cannot be re-used and must be destroyed - at a cost to the NHS. 

If a medicine is handed back to a pharmacist straight away, before the patient leaves the pharmacy, it can be recycled for another patient but once it has been taken outside the building it has to be destroyed.

Medicines should never be thrown in the bin or flushed away. 

When you collect your prescription it is a good idea to look in the bag before you leave the pharmacy and hand back anything you do not need. 

You do not need to order a medicine every month to keep it on your repeat prescription list. 

Dr Rob Gerlis, Chairman of West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and Joint Clinical Lead of the Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) - the health and care partnership driving the campaign - said: "It’s really important that you or the person that you care for take the medicines that have been prescribed. 

"If for some reason you are not, please tell a GP, pharmacist or nurse, because it could be having a serious impact on your health. 

If a medicine doesn’t agree with you, it might be possible to prescribe an alternative.” 

The start of the campaign will see about 300 pharmacies across Hertfordshire and west Essex displaying campaign materials in-store and on pharmacy bags. 

Posters and screens in waiting rooms in GP practices will also help get the message across. 

A Twitter campaign will also be highlighting medicines waste with the hashtag #lookinthebag. 

It is hoped the campaign will save vital NHS resources and support patients to think more about the medicines they are ordering and taking, and seek advice from their GP and pharmacist should they need any help.

   

DISTRICT: High Sheriff visits Community Safety Partnership

9.30am - 10th November 2018

THE High Sheriff of Essex, Bryan Burrough, visited the Epping Forest Community Safety Partnership to find out more about its work across the Epping Forest district. 

Mr Burrough met CSP staff and was told about the ongoing priorities for the team which includes three Essex Police officers - a Sergeant and two PCs - who have been funded by Epping Forest District Council.

Mr Burrough was given a tour of the 'hub' at the Civic Offices and learnt more on the new school programme, #consequences, which is provided for Year 9 students. 

The project is provided by the district council's Community Health and Wellbeing team. 

Pupils watch a short production which portrays issues that they may be going through as a teenager and where they can turn to for support. 

Community Safety Manager Caroline Wiggins said: "It was a pleasure to be able to show the High Sheriff around the CSP 'hub' and to highlight just some of the work the team is doing towards making our district a safe place to live and work."

(left to right) Epping Forest District Council community safety manager Caroline Wiggins, High Sheriff of Essex Bryan Burrough, Epping Forest District Council chairman Richard Bassett, Sue Bassett and Essex Community Foundation chairman Andrew Clarke PICTURE

   

DISTRICT: PICTURES: Children join civic leaders as the district remembers

4.39pm - 9th November 2018

EVERY student and every member of staff at Davenant Foundation School has paid their respects to those who died in conflict. 

Students researched and dedicated their crosses or stars to a member of their family or a local soldier who died in the First World War or more recent wars. 

Each student and staff member placed a symbol in the ground during the morning.

 At 11am the whole school gathered around the school's memorial lawn and the Last Post was played on a military bugle by staff member Tim Beaumont. There followed a two-minute silence which was observed by the whole school which ended with the Bugle call. 

Two students laid a wreath by the silhouettes of unknown soldiers in remembrance of those who fell. Davenant lost both staff and students in the Great War 1914-1918. 

Headteacher Adam Thorne said: "It was a very special morning. Many staff and students were lost in the Great War including the headteacher’s eldest son in 1917. 

"The students were very respectful and it was very emotional when the Last Post was played."

There are now more than 1,200 symbols of remembrance outside the front of the school, each with an individual thought or message. 

* Children at Thomas Willingale School and Nursery marked Remembrance Day with a two-minute silence in the school playground. During the week, each class has discussed the meaning of Remembrance and made wreaths to commemorate those who lost their lives in conflict.

* In Epping, services were held at memorial garden at St John's Church where wreaths were laid to remember those civilians who lost their lives in the bombings at Spriggs Oak and St Margaret's Hospital.

Children from Bright Horizons Day Nursery joined civic leaders for the wreath laying ceremony and laid their own remembrance message alongside the wreaths which were laid by Epping Forest District Council chairman Richard Bassett and Epping Town Mayor Nigel Avey.

