In 1979 a Romford schoolgirl called Suzanne Lawrence went missing from home and was never seen again.

A former-gang member who now educates others on the dangers of knives speaks to EMMA YOULE about his work with young people in Havering, in the final of our special series on knife crime

The police chief charged with reducing spiralling knife crime in London has said he is determined to halt the loss of young lives – and has called on the public to set aside preconceptions and work with the force to do this.

Her agony and anger over the loss of young lives is palpable, as the mother of teenage knife victim Champion Ganda speaks to EMMA YOULE in the second of our special series on the far-reaching consequences of knife crime.

Two grieving families say enough is enough as BETH WYATT and EMMA YOULE report on the devastating consequences of rising knife crime in Havering, in the first of a special series of reports

The Mayor of London issued a rallying call to young people across the capital today as he launched a new anti-knife campaign saying: ‘Don’t carry a knife, we need you alive’.

Crime figures show a huge rise in domestic violence in Havering. Investigations journalist EMMA YOULE learns how Havering Women’s Aid and the council are trying to support women - and men - living with abusive partners as pressure on services grows

The police officer in charge of tackling acid attacks in Havering and across the capital this week called for the sale of strong corrosives to be licensed – and tougher sentences for those carrying them.

This is the lethal “face melter” acid that can burn and maim people in seconds - and has been used in a wave of shocking attacks across the capital.

Knife crime in London has risen by 20 per cent in the past year affecting communities across the capital, Metropolitan Police figures show.

In the final of our Hidden Homeless reports about the rising tide of housing need in Havering, EMMA YOULE finds out how the council is planning to build its way out of the homelessness crisis.

In the second of our Hidden Homeless series Emma Youle learns how rocketing rental prices are leaving even those in work unable to find homes in Havering

Hundreds of families are without a permanent home in Havering, the highest figure for a decade and a sign of a burgeoning housing crisis. In the first of a special series of reports, EMMA YOULE meets those struggling to find a place to live and asks why?

The Recorder would like to hear from people living in temporary accommodation in Havering – such as hostels or bed and breakfasts.

These four maps reveal stark differences in social inequality in Havering and show how the richest and poorest are sometimes living next door to each other.

Staff stress and work-related health problems at an NHS trust providing mental health services in Havering are worse than nationally.

Search our table of London MPs’ expense claims to find out how much your local MP spent in 2015-16

Police figures show the number of drivers who use mobile phones behind the wheel is on the rise.

Missed appointments at Queen’s and King George hospitals cost the NHS £8.8million a year and have a huge knock-on effect on patient care. But why do 225 patients every day fail to turn up, wasting £160 a time? EMMA YOULE reports

Every year 15 people in Havering on average take their own lives.

Around one in 10 hospital appointments are missed every year in England leading to wasted NHS resources.

A businessman, who is wanted on 348 criminal charges in South Africa, is today exposed by the Recorder.

MPs have called for urgent action as new figures show Havering’s mental health trust had the highest number of “serious incidents” in patient care in the country last year.

Almost half of adults experience one episode of depression during their lifetime and worrying new figures show prevalence in Havering is on the rise.

At least one person in every family in Havering will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.

But fire commissioner says returning Romford’s fire engine is not the way to improve performance

New statistics show the inequality in expectations for our children

‘All the conversation now is about social media, removing something as important as this is a false economy’ say Tories

Romford could be set to lose one of its fire engines despite response times being above the eight-minute London target.

A probe into MPs expenses has revealed Havering’s three MPs cost the taxpayer £2million in payments for staff, office costs and travel over the past five years.


From November, The Mercury in Romford begins to celebrate Christmas. The mall has plenty of gift ideas, fun events and activities for everyone

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.

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