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Cyclist seriously injured in Essex 'hit and run'

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A cyclist has been left with serious head injuries following a suspected hit and run in Essex.

The victim was struck by a white car, thought to be a Volkswagen Scirrocco, at Magdalen Laver, near Harlow, on Sunday.

The man, in his 50s, was taken to hospital.

Police have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a crash, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, and assault. He has been released under investigation.

Officers want to speak to the driver of a black or dark-coloured car - possibly a Mini - which was immediately behind the white car at the time of the crash at 12.40pm.

Police investigate sexual assault on young girl in Harlow

The girl was walking near to garages in Little Brays in Harlow.

An investigation has been launched after a girl was sexually assaulted in Harlow on Thursday 2nd October.

The girl, who is secondary school age, was walking near to a garage area in Little Brays, just off Tillwicks Road, at around 3.45pm.

She was approached by a man who pulled her towards the nearby garages. The man sexually assaulted her, before the victim screamed and was able to run away.

Two nearby witnesses heard her scream, and came to her aid. The police were then called.

The man was described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build and in his mid to late 20s.

We are in the early stages of this investigation and are working hard to understand the circumstances which led to the attack.

Additional patrols by the Community Policing Team are in place, and house to house enquiries have been conducted.

Various lines of enquiry are being pursued to identify the man responsible, and we would like to hear from anyone who thinks they can help us. This appears to be an isolated incident and we don’t wish to cause undue worry, but we would ask you to be vigilant, and be aware of your surroundings. We are also updating local schools on the incident. I would like to praise the bravery of the victim, who is being supported by specially trained officers, and thank the two witnesses who have already helped us with enquiries.

– Ds Neale Parker, from Harlow CID

Watch: Five years on and Essex Police re-new Harlow fire appeal

The damaged family home in Harlow, Essex Credit: Essex Police

Essex police are re-appealing for witnesses to a house five which killed a mother and her five children in Harlow in 2012.

44-year old Dr Sabah Usmani and her daughters Hira and Maheen and three sons Sohaib, Muneeb and Rayyan were asleep when the fire broke out at their home in Barn Mead on 15th October.

The investigation has been one of the most complex Essex police have ever undertaken and remains unsolved.

Watch a short interview with Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings from Essex Police.


Fresh appeal over crucial lines of enquiry five years since Harlow house fire

Police appeal for family laptop taken from the house Credit: Essex Police

Five years on from a house fire in Harlow which killed a mother and her five children, police are re-appealing for help to find those who started it.

Dr Abdul Shakoor was the only one of his family who survived when he jumped out of a window to try and find help as the fire engulfed their home in Barn Mead. His wife and children all died.

Police launched a murder investigation but have never been able to find who was responsible.

They're renewing a public appeal to help try and solve the case - which they say is one of the most complex they've ever worked on.

Dr Sabah Usmani and her five children Credit: Essex Police
Inside the Shakoor family home Credit: Essex Police

"Every day I think about my wife and children, the pain has never gone away. It is impossible to put in to words the pain and grief I have endured at the loss of my entire family. I will never understand why somebody did this and I live in hope that someday someone may come forward with information. If you do know anything, please contact Essex Police.”

– Dr Shakoor

The murder investigation has been one of the most difficult and challenging carried out by Essex Police.

To date more than 70 police officers and staff have worked on the case, nearly 500 people have given witness statements and 1,800 exhibits were collected and stored.

Police officers have worked on the case

"Five years on and we are still committed to solving this murder investigation and securing justice for Dr Shakoor and his family. We know the answer to this investigation lies within the community of Harlow. Five years on and loyalties that once existed may have changed. If you do know anything about the events of that night and who was responsible please, for the sake of Dr Shakoor and his family, do the right thing and come forward.”

– DCI Stephen Jennings, Senior Investigating Officer, Essex Police
An image of the missing laptop Credit: Essex Police

Detectives are now appealing for help with the following lines of enquiry:

  • A white man aged in his late teens/early 20s was seen in the area on a bicycle and could be a key witness.
  • The family laptop, a black Toshiba Satellite was taken from the house in a burglary. This has not been located.
  • The laptop bag and lead were later recovered near to the scene between Whitewaits and St Michael’s Close. Did you see these items being dumped?
  • Attached to the laptop lead was a shaver adapter plug. This did not belong to the Shakoor family which suggests someone tried to use the plug.
  • Do you know anything about the silver Ford Focus which was set alight?
  • In November 2012 a person rang Harlow police station from a phone box and left a message about the fire. Are you that person?
  • Also in November 2012 a piece of paper about the murder investigation was left on a shelf in Boots in Harlow. Did you leave that piece of paper?

Police given more power to stop crime and disorder in Harlow

Harlow town centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

A dispersal order has been put in place in Harlow town centre to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime overnight.

The order gives police enhanced powers between 10pm (Saturday 30th Sept) and 6am (Sunday 1st October) to order anyone to leave the area if they have reasonable grounds to believe they are involved in crime and disorder.

Anyone who refuses to leave the area once directed can be arrested and, if convicted, they could face up to a three month prison sentence and £2,500 fine.

"We have had several complaints from local residents and business owners regarding drug use, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour. We believe a number of reports are happening when people are leaving premises in the town centre following a night out. In some cases people are congregating and the dispersal order permits officers to exclude persons from an area during its duration, helping to tackle crime associated with alcohol consumption and illegal drug use at night."

– Insp Tony Walker, Harlow Community Policing team
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