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Essex: Plans agreed to turn street lights back on in Harlow

Harlow Council has voted to increase council tax so it can switch the town's street lights back on. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Harlow Council has voted to increase council tax so it can switch the town's street lights back on.

Last night the council agreed to raise the tax by 1.5% to raise £100,000.

The money will be used to keep the lights burning at night.

Essex County Council had been switching off the lights between midnight and 5 am.

The council tax increase will add an extra 7p a week to a Band D bill.

Overtaking ban for lorries to be considered

The Highways Agency is considering banning lorries overtaking on part of the M11. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

The Highways Agency has confirmed it is considering a ban on lorries overtaking on a stretch of the M11 in Essex.

It comes after Essex county councillors asked for restrictions to be imposed between junctions 8 and 9, near Harlow.

The changes could be implemented later this year.


Schools compete in their own 'winter games' in Essex

Throughout this school year many children of all ages will be taking part in the Sainsbury's School Games.

It's where schools compete in more than 30 sports against rival schools from their county.

Essex has just taken its turn with 47 schools heading to Harlow to take part in what schools are calling their very own 'winter games'.

ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer went along to take a look. Click below to watch her report.

Police release CCTV images following aggravated burglary in Harlow

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Police have released CCTV images following an aggravated burglary in Harlow.

Two men smashed a conservatory window to get access to the house in Victoria Gate, on Tuesday November 11 at 1.30pm. They were challenged by the occupier but still forced their way in and stole electrical items.

Do you recognise this man?

The suspects were both wearing hooded tops with "City Bailiff" written on the back.

Anyone with any information, or who can identify the men, is asked to contact Police on 101.

78-year-old man attacked in home during aggravated burglary in Essex

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a 78-year-old man was attacked in his home in Essex during an aggravated burglary.

Police were called to a house in The Briars in Harlow just before 5pm on Friday.

It's thought three men wearing balaclavas knocked on his door, assaulted him, before stealing jewellery and cash. He was taken to hospital for treatment for facial injuries.

Anybody with any information is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.


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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

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
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