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"Will they still be your friends and will they still visit when you are in a wheelchair? Because mine don't."

Football's international superstar Lionel Messi paid a visit to Romford this week - but was it for the famous market stall bargains, a night in South Street's clubs, or a flutter at the race track?

A tutor is demanding harsher penalties for drivers putting children at risk after two of her students were run over outside schools in the last two months.

MP Andrew Rosindell has removed a far-right organisation's "honey trap" post that posed as a poppy appeal from his Facebook.

A woman has been charged after a mother alleged she was racially assaulted after asking a bus passenger to move her pram - containing a dog.

A Brentwood man in his 30s was killed when he was hit by a car while walking along the A12.

A week-long blaze at a recycling plant cost £20million - a company director has revealed as work resumes after a three-month shutdown.

An ambitious 19-year-old wanted to return to education with her friends but faced serious obstacles ­because of her disabilities and a council funding decision.

Parents, headteachers and councillors have increased calls for a review of road safety to protect children after a four-year-old boy was hit by a car outside his school.

Police have received more than 10 reports of an inheritance scam trying to pry hard earned cashed from vulnerable residents in the last month.

Urgent, life-saving changes are needed at the road where two civil partners were killed after a bus careered into them at a pedestrian crossing, a crash investigator has said.

Ambulance crews dashed to Harold Wood station yesterday after they were told a person had been hit by a train - only to find it was a deer.

A collision between a car and motorcycle in Clockhouse Lane, in Collier Row, is causing bus diversions and road closures.

A toddler who was hit by a car outside Hilldene Primary School, in Harold Hill, received no serious injuries and is waiting to be discharged from hospital.

A boy, believed to be aged 3, was hit by a car outside Hilldene Primary School, Harold Hill, during the morning school run.

A child has been struck by a car outside Hilldene Primary School, Harold Hill, during the morning school run.

Parents should warn their children of "stranger danger", police say, after two 13-year-old girls were stalked by men outside their Upminster school.

A post mortem into the death of a man found in his car in Gallows Corner Tesco has proved inconclusive and police are awaiting drug test results to provide an answer.

A man found dead in his car in Gallows Corner Tesco may have been there for a month, a police spokesman has said.

A 39-year-old Hornchurch man has been jailed for pretending to have a bomb in an airport while still under the influence after watching the World Cup on TV the night before.

A judge asked the families of two men killed after being hit by a bus in Romford town centre to put themselves in the place of the driver and "thank God" it has never happened to them.

A man found dead in a car in the car park of Tesco in Gallows Corner, Romford, has been named as Behar Brace.

A retired mechanic slept through his fire alarm as his home filled with smoke after he fell asleep cooking his lunch - but his dog came to the rescue.

A former employee of Harold Hill carpenter Evaldas Svolkinas has been jailed for life today after a jury found him guilty of murdering his boss over a cash dispute.

A man in his 50s was found dead in a vehicle in the car park of Gallows Corner Tesco, in Romford, in the early hours of this morning.

In a world of saving lives using revolutionary care techniques, those who make sure patients arrive for their treatment in time can sometimes get overlooked.

A former employee of Harold Hill carpenter Evaldas Svolkinas was today found guilty of abducting and murdering him over a debt.

A 67-year-old man slept through his fire alarm as his home filled with smoke after he fell asleep while cooking - but his dog came to the rescue.

At the age of 18, Lewis Unwin had a drastic decision to make. Should he undergo surgery that would disable half of his brain, but could help overcome a rare brain condition he'd developed at 15 and that caused seizures 24 hours a day?

A bus driver who hit and killed an elderly couple with his double decker in Romford has today been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

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