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Your little pony? Appeal to reunite missing animal with owners

Police discovered the pony trotting around a skate park Credit: Josh Haase/Twitter

Police thought someone was foaling around yesterday when they were called to reports of a stray pony trotting around a skate park.

But officers found it was neigh joke after finding the tiny grey and white animal in Harlow, Essex.

Officers are trying to reunite the animal with its owners. Credit: Josh Haase/Twitter

An Essex Police officer tweeted pictures of the pony in a bid to reunite it with its owners.

"Assisting a colleague with a found pony on First Avenue - is this horse yours? Do you know the owner?"

– PC Josh Haase, Essex Police

Princess Alexandra boss: 'this is a hospital in distress'

Video report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

Bosses at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, have accepted conditions were not perfect, but they insist staff were offering good care in tough circumstances.

The hospital went into special measures after being rated "inadequate" by the health watchdog.

"What comes with special measures is a realisation that this is a hospital in distress and they need to support it and work with us.

I have the greatest confidence that out of adversity we will move all of our services to good and outstanding."

– Nancy Fontaine, Deputy Chief Executive of Princess Alexandra Hospital

With shrinking budgets and increased pressures, it's not the only hospital in the East of England facing significant problems.

The trusts running Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and Colchester Hospital are also in special measures.

Some health trusts have been taken out special measures after making major improvements: Basildon and Thurrock, Norfolk and Suffolk mental health services, Hinchingbrooke Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn.


Princess Alexandra Hospital in special measures: MP reacts

Robert Halfon MP, Harlow, Conservative Credit: ITV News Anglia

The MP for Harlow has been reacting to the decision to put the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow into special measures. Robert Halfon says that despite its difficulties, the hospital has 'several areas of outstanding practice'.

“I have seen first-hand that the staff and the management team at Princess Alexandra Hospital work incredibly hard and do an amazing job for Harlow residents. As MP, I get many emails and letters from residents who have had an excellent and caring service from our hospital."

– Robert Halfon MP, Harlow

The MP says there are four major problems the hospital faces.

  • It had more A&E admissions per head than almost anywhere else in the country
  • The age of the building means parts of it are unfit for purpose and it needs constant financial assistance to keep it going
  • The long term future needs to be looked at
  • Recruitment is a challenge because Harlow's close proximity to London and Cambridge. There is a 50% nurse vacancy rate in some wards.

Police appeal to find wanted man from Harlow

Mohammed Siddique is wanted on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. Credit: Essex Police

Police are appealing for information to find a man wanted on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

29-year-old Mohammed Siddique was last known to be living in Harlow.

He has also links to Ilford and Barking.

Cat in intensive care after being shot in Hertfordshire

Police believe the cat was shot with an air rifle. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A cat is in intensive care after it was shot in the back in a village in Hertfordshire.

Police believe the white haired cat, named Alaska, was shot with an air rifle

It happened on rural farm land behind a housing estate in Hunsdon, near Harlow, on 7 October.

“Understandably, the incident has left Alaska’s owners deeply shocked and upset.

House to house enquiries have been carried out in the area and investigations are continuing.

I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw someone acting suspiciously in the area around the time, to please get in touch."

– PC Sue Loughran, Hertfordshire Police


Police searching for wanted man from Essex

Munir Ahmed was last known to be living in Harlow. Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police are appealing to find a man they want to speak to in connection with a fraud allegation.

Munir Ahmed, who's 26, was last known to be living in Harlow. He also has links to Middlesex.

He is described as skinny, 5ft 10ins tall, with cropped black hair.

New CCTV images released following attack on two Polish men in Harlow

The attack happened outside the William Aylmer pub on Kitson Way Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have have released new CCTV images of four men they'd like to speak to in connection with an assault in Harlow.

It follows the attack on two Polish men outside the the William Aylmer pub on 4 September.

Police have issued new CCTV images following the Harlow assault Credit: Essex Police

One of the men suffered a cut to his head while the other suffered a broken nose.

Both were taken to hospital for their injuries.

Five teenagers released by police investigating killing of Polish man

Police have now released five of the six teenagers arrested on suspicion of Arek Jozwik's murder. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Five teenagers detained after a Polish man was killed in Harlow in August have been released without charge.

Arek Jozwik, 40, was attacked outside a takeaway on The Stow at around 11:30pm on Saturday, August 27. He was struck once and suffered severe head injuries as he fell and died later in hospital.

Six teenagers, five aged 15 and one aged 16 and all from Harlow, were arrested on suspicion of murder.

Five have now been released from bail without charge due to insufficient evidence. One teenager who is aged 15 and from Harlow remains on police bail.

Det Insp Danny Stoten said: "We have carried out a huge amount of work into the investigation.

"So far we have taken over 150 witness statements, spoken to over 300 people during house to house and general enquiries and seized over 100 hours of CCTV.

"In excess of 30 police officers and staff have been involved in the investigation and have committed over 1200 additional hours.”

The Polish Ambassador visited Harlow amid concern that Mr Jozwik's killing was a hate crime. Credit: ITV News Anglia
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