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Epping Pizza

Unit 17B, Woodside Industrial Estate, Woodside, Thornwood, CM16 6LJ.


Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 4pm to 10pm.

Special offer - a 2 for £20 deal on any 12” and 15” pizzas on
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Pixel Business Centre, Waltham Abbey

Serviced office space suitable for 2-20 people. On-site café, meeting rooms, manned reception, fully furnished and high-speed wi-fi are just some of the benefits available to our tenants.
For more details, email info@pixelbusinesscentre.co.uk or ring 01992 667700.


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Oakland Care

Oakland Care’s range of care homes include Lambwood Heights in Chigwell, Woodland Grove in Loughton and Elsyng House in Enfield. All our homes offer five-star facilities and state-of-the-art features for a fulfilling and purposeful stay within our homes.
To book a tour, ring 0300 303 5445.
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Campling Foods

Campling Foods 'Meals on Wheels' service delivers hot, freshly prepared meals daily to the elderly and vulnerable in our community. Developed by our talented team, we offer a choice of comforting and familiar meals that are not only nutritious but delicious too! We also include a tasty homemade desert with every order, all for a total price of £6.99 per day, delivered.
For more details ring or message 07507 763078. 

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Howe and Co
mobile fish and chips


Monday: Abridge 5pm-8pm
Tuesday: Toot Hill 4.30pm-5.15pm; Shelley 5.30pm-8.30pm
Wednesday: Coopersale 4.45pm-8.15pm
Thursday: Theydon Bois 4.45pm-8.30pm
Friday: Sheering 4.45pm-9pm
Saturday: High Ongar 4.45pm-5.30pm and Ongar 5.40pm-9pm
Sunday: Epping Green 4.15pm-5.25pm; Epping 5.30pm-8.30pm.


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Forest Skin Clinic

Tel: 01992 276376
Email: info@forestskinclinic.com

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Skin Cancer and Mole Screening * Removal of unwanted skin tags, moles, cysts, lipomas, warts, verrucas * Opatra Dome Skin Analysis System Treatment of fine lines and wrinkles * SkinPen Microneedling * Thread vein treatment * Obagi Medical Grade Skin Care Products * Treatment of excessive sweating * Allergy testing * Medical rejuvenation with light * Scar treatment * Acne * Rosacea * Eczema * Psoriasis * Fungal Treatment
Essex Security Services Ltd
154-156 Church Hill, Loughton


Tel: 020 8502 1360
Email: info@essexsecurity.co.uk

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Protecting People and Property. Established in 1979. 24-hour emergency service. Approved contractors for electronic security systems - intruder and fire alarms, CCTV and access control systems.
Haslers
 
Old Station Road, Loughton, IG10 4PL

Tel: 020 8418 3333
Email: advice@haslers.com 


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New City College | Epping Forest
(formerly Epping Forest College)
 
Offering a wide range of courses for 16 to 18-year-olds and adults. Epping Forest Campus achievement rates are higher than ever with a 13.6 per cent increase over 2018, making it one of the fastest and best improvements of all colleges in the country. Website 
Sanuk Thai Ongar, The Street, High Ongar

Sanuk Thai Ongar offers authentic Thai cuisine. Sanuk has been in High Ongar since 2003. Sanuk Thai Ongar is the place to experience authentic Thai food prepared with the finest ingredients. Sanuk's Thai talented chefs artistically combine the ingredients to achieve the ultimate aromatic flavour in their dishes. The experienced and award-winning chef and staff are committed to giving you the best food and service. Open seven days a week. 
For more information and to book a table, ring 01277 568411 or 01277 568412. Website
Paul Saggers Associates
Architects and Project Managers

A long established Epping-based architectural practice offering a cost-effective service to achieve planning permission and building regulations approval for a wide range of projects.
The company prides itself on offering an attentive and professional service.
Ring Paul on 07736 922863 to discuss requirements.
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VILLAGES NEWS
2.26pm - December 17

NAZEING: Assault victim speaks out after attacker jailed

A woman assaulted by a man while riding her bike in Nazeing has thanked police officers after he was jailed.

Domenico Anselmo, 27, of Meadgate Road, Nazeing, received a four-year sentence yesterday (Thursday) at Chelmsford Crown Court in connection with a series of sexual offences in west Essex and across the border into Hertfordshire.

He had previously pleaded guilty to 17 offences, including sexual assault and indecent exposure.

One of the women he physically assaulted was riding her push bike along Nursery Road, Nazeing, at the time, in May 2021.

She said: “I always try and go for a walk or a bike ride after work to get out of the house.

“I was riding my bike when I was suddenly hit from behind. I almost fell off, it was with such force.

“My first instinct was to get home as soon as I could. It was a really distressing journey as I still had five or six miles left of my route and didn’t know whether he was still behind me.

“As soon as I got home, I called 101 and reported it. When I was describing what had happened, I realised that I’d sensed someone following me beforehand.

“I just couldn’t understand how you could do that to someone. I still don’t. What if it was your mother, a sister or your daughter this happened to?

“Even though it’s been a difficult process to go through, I can genuinely say that everyone I’ve spoken to at Essex Police have been brilliant.

“The officers have always taken their time to explain the case and next steps, and said I could phone them back whenever I needed.

“At no point did they make me feel as if my report was insignificant.

“I’ve had a really positive experience and I’d like to say thank you to them for the way they’ve dealt with it and the man hours that must have gone into the investigation.”

Describing what advice she would give to anyone who may experience something similar, she said: “I’m really glad I reported it. If someone asked me whether they should do the same, my answer would be definitely.

“As soon as I heard that he’d been arrested and taken into custody, I felt a sense of relief.

“I don’t think people really appreciate the long-term impact this can have on someone.

“If you’re reading this and it’s happened to you, I’d say don’t hesitate. Pick up the phone and report it.

“Don’t let them get away with it.”

Detective Constable Clair Ward, the investigating officer from Harlow CID, said: “I think it’s a true testament to their strength and determination that the women in this case reported Anselmo and made him answer for his crimes.

“It’s incomprehensible how anyone can think it’s okay to physically assault someone or make them feel vulnerable in their own community.

“For some of them, their only break from lockdown during a worldwide pandemic was to go on walks, runs or bike rides.

“Nobody should fear that someone walking past them will hurt them or cause them distress.

“It will never be acceptable for someone’s behaviour to take away another person’s freedom.

Essex Police believes that #AllMenCan make a difference in ending violence against women and girls. 

If you are a victim of violence, or know someone who is, you can seek support and find community resources by visiting www.setdab.org. 

Always ring 999 in an emergency.
1.45pm - November 27

BOBBINGWORTH: Investigation launched into blaze

Four fire crews - from Epping, Harlow and Brentwood - took over an hour to deal with a blaze which engulfed an industrial building in Stony Lane, Bobbingworth, on Thursday morning.

The 20m x 20m building was used to repair lawnmowers.

Station Manager Richie Green said: "Crews worked really hard to stop the fire from spreading.

"The fire was extinguished at about 12.30pm but crews remained to damp down and check for hotspots. A crew will revisit tonight to make sure it is safe."

An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause.
8.15pm - November 24

​EXCLUSIVE

THEYDON BOIS: Police investigating after gunshots heard during "disturbance"; woman assaulted and man threatened

Police have told Everything Epping Forest that officers are continuing to investigate a "disturbance" in Theydon Bois after gunfire was heard, a woman was assaulted and a man threatened.

Officers were called to the village late last night following a report that a woman had been assaulted.

Police are also investigating after their enquiries revealed that a man had been threatened.

A police spokesman tonight told Everything Epping Forest: "We were called to reports of a disturbance and reports of gunshots heard in the Slade End area of Theydon Bois at 11.40pm on Tuesday (November 23).

"Officers attended."

The spokesman added: "It was reported a woman had been assaulted and our enquiries also identified threats had been made to a man.

"No firearm was seen by our officers.

"Our enquiries are ongoing."
6.43pm - November 11

ABRIDGE: Tributes paid to 'Mr Abridge'

Tributes have been paid to Lambourne Parish Council chairman John Filby - who has been described as 'Mr Abridge' - who died on Wednesday in Whipps Cross Hospital after contracting COVID-19.

Brentwood and Ongar MP Alex Burghart has described Mr Filby as "an absolutely irreplaceable part of the community".

Mr Filby, who was admitted to hospital at the end of last month, will be remembered for his devoted commitment to Abridge and the parish of Lambourne through his council work and fundraising efforts.

He had served as a parish councillor for 32 years.

Mr Filby was a founder member of the Lambridge Group, which raised money at local events - including the church flower festivals - and will be remembered by many for dressing up in wacky fancy dress costumes to head the procession in the days of the village carnival.

He was highly commended by Epping Forest District Council in its Citizen of the Year award in 2001, and received the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours List in 2013.

Parish clerk Tony Carter told Everything Epping Forest: "Councillor Filby’s most recent time as chairman started three years ago when he stepped up from vice-chairman when another long-serving councillor, Arnold Raven, sadly passed away.

"He has held the role of chairman on a number of occasions over the years and was an extremely well liked and respected councillor and chairman.

"He was also a major part of the community and will be greatly missed by so many people."

