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A-LEVELS: Epping St Johns students praises for "amazing achievement"

3.24pm - 17th August 2017

A-LEVEL results at Epping St Johns School are above the national average with students praised for their "amazing achievement".
Among the top performing students were Daniel Riddle (A*, A* B), Bethany Plume and Lauren Collier (three Bs), Rebecca Petchey (two As and a B) and Larissa Rabb (A, B, C). 
Executive headteacher Allan Osborne said: "All did exceptionally well and performed sensationally. 
"Overall this is an amazing achievement for the pupils who have so fulfilled our vision of APS (Aspire; Persevere and Succeed). 
"100 per cent of out students are off to university or apprenticeships. This is an incredible testimony to the sheer determination and talent of our students and staff." 
Fifty-five per cent of all grades achieved were A*-C with 91 per cent of grades at A-C.


A-LEVELS: School hails "incredible" results

3.24pm - 17th August 2017

RODING Valley Sixth Form is celebrating its first A-Level results with an "incredible" 98 per cent pass rate.
Head of School Sharon Jenner said: "This is a great achievement for our first cohort through, with 33 per cent of all grades achieved at A*-B grades. 
"This clearly shows that our Sixth Form provision is very good indeed. An outstanding 93 per cent of our Year 13s had applied for university and the majority of the students achieved their first choice university."
Among the outstanding performers, of those going on to university, are Olivia Tinker who achieved A*,A*, A plus A in the Extended Project Qualification. She will be going to Cambridge University to read History.
Other top students are Sophie Humphries (off to Durham University to read Economics), Hannah Smith (going to Durham University to read Anthropology) and Natasha McVey (going to Nottingham University to read Veterinary). 
Sharon Jenner added: "It is both reassuring and rewarding to know that all of our students are now destined to continue their education either at well-respected universities or entering the field of work. 
"The success of the students was down to the hard work and determination of the students, and the strong support of parents, leaders, teachers and tutors. 
"We have created a real family atmosphere in the sixth Form Centre where staff know every student well and can support their progress.
"We wish Year 13 all the best for the future and look forward to welcoming Year 11 students into the Sixth Form on enrolment day (Thursday, August 24). 
"We would also like to thank students, parents, staff, governors and our Consortium Partners for maintaining a positive and proactive partnership in our first set of results."



A-LEVELS: College celebrates results

2.35pm - 17th August 2017

EPPING Forest College is celebrating outstanding A-Level results after it recorded a pass rate of 98.7 per cent.
Students who applied to university gained entry to their first choice at higher education including Central Saint Martins, Trinity Laban, King’s College London and Hertfordshire University to name just a few. 
A number of students have gained places on higher apprenticeship schemes and others have gained employment. 
College CEO and principal Saboohi Famili expressed the joy of all staff in seeing students achieve such important academic milestones. 
She said: "It is a privilege to work with such wonderful students and to enable them to achieve such remarkable success in very challenging examinations and during a difficult year for our college. 
"We are very proud of their academic and technical excellence but equally we value their achievements as individuals and as very impressive young adults ready to take on the next important step in their lives.
"I have every confidence that they will go on to excel in whatever career they choose and make a very positive difference in society."
Gagan Mohindra, Chairman of the corporation, said: "Epping Forest College is firmly on its pathway to excellence and the commitment, professionalism and quality of staff is evident in the results for our learners as well as the high level of interest in the college for next year.
"I would like to thank all staff who have played a role in the success of our students this year and wish them success for 2017–18 academic year. 
"I wholeheartedly congratulate our students for their achievements and wish them well for the future." 
Ms Famili added: "The college has a special Big Breakfast Open Event for the community on Saturday, September 2, between 10am and noon to showcase what this fantastic educational establishment has to offer the local community. 
"The event is open to all and is an opportunity to learn more about the college and enrol on one or more of many programmes that are on offer for the first time this academic year." 
Deputy Principal Phil Hall said: "We are incredibly proud of all our students and appreciate that their excellent results reflect not only their dedication but also the considerable support of their parents, families and of course the teaching staff at the college. 
"Whilst some students are going on to university courses we also have a number of students who will choose to enter the world of work directly and continue with their studies through a higher apprenticeship programme." He added: "In order to help our students have a successful start on their university journey we have put together the 'Flying Start' programme that aims to equip our young people for the university life. 
"From how to cook and eat healthy on budget to being safe and vigilant whilst away from home, the programme covers the essential skills any young adult requires to be focused and successful in their chosen pathway." 
The highly engaging and interactive programme runs on September 2 between 11am and 3pm. 
Further information can be found on college website. 

