31/07/14 Opening of Aldi Harlow - Harlow
New Aldi store opening in Harlow. Lucky Jennifer Tyrrell who won the top prize of a Dyson DC47 with store manager Anthony Matthews 31/7/14 Pics: Kerigh Palmer

SLIDESHOW: Hundreds join queue for opening of Harlow's new Aldi supermarket

Hundreds of people queued outside Harlow’s new Aldi supermarket at The Stow this morning (Thursday, July 31) for the official opening of the store.

Published: 17:17 Thu 31 Jul 2014
Dr Anthony Marsh

Ambulance bosses were “dismayed and disappointed” by the decision to appoint a part-time chief executive to the region’s ambulance service, according to a leaked letter.

Published: 15:26 Thu 31 Jul 2014

FIRE crews in Herts and Essex are set to strike again during August after their union confirmed a further eight day period of industrial action.

Published: 13:30 Thu 31 Jul 2014
28/07/09 Filers for Herts and Essex Observer - Bell Street . Sawbridgeworth . Picture by David Johnson ..

EAST Herts District Council has scotched suggestions it is to lift its zero tolerance parking policy in Bell Street.

Published: 11:45 Thu 31 Jul 2014

ESSEX poet Luke Wright has released the first of his poems marking the centenary of the First world War, based on in-depth research from the Heritage Lottery and the Essex County Council-funded project,

Published: 16:00 Thu 31 Jul 2014

SAWBRIDGEWORTH Town Council is seeking a new member following the resignation of Cllr Jane Adams.Cllr Adams, pictured, who lives in The Meadows and works as a teacher in Harlow, joined the council in October

Published: 15:21 Thu 31 Jul 2014
Benedict Babundo

Two pharmacists, who lied about exporting life-saving cancer and HIV medicines to Nigeria, have been jailed for six and a half years for fraudulently claiming £300,000 in VAT repayments.

Published: 11:54 Thu 31 Jul 2014

A man who worked in the pathology department at Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital for 17 years lost his job after he was charged with driving while unfit through drugs.

Published: 09:35 Thu 31 Jul 2014
Lord Hanningfield

Disgraced peer Lord Hanningfield should be stripped of his pewrage, according to the leader of Essex County Council.

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31/07/2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow, cycling individual time trial
(Pic: Andrew Franczak (s))

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Road cycling reflects spirit of 'Friendly Games'

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have brought the best out of the crowds and Mercury sports reporter Andrew Franczak finds out why in the road cycling events.

Published: 14:21 Thu 31 Jul 2014
ARSENAL BOUND? Real Madrid's Sami Khedira, right (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

ARSENAL'S chase of Germany star Sami Khedira could be about to finally come to a successful resolution.

Published: 20:52 Wed 30 Jul 2014
Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 logo

ENGLAND cruised through to a semi-final clash with New Zealand as Harlow's Jo Harten hit a hot streak in the crushing 69-27 victory over Barbados in their final pool match.

Published: 13:49 Wed 30 Jul 2014
TRANSFER BID: Jose Mourinho (Pic: PA)

CHELSEA have launched a £19.7m bid for Atletico Madrid central defender Miranda.

Published: 18:15 Tue 29 Jul 2014
ANGRY: Andrew Osagie (Pic courtesy of Op_Photographic (s))

ANDREW Osagie has reacted angrily to his controversial disqualification from the 800m heats at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Published: 10:19 Thu 31 Jul 2014
TOP PERFORMANCE: Luke Bowen recorded the third full house in his speedway career against Redcar (Pic: Ian Bush (s))

THE new-look Silver Ski Rockets supplied the first evidence that their team changes may coincide with a new dawn for the side with a comfortable 14-point victory over play-off chasing Redcar – one that also lifted them off the foot of the table.

Published: 16:30 Wed 30 Jul 2014
GAMES SWANSONG: Veteran Stuart Storey with fellow athletics commentator Katharine Merry (Pic: Andrew Franczak (s)

Mercury sports reporter Andrew Franczak meets Hertfordshire’s veteran athletics television commentator Stuart Storey, who says these Commonwealth Games will probably be his last major event.

Published: 09:29 Wed 30 Jul 2014

SIX Harlow athletes were selected to represent Essex and Hertfordshire at the South of England Inter Counties U-17 Championships in Portsmouth – three for the first time.

Published: 14:07 Tue 29 Jul 2014

SKIPPER Rehman Ahmed blamed “poor shot selection” as his Harlow side slumped to a three wicket defeat at Buckhurst Hill in division one of the Shepherd Neame Essex League.

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August 2014


  • HARLOW College has celebrated another record-breaking year of A-Level results.
  • HARLOW bobbies took a sound beating on the football pitch yesterday (Sunday, August 5) when they took on a Celebrity XI team to raise over £1,300 for charity.
  • We asked readers to submit their pictures of the Olympic Torch relay as it passed through Harlow - and we were delighted with the response.
  • ALMOST 20,000 people lined the streets of Harlow this morning (Saturday, July 7) to cheer on the Olympic Torch as it wound its way through the town centre on day 50 of its 70-day journey across the UK.
  • MORE than 1,200 people - many of them dressed in pink and wearing flashing bunny ears - set off from the Water Gardens car park in Harlow town centre at the start of the St Clare Hospice Midnight Walk on Saturday evening.
Published: 16:36 Tue 25 Feb 2014
Market Update

With so many different sources reporting on the state of the housing market, the message is often mixed and at the best confusing. Last year the market was on the move and house prices were on the up.

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