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Paralympian meets Care Minister over Changing Places campaign

Anne Wafula Strike MBE (right) with Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP (centre) and campaigner Lorna Fillingham (left) Credit: Changing Places

Anne Wafula Strike, a paralympian athlete from Harlow, has met the Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP to press for better toilet facilities for people with severe disabilities.

On 20th February Anne Wafula Strike and fellow campaigner Lorna Fillingham handed in a petition to Downing Street calling for Changing Places toilets, with adult changing bench and hoist, to be made compulsory in larger public buildings as part of planning and building regulations.

"We provided her with evidence that disabled people are being changed on toilet floors and left in soiled pads when visiting outpatient appointments and other healthcare settings. We have told her that action needs to be taken to address this, and have asked for feedback on any action planned as a result of that meeting."

– Anne Wafula Strike

The MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon, has also set up an Early Day Motion for the issue to be debated in Parliament.

Teenager charged after boy stabbed in Harlow

A 16-year-old boy from Harlow in Essex has been charged with wounding with intent after another teenage boy was stabbed in the town.

The incident took place on Hodings Road in the little Pardon area of the town in the early hours of Saturday 3 March.

The boy will appear before magistrates in Chelmsford on Monday, March 5.

A second 16-year-old boy who was also arrested has been released under investigation.

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Cyclist seriously injured in Essex 'hit and run'

. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A cyclist has been left with serious head injuries following a suspected hit and run in Essex.

The victim was struck by a white car, thought to be a Volkswagen Scirrocco, at Magdalen Laver, near Harlow, on Sunday.

The man, in his 50s, was taken to hospital.

Police have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a crash, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, and assault. He has been released under investigation.

Officers want to speak to the driver of a black or dark-coloured car - possibly a Mini - which was immediately behind the white car at the time of the crash at 12.40pm.

Police investigate sexual assault on young girl in Harlow

The girl was walking near to garages in Little Brays in Harlow.

An investigation has been launched after a girl was sexually assaulted in Harlow on Thursday 2nd October.

The girl, who is secondary school age, was walking near to a garage area in Little Brays, just off Tillwicks Road, at around 3.45pm.

She was approached by a man who pulled her towards the nearby garages. The man sexually assaulted her, before the victim screamed and was able to run away.

Two nearby witnesses heard her scream, and came to her aid. The police were then called.

The man was described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build and in his mid to late 20s.

We are in the early stages of this investigation and are working hard to understand the circumstances which led to the attack.

Additional patrols by the Community Policing Team are in place, and house to house enquiries have been conducted.

Various lines of enquiry are being pursued to identify the man responsible, and we would like to hear from anyone who thinks they can help us. This appears to be an isolated incident and we don’t wish to cause undue worry, but we would ask you to be vigilant, and be aware of your surroundings. We are also updating local schools on the incident. I would like to praise the bravery of the victim, who is being supported by specially trained officers, and thank the two witnesses who have already helped us with enquiries.

– Ds Neale Parker, from Harlow CID
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