Top performing students include: 

Lucy Maddison - English Literature A*, Photography A, History B. Lucy is going to study English at King’s College London. 
Rebecca Bell - 3D Design A*, Photography B, Fine Art B. Rebecca is going to study Model Design and Special Effects at Hertfordshire University. 
Clair Mealing - Sociology A, Psychology A, English Literature C. Clair is continuing at Epping Forest College to study her A-Levels.
Zac Grego - A* in 3D Design and a Distinction in Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design. Zac will study Architecture at Central Saint Martins 
Jordan Sion - D* D* D* at Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. He is going to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Jadelyn Gatchalian - D* D* D at Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care. Jadelyn will go on to study Children’s Nursing at King’s College London.


#EEF999LIVE: Two men sought over assault

12.48pm - 17th August 2017

POLICE are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in Jessel Drive, Loughton. 
The incident happened at about 11.30pm on Tuesday. 
The man, aged in his 40s, was taken to Whipps Cross Hospital with injuries to his face, arm and leg.
Police believe there are two suspects, both white men, 5ft 9ins to 5ft 10ins tall who were wearing white t-shirts. One was slim and the other was of larger build. 
Anyone with information is asked to ring Loughton Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


CHIGWELL: Three injured in two-car collision

12.40pm - 17th August 2017

THREE people have been injured - one seriously - following a two-car collision on Abridge Road, Chigwell. 
Police are appealing for witnesses after a Ford Ka and a Honda Accord were in collision near the entrance to the Topgolf centre at about 7.05am today. 
The Ka driver, a 17-year-old man from Romford, suffered serious injuries. 
The driver and passenger of the Honda, a 42-year-old man from London and a 46-year-old man from Loughton, suffered injuries that were believed to be minor. 
All three were taken to hospital. 
Any witnesses are asked to ring PC Bob Colbert at Chigwell Roads Policing Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


A-LEVELS: "Impressive" results for Debden Park

12.13pm - 17th August 2017

THE first cohort of Debden Park High School students in the Epping Forest District 6th Form Consortium have achieved 100 per cent pass rates in their A-Level exams. 
In some subjects, such as Maths, Physics and Art, 100 per cent of students achieved A*-B grades. 
Head of School Helen Gascoyne said: "As a school we have always been academically ambitious for our students and this impressive first set of A-Level results is testament to our commitment to building upon our sustained exemplary GCSE results." 
Executive headteacher Christian Cavanagh said: "We are thrilled that on average our Year 13 students have achieved half a grade higher than their peers nationally. 
"Debden Park High School prides itself on instilling students with a real love of learning and to see 90 per cent of them carrying on their educational journeys to university and higher level apprenticeships is truly outstanding."



A-LEVELS: Davenant celebrates "outstanding" results

12.10pm - 17th August 2017

DAVENANT Foundation School is celebrating "another outstanding set of results" with students achieving a 99 per cent pass rate. 
Fifty-one per cent of all A-Level exams were graded at A*-B with 23 per cent of grades at A* or A. Seventy-eight per cent of all grades were A*-C.
Headteacher Adam Thorne said: "These results are a reflection of the hard work of students combined with the outstanding Sixth Form teaching at Davenant. 
"We are very proud of our students and wish them all the best for their futures." 
Top achievers included Mitchel Lee who gained four A* grades and will be reading Physics at Manchester University. 
Rachel Crossland was awarded three A*s and is off to read History at Kent University while Head Girl Christy Gilbert achieved two A*s and an A and will be reading Drama and English at Birmingham University. 
The vast majority of Davenant students have been accepted at their first choice University. 
Five students will be studying medicine and veterinary science. 
Kate Fisher, Head of Davenant's Sixth Form, said: "The support and opportunities students receive here has helped them fulfil their full potential. 
"They were a delightful year group and I couldn’t be happier with what they have achieved."



