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Hylands Primary, Benjamin Close, opened in 2009

Hornchurch’s Hylands Primary ‘taking effective action’ after Ofsted concern

A Hornchurch primary school told by Ofsted it requires improvement is taking “effective action to tackle” its shortcomings, according to inspectors.

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Photos were found of Toulson and her husband on a luxury yacht. Picture: Ian Nicholson (PA)

Romford benefit cheat caught hook, line and sinker gets year in jail

A £117,000 benefit cheat who enjoyed a luxury cruise with her husband while claiming to be a single mother has been jailed for a year.

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Francis Nteta Nsiangangu. Picture: Essex Police

Man who died in Brentwood stabbing was a ‘calm and good boy’

The mother of a 31-year-old man, who died after being stabbed multiple times in Brentwood on Saturday, has described him as a “calm and good boy” and said he was not involved in gangs.

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Police arrested eight men

Eight men arrested over rape of Havering girl, 13

Eight men have been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl from Havering.

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Lesley Dunn

Hornchurch theatre’s carrier bag solution

A resourceful theatre company have got a handle on the problem of excess carrier bags.

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Transport: Cancellations to trains between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street

Metro services have been cancelled between Shenfield and Liverpool Street affecting customers travelling through Romford and Ilford.

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Daniel Ox, 34, who bagged a £500,000 investment for his Fruits for the Office business.

Former BBC dragon helps Romford businessman secure hefty investment

A software programmer is taking his family’s 100-year-old fruit stall into the future with the help of a dragon.

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Boxer Ollie Pinnock with Debbie Kennedy launching BHRUT's flu campaign Queen's

Pro boxer gets jabbed in Queen’s hospital lobby

A professional boxer took a jab of a very different kind in Queen’s Hospital’s atrium today.

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Borat Express, Hilldene Avenue, in the Hilldene Shopping Centre (Picture: Arnaud Stephenson)

Council grants Harold Hill shop alcohol licence despite street drinkers fear

Councillors today granted an alcohol licence to Harold Hill convenience store Borat Express, despite police concerns over street drinking.

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West Ham's James Tomkins. Picture: PA

West Ham defender fined for assaulting a police officer

West Ham defender James Tomkins has been fined £3,500 for assaulting a police officer.

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Havering mayor Linda Trew, headteacher Valerie Yates and head girl and boy Katie Thorne and Thomas Horsley at Hylands Primary School's Macmillan coffee morning

Pupils tuck in to sweet treats at Romford school’s coffee morning

Cakes and other sweet treats were on offer at a school fundraiser.

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Thurrock Youth Football Club. Back Row: (From left to right)
Danny Cerda (coach), Dylan Jura, Timmy Ogunjinrin, Temi Carew, Joshua Birthwright, Danny Clarke, Teddy Cerda.
Front Row: Trent Lubya, Sonny Cerda, Charlie Monkhouse, William Ladepo, Frankie Thompson.

Nursery pair new sponsors of youth football club

Business partners, Leah Clarke and Sarah Hawkins from Chafford Hundred are proud their business Barney Bears Nurseries, is the new sponsor of Thurrock Youth Football Club.

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Police arrested eight men

Man arrested over Tower Hill murder

A man died after being stabbed in the heart on Saturday evening.

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MUST CREDIT Ruth Stokes, centre, with daughter Daisy and husband Ian Stokes to her right, outside of the shop. Picture: Clint Vancliff

Tattoos for charity: Romford shop donates takings to Sands

Customers of a Romford tattoo shop braved the needle to raise money for charity after the shop manager’s baby was stillborn.

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Corbets Tey Road business owner: 'We do hear from people who say they came but just couldnt park so went elsewhere'

Parking fines in Upminster’s Corbets Tey Road raise £135,000 in one year

Revenue made from parking fines issued on a mile-long Upminster street quadrupled year-on-year after a council clampdown – raising a massive £135,000 in 12 months.

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Comedy double act Harold and Leroy will be leading a Hornchurch history tour at the event. Picture: Queen's Theatre

Hornchurch theatre to make legendary director’s dream reality

The dream of a legendary theatre director to bring art and science to the masses is to be realised on Saturday.

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Students at Oakfields Montessori School's dressed up for Dahlicious day (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Romford pictures: Fantastic foxes and oompa loompas at school’s Roald Dahl day

Many wonderful surprises awaited the students of Oakfields Montessori School on Friday as they entered the magical worlds of Roald Dahl.

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Elaine De'Ath, hours out of surgery, with consultant neurosurgeon Jonathan Pollock

A day in the life of a brain surgeon

Few could say an average day includes prodding sharp objects into people’s brains.

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Martin Clayton

Queen’s Hospital staff didn’t tell family of dying man he was moving ward

The son of a dying patient has criticised Queen’s Hospital for not diagnosing his father’s condition and moving him without telling the family.