Brentwood and Ongar MP Alex Burghart told Everything Epping Forest: "John was an absolutely irreplaceable part of the community. 

"He had an extraordinary energy which he tirelessly deployed for the communal good - supper clubs, fetes, fireworks, you name it, John was on it. 

"He was the sort of person who makes this country great. 

Mr Burghart added: "I am terribly sad that we have lost him - but ever so grateful and proud that he was one of ours.”

Ongar & Rural county councillor Jaymey McIvor told Everything Epping Forest: "John Filby was a wonderful and kind man. Simply the best. 

"I’ve not known John for as long as others, but in the short time I’ve got to know him he has been a huge support for me personally. I will be forever grateful for his wise words and advice. 

"John cared so much about Abridge, he was himself the epicentre of all things community. The 'Mr Idea', 'Mr Advertise', 'Mr Promote', 'Mr Organise' and 'Mr Execute'!

"But I will remember him, like many others, as "Mr Abridge'."

He added: "My thoughts are with his family, especially his lovely wife, Freda, and of course my thoughts are with Lambourne Parish Council and the entire community of Abridge at this very sad time. 

"Rest In Peace John, you will be forever remembered."

Lambourne district councillor Brian Rolfe paid tribute to Mr Filby's "immense" contribution to the parish and said he would remember him for his fundraising efforts at the time of plans for a new village hall, his work in organising the village fireworks displays and his support for the village football club and cricket club.

Mr Rolfe said: "He was unique in this area. He has done so much good all over the place. He was known as 'Mr Abridge'. I've used the expression myself and will continue to do so."

Mr Filby was remembered with a minute's silence at Thursday's Remembrance service at the war memorial at Abridge Village Hall.
7.15pm - November 9

MORETON: Inaugural parish farmers' market

A first Parish Farmers' Market will be held in Moreton on Sunday (November 14).

The market, organised by the local 'Community Spirit' group, will be in the White Hart pub car park (9.30am until 12.30pm, with set-up from 8.15am).

A minute's silence and reading by pupils at Moreton Primary School will take place at 11am to mark Remembrance Sunday.

More than a dozen stalls have confirmed that they will be attending, selling gifts, cheese, gins, wines and spirits, fish, candles, cakes, dog treats, pottery and eco-friendly items.

Space is still available for stallholders who pay £15 for a stall.

Across 12 months, 80 per cent of the stall fees will go to Moreton Primary School and 20 per cent to 'Community Spirit'.

For more details, email Rhys Martin by emailing rhysm688@hotmail.com.

Volunteers are wanted to help on the day.
1.15pm - November 9

NAZEING: Defibrillator now kept in redundant telephone box

A redundant telephone box in Nazeing has been brought back to life as the home for a defibrillator, thanks to local fundraising efforts.

Lorraine Page, one of Epping Forest District Council's community champions for Nazeing, has been working on the project, with the support of other villages, for three years.

The project involved the purchase of the red telephone box, in Betts Lane, by Nazeing Action Group, for £1, with Lorraine offering "huge thanks" to councillor Richard Bassett.

She added: "By July 2019 we had raised over £1,000 in donations, received from our very kind and generous neighbours during our regular neighbourhood summer party.

"Raffle prizes for our party had been supplied by local businesses as they were all keen to help with the new defibrillator too.

"We had our neighbour's Christmas party in December 2019 at The King Harold's Head, raising even more funds. 

"Finally in January last year we had reached our goal, which was now £2,100 due to the time lapse in placing our order with The Community Heartbeat Trust charity."

But that was not the end of the project as the fundraisers still had to raise money for an electrical supply in the telephone box.

Lorraine said: "The King Harold's Head, where the owners Jack and Costas had always catered for our Christmas parties with great care and support, didn't hesitate!

"Their very generous donation made it possible for us to proceed without any further delay."

The final chapter in the long-running effort to get a defibrillator installed came when Harlow-based electrical contractor Sigma Networks Ltd fitted the defibrillator free of charge.
8.17pm - November 7

ABRIDGE: Councillor praises pub's Remembrance display

Ongar & Rural county councillor Jaymey McIvor has praised the efforts of the Blue Boar pub in Abridge in marking the period of Remembrance saying its display of poppies "set the standard".

Councillor McIvor is encouraging people to share pictures of Remembrance events using the hashtag #ongarruralremembers.

He said: “It’s fair to say that the Blue Boar in Abridge has set the standard. 

"I know so many businesses and community groups make a great effort for this important period of remembrance and reflection. 

"It is only right that we share all of these so that we can inspire others to do the same."
2.30pm - November 4

ABRIDGE: Cyclist suffers serious injuries in collision

A cyclist suffered serious injuries in a collision with a vehicle near Passingford Bridge, Stapleford Tawney.

Police have told Everything Epping Forest that officers were called to Ongar Road shortly before 3.45pm yesterday (Wednesday). 

A spokesman said: "The cyclist was taken to hospital with serious injuries but they are not considered life changing or life threatening."

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to ring police on 101 quoting incident 748 of November 3.
5.56pm - October 14

NAZEING: Family pay tribute to "the greatest dad"

The family of a man whose death in Nazeing sparked a murder investigation have described him as a "protective big brother" and "the greatest dad".

Jimmy Moore, 33, died after being assaulted in Palmers Grove at about 7.15am on September 25.

In a statement, his wife said: “Jimmy was the best husband, son and brother but he was the greatest dad to his four children.

“Every Sunday was family day and the children would pick what they wanted to do and that would be done.

“Whatever we wanted was never a ‘no’. Jimmy would say ‘yes’ and get it. None of us ever went without.

“His passion in life was to work hard and enjoy his life with his family.

“We had a holiday booked for Lapland in December and we had our future planned as a family.

“We had the boys’ first football match booked. That Saturday morning he was going to work to then get back for the match - he never missed one.

“He was so proud of all his children and the things they were doing well in.

“I’m hoping I can make his words come true in the future with our children.

“He will be missed by so many but his family will never be the same without him.”

His mum, dad, and sister also paid tribute to him saying: “Jimmy was a man’s man and brother. He had just settled into his new home and was planning a holiday to Lapland.

“He was very hardworking and was a protective big brother – one in a million who we were so proud of.

“He was ready to help bring up his little nephew like his sons and would come to his parents three or four times a day.”

Robert Crabtree, 33, of Palmers Grove, Nazeing, has been charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

He is next due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on October 25.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who has any information, saw anything or has any CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage to contact officers via the Essex Police website, or by ringing 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
6.46pm - October 8

ABRIDGE: 'Waste treatment' facility plan revealed

Plans have been revealed for a waste treatment facility - which could handle 75,000 tonnes of "construction, demolition and excavation waste" a year - on Green Belt land near Abridge.

Planning permission is being sought for the facility at Arnolds Farm, Ongar Road.

A statement submitted as part of the planning application states: "Planning permission is sought for a construction, demolition and excavation waste treatment facility. The facility will be used to manage waste generated by the applicant to produce secondary aggregates.

"The waste will be imported and stored in a dedicated area. 

"A screener will be used to separate soils and stones. The stones will be stockpiled and once sufficient material is on site, arrangements will be made to crush the stone for aggregate production."

The document adds that the site will be used to receive and treat construction, demolition and excavation waste only, including treating waste soils to remove the stone content and producing different grades of soil. 

Hardcore will be treated and crushed periodically to produce 'Type 1 crushed concrete'.

The application states that the site has an Environmental Permit to manage 75,000 tonnes per annum.

The operational hours for waste processing will be 7am until 6pm Monday to Friday and 7am until 2pm on Saturdays.

The document concludes: "Other than the location in the Green Belt, the site’s location meets all the other development plan policies. 

"The site has great access, with a new entrance proposed, it is remote from sensitive receptors, it is almost central to the customer area and will provide a local site to serve local construction projects. The site will not cause any other harm."
8.22am - October 2

THEYDON BOIS: Rapist told victim: "Your life is ending. You’re dying tonight”

Dedicated detectives have praised a rape victim for her bravery after her attacker was jailed for ten years.

Paul Ballard, of Woodland Way, Theydon Bois, was found guilty on all counts at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, July 30, after denying rape, attempted rape, assault, criminal damage and threats to kill.

During a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday (Friday), he was sentenced to ten years in prison. That sentence will run consecutively to a nine-year-sentence he is currently serving for an unrelated matter.

Ballard launched an attack on the woman shortly after 5am on September 19 last year in a hotel in Hatfield Heath.

During the incident, the 39-year-old told the victim: “Your life is ending. You’re dying tonight.”

However, the victim bravely fled the room and found a member of hotel staff who then called the police.

Officers attended and safeguarded the woman who has been supported throughout the last 12 months by specialist officers.

Ballard had claimed to have had consensual sex with the woman and denied he had threatened her.

But the jury found him guilty on all counts.

Speaking after sentencing, the leading investigator Detective Constable Dan Lambert said: “Today, Ballard has been sentenced to ten years in jail after subjecting the woman to a terrifying ordeal.

“Our priority throughout this investigation has been ensuring her welfare and securing justice for her. The strength she has shown has been remarkable throughout.

“As a force, we take crimes against women and girls extremely seriously and I am very proud to have played a part in securing justice for Ballard’s victim and he will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars as a result.