The Garden of Remembrance at the town's war memorial was dedicated before a service was held at the Commonweath War Graves in Epping Cemetery.

PICTURES - Epping today CLICK HERE

PICTURES - Davenant Foundation School CLICK HERE

PICTURES - Thomas Willingale School and Nursery CLICK HERE

   

EPPING: Mayor to open Christmas Tree Festival

8.54am - 9th November 2018

TOWN Mayor Nigel Avey will open the Christmas Tree Festival at St John's Church, Epping, at 1pm on Friday, December 7. 

More than 60 decorated trees prepared by schools, clubs, businesses, societies and local individuals will be on display. 

There will also be craft stalls, a tombola, lucky dip and refreshments along with entertainment from children’s groups and other community groups throughout the weekend. 

The church will be open 1pm-9pm Friday; 10am-5pm Saturday; 11.30am-4pm Sunday and 10am-3pm Monday. 

Admission is £2.50 for adults (free for young people aged up to 16 years accompanied by an adult; students (16+) £1 with student ID card).

   

ONGAR: Two men arrested over head-on collision

7.39am - 9th November 2018

TWO men have been arrested following a head-on collision on Greensted Road, Ongar. 

The crash, which happened at about 8am on Tuesday, involved a white VW Up and a blue Ford KA.

Police say a man ran off from the KA with a serious cut to his head. 

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to hospital with chest injuries and has since been discharged from hospital. 

A 28-year-old man, from Ongar, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, taking a motor vehicle without consent and driving under the influence. 

A 22-year-old man, from Ongar, was arrested in hospital at about 4.50pm on suspicion of causing injury by careless driving, taking a motor vehicle without consent and driving under the influence.

They have both been released under investigation pending further enquiries. 

Anyone with information is asked to ?ring? Chigwell Roads Policing Unit on 101 quoting incident 173 of 06/11 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

   

EXCLUSIVE: THEYDON BOIS: Ramraiders failed to get away with cash machine

1.36pm - 8th November 2018

RAMRAIDERS who targeted the Tesco Express store in Coppice Row failed to get away with the cash machine after the stolen machinery pushed it too far into the building for them to retrieve it, Everything Epping Forest can reveal. 

Essex Police today confirmed that the incident is now being treated as an "attempted theft". 

In a statement issued to Everything Epping Forest this afternoon, Essex Police said: "Officers investigating an ATM theft from a Tesco store on Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, are now treating the crime as an attempted theft after an ATM was recovered from the building." 

The ram raid happened in the early hours of Friday, October 26. 

Police are continuing their investigations having said five men were involved in the incident which happened at about 3am. 

Police say the men, dressed in black and wearing balaclavas, were seen to drive away from the supermarket in a black Range Rover accompanied by a navy blue Ford Fiesta towards Abridge. 

The Range Rover, which had been reported as stolen, was later found by police officers on Tysea Hill, Stapleford Abbotts. 

The men are believed to have gone towards the Abridge area. 

The road outside the store was only fully reopened this week after work was carried out to shore up the damaged building. 

Tesco this week announced it is running a free bus service for villagers to get to the Epping High Street branch. 

The bus leaves the bus stop opposite the Queen Victoria pub, Coppice Row, at 10am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and returns from Epping Tesco at noon.

   

HASTINGWOOD: Parish councillor co-opted

8.44am - 8th November 2018

A NEW councillor has been co-opted onto North Weald Bassett Parish Council. 

Mark Stroud, of High Road, North Weald, fills a vacancy in the Hastingwood Village ward. 

Mr Stroud, who is involved with the village's scout group, has lived in North Weald 12 years and has a keen interest in the current affairs of the Parish. 

He said: "I am interested in the Parish as a whole and keen to get involved locally."

The vacancy had been advertised by the parish council for over a year.

   

BUCKHURST HILL: Council displays remembrance poppies

4.48pm - 7th November 2018

BUCKHURST Hill  Parish Council has arranged for the placement of 100 poppies on lampposts along primary roads and key sites in Buckhurst Hill. 

Councillor Smruti Patel, who first proposed the idea to the parish council, said: "This has been almost a year in the planning but it has been well worth the effort. 

