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More than 200 Havering Girl Guides, Rainbows and Brownies took part in Christmas carols and were joined by a CBBC actor at the Mercury Shopping Centre in Romford to get in the festive spirit.

More than 950 homes in Upminster were plunged into darkness last night after a power cut in the area.

A Hornchurch counselling charity has been awarded more than £100,000 from the Mayor of London to talk to every school in Havering about knife crime, and is hoping to intervene with youngsters before they take the wrong path that leads to a life of crime.

Thieves stole Christmas decorations costing hundreds of pounds from the gardens of two Romford homes.

Residents who paid more than £200,000 for mobile homes are demanding their money back after the planning inspectorate found their homes had been illegally built.

St Edward’s Academy in Romford celebrated the hard work and dedication of its support staff by hosting a Stars in our Schools event.

A Harold Hill chef has turned his burger van into a moving Christmas tree with more than 3,5000 fairy lights.

A Gidea Park shop owner has been told by the council he has to apply for planning permission for a mural outside his shop or he could be fined £2,500.

The further delay of Crossrail forced members of staff who were waiting for jobs at Romford station to resign.

Hundreds of residents from Elm Park got into the festive spirit at their “best ever” Christmas lights switch on.

Havering Council has 2,000 tonnes of salt, a fleet of gritters and a snow plough all at the ready to tackle the cold weather expected to hit in the next month.

Our reporter Liam Coleman met with the big man before a hectic few weeks.

A Hornchurch fostering agency has received an “outstanding” Ofsted report.

A man has died after falling from a tree in Hornchurch.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of burgling the Harrow pub in Hornchurch.

A Hornchurch mum is calling for parents to more thoughtful after toys were taken from her son’s grave.

Upminster Station’s £800,000 refurb of its lower ticket office has finally been completed.

Volunteers at the Royal British Legion in Hornchurch have raised nearly £54,000 for the Poppy Appeal this year, and celebrated with an afternoon of tea and cakes.

Havering Council is hoping to have no rough sleepers on the streets over Christmas.

The concert is at Margaret Thatcher House next Friday.

The Met Police has launched a video campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and encourage victims to seek help and support.

A Samaritans volunteer walked all the way from Reading to Romford and has raised more than £2,600 for the charity so far.

A new task force focussing on robbery in the tri-borough is to be launched and there have been no cases of moped thieves being rammed off their bikes in the area according to commander Jason Gwillim.

A Harold Hill primary school chef has been named the best in London for the second year in a row.

A planning application has been submitted to demolish Chapmans Farm in Upminster and build nine houses on the land.

‘It was a real team effort’ - Thousands turn out for first Harold Hill Christmas lights switch organised by the community

YMCA Romford has received a grant of £40,000 from Essex Freemasons for a project designed to help hundreds of children with learning difficulties across Barking and Dagenham and Havering.

The cappella singers of Upminster are looking for new members.

The road is currently closed.

The Air Ambulance was seen landing close to Harrow Lodge Park at around 9am today.

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