A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to residents in a local park when a woman came running towards us, shouting that she needed a defibrillator urgently.

I’m not normally one to buy into conspiracy theories, they’re only put out there to keep us too busy to think about the real things that are going on.

It’s unfortunate that way back in the 1960s a well-meaning gesture to honour a Battle of Britain hero, went a little awry.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Gallows Corner has been an ongoing headache for the people of Romford, Harold Hill, Harold Wood and Hornchurch for decades!

When I perform at stand up comedy clubs I have one rule: use the gents before the gig.

“The most despicable crime one can imagine” – when a court court judge says that it must be bad.

Letters from Romford Recorder readers this week

The magnificent RAF100 flypast across London in July, featuring Spitfires, Tornadoes and Red Arrows, was the perfect celebration of our Royal Air Force in its centenary year.

Making bombs in the prison craft shop?

Book lovers will be excited by news that Havering is to have its first literary festival in November

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

The well-publicised delay to the Crossrail project will have come as frustrating news to many residents in our part of London.

Most days we’re told we are too fat, too lazy and we have to do something about it. And that’s just from my friends.

If you’ve had your driving licence revoked because of poor eyesight, then clearly you know you are not safe to be behind the wheel of a car.

With historically low crime rates in Havering, we have been fortunate compared to our neighbouring boroughs.

The news that Havering Council has successfully negotiated a deal to keep Hornchurch Police Station operational is, as a number of councillors and residents have pointed out this week, a win for everyone in Havering.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Havering Council has contacted all Council Tax Support applicants regarding proposals to change the Council Tax Support Scheme for 2019.

Nearly a third of people in Havering don’t manage 30 minutes of exercise a week, according to a national sport survey in April.

I remember when my day said if beer ever went over £1 a pint he’d give up drinking.

The London Assembly doesn’t sit in August but that is no excuse for AMs to take an extended holiday.

Congratulations to all those who got their GCSE results on Thursday.

Spanish people in Spain? Shock horror.

I am sure there are a huge amount of massively relieved 18-year-olds breathing out massive sighs of relief at the realisation that they passed their A-levels.

Last week the Labour Party unveiled bold new plans to rebuild youth services across the country, after nearly a decade of Tory cuts have left services on their knees.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative is the biggest ever social action movement aiming to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia.

Some of the hardest cases my team and I have dealt with since my election to Parliament last year have concerned constituents who wished to highlight an illness affecting someone precious to them, or a time when a loved one did not receive the care they should have.

We have all done that thing where you call a partner by an ex’s name. That’s why I only ever date people with the same first name.

“Even in poor ex-Soviet Union countries you simply do not see the rubbish we get in the UK. It makes me ashamed.”

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

It only seems like yesterday that London last went to the polls to elect its new Mayor.

The heatwave has brought some lovely effects.

This week’s front page story – on the rise in violent crime in the last year across Havering – does not make for comfortable reading.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

As an MP representing a “Greater London” constituency for 17 years, last week I decided to throw my hat in the ring to become the next Conservative Mayor of London.

Here in Havering we are pretty good at celebrating our young people.


Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

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