"We have worked very closely with both the Royal British Legion and Essex County Council to make this happen and we thank both organisations for their help and support. 

"Although the original intention was to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the response from residents has been so appreciative that the parish council will look to repeat the display next year and in future years." 

The parish council office and councillors have also been inundated with messages of appreciation and support. 

Councillor Smruti Patel thanked everyone for their kind words of support saying: “It has been the most rewarding project and I am very proud to be a Buckhurst Hill parish councillor."

   

DISTRICT: MP thanked for ongoing support over calls for new hospital

4.36pm - 7th November 2018

EPPING Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing has been thanked for her continued support to the calls for a new hospital in Harlow.

Dame Eleanor was among the seven Essex MPs who signed a letter to then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt highlighting the need for a new Harlow health campus. 

Her contribution was highlighted during a debate instigated by Harlow MP Robert Halfon on Monday when he reiterated the need for a new hospital for the area. 

Mr Halfon thanked Dame Eleanor - who was in the chair for the debate - for her "continued support in our campaign for a new healthcare campus in Harlow" and added: "You could not have done more to support me, and I am very glad to see you here this evening." 

Stephen Barclay MP, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care, also highlighted Dame Eleanor's efforts saying: "I also place on record that I very much recognise that these issues are extremely important to Epping Forest as well, Madam Deputy Speaker. 

"I know how assiduously you have campaigned on behalf of your constituents." 

Speaking after the debate, Dame Eleanor said: "Princess Alexandra Hospital now serves a much wider area and a greater population then was originally planned when it was built so many years ago and we have to respond to the changing needs of our local community. 

"Everyone will benefit from a health campus where different services are all brought together in one place."

   

#EEF999LIVE: DEBDEN: Man stabbed and another hit with golf club at station

6.33pm - 6th November 2018

A MAN has been stabbed and another hit with a golf club at Debden Station. 

Police have told Everything Epping Forest that two men were found injured at the station at 12.40am today.

Officers later discovered that the men were robbed of their phones in Rectory Lane, Loughton. 

The men were taken to hospital. Their injuries are described as "not life-threatening". 

Essex Police are working with British Transport Police to establish the time and circumstances of the incident. 

Enquiries are ongoing.

   

#EEF999LIVE: DISTRICT: Four men arrested during 'day of action'

6.05pm - 6th November 2018

FOUR men were arrested in the district during a day-long 'day of action' by police which saw ten people arrested by officers targeting organised crime groups and knife and violent crime. 

Teams including the Roads Policing team, Force Support Unit and Operational Support Group carried out work to disrupt organised crime groups through vehicle stops, warrants and arrest attempts yesterday.

Operational Support Group officers carried out patrols in Chigwell following concerns about burglaries in the area. 

Three men were arrested in the Limes Farm estate area on suspicion of burglary and taking of a motor vehicle. 

A vehicle was also stopped on the A414 at High Ongar and a man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife. 

Chief Inspector Ronnie Egan said: "This was a really successful day of action supporting local policing teams in their bid to disrupt organised crime groups and tackle violent and knife crime. 

"My officers used a variety of tactics to target specific people and areas. 

"Teams like the Roads Policing team, FSU and OSG will continue to work with local policing teams to tackle issues and areas identified as priorities."

   

THORNWOOD: Rugby club to hold remembrance service

5.50pm - 6th November 2018

MORE than 40 club members who lost their lives during the First World War will be remembered at a service at Epping Upper Clapton Rugby Club on Sunday. 

The ceremony will take place at the clubhouse in Upland Road, Thornwood, from 1.30pm. 

The ceremony will be in two parts, starting with a remembrance based round the loss of the club's members in 1914-18 but also emphasising all who have died in conflicts since. 

Four club members representing the adult and youth/minis sections will read the names of those members who died while serving in the First World War. 

The second part will be the Leonard Cowper Award awarded in memory of 2ndLt Cowper who was killed in 1916, aged 19. 

The club presents the award to an under-17 player who may not be the best player but a club member who gives their all.

The ceremony will feature the Leyton Orient Buglers, which links the two clubs who shared a ground in the 19th century.