A-LEVELS: Record results at West Hatch

12.05pm - 17th August 2017

WEST Hatch High School is celebrating record A-Level results. 
Ninety-three per cent of all grades were A* - C with 67 per cent of grades awarded being A*, A or B. 
All results are significantly up on previous years, for the third successive year. 
The overall A-Level pass rate was 99.6 per cent. 
The results mean the majority of West Hatch students have gained access to their first choice universities with a number now securing higher level apprenticeships. 
Top performers were: 
A-Level - Frankie Nash (A*, A*, A), Bradley Edens (A*, A*, B), Jasmine Smith (A, Distinction*, B, B), Wazim Awan (A*, A, A), Kyle Hardy (A*, A, B), Anoushka Sharma (A, A, B, B), William Harris (A, A, B), Lily Pearce (A, A, B), Isabella Purton (A, A, B), Georgia Roth (A, A, B). 
CACHE - Ciara Carter (A*, A*, A*).
BTEC Business Extended Diploma - Isabella Garrett (Three Distinction*). 
BTEC Sports Extended Diploma - Kieran Holdbrook (Two Distinction* and a Distinction). 
BTEC ICT Extended Diploma - Ryan Lloyd (Three Distinction*), Alfie Udall (Three Distinction*). 
New Headteacher Daniel Leonard said: "We are so proud of our students and delighted that the hard work of the students and staff alike has paid off. 
"Our Sixth Form has continued to flourish and build upon excellent results year on year and we are delighted to offer our students such a high quality provision. 
"These results don’t just happen and they are testament to the hard work and perseverance that our students and staff have displayed over the last two years. 
"We wish our students well as many of them now go off to prestigious universities across the country or take on top jobs and apprenticeships in London." 
For further information on West Hatch High School visit www.westhatch.essex.sch.uk or email the school office at admin@westhatch.essex.sch.uk
Enrolment for West Hatch High School's Sixth Form is on Thursday, August 24.



#EEF999LIVE: CHIGWELL: Police seize drugs and cash

5.34pm - 16th August 2017

TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing class A and B drugs following a police pursuit on the Limes Farm estate in Chigwell. 
The men, aged 21 and 22 and from London, were arrested after two suspects ran from a vehicle. 
They were later detained by police. 
A quantity of drugs, believed to include cannabis, and £3,000 in cash has been seized. 
The men have been released under investigation following their arrest last night. 
The substances have been sent for expert analysis.


EPPING: Town council unveils blue plaque

5.07pm - 16th August 2017

EPPING Town Council has unveiled a blue plaque to The Silley Family in Theydon Grove, Epping. 
The Silley Family were the owners of the original Theydon Grove House, which was replaced with the current Theydon Grove estate. 
The Silley Family have gifted much to the people of Epping, including Stonards Hill Recreation Ground and the Jack Silley Pavilion. 
The blue plaque was unveiled on Tuesday by  Mayor Tony Church, ably assisted by the homeowner’s grandson. Also present were the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Freemen of Epping, Epping town councillors, Theydon Trusts Ltd (who suggested the plaque), the Epping Society and neighbouring residents. 
The plaque can be seen on the corner of Theydon Grove, near the Town Green, Epping.



