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Chadwell Heath historian John Barfoot

Profile: Chadwell Heath’s John Barfoot on why he became a First World War historian

Inspiration can strike in the most unusual of circumstances. For historian John Barfoot, his curiosity about the First World War was born as a child on the streets of Ilford.

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Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal

100 days of Labour Redbridge: Brutal dictatorship, or caring leadership?

If the words “bulky waste”, “Dick Turpin” and “local forums” don’t spring to mind when you think of Redbridge’s first majority Labour council, then you’ve not been paying close enough attention.

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Kenneth More, who played Second World War hero pilot Douglas Bader in Reach for the Sky

‘Lovely and down to earth’ actor Kenneth More remembered on centenary of his birth

A man takes over a theatre bar during a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, pouring drinks until he smashes some glasses and a bottle.

But this is not a clumsy employee; it is a renowned star of stage and screen.

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Grace and her dad

Former Young Citizen winner’s legacy is helping sick children smile

The father of a former Young Citizen winner who sadly lost her battle with cancer one year ago has revealed how donations to her charity are helping other sick youngsters.

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Police line

Police helicopter on hunt for Hainault burglary suspects posing as water meter inspectors

Police are searching for burglary suspects posing as water meter inspectors in Hainault.

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Sarah Oliver-Moth at the Old Bailey

Woman accused of racially abusing her neighbour at meeting with Iain Duncan Smith

A voluntary worker was subjected to repeated racist abuse after a top politician met residents to discuss their concerns at a troubled block of flats.

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Cllr Helen Coomb at Redbridge Jobs Fair at Redbridge Town Hall in Ilford

Redbridge Jobs Fair sees huge turnout as unemployed look for work

More than 2,000 job-hunters queued to get into the annual jobs fair at Redbridge Town Hall, in the hope of finding work.

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Two teenagers have been charged with robbery

Pensioner robbed by couple pretending to be lottery-winning asylum seekers

A pensioner was robbed of her gold jewellery by a couple pretending to be lottery-winning asylum seekers.

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Redbridge roundabout

Transport for London finally responds to Redbridge roundabout fears following action group petition

Hope of an end to accidents at one of the borough’s worst road danger spots came this week after Transport for London (TfL) completed a dramatic U-turn.

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Fishermen fined after being caught angling without licence

Three anglers have been fined more than £2,000 after they were caught fishing without a licence.

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police tape

Arrests made in Redbridge as part of crime crackdown

Two arrests were made in Redbridge as part of a crackdown on crime across east London.

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The two hospitals run by the trust: King George in Goodmayes (top) and Queen's in Romford (bottom)

King George Hospital trust: ‘First signs’ of winter vomiting bug emerge

The first signs of winter vomiting bug norovirus have been recorded in Redbridge.

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Redbridge Town Hall (Picture: Redbridge Council)

Redbridge Council: Opposition bid to reshape local forums fails

A last-ditch attempt by the council’s opposition to shape the borough’s future over area committees and local forums has been rejected.

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Sally Edwards with her petition to keep Wanstead Hospital's Heronwood and Galleon wards open in Snaresbrook, London on September 16, 2014. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Charity warns carers could burn out if hospital services are removed

The director of a carers’ charity has warned carers could be “on their knees” if healthcare changes are motivated by cuts.

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Education minister Nick Gibb MP playing the recorder with Cllr Wes Streeting (Picture: Ellie Hoskins)

Music lesson for Tory schools minister at Redbridge primary

Labour and Tories played the same tune on a visit to Redbridge Primary School yesterday.

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Ilford station, which is covered by the new dispersal zone

Dispersal zone to tackle anti-social behaviour in Ilford town centre

A dispersal zone has been set up in Ilford town centre to tackle anti-social behaviour.

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Plans to close Wanstead Hospital's Heronwood and Galleon wards have been criticised. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Plans to axe Wanstead Hospital beds will leave ‘great big hole’

Redbridge health commissioners were treated to a grilling from residents for nearly two hours last night at a public meeting over the future of Wanstead Hospital.

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(From left to right) Cllr Tom Mclaren, Brian Huggett (chairman), George Fisher, Cllr Micheal Stark, Chingford and Woodford Green MP and minster for pensions Iain Duncan Smith and Cllr Jim O'Shea outside Woodford Green Library which they are campaigning to save.

Calls for a new Woodford Green Library boosted by MP’s support

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has joined calls for a new library to be built after plans to relocate services were shelved.

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Leyton and Wanstead MP, John Cryer

Poll: Redbridge MPs cost taxpayer £580k a year in expenses

Redbridge’s Labour MPs say they have had to claim more than £160,000 each in expenses because of hugely increased workloads following cuts to the welfare system.

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The vehicle on fire (Picture: Emdad Rahman)

Car fire causes severe disruption on A406, Ilford

A car fire on the A406 in Ilford caused hours of disruption on the roads this morning.

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Redbridge Town Hall in High Road, Ilford.

Full council meeting: Redbridge Roundabout on the agenda after petition submitted

Redbridge Council will reconvene after a 63-day summer break tonight to discuss the congested Redbridge roundabout, the director of public health and managing director children’s trust and the introduction of local forums this Autumn.