“I want to again pay tribute to the bravery shown by the victim in this case. No one should ever have to go through the ordeal she has endured but I hope there is some comfort in the knowledge that her attacker is now behind bars for some time.”
9.37am - September 27

STONDON MASSEY: Four teenagers seriously injured as car hits tree

Four teenagers are being treated in hospital after a car hit a tree near Ongar.

Police are investigating the crash which involved a silver Volkswagen Passat which left Ongar Road, Stondon Massey at about 12.30am on Saturday morning.

Four people in the car – two teenage boys and two teenage girls - all sustained serious injuries and are currently being treated in hospital.

Police enquiries into the circumstances which led up to the collision are ongoing.

Anyone who saw anything or has CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage is asked to contact Essex Police.

Information can be submitted online at https://www.essex.police.uk or via the 'Live Chat' button where callers can speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm (quote incident 32 of September 25).

Information can also be given on 101 or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
6.04pm - September 26

NAZEING: Man charged with murder

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Nazeing.

Police were called to Palmers Grove at about 7.15am yesterday (Saturday) to reports of a man in his 30s injured.

He later died at the scene.

A short time later a 33 year-old man was arrested.

Robert Crabtree, of Palmers Grove, Nazeing, has now been charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon and is due to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Monday).

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who has any information, saw anything, or has any CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage.

Anyone with any information can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm (quote the crime reference number 42/207979/21).

Information can also be given to police via 101 or by ringing Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
12.47pm - September 25

NAZEING: Man arrested on suspicion of murder

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in Nazeing.

Police were called to Palmers Grove at about 7.15am today to reports a man aged in his 30s was injured.

He later died at the scene.

A police spokesman said that a short time later a 33-year-old man, from Nazeing, was arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.

Anyone with any information about the incident can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm (quote incident 316 of September 25).

Information can also be given to Essex Police on 101 or by ringing Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
12.27pm - September 15

ROYDON: Senior detective pays tribute to Terry Lubbock

The detective leading the investigation into the murder of Stuart Lubbock has paid tribute to Stuart's father who died this morning from cancer aged 76.

Terry Lubbock had fought tirelessly for justice for his son following his death more than 20 years ago, after he attended a party at the Roydon home of entertainer Michael Barrymore.

Senior Investigation Officer Detective Superintendent Stephen Jennings, who is heading the investigation into the murder and indecent assault of Stuart Lubbock, said: “It is with a really heavy heart that I and my colleagues at Essex Police today learned of the sad news of the passing of Terry Lubbock.

“Since I first met Terry, when I became the Senior Investigating Officer into Stuart’s murder, I have come to know him professionally and personally.

“First and foremost Terry was a devoted father, he loved his son Stuart immensely and he understandably never got over the tragedy of not only losing his son, but also the fact that - like us -  he never gave up on his search for answers about how Stuart came to meet his death.

“I know from speaking with him on many occasions that at times this must have felt like an unbearable burden for Terry."

He added: "For all of us at Essex Police who had the pleasure of meeting Terry and his family over the years, I know I speak for all of us when I say we were always struck by his dignity and good grace.

“Terry’s devotion to his son and to his pursuit of justice knew no bounds. He was an example to many of us in his relentless quest for truth and justice.

“Our investigation into Stuart’s death will not end with Terry’s death - as long as the case remains open, we will do all we can to deliver justice for him and his family. To this end we urge anyone who has information about Stuart’s death to please now, more than ever, do the right thing and come forward."

Anyone with any information about the case can ring Essex Police on 101.
1.39pm - August 17

ROYDON: 'No further action' against man arrested over Barrymore pool death case

The detective heading the investigation into the death of Stuart Lubbock at the Roydon home of entertainer Michael Barrymore more than 20 years ago has said the case remains open - after a man arrested over the case was released without charge.

No further action will be taken against the 50-year-old man who was arrested in March on suspicion of the murder and indecent assault of Stuart Lubbock.

In a statement, Essex Police said the force, working in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service, and taking into account the expert legal advice received and all of the evidence gathered both previously and since the recent arrest, has decided there is insufficient evidence to reach the level where there is a realistic chance of a successful prosecution.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Stephen Jennings said: “We have worked tirelessly to secure justice for Stuart, for his devoted father Terry and for the whole family. 

"This news is a huge personal disappointment to all of the detectives involved in this case. 

"We have explored all possible lines of enquiry and sometimes, regrettably, the evidence is not yet there to issue charges. 

"I know that this may of little comfort to Stuart’s father and his family. At every stage it is the Lubbock family and our search for justice for them that dominates our thoughts and our actions. We have tried our best. We will continue to try our best.

“For the last 20 years, as we have continually stated that two things have remained consistent: one is the commitment of Essex Police to deliver justice for Stuart and his father Terry; the second is that we believe of those present on the night Stuart died, someone at the house was responsible and someone knows what happened.

“Our investigation into Stuart’s death has never closed and over the years we have repeatedly taken all opportunities to pursue new lines of inquiry. "Doing nothing has never been an option and will never be an option. 

"When we were approached to be part of the Channel 4 documentary exploring this case, we saw a further opportunity to bring the case to the fore once more. 

"I was appointed as the new Senior Investigating Officer in 2018 and, when the programme aired, for the first time in the case’s 20-year history we also took the opportunity to launch a £20,000 reward with Crimestoppers - this was later doubled to £40,000. 

"The appeal generated fresh information, all of which our detectives reviewed and acted upon.

“I will repeat: we believe someone, or some people, at that party know what happened.

“Essex Police has never given up on this case. All we want is to deliver justice for Mr Lubbock and his family.

“We have never given up on finding out exactly what happened to Stuart. This case, like all of our unsolved crimes, will remain open and we will continue to pursue any reasonable lines of inquiry.

“It is no secret that Stuart’s father Terry is suffering extremely ill-health and his wish is to know that justice will be done. 

"If you have information, now is the time to come forward with any information if you haven’t done so already, to help us finally deliver justice for Stuart and his father Terry.”
1.39pm - August 17

ABBESS RODING: Two people taken to hospital after collision

Two people were taken to hospital following a collision involving a motorbike and a car in Abbess Roding.

Police have told Everything Epping Forest a red Honda motorbike and a black Audi Q2 were involved in a collision on Dunmow Road, Abbess Roding, shortly after 12.45pm on Sunday.

The male motorbike rider and his female pillion passenger were taken to hospital.

The 28-year-old man, from north west London, suffered serious injuries which were not believed to be life-threatening. 

The 31-year-old woman, from Corby in Northamptonshire, suffered minor injuries.

The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance was called to the scene and the road was closed for several hours.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Stanway roads policing unit quoting incident 657 of August 15.

Information can be submitted online at https://www.essex.police.uk or by using the 'Live Chat' button where you can speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm.

Alternatively information can be given by ringing 101.
1.25pm - August 17

FYFIELD: Tributes paid to "dearly loved" motorcyclist

A man who died following a collision in Fyfield has been described as “dearly loved” and a “friend to everyone that knew him”.

Mark Norris, 47, died following a collision involving his motorbike and a van in Ongar Road, near the junction with Herons Lane, shortly before 8pm on Tuesday, August 10.

A 17-year-old girl riding as his pillion passenger was seriously injured.

In a statement, Mark’s family said: “Mark was a dearly loved and devoted father to Joe and Sara, partner to Helen, son to Jan and friend to everyone that knew him.

“Mark was a keen and experienced motorcycle rider and enjoyed everything motor powered.

“All the family members and friends will greatly miss Mark very much and he has left a huge hole in their hearts.”

Adrian Bendell, 50, of Salcott Creek Court, Braintree, was arrested on Friday and is due at Colchester Magistrates’ Court today charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, perverting the course of justice, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failing to report a collision. 
5.13pm - August 16

TOOT HILL: Three boys, aged 16, arrested after pursuit

Three 16-year-old boys have been arrested after a police pursuit took officers from Coopersale to Toot Hill.

The teenagers, all from the Epping area, were released under investigation after police spotted a car which they suspected to have been stolen.

The pursuit was on country roads through Toot Hill to Blake Hall Road where the vehicle stopped.

A police spokesman told Everything Epping Forest: "Officers on patrol noticed a suspected stolen car in the Coopersale area at about 6.10pm on Thursday, August 12.

"Officers followed the car which stopped in Blake Hall Road, Ongar. 

"Three teenagers got out and ran off. 

"The boys, all aged 16, were arrested a short time later on suspicion of failing to stop when directed, dangerous driving, and handling stolen goods.

"The three, all from the Epping area, have been released under investigation while we continue our enquiries."
2.54pm - August 12

STANFORD RIVERS: Toot Hill Show - “A fine example of our community at its best”

Ongar & Rural county councillor Jaymey McIvor has praised all involved in the successful execution of the 2021 Toot Hill Show describing last Saturday's event as "a fine example of our community at its best".

The extreme weather of last weekend did not stop the community turning out in true rural spirit to support the fun-filled family event on Saturday.

From the competition entries in the main tent to the main arena with entertainment there was something for everyone.

The show included stalls run by businesses both local to Ongar Rural and across Essex.

Councillor McIvor said “This year's Toot Hill Show was a fine example of our community at its best, not only because of the great show of local people supporting the event but the great variety of interesting stalls.

