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Two organisations providing frontline services to the homeless in Havering have said they will continue for as long as they can amid the coronavirus outbreak.

During his visit to Romford, London mayoral candidate Rory Stewart stopped to talk to the Recorder about how he would tackle crime, housing and the spread of the coronavirus should he win the May election.

Havering Council has drawn up its plans for the future political map of the borough – including the creation of four new wards and two new councillor positions.

Havering’s councillors are to vote next week on proposals to increase their basic allowances for the first time in 12 years – a move that would, if approved, see the borough’s wage bill for elected members rise to almost £1million.

A popular Hornchurch pub could be set for a huge transformation if new plans for its outdoor area are approved by Havering Council.

The Mayor of London has announced he will be investing an extra £55.5million to tackle the underlying causes of violent crime, but critics have called for a more “holistic” approach to the issue.

An empty Collier Row shop that has frequently been home to squatters hopes to follow the example set by three neighbouring shopfronts and open as a takeaway restaurant, according to new plans submitted to Havering Council.

The number of children across Redbridge, Havering and Barking and Dagenham being referred to an emergency social services team for high profile crimes such as murder, criminal exploitation or child sexual exploitation rose sharply last year according to a new report.

A row has erupted between council leaders after one “dissed” Barking and Dagenham on the radio.

The number of fines handed out to parents taking their children out of schools in Havering and Redbridge during term-time has risen in the past five years.

The use of stop and search powers by police in Havering more than doubled in 2019. Here’s what a year’s worth of results looks like.

Havering Council has today held a second behind-closed-doors meeting with managers of an Upminster golf club after a man died following “an altercation” with four members of staff there.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge are sharing £15,000 from the government to tackle criminal landlords.

Just over 10 per cent of shoplifting crimes are being solved in Havering as police say they are having to drop “low-level” crime reports.

A GP practice led by a Havering NHS commissioning boss has been placed in special measures after a damning Care Quality Commission report.

Havering residents have from today (Tuesday, December 17) until March 2 2020 to have their say on potential changes to the borough’s political map.

Havering’s politicians have been reacting to last night’s general election results.

Like much of the UK, last night was a good night for Conservatives across Havering as the Tories held their seats in Romford and Hornchurch & Upminster, with Dagenham and Rainham staying with Labour by just 293 votes.

The Conservatives maintained a strong hold on Hornchurch and Upminster with Julia Lopez winning 35,495 votes.

Labour’s Jon Cruddas held off a challenge from Conservative candidate Damian White to win Dagenham and Rainham by just 293 votes.

Conservatives hold strong in Romford with more than double the votes of Labour.

The Romford Recorder will be reporting live throughout the night at the election counts for Romford, Hornchurch/Upminister and Dagenham/Rainham.

Today the UK heads to the polls for the first December election since 1923 – so please do brave the weather, get out and vote.

Find out what your parliamentary candidates think are the key concerns for Romford ahead of the December general election.

The full list of candidates standing for Dagenham and Rainham in the general election has been published.

Find out what your parliamentary candidates think are the key concerns for Hornchurch and Upminster ahead of the December general election.

The mayor of Havering has reported his own council to the ombudsman over its failure to protect residents on a notorious housing estate.

Havering’s Conservatives are promising to “get Brexit done” following the announcement of the general election while Romford Labour said they will transform the country if they make it into Number 10.

The country is on course for its first December general election since 1923 after MPs in Westminster backed plans to go to the polls on December 12 at the Houses of Parliament yesterday.

Havering is home to some of the most well-off neighbourhoods in England - and to one of the most ‘deprived’, according to the government.

A candidate for the 2020 London mayoral election has called for more scan and searches to help halt knife crime.

MP Jon Cruddas has been accused of playing party politics and scaremongering following a key vote around the government’s new Brexit deal.

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has delivered a petition to the Home Office in a bid to get more police on the streets in Barking and Dagenham and Havering.

Barking dogs and loud DIY are among the hundreds of noise complaints irate neighbours have made to Havering Council since April 2018.

MPs in Havering claimed nearly £78,000 in expenses last year according to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).

Two east London MPs have joined 19 Labour colleagues by signing letters to EU leaders calling on them to work “night and day” with the British government to thrash out a deal before the October 31 Brexit deadline.

Police are trialling a fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles as part of an ambitious programme to achieve zero emissions across their vehicles by 2050.

A vulnerable mother and son found dead in their bathroom were known to police and safeguarding teams in Havering, an inquest heard.

A Romford off-licence that agreed to alter its licence after it was caught selling alcohol to a 14-year-old girl has surprised licensing officers by applying to open two hours earlier every morning.

Opposition is stacking up against London City Airport’s expansion with a scathing attack from the London Assembly insisting that people in the flight path are entitled to “have a weekend break” from aircraft noise.

Four years after a litany of building issues came to light on a Rainham estate, some families who stayed on say they are now stuck in unfinished, drafty homes.

Policing in Romford town centre is at “breaking point” as it is “over stretched and under resourced” according to a startlingly honest objection filed by the Metropolitan Police against an alcohol licence being granted to a premises in Romford Market.

The Mayor of London, is writing to every headteacher to give his full support to LGBTQ+-inclusive relationships education in schools.

The local government watchdog upheld nine of the 95 complaints it received about Havering Council last year, according to figures published this week.


The Romford Film Festival kicks off from May 6. Over six days they’ll show 120 films and offer audiences the chance to meet with the filmmakers and producers.

2020 has been described as the “defining year of climate action.”

Your new home extension is bursting with potential, but you may benefit from a helping hand to know how to get the most out of it.

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