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Offenders are paying back their debt to society by putting their skills to good use

Criminals do community service at Cherry Tree Estate

Criminals sentenced to repay the debt of their crimes to the community have been painting and cleaning Havering’s estates, schools and community centres. They were joined on Monday by Recorder reporter Hayley Anderson.

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MP Andrew Rosindell

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell welcomes ‘fantastic’ result of Scottish independence vote

Romford’s MP has welcomed the news that England and Scotland will remain united, referring to the results of yesterday’s election as a “fantastic result”.

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Firefighters at the scene on Hornchurch High Street

Driver hospitalised following Hornchurch crash

A driver has been taken to hospital following a two-car collision in Hornchurch.

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Susan Raymond. Met Police

Beware ‘unscrupulous’ characters, police tell elderly after jailing Hornchurch trickster

Police are warning elderly residents to be vigilante of “unscrupulous” characters following the jailing of a Hornchurch trickster who conned an elderly woman who died before she could see justice.

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Chris Stevens studio. Picture: Havering College

Romford Pictures: Havering students to grace exhibition alongside Hockney and Freud

Work by some of the 20th century’s greatest artists will go on show in an exhibition organised by a Havering College lecturer.

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A fire at the Shanks waste recycling plant in Rainham released 'rancid' smells in the area last month. Picture: James Green.

Mystery of foul pong in Havering getting up residents’ noses

A mysterious foul stench has been creeping across the borough, keeping people up at night.

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Cllr Roger Ramsey

Havering could introduce empty house tax to alleviate housing crisis

The housing crisis, Havering’s budget problems and, according to one councillor, infestations of rabbits and rats could all be alleviated by a tax increase on empty houses.

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Queen's Hospital

Havering hospital trust warns public about outbreak of winter vomiting virus

Cases of a winter vomiting virus have been recorded at Queen’s Hospital and Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust is asking the public to take action to prevent its spread.

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Usman Javed and Sareena Ali at Queen's Hospital, hours before she gave birth to a stillborn baby. Sareena died five days later on January 28, 2011

Queen’s midwife ‘placed own interests ahead of patient’s’

A midwife at Queen’s Hospital who failed to help a woman who later died along with her unborn child has been suspended for three months.

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Sheets over booze. Picture: Havering Council

No licence for woman who illegally sold wine hidden behind bedsheet

A woman who illegally sold alcohol to an undercover licensing officer from a fridge concealed by a bed sheet has been denied a licence by the council.

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Lauren Brown, 16, was a pupil at Havering College

Friend of teen killed on Crow Lane blackspot backs road safety plans

The best friend of a Romford teenager killed at an accident blackspot is backing plans to improve safety on the road.

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Cutting hospital beds will leave ‘great big hole’ warns MP

Plans to cut hospital beds at rehabilitation units across Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham came under fire last night as health bosses met with campaigners.

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MP Andrew Rosindell

Havering MPs defend £500,000 expenses

Havering’s MPs have ­defended the half-a-million pound bill taxpayers paid for their services in the last year.

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Walthamstow Coroners' Court, where the inquest into Betty Kyle's death took place

Coroner’s warning after death of Rainham care home dementia patient

A coroner has warned of a “risk of future deaths” at a Rainham care home during an inquest into the fatality of an elderly dementia patient.

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Karren Brady hands one of the brewers the award. Picture: David Parry/PA

Karren Brady awards Hornchurch brewer tackling cancer with beer

The Apprentice’s Karren Brady CBE has stepped out of Alan Sugar’s boardroom to hand a prestigious award to a group tackling prostate cancer by brewing beer.

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Passenger 50-year-old John Kent, from Romford, died in a helicopter crash off the coast of Flamborough in East Yorkshire this week (Tues).

Romford man named as passenger who died in East Yorkshire helicopter crash

The passenger in a helicopter that crashed off the coast of East Yorkshire on Tuesday has been named as John Kent, of Romford.

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Folajimi Ayo-Adenuga. Picture: Met Police

‘Profoundly deaf’ Romford teen returns home after police missing person hunt

A “profoundly deaf” teenager returned home safe and well yesterday after he went missing late on Tuesday night.

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Todd admitted causing their deaths

Former bus driver admits killing elderly couple through dangerous driving in Romford

A 57-year-old man yesterday admitted killing an elderly couple by driving a double-decker bus dangerously in Romford.

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Havering Town Hall.

Havering Council meeting: Rat infestations and housing crisis could be eased with empty house tax hike

The housing crisis, Havering’s budget issues and, according to one councillor, infestations of rabbits and rats could all be improved by a tax increase on empty houses.

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The scene the following morning. Picture: John Hercock

Intoxicated man ‘tarred and feathered’ outside Romford Tesco

A 58-year-old man was “tarred and feathered” while he lay intoxicated on a bench outside Tesco in Roneo Corner, Romford.