“From Essex business Alpaca Hire to the Epping Ongar Railway to Essex’s most exciting new business, Pot Luck, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from people who have used the last 18 months to set up businesses which have blossomed into bigger businesses."

He added: "It was wonderful to see these businesses making the most of showcasing their work from a field in Ongar Rural.

“Visitors were also able to meet parish councillors at their interactive stall and it was great to meet several residents whilst I was enjoying the event.

“Whatever your role at the Toot Hill Show, whether as an organiser, stall holder or attendee - thank you for all you have done to support our community.”
8.10pm - August 11

FYFIELD: Police want to trace van driver over fatal collision

​Police want to speak to a van driver following last night's collision near the Ongar Road-Herons Lane junction in Fyfield where a motorcyclist died and a teenage girl was injured.

Police say the 47-year-old man was riding a motorbike when it was in collision with a small, white Ford Escort car-derived van shortly before 8pm.

He died at the scene.

His pillion passenger, a 17-year-old girl from Brentwood, was taken to hospital. Her injuries are now described as potentially life-changing.

Inspector Mark Fraser, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “We are supporting their families at this awful time and are progressing our enquiries to establish the circumstances behind this tragic incident.

“We have identified a white van which is believed to have been involved in the collision and left the scene before emergency services arrived.

“We are continuing our enquiries to locate the van and driver, and urge the driver to contact us.

“I’d like to thank members of the public who have helped us with our investigation so far and ask anyone with information or footage to contact us.”

Contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on CollisionAppeal@essex.pnn.police.uk

You can also speak to an online operator at https://www.essex.police.uk between 7am-11pm or ring 101, or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org (quote incident 1189 of August 10).
9.29am - August 11

FYFIELD: Motorcyclist dies and woman pillion passenger suffers life- changing injuries

 A motorcyclist has died and his woman pillion passenger seriously injured in an incident involving a motorbike in Fyfield.

The incident happened near the Ongar Road-Herons Lane junction shortly before 8pm yesterday (Tuesday).

Police say the rider died at the scene. His pillion passenger was taken to hospital where her injuries are described as life-changing.

Police are carrying out enquiries into the circumstances which led to the collision.

Anyone in the area is asked to check their CCTV, dash cam and doorbell cameras to see if they have caught any footage which may have captured either the incident or the moments before or after it.

Any information can be submitted online at https://www.essex.police.uk, via the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm (quote incident 1189 of August 11) or via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
12.49pm - August 5

THEYDON BOIS: Man found guilty of rape and making threats to kill

A man from Theydon Bois has been found guilty of raping a woman and other offences including making threats to kill after a woman was attacked in a hotel room in Hatfield Heath.

Paul Ballard, 39, of Woodland Way, was found guilty on all counts at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, July 30, after denying rape, attempted rape, assault, criminal damage and threats to kill.

Police say Ballard launched his attack shortly after 5am on September 19 last year.

During the incident he told the victim: “Your life is ending. You’re dying tonight.”

After the ordeal, the victim bravely fled the room and found a member of hotel staff who then called the police.

Police attended and safeguarded the woman who has been supported throughout the last 11 months by specialist officers.

Ballard had claimed to have had consensual sex with the woman and denied he had threatened her.

But the jury took just two hours to convict him on all counts.

He will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court from September 6.

Detective Constable Dan Lambert, who led the investigation, said: “Ballard has never taken responsibility for his actions – indeed he continued to deny them throughout the trial.

“It is telling that the jury arrived at a verdict within two hours.

“I hope this provides some comfort to his victim, who he subjected to a terrifying ordeal that night in September last year.”
8.27pm - July 25

STAPLEFORD ABBOTTS: Church holds flower festival

Ongar & Rural county councillor Jaymey McIvor has congratulated everyone involved in the two-day flower festival at St Mary's Church, Stapleford Abbotts.

The Festival of Flowers and More featured an impressive display of flower arrangements as well as a plant sale, games, quizzes and refreshments.

Councillor McIvor, whose county council division includes Stapleford Abbotts, said: "It was great to see our rural communities like Stapleford Abbotts bouncing back from the pandemic and starting to get back to some normality. 

"The rain didn’t stop the local community from turning out to support the great event. I even met people who drove from more than an hour away to attend the event.

"Congratulations to everyone involved with the festival and for bringing people together.”
7.50am - July 8

FYFIELD: Fyfield Village Weekend - a "great community success"

The Fyfield Village Weekend - held in a Big Top at Fyfield Village Hall - has been hailed as a "great community success" by Ongar & Rural county councillor Jaymey McIvor.

Visitors could browse numerous stalls and take part in various sideshow entertainment over the three-day event.

Councillor McIvor said: "It was great for the village to be able to hold the truly great community event which was a resounding success.

"After all these months of lockdown which has seen so many local events having to be cancelled, it was marvellous that the village was able to organise such an innovative weekend."
2.13pm - June 23

NAZEING: Police discover stolen vehicles and vehicle parts

Numerous stolen vehicles and parts from stolen vehicles have been found by police at an undisclosed location in Nazeing.

Police made the discovery after receiving information "based on tracker technology" on Monday.

Police say "multiple identified stolen vehicles" were discovered after  local officers and officers from the Stolen Vehicle Intelligence Unit were deployed to a lock-up.

Several stolen vehicles were located on false identities along with stolen vehicle parts.

Officers were supported at the scene by Crime Scene Investigators.

The vehicles have been forensically recovered with officers continue to investigate the vehicles discovered "in the hope of identifying a suspect of suspects".

A spokesman said: "Victims will be notified in due course."
5.50pm - June 18

NAZEING: Parish council submits plans for new community hall and leisure centre

Nazeing Parish Council has submitted a planning application for a new community hall and leisure centre at Bumbles Green.

The council wants to build to new facilities following the demolition of the existing building which, according to a document submitted with application, "has been condemned for structural reasons and is now shut down".

The document adds: "The parish council, on safety grounds, want to demolish the existing structure immediately and this is fundamental to any consent being granted for a replacement building.

"Accordingly, this planning application has three elements - immediate demolition of the existing building to render the site safe, to provide some temporary buildings on site for parish council use until the new building has been completed, and to seek planning permission for the replacement building."
9.05am - June 18

ROYDON: Murder case: Victim's family appeal one year on

The family of a man shot dead outside a property in Water Lane, Roydon, a year ago are pleading for anyone with any information to "do the right thing" and provide police with any information that could help bring his murderers to justice.

Father-of-three Robert Powell, 50, was shot multiple times during the early hours of Saturday, June 13 last year.

Police say three men - Nana Oppong, 41, from Stratford; Israar Shah, 36, from Brentwood; and Temitope Adeyinka, 37, also from Stratford - are believed to have all been involved.

Three rewards of up to £5,000 continue to be offered through Crimestoppers for any information given to them that leads to the arrest and charge of those responsible.

Any information can be given completely anonymously.

A statement released by the family said: “Robert was a loving, caring and compassionate family man. He was a charismatic figure in the community.

“When he walked into a room, he always found someone to talk to, and his easy-going ways meant he always had friends around him.

“He supported his family and enjoyed mentoring young people in the music industry.

“Robert spoke to his mum every day; distance couldn’t keep them apart. He would send her little messages and videos of what he had been doing during the day and always made sure she was okay.

“Our world was shattered when Robert was murdered.

“Please, look into your heart and help us find justice for Robert.

“All we need is someone to do the right thing, right now. The time has come. Please help bring Robert’s murderers to justice.”

Robert leaves three children and two grandchildren.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Our dedicated team of officers and staff are still carrying out an extensive investigation to bring those responsible to justice.

“To anyone who may have withheld information over the past year, now is the time to help Robert’s family get some closure and to clear your conscience.

“A lot can happen over a period of 12 months, and relationships and loyalties can change.

“It’s never too late to help make a difference and if you have any information, no matter how minor you think it may be, please report it to Crimestoppers.”

Nana Oppong, who is also known as Enz, is 5ft 6ins tall, of a proportionate build and has links to the east London areas.

Israar Shah, who also goes by the name of Slick, is 6ft 1ins tall, slim and known to have links to east London and Romford.

Temitope Adeyinka, also known as Limo, is 5ft 8ins and of medium build. He has links to areas in east London, in particular Stratford and Bow.

Information can be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via https://crimestoppers-uk.org/.

More information about the reward can also be found
HERE
1.53pm - June 17

NAZEING: Man charged over series of sexual offences

A man has been charged in connection with a series of sexual offences in west Essex and across the border into Hertfordshire.

Police are investigating a number of reports of indecent exposure and sexual assault around the area of Nazeing and Dobbs Weir between January 2017 and May this year.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on May 18 and has now been charged with 17 offences.

Domenico Anselmo, from Nazeing, has been charged with eight counts of indecent exposure, seven counts of sexual assault by touching, one count of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and one count of outraging public decency.

He was due to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Police enquiries into the incidents are ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk, 
use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm (quote case reference number 42/MZ/14816/21), ring 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
3.44pm - June 15

THEYDON BOIS: Man fined £10,000 over illegal music event

A man has been issued with a £10,000 fine after he was arrested by police who were called to an unlicensed music event which had attracted about 200 people to a field off Forest Drive, Theydon Bois.

