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Tory MP claims his town is 'under siege' from travellers

An Conservative MP from Essex says Harlow has been living 'under siege' for over a year because of illegal travellers' sites around the town.

Robert Halfon says the number of travellers parking illegally in Harlow has left the town at crisis point.

It's thought up to 79 unauthorised camps have sprung up in and around Harlow over the past year. Mr Halfon wants the police to start taking direct action to move the travellers.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

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Armed robbery at bookmakers

Police are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a bookmakers in Harlow.

At 8.40pm last night, Monday, November 17, two men entered the Jennings Bookmakers in Prentice Place armed with a crowbar.

The female cashier was dragged out to a back room and forced to open a safe. Money was stolen, believed to be a three-figure sum. The woman was treated at the scene by paramedics.

"I have authorised increased patrols around bookmakers in the district as a deterrent to other offenders as well as to reassure residents.

"An extensive enquiry has begun to identify the men responsible and I would urge anyone who does have information to contact us as soon as possible.”

– DCI Paul Maleary

Can you help police find this man?

Can you help police find this man? Credit: Essex Police

Police have released an efit image of a man suspected of an indecent exposure in Harlow in Essex.

A man described as being aged in his 20s, clean shaven, wearing a black jacket and black trousers, exposed himself to a woman in Felmongers, Harlow, at around 9.45am on October 31.

Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact Pc Greg Marshall at Harlow police station on 101.

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E-fit and witness appeal after taxi driver robbed and has his car set on fire

E-fit image released.

Police have released an E-fit image of a man suspected of robbing a taxi driver and setting his car on fire.

The driver had answered a call to pick up a woman and four men outside the Heart and Club pub in Pypers Hatch at about 12.40am on Friday August 8.

But once the five people were inside the cab they demanded the driver’s takings and assaulted him when he refused.

The front seat passenger then grabbed the driver around the neck while others in car took his wallet and £190 in cash and a Samsung PDA computer device, valued at £500.

The driver, who is in his 50s and from Harlow, was forced out of the car.

Officers later found the £3,000 car, a blue Peugeot 307 estate, completely burned out at Peldon Road, Harlow.

"This was a vicious attack on a taxi driver who had been booked to take five people from the pub to the Pinnacles. Instead, he was assaulted, robbed, injured then had his car taken and destroyed by fire.

"All five people were involved in the robbery but the E-fit is of the man who was sitting in the front seat and carried out the assault.

"The driver suffered cuts and bruises but did not need hospital treatment, although he was badly shaken.

"We want to hear from anyone who can identify the man or from anyone with information about the robbery or when the five people abandoned the car and set it on fire.”

– Investigating officer DC Mike Ferguson

Anyone who can help should contact DC Ferguson at Harlow CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Police appeal after sex assault

Police would like to speak to a couple who may be able to help with an investigation into a serious sexual offence which took place at Harlow in Essex.

A woman, who is in her 40s and from the Harlow area was sexually assaulted in Harlow Town Park at around 4.30pm on Sunday, July 27.

She was with a man who she had met earlier that day. He pulled her into a big wooded area of the park and sexually assaulted her. She shouted at him and ran away.

Detective Inspector Terry Balding said: "After the incident, the victim ran off down the path towards School Lane. The man then pulled up in his silver car and asked her to get in but the victim shouted at him and walked off along First Avenue. She saw a white man and woman, who she thinks were in their 50s, who may have seen or heard their exchange. I would really like them to contact my team as they may be able to help with information into the investigation.”

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