WOODFORD: Cookery author launches tea party campaign

12.24pm - 16th August 2017

COOKERY author Amy-Beth Ellice launched Haven House Hospice's 'Big Tea Par-Tea' The Big Tea Par-Tea campaign with an afternoon tea party for families.
The event included a cake demonstration by Amy-Beth, who lives at Stanford Rivers - author of 'Amy's Baking Year'. 
She baked cupcakes and showed how the cakes could be decorated with a number of simple designs.
The event was attended by Redbridge Mayor Linda Huggert. 
The campaign aims to get people raising money for the hospice by coming together for a cake, a cuppa and a catch-up. 
For more information visit www.havenhouse.org.uk/thebigteapartea


THEYDON BOIS: New business group launched

12.03pm - 16th August 2017

THEYDON Bois Business Group is a new business networking group which is looking to attract local business people. 
The group is the brainchild of Alison Dawkes and her company Glow Happy. 
Alison is committed to offering recommended natural products which help people look, feel and live better lives plus share business opportunities. 
The group meets twice a month, during the day and in the evening. 
Alison said: "I am very pleased with the interest shown so far and already we have 60 people on our Facebook group. 
"There is a gap in the market for a group that can cater for those who can only meet at certain times of the day." 
A preliminary meeting in July attracted a diverse group of local business people who, by the end, felt positive about doing business with each other. 
Evening meetings will take place on designated Mondays at 8.30pm at the Queen Victoria pub, Coppice Row. 
Daytime sessions will be held on designated Wednesdays of each month at 2pm in the Poplar Room at Theydon Bois Village Hall. Everyone is welcome. 
Meeting dates are Mondays August 28, September 4 and September 25 at 8.30pm and Wednesday, September 13 at 2pm. Cost is £4 to cover expenses. 
For more information email Alison at alison@glowhappy.co.uk or ring 07912 412747. Visit https://www.theydonbois.business


THEYDON BOIS: Playground appeal for funding votes

5.01pm - 15th August 2017

THE Playground At Theydon charity is calling on people to vote for it as it looks to secure £25,000 in funding. 
The committee is desperately trying to raise enough money to replace all the equipment on the site, including the rubberised flooring. 
Half of the £113,000 required has so far been raised but the committee hopes to win a community award from the OneFamily Foundation. 
The Poplar Row playground gets many visitors from the surrounding area as well as the village. 
The equipment was installed 25 years ago and as it is wooden much of it is rotten. 
Two pieces have already had to be removed as they were unsafe. 
The committee has secured £40,000 from Theydon Bois Parish Council and other smaller donations and hopes to reach the total and replace the equipment by the end of the year. 
PAT committee chairman Shelley Dix said: "Our playground is desperately in need of some love and attention and we would love to be able to replace the equipment this year. 
"If we could win this community award it would really help us on our way. We would be very grateful if anyone could vote for us, it only takes a minute but the outcome could make all the difference for us."
To vote click here
 Voting closes on September 6. To donate towards the appeal, ring Shelley Dix on 07919 215465.


CHIGWELL: Homes plan as part of school refurbishment

3.48pm - 11th August 2017

MAJOR plans have been unveiled for the "complete refurbishment" of Chigwell Primary Academy with an 'enabling residential development' of 59 homes. 
A planning application, with Epping Forest District Council, includes details of off-street parking, a dedicated parking 'court' for existing residents, garden space and new vehicle accesses from the High Road (A113) and Vicarage Lane. 
The application will be considered by Chigwell Parish Council before a decision is taken by Epping Forest District Council.


LOUGHTON: Items wanted for charity's new-look store

2.46pm - 11th August 2017

ITEMS are wanted to fill the rails at St Clare Hospice’s new-look fashion store in Loughton. 
The re-branded St Clare shop, ‘271 Fashion’, is set to re-open on Saturday, September 2. 
Before that, the charity's retail team is asking people to send in their best menswear and fashion donations to help stock the shelves.
The shop, at 271 High Road, is undergoing a makeover and will become the charity’s flagship fashion store. 
St Clare Hospice's head of retail, Fiona Eaton, said: "We are delighted that from September our Loughton shop will become home to the best in St Clare’s high-street fashion and menswear. 
"Stocking a wide range of both new and pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women - 271 is a must when it comes to shopping for high-street chic.
"We are always in need of more high-quality fashion labels to help us raise the £4m which is needed to run our services each year. 
"It is thanks to our local donors and shoppers that we can continue to help improve the lives of people living with a life-limiting illness across west Essex and east Herts.
If you can help, ring 020 8508 0766.


