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

E-fit image released.
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.

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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.”

Police appeal for witnesses after indecent exposure

Police in Essex have issued an Efit of a man they want to identify, who is believed to be responsible for an indecent exposure in Harlow.

The man apparently exposed himself to a woman on a cycle path in the Blackbush Spring area of Harlow on Sunday July 20, at 12.30pm.

He is described as between 21 and 40 years of age, white, with light coloured hair and 5ft 7-9 ins tall. He was wearing a white Nike tracksuit at the time.

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The E-fit issued by police Credit: Essex Police

Car crashes into house in Harlow

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A car has crashed into a house in the Church Langley area of Harlow. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex firefighters have called to free a woman trapped in her car after it crashed into a house in Harlow.

The incident involving one vehicle happened in the Church Langley area of the town at just after noon.

The woman was given oxygen by fire crews until the Ambulance Service paramedics arrived.

Two other pensioners injured in fatal crash

Police investigating a motorway crash in Essex in which a 79-year-old woman died have said two other pensioners were also injured. Motorists were asked to avoid a section of the M11 linking London with Cambridge after the serious road crash, which happened at around 3.30pm on Thursday.

Essex Police confirmed that the woman who died was from Halifax, West Yorkshire, and was a passenger in a silver Vauxhall Astra which was travelling south when it was involved in a "slight collision" with a lorry travelling in the same direction. The car then left the road and hit some trees.

A 72-year-old man who was driving the car and an 81-year-old woman, who was a front-seat passenger, were both seriously injured and remain in hospital. Both are from the Retford area of Nottinghamshire. The road reopened at 10.30pm.

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Witness appeal following M11 Essex crash

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road crash on the M11 near Epping.

Emergency services were called at about 3.30pm this afternoon to reports of a collision involving a heavy goods vehicle and a car on the southbound carriageway between Junction 7 and Junction 6.

A 79-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the car, has died. A man and woman who were also in the car were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The northbound carriageway was closed briefly while an air ambulance attended the scene but the southbound carriageway will be closed for several hours for vehicle recovery and while police carry out an initial investigation.

Woman who died in M11 crash was 79

Police said the dead passenger was aged 79.

A man and woman who were also in the car remain in hospital tonight.

A police spokesman said any witnesses who have not contacted police or anyone with information about events leading to the collision, should call the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk.

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Woman dies in Essex M11 collision

A woman has died after a collision involving a car and a lorry on the M11, Essex Police have said.

Motorists have been asked to avoid a section of the motorway linking London with Cambridge after the serious road crash, which happened at around 3.30pm today.

The as-yet unnamed victim, who was a passenger in the car, has died. Two other people who were in the vehicle have been taken to hospital with serious injuries, police said.

Specialist officers are currently at the scene, on the southbound carriageway between junctions six and seven.

"It is a serious collision, and there have been serious injuries.

"A woman who was a passenger in the car has died. Two other people who were in the vehicle have been taken to hospital with serious injuries."

– Police spokesman

The northbound carriageway has also being closed to allow an air ambulance to land. Drivers are being advised to avoid the area. The road is expected to be at least partially closed until 10pm.

"Heartless" thief steals heating oil from Essex hospice

The thief stole more than £1,000 worth of heating oil.
The thief stole more than £1,000 worth of heating oil. Credit: Essex Police

A thief has stolen more than £1,000 worth of heating oil from a hospice in Essex.

It happened last month at the St Clare Hospice in Harlow, which is a local charity offering specialist care for people with life-limiting illnesses.

Police have described the thief as "heartless" and want help to catch him.

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