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4.01pm - October 29

Pub arsonist jailed over "brazen, pre-meditated attack"

A man who set fire to the Three Colts pub in Buckhurst Hill while people were living in the flat above has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

It happened at the Three Colts pub in Princes Road, Buckhurst Hill at about 4.50pm on Saturday, February 6.

Police had received a call from a member of the public who said they had witnessed a man - later identified as Spiros Schultz, 48 - acting suspiciously near to a smashed window pane.

The witness later told officers he saw Schultz then strike a match and put it through the smashed window and a fire start immediately inside the pub.

He also told officers he then saw a black fuel canister on the floor where Schultz had been standing.

Schultz then walked off along Princes Road towards Buckhurst Hill Station.

The witness followed him, taking photos of him, and called 999.

Meanwhile inside the pub a woman living in the flat above reported hearing a bang and then fire alarms going off.

When she opened her front door she was met with smoke which got thicker as she made her way downstairs to try to get out.

She was trapped for between five and ten minutes in the rear outside of the pub with smoke blowing in the winds towards her before she got to safety.

The train Schultz got onto terminated at Loughton. 

During searches there, Schultz was recognised by a police officer and arrested.

They found a lighter and matches on him.

Schultz, of Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton, was later charged and at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Monday, March 8, admitted arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and breach of a restraining order.

At Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) he was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Kelly Gould said: “Spiros Schultz set fire to the pub in a brazen, pre-meditated attack.

“He paid no regard for the safety or welfare of anyone in the flat above it and his actions could have had tragic consequences.

“I want to praise the actions of the member of the public who witnessed what happened.

“They’re quick thinking may well have saved the life of the woman in the flat.

“Quick work from our officers meant Schultz was swiftly arrested and due to the evidence against him he had no choice but to admit his guilt.

“I hope this sentence will provide the victim with justice.”
5.30pm - March 8

Man admits arson attack on pub

A man is set to be sentenced next month following an arson attack on the Three Colts pub in Princes Road in Buckhurst Hill last month.

Spiros Schulz, 48, of Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton, was arrested about an hour after the fire started and was later charged with arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered, arson with intent to endanger life, and breaching a restraining order.

Appearing at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Monday, he admitted arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and breaching a restraining order.

He pleaded not guilty to arson with intent to endanger life and that offence will lie on file.

He was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on April 19.
UPDATE 4.10pm - February 8

Man remanded in custody

A 48-year-old man charged over Saturday's blaze at the Three Colts pub in Buckhurst Hill has been remanded in custody until next month.

Spiros Schulz, of Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton, appeared before Chelmsford magistrates today charged with arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered, arson with intent to endanger life and breaching a restraining order.
UPDATE 5.59pm - February 7

Man charged over pub blaze

A 48-year-old man is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Monday) having been charged this afternoon over last night's fire at the Three Colts pub in Buckhurst Hill.

Spiros Schulz, of Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton, charged with arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered, arson with intent to endanger life and breaching a restraining order.
UPDATE 2.12pm - February 7

Police give update on arrested man

Police have told Everything Epping Forest the man arrested on suspicion of arson following last night's blaze at the Three Colts pub, Buckhurst Hill, is aged 48 and from Loughton.

He remains in custody.
UPDATE 9.33am - February 7

Publican vows to reopen fire-hit pub - "we will return, maybe just longer than we thought"

Three Colts publican Adam Brooks has vowed to return to business following last night's fire which is being treated as arson.

Five fire crews were called to the pub in Princes Road, Buckhurst Hill, at about 4.50pm.

A man was arrested in Loughton on suspicion of arson about an hour later.

Adam Brooks, writing on Twitter, said: "Everyone is safe, we will return, maybe just longer than we thought."

He also thanked the "brave" firefighters from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, London Fire Brigade, and also Essex Police for their efforts in dealing with the incident.

Adam added: "Everyone is safe my end, it is what it is. A resident above (the pub) was lucky to escape this and is terribly shaken and upset. My family is also shaken. Money can be replaced, lives can’t."

A full investigation into the cause of the fire is due to take place.

The man arrested over the blaze remained in police custody last night.
6.44pm - February 6

UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of arson following pub blaze

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson about an hour after firefighters were alerted to the blaze at the Three Colts pub in Buckhurst Hill.

An Essex Police spokesman said emergency services were called to the pub at about 4.50pm today. It is not believed anyone has been hurt.

The spokesman added that a man was arrested on suspicion of arson in Loughton shortly before 6pm. He is currently in custody.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious, has any CCTV or dash cam footage or any other information about the incident is asked to ring 101 quoting incident 858 of February 6 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
6.16pm - February 6


Former EastEnders star "shocked" at blaze at "favourite local pub"

Former EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook has spoken of her shock at tonight's fire at the Buckhurst Hill pub she describes as her "favourite place in Essex".
Firefighters are on the scene of a fire at the Three Colts pub in Princes Road.

Video footage shared on social media shows flames inside the premises - behind a bay window to left of the building.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said five crews - from Loughton, Brentwood, Epping, Waltham Abbey and Woodford - are on the scene.

Crews were called after the owner discovered a fire on the ground floor. 

A fire service spokesman said that when firefighters arrived they were faced with a heavily smoke-logged building and reported that about half the ground floor was alight.