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Staff members at Marks and Spencer in Ilford heading off to climb the O2 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

M&S staff scale O2 arena for cancer charity

Supermarket staff in Ilford traded in their uniforms for hiking boots and a harness, all in the name of charity.

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Artist's impression of the new Barkingside town square

Voting starts on potential names for new Barkingside town square

Voting has started on potential names for the new Barkingside town square.

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Jean Lane's work in Rectory Crescent. She used symbols of peace and 1960s rock and roll items, including a vintage motorbike. [Picture: Jean Lane]

Vintage motorbike and sandbag artwork highlights of Art Trail Wanstead project

Homeowners are proudly showing off their gardens after decorating them as part of an arts initiative.

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From left to right: Committee member Jasbiir Singh, chairman Ranjit Singh, head priest Sant Partap Singh, general secretary Harbans Singh, security manager Pritpal Singh. Picture: Satvinder Singh

Ilford gurdwara to teach Punjabi at new community centre

Children ate cake and had their faces painted as they celebrated the opening of a new community centre and school.

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The man was found with a stab wound and bite marks on Wanstead Flats (Picture: PA Images/Stefan Rousseau)

UPDATE: Third teen arrested after off-duty policeman stabbed and bitten

UPDATE: A 13-year-old boy has also been arrested in connection with the violent attack. All three teenagers have been bailed to attend an east London police station in late October.

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Towie’s James ‘Arg’ Argent stars in Kenneth More Theatre’s Annie

The sun came out for Kenneth More audience members after reality star James “Arg” Argent appeared in their production of Annie.

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Gants Hill Underground station

Delays near A12 Gants Hill roundabout after reports of oil spill

Drivers have been facing traffic problems this morning after an oil spill at the A12 Gants Hill roundabout.

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Young woman on walk home forced to give watch to robbers

A woman was forced to take off her watch and hand it to two men in a late night robbery.

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L-R: Dr Mohammed Fahim and Met Commander Mak Chishty at Friday Prayers at South Woodford Mosque. Photo credit: Dr Mohammed Fahim

South Woodford imam joins calls for Muslim community to pray on London Jumma Peace Day

An imam has joined calls across the capital from the Muslim community for a day of peace this Friday following the murder of David Haines by Islamic State (IS).

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Police appeal: 30-year-old man glassed outside Seven Kings night club

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 30-year-old man suffered serious facial injuries after being assaulted with a glass object.

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Linus Okrah, of Chester Road, Wanstead (Picture: British Transport Police)

Wanstead ticket clerk jailed over £100k scam

A Wanstead man who conspired with five colleagues to illegally create Oyster card credit as part of £100,000 ticketing scam has been jailed for 18 months.

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Mike Gapes MP for Ilford South Photo credit: Steve Hickey

Mike Gapes MP shows compassionate side with support for breast cancer campaign

Mike Gapes is not afraid of wearing his heart on his sleave as shown when he criticised Prince Charles for making “indiscreet” remarks about Russian president Vladimir Putin earlier this year.

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Ilford man Benjamin Lawrence, who has been missing since July

Appeal launched to find missing Ilford man Benjamin Lawrence

An appeal has been put out to find an Ilford man who has been missing for nearly two months.

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Thames Water are upping the ante in the fight against metal thieves

Burst water main causes problems at Hainault Industrial Park

A burst water main has been causing problems in Hainault overnight.

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Traffic: Delays and cancellations to trains calling at Ilford and Romford

Trains passing through Romford and Ilford are subject to delays and cancellations due to an earlier fault.

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Vaccinations are available for meningitis C and other strains

Sister of meningitis victim speaks out in awareness campaign week

The sister of a young woman who died after contracting meningitis has spoken out as part of Meningitis Awareness Week.

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(Picture: PA/Dominic Lipinski)

Consultation on Wanstead Hospital closure plans extended

A public consultation on controversial plans that would see the closure of Wanstead Hospital has been extended by two weeks.

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Helen Coomb and Catherine Rowan who got first place in domestic and garden displays at the Ilford Horticultural Society Autumn Show at Valentines Mansion in Ilford.

Gallery: Organic growers take top titles at Ilford Horticultural Society show

Everything from tomatoes and pumpkins to beans and marrows were on display last weekend as the Ilford Horticultural Society hosted their annual autumn show.

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Features See all

Twins Bobby and Teddy, eight, have been nominated for star of the week, for improving their performance skills at performing arts school Make Beileve in Barkingside.

Press Gang: Stars of the week

Twins Bobby and Teddy, eight, have been perfecting their acting and singing skills at performing arts school Make Believe in Barkingside.

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Court & Crime See all

Sarah Oliver-Moth at the Old Bailey

Woman accused of racially abusing her neighbour at meeting with Iain Duncan Smith

A voluntary worker was subjected to repeated racist abuse after a top politician met residents to discuss their concerns at a troubled block of flats.

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Young Citizen See all

Christian Donavan, 15, cycled 167 miles to raise money for three charities.

Young Citizen Award: Christian cycles from Yorkshire to Wanstead for charity

A schoolboy who cycled more than 160 miles to raise money for children’s charities has been nominated for the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Awards, sponsored by Exchange Ilford.

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Celebrity / Showbiz See all

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Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

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