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Police given more power to stop crime and disorder in Harlow

Harlow town centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

A dispersal order has been put in place in Harlow town centre to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime overnight.

The order gives police enhanced powers between 10pm (Saturday 30th Sept) and 6am (Sunday 1st October) to order anyone to leave the area if they have reasonable grounds to believe they are involved in crime and disorder.

Anyone who refuses to leave the area once directed can be arrested and, if convicted, they could face up to a three month prison sentence and £2,500 fine.

"We have had several complaints from local residents and business owners regarding drug use, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour. We believe a number of reports are happening when people are leaving premises in the town centre following a night out. In some cases people are congregating and the dispersal order permits officers to exclude persons from an area during its duration, helping to tackle crime associated with alcohol consumption and illegal drug use at night."

– Insp Tony Walker, Harlow Community Policing team


Police hunt fake charity collector targeting vulnerable people

An efit image of a woman police in Harlow would like to trace in connection with a burglary and fraudulent charity collection. Credit: Essex Police

Police in Essex are hunting a fake charity collector in the Harlow area who is targeting vulnerable people.

They have issued an efit image of a woman they would like to speak to in connection to a burglary and a number of fraudulent incidents.

On Monday 28 August the woman went to a house in Halling Hill claiming to be a charity representative and asked to use the victim’s toilet.

The victim, a woman in her late-80s, but then heard her in an upstairs bedroom. The victim confronted the woman and asked her to leave. Items had been disturbed in the bedroom.

Later officers received reports that a woman matching the same description, had approached a number of houses in Long Ley, saying she was deaf and was collecting money for a deaf children’s charity.

Stuart Lubbock's father welcomes Barrymore damages decision

Terry Lubbock, the father of a man found dead in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The father of the man found dead in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool has welcomed the High Court's ruling that the entertainer should get damages from Essex Police.

Stuart Lubbock's father Terry says the publicity will keep his campaign to get to the truth behind his son's death in the public eye.

After Stuart Lubbock was found raped and murdered at the Michael Barrymore's home near Harlow in 2001, the star's television career was effectively halted.

He was arrested in 2007 in connection with Mr Lubbock's death but later released without charge. He wants millions to replace his potential loss of earnings.

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TV's Michael Barrymore to get damages for wrongful arrest

Former TV entertainer Michael Barrymore is to be paid damages for wrongful arrest. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Entertainer Michael Barrymore is entitled to "more than nominal" damages against Essex Police over the wrongful arrest which he says destroyed his career, a High Court judge has ruled.

The comedian and TV presenter was arrested and detained in June 2007 on suspicion of the rape and murder of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock, who was found in the swimming pool at his home in Roydon near Harlow six years earlier.

Mr Justice Stuart-Smith, sitting in London on Friday, ruled against the force, which had argued that Mr Barrymore should only receive a nominal payout.

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