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Havering Council alert over inheritance letter scam

An inheritance scam is targeting residents by asking for their bank details.

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Truancy rates are down nationwide. Picture: PA (Barry Batchelor)

Fewer pupils playing truant than ever before in Havering

Fewer pupils are skipping school than ever before, according to new figures published today.

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Todd outside Barkingside Magistrates' Court

Bus driver imprisoned for two-and-a-half years for killing elderly couple crossing on green man in Romford

A bus driver who hit and killed an elderly couple with his double decker in Romford has today been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

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Rainham Marshes.

Rainham Marshes to get makeover

Rainham Marshes will be given a “much-needed” clean up next weekend as groups help clear litter from the nature reserve.

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Amy Childs emerges from her vehicle, phone in hand, after Wednesday evening's accident. Photo: Twitter/@Lipman09

Brentwood Towie star Amy Childs flips car in South Woodford

Former The Only Way Is Essex star Amy Childs said she was lucky to be alive after flipping her white Range Rover Autograph Sport last night.

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An officer with the 40 cannabis plants. Picture: Met Police

Cannabis plants found in Harold Hill drugs bust

Police found around 40 cannabis plants being grown in a Harold Hill home during a drugs bust on Saturday after they received a tip-off.

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Aalaya Tarawate, 16, was last seen by her family on Tuesday. Picture: Essex Police

Missing girl who was visiting Brentwood relatives returns to family

A missing teenager who went missing last week has returned home safe and well.

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Bromley was today cleared of unlawful killing by negligence. Picture: John McLellan

Upminster boss cleared of unlawfully killing Lee Balkwell

A man accused of causing the death of Lee Balkwell, who was found crushed in a cement mixer 12 years ago, was today cleared of unlawful killing.

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BritishTransport Police want to speak to this man. Picture: BTP

Spate of bike thefts began in Upminster

Thieves have made off with hundreds of pounds worth of bicycles from train stations in a series of thefts that began in Upminster.

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Aids charity founder Eyob Sellassie, 45

Rainham Aids charity founder spared jail after £104,000 scam

An Aids charity founder who blamed Bob Geldof’s Band Aid campaign for corruption in Africa while masterminding a £100,000 scam has been spared jail.

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Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Higher tax could hit empty Brentwood homes

Homeowners sitting on empty properties could face hefty council tax increases if a new proposal receives the green light.

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Evaldas Svolkinas

Man accused of murdering Harold Hill’s Evaldas Svolkinas was ‘owed £1.5k’

A man accused of killing Harold Hill carpenter Evaldas Svolkinas allegedly stalked him over several nights and murdered him trying to claim the nearly £1,500 he was owed, a court heard today.

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Martin Pullin

Romford mechanic cleared of death by dangerous driving, guilty of helping driver conceal crime

A mechanic accused of killing a motorcyclist was cleared of causing death by dangerous driving today, but convicted of helping the driver conceal the crime.

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Aalaya Tarawate, 16, was last seen by her family on Tuesday. Picture: Essex Police

Police ‘increasingly concerned’ for missing girl who was visiting Brentwood relatives

Police are growing increasingly concerned for a girl visiting relatives who was last seen by her family on Tuesday.

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Della Callagher died two days after eating at the Railway Hotel

Pair on trial over Hornchurch Christmas Dinner death

The manager and chef of a pub falsified food safety records after their reheated Christmas dinner killed one diner and left 32 others severely ill, it was alleged in court.

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Simon Bromley. Picture: John McLellan.

Boss appears before jury accused of causing death of Upminster’s Lee Balkwell 12 years ago

The family of Lee Balkwell, who was found dead crushed in the mechanisms of a cement mixer, had their 12-year wait for a trial ended today after his boss appeared before a jury accused of unlawful killing.

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Efit of the man posing as a water board official. Picture: Essex Police.

Police hunt for Shenfield ‘water board’ distraction burglars

A man and his accomplice have been posing as water board officials to steal money and valuables in Shenfield.

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It was thought the suspects may have travelled from Upminster station

Eight attend police station after assault appeal

Eight men have voluntarily attended a police station following an appeal relating to an alleged assault at an east London train station.

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Roxy the rottweiler. Picture: RSPCA

Life ban for Harold Hill pair who kept ‘emaciated’ rottweiler Roxy in own urine

A man and a woman from Harold Hill have been banned from keeping animals for life for causing suffering to “lovely little” rottweiler Roxy after an RSPCA inspector found her “emaciated” and sitting in her own urine.

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Good Samaritan bottled and beaten after confronting gang harassing woman

A Good Samaritan was savagely beaten and bottled by a gang when he selflessly came to the aid of a woman who was being harassed.

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An HMRC investigator. Picture: HMRC

Pair arrested on suspicion of role in £40m laundering plot in Romford raid

A man and a woman have been arrested in a dawn raid in Romford on the suspicion of playing a role in a £40million money laundering plot to disguise profits made in an alcohol scam.

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Brentwood man pleads guilty to murder of Christopher Foster

A man has today admitted murder on the first day of his trial at the Old Bailey.

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Barkingside Magistrates Court

Fraudulent disability claim lands Rainham man suspended sentence

An attempt to fraudulently claim £30,000 for a home extension has earned a man a suspended sentence.

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Police have arrested one man on suspicion of dangerous driving

Two charged in connection with Brentwood murder

Two men have been charged with the murder of a Brentwood man.

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George Gutteridge. Picture: Essex Police

Anniversary of gunned down Romford police officer

Pc George Gutteridge was found slumped by the roadside having been shot twice in the side of the head and in both eyes after walking from his family home to meet a colleague one September night.

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Police have arrested one man on suspicion of dangerous driving

Further arrests made in connection with Brentwood murder

Police have made further arrests following the murder of a Brentwood man.

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Man arrested in connection with Brentwood rape

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of rape after a woman was assaulted on Sunday.

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Francis Ntena Nsiangangu. [Picture: Essex Police]

Teenager charged with the murder of Francis Ntena Nsiangangu in Brentwood

A teenager has been charged with the murder of a man who died after being stabbed.

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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 Ntena 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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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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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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