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Business: Rainham businesswoman launches downsizing service for baby boomers

When children fly the nest, or retirement prompts a move to the countryside, the stresses of the moving process can often act as a barrier.

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West Ham youngster Dylan Tombides dies aged 20 after battle with testicular cancer

West Ham forward Dylan Tombides has died at the age of 20 after his fight with testicular cancer.

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Is your technology keeping you awake? Picture: Shutterstock

Sleep experts say electronics are the cause of “a nationwide epidemic” of insomniacs

Having trouble sleeping? Maybe having your phone or your tablet on your bedside table isn’t helping, because over-use of mobile devices is contributing to what is dubbed “a nationwide epidemic” of insomniacs by experts.

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A drugs sniffer dog during a similar operation at another school. Picture: PA/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Drugs dogs investigate two Rainham schools

Police dogs sniffed out two schools in unannounced inspection for illegal drugs.

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Macy, aged seven, raised more than £330 by swimming 60 lengths.

Gidea Park girl swims to raise money for charity

A girl of seven has taken to fundraising like a duck to water and pulled in hundreds of pounds for charity.

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Unmarked police car stolen from sleeping officer’s Brentwood home

Police are warning the public not to pull over if requested by the driver of a blue Skoda Octavia with flashing lights as it could be driven by an imposter.

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This bench in Bedfords Park was set on fire in an arson attack

Yobs break into Bedfords Park walled garden and set fire to wooden bench

Mindless yobs vandalised a nature reserve’s 18th century walled garden and set fire to a carved wooden bench during a late night onslaught.

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Parents and pupils protesting outside the school. Picture: Jan West

‘Do you want to kill my child?’, mother’s fears as 60mph cars pass Warley school

The revelation that cars can hurtle past a school at 60mph prompted one mum to ask the council “do you want to kill my child?”.

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Hayley Grant with her children Oliver and Lucia

Collier Row mum loses all pictures of young children following phone theft

A mother has made a desperate plea to thieves who stole her mobile phone containing all of the photos of her young children.

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Tommy Aitken was jailed today. Picture: Met Police

Romford and Brentwood men jailed for conspiring to rob cash from transit vans

Three people were jailed today after their conspiracy to rob cash from transit vans was foiled by a police sting operation.

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Greater Anglia services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield have been affected.

Thunderbird to the rescue of broken down train causing delays between Romford and Shenfield

Services to Shenfield, Southend Victoria and Chelmsford were affected by the fault, which left only one line open instead of two.

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Pretty in pink while fighting cancer

Gallows Corner Tesco goes pink for Race For Life

Staff at the Tesco supermarket at Gallows Corner were in the pink last Friday as they took part in a Race For Life Pink Day.

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Co-op funeral and Broadway homeless shelter staff come together to help people turn their lives around

Romford funeral directors make donation to homeless charity

Co-operative Funeral Care Romford made a donation of clothes and other essential items to the Broadway Homeless charity earlier this month.

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Three arrested after Collier Row pit bull attack

Three men have been arrested following a pit bull attack on a minicab driver in Collier Row last week.

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Greater Anglia services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield have been affected.

False alarm at Ilford causes train delays and cancellations through Romford

A false alarm near Ilford station caused train delays and cancellations this morning.

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Romford Tories relish election challenge of Ukip ‘deserters’

The chairman of the Romford Conservative Association (RCA) continued the war of words with Ukip this week, saying he relished the challenge of party defector Alby Tebbutt.

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Sir Robin Wales, the Mayor of Newham, hit back against Cllr Tucker's

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales: Havering deserves ‘better quality’ councillor than Cllr Jeff Tucker

Havering needs a “better quality” of councillor than Cllr Jeff Tucker, according to The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales.

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The Origin team at the fundraiser

Rainham ‘grapplethon’ raises £1,600 for anti-bullying charity

A “grapplethon” raised more than £1,600 for an anti-bullying charity on Saturday.

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Aimee Bliss at mile 23 of the marathon

Gallery: Saint Francis says thank you to everyone who ran for them in the London marathon

Saint Francis Hospice is thanking all of the people who ran the London Marathon on Sunday on behalf of the charity.

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Man jailed for sexual assault in Romford

A 29-year-old man has been jailed for four years after sexually assaulting a woman in a Romford footpath.

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Kayleigh Harrington, Garry Way, Romford. Picture: Amanda Jenner

Romford pictures: Collier Row woman paints baby bumps making expecting mothers feel good

After two redundancies, Amanda Jenner picked up a brush and started a new career which has helped various women feel good about their appearance along the way.

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Adults with learning disabilities enjoy a dance session at the Tree Top centre

Club News: Tree Tops day project

Project manager Tracey Lurton talks about her work with people who have learning disabilities.

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Win a DVD copy of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive.

Win a DVD copy of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive

David Attenborough introduces you to his favourite extinct creatures as they come alive on one magical night in London’s Natural History Museum.

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