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ONGAR: Dog dies after being stabbed during attempted break-in

8.16am - 4th September 2015

A DOG has died after being stabbed during an attempted break-in at a house in Ongar. 
Police say two women, aged 20, and a 19-year-old man were in the property in Epping Road at about 2.45pm on Friday (August 28) when two men rang the doorbell and claimed they had been sent to the address. 
Pc Rob Guiney, of Loughton CID, said: "When the male victim refused to let them in the suspects started to kick the front door. 
"The victim’s dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier, got out through the door and was stabbed by the suspects. "It later died as a result of its injuries. 
"This was a brutal and terrifying incident and I am appealing for anyone with information to come forward so we can bring these thugs to justice.” 
The suspects ran off towards a communal car park nearby. One of the men is described as aged about 30, of stocky build and about 5ft 11ins tall. He was wearing a navy long sleeved shirt. 
The other man was white, aged 28 to 32 and slim. He was aboutn 5ft 6ins tall, had scruffy black hair and was wearing a black hooded top. 
Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to ring Pc Guiney on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


ONGAR: Council refuses to comment over meeting walkout

7.30am - 2nd September 2015

ONGAR Town Council is refusing to comment after a committee meeting had to be abandoned after the clerk, admin assistant and several councillors walked out. 
Last Thursday's finance committee meeting descended into a farcical situation during an item on the council's finances when committee chairman councillor Patrick Bolden tried to put forward a resolution to the meeting. 
Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst told the meeting that the information that had been requested was not immediately available. 
She left the meeting after Mr Bolden would not accept the explanation. 
Admin assistant Eileen Gough also left the meeting after Mr Bolden demanded that she take over the clerking duties. 
She was folllowed by several councillors. 
Everything Epping Forest asked the council for a statement regarding the walkout. 
In response, council vice-chairman councillor John Reynolds said: "It would be inappropriate to comment at present."


DISTRICT: Charity holding AGM

5.28pm - 1st September 2015

ACCURO (Care Services) is holding its Annual General Meeting at its new offices - South Side Suite 5 (North), 11th Floor, Terminus House, Terminus Street, Harlow - at 7.30pm on Tuesday, September 15.
Everyone is welcome to attend but if possible ring 01279 433117 or 01279 433667 or email enquiries@accuro.org.uk to reserve a place.


BUCKHURST HILL: New owner for Braeside School

4.38pm - 1st September 2015

BRAESIDE School in Buckhurst Hill has been sold, and become part of The Oak-Tree Group of Schools.
The Oak-Tree Group already owns Coopersale Hall School, Epping; Oaklands School, Loughton; and Normanhurst School, Chingford. 
Group managing principal Matthew Hagger said: "With its long-standing local history, excellent academic education and high level of resourcing, Braeside fits naturally alongside Coopersale Hall, Normanhurst and Oaklands. 
"The two outgoing directors of Braeside, Alan Smith and Clare Naismith, have had a hands-on style of management that mirrors the management of the schools in the Oak-Tree Group and in order to achieve a smooth handover I’m pleased they have agreed to stay in position for the duration of the Autumn Term 2015 to help me to learn about the various aspects of the business." 
Mr Hagger added: "Braeside is an excellent school with an outstanding reputation within our locality for strong academic achievement, and moving the school into the Oak-Tree Group will unlock the potential for considerable growth and development within our two senior schools and beyond. 
"Already we are looking at how to provide new kitchens to deliver freshly home-cooked lunches for all pupils and the introduction of full wrap-around care from 7.30am until 6pm with a raft of exciting extra-curricular clubs and activities for all age ranges. 
"Our schools work well together and we are used to creating a variety of opportunities for pupils, staff and parents to join their counterparts in our other schools for a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance further their experiences with us. 
"I have had several meetings over the summer with headmistress Gillian Haddon and I’m very pleased that our aims for developing the school are very similar. 
"By the start of the Autumn Term 2015 we will have some 950 pupils and 300 staff in our four schools and I will be getting to know the parents, pupils and staff of Braeside at various meetings over the coming weeks and months. 
"My philosophy has always been to build excellent relationships with parents for the good of their children’s education and I will continue to be readily available to meet with any parents within the Oak-Tree Group who would like to see me. 
"My philosophy has always been to build excellent relationships with parents for the good of their children’s education and I will continue to be readily available to meet with parents within the Oak-Tree Group at our various coffee mornings and events."


THEYDON BOIS: Church holds three-day flower festival

7.31am - 1st September 2015

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing has praised the "artistic talent" in Theydon Bois which saw St Mary's Church decorated with floral arrangements for a three-day flower festival. 
'Saints Alive', with arrangements on the theme of Saints, was the title for the fundraising festival held over the Bank Holiday weekend. 
As well as the flowers, there was a variety of stalls in the church hall and village hall over the three days, and an exhibition depicting 'Early Theydon Bois' put together by Theydon Bois and District Rural Preservation Society. 
Monday also saw performances by the Time to Shine School of Dance at Theydon Bois Village Hall. 
Mrs Laing, who visited the flower festival yesterday (Monday), said: "The imaginative display was really beautiful. 
"I was particularly impressed by the imaginative way in which the theme of the arrangements reflected each particular Saint that they celebrated." 
She added: "We are fortunate to have so much artistic talent in Theydon Bois."



DISTRICT: Views sought on stroke services

7.30am - 1st September 2015

NHS doctors are inviting people to comment on plans to invest in and improve stroke care for people in west Essex. 
The plans by NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group aim to increase the chances of survival for stroke patients and increase stroke survivors’ chances of recovery with minimal long-term disability.
A consultation document containing detailed plans is now available. 
The final date for feedback is October 20. Everyone, including those not affected by stroke, are invited to comment. To view the document and give your views click here.
The proposals mainly concern the first 72 hours of stroke care as those have the biggest impact on a person’s chances of survival and possibilities of recovery with minimal long-term disability. 
Nationally, urgent stroke services are improving by developing some hospital stroke units to provide highly specialised care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
These hyper-acute stroke units ensure patients get the care they need from highly trained professionals and specialist equipment as soon as possible. 
Therefore, the CCG is proposing after the critical 72-hour period, people will be able to receive more local stroke rehabilitation care where appropriate. 
The nearest hyper-acute stroke unit for the majority of people in and around Harlow is at Queen’s Hospital, Romford. Other nearby hospitals able to provide round the clock specialised stroke services include Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and Lister Hospital in Stevenage. 
While stepping up services for the immediate and highly specialised treatment of stroke, the CCG is also planning additional investments in the acute stroke unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital which will ensure the best possible follow up care and rehabilitation. 
Dr Angus Henderson, Uttlesford GP and West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group stroke lead, said: “We are very excited about the potential for improving stroke care for local people. 
"If we commission urgent care services from specialised units, local people will get the best possible care at the right time which has huge benefits in terms of minimising the impact of stroke. 
“Our consultation document explains why we need to improve stroke care and asks for views on proposed changes and how they may affect you, your family, friends, or someone you care for, in future.” 
All the evidence will be presented to the CCG Board in October.