   

NORTH WEALD: Council "unhappy" at GP surgery response

5.19pm - 6th November 2018

THE Limes Medical Centre, which operates the North Weald branch surgery, has told North Weald Bassett Parish Council it has no confirmed date for the village surgery to reopen following refurbishment work. 

Managing partner Debbie Bodhanya, in an October-dated email to the parish council, said that the work was "progressing well". 

The parish council, at its meeting last night (Monday), said it is "unhappy" with the response.

   

NORTH WEALD: 'The Few' hero to be remembered at service

5.16pm - 6th November 2018

A REPRESENTATIVE of the family of Wing Commander Thomas 'Ginger' Neil will be laying a wreath at the Debt of Honour in North Weald on Sunday. 

Wing Commander Neil - who is remembered as one of 'The Few' - was an Royal Air Force fighter pilot and ace of the Second World War who was based at RAF North Weald during the Battle of Britain. 

He first came to North Weald in 1940 as a 20-year-old RAF Pilot Officer. 

He shot down 14 enemy pilots during his 140-plus missions during the Second World War. 

More than 35 wreaths are due to be laid at the Debt of Honour service which starts at 12.15pm.

   

ONGAR: New club premises licence granted for Jubilee Park Pavilion

5.01pm - 6th November 2018

A NEW club premises licence has been granted for the Jubilee Park and Pavilion as part of the transfer of the facility from Ongar Town Council to the new Ongar Community Sports Trust. 

Eight local residents objected to the application which was considered by Epping Forest Council's licensing sub-committee on Tuesday. 

Ongar town councillor John Reynolds - representing Ongar Community Sports Trust at the application hearing - said the trust had taken over the management and running of Jubilee Park from the town council with it now operating as a members-only facility. 

He said since May 2016 a new CCTV system with 11 cameras had been installed providing coverage of the perimeter, inside of the building and car park. 

Pavilion users were told to use the sound limiting equipment and keep the side door closed. 

Both the main and side doors have notices displayed requesting people to leave quietly, he said. 

Mr Reynolds added that 11 additional lights had been installed and under-16s must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or teen supervisor. 

He said an issue of drug taking on-site had been "eliminated" through close working with police. 

Mr Reynolds also told the meeting the objection letters cited issues with anti-social behaviour which, he said, had nothing to do with the facility. 

Monthly police drop-in evenings were now held at the pavilion and no complaints had been made at these meetings about the operation, he said. 

Opening hours would be 8am until 11pm Monday to Thursday and on Sundays and from 8am until midnight Friday and Saturday. 

He also confirmed the facility is for 'members only' with members having to join through one of the sporting sections, or as a 'social member'. 

Ongar district and town councillor Paul Keska, supporting the application, told the meeting any reported condition breaches would be dealt with by district council enforcement officers. 

Regarding incidents of drug-taking, he said: "We are in a much better position than previously." 

He said the facility had worked with the local police beat officer and there are now the three district council funded police officers who could be tasked to support other officers. 

He said: "Our position has improved. It may not be perfect but it has improved." 

Local resident Sheila Jackman raised concerns about the membership scheme saying that when the club was originally under Ongar Town Council control, local elderly residents - who were not associated with any sports section - would visit the pavilion for lunch. 

Mr Reynolds confirmed that pavilion users would now need to be a member or be signed in by a member. 

Defending the new membership arrangement, Derek Birch - the chairman of Ongar Town Council - told the meeting: "Membership increases revenue and allows members to control the facility. It (the facility) is a fantastic opportunity which should be grasped with both hands." 

Mrs Jackman said the licence application had "aroused considerable concern" with the pavilion being next to Onslow Gardens and with noise audible in Shakletons. 

She added the intended "long" opening hours were "unreasonable and unnecessary". 

Brian Hatch, of Love Lane, said a licence allowing alcohol sales until midnight was "a stretch too far". 

No representations were sent to Epping Forest District Council from health and safety officers or Essex Police.

   

ONGAR: Barclays Bank to close on Friday

1.30pm - 5th November 2018

ONGAR'S Barclays Bank branch will close its doors for the last time on Friday.

