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Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital appoint new CEO

Lance McCarthy will start work in May. Credit: Princess Alexandra Hospital/ITV News Anglia

A new Chief Executive has been appointed to help turn things around at a struggling hospital in Harlow.

The Princess Alexandra was rated as 'inadequate' by the Care Quality Commission last October and placed in special measures.

Lance McCarthy, who takes charge in May, is currently the CEO at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust.

He says he's looking forward to taking on a new challenge.

This is the perfect job in so many ways – the chance to be part of the development of a new hospital on a new education and social care campus is exciting.

The chance to shape health and social care across West Essex by developing our Accountable Care Partnership is a challenge I shall relish.

And finally the chance to work with a staff team who are so obviously caring and committed to doing the best for patients will be a pleasure.

– Lance McCarthy


Multi-million pound deal struck for new technology centre

The new medical technology centre is expected to create 500 jobs. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A multi-million pound deal to build a new medical technology centre in Essex, creating 500 jobs, has been signed.

Essex County Council has promised £2.5 million towards Anglia Ruskin University's Med-Tech Innovation Centre.

It will be the first tenant at the Harlow Science Park, which is a new site for high-technology businesses.

Essex County Council has invested millions into the project. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This is part of the regeneration and rebirth of Harlow.

"We're going to be one of the health science capitals of the world in terms of Public Health England coming here.

"This is our new Enterprise Zone, and the Medtech campus will be vital for businesses and vital for Public Health England."

– Robert Halfon MP, Harlow, Conservatives


Woman, 19, threatened with knife during Essex robbery

A woman was threatened with a knife during a robbery in Harlow. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 19-year-old woman was threatened with a knife as she walked along a cycle path in Essex.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the robbery which happened at Tripton Road in Harlow at about 1.45pm on Friday, March 17.

The victim was approached by a man holding a knife who demanded money. She gave him cash and he ran off into a nearby wood.

The man was white, aged about 40, of stocky build and 5ft 6ins to 5ft 7ins tall. He had curly, short, light brown hair, with a small bald patch on the crown and a long bushy beard.

The victim said he looked scruff, wore black gloves with the ends cut off both thumbs, a khaki green jacket with a rip in the back, and black steel toe capped style boots.

Three teenagers arrested over Harlow attack

A third teenager has been arrested in connection with an assault in Harlow which left three men with head and facial injuries.

The victims were attacked by a group of five people in East Gate on Saturday 18 February.

A 17-year-old boy from Harlow was arrested on Sunday 19 February on suspicion of assault and violent disorder.

He has been released on bail until May 25.

Previously, a 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault and a 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

The 14 year-old has been released on bail until May 25.

The 15 year-old boy remains in police custody.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.

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