The penalty is available to police as part of the coronavirus health protection regulations and is in place to sanction those who police forces believe have played a part in the holding of events which breach restrictions.

Police were called to the location late on Saturday, June 5.

A spokesman said officers were initially met with some hostility however the vast majority of those present were calm and compliant with officers.

A 38-year-old man, who was playing music to the crowd, was arrested on suspicion of breaching coronavirus rules.

The man, from Dunmow, has now been issued with a £10,000 penalty notice for holding or being involved in the holding of a gathering of more than 50 people, the largest number allowed under current coronavirus restrictions.

As part of the police investigation, officers discovered a number of social media posts by the man which were clear advertisements of the event, which included information on how to get tickets.

Officers also seized music equipment such as decks, a speaker system and generator used to power the event.

The man has 28 days to pay the fine. If it is not paid, he will be summonsed to court.  

Superintendent Nick Morris, who has led the Essex Police response to the pandemic, said: “In this case, the individual made a conscious decision to be involved in a blatant breach of the regulations, and therefore it was appropriate for us to take enforcement action.

“This unlicensed event took place at a time which we now know to be a point where positive coronavirus cases were beginning to rise.

"Unfortunately, that trend has continued and events such as this are unhelpful given how hard the people of Essex have worked to suppress the virus in our county.

“We have taken a consistent approach to policing the coronavirus regulations since the beginning of the pandemic and that is to first engage with people, explain the regulations and encourage them to do the right thing.

“Only when those options have been exhausted will we consider enforcement action.”
4.15pm - June 8

ABRIDGE: Councillor thanks highways teams as road reopens earlier than expected

County councillor Jaymey McIvor has thanked the highways teams who have re-opened Abridge Road ahead of schedule after it was closed following a burst water main.
 
The road through the village reopened this morning (Tuesday) after the burst on Friday morning saw the road collapse near Market Place.

The road was not expected to reopen until tomorrow (Wednesday).

Traffic was diverted with some drivers cutting through the residential roads off Hoe Lane and Ongar Road. 

Ongar & Rural county councillor Jaymey McIvor, whose division includes Abridge, said: "I would like to say an enormous thank you to the residents who have been so patient whilst the urgent works have taken place.

“I am delighted the road has opened ahead of schedule and this is credit to councillor Lee Scott (Essex County Council cabinet member for highways maintenance and sustainable transport) and his hard-working team who I was pleased to meet on site this week.”
5.47pm - June 6

ABRIDGE: Villagers thanked for their patience following main road closure

County councillor Jaymey McIvor has thanked Abridge villagers and motorists for their patience following the closure of the A113 Abridge Road through the village following a burst water main.

A burst near the Hoe Lane roundabout forced the closure of the road through the village in Friday morning.

Mr McIvor, who represents the Ongar & Rural Division which includes Abridge, has been in contact with Essex Highways with the road now expected to reopen on Wednesday.

He said: “I would like to thank everyone who has contacted me in relation to the sudden closure of the Abridge through road. 

"I am in regular contact with Essex Highways who are keeping me updated on the situation. 

"I would encourage residents to continue to use alternative routes for their journeys and allow the highways teams to conduct the urgent works. 

"Thank you to all the local residents and motorists for their patience and co-operation."

He added: "As a local resident and small business owner, I want to reassure residents and business owners affected that I understand their frustration about the timing of this incident. 

"Please know we are doing all we can to resolve it as a matter of urgency.”
3.22pm - June 6

THEYDON BOIS: Objects thrown at police called to unlicensed music event

A man has been arrested after police were called to an unlicensed music event in Theydon Bois which had attracted up to 200 people.

Officers were met with "some hostility" when they arrived at the event in a field off Forest Drive shortly before 11pm last night.

A police spokesman said: "It was evident that a DJ was playing loud music through a sound system.

"As our officers first tried to engage, they were met with some hostility and had objects thrown at them. No officers were struck or injured."

The spokesman added: "During this time, some attendees began leaving the area and shortly after 1am the music was turned off and larger crowds began to leave.

"At that stage the attendees were friendly, calm and compliant and thanked officers for their help in leaving the area."

Among the items seized by officers were a set of decks, speakers and a generator.

One man was arrested on suspicion of a breach of coronavirus legislation.

Chief Superintendent Tom Simons said: “Essex Police does not tolerate attacks, no matter how minor, upon officers who are just doing their job by responding to incidents reported to them by the public.

"In this instance, thankfully no officers were injured and the attendees did eventually disperse when they were asked to do so and that is a credit to the officers who attended the scene and worked under very difficult circumstances.

"As a result of our initial investigations, we have seized a number of items of musical equipment and one man has been arrested.

"As you will appreciate, the investigation is in its early stages and where action is required, we will take it.”
2.01pm - June 4

ABRIDGE: Road through village closed following burst water main

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The road through Abridge could be closed over the weekend while repairs are carried out following a burst water main which caused the road to collapse in two places.

A number of homes in The Poplars and Market Place area are currently without water with bottled supplies available in Market Place.

An Affinity Water worker speaking at the scene told Everything Epping Forest the main repairs are expected to be completed this afternoon however the extent of the damage to the road surface could mean the road being closed over the weekend, and possibly until Monday.

Access through the village is blocked off at the mini-roundabout at the Hoe Lane junction with traffic taking an alternative route through the Pancroft estate.

Heavy traffic is advised to follow the diversion signed from the Gravel Lane roundabout.

Traffic travelling from Chigwell can still access the Shell petrol station on London Road.
9.02am - May 26

MORETON: Parish community group has residents at its heart

A community group which has its villagers at the centre of everything it does now has nine of the 14 seats on Moreton, Bobbingworth and The Lavers Parish Council.

The independent and non-politically aligned Community Spirit group was created in 2019 as a ‘bottom up’ community-led organisation to collate the parish's concerns regarding its future. 

Three ‘Think Tanks’ were held in Magdalen Laver and Moreton in 2019 and in Bobbingworth last year. 

These were attended by 160 parishioners who declared 67 ‘concerns’ ranging from anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping to flooding and wildlife care.

Each 'concern' was placed into either a 'Crime', 'highways', 'environment' or 'welfare' category with a communication and co-ordination hub created to support the categories. 

A Community Spirit spokesman said: "The bedrock of the continual communication are the 40 ‘Lane Ambassadors’ who have volunteered to support dwellings and businesses in the 33 'lanes' in our parish.

"The intent is to grow 'Community Spirit' as a shared and all-encompassing organisation involving as many residents in the parish as possible who are able and willing to get involved.

"Community Spirit is an organisation developed by those who are concerned deeply enough about an issue that they want to become involved. They will either lead or volunteer as active members of a parish 'concern'."

The group has already arranged numerous litter picks and created policies to be implemented in the parish.

The spokesman added: "Each ‘Concern Team’ will debate and decide on the best strategy and plan to represent their 'concern' which they will upload via the 'hub' to the parish inhabitants, delivering the vision for action to enhance the future of the Parish and its Inhabitants."
2.37pm - May 21

NAZEING: Two men arrested over series of sexual offences

Two men have been arrested in connection with a series of sexual offences in the Nazeing and Dobbs Weir area.

Police are investigating a number of reports of indecent exposure and sexual assault around the area, often by the Lee Navigation.

The incidents took place between July last year and May 12 this year.

A 24-year-old man, from Bishop’s Stortford, was arrested on May 15 and has been bailed until June 12 while a 27-year-old man, from Nazeing, who was arrested on May 18 has been bailed until June 13.

A police spokesman said: "We know that sometimes victims don't recognise that a crime has been committed against them.

"If you feel any similar offences may have been committed against you, or someone you know, please come forward and report that crime to us."

Offences can be reported by ringing 101 or by visiting the Essex Police website.

In an emergency, callers should always ring 999.
3.20pm - May 3

STAPLEFORD ABBOTTS: Police appeal after car crashes off road

A man suffered injuries described as "not life-threatening or life-changing" when a Mini car left Stapleford Road, Stapleford Abbotts, at about 5.30am today.

Police officers arrived alongside colleagues from the ambulance and fire services and found a Mini had left the road.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, has footage of what led to it or has information about it should submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm.

Information can also be given on 101 (incident 165 of May 3) or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org.
8.01am - April 27

NAZEING: Nazeing Glassworks site redevelopment plans rejected

Outline plans to redevelop the Nazeing Glassworks site with a mixed use development including up to 230 homes as well as retail and office space, private and public open space, play space and parking have been rejected by district councillors by 10 votes to 5.

The residential element of the development would see 86 one-bedroom apartments and 144 two-bedroom apartments with 20 per cent of the properties 'affordable'.

The development would feature seven buildings ranging in height between three and five storeys.

Nazeing resident Sue Clarke told Monday's Epping Forest District Council district development management committee meeting the number of homes proposed was almost double the quota for Nazeing in the Emerging Local Plan.

She said the development would affect everyone in Lower Nazeing and those travelling to and from Broxbourne.

She added such a development would have a negative impact on local amenities and was contrary to a "whole raft of local and national policies".

Nazeing Parish Council vice-chairman David Joslin told the meeting the parish council supported the proposals and said the developer had actively involved the council and local community throughout the planning process.

He said: "The site is seriously rundown and in decline."

