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The 35-year-old attempted to take donation tins from three shops in Gidea Park last September.

It was one of the busiest Christmases ever for new arrivals in the borough as 25 babies were brought into the world on Christmas Day.

As we prepare to welcome 2019, The Recorder takes a look at the first six months of the past year, and the biggest stories we have reported on. Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the second half of 2018.

Prof Ged Martin tells the story of an ancient Hornchurch custom, which came to a rowdy end at Christmas 1868.

An eyewitness said they saw police officers washing a boy’s eyes with water.

A Hornchurch counselling charity has been awarded more than £100,000 from the Mayor of London to talk to every school in Havering about knife crime, and is hoping to intervene with youngsters before they take the wrong path that leads to a life of crime.

A Harold Hill chef has turned his burger van into a moving Christmas tree with more than 3,5000 fairy lights.

‘It was a real team effort’ - Thousands turn out for first Harold Hill Christmas lights switch organised by the community

A police officer from the East Area Command Unit has been found guilty of twice raping a teenage girl he took out for a date in Harold Hill.

A 15-year-old singer from Harold Hill said being crowned winner of Factor Essex 2018 was an “overwhelming” experience.

Pupils from a Rainham school explored the realities of young people navigating their way through a technology dictated world in their debut novel.

Prof Ged Martin tells the story of two men who helped shape Havering and beyond

Boxing: Winning debut for Fisher

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Former Marshalls Park and Coopers Coborn pupil Johnny Fisher enjoyed a winning debut in the ring for Exeter University last Friday.

December 1 is Small Business Saturday. As part of a series looking at what our independent shopping parades have to offer, reporter Hayley Anderson finds out why you should hit the high street and shop local this Christmas.

Havering Council rewarded its dinner ladies who have been cooking school meals for nearly 400 years between them and have served up more than 23 million meals to schoolchildren.

Budding chess players from two Romford schools visited the World Chess Championship this week to see the world’s best players in action.

The Diocese of Brentwood has announced plans to academise all Roman Catholic schools in Havering.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Are you going to a fireworks display in Havering this week? If you’ve not got any plans yet have a look at our list of what to do!

A community is working together to organise their first Christmas light switch on in years in a bid to bring back some festive cheer to the area.

Housing has dominated my postbag as an issue since my election last year, as constituents share with me concerns abour rising rents, access to social homes or the ability of grown-up children to get on the housing ladder and stay close by.

This is the moment a dog walker found a two-week-old squirrel curled up on the ground in a Harold Hill park.

A chance to visit the borough’s various parks, good company and multiple health benefits makes joining Havering’s Walking for Health scheme a great way to stay active.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

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