In a statement issued when the closure date was announced, the bank said that in the previous 12 months, 47 per cent of the branch's customers had been using neighbouring branches and only 106 customers had used the branch exclusively for their banking needs.

   

ONGAR: Man released under investigation following High Street collision

12.26pm - 5th November 2018

A 36-YEAR-OLD Romford man arrested over an incident which closed Ongar High Street for about seven hours has been released by police under investigation.

The man was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop when directed, failing to stop after a collision, driving while disqualified, dangerous driving, driving without insurance, and theft of a motor vehicle. 

Police were called at about 11.25am last Tuesday after a vehicle collided with "a number" of other vehicles at the bottleneck in the High Street.

   

DISTRICT: CSP funds firework test purchase operation

12.15pm - 5th November 2018

MORE than two dozen businesses licensed to sell fireworks have been visited by trading standards officials in the run-up to Bonfire Night - and not one was found to be selling fireworks to underage customers. 

The test purchasing operation was funded by Epping Forest Community Safety Partnership in partnership with Essex Trading Standards. 

A total of 26 firework test purchases were undertaken - every premises that are recorded as being licensed for firework sales in the district. 

Community Safety Manager Caroline Wiggins said: "This was a fantastic result and it is heartening to know that shopkeepers across the district are adhering to the regulations with regards to the sale of fireworks. 

"The CSP will continue to provide support to operations which are aimed at ensuring the safety of the district residents and which ensure that regulations with regards to the sales of specific items continue to be met."

   

WALTHAM ABBEY: Council to host WW1 event

8.37am - 5th November 2018

AN event to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War will be hosted by Waltham Abbey Town Council on the evening of Remembrance Sunday. 

'Battle’s Over' events will be held throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany, to name but a few. 

It begins at 6am with lone pipers playing Battle’s O’er, a traditional Scottish air played after a battle, outside cathedrals in the country, following which a specially written tribute will be read out. 

At the same time, more than 1,000 pipers will be playing the tune in individual locations within their local communities. 

At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post at more than 1,000 locations, where at 7pm beacons will be lit in a tribute called Beacons of Light, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war. 

Then at 7.05pm more than 1,000 church and cathedrals will ring their bells as part of Ringing Out for Peace organised in association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, which represents 65 societies of ringers from the British Isles and overseas. 

Also at 7.05pm, more than 140 town criers will perform a specially written Cry for Peace Around the World, the first of them in New Zealand and then across the globe through the various time zones. 

The Waltham Abbey event will be held in the cloisters at the Abbey Church at 6.55pm. 

Town Mayor Jeane Lea said: "We are proud to be playing a part in this historic international event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, and to recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women from our own community."

 Battle’s Over - A Nation’s Tribute has been devised and planned by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek. 

He has organised major royal celebrations and international events for more than 36 years and has been working on Battle’s Over for more than four years.

He said: "It’s wonderful to see the event being embraced by so many organisations and communities in this country and around the world. 

"The centenary of the end of the Great War is an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous sacrifice made the millions of men and women who died or were wounded, as well as those who worked tirelessly at home in our fields and factories. 

"It has been a privilege to work on this project with the support of so many amazing organisations.” 

More information on Battle’s Over can be found at www.brunopeek.co.uk/battles-over

   

NORTH WEALD: Gymnastics centre set for £240,000 facelift

8.34am - 5th November 2018

THE Epping Forest Gymnastics Centre on North Weald Airfield is to undergo a £240,000 facelift, if funding is agreed by Epping Forest District Council. 

The centre was established in 1986 to provide a centre of excellence for gymnastics, catering for children and young people from the district and surrounding area. 

A newly-published council report states: "It is now in a poor state of repair and investment is needed to undertake essential building works and replace the ageing equipment." 

Cabinet approval is to be sought to invest £240,000 in the council-owned centre to cover the costs of essential building works and repairs, and the purchase of new gymnastics apparatus. 

The council says the investment will enable the centre to be fully utilised as a beginner through to development level centre of excellence.

   

DISTRICT: Car parks set for improvements

8.30am - 5th November 2018

A PACKAGE of improvements at district council-owned car parks is to be considered, with the work funded by the estimated £300,000 a year new charging tariffs will generated. 