Mr Joslin added the development would secure the viability of the site "for long into the future" and highlighted no objections had been raised by the statutory consultees.

Mr Joslin added the site is within the Lea Valley Regional Park area - and the authority had not objected - "which arguably shows the quality of the proposed scheme."

He concluded the development would bring a "huge number of benefits to the community".

Councillor Chris Pond said the proposals would "regularise an industrial site" but added the site "is allocated purely for employment uses in the Emerging Local Plan".

Nazeing councillor Richard Bassett said: "It is still only an outline application and can be heavily amended before a full application is submitted to meet the officers' requirements."

He said the scheme would "help solve some of our housing problems" and local employment issues.

District council planning officer Andrew Marx, in reply to councillor Bassett, said only the appearance - materials, windows - of the development could be changed after any outline consent is given.

Councillor John Philip said: "There are a lot of good reasons why we should not be giving approval for this. I don't think there is anything that moves this from a very clear recommendation from the officers (to refuse permission) to move it towards even considering granting it. 

"This (the proposal) goes against almost everything in the Local Plan and we should not be granting it."

Councillor Simon Heap questioned whether anyone would want to take over the site for employment use. He said: "We could be missing a good thing here."

Councillor Heather Brady said: "We have a Local Plan for a good reason. We all contributed towards it. We employ experts for a very good reason and we should listen to them.

"It's very easy to put your heart on your sleeve and think it's a good place for housing..."

A planning officer's report presented to the meeting stated the development would provide benefits with up to 230 homes (with up to 46 'affordable' homes), construction work, new customers for services and facilities, a general improvement in the site’s appearance and a contribution of £55,000 to Epping Forest Community Transport.

The money would allow a local bus service to be increased from a one-hour service to a half-hour service during peak hours for five years.

Additionally, £331,000 is proposed for pedestrian access improvements to connect with the Lee Valley Walk and the Lee Valley Pathway.

The report added the benefits of the proposed development "are weighed against the adverse impacts of the development" - that it would result in the loss of designated employment floorspace for which there is strong market demand, and that the level of provision proposed is compromised by the lack of detail provided to satisfy the council a "high quality and true mixed-use scheme" will be delivered.

The report concluded: "The proposal therefore fails to meet a key need for employment within the district (and) will result in an increase in annual average daily traffic compared to the existing uses on the site.

"It is also above the amount and type of development proposed for allocation within the emerging Local Plan.

"The proposed development fails to deliver the necessary infrastructure to make the development acceptable."
5.54pm - April 16

ABRIDGE: Granddaughter appeals for return of nan's ashes stolen in burglary

A widower and his family are heartbroken after callous burglars stole his wife’s ashes during a burglary at a property in Abridge.

Thieves broke into 93-year-old Eric Doubleday’s home in London Road while he was asleep at about 5am on Sunday, April 11.

They stole a number of items including a mahogany wooden box containing his 91-year-old wife Doris’ ashes, with a plaque on the lid that reads ‘Doris Marie Doubleday 1930-2021’.

The couple’s granddaughter, Ella Terry, said: "My grandparents had been married for over 70 years.

"We only lost my nan in February this year so to now have had her ashes stolen is even more heart-breaking.

"The other items stolen were just material things.

"Obviously we would like to get everything back but if we could choose only one, it would be nan’s ashes.

"This has broken my grandad’s heart, along with all of us as a family.

"Not only are we still grieving her loss, we now have been left without her ashes.”

PC Thomas Tod said: "To do this to a family who are already grieving is devastating and cruel.

"We are progressing our enquiries and will do everything we can to bring people to justice.

"I urge anyone who saw or heard anything in the area at the time, or has any information, to please contact us.”

Anyone with any information should ring Loughton CID on 101 quoting reference 42/65250/21.

Information can also be given online or via the online 'Live Chat' button where you can speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
6.56pm - April 14

NAZEING: Nazeing Glassworks redevelopment plans recommended for refusal

Outline plans to redevelop the Nazeing Glassworks site with a mixed use development including up to 230 homes as well as retail and office space, private and public open space, play space and parking are being recommended for refusal by district council planning officers.

The residential element of the development would see 86 one-bedroom apartments and 144 two-bedroom apartments with 20 per cent of the properties "affordable".

The development would feature seven buildings ranging in height between three and five storeys.

The application will be considered by the district development management committee on Monday, April 26.
1.36pm - April 2

THEYDON BOIS: Motorcyclist suffers broken arm and collarbone in collision

Police are appealing for information following a road collision in Theydon Bois which left a motorcyclist with a broken arm and collarbone.

A white Toyota Hilux and a red and green Ducati 900 motorbike were in collision at the Abridge Road-Poplar Row junction shortly after 11.10am last Saturday (March 27).

The motorbike rider sustained various injuries including a broken arm and collarbone.

Anyone who saw anything, has any CCTV or dash cam footage, or any other information can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm (quoting incident 359 of March 27).

Information can also be given on 101 or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
6.19pm - March 26

HIGH ONGAR: Solar park plan for former landfill site

The former landfill site in Mill Lane, High Ongar, could be transformed into the 'Ongar Solar Park' generating solar energy for 35 years, it has been revealed.

A planning application seeks approval for "an array of ground-mounted solar PV panels" and various other infrastructure, including containers, security cameras and an access track.

Access would be via the existing landfill site entrance off Mill Lane.

A report submitted with the application states: "The development would defer the implementation of the affected area of the restoration plan for the lifetime of the development.

"Upon decommissioning of the development, the restoration plan would be re-implemented."

It is expected work to set up the 10MW (megawatt) solar park would take up to a year with the "core construction activity period" lasting three to four months.

The application states planning permission is sought for a "temporary
operational period of 35 years". 

The application papers add that the site would be fully decommissioned and restored at the end of the time period.

There would be rows of dark-coloured solar panels mounted on a rack comprising metal poles anchored to the ground via concrete footings of shallow piles.

"Panels are typically tilted ten to 25 degrees from the horizontal to face south towards the sun. Moreover, there is usually a distance of two to six metres between strings of panels to avoid inter-panel shading but this distance is influenced by slope and aspect", the application documents state.

The panels would be mounted about 0.8m from the ground at the lowest point (the southern edge) rising to about 2.8m at the highest point (the northern edge) "although the anticipated maximum height relative to ground level could be up to 3m subject to topography".

The site consists of previously disturbed land and is currently in use for the generation of energy from landfill gas, which is to continue for much of the lifetime of the solar park.

The application adds: "The development therefore comprises the efficient use of the land which will not be suitable for alternative uses.

It is stated the solar park will not generate a significant amount of additional traffic when operational as traffic will be limited to maintenance site visits. 

The application documents state: "The development is an opportunity to provide a significant amount of low carbon renewable energy in an appropriate location.

"Considerable care has been taken in the design to avoid unacceptable environmental and amenity effects, whilst ensuring the development can make a contribution to the UK’s requirement for renewable energy generation."

The applicant states it is committed to ongoing engagement with Blackmore Parish Council, Hook End and Wyatts Green Parish Council, High Ongar Parish Council and Stondon Massey Parish Council as part of an "ongoing consultation process".

Stondon Massey Parish Council has voiced no objection "as long as access to the footpaths and country park in the area are not affected".
2.52pm - March 18

FYFIELD: Boy arrested over 'bogus police officer' incident

A teenaged boy has been arrested on suspicion of a fraud offence following incidents in Fyfield where households were allegedly called on by someone pretending to be a police officer.

Police received a report on Tuesday evening that an individual had been knocking at doors. It is alleged that they were impersonating a police officer to obtain residents' bank details. 

Community Safety Team and Roads Policing Unit officers responded and with the assistance of Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology located a vehicle.

A 16-year-old boy, from London, was arrested in the Chingford area on suspicion of fraud by false representation.

He was taken into custody for questioning and has since been released on conditional bail while police enquiries continue.
8.40pm - March 17

ROYDON: Arrested man released on bail

A 50-year-old man arrested today on suspicion of the indecent assault and murder of Stuart Lubbock almost 20 years ago has been released on bail.

The man, who was arrested in Cheshire, has been bailed until April 12 while detectives continue their enquiries.
5.21pm - March 17

ROYDON: Stuart Lubbock's father calls on partygoers to "tell the police all you know" over fateful night

The father of Stuart Lubbock has called on the eight people who were at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore on the night his son died to "tell the police all you know" after a man was arrested over his death.

Police have detained a 50-year-old man in Cheshire on suspicion of indecent assault and the murder of Stuart, 31, and say they will be contacting everyone who was at the party in the coming days.

Terry Lubbock was reacting to news of the arrest almost 20 years after his son died after going back to Barrymore's then home in Beaumont Park Drive in Roydon after a night out in Harlow.

Detective Superintendent Lucy Morris, Essex Police's Head of Major Crime, said the arrest was made after "significant new information came to light" following a renewed appeal for information and offer of an enhanced reward which coincided with a Channel 4 documentary broadcast in February last year.

DS Morris added: "This information has led to us making an arrest and over the coming days we will be contacting all of those who were present at the party at the time as well as others who may have information.

"As we stated last February - and have continually stated over the last 20 years - we believe someone, or some people, at that party know what happened.

