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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Sue Spong is one of Saint Francis Hospice’s Family Support Services and is marking her 60th birthday by running her 17th London marathon.

Katie Beal, 35, was inspired to take on the challenge of running 26.2 miles after she had a pre-cancerous tumour removed from her pancreas in August, 2016.

It may have started off as a joke, but Danny Stokes is in full training mode for the London Marathon and all set for race day.

Headmaster and CEO of the Hornchurch Academy Trust, Chris Hobson, was inspired to run the London Marathon after he was diagnosed with the same heart condition that a 12-year-old pupil died of.

It was refreshing to read Andrew Rosindell MP last week in Romford Recorder talking about our community and values.

Andy Brownlie has been training six days a week for his first marathon, egged on by the fact that as a boy he watched his father complete the world famous race not once but twice.

This year’s Virgin Money London Marathon follows the usual route from Greenwich Park to the Mall.

Fewer side effects, but no actual effects either

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a 47-year-old woman yesterday.

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

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 Hornchurch headteacher, alongside a number of students and other staff members, briefly turned into a firefighter yesterday afternoon (April 19) when she helped put out a fire in the back garden of a nearby house.

Crime & Court

Fri, 13:52

A criminal with 69 previous convictions was sentenced today to 24 years in prison for murdering an alcoholic in a cruel, prolonged and “extremely violent” attack in the victim’s own home.

Mon, 14:53

A 21-year-old drug dealer who pressured other defendants not to “snitch” after an addict was stabbed to death at a block of flats in Harold Hill has been convicted of murder.

Mon, 11:00

A gang rammed a van into a small family-run business, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Health

Fri, 17:00

Five eateries and one shop in Havering have been slapped with the worst possible hygiene ratings, the Recorder can reveal.

The NHS non-emergency helpline is sending an increasing number of people to emergency services, raising concerns about extra strain on A&E departments.

Tue, 15:30

Talented staff at Havering’s NHS hospital trust who have released a charity single to raise money for charity want to know, “what have you done today, to make you feel proud?”

Environment

Friday, April 13, 2018

A green campaign group has urged parties battling for votes in the local elections to protect the borough’s parks.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Havering Council has spent more than £108,500 to deny an open space in Rainham village green status, a Freedom of Information request had revealed.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Residents of all ages braved snow and freezing temperatures to clear up rubbish surrounding a pub in their community.

Politics

Fri, 15:57

Havering Council was just one successful appeal away from losing its ability to reject major planning applications, a shocking new report has revealed.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Both the borough’s Labour and Conservative groups are fielding the maximum number of candidates across Havering’s 18 wards on May 3.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Firms across the borough have been disclosing the difference between average hourly earnings for men and women as requested by the government.

Education

Wed, 12:50

Parents, teachers and pupils from Harrow Lodge Primary School are trying to raise £100,000 to make their dreams come true of having a brand new playground.

Mon, 08:53

A new survey has revealed the often “extraordinary” lengths parents have gone to get their children into their preferred primary school.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Parents in Havering were struck by fines totalling more than £100,000 for failing to ensure their children attended school in 2016/17, according to figures from the Department for Education.

Heritage

Fri, 14:13

Disposing of sewage was a big issue in the area 150 years ago, says Prof Ged Martin

Saturday, April 14, 2018

To mark this year’s Grand National, Prof Ged Martin uncovers an amazing story of a local race involving the top steeplechasers of the day

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

More than 100 years ago, 1,503 people died as the Titanic - the “unsinkable” ship - hit an iceberg and plummeted to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.

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