The council owns 20 car parks across the district with a total of 1,763 parking spaces. 

Some 85 per cent of the car parks are used by drivers paying the 'up to two hours' charge. 

The 'up to two hour' fee will remain unchanged with increases having been approved for other lengths of stay and season tickets. 

A report to next month's cabinet stated that some car parks will see less than £5,000 spent on them, and others more. 

The costs of works will range from £2,000 for a large pot planter and £1,500 for a dual use recycling and refuse bin. 

New bollards or fencing could be put in to improve safety while £1,000 could pay for new pedestrian walkway road markings and £200 to £500 could be spent on a car park's signs or finger posts.

Improvements are also proposed to CCTV and LED lighting in car parks across the district. 

The council, from its 20 car parks, received income totalling £1,347m 2017-18 which breaks down to £918,000 by cash in pay-and-display machines, £300,000 paid by phone, £25,000 by Chip and Pin and £104,000 through season tickets and residents' permits.

   

#EEF999LIVE: EPPING: Police appeal over High Street collision

1.57pm - 4th November 2018

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a collision involving a taxi and a pedestrian in High Street, Epping.

The incident, at about 7am on Tuesday (October 30), happened near the Shell Garage.

The pedestrian, a 47-year-old man from Epping, suffered a fractured pelvis and a head injury. He continues to remain in hospital in a stable condition. 

Anyone with any information, or dashcam footage, is asked to ring Chigwell Roads Policing Unit on 101 quoting incident 144 of 30/10 or visit www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online

   

DISTRICT: Nominations open for council's Citizen awards

1.35pm - 4th November 2018

NOMINATIONS are open for the Epping Forest Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Team of the Year awards 2019. 

The young citizen award recognises young people’s exceptional contributions to the Epping Forest district. This can be in terms of outstanding courage, service to the community or showing extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in a particular cause or achieving a particular goal.

Nominations can be for young people aged 11 to 18 who live in the district. 

The finalists will be invited to the council`s civic awards next March when the winner will be announced and will receive £300 and a certificate of achievement. 

Council chairman Richard Bassett said: “The Young Citizen of the Year Award highlights the positive contributions that young people make throughout our district in so many different ways. 

"Many of these young people are unsung heroes and we want to recognise the tremendous contributions they make to their communities. So if someone springs to mind, now is the time to nominate them for this prestigious award.” 

To nominate a young person complete the online nomination form at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/youngcitizen or up a nomination from at the Civic Offices, Epping; local libraries and secondary schools. 

The closing date for the Citizen of the Year and Team of the Year awards is Friday, November 23, while the deadline for the Young Citizen of the Year honour is Friday, November 30.

   

EPPING: Entertainment and host of stalls planned for Christmas market

1.21pm - 4th November 2018

A VARIETY of entertainment and almost 70 stalls will be in Epping High Street for the town council-organised Christmas Market on Friday, December 7. 

The stalls will be selling Christmas crafts, gifts and food with the event running from noon until 8pm. 

The entertainment programme starts after 3.30pm following the official opening by Town Mayor councillor Nigel Avey. 

Music will be provided by choirs from local schools as well as an adult choir, local bands and children’s groups.

The Town Mayor will switch on the lights on the 25ft Christmas tree on the Piazza during the event (exact time to be confirmed). 

Santa will be visiting Epping Fire Station from 4pm while there will also be visits from reindeer, 'Olaf' from Frozen, and a Town Crier. 

There will also be face painting, and a snow globe will be on display. 

Limited free car parking, courtesy of Epping Forest District Council, will be available in the Cottis Lane car park from noon on Friday, December 7. 

The Christmas Market is run alongside the Christmas Tree Festival at St John’s Church which opens at 1pm on the Friday and continues on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday 

For more information about the Christmas Market, contact Geraldine Vallis at Epping Town Council by emailing gvallis@eppingtowncouncil.gov.uk or ring 01992 579444.

   

EPPING: Candles to remember WW1 casualties

12.40pm - 4th November 2018

EVERY one of the 113 men from Epping who lost their lives in the First World War and are commemorated on the town's war memorial will be remembered at this year's Remembrance Sunday parade. 

