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Thursday, September 22, 2016
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.

Spelling Bee's Arbi Bytyqi and Matthew Harris with teacher Nicole Machin

Winning a national foreign language spelling bee won’t be as easy as ABC for three students.

Hot air balloons floating above South Hornchurch. Credit: John Cornwell

Residents were woken up to the delightful sight of dozens of hot air balloons floating above the borough yesterday morning.

Mark Greenhalgh (left), Greig Littlewood (centre) and Nigel How (right) and  at the top of Tower Bridge on a job

A man making a living in one of Britain’s most dangerous occupations stars in a new television documentary offering an insight into his exhilarating experiences.

Crafty Arts, in Romford, celebrated 25 years in business after opening its first shop in Hornchurch in 1991. 
Nick Necati with his son Jay.

A family-run arts and craft enterprise has celebrated 25 years in business, crediting its success to its ability to adapt.

Brian Bracken donated enough money for Saint Francis Hospice to purchase a new van after one of theirs was stolen earlier this year

A hospice’s gratitude to a loyal supporter who donated funds for a replacement vehicle after one of its was stolen, saw volunteers name it after his late wife.

Members of Romford Baptist Church youth group 'Streetlight'. Photo: Sandra O'Neil

Members of a church youth group enjoyed a free one-night-stay camping trip thanks to a foundation that supports projects for young people.

Barry Hearn

Sports promoter Barry Hearn says it is an “honour” to become a patron of Saint Francis Hospice.

The van stolen from Saint Francis Hospice in January has returned to service

A Saint Francis Hospice van, stolen in January, has been returned to service after the borough’s residents came together to search for it.

A charity golf day was held in aid of Amber Lilly's operation

The parents of a young girl with cerebral palsy would like to thank everyone for their support so far in raising thousands of pounds for an operation which could change her life.

Christopher and Anne Pullan with Ruth Galvin (right)

The Recorder has launched a major mental health awareness campaign with charity Havering Mind. This week Emma Lake speaks to Anne Pullan about bipolar disorder.

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