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"If you think you can, you can" is the overriding message to young people from the Jack Petchey Foundation and this week teenagers from across the borough were rewarded for their impressive achievements.

The start of a new year always makes us think of our health and fitness. We take up gym memberships, join weight loss classes, vow to give up smoking, drink less alcohol, eat more healthily.

We're 11 days into the new year, so what does 2020 have in store?

As 2019 draws to a close, the Recorder takes a look back at some of the biggest stories to have come out of Havering this year.

The decorations and lights have been up for a couple of weeks, we've battled the shopping crowds, bought the turkey and wrapped the presents.

It seems like every weekend we wake up to news of another stabbing in London, often in Havering or neighbouring boroughs.

GPs in Havering, Barking and Dagenham, and Redbridge are encouraging people to have a free HIV test to ensure everyone living with the condition can receive the right support to stay healthy.

It is estimated that in the year from April 2017 to March 2018, 17 per cent of young people aged 10 to 15 in England were bullied in the previous 12 months in a way that made them frightened or upset.

Stories that made the news 60, 40 and 20 years ago

Eight months ago the borough was rocked by the murder of Jodie Chesney, a 17-year-old stabbed in the back while she chatted with friends on a bench in a Harold Hill park.

South Essex Crematorium's specialised metals recycling scheme has raised £8,000 for charity.

There are few stories which generate more comments among our readers than the closure of popular shops, pubs or restaurants.

Residents across the borough will be gathering at Remembrance services this weekend to honour those who have served their country.

More black patients are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in Greater London than patients of any other ethnic background, figures from NHS Blood and Transplant show.

Wondering what to do with the children for half-term? Well, one enterprising woman has the answer.

A sponsored walk in memory of stab victim Jodie Chesney is being held from Harold Hill to Dagenham tomorrow morning, Saturday, October 5.

If you've ever felt strongly about something but thought fighting for it wouldn't make a difference, you should be inspired by the residents in Harold Hill and Rainham who have fought long battles to stop homes being built on their open spaces.

Demolition has begun on the former Solar, Serena and Sunrise Courts site in South Hornchurch which is set to become a modern retirement village.

Police are concerned for the safety and welfare of Reanne Bell, 12, who is missing from Romford.

It's the last bank holiday weekend of the year and that means it's time for the Havering Show.

This week it was revealed police in Spain forced a man to retrieve a fridge he threw down a ravine.

As the decline of the UK's once bustling high streets continues to be a concern, research from Nationwide Building Society reveals one in five children don't even know what one is.

It shouldn't really need to be said but, as more and more of our emergency services personnel are subjected to attacks while on duty, the Recorder is backing a borough-wide campaign to show respect for the police.

The 10th St Andrew's Fun Day and Dog Show was held on Saturday.

Every new policy introduced by the council is going to have some detractors.

Six fire engines remain at the scene of yesterday's grass fire in Rainham.

Ten fire engines and 70 firefighters are now tackling a grass blaze iin Rainham.

Everyone should be able to feel safe in their own home. If you can't feel safe there, where can you?

Thousands of people in the borough are being offered a free lung health MOT as part of the UK's largest ever lung cancer screening study.

For the past week or so the country has been praising the veterans of the D-Day landings - the men who prompted the beginning of the end of the war.

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