A total of 113 youngsters from local schools and youth groups will take part in the annual parade on Sunday (November 11). 

Each will carry a candle bearing the name of one the soldiers, sailors or airmen. 

The parade, led by the Epping Forest Pipe Band, will move off from the Civic Offices shortly after 2pm and march to the war memorial where 45 wreaths will be laid. 

The parade will them march along the High Street to St John's Church for the 3pm Service of Remembrance where the candles will be lit. 

At the appropriate time in the service each child will blow out their candle in turn, and read out the name of the serviceman they are commemorating. 

Having remembered those who gave their lives, the service will conclude by celebrating the 100th anniversary of the end the war with the singing of the National Anthem, and two of the songs made famous by British troops at the time, 'It’s A Long Way To Tipperary' and 'Pack Up Your Troubles'. 

The service will be conducted by Team Rector Rev'd Lee Batson, who is also chaplain to the Epping and District branch of the Royal British Legion. 

Parade organiser and branch secretary John Duffell said: "It will be a fitting tribute to the men from Epping who lost their lives, the youngest of whom was just 15. Seeing the involvement of the young people of the town gives us hope that there is a future for Remembrance here in Epping." 

* This year's Remembrance services includes a service at the memorial plaques to the civilian casualties and HMS Sickle in the Memorial Garden at St John’s Church at 10.30am on Friday. 

The dedication of the Garden of Remembrance at the War Memorial will be at 11am and will be followed by a Service of Remembrance by the Commonwealth War Graves at Epping Cemetery at 11.30am.

   

LOUGHTON: Police issue car appeal over theft of puppies

4.08pm - 3rd November 2018

POLICE investigating the theft of 11 puppies from a property in Loughton want to trace a white VW Polo seen in the area at the time. 

Seven French Bulldog puppies and four Dachshund puppies were stolen from an address in Hogarth Reach by three men who forced their way inside at about 2pm on Monday. 

A man wearing a high-viz jacket, with his face covered, and claiming to be from a utility company knocked on the door and, when the person inside opened it, two other men wearing gloves and hooded tops with the hoods pulled up forced their way in. 

They threatened a teenage boy before stealing the puppies and two handbags. 

The Polo was seen in The Lindens between 1.30pm and 2.20pm. 

Investigating officer Detective Constable Jody Greenfield, from Loughton CID, said: “I need to trace this vehicle and speak to the driver as they may have information which is important to our investigation. 

“We remain very concerned about the welfare of the puppies who may not be able to survive beyond a few days unless they are in the hands of experts.

“If you saw the car, have CCTV of it, were driving in the area and have dashcam footage, or have any other information I need you to call me.” 

Anyone with any information should ring 101 quoting crime reference number 42/157577/18, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

   

M11: Drivers face fine and points for driving wrong way on M11

4.05pm - 3rd November 2018

MORE than 80 drivers face a £100 fine and three points on their licence after police officers received information that motorists turned around on the M11 near Harlow following a six-vehicle collision. 

The crash happened between junctions 6 and 7 at about 1.10pm last Saturday. 

The road was closed for 25 minutes due to the number of vehicles involved. No-one was seriously injured.

Following the road closure police received dozens of video clips from vehicle dash cams and peoples’ phones through the Safer Essex Road Partnerships’ Extra Eyes campaign. 

The clips showed drivers turning around and driving the wrong way up the hard shoulder and slip road.

Adam Pipe, Essex Police’s head of roads policing, said: “Turning around on a road and driving in the other direction is clearly dangerous, there are no excuses. 

"You wouldn’t do it in a moving traffic and it’s no different to turning around following a road closure. 

“People determined to continue to do this must remember there are extra eyes on our roads. Dash cams are being a common feature in vehicles and passengers can film you using their phones.

“In this instant, the road was closed for less than half an hour. Being inpatient does not pay and 86 drivers face a fine of £100 and three points on their driving licence.” 

For more information about SERP’s Extra Eyes campaign visit https://saferessexroads.org/extraeyes/extra-eyes-what-next/