Mr Lubbock this afternoon issued a plea to the eight people who were at the party.

He told Everything Epping Forest: "To all the Michael Barrymore party guests, now is the time to come forward and tell the police all you know on the events surrounding Stuart's death."
3.28pm - March 17

HIGH ONGAR: Arrest as part of £1.5m vehicle theft investigation

A suspect has been arrested at a property in High Ongar by detectives targeting a criminal gang believed to be responsible for the theft of at least 70 high value cars.

In total, nine people - six men and three women aged between 20 and 43 - were arrested following a series of early morning warrants.

Officers from the North East Area’s CID, supported by the Organised Vehicle Crime Unit and the Territorial Support Group, executed search warrants at ten residential addresses in London, Essex and Hertfordshire in the early hours of today as part of a proactive operation targeting an Organised Crime Network that detectives believe are responsible for the theft of at least 70 high value cars, with the majority being Range Rovers, worth a combined total of more than £1.5m.

Everything Epping Forest has been told that properties in Chingford, Walthamstow, Enfield, Southend, Camberwell, Leyton and Hoddesdon were also targeted.

Those arrested are being held at an east London police station on suspicion of conspiracy to steal vehicles and conspiracy to convert criminal property.

Detectives believe the Organised Crime Network is responsible for stealing, cloning and fraudulently selling high-value vehicles, with the first theft dating back to November 2019.

Vehicle cloning changes the identity of a vehicle and can be as simple as adding stolen number plates.

A joint investigation by the North East Area’s CID and the Organised Vehicle Crime Unit have linked at least 70 high value vehicle thefts to the group, with cars stolen from driveways in London, Surrey, Kent, Essex and Hertfordshire.

The majority were keyless car thefts - where thieves use a device to capture the key fob’s signal to trick the car into opening.

Detectives believe the network routinely cloned and registered vehicles and fraudulently sold them in London and Essex.

Detective Constable Tom Jenkins, the investigating officer from the North East CID, said: “We have listened to what the public have told us and we understand that the theft of a vehicle, especially from your own driveway, is extremely distressing and an area of policing that the community want us to focus on.

“For many months, we have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to build evidence against the Organised Crime Group we believe to be responsible for the theft and fraudulent resale of at least 70 high value vehicles to enable us to make our arrests today.

“I hope this shows the community that we take this crime type very seriously, and we will do everything in our power to bring those responsible to justice.

“I’d remind people with electronic car keys to keep them away from doors and in a signal blocking pouch when not in use to prevent thieves scanning it to open and steal your car nearby.

“I’d also urge those buying cars to remain vigilant. If you buy a stolen car, not only would it result in you losing your money and having no car, but you could be arrested for handling stolen goods.

"When buying a vehicle, always check the DVLA V5 document and make sure the Vehicle Identification Number on the vehicle is the same as on the document.”
1.30pm - March 17

ROYDON: Barrymore pool death: Detectives to speak to all partygoers again following murder case arrest

Detectives investigating the murder of Stuart Lubbock at the then Roydon home of television entertainer Michael Barrymore 20 years ago are to speak again to all those who attended the fateful party following the arrest of a man.

Mr Lubbock was one of nine people who attended the party at the property in Beaumont Park Drive following a night out at a Harlow nightclub.

A 50-year-old man has been arrested in Cheshire on suspicion of the indecent assault and murder of Mr Lubbock.

Detective Superintendent Lucy Morris, Essex Police's Head of Major Crime, gave a statement on the case at Essex Police headquarters this morning.

She said: "Today (Wednesday) detectives from Essex Police’s Major Crime Team arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of the indecent assault and murder of Stuart Lubbock.

"The man, who was arrested in Cheshire, continues to be questioned by our detectives. Following the arrest, we immediately notified the Lubbock family.

"This arrest is almost 20 years to the day in which Stuart was found unconscious in a swimming pool, following a party at a home in Roydon. He later died in hospital.

"The arrest comes after significant new information came to light following our renewed appeal for information and offer of an enhanced reward which coincided with a major TV documentary broadcast in February 2020.

"This information has led to us making an arrest and over the coming days we will be contacting all of those who were present at the party at the time as well as others who may have information.

"As we stated last February - and have continually stated over the last 20 years - we believe someone, or some people, at that party know what happened.

"It is important to re-state the fact that Essex Police has never given up on this case and that the force is motivated by the desire to deliver justice for Mr Lubbock and his family.

"Stuart’s rape and murder has been an extremely lengthy and complex investigation which has spanned over 20 years and remains ongoing.

"We have never given up on finding out exactly what happened to Stuart, and we will not stop in our pursuit of justice for him and for his family and friends.

"As we said a year ago, and have said repeatedly over the last 20 years, nine people were at that party.

"We know that not everyone was responsible for what happened, but someone was.

"Now is the time to come forward, if you haven’t done so already, to set this matter to rest by providing us with any information you have."
9.21am - March 17

ROYDON: Man, 50, arrested over Stuart Lubbock murder case

Detectives have today (Wednesday) arrested a 50-year-old man in connection with the indecent assault and murder of Stuart Lubbock almost 20 years ago.

The man, who was arrested in Cheshire, remains in custody where he continues to be questioned.

Stuart was found unconscious in the swimming pool of entertainer Michael Barrymore's then home in Beaumont Park Drive in Roydon on March 31, 2001. 

Despite attempts to save him he later died in hospital. 

The 31-year-old had been attending a party at the property with eight other people.

An Essex Police spokesman said a post-mortem examination found Stuart had suffered "horrific" anal injuries which are believed to be the result of a serious sexual assault prior to his death.
6.26pm - February 26

THEYDON BOIS: Housing development plan revealed

Plans have been revealed for a development of 28 homes in Theydon Bois. 

The development - proposed by the Anderson Group on a open field at the end of Forest Drive - would comprise six two-bedroom bungalows, four two-bedroom houses, four three-bedroom houses, two four-bedroom houses, one five-bedroom house and one two-bed apartment while the 'affordable housing' element of the development would see eight one-bedroom apartments and two two-bedroom apartments.

A document submitted with the application states: "The key opportunities are the gently falling, largely visually enclosed and broadly regular-shaped parcel of developable land area available, set against a tree lined background to the northern and western boundaries. 

"Such characteristics enable the creation of a residential development which will be relatively self-contained within the wider landscape, with little visual impact upon the existing surrounding areas or residents. 

"The proposals will provide much needed new housing, including affordable housing, which will enable a positive impact upon the character and appearance of the surrounding built form of the village.

"This proposal will successfully 'dovetail' into its immediate surroundings providing a scheme that is responsive and sensitive to the site and its wider context. 

"Each dwelling is carefully designed to enhance the feeling of a natural progression to the Theydon Bois built environment."

The application will be considered by Theydon Bois Parish Council before a decision is taken by Epping Forest District Council.
6.06pm - February 19

ABRIDGE: Car crashes into doctors surgery

Emergency services were called out this afternoon after a car crashed into the doctor's surgery at Abridge Village Hall.

An eyewitness told Everything Epping Forest that police, firefighters and an ambulance were at the hall, off Ongar Road, late this afternoon.

An Essex Police spokesman said no serious injuries have been reported.

The area remains taped off this evening with the car embedded into the front of the building.

Damaged brickwork is clearly visible beneath a front window.
9.18am - February 2

NAZEING: Mass COVID-19 testing follows confirmation of South African variant

Residents living on the Nazeing-Broxbourne border are being urged to get a COVID-19 test, whether they have symptoms or not, following confirmation that a case of the South African variant has been confirmed in the local area.

All adult residents in the EN10 area of Broxbourne - which includes Old Nazeing Road, Nazeing New Road -  are being encouraged to get a COVID-19 test over the next two weeks.

Testing is being increased in the area to find any other cases and help to suppress this new variant from spreading any further in the local community.

From today, residents aged over 18 who live in the EN10 postcode area will be provided with a leaflet through their letterboxes to explain how they can get tested.

Extra mobile testing capacity has been set up at Broxbourne Lido site and Paradise Wildlife Park (in EN10, Broxbourne) while home testing kits will be available to pick up from Wormley Community Centre and Hoddesdon Library.

From Thursday (February 4) all households will be directly contacted on their doorstep and will be provided with a home testing kit from a public health or licensed officer (with hi-visibility uniform or valid ID). 

Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “It is vitally important that we test as many adults as we can in this local area, whether showing symptoms or not. This is an important step in containing this new South African variant of COVID-19 from spreading further in our local communities.

“Although this new variant of COVID-19 is thought to be more easily transmitted, there is currently no evidence that this variant causes more severe illness, or that the regulated vaccine would not protect against it.”

Broxbourne Council leader Lewis Cocking,said: “Testing plays an important role in stopping the spread of the virus. Testing, even when you do not have symptoms, helps identify people with the virus so that they can isolate and avoid spreading it to others in the community. 

“I don’t want people to be alarmed at this new development. It is an isolated case but I am urging all members of the public that live in the EN10 postcode area, who are not showing symptoms, to either book an appointment online or use a home testing kit.”

For more details go to www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/en10
7.27pm - January 26

ROYDON: Two arrested after van stopped

Two people have been arrested for various offences after Community Safety Team police officers spotted a van near Roydon.

