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Sgt Craig Meredith approves 91-year-old Dorothy Weston's badge

Police target blue badge cheats in Romford

Blue badge fraudsters were targeted in a joint operation by the council and the police last week.

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Cllr Russell Quirk in front of the Warley Training Centre plot, which is due to be turned into a space for affordable housing.

More than one third of Brentwood young people still live at home according to new report

Thousands of adults cannot afford to fly the nest, according to a new report that documents the number of people continuing to live with their parents into their 30s.

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Man rushed to Queen’s Hospital after quad bike crash

A man riding a quad bike was rushed to hospital and is in a “critical but stable condition” after he hit a telegraph pole and received serious head injuries yesterday.

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Cllr Jeff 'controversial' Tucker

Havering’s Cllr ‘Controversial’ talks ‘utter nonsense’ about single mums in drugs comparison

A drugs minister and a parent charity have slammed claims by a controversial Havering councillor that easing drug laws would see people become users to get help – just like single mothers with social housing.

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She hopes to lead a 100-strong group. Picture: PA/Steve Parsons

South Hornchurch immigration row mum to march on parliament

A mum will lead a protest outside Parliament against immigration laws that prevent partners from outside the EU being granted a visa unless the British citizen earns more than £18,000 a year.

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Annabel Smith with her brother Harry

Upminster girl attends leaver’s prom after relearning to walk, talk and smile after brain injury

A young girl who relearned to walk, talk and smile at a children’s charity while recovering from a brain injury has celebrated by attending her Year 6 leaver’s prom.

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Rainham War Memorial on Monday. Picture: Jack G

First World War: MP Jon Cruddas demands answers over memorial hidden by scaffolding

MP Jon Cruddas has demanded an explanation from Havering Council after a memorial was left hidden by scaffolding on the centenary of the First World War.

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Lewis Bruniges, 19, on stage. Picture: Brentwood School

Hornchurch student secures scholarship after approval from actors Janet Suzman and Patricia Hodge

A rising star of the stage has ­secured a scholarship to study at one of the country’s top music and drama schools.

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Cllr Russell Quirk in front of the old training centre. Picture: Russell Quirk

Brentwood Warley Training Centre to make way for new homes and community centre

An abandoned training centre that has sat empty for six years is set to be transformed into 38 new homes and a community centre, netting the council £3million.

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Cllr Jeff Tucker holding up the independent report that cleared him of racist remarks.

Cllr Tucker cleared of ‘insulting and racist’ remarks but was ‘aggressive’ towards assistant council chief

A councillor is “delighted” that he has been cleared of making “insulting and racist” remarks at a town hall meeting about residents of Havering and Newham as well as a council officer.

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Havering Town Hall

Council lock-in at Havering Town Hall

Chaos descended on Havering Town Hall during the public sector strikes last Thursday as eight councillors found themselves trapped inside the building after a meeting, setting off an alarm in the process.

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Havering Town Hall.

Meeting of Havering Council: Report

Improvements to Gallows Corner will be discussed with TFL bosses at a meeting later this year.

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High Road, Romford.

Government crackdown on illegal workers sees Chadwell Heath restaurant owner disqualified

A restaurant boss has been banned from being director of any business for the next six years the Home Office has ruled after he was found employing three illegal workers.

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Striking teachers on a march in London earlier this year

Public sector strike: Have your say on the Havering walk out

More than 25 Havering schools are closed or partially closed today by a public sector strike which is also disrupting council services and the fire brigade.

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Striking teachers on a march in London earlier this year

Public sector strike: Havering schools to close as teachers, firefighters and council staff walk out

More than 25 Havering schools will be closed or partially closed tomorrow by a public sector strike which also threatens to disrupt council services and the fire brigade.

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Connor Dowling, 10, Emily Kinder, 11, and Abigail Dowling, 7, outside Oakfields

Girl, 11, mounts road safety campaign - for a path outside her school

At 11 years old, Emily Kinder seems an unlikely driving force leading a two-year-old campaign to improve road safety outside her Upminster school.

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Havering Council in five years raised more than £9million from penalty charge notices issued as a result of mobile CCTV enforcement

Havering’s ‘spy cars’ to be banned

Controversial “spy cars” - which help raise hundreds of thousands of pounds in parking fines - are to be banned.

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Drapers' Academy in Harold Hill is run by the trust behind the new free school

Government approves new free school for Havering

A new free school for Havering has today been approved by the government, with prime minister David Cameron praising plans to drive up standards as “truly commendable”.

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Cllr Michael Deon-Burton...ensure papers can't be read...commerically sensitive details

Councillor accuses Havering Council of lying over waste site plans

A councillor has accused Havering Council of “deliberately” witholding information and giving “untrue” answers to an FOI request he made, as he fights plans to expand an existing waste site.

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Romford MP Andrew Rosindel labeled the new deputy Mayor Cllr Barbara Matthews a 'hypocrite'

Opposition take top seats in Havering Council

Opposition councillors are among those who have taken top posts at the council, leading to the deputy mayor being labelled a “hypocrite”.

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Could Boris be standing as an MP in Havering?

Will Boris Johnson run in Hornchurch and Upminster?

Will London’s Mayor Boris Johnson run as an MP in Hornchurch and Upminster in 2015? The ­rumour mill is certainly spinning fast enough to suggest it is a possibility.

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Havering Town Hall

Havering Council’s new committee chairs

The council voted for the following councillors to chairman and vice-chairman of the committees.

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The new cabinet members in Havering Town Hall chamber. Cllr Meg Davis was unavailable.

Havering Council’s new cabinet members

Cllr Roger Ramsey, who was elected leader at the full Council meeting yesterday, has announced the new cabinet responsibilities. They are as follows:

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Havering Town Hall

New mayor, council leader and cabinet named at Havering Town Hall meeting

Tonight’s annual meeting of the council was a short but fruitful affair, which saw a new mayor, council leader and cabinet announced.

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Cllr Tucker, left, Cllr Ramsey, Cllr Barrett and Cllr Webb outside Havering Town Hall.

Havering leadership to be sworn in tonight

Tonight the Havering Town Hall power struggle will be settled and the new administration will be sworn in.

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He was charged with two counts of sexual touching

Harold Hill man charged with sexually touching girl, 12, at Havering Show

A 46-year-old man has been charged with sexually touching a 12-year-old girl and sexually assaulting another aged 16, at the Havering Show.

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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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Ron Arnold has been awarded a French honour called the Legion D'Honneur which is rarely bestowed upon non-French nationals.

Romford D-Day veteran awarded Legion d’Honneur

A D-Day hero has been awarded the highest honour that can be bestowed by the French government.

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