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Missing Keira hasn't been seen for a week

Keira Gray has been missing for more than a week. Credit: Hertfordshire Police.

Police are appealing for help to find a missing teenager who has not been seen for a week.

Officers in Hertfordshire say, despite their best efforts, they have not been able to find 14-year-old Keira Gray, from Stevenage.

She was last seen at home on Tuesday November 15 and has links to Harlow.

16-year-old charged with stabbing another teenager

A 16 year old boy has been charged in connection with the stabbing of an 18-year-old man in Essex.

The teenager from Harlow will appear before Chelmsford Magistrates today.

The incident happened on Wednesday 16 November when the victim was stabbed after refusing to hand over his bike on Grays High Street.

The boy has been charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and possession of Class A and Class B drugs.

Image released after man attacked by four robbers in Harlow

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Essex Police

Police have released an artist's impression of man they want to speak to in connection with an attempted robbery in Harlow.

A man in his 20s was approached by a young boy who asked for help. The victim followed the boy up a cycle path on Holly Field and was attacked by four men.

He managed to fight them off and they ran in the direction of the Staple Tye shopping centre.

The victim suffered minor facial injuries.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc Paul Turner at Harlow Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Your little pony? Appeal to reunite missing animal with owners

Police discovered the pony trotting around a skate park Credit: Josh Haase/Twitter

Police thought someone was foaling around yesterday when they were called to reports of a stray pony trotting around a skate park.

But officers found it was neigh joke after finding the tiny grey and white animal in Harlow, Essex.

Officers are trying to reunite the animal with its owners. Credit: Josh Haase/Twitter

An Essex Police officer tweeted pictures of the pony in a bid to reunite it with its owners.

"Assisting a colleague with a found pony on First Avenue - is this horse yours? Do you know the owner?"

– PC Josh Haase, Essex Police

Princess Alexandra boss: 'this is a hospital in distress'

Video report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

Bosses at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, have accepted conditions were not perfect, but they insist staff were offering good care in tough circumstances.

The hospital went into special measures after being rated "inadequate" by the health watchdog.

"What comes with special measures is a realisation that this is a hospital in distress and they need to support it and work with us.

I have the greatest confidence that out of adversity we will move all of our services to good and outstanding."

– Nancy Fontaine, Deputy Chief Executive of Princess Alexandra Hospital

With shrinking budgets and increased pressures, it's not the only hospital in the East of England facing significant problems.

The trusts running Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and Colchester Hospital are also in special measures.

Some health trusts have been taken out special measures after making major improvements: Basildon and Thurrock, Norfolk and Suffolk mental health services, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn.

Princess Alexandra Hospital in special measures: MP reacts

Robert Halfon MP, Harlow, Conservative Credit: ITV News Anglia

The MP for Harlow has been reacting to the decision to put the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow into special measures. Robert Halfon says that despite its difficulties, the hospital has 'several areas of outstanding practice'.

“I have seen first-hand that the staff and the management team at Princess Alexandra Hospital work incredibly hard and do an amazing job for Harlow residents. As MP, I get many emails and letters from residents who have had an excellent and caring service from our hospital."

– Robert Halfon MP, Harlow

The MP says there are four major problems the hospital faces.

  • It had more A&E admissions per head than almost anywhere else in the country
  • The age of the building means parts of it are unfit for purpose and it needs constant financial assistance to keep it going
  • The long term future needs to be looked at
  • Recruitment is a challenge because Harlow's close proximity to London and Cambridge. There is a 50% nurse vacancy rate in some wards.
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