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

Travellers leave open space behind Romford street

Travellers who gained unauthorised access to an open space behind a Romford street last week have now moved on.

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This isn't this first time that travellers have unlawfully settled in the area

Travellers move onto green space in Romford

A group of travellers have gained unauthorised access to an open space behind a Romford street.

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Snaresbrook Crown Court Pic: John Stillwell/PA

Child rapist photographer from Collier Row jailed for 13 years

A photographer who began raping a girl when she was eight years old was today locked up for 13 years.

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Officers and forensics are spending their second day at Wolverton House in Chudleigh Road, Harold Hill after explosives were discovered yesterday.

Update: Two released on police bail after explosives found in Harold Hill home

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing explosive materials after one of them was taken to hospital with serious burns as a result of chemicals apparently blowing up in his face.

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Cheryl Moss wearing the Alsatian chain

Burglars steal murdered nurse’s jewellery from brother’s Hornchurch home

A gold chain worn by a nurse when she was brutally murdered was among the “irreplaceable” items stolen from her brother’s house last week.

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Officers and forensics are spending their second day at Wolverton House in Chudleigh Road, Harold Hill after explosives were discovered yesterday.

Breaking: Explosives found in home in Harold Hill

An explosion “created by a young man” in Harold Hill has led to the discovery of a large amount of explosives in his home.

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Accident in London Road, Romford

A serious accident has reportedly taken place in London Road, Romford.

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Met office warns of heavy rainfall in Havering this afternoon

A forecast of heavy rain today (Fri) has caused a yellow weather warning to be issued for Havering.

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Ravel Morrison arriving at Manchester Magistrates Court this morning (Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire)

Ravel Morrison made acid attack threats against ex-girlfriend, court hears

The West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison threatened to throw acid in the face of his ex-girlfriend and blow up her house, a court heard this morning.

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Trains between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street delayed after passenger is taken ill at Ilford

Trains running between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street are being delayed by up to 20 minutes.

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Romford Pictures See all

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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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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