Havering Council’s leader has called for the borough’s residents to benefit from discounted journeys through the proposed Lower Thames Crossing - warning the council may withdraw its support for the project if not.

A Rainham-based production company is set to stage one of the first new plays to be performed post-lockdown.

A hospital chaplain has told how he faced “every type of emotion” while supporting bereaved families during the coronavirus crisis.

A midwife aims to use lessons learnt during the coronavirus pandemic to improve care for mums-to-be from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

A mum from Romford who gave up her car after her son was born has won a new motor worth £124,000.

Organisers of a popular dance music festival have cancelled an event planned for this September.

A popular dance music festival could move from Upminster to Dagenham.

A tri-borough backroom scheme is set to see one of its member councils pull out entirely by the end of the month.

A Cranham pupil has been named the winner of a national poetry competition.

Men from Dagenham and Upminster are among three to have been charged with the attempted murder of a man in South Ockendon.

Families can be reunited and dinner parties will be allowed as England’s coronavirus lockdown is eased - but millions of people will still be unable to hug their loved ones.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain could lead to flooding in London and the east of England, the Met Office has warned.

Five young brothers have run a combined marathon to raise more than £2,000 for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Non-essential shops have welcomed their first customers in three months, prompting queues outside many of Romford’s retailers.

Havering Council’s health chief has called on the borough’s residents to continue following social distancing rules - or risk another lockdown.

Two young siblings have raised more than £200 for Saint Francis Hospice by selling unwanted toys in their front garden.

Two little brothers from Upminster have raised more than £1,700 for charity through taking on their own mini-marathon challenge.

A Collier Row man who crashed a stolen car and narrowly avoided hitting two police officers who tried to stop him has been jailed for 18 months.

Deaths in Havering rose by 59 per cent in a 10 week period during the coronavirus crisis compared to the 10 weeks preceding it, figures have revealed.

Five brothers are set to run a marathon between them to raise money and awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement.

A documentary series about the nursing staff at Queen’s and King George hospitals is due to air on BBC One next week.

Pupils should not return to school this academic year.

Four Elutec pupils returned to school - but not for regular classes.

When will it be safe for pupils to return to school?

Thousands of food and toiletry items have been donated to food banks across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Tower Hamlets to help support families struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

A six-year-old who is mad about police motorbikes was given his own helmet and shoulder pads during a surprise visit from the area’s traffic officers.

Drivers face queuing for “several hours” to get into the Gerpins Lane tip, Havering Council has warned.

A firefighter has climbed higher than the equivalent of the Empire State Building to raise money for a cancer charity.

Animal lovers have donated iPads to allow coronavirus patients to keep in touch with relatives.

The daughter of a 93-year-old coronavirus survivor has thanked NHS staff for keeping her mum alive.


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