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The discovery that a man who had been jailed for using his position as a police officer to prey on vulnerable women could have been allowed to work at Queen’s hospital without a compulsory background check is worrying both for staff and patients.

Two 19-year-olds have been charged after a young man was stabbed in Romford yesterday, Tuesday November 20.

In recent weeks we have brought you the stories of families who have found a lifeline in Hornchurch charity First Step.

Several hundred people gathered at Rainham War Memorial this morning, Sunday, November 11, to pay their tributes to the men and women who have given their lives to keep this country safe.

The story that warmed my heart most this week is that of pensioner Alan Whitehead who has created his own, amazing, war memorial

Men are dying six years earlier than women. For reasons that are largely preventable.

This week we are appealing to readers to help catch the lowlife who stole a Help for Heroes charity collection tin from a pub.

It’s unfortunate that way back in the 1960s a well-meaning gesture to honour a Battle of Britain hero, went a little awry.

“The most despicable crime one can imagine” – when a court court judge says that it must be bad.

Book lovers will be excited by news that Havering is to have its first literary festival in November

Rabbit hay was used to hide more than £10million worth of cannabis on a lorry stopped at the Dartford Crossing.

If you’ve had your driving licence revoked because of poor eyesight, then clearly you know you are not safe to be behind the wheel of a car.

Nearly a third of people in Havering don’t manage 30 minutes of exercise a week, according to a national sport survey in April.

S Club Party, formed of three of the original members of S Club 7, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O’Meara and Tina Barrett, will headline on Monday.

One of the biggest names to grace the main stage at the 40th anniversary show will be the legendary Heatwave.

Congratulations to all those who got their GCSE results on Thursday.

GPs in Havering are urging people to help the NHS by using local health services wisely over the long bank holiday weekend.

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a snapchat video went viral on Twitter earlier this week.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative is the biggest ever social action movement aiming to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia.

“Even in poor ex-Soviet Union countries you simply do not see the rubbish we get in the UK. It makes me ashamed.”

Here in Havering we are pretty good at celebrating our young people.

Last week I called on Havering Council to sit down with a reporter and explain what was happening with Private Sector Leasing as hundreds of households were left in fear and confusion.

Hundreds of households - maybe more than 600 - have been given a month to find new homes and most will probably have to leave the borough.

It’s hard to believe that the nightmare Alan Gowing has been living through for four years is worth just £6,000 compensation.

Most of us under the age of 60 will be shocked to read about the tragic death of young Richard White in 1967.

Readers of this paper, and our website, will be shocked and outraged this week at the despicable thief who stole £8,000 from an 83-year-old woman.

The storms at the weekend and Tuesday showed us something of the sheer power of nature.

The manoeuvrings at Havering Council on Wednesday evening underline why so many people feel that they can’t influence local politics.

A man has been charged with the murder of 85-year-old Rosina (Rose) Coleman in Romford, on Tuesday, May 15.

Each year, local newspapers celebrate their vital role and importance of trusted local journalism during Local Newspaper Week.

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