Havering residents have filed hundreds of objections over plans to change electoral boundaries in the borough.

Coronavirus infection rates are continuing to rise in Havering, suggesting in will be put in a higher Covid tier.

The number of people hospitalised with Covid-19 in Barking, Havering and Redbridge was five times higher in the days before the new lockdown was announced than it was before the March lockdown.

Covid-19 cases in Havering have risen by a minimum of 21 per cent every week since mid-September, according to the latest government data.

Police raided a building in Romford’s high street after being tipped off that an apartment was being used as an alleged brothel.

Business owners who claimed they were being offered a small fraction of their property values under a council regeneration scheme will be given fresh valuations, following an investigation by the Romford Recorder.

Havering’s top civil servant is now the subject of a formal complaint, as allegations that the Conservatives tried to manipulate future election results refuse to die down.

The number of Havering residents identified as potential county lines drug dealers rose by a third in the last financial year, a report has revealed.

New data has shown large variations in coronavirus infection rates across Havering, with one of the borough’s worst-hit areas directly adjoining its least infected community.

On Thursday afternoon, in a meeting over Zoom, Havering Council tried to end months of bad headlines and in-fighting.

The threat of compulsory purchase orders has been hanging over businesses on an industrial estate for four years. But they claim bosses behind the council-led regeneration scheme are offering them a fraction of what their properties are worth. Charles Thomson investigates.

Havering Tories Matt Sutton and Ray Best defied officer advice on yesterday, October 15, and voted to block an investigation into their group leader Damian White.

Havering Council has been accused of wasting time and public money, after the impartiality of a standards committee was once again called into question.

Havering businesses have been marked as “compliant” with coronavirus safety rules without even being inspected.

A decision on whether Havering’s council leader should face further investigation over gerrymandering allegations has been postponed at the last minute.

A councillor, who will decide whether an alleged gerrymandering plot should be investigated, was at a private meeting where the scheme was discussed, critics have complained.

This interactive map shows where thousands of homes could be built in Havering over the next decade.

Daily coronavirus cases in Havering are just higher now than they were in the week leading up to the March lockdown.

More than one in ten supported housing units in Havering are run by companies which have failed nationally to comply with basic standards.

A hospital has apologised and launched an investigation after a terminally-ill cancer patient was removed from its emergency department.

A director of the National Crime Agency (NCA) has revealed his disappointment over failures in recent investigations into a historic paedophile ring, uncovered by a new true crime podcast.

A Rainham mother has made a formal complaint about a Havering councillor, claiming he sent her coronavirus conspiracy theories in response to her concerns about schools reopening.

Gay people are being jeered at in the street, while Romford Pride has been attacked by some residents as an “outrage”, according to organisers.

A father fears his family could be attacked after a violent criminal who was jailed for stabbing him was released from prison - and moved back into his neighbourhood.

An investigation into a historic paedophile ring with Havering links is set to be reopened for the third time in five years, after a report found a series of failures by Essex Police.

Fresh concerns have been raised over an investigation into claims that Havering’s boundary change proposals were corrupted.

An ex-Tory councillor has challenged Havering’s council leader to a live debate over gerrymandering allegations.

Havering Council has insisted that an investigation into allegations of impropriety will be impartial, after the investigator turned out to have links to the council.

A police force’s failure to interview key witnesses, who possessed critical evidence about alleged corruption, is explored in the latest episode of our new podcast series.

A civil servant from another council will be brought in to investigate allegations that Havering’s boundary change proposals were manipulated for ‘political advantage’.


Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

The way the UK does business with Europe changes from January 1, heralding a new start. All companies that trade with the EU need to act now to make sure they are set to go.

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