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A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

A 28-year-old Rainham gunrunner and drug smuggler for a London cartel has been jailed for 17-and-a-half years.

A Rainham man who attempted to smuggle three people – including a two-year-old child – into the UK illegally has been jailed for three and a half years today (Thursday, July 26).

France marked their 20th anniversary since winning the World Cup by being crowned once again after sealing a 4-2 victory against Croatia.

West Ham have announced the club-record signing of midfielder Felipe Anderson from Lazio.

So, England finished fourth at the World Cup finals in Russia.

Women have served in the Royal Air Force throughout its 100 year history though the fight for equal opportunities took almost as long.

Local historian Prof Ged Martin tells how an unstable fantasist took advantage of religious paranoia in the 17th century

England will wear an all-white kit this evening while Croatia will be in black and it could be a good omen for Tottenham’s Dele Alli

The capital’s RAF Museum has welcomed visitors to new galleries for the first time following a £26million makeover.

In one of our final blogs of this year’s World Cup, Lane Dias reviews semi-final one

England are in dreamland after making it through to their first World Cup semi-final in 28 years thanks to goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli against stoic Sweden.

Croatia booked a semi-final meeting with England after pnalty shoot-out success against Russia.

Which one of these four players is England’s greatest left midfielder of all time?

Tougher half of the draw?

And so, after two days without any World Cup action, the quarter-finals began.

With the group stage of the World Cup in the books, how much can you remember about the opening round of games?

Who doesn’t love a penalty shoot-out?

Read our World Cup blog over the coming weeks. Lane Dias reviews the first last-16 tie

Read our World Cup blog over the coming weeks. Lee Power previews the second round of matches

After the death of her Aunt and discovery of a box of memorabilia in her attic, a woman is appealing for help to learn more about her grandmother who worked in a First World War camp in Gidea Park.

Which one of these four players is England’s greatest attacking midfielder of all time?

Read our World Cup blog over the coming weeks. Lee Power reviews one of the late games on day 13 of the tournament

Read our World Cup blog over the coming weeks. Lane Dias reviews one of the early games on day 13 of the tournament

Which one of these four players is England’s greatest right midfielder of all time?

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