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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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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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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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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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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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Gary Grimstead on his empty drive where his Range Rover was stolen from

East London criminal gang steal Havering 4x4s using iPads

A criminal gang is stealing high-value 4x4s using laptops and iPads to break into them remotely before making a rapid getaway.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 accused of inventing bogus donations in £100,000 tax relief scam

An Aids charity founder who blamed Bob Geldof’s Band Aid campaign for corruption in Africa was the mastermind of a £100,000 scam on the Government’s gift aid scheme, the Old Bailey heard.

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Tracey Hodgkin's cat Snoopy from Harold Hill was shot with a pellett gun and nearly died

Cat nearly dies after being shot with pellet gun in Harold Hill

A pet owner was literally left in the dark when attempting to tell police her beloved cat had been shot with a pellet gun.

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Michael Thomas had been in a critical condition for a week. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Man dies a week after crash in North Street, Romford

A 32-year-old man has died a week after his car crashed into the side of a bus.

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Scam victim David Wheeler

Romford pensioner thwarts police-impersonating conman

Police are warning the elderly to be vigilant after a Romford pensioner thwarted a police-impersonating fraudster from conning him out of his savings.

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Lagden had recently returned from Menorca. Picture: PA

Collier Row Council tax dodger jailed on return from holiday

A woman has flown back from a two-week holiday in Menorca to spend 58 days in prison for owing more than £5,000 in council tax.

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David Roberts, 61, of Romford (left) and Roy Godber, 64, of Wennington Road, Rainham (right).

Havering men jailed for part in plot to import cocaine in containers of exotic fruit

Two Havering men, who were members of a team that tried to bring 26 kilos of cocaine into the UK concealed in a containers of exotic fruit, are serving 20-year prison sentences.

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The skatepark in Central Park has seen a rise in violence

Rise in violence since Harold Hill skatepark opening

Groups of youths clashing in a new skatepark have led to an increase in violent crimes at a Harold Hill park.

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The motorcyclist was a 32-year-old male

Driver guilty of officer attack: Hunt still on for passenger who fractured Romford PCSO’s skull

A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a constable following a police chase in Romford.

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The man was smuggling 24,000 litres of beer. Picture: Shutterstock

Caught red-handed: Harold Hill lorry driver smuggling 24,000 litres of beer

A retired lorry driver who smuggled 24,000 litres of beer into the UK has been spared jail today.

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Jon Emery was part of a 'Wolf of Wall Street' share scam. Picture: Central News

Collier Row fraudster involved in £60m ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ scam will pay back £154k

A fraudster involved in a £60 million “Wolf of Wall Street” share scam has today been ordered to pay back just £154,000.

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The attack was in Rainham

Man punches through screen and grabs bus driver by throat

A 23-year-old man smashed through a screen and grabbed a bus driver by the throat in an “unprovoked” and “vicious” attack.

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Police are hunting the attacker

Police community support officer suffers fractured skull after Romford police chase

A community support officer has been left with a fractured skull after a police chase in Romford last night.

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Cowboy builders tried to con the 79-year-old man. Picture: Shutterstock

Police stop cowboy builders conning Romford man, 79, out of £3,000

Police foiled cowboy builders who were trying to get a 79-year-old Romford man to withdraw £3,000 from his savings.

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Joyce Headington

Hornchurch widow, 88, appeals for witnesses after two burglaries this month

Police are warning the elderly to be wary after an 88-year-old woman was conned and robbed by doorstep thieves twice this month.

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Operations Controller Jeff Hiscoke along with drivers Clive Gillman, 65, and Andy Bradford, 50, are cycling from Land's End to John O’Groats in August,

Three cyclists to raise money for charity with Land’s End to John O’Groats trip

These three rail workers have decided to take on the unenviable task of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for St Francis Hospice.

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Brandy, winner of scruffiest dog with owners Chelsea and Grace. Picture: Sandra Rowse

Romford Pictures: Romford and Gidea Park Rugby Club dog show

A competition to find the prettiest, cleverest and even scruffiest dogs took place at the weekend.

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Hornchurch Nursing Centre held a 100th birthday party for Ivy Matthews as well as a vintage tea party that commemorated WW1. Ivy Matthews with her family.

Hornchurch woman celebrates 100th birthday

It is not just the First World War that is marking its centenary this summer.

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The attack was at the Romford Greyhound Stadium. Picture: Press Association/Joe Giddens

Teenager acquitted after bottling man in face at Romford Greyhound Stadium

A teenager who bottled a man in the face at the Romford dogs track walked free from court today after insisting he acted in self-defence.

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Police have launched an appeal after two women were allegedly assaulted outside a nightclub

Sick thieves target Havering women, 88 and 90, in distraction thefts

Sick thieves stole cash from a 90-year-old Romford woman’s bedroom on Saturday in a disturbing distraction theft.

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Maureen Wooderson hands the money to Roger Moore, volunteer at Hornchurch Cancer Research

Great-grandmother donates caravanning cash in honour of cancer-suffering granddaughter

A great-grandmother who won a charity raffle from her caravan club has donated the cash in honour of her cancer-stricken granddaughter.

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General view of the internet search engine Google

Thousands of Havering residents targeted by internet hackers

More than 70,000 Havering residents have had their personal details stolen and put up for sale on the “dark web” by criminals.

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12 caravans unlawfully gained entry to an open space in Lilliput Road, Romford, last week

Travellers leave King George’s Playing Fields in Romford

The travellers who unlawfully moved onto King George’s Playing Fields yesterday have left, Havering Council confirmed today.

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The pair were fined for selling alcohol to underage drinkers. Picture: PA

Pair handed court bill of £2,000 for underage alcohol sale

Two off-licence workers won’t be getting a round in anytime soon after being fined for selling alcohol to underage people.

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Ellie Austin (pic: Metropolitan Police)

Romford girl missing for month and a half found safe and well

A 14-year-old Romford girl who had been missing for a month and a half has been found safe and well.

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12 caravans unlawfully gained entry to an open space in Lilliput Road, Romford, last week

Travellers move into Romford for second time in a week

Travellers have arrived on an open space in Romford less than a week after they were evicted from an area just under two miles away.

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Pc Dave Bunn is aiming to stamp out theft of petrol from filling stations

Officer’s cunning plan to prevent Havering fuel theft

A police officer has proposed a cunning plan to stop the growing crime of number plate and petrol theft in Havering.

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Police still don't know the man's identity

Young woman punched in head and dragged into Pages Wood during daylight mugging attempt

A 23-year-old woman was punched several times in the head before being dragged out of view in Pages Wood, Harold Wood, by a man trying to rob her.

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Ian Grant sprayed his neighbour with tear gas

Romford man blasted neighbour with tear gas

A dispute between battling neighbours almost ended with one going to jail today after he blasted the man next door with tear gas.

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Couriers may unknowingly be part of the scam. Picture: PA/Niall Carson

Havering’s vulnerable hit hard in ‘courier fraud’

Havering is one of the hardest hit London boroughs for “courier fraud” where fraudsters imitate police officers or bank staff to steal elderly and vulnerable victim’s bank cards.

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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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