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Thursday, December 29, 2016
The Drill roundabout at the junction of Brentwood Road and Slewins Lane.

A series of improvements are being proposed for a busy roundabout via a £100,000 grant.

One of the Cessna light aircraft used to import drugs

Goods and cash seized from a drug gang which used a light aircraft to smuggle class A drugs into the UK have scaled the £500,00 mark.

315 Santas got involved in the run - along with some of our furry friends.

A sea of Santas advanced to spread some ho-ho-hope over the festive season.

Essex police. Picture PA.

A 24-year-old man from Romford is on bail in connection with the murder of a father of three.

40-years-ago

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Left to right: Sam Ford, Kimberley Fitzgibbon, Mayor of Havering Cllr Philippa Crowder, publican Emma Tym, Kennedy Venton and Philip Morgan. Picture: Kavi Pujara.

A popular pub has been welcoming customers after reopening following a two-month £510,000 makeover.

Natasha Sawkins and Juliet Thomas who started the petition. Picture: Kika Mitchell Photography.

A campaign to remove the “derogatory and stereotypical” ‘Essex Girl’ definition from the dictionary has gained huge momentum after thousands signed up to a petition.

Skip Atkins surpised his wife Jan with a concert during his visit to Saint Francis Hospice

A talented musician surprised his wife at a hospice with a special concert on the ward caring for her.

Year 7 pupils at the Frances Bardsley Academy drawing and painting to the music they are listening to

Pupils were invited to express their creativity by painting to the sound of music.

The Drill pub, Brentwood Road. Picture: Google

A popular pub is set for a new lease of life as it prepares to open its doors again after a £510,000 transformation.

St Leonard's children's home, Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch. Credit: Historic England

A man giving evidence in a public inquiry into historical child sexual abuse says the delays in legal aid funding for victims is “a scandal”.

Julie has been re-homing retired greyhounds for 15 years.

A greyhound re-homing volunteer has urged protestors to see the work they do after claims dogs are treated badly in kennels.

Hazel Gibbons with her therapy dogs Chelsea and Zach

After a chance meeting triggered devastating flashbacks to the abuse she suffered as a child, post-traumatic stress disorder sufferer Hazel Gibbons speaks to Chloe Farand about how her life subsequently spiralled out of control.

TV personality Amy Childs with Amber Lilly.

TV personality and former Towie star Amy Childs welcomed a young girl with cerebral palsy recovering from a life-changing operation to her salon for a girl day out.

40-years-ago

A look back at the biggest local stories from this week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

Johanna Higgs

After losing one of her twins in the womb, new mum Johanna Higgs said she couldn’t even look at daughter Gemma. Chloe Farand speaks to her about the devastating reality of postpartum psychosis and her recovery

Frances Bardsley School's head girl Aimee Donhou with proud mum Geraldine:

Hundreds of girls at Frances Bardsley School nervously returned to today, to discover some excellent results.

Level 42 fan Julian Hall with some of his memorabilia collection

A superfan of the pop rock and jazz funk band Level 42, has raised £500 for Saint Francis Hospice, with a little help from some kind-hearted friends.

Seven men have been arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and four tonnes of toxic waste removed after two fuel laundering plants were discovered in Essex on Wednesday Picture: HMRC

Seven men, including one in Hornchurch, have been arrested and four tonnes of toxic waste removed after two fuel laundering plants were discovered in Essex on Wednesday.

The M-eco Award was won by Mecca Bingo

Shoppers cast their votes and now staff from the Mercury Mall’s best shops have walked down the red carpet and received awards at a glitzy ceremony.

Daniel Hancock. Picture: Met Police

A driver who ran over a father-of-one found dead at his home the following day has pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Pupils from Frances Bardsley Academy For Girls with the help of Romford Model Engineering Club have successfully built a 250 ft train track to encourage engineering

Pupils have been set on the track to a future in engineering thanks to a pioneering new venture.

Best friends Craig Wiltshire and Keith Warren in the the Vdub Tavern

Two good friends passionate about beer and camper vans are about to take to the roads in a bar on wheels, coming to people with cocktails and craft brews.

German prisoners help to carry British wounded back to their trenches after an attack by XIV (Irish) Corps on Bavarian units holding Ginchy during the Battle of the Somme. Picture: PA/EMPICS

Historian Jim Bolton has, for many years, researched the names on Romford War Memorial and the memorial in St Edward the Confessor Church.

St Leonard's children's home, Hornchurch Road, Hornchurch. Credit: Historic England

A man who spent 12 years living in a care home where children were sexually abused, said a public inquiry launched 30 years after the events has come too late.

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