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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


Can you help police find this man?

Can you help police find this man? Credit: Essex Police

Police have released an efit image of a man suspected of an indecent exposure in Harlow in Essex.

A man described as being aged in his 20s, clean shaven, wearing a black jacket and black trousers, exposed himself to a woman in Felmongers, Harlow, at around 9.45am on October 31.

Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact Pc Greg Marshall at Harlow police station on 101.

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