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Mike Gapes MP

Redbridge and Havering MPs will support air strikes against IS in crucial Commons vote

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes and Romford MP Andrew Rosindell have said they will be voting in favour of air strikes against Islamic State – formerly ISIL – militants in northern Iraq.

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The attack took place at Launderette in Rainham Road. Picture: Google Maps

‘Police could have caught attackers’ - victim of Rainham launderette assault

A mother who was attacked in front of her daughters by women attempting to steal her washing from a launderette has said police acted too slowly.

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Cllr Ray Morgon

Defecting Havering councillors slammed by new Residents’ Association leader

Dissenting Residents’ Association councillors are acting “for the good of themselves” by creating a coalition with the Conservatives, according to the party’s new leader.

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Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham

Jon Cruddas MP condemns Islamic State ‘barbarism’ ahead of vote on Iraq air strikes

Jon Cruddas MP has said the “barbarism” of Islamic State terrorists must be confronted ahead of a vote in Parliament on possible military action in Iraq.

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Members of Studio One Artists Fred Praver, 82, Alec Tiffin, 85, Pauline Fynn, 68, and Maureen Heron, 70, at their exhibition at the Cafe Gallery in Queen's Theatre

Romford Pictures: War veterans celebrated at Hornchurch art exhibition

The human faces of war are the focus of a new attraction commemorating two significant anniversaries.

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A rogue street cleaner picking up potential evidence. Picture: James Galbraith

Street sweeper cleans up Romford crime scene

A rogue street sweeper navigated police tape labelled “do not cross” to clear litter from a crime scene.

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Demonstrators outside the town hall protesting over the Youth Service cuts

‘The kids will be on the street’ - ex Havering youth worker on cuts

Cutting the youth service in Havering will “absolutely ruin” the borough, according to a former volunteer and user of the scheme.

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Parents and councillors protesting at the gates of Parsonage Farm School earlier this year

Havering Council cabinet: Parsonage Farm School expansion agreed

A controversial plan to expand a Rainham school and provisional cuts to public services were waved through by Havering Council cabinet tonight.

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The A127 Southend Arterial road

Three-year bridge work brings late-night noise for Ardleigh Green residents

A three-year project to replace a road bridge has begun, bringing late night noise for nearby residents.

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Debbie Emery and Tony Butcher were locked in a holding cell for more than eight-and-a-half hours in Barcelona after they left their passports on a plane.

Harold Hill couple locked up in Spanish airport cell for eight hours for leaving passports on plane

A couple’s perfect holiday turned into a “never-ending nightmare” when they lost their passports and were locked up in an immigration cell for more than eight hours.

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A general view of solar panels. Picture: PA

New solar park in Upminster could power 5,000 homes

A new solar park with the capacity to power almost 5,000 homes for a year could be created in Upminster.

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Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford

Queen’s recruits ‘mystery shoppers’ to improve care

Patients are being recruited as “mystery shoppers” to ensure the improvement of services at Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

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Hornchurch and Upminster Sea Cadets perform at Invictus Games

Sea cadets held lit flares aloft and waved flags as they represented Hornchurch and Upminster at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games, in Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford.

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Josh, aged 13, of Collier Row, has once again made it through to the regional final of Open Mic UK and will be performing this weekend at Dingwalls in Camden.

Collier Row teen reaches regional final of Open Mic UK

A teen rock star has made it through to the regional finals of a national singing competition for the second time.

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Police want information about these men

Men wanted over Rainham bookies burglary

Police are appealing for information about these two men wanted for questioning in connection with a betting shop burglary.

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Lura Pacheco was sentenced at Barkingside Magistrates' Court on Friday, September 19.

Fine for Dagenham mum who forged daughter’s school application

A Dagenham mum-of-two is one of the first to be prosecuted for “education tourism” after she forged documents to get her daughter into a Havering school.

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How do you think Abellio Greater Anglia performs?

Poll: Are you satisfied with how Greater Anglia deals with rail disruption?

Rail users are dissatisfied with the information provided by train companies when services are delayed and cancelled, according to new research.

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Cllr Clarence Barrett

Opposition leader resigns to head up new coalition party in Havering Town Hall

The leader of the Havering Residents’ Association has resigned from post and party and will lead an eight-strong team into a coalition with the Conservatives, creating an overall majority in the process.

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Update: Police hunting for Romford rape suspect

Specialist officers are on the hunt for a man in connection with a rape in Romford on Saturday morning.

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Students at Oakfields Montessori School's dressed up for Dahlicious day (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Romford pictures: Fantastic foxes and oompa loompas at school’s Roald Dahl day

Many wonderful surprises awaited the students of Oakfields Montessori School on Friday as they entered the magical worlds of Roald Dahl.

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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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