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Hurricane Gonzalo in full force last Thursday as it headed towards Bermuda

Video: Hurricane Gonzalo set to hit London tonight

Britain is bracing itself for a battering of gale force winds tonight as a hurricane blows its way over the Atlantic to our shores.

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Multi-faith worshipers listen to a pray at the Seventh Day Adventist Church

GALLERY: Redbridge Faith Forum’s annual interfaith walk of peace

People from all faiths joined together at each others’ places of worship to celebrated the annual interfaith walk of peace.

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Neighbours and Conservative councillors at the launch of the 'Save our Suburbs' campaign against proposed development in Wanstead. The plan is soon to go out to public consultation (Picture: Isabel Infantes)

Tories mount defence against ‘rabbit hutch developments’ in Wanstead and Woodford

Opposition Tory councillors are bidding to “save our suburbs” from housing development they claim would “ruin the character” of Wanstead and Woodford.

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Cllrs Paul Merry and Sheila Bain show concerns over City airports proposed flight plans

Campaign launched over London City Airport flight path proposals

A petition has been launched against plans to fly more planes over Wanstead and Barkingside.

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Quad biker critically injured in three-vehicle crash in Chigwell

A quad bike rider was in a critical condition in hospital last night after crashing into two vehicles.

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Traffic queues after A406 blocked by broken down car

Commuters have been facing queues on the A406 this morning due to a broken down car.

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Awaaz founder and chairman Bushra Tahir

Day in the Life of a charity champion

Bushra Tahir, founder and chairman of women’s charity Awaaz, reveals how she fits running a charity into her busy day.

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Jyotsna Srikanth has been playing the violin since she was five-years-old

Ilford violin star to bring South Indian classical to Redbridge Town Hall

A veteran violinist is set to amaze audiences and champion South Indian classical music during a four-date festival.

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Owner Nicola Munday outside Hurst House, a stately mansion in Woodford Green which is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year

‘Landmark’ Woodford Green manor Hurst House reaches 300th anniversary

The fates of the borough’s historic manors have differed dramatically.

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Young citizen Tiharna Vaja-Barthram

Nine-year-old fundraiser ‘pleased as punch’ at Young Citizen award nomination

A nine-year-old girl with a heart of gold has organised a programme of events at her school to raise £2,000 for the world’s poorest children.

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Al Noor primary school students in the classroom

Goodmayes’ Al-Noor Primary School: ‘It is about making our pupils fantastic citizens’

Walking through the make-shift rugby pitches set up by Al-Noor Primary School, the words echo round Goodmayes Park: “You can’t pass the ball forwards – only backwards in this game,” encourages one Muslim teacher to her group of school girls.

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Mike Gapes MP

Redbridge child poverty ‘of great concern’, says Mike Gapes MP

Child poverty in Redbridge has been branded a “great concern” in the wake of a report published last week.

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Nausheen Quraishi

Woman who conspired to have ex-boyfriend set on fire has appeal bid rejected

A woman who conspired to have her ex-boyfriend set on fire by her lover has been refused an appeal over her jail sentence.

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Trains were stopped while emergency services dealt with the incident

Trespasser stops Central line trains through Redbridge

A female trespasser on the tracks at Snaresbrook stopped all Central line trains through Redbridge earlier.

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Distraction burglar steals £200 from elderly woman in Woodford Green

An elderly woman was targeted by a distraction burglar this morning, who stole £200 and her bank card.

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Seventh man on trial over Shammi Atwal death

An Ilford man is set to go on trial accused of the manslaughter of Barking cash and carry owner Shammi Atwal.

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Bashir Chaudhry

Ilford faith primary moots free school option

A faith primary school run out of a Muslim community centre is putting together an application to become a free school, according to a trustee.

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Yvonne Jeffries

Aldborough Hatch church worker passes away aged 80

Yvonne Jeffries, who worked tirelessly for St Peter’s Church Aldborough Hatch among several other organisations, has died peacefully in her home, aged 80.

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The Seven Kings and Newbury Park Residents Association are campaigning with local councillors and residents to have lifts that were started at Newbury Park station installed for disabled access.

Council in talks over match-funding for multi-million pound access upgrade

A multimillion-pound match-funding scheme to make a Tube station fully accessible after years of campaigning is being “explored” by the council.

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Residents attended a meeting about Wanstead Hospital's future. Pic: Thomas Thorn

Health secretary referral being ‘actively looked at’ in Wanstead Hospital row

Redbridge Council is “actively looking at” referring the decision over Wanstead Hospital’s future to health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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Redbridge Town Hall. [Picture: Redbridge Council]

New powers to tackle anti-social behaviour awarded to Redbridge Council and the police

New powers awarded to local authorities and the police to tackle anti-social behaviour are to come into force.