ONGAR: Grants sought for play equipment

2.30pm - 11th August 2017

ONGAR Town Council is to apply for £8,000 in grant funding from Essex County Council to help it provide three new pieces of play equipment. 
The council is putting £1,600 in 'seed funding' towards the £6,604.78 cost of a kickwall for Jubilee Park with the council hoping to receive the £5,000 balance from the county council's Community Initiatives Fund. 
The council is also applying for £3,000 to go towards the £3,979 cost of a two-seater see-saw and Little Bird Rocker for the Greensted Road play area. 
The council is earmarking £979 of its own money towards the cost.


#EEF999LIVE: LOUGHTON: Man "encouraged boy into van"

10.03am - 11th August 2017

POLICE are appealing for information after a man was reported to have encouraged a boy to get into a van in Loughton. 
The incident happened in Vere Road - near the junction with Willingale Road - between 2.15pm and 3.15pm on Tuesday, August 8 , when three boys, aged 11, who were walking along the road, reported that a black or brown van with thin white lines around it pulled up alongside them. 
It also had yellow writing on the side and as it pulled up, beeped its horn six times. 
Two of the boys then ran off while one was spoken to by the man driving the van. 
The man told the boy that his mum was on the phone and that he should get in the vehicle so he could speak to her. The boy then ran off. 
Nobody was injured. 
DC Ben Elliott said: “This is being investigated thoroughly and we want anyone who may have witnessed the incident to get in touch with us. 
"We urge parents to ensure their children are aware of stranger danger and to report any suspicious activity to us. 
“It should also be highlighted that this is believed to be an isolated incident and therefore we do not wish to alarm anyone.” 
Anyone with information is asked to ring Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


ONGAR: Council to review town's CCTV

8.32am - 11th August 2017

A REVIEW of the CCTV system in Ongar is to be carried out by Ongar Town Council. 
Council chairman Derek Birch told last night's planning and environment, public relations and open spaces committee: "We have a lot problems in the High Street and other areas where there isn't CCTV.
"We have blind spots that were not required to be under surveillence previously but situations have changed." 
Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst said: "They (the existing cameras) are fit for purpose but we need to look at improving them."


ONGAR: Town could host petanque tournament

8.30am - 11th August 2017

A PROPOSAL that could see Ongar host a day-long petanque tournament is being supported by the town council. 
John Adams, of Ongar Twinning Association - having attended such an event in the Cotswolds - says the Ongar event could be held in the Pleasance car park in the High Street on Monday, May 6 next year.
Approval would be required from Epping Forest District Council which owns the car park. 
District and town councillor Paul Keska told last night's planning and environment, public relations and open spaces committee that he had discussed the idea with district council leader Chris Whitbread and district council chairman Dave Stallan who were "more than happy to look at detailed plans when they are put forward". 
Mr Adams told the meeting: "If it's a success we see it as a possible annual event for the twinning association. 
"I just see this as an opportunity to raise the profile of petanque and raise some funds for the twinning association, and bring an event to the town which would benefit the town in general." 
Town councillor Janet Bicknell said: "I like the sound of this. I think it's a good idea."


