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We all know that London is experiencing a violence epidemic, with knife crime up by 50 per cent since September 2015.

When the fighting ended in November 1918, Havering’s prisoners of war came home. As Prof Ged Martin reports, many had suffered a hard time

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

In recent weeks we have brought you the stories of families who have found a lifeline in Hornchurch charity First Step.

I like science fiction. I grew up wearing glasses so I didn’t have much say in the matter.

A former Bomber Command rear gunner who lied about his age so he could join the RAF during the Second World War died in Romford last week.

The brutal murder of an 85-year-old great-grandmother bludgeoned to death in her Romford home by a debt-ridden gardener has left a “hole in her family that will never ever be filled”.

The mother of a three-year-old with a rare genetic condition described a Hornchurch charity that supports youngsters with disabilities and special needs as “their shoulder to cry on”.

A Romford handyman has admitted bludgeoning an 85-year-old widow to death with a hammer.

Police officers were called to break up a large group of schoolchildren outside Havering Sixth Form College after reports of a fight yesterday (Thursday, November 15).

Watch the heart-warming moment a Romford hairdresser who cuts the homeless’ hair for free is given a surprise from the National Lottery for her hard work.

December 1 is Small Business Saturday. As part of a series looking at what our independent shopping parades have to offer, reporter Hayley Anderson finds out why you should hit the high street and shop local this Christmas.

Crime & Court

Yesterday, 10:00

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

Fri, 15:55

The brutal murder of an 85-year-old great-grandmother bludgeoned to death in her Romford home by a debt-ridden gardener has left a “hole in her family that will never ever be filled”.

Fri, 12:25

A Romford handyman has admitted bludgeoning an 85-year-old widow to death with a hammer.

Health

Wed, 07:00

The NHS in Havering is spending £1.08 million more on diabetes prescriptions than it did three years ago, new NHS figures reveal.

Mon, 07:00

NHS staff at hospitals across east London are almost twice as likely to be victims of abuse as the national average, according to the results of an England-wide healthcare survey.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Walk-in services will be closing at South Hornchurch Health Centre.

Environment

Wed, 17:00

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas expressed concerns that an energy park in Bexley will lead to “toxic fumes” billowing across the Thames to the Rainham and Beam Park development area.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A pregnant woman from Romford and her partner were shocked to discover rat babies nesting in their car following an infestation of the rodents in their building.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Hornchurch, Upminster and Romford are part of a large area that has been earmarked for conservation and community projects.

Politics

Wed, 17:00

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas expressed concerns that an energy park in Bexley will lead to “toxic fumes” billowing across the Thames to the Rainham and Beam Park development area.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

More than one in 10 midwives working at Queen’s Hospital’s NHS Trust are EU nationals, figures show.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Havering will receive just over £24m to build new council houses across the borough.

Education

Wed, 13:00

Children at Collier Row primary school have been exploring the First World War through history, art, literature and math projects.

Wed, 11:59

Budding chess players from two Romford schools visited the World Chess Championship this week to see the world’s best players in action.

Tue, 12:00

Romford pupils took part in a special lesson that saw them learning about equality with students in Kenya via Skype.

Heritage

Yesterday, 15:00

When the fighting ended in November 1918, Havering’s prisoners of war came home. As Prof Ged Martin reports, many had suffered a hard time

Tue, 15:00

Veterans, schoolchildren, members of the British Legion, councillors and the Bishop of Barking all took part in the Elm Park Remembrance parade.

Tue, 13:00

To round of this year’s commemorative events in Havering a beacon lighting ceremony was held on the green in Havering-atte-Bower.

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