James Taylor, Monitoring Officer at the scene, said: "Our crews worked quickly to bring the fire under control and did a great job to stop it from spreading. 

"We expect to be on site for another couple of hours while we clear the smoke and work to continue extinguishing all hot spots in the ceiling and roof areas. 

"The ground floor of the building has suffered fire, smoke and heat damage."

Once the fire is completely extinguished fire officers will carry out an investigation to determine the cause, the spokesman added.

Danniella said: "I was both shocked and saddened when Everything Epping Forest contacted me with the pictures and news that my favourite local pub was on fire."

She added: "My heart goes out to Adam Brooks and his family who have worked so hard to make that pub the success it is and such a huge part of the Buckhurst Hill community. 

"I hope that the damage is minimal and that no one was hurt and that the Three Colts will be open again soon."

A woman, who did not want to be named, told Everything Epping Forest there had been "black billowing smoke" before firefighters put the blaze out "very quickly".

Princes Road, a one-way street, is currently closed to traffic.
Photo: Ben Johnson
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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.
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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
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BLT Catering, 224A High Street, Epping

BLT Catering is an independent catering company covering the London and Essex area providing a variety of homemade food. Home deliveries available.
Email or ring 07712 897723.

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London Car Sourcing

London Car Sourcing is the home of quality used cars and vans with great savings in the local area. 
Part exchange or sell your car to us. 


Tel: 07500 727292

The Sharing Board, Epping

The Sharing Board is a new online (delivery only) delicatessen based in Epping championing British cheeses, charcuterie and pies, in addition to a selection of yummy products from our neighbours across Europe.

The Merry Fiddlers, Fiddlers Hamlet, Epping

Tel: 01992 572142

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We offer meals of excellent quality and invite you to try our delicious food. The key to our success is simple: providing quality, consistent food that taste great every single time.
We pride ourselves on serving the finest dishes in Epping, using classic French and English techniques with a modern twist. We offer an à la carte menu every evening and are sure we can wow even the finest of palates. Why not come and try our five-course tasting menu accompanied by our perfectly selected wine flights.
Forest Skin Clinic

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G Lawrence Wholesale Meat Company

A family business established in 1968. 
We pride ourselves on supplying fresh, quality meat daily. 
Order online for next day delivery.
We provide professional butchered meat for individual requirements.
We are proud to use the highest standard of British farming to supply our customers. 
Order online for deliveries to London, Essex and Hertfordshire. 

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Max Wells - Online maths teacher

Online teaching and learning through online group lessons for 11+ Maths, KS3, GCSE and A-Level Maths. Max has a number of years of experience.
Lessons are interactive and allow students to ask questions and share answers live. Lessons are tailored to help students with topics being covered at school and in homework.
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Citizens Advice Epping Forest District

Citizens Advice Epping Forest District provides advice and information to about 3,000 clients each year on subjects including employment, housing, Universal Credit and other benefits and financial issues.

Thirst for Knowledge Tuition

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Essex Security Services Ltd
154-156 Church Hill, Loughton

Tel: 020 8502 1360

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.
Halyard Coffee Shop, Buckhurst Hill Station,
Victoria Road, Buckhurst Hill

An independent coffee shop/sandwich bar.
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Smart Raspberry Cookery School


Smart Raspberry is committed to teaching children of all ages about the importance of being able to cook, instilling an understanding of nutrition and basic kitchen skills but most importantly fostering an ongoing curiosity about the food they eat. Through classes, workshops in schools and parties, Smart Raspberry introduces children to exciting, nutritious and well balanced recipes. 
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North Weald Village Pre-School

North Weald Village Pre-School opens at North Weald Village Hall on Wednesday, September 2, offering indoor and outdoor play and learning to children aged two to five years in a happy and fun learning environment that allows children to thrive in all areas of development using a wide variety of resources and activities.
Opening times (term time) Monday to Friday 9.15am-12.15pm.
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Fruit and vegetable box delivery.
Free safe delivery direct to your door by a Fresh2you driver. Free delivery to selected postcodes in Epping Forest and East London areas.

Epping Forest Community Transport

Route 13: Waltham Cross to St Margaret's Hospital, Epping

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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
Epping Scaffolding Services Ltd
Epping Scaffolding has been a successful, family run business for over 20 years, established in 1999 by Terry Soper who has over 30 years’ scaffolding experience.
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Harley's Bistro and Lounge,
High Street, Epping

Monday to Thursday 7am-6pm
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The Roding Players Orchestra

All concerts are cancelled until further notice.
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Hope Centre Counselling Loughton
HCCL provides a confidential and professional counselling service to all members of our community. It is in our heart that no one journeys alone through a difficult time in their life. Our team of highly skilled counsellors are trained to work with a variety of issues.

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Kyoto Recording Studio

Are you looking for a local world class recording studio?

Our unique and beautiful studio is set in the 22-acre Larkins Farm just off the A414 in Nine Ashes, Blackmore.

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Kyoto Rehearsal Studio

Brand new rehearsal / production space, walking distance from Harlow Mill train station.

This unique space is perfect for large band rehearsals, video shoots and ground stacked productions.

With a sloped load-in, 45ft x 50ft floor space, the studio comes with 63amp 3 phase and 32 amp single phase power.

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