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Aids charity founder Eyob Sellassie, 45, from Rainham, who is accused of inventing more than £415,000-worth of bogus donations in a tax relief scam

Aids charity founder facing jail after being convicted of fraud

An Aids charity founder who blamed Bob Geldof’s Band Aid campaign for corruption in Africa while masterminding a £100,000 scam on the Government’s gift aid scheme is facing jail after being convicted of fraud.

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Bosses at Queen's Hospital, Romford, are considering banning smoking

Queen’s Hospital, Romford, plans smoking ban

Hospitals are planning to introduce a smoking ban after complaints about smoke wafting into maternity wards.

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Police arrest teen after chase from Kent to Romford

A teenager and a man in his twenties were arrested yesterday in Romford on suspicion of burglary following a police chase that began in north Kent.

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Folajimi Ayo-Adenuga. Picture: Met Police

‘Profoundly deaf’ Romford teen in missing person hunt

Havering Police are searching for a “profoundly deaf” Romford teen who went missing late last night.

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Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Motorcyclist ‘breaks pelvis’ in Brentwood Road, Hornchurch, collision

A 41-year-old motorcyclist is believed to have fractured his pelvis in a collision with a car on Brentwood Road, Hornchurch.

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Police are looking for this man in connection with the theft of scratchcards. Picture: Met Police

Police tracing worker after Romford family business loses £100k in two-year scratchcard scam

Police are trying to trace a man in connection with the theft of scratchcards over a two-year period that meant a family-run business had to fork out £100,000.

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Theatre manager Jai Sepple with the chair believed to have been moved by a ghost

Romford theatre’s plea for volunteers to help keep it supporting its community

A charity theatre that has restored two Romford war memorials and supported a social club for the elderly has made a plea for volunteers to help it continue its good work.

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Ronnie Foster, 7, at Sunday's fundraising event. Picture: Kylie Foster

Hornchurch grandmother holds street relay for grandson with cerebral palsy

Cartoon characters made an appearance at a charity run held to help a boy walk unaided.

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The view down Victoria Road

Victoria Road residents return home after gas leak prompts evacuation

About 200 people were evacuated from their homes and places of work in Romford this morning because of a gas leak.

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The view down Victoria Road

‘About 200’ evacuated over gas leak in Victoria Road, Romford

Firefighters have evacuated about 200 people from homes and businesses while engineers deal with a gas leak in Romford town centre.

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Traffic: Delays and cancellations to trains calling at Ilford and Romford

Trains passing through Romford and Ilford are subject to delays and cancellations due to an earlier fault.

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Gym users and instructors appeal for more women to donate bras for bra bank at Gymnophobics, Romford.

Hornchurch women hand over their bras to fight breast cancer

Members of an all-women gym are donating their discarded lingerie to support the fight against breast cancer.

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MP Andrew Rosindell

Poll: Havering MPs’ expenses exceed half-a-million pounds

Havering’s MPs expenses totalled more than half-a-million pounds last year.

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James Croxall was caught at Dagenham Heathway tube station

Fare-dodger caught at Dagenham Heathway slammed with £89.70 fine

Trying to save a few quid proved disastrous for one man who was forced to cough up a hefty fine after dodging his train fare.

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Police line

Two homes burgled in one night in Meadow Road, Rush Green

Two homes in a Rush Green street were burgled in the same night as their owners slept.

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Two men were arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.

Men arrested on suspicion of armed robbery of Upminster home

Men who threatened a woman with a knife and gun on her own doorstep, were chased away by the victim’s son with a bat.

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Mihnea Alexandru, from Upminster, with England football star Jack Wilshere

Upminster lad, 7, meets football star Jack Wilshere

It was a dream-come-true for Upminster Arsenal fan Mihnea Alexandru when he took part in an exclusive training session with England footballer Jack Wilshere.

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Nicola Church and her son Mason (Picture: Sandra Rowse)

Disabled Hornchurch mum in cry for help

A disabled Hornchurch mum has made a desperate plea for help with one of the most everyday activities – getting her son to school in the morning.

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ADHD student Reno White  is upset at Royal Liberty School for rejecting his registration after being accepted in the first place.

11-year-old boy with ADHD misses first week of school

An 11-year-old boy diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has missed his first week of secondary school, after his mum was told at the last minute that he was not on the registration list.

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Chris Stevens studio. Picture: Havering College

Romford Pictures: Havering students to grace exhibition alongside Hockney and Freud

Work by some of the 20th century’s greatest artists will go on show in an exhibition organised by a Havering College lecturer.

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Club News See all

3rd Gidea Park Scouts visited the Welsh coastal town of Aberdovey

Club news: 3rd Gidea Park Scouts return from their summer camp in Snowdonia

Angela Hutton writes about the Scout’s summer camp spent in a traditional Welsh mining town

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Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

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