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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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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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(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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James

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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John and Naomi Clifton, who run the branch in Clements Road, with their 14-month-old daughter Miriam

Ilford Salvation Army holds fundraising cake and bike sale

Cakes and newly-repaired bikes were among the items available to purchase at a charity sale on Saturday.

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Organisers and participants of Art Trail Wanstead at the Wanstead Festival

Gallery: Wanstead Festival returns with fun for all the family

There was fun for all the family at a community event yesterday.

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Music, theatre and food have been on offer at previous Woodford Festivals

Woodford Festival 2014: Wealth of talent on show across 30 locations

Music, dance, poetry, theatre and delicious food will all be on offer at Woodford’s nine-day festival spectacular.

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John Coombes

Profile: Redbridge pensioners’ champion John Coombes

At the age of 74, John Coombes could be forgiven for wanting to put his feet up. But the former councillor prides himself on being active and is the chairman of not just one, but two groups.

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Sarah Gezgin, six, Adam Gezgin, 10, (left) and Joe Dick, 11, (right) after competing in sports at 2012's Wanstead Festival

Wanstead Festival set to entertain families with live music and classic car show today

Live music, arts and crafts and a car show are among attractions which will feature at a community event today.

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The online jewellery seller Emma Thomson has just been made patron of charity Edgar's Gift and will be donating pieces of her jewellery from he company Gemz by Emz to an eight-year-old girl suffering from cancer.

Business: Chadwell Heath jeweller donates products to young cancer patients

An online jeweller is using her celebrity clientele and custom jewellery to help bring smiles to young people.

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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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Michael Dammar has been missing since September 8 (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Vulnerable man, 39, missing from Goodmayes

Police are concerned for the safety of a missing man from Goodmayes.

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The mayor Cllr Ashley Kissin with members of the Redbridge Disabled Women's Welfare Association (RDWWA)

Women’s group awards Redbridge’s mayor with almost £400 for his chosen charity

A women’s group awarded the mayor with almost £400 for his chosen charity at a special lunch.

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John Dudman is calling for people to come forward to take part in his variety show.

Cab-hoo-ray producer calls for new talent to get in touch ahead of Barkingside show

A veteran cabaret producer is looking for singers, dancers and musicians ahead of his ensemble’s Redbridge show next month.

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D-Day survivor Leslie Sutton visited Forest Academy in Hainault to talk to Year Eight to Year 10 pupils

D-Day landings veteran shares experiences with Hainault schoolchildren

A veteran of the D-Day landings who was also present at the Nuremberg Trials visited a school to share his experiences.

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Residents can now share their views on the future of the Goodmayes Park Extension

Public invited to have their say on the future of the Goodmayes Park Extension

The future of a recreational space in the borough is now in the hands of residents.

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Delays on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line this morning

Update: Greater Anglia expects delays on Shenfield line to last until 9.30am

A broken down freight train this morning has caused cancellations or delays of up to 20 minutes on the London Liverpool Street to Shenfield line.

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Delays on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line this morning

Delays and cancellations on Liverpool Street to Shenfield line after broken down train

A broken down freight train this morning has caused cancellations or delays of up to 20 minutes on the London Liverpool Street to Shenfield line.

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Delays on the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line this morning

Update: Greater Anglia expects delays on Shenfield line to last until 9.30am

A broken down freight train this morning has caused cancellations or delays of up to 20 minutes on the London Liverpool Street to Shenfield line.

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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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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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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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