ONGAR: Call on council to support Neighbourhood Plan work

8.28am - 11th August 2017

A CALL has been made for Ongar Town Council to show "positive support" towards the Neighbourhood Planning Working Group following a public meeting held to attract interest among local people. 
Some 60 people attended a public meeting at the Budworth Hall. 
Local resident Jim Padfield told last night's town council planning and environment, public relations and open spaces committee that he saw the public meeting as "the start of something" but added he believed former town councillor Mary Dadd - who is behind the Plan idea - is "facing a rearguard action". 
Mr Padfield said the Neighbourhood Planning Group needs to be independent of the town council but had to have the council's support. 
He told the town council meeting: "That group should be independent from this council and this council needs to give her (Mary Dadd) all the support it can. 
"Anything other than full support for the Neighbourhood Planning Group from this council is a big concern and it's a big mistake if it isn't the case." 
Committee chairman Lawrence Mendoza invited Mr Padfield to meet with him to discuss the issue.


#EEF999LIVE: EPPING: Collision sparks police appeal

4.05pm - 9th August 2017

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a collision involving a motorbike and a car on High Road, Epping. 
The incident happened shortly after 12pm on Saturday, August 5, when a grey Yamaha YZF R1 motorbike collided with a black Ford Mondeo. 
The motorcyclist fled the scene but has since been traced by officers. 
The Mondeo driver was uninjured. 
Witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage are asked to ring PC Laura Shelley at Chigwell Roads Policing Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


SHEERING: Work to start on new M11 junction

3.34pm - 9th August 2017

WORK on a new M11 junction at Sheering is set to begin this winter. 
Planning permission has been granted to allow Junction 7A and improvements to Gilden Way in Harlow.
The new junction is set to open in 2021. 
Essex County Council deputy leader Kevin Bentley said: "This junction will transform the daily lives of businesses and residents by helping to improve links to and from the M11. 
"Junction 7A will be on the doorstep of London Stansted Airport and the Harlow Enterprise Zone - helping to keep Essex moving and supporting economic growth for local businesses. 
"This is a major project but we are wasting no time in getting people on the ground to begin preparation works, ensuring we deliver the benefits of this scheme as quickly as possible." 
For more about the plans visit www.essex.gov.uk/junction7a


NORTH WEALD: No objection to 50 homes

7.58am - 9th August 2017

NO objection has been voiced by North Weald Bassett Parish Council to outline plans for 50 homes on the site of the former Debbies Garden Centre in Riddings Lane. 
A previous application was not opposed by the parish council but was rejected by Epping Forest District Council. 
Clerk Sue DeLuca told Monday's planning committee that no 'affordable' housing was included in the proposals but the developer had indicated that they were willing to enter into a legal agreement to make a financial contribution towards affordable housing in the district. 
She also told councillors that the site was in the draft Local Plan as a potential site for housing.


#EEF999LIVE: LOUGHTON: Bogus caller flees with three-figure sum

5.51pm - 7th August 2017

A BOGUS caller has conned a man out of a three-figure sum after calling at a property in Grosvenor Drive, Loughton. 
Police were alerted after the man called at about 11.30am on July 7. 
A man had approached the elderly victim claiming to be a builder who had noticed the victim’s roof needed repairing. 
The victim handed over a three-figure sum for the work but the suspect never returned. 
£20 was taken from a table inside the property. 
Another man had previously approached the victim at an earlier date but was challenged by neighbours.
Anyone with any information is asked to ring Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


LOCAL PLAN: New potential housing sites revealed

5.31pm - 7th August 2017

THE additional 169 sites put forward for consideration for housing as part of the district council's Local Plan process have been revealed. 
The largest newly-identified site is 64.5 hectares at Nazeing Golf Club while 57.8 hectares of land off Abridge Road, Chigwell, is also on the list. 
Everything Epping Forest exclusively revealed that plans for 'Roding Village' Garden Village development off Abridge Road and Chigwell Lane had been drawn up. 
Also put forward for consideration are 19.9 hectares at Debden House Centre, Debden Green, Loughton, and 8.6 hectares at Davenant Foundation School, Loughton, while 30 hectares of land on North Weald Airfield has been put forward for employment use.
Everything Epping Forest can confirm that some of the sites listed are for parcels of land where planning permission for residential development has already been granted. 
The list includes new sites, sites where boundaries have been changed and sites withdrawn by the landowner/developer. This takes into account representations received through the draft Local Plan consultation and further sites submitted before the March 31 deadline. 
Once the additional sites have been assessed the council will conclude on any alterations that may be required to the Local Plan site allocations before publishing the Pre-Submission Regulation 19 Plan, taking into account responses received to the Regulation 18 Draft Local Plan and further emerging evidence base. 
The full list of new and amended sites can be viewed HERE


