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Remembering the Harlow house fire victims

Friends and colleagues of Dr Abdul Shakoor, who lost his family in a house fire in Harlow, are gathering to pay their respects a year on.

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Anyone for gammon?

Image of man police want to trace following meat theft Credit: Essex Police

Police are appealing for help in identifying a man they want to speak to in connection with a meat theft.

A man went in to the M&S Simply Food store at the BP petrol station at Southern Way, Harlow, just after 9am on 4 March, selected five packs of gammon steaks and left without paying.

Anyone who recognises the man pictured is asked to contact Pc Michael Ornellas at Harlow police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Cut in bingo tax could mean 'bigger prizes' for players

The Harlow MP Robert Halfon was in his local bingo hall less than 24 hours after winning a major concession in George Osborne's budget.

Mr Halfon told ITV News Anglia that a cut in the bingo tax from 20% to 10% could mean bigger prizes for bingo players as well as more investment in the industry.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report.


MP gets a warm welcome from bingo players in Harlow

Robert Halfon MP greeted by bingo players in Harlow. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The MP behind a campaign to cut the amount of tax paid by bingo halls has received a warm welcome from players in Harlow.

Robert Halfon, the MP for Harlow, campaigned to have duty cut from 20% to 15%.

In the Chancellor's 2014 Budget, bingo tax was cut to 10%.

Bingo 'win' a boost for halls in the East

The manager of a bingo hall in Bedford has welcomed the move to cut in half the amount of tax bingo halls pay.

Richard Astill from Mecca Bingo in Bedford said it would mean more opportunities to invest across the industry.

The man behind the campaign to cut the bingo tax was the MP for Harlow Robert Halfon.

Click below to hear from Richard Astill of Mecca Bingo, Bedford.

Cut in duty could 'secure bingo halls for the future'

Bingo halls in the East have welcomed the Chancellor's announcement that bingo duty is to be cut from 20% to 10%.

Neil Cox, manager of Palace Bing in Great Yarmouth, said it would "secure more bingo halls for the future".

He added: "As the Chancellor said yesterday, three quarters of bingo clubs have closed down in the last 30 years, so that will give you an idea.

Click below to hear from Neil Cox.

Baby brought "back to life" after 23 minutes not breathing

A baby girl has been brought back to life thanks to a consultant's decision to make one final attempt to revive her.

Beatrix Richards, from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire, wasn't breathing when she was born, and hospital guidelines state resuscitation should stop after 20 minutes.

But the hospital doctor treating Beatrix was reminded of his own daughter and decided he just couldn't give up. Three minutes later she started breathing and she's now recovering at home with her parents and sister.

Click below to watch a report on little Beatrix from ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

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Father of baby brought back to life: "The odds were stacked against her"

The father of the baby girl brought back to life thanks to a consultant's decision to have one more go at reviving her says they didn't realise how lucky they were.

Beatrix Richards, from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire, was not breathing when she was born, and hospital guidelines state resuscitation should stop after 20 minutes. But the hospital doctor treating Beatrix was reminded of his own daughter and decided he just couldn't give up.

Beatrix's father Lloyd Richards said: "We didn't realise how lucky we were - the odds were stacked against her from the off. Miraculously she's pulled through."

Baby girl survives not breathing for 23 minutes

The family in hospital Credit: Richards family

A baby born in Harlow in Essex has survived despite not breathing for the first 23 minutes of her life.

Beatrix Richards had to be resuscitated, but just at the moment when guidelines recommend resuscitation ends, the consultant at the Princess Alexandra hospital, decided to give it one more go.

She started to breathe and now 8 weeks old is back home in Bishop's Stortford.

She still has a tiny bleed on her brain, caused by the lack of oxygen when she was born, the long-term implications of which are unknown, but the outlook is very good.

Beatrix Richards Credit: Richards family

The family are now fundraising for both the Princess Alexandra hospital in Essex and St Thomas's Hospital in London where she was transferred to at just a few hours old.

Beatrix now Credit: Richards family

UKIP "has cleansed" Conservatives, says Harlow MP Robert Halfon

Robert Halfon MP.
Robert Halfon MP. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Harlow's MP claims UKIP has done the Conservatives a favour by cleansing the party of people with extreme views.

In an interview with The House magazine, Robert Halfon MP said there was a sinister element to Nigel Farage's UKIP party and accused one of its MEPs of supporting a policy which was "akin to the Nazis".

Mr Farrage dismissed the MP's comments and warned his party could add Harlow to its list of target seats.

Mr Halfon said he was pleased that Tories with "those kinds of views" were defecting to UKIP.

"In many ways UKIP have done us an enormous favour because they're cleansing people from the Tory party that had these kinds of views, which is great because I don't want people who have those kinds of views in my party. So good luck to them, really," he said.

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