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Pensioner dies at Harlow Mill railway station
A MAN in his 70s has died after he was struck by a train near Harlow Mill railway station last Thursday. A spokesman for British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed that officers were called to the scene, with officers from Essex Police, just before 10.50am, following reports that the man had been hit by a train. Paramedics from the Essex Air Ambulance attended the incident alongside a rapid response vehicle, but 78year-old George Turner, from Old Harlow, was pronounced dead at the scene. The BTP spokesman added the incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious, and said a file will be prepared for the coroner. The train involved was the 9.58am National Express East Anglia Liverpool Street to Cambridge service.

Health fears over agencys GSK bid


FEARS have been raised over proposals to move the Health Protection Agencys (HPA) research facilities at Porton Down to Harlow.

By NATALIE DEARMAN
natalie.dearman@archant.co.uk
The preferred option is to move to the GSK site in Harlow as part of it would be suitable for some of the HPAs key research and other activities which are currently sited at the agencys site in Salisbury. It is now up to the DoH and the Treasury to decide if the move will go ahead, but it is not yet known when a decision will be made. However, the Unite union has raised fears that the transfer could mean a lessening of the current high level of security. A Unite briefing paper said: The GSK site is bounded by a main road which staff will have to cross from

It was announced by Harlow Council in March that the HPA had been in talks with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) about the possibility of taking over part of its research and development campus, following a number of job cuts at the New Frontiers Science Park in February. The HPA has since submitted an outline business application to the Department of Health (DoH) on the grounds that its current facilities in Wiltshire are coming to the end of their lifespan and, whilst still safe, will eventually need replacing.

the car park and high containment laboratories will be relatively close to the perimeter. It has a range of business units surrounding the site on two sides. Unite national officer for health, David Fleming, said: Unite has serious concerns about the security of the Harlow site, if this move goes ahead. The Porton Down site is very remote and has a high-level of security. There must be a question mark over having such a centre right next to a main road in Harlow. The union is also concerned that the move from Porton Down will break up decades of expertise and skills that the staff have built up, as staff retention may be a problem. A spokesman for the HPA said: The HPA is aware of the security

issues and is confident that all can be managed satisfactorily. We apply the highest standards to protecting both our staff and the public. The proposal has received support from both Harlow MP Rob Halfon and Harlow Council. Mr Halfon said: First of all, Im amazed that a trade union wants to stop [the HPA] coming to Harlow when we have one of the highest unemployment rates in west Essex. The move would be good for public health and for tax payers. It would also be good for Harlow as it would bring thousands of jobs and much needed regeneration to the area and cement the towns status as a centre for scientific excellence. WHAT do you think? E-mail us at heraldnews@archant.co.uk

Man is due in court on sexual assault charge


A HARLOW man charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl has been remanded in custody until today (Thursday) at Chelmsford Magistrates Court. Hushan Uddin, 23, of Brays Mead, was arrested after the incident which is alleged to have taken place at about 11pm last Wednesday (July 14) in a secluded area off Second Avenue. He faces committal proceedings at a future date for trial at Chelmsford Crown Court. GET that latest news first at www.harlowherald24.co.uk