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Man suffers serious head injury in Woodford Green

A man remains in a critical but stable condition after suffering a serious head injury on Sunday.

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Bashir Chaudhry, Ali Younis, Mubarak Ali and Lal Gujar with the food collection

South Ilford Community Kitchen considers night shelter for Christmas

A community kitchen is looking into the option of providing an overnight shelter for 15 to 20 people during the Christmas period.

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Ebola screening has begun at Heathrow Airport (Picture: Cynthia Goldsmith/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Ebola: King George Hospital outlines measures taken to prepare

Disposable stethoscopes and cutlery have been sourced by King George Hospital to prepare for suspected cases of Ebola.

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Solomon Akhtar, Scott McCulloch, Daniel Lassman in the boardroom. Picture: Boundless/Jim Marks

Ex-Hornchurch FC footballer Daniel Lassman from Chigwell survives Apprentice boardroom

A businessman was on the brink of being fired on last night’s episode of The Apprentice.

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Cat up a pole

Animal antics end in rescue missions

We’ve all heard the old joke about firefighters rescuing cats up trees.

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Ilford resident Gurjeet Birdi has broken his leg stopping a robbery

Brave Gurjeet doesn’t regret stopping robbery – despite broken leg

A man who bravely stepped in to help a woman being robbed in the street has said he doesn’t regret taking action – despite breaking his leg in two places.

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Saif, 12, and Aman, 11, were last seen on Tuesday (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Ilford brothers, 12 and 11, found safe and well

Two brothers from Ilford who went missing together have been found safe and well, Scotland Yard has said.

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Amy Childs emerges from her vehicle, phone in hand, after Wednesday evening's accident. Photo: Twitter/@Lipman09

Towie’s Amy Childs flips car in South Woodford

Former The Only Way Is Essex star Amy Childs said she was lucky to be alive after flipping her white Range Rover Autograph Sport last night.

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Bedford House

South Woodford residents face fight to stop Bedford House being demolished

Fears an historic house will be demolished have been renewed after developers submitted amended plans to the council.

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Fathima Hilmy, of High Road, Ilford.

Ilford woman, 25, issues hospital bed plea for stem cell donor

A 25-year-old teaching assistant has called out to her Sri Lankan community to help find a donor after doctors said they “could not do anything” until a stem cell match was found.

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L-R Judith (Sally Lawrence) and Gerry (Chris Rees)

Eric Chappell talks about the Ground Rules of being a successful playwright

Eric Chappell, the comedy writer, is happy to reveal how he came up with the idea for his new play, Ground Rules.

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Saif, 12, and Aman, 11, were last seen on Tuesday (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Ilford brothers, 12 and 11, go missing together

Two young brothers from Ilford, who are pupils at a Barking school, have gone missing.

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Lorry fire shuts two lanes on A406, Ilford

Two lanes of traffic on the A406 in Ilford were blocked earlier by a lorry fire.

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'I think it would be negligent for us not to have the debate'

Poll: Redbridge Council’s Wes Streeting backs parks smoking ban

Redbridge Council’s most senior councillor with responsibility for health has backed calls for a ban on smoking in London parks.

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Firefighters at the scene (Picture: Lawrence Kaizer)

Pregnant woman rescued from Barkingside High Street flat fire

A pregnant woman has been rescued from a blaze in Barkingside High Street.

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Rychus Ryter

Chadwell Heath rapper Rychus Ryter nominated for national achievement award

A rapper has said he feels “privileged” to be up for an award celebrating the biggest achievers from his home country of Congo.

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Police sirens

Delays on A12 Eastern Avenue after crash

A crash involving a car and a motorbike on the A12 Eastern Avenue in Gants Hill is causing delays this morning.

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Owner Nicola Munday outside Hurst House, a stately mansion in Woodford Green which is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year

‘Landmark’ Woodford Green manor Hurst House reaches 300th anniversary

The fates of the borough’s historic manors have differed dramatically.

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Nausheen Quraishi

Woman who conspired to have ex-boyfriend set on fire has appeal bid rejected

A woman who conspired to have her ex-boyfriend set on fire by her lover has been refused an appeal over her jail sentence.

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Young citizen Tiharna Vaja-Barthram

Nine-year-old fundraiser ‘pleased as punch’ at Young Citizen award nomination

A nine-year-old girl with a heart of gold has organised a programme of events at her school to raise £2,000 for the world’s poorest children.

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Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

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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