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Police hunting attackers who left man for dead

Police in Harlow are hunting for attackers who left a man with critical head injuries after a suspected assault.

The incident happened in Tumbler Road in the town on Monday night.

The man, who is in his 30s, was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after suffering a suspected fractured skull. His injuries are life threatening and he remains in a critical condition.

Essex Police are appealing for witness after a man was left with life-threatening head injuries following a suspected attack in Harlow. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“We are still trying to establish the circumstances of what led to this man suffering serious head injuries.

“However we do believe he was assaulted and some people were seen running away from the scene.

“We would like to hear from anyone who may witnessed the incident who can help us establish exactly what happened.”

– DC Richard Canning, Harlow CID

Two charged over death of seven year old girl on bouncy castle

Summer Grant

Two fairground workers have been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of a seven year old girl after she was seriously injured on a bouncy castle in Harlow last year.

Summer Grant, from Norwich, was taken to hospital but died a few hours later.

Shelby Thurston, 25, and William Thurston, 28, from Whitecross Road, Wilburton in Cambridgeshire were arrested in connection with the investigation.

They were charged today, (Thursday June 15), with manslaughter by gross negligence.

They were also charged with failure to discharge a general health and safety duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

They are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on July 19.

Detectives are continuing their enquiries and are trying to trace a witness who was near the fairground rides at the time of the incident. He was described as a young black man, believed to be aged in his teens.

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Council's bid to extend traveller ban to be heard in court

Travellers are currently banned from setting up illegal camps in Harlow. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Harlow Council will find out today if a bid to extend an injunction banning travellers from setting up illegal camps in the town has been successful.

The current order expires on Friday 16 June, but the council are hoping the High Court will allow them to renew it for another four years.

What do the Council want?

  • To extend the injunction for four years until midnight on 15 June 2021 (with a review of the order by the court in June 2019) or for a period that the court sees fit
  • Include private land at the Old Comet Site in the injunction
  • Add five more named people to the injunction order

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Health Secretary visits Harlow - but did his party know about it?

At least Robert Halfon knew Jeremy Hunt was visiting. Credit: Robert Halfon / Twitter

The Health Secretary has been in Harlow this morning (Friday) - although, for his party's HQ, the visit seems to have been a surprise.

Robert Halfon posted a picture of him with Jeremy Hunt outside the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

But after hearing rumours of the visitor earlier today, ITV News Anglia called the Conservative Party to ask for details - only to be told they knew nothing about it.

They were, however, keen to flag up Home Secretary Amber Rudd's visit to Norfolk later today.

Labour loses all its county council seats in Harlow

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn holds one-year-old Angelo after speaking to supporters at a rally in Harlow on 27 April. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

All four of the Essex County Council divisions in Harlow have gone to the Conservatives with Labour losing three of their seats.

It will be a blow to Labour hopes at the General Election as Harlow has been a marginal constituency in the past. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was campaigning in the new town last week.

Robert Halfon won the parliamentary seat for the Tories in 2010 and increased his majority to more than 8,000 at the 2015 election. Labour held the seat from 1997 until 2010 and would need a 6.4% swing to take it back.

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