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A Recorder reporter donned a hard hat and high-vis jacket on Friday when he got a guided tour of the works currently underway at Hornchurch’s new Lidl store.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

There will be no TfL Rail services this weekend as engineers continue carrying out track and station improvement works to prepare the line for Crossrail.

Miraculously, no one was seriously injured after a car crashed into the front of a block of flats in Romford town centre this afternoon.

Four Emerson Park schoolchildren were amazed to discover this week that they were among the world’s cleverest 2pc and being invited to join Mensa.

Audience members will have a chance to experience quality immersive theatre in January when the curtain rises on a spooky new show.

Imagine running through dark Essex woods on All Hallow’s Eve, dodging fallen tyres and swinging ropes, only for terrifying zombies and other apparitions to loom out at you from the gloom.

A £1.3m scheme that will help restore the borough’s unique biodiversity and heritage has been agreed by Havering Council.

Queen’s Hospital has become the first in the UK to introduce innovative new technology that should help make cancer patients’ treatment much less arduous.

Havering College held a special event on Tuesday to mark the official launch of its new specialist construction careers college.

A Romford mother battling ovarian cancer has become the new face of a nationwide campaign promoting awareness of the disease.

Havering’s very own 82-year-old marathon runner had a Tuesday morning to remember as he was made an MBE at a star-studded royal reception at Buckingham Palace.

Experts believe one in six people across the UK will have a mental health crisis this week that could lead to them developing a serious disorder.

Havering’s finest got to try out their horse whispering techniques today as they managed to return a runaway horse safely to its stables.

Orchard Village residents will be without running water for the second time in a month this week as engineers carry out “planned maintenance” work.

The King George and Queen’s Hospital Charity is calling on all Havering’s young Prancers and Vixens to help make a sick child’s Christmas a little brighter by taking part in a Reindeer Run.

Youngsters at one Romford school learnt an important lesson about helping those in need when they managed to collect swathes of supplies for a local food bank.

An 82-year-old marathon runner who has raised an incredible £100,000 for a variety of charities over his 50-year career will be made an MBE this morning.

The family of a 23-year-old Romford figure skater who died after falling from St Paul’s Cathedral’s Whispering Gallery have paid tribute to her “pure and kind” soul.

Two families had a lucky escape after a fire caused by an electrical fault tore through their homes late last night.

Havering’s NHS hospital trust has announced the appointment of a former BT board member as its new chairman.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

The humble street sweeper could soon be a thing of the past if proposals to mechanise Havering Council’s street cleansing teams are given the go ahead.

Havering Council has begun finalising plans for its 2018/19 budget, which currently has a predicted funding gap of more than £9million.

Havering’s young stars in the making were wowed by a visit from a pop star last week when former student Rochelle Humes returned to her old performing arts college for the day.

A special event offering advice to those struggling with their mental health was held on Tuesday to mark World Mental Health Day.

Havering councillors approved plans to license the borough’s privately rented properties at a meeting on Wednesday night.

Crime fiction fans were thrilled to meet critically acclaimed author Martina Cole at a special event in Romford last month.

A 47-year-old man accused of murdering 51-year-old Rodney Parlour in Rainham flat last month will stand trial at The Old Bailey in March next year.

A programme celebrating the achievements of some of music and theatre’s most talented black performers is coming to the Hornchurch stage as part of Black History Month.

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