LOUGHTON: Theatretrain scholarships

8.30am - 3rd August 2017

YOUNG people keen to get involved in performing arts can apply for two annual scholarships to Theatretrain Loughton. 
For people aged between six and 18, the scholarships will run for a year from September 2017 and the two lucky people chosen will be able to attend acting, singing and dance classes at the Saturday stage school. 
Included is a free uniform as well as workshops with West End performers. 
Theatretrain Loughton has performed at the 02 Arena, the Royal Albert Hall and many West End theatres.
The group meets at Roding Valley High School every Saturday. 
For more information and to apply for the scholarships ring Rebecca on 07880 317127 or email loughton@theatretrain.co.uk


THEYDON BOIS: OBE stolen in burglary

7.58am - 3rd August 2017

POLICE are investigating a burglary in Avenue Road, Theydon Bois, during which an OBE medal was stolen. 
The break-in happened between 9am on Saturday, July 1 and 9.30pm on Sunday, July 2. 
A messy search of the property was carried out after entry was forced. 
The OBE is a gold cross attached to a light red or pink ribbon. It has the image of the head of King George V with the words 'For God and the Empire' around the centre of the image. 
Anyone with any information is asked to ring Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


DISTRICT: Golfers raise £704

7.56am - 1st August 2017

GOLFERS raised £704 for Safer Places at this year's Epping Forest District Council chairman's golf day.
Safer Places is a local refuge that supports people through abusive relationships. 
Council chairman Dave Stallan opened the tournament at Chigwell Golf Club before 24 players - councillors, former and current council employees and guests of the chairman - battled it out on the fairways. 
Theydon Bois parish c Mike Hannibal won the Don Spinks Shield scoring 39 Stableford points while Elections Officer Wendy MacLeod won the Robert O’Malley Cup for lady golfers for the fifth time scoring 29 points. 
Waste Support Officer Paul Coletti received a prize for being nearest the pin on the 10th hole with Housing Repairs Officer Daniel Wimpress winning a prize for the longest drive on the 18th hole. 
Safer Places helps adults and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse. 
The money will help survivors of domestic abuse recover and rebuild their lives, and build a brighter and safe future which they might once have thought impossible.


DISTRICT: Organisations receive hate crime training

7.53am - 1st August 2017

SEVEN organisations in the district have received specialist training from Essex Police Hate Crime Officers to operate as 'Hate Incident Reporting Centres'. 
They provide an alternative place to report hate crime and hate incidents, either as a victim or a witness, when people feel uncomfortable reporting directly to the police. 
The centres will work in collaboration with the police and other partner agencies to provide support and advice on hate crime and join nine other HIRCs which have been launched in Harlow. 
The newly-accredited Hate Incident Reporting Centres are The Box, St John’s Road, Epping; the Civic Offices, Epping; Restore Community, Debden; Essex Youth Services, Debden; The Limes Centre, Chigwell; Job Centre Plus, Loughton; and Zinc Arts, Ongar. 
Hate Crime Ambassadors are members of the local community who raise awareness of hate crime and promote the reporting of hate crime. 
Nearly 200 ambassadors will receive training from Essex Police to equip them with the knowledge and information to recognise a hate incident or hate crime, take an effective report and provide advice and support. 
The new hate crime ambassadors are 70 staff and volunteers from the HIRCs - Loughton town councillors, Epping St Johns School, Davenant Foundation School, Upshire Primary School, Essex Active Citizens, Epping Forest Youth Council, Volunteer Police Cadets, EWMHS - Mental Health Services, The Red Balloon Family and SPARK. 
For more information on Hate Crime Ambassadors click here