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As half-term begins next week with children freed from their classrooms, it can be difficult to think of fun ideas to keep them occupied.

Construction work to build a multi-faith cemetery has begun in Rainham after years of the land remaining vacant.

Lucy Benjamin, who is best known for playing Lisa Fowler in EastEnders, has been cast in the Queen’s Theatre regional premiere of David Eldridge’s In Basildon.

Planning the perfect date for Valentine’s Day isn’t always easy, especially if your partner has a long term condition that makes scheduling romantic evenings even more tricky.

Police are renewing an appeal for witnesses following an assault involving a noxious substance in Harold Wood last year.

Residents and businesses can get free advice on digital skills from Google’s Digital Garage Bus which will be in Harold Hill tomorrow.

An inquest into the deaths of a married couple from Rainham opened today (Wednesday, February 7).

Two restaurants in Havering are currently marked with a zero rating for hygiene by the Food Standards Agency.

Work has officially begun on the new Hornchurch Sports Centre.

An investigation into a damaged electricity cable caused a power cut in Upminster this morning.

Harold Hill students donated £1,000 to the Harold Hill foodbank after they won an entreprenurial competition.

A man from Gidea Park crashed his car into two people while driving dangerously in Romford, a court heard.

A group of teenagers are playing in the woods after school - what could possibly go wrong?

A postcard from a Dutch woman to her ill father at Harold Wood hospital will now be returned to the Netherlands after it took 43 years to arrive to its address.

By 2050 it is estimated there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

A slapstick comedy about a hopeful skiffle musician is coming to Hornchurch.

A kooky 1960s-set musical spin-off about a nerdy florist and his man-eating plant is coming to Romford.

A new project which aims to help disadvantaged residents improve their confidence and prepare for the job market has received a significant donation after an application from Havering Council’s housing partner Wates Residential.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas is calling on residents to sign his petition opposing plans to build a large energy park in Bexley.

George Clooney was at the height of his popularity when a hopeful filmmaker moved from Hornchurch to Los Angeles in 2009.

Havering students marked Holocaust Memorial Day by laying roses and sharing information about the atrocities of the Holocaust with their peers.

Queen’s Hospital celebrated their first group of nursing associates who graduated from a pilot scheme that will see the staff members provide essential hands-on care for patients.

Police made 14 arrests in Harold Hill this morning (Wednesday, February 6) as part of a major operation to target those believed to be in possession of firearms and linked to serious organised crime.

The story of a woman’s incredible journey transitioning from a man to a woman in the 80s is the focus of a heartwarming play written by two sisters from east London, this LGBT History Month.

A team manager at the South Street Co-op is collecting donations of warm coats for homeless people in the borough.

Staff members at Hornchurch’s Tesco were delighted to present the money they raised through their customers’ book donations to their community charities.

A make-up artist from Upminster has organised a special black tie dinner in memory of her “amazing” father who had Type 2 diabetes.

Business owners in the borough voiced their concerns on parking, bringing new life into the high street and Brexit at a roundtable discussion with Havering’s council leader and Romford’s MP.

A midwife from Queen’s Hospital will be running a marathon in France to support a charity that strives to reduce stillbirth rates.

Romford’s popular The Retailery has reopened under a new name after the former owners of the co-working space announced its closure in December.

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