Romford Recorder’s 2015 in pictures
PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 January 2016
From bomb scares to heroic tales, 2015 was an eventful year for the Romford Recorder.
2015 in pictures
Paul Freedman with the then West Ham manager Sam Allardyce.
Recorder Hustings for Romford MP candidates at Havering College
Detectives found a cannabis factory in an Upminster flat after this fire. Picture: David Stainer
This house was struck by lightning
A terrifying robbery saw a shotgun-wielding gang turn up at a Gidea Park house in a Porsche
Georgie and Jazz Smedley who regularly get mistaken for sisters are in fact mother and daughter
Kelly Blackmore with Ginge a giant Siberian Forest cat
People queued in the rain at the Coca Cola truck in Romford
Hockey player Tom Wilson tragically died after a freak training accident
Homeless 'Bill' passed away in February
As did Carly Lovett, a young mum who suffered from cancer
Tom Harvey stands next to a montage of photographs, which has a picture of him and his late wife, Violet in the centre, at his house in Upminster. He later visited the dance hall where they met
A bomb scare at The Liberty shopping centre sent panic through the streets of Romford (Picture: Chris Cockram/Twitter)
Freddy Hazelwood takes his first steps after his family spent more than a year fundraising for an operation in America.
A van driver throws a punch at a head-cam wearing cyclist. Picture: YouTube
Explosives were found in a flat at Orchard Village in Rainham
Six dogs and their owners were living in a car in Harold Hill
Students setting fire to school books at the end of term caused a power cut across thousands of homes. Picture: James Whitelock
Residents on Beaumont Close in Gidea Park were angry over a house on the street being used as an 18-bed hotel
Police at the scene in Raphael Park where a body was found in the lake
Charity volunteer John Edwards with mother, Galya Angelova and baby Arda whose life he saved while delivering furniture
This picture of the now-named Weaselpecker was a worldwide sensation
A house collapsed in Collier Row
The Recorder looked inside a hoarder's home
Frankie Franz copied a footballer's trick of kicking a football into a basketball net from 25 yards away
Andrew Rosindell (Con) thanks the constituents for voting him in for the fourth time and pledges Romford will always remain a Conservative constituency as long as he remained MP.
Shighi Rethish, Rethishkumar Pullarkattil and daughters Niya and Neha, who were found dead at the family home in Chadwell Heath
A planning application was submitted by Lidl to demolish the Mecca bingo hall in November
Williams Butchers in Balgores Ln, Gidea Park, won the London and south east traditional sausage award as part of national sausage week. Butchers Russell Lurton and John Howard
A serial OAP-vandal was caught on CCTV covering a doctors surgery in paint
Ted Buck was found by the daughter he never knew he had
Finally! Plans were drawn up (again) for the new Romford leisure centre. Artwork by Saunders Boston architects
Iain Duncan Smith speaking at the service for the rededication of the RAF Memorial stone at R J Mitchell Primary School in Hornchurch
Boney M perform at Havering Show
Young Joni-Mai tragically died in September after a long battle with cancer
Angry residents outside the fire damaged factory in Rainham that caused a stink - it was full of rotting fish
Relive some of the highs and lows from the year with our gallery.
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