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This month is bowel cancer awareness month. And that gives us the opportunity to think about something most of us don’t give much thought to – and certainly don’t talk about.

A prolific burglar who used victims’ pillowcases to carry prized possessions out of their homes has been jailed.

The story that everyone in Havering has been talking about this week is the shooting dead of a man by police in Collier Row.

Our stories this week range from the particularly callous (stealing from children) to the heartwarming (the 82-year-old who has finally retired after 60 years working for the same company).

These are the temporary traffic lights and roadworks on roads in the borough in the coming week.

It seems every morning we wake up to news of another stabbing.

If you do the Lottery, I’m assuming you avidly check as soon as the draw is made to see whether this was your lucky week.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information after a car overturned in a collision with a lorry in New Road, Wennington, just after midnight.

Two massive redevelopments that will change the landscape of the borough have been announced this week.

Before you start your car journey, bear in mind maintenance work could mean delays in the following roads over the next few days.

If you can steer clear of these roads, you may find your journey is quicker.

With last week’s snow and freezing temperatures came the inevitable problems of burst pipes and broken boilers.

A man from Upminster has been convicted of murder following a machete attack in South Ockendon last summer.

The explosion in Harold Hill this afternoon blew a large kitchen window some 20 metres according to a witness.

No matter what else was going on in the country this week, the weather was always going to be the only talking point.

Keep clear of these roads to avoid delays.

This week we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the charity First Step in Hornchurch.

Keep clear of these roads if you want to avoid the queues.

The bizarre story of a man calling for help from inside a sewer in Romford this week captured the imagination.

A century since women first won the right to vote, we have teamed up with charity Amnesty to find those in the borough who embody the suffragette spirit.

These are the roads to avoid next week.

Suffragettes across the nation fought for many years to win the vote - and the women who came after them haven’t stopped fighting for change ever since.

A hundred years ago the first women won the vote, thanks to the fight and sacrifice of the suffragettes.

These are the roads to miss next week if you don’t want to risk delays.

These are the Havering roads to miss next week if you don’t want to risk delays.

Rats swarming in and out of bin bags, roaming confidently across front gardens and gnawing their way through fences.

Hornchurch East guides, young leaders and leaders have been presented with awards.

A doctor’s practice has been rated Good overall by the Care Quality Commission - after a period in which it was in special measures following a previous rating of Inadequate.

Most people work hard and give their time to help others without expecting more reward than their monthly pay or the satisfaction that they are making a difference.

Havering Council is reminding all parents and carers in the borough to apply now for their child’s 2018 reception school place, even if their brother or sister is already attending their desired school choice.

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