A spokesman said the vehicle was found to have been stolen from Skegness and w on false registration plates. 

Various stolen items were found in the vehicle. 

One of the arrested duo was wanted on a recall to prison.
4.44pm - January 18

HIGH ONGAR: Fire crews come to the rescue of collapsed horse

Firefighters have rescued an elderly horse after it collapsed and became trapped in High Ongar.

Crews said the 32-year-old horse - which weighs about 500kgs - had collapsed at premises on Nine Ashes Road and was trapped between an exercise area and fences.

Three fire crews managed to move the horse to a safe area using a glide before the animal was rotated as it had been on its side for a prolonged time. 

The horse was unharmed and left in the care of its owner who had owned the horse for 28 years.
UPDATE 1.06pm - January 17

Further damage has been caused to the green over the past two days.


(Photo: Sam Knipes)

2.12pm - January 16

TOOT HILL: Joyriders damage village green

Joyriders have caused "devastating" damage by driving a car onto the village green at Toot Hill on successive evenings.

Resident Sam Knipes told Thursday's Stanford Rivers Parish Council meeting the damage was caused last Saturday evening and Sunday evening with the grass "torn up" and deep ruts left across the green.

He said: "There's no doubt in my mind it was intentional. It's a devastating bit of damage that they've done."

He said a vehicle thought to be responsible was caught on CCTV having been driven from the direction of the Green Man pub, but the vehicle's registration plate could not be seen.

Parish council chairman John Glover said: "Once the grass starts growing it will recover, the edges may need a bit of trimming. 

"This was the first time (it has happened) and we need to keep an eye out for the future."
9.19am - January 12

FYFIELD: Resignations leave parish council with only three members

Only three parish councillors remain on Fyfield Parish Council following the resignation of three councillors, including the chairman.

The clerk has also resigned with an interim clerk currently in place.

Councillor Barbara Saward was elected chairman for Monday's meeting only, with no decision taken over a chairman for the remainder of the council year.

The other two remaining councillors are Dan Webster and Sandra Mead.

Resident Cheryl Hadley asked the meeting whether the previous clerk, Charlotte Collins, had been approached to return to the council.

Councillor Webster told the meeting: "She didn't resign because of any particular person. The reasons why she resigned you would have to ask her. 

"We didn't approach her formally (to return) because she made it very clear she was very unhappy and (the council) didn't feel it was appropriate to go back to her."

District councillor Ian Hadley said he hoped there would be "a stable council for the next few months".

Councillor Seward thanked those councillors who had resigned for their contribution to the council.

Referring to the possible co-option of new councillors, Mr Hadley said: "It could be difficult carrying on with just three (councillors).

* The parish council agreed to formally approach Charlotte Collins to see if she was interested in returning, before advertising for a new clerk through the Essex Association of Local Councils.

* The parish council agreed to retain interim clerk Katharine Perry until a replacement is appointed.

* Councillor Sandra Mead was appointed as the parish council's representative on the Village Hall Committee.


Parish council freezes share of council tax bills

Fyfield Parish Council has voted to freeze its share of council tax bills for the next financial year.

Councillor Dan Webster told Monday's council meeting the council had increased its precept last year and had planned another rise for 2021-22 however that was now not considered necessary as Ongar Junior Football Club was now paying for some of the grass cutting.


Parish council finalising football club contract

Fyfield Parish Council is finalising a three-year contract with Ongar Juniors Football Club, with a break clause at the end of each season, for the use of Fyfield Sports Field.

Interim parish council clerk Katharine Perry told Monday's council meeting the club had said there was no immediate urgency as it did not expect to have any fixtures in the next three months because of the COVID-19 lockdown.


Library plan for phone box

The Fyfield telephone box is set to be turned into a library, after the box was 'decommissioned' by BT and formally transferred to The Friends of Fyfield Phone Box.

The box will become a 'book exchange' with villagers, at a future date, to be asked to donate books.

Fyfield district councillor Ian Hadley told Monday's parish council meeting: "The outside will look the same and it will be clean and tidy."


New village sign

The parish council has agreed to replace the village, at the Dunmow Road-Queen Street junction, with a double-sided sign.

Pedestrian crossing idea for village

Villagers are to be asked for their views on the location for a possible pedestrian crossing in Fyfield.

Ongar Division county councillor Maggie McEwen has proposed making a request to the Local Highways Panel and had suggested a spot near the shop and the Queen Street junction.

The council had previously suggested a site nearer Houchin Drive.

District councillor Ian Hadley said: "I certainly think something is needed the way traffic comes through."

The parish council will also ask Essex Highways for advice on a possible location.


Parish council to raise flooding issue with Environment Agency

Fyfield Parish Council is to contact the Environment Agency about the regular flooding that occurs on the B184 Dunmow Road near Birds Green Road.
2.46pm - January 6

NAZEING: Boat owners fined over raves

Police have issued three £10,000 fines to boat owners for organising raves on their vessels on the River Lea on the Nazeing-Broxbourne border over the festive period.

Most recently, Hertfordshire police officers were called to reports of a New Year’s Eve party boat on the river near Dobbs Weir.

Officers found about 40 people on a boat set up for a rave, with DJ equipment, a bar and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) canisters.

A 33-year-old man, from east London, is being issued with a £10,000 Fixed Penalty Notice for organising and selling tickets to the illegal event. 

He will also receive a Community Protection Warning (CPW) not to return to the area.

Before Christmas, police officers were called to different vessels nearby on the River Lea - on Friday, December 11, and Sunday, December 13 - where they dispersed more than 100 people, arresting a man who refused to co-operate.

On Thursday, December 17, Broxbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team officers attended the river intending to serve a closure order on the vessels involved.

They entered one boat under a Section 17 order, and seized four generators, four large speakers, two large amplifiers and a large quantity of alcohol.

The second craft was ordered to leave the borough of Broxbourne. 

Owners of both vessels, men aged 30 and 31, both from north London, are being issued with £10,000 FPNs and CPWs.

Sgt Chris Fisher, from Broxbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “My team worked hard over the festive period to disperse and prevent illegal raves on board boats moored along the river.

"Even if we weren’t living through a pandemic and under strict rules not to socialise in large groups to prevent coronavirus transmission, these party boats would be illegal, representing a grave danger to anyone who attends.

"They are dangerous for attendees with no crowd control measures, medical staff or security provision on site.

"Currently our area has one of the highest case rates in the region so this makes it even more important that people adhere to the rules and not mix in large groups."

He added: "I’d appeal to everyone’s sense of decency to do the right thing and follow the clear lockdown rules now in place."
2.37pm - January 2

The father of Stuart Lubbock who died after attending a party at the entertainer Michael Barrymore's home is still fighting for justice

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The father of Stuart Lubbock who died after attending a party at the Roydon home of entertainer Michael Barrymore has told Everything Epping Forest he is "getting stronger and stronger for justice" as the 20th anniversary of his son's death approaches.

Terry Lubbock gave an exclusive audio interview to Everything Epping Forest as he renewed his call for a second inquest into his son's death which happened on March 31, 2001.


 
Terry Lubbock - "I'm not going to relax or die until I get some glimmer of light for justice"


Police issued a fresh appeal last year after Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings was appointed as the new Senior Investigating Officer in the case and a £20,000 reward was offered.

Stuart, 31, suffered serious internal injuries which police believe were inflicted when he was sexually assaulted in a jacuzzi at Barrymore's then home in Beaumont Park Drive, Roydon.

Speaking at the press conference last year, DCI Jennings said: "Nine people went to the party at Michael Barrymore's house but only one of them - Stuart - ended up being violently sexually assaulted and murdered."

Essex Police said that in the aftermath of the discovery of Stuart's body in the swimming pool some people left the property while others, who had not been at the party, arrived and key items of possible forensic interest disappeared.

These were a door handle and a swimming pool thermometer.

Speaking to Everything Epping Forest today, Terry Lubbock - who now lives in care home in Harlow - said: "I'm still fighting and I'm fighting for justice. This is all about my son, Stuart. Somebody somewhere has been hiding the truth."

With the landmark date approaching, Mr Lubbock believes the 20th anniversary is another opportunity to renew an appeal for information.

He told Everything Epping Forest: "The main thing I want now is a second inquest. If there is any justice in the world... we should have another inquest and they should say exactly what happened to my son and everybody will know in black and white what happened . Those injures actually killed my son.

"That should have come out (at the inquest) and it didn't. It's taken me nearly 20 years now and I'm still fighting. 

"I'm getting stronger and stronger now for justice and I'm not going to relax or die until I get some glimmer of light for justice, and that is what we are going for with (a call for) a new inquest."

Mr Lubbock has campaigned tirelessly for the truth after Stuart died after returning to the television personality's home with eight others following a night out in Harlow.

A post mortem examination found Stuart suffered horrific anal injuries which experts believe were the result of a serious sexual assault that happened prior to Stuart's death.

The cause of Stuart's death remains un-ascertained and an inquest, held at the Civic Offices in Epping in 2002, recorded an open verdict.

Police hope the reward offered by Essex Police and Crimestoppers "can give us the breakthrough that we need".

The reward will only be available for information given to Crimestoppers and not the police. 

To be eligible for the reward, the information must lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the rape and murder of Stuart Lubbock.

Information can be given to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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