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Iain Duncan Smith MP has stated he never made the claim that £350m would all go towards the NHS.

Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith has distanced himself from claims £350million would be sent to the NHS each week in the case of a Brexit vote.

Heavy traffic on the A12 westbound and M11 Essex southbound, a bus replacement service is in operation between Gidea Park and Shenfield due to severe delays on TfL Rail, with a good service on all other lines

Sikh Welfare and Awareness Team at Haven House

A hospice has been “overwhelmed by generosity” after hundreds of toys and specialist equipment were donated by a Sikh community group.

Flooding in High Road, Seven Kings. Picture: @GrahamBentley

Flooding across the borough has been causing disruption with trains cancelled and school closures.

Flooding in South Park Road, Ilford

Currently there is no service between Liverpool Street and Ilford due to flooding caused by heavy rain.

First Give winners, Nafisa Ahmed, Akvile Gradauskaite, and Fareen Ahmed, being presented with a cheque for the chosen charity, ELHAP

Passionate about making a change in their community, Year 9 pupils pitched presentations to a panel of judges for the chance to win large sums of cash for charity.

Congestion on A127, A13, North Circular and the A12

Police are encouraging people who carry blades to dispose of them in the

In an effort to save lives, young people in the borough are being urged to surrender knives in a week-long campaign that launched on Monday.

Britain and the EU

Churchgoers have prayed for “honesty and openness” in the lead up to the European Union (EU) referendum.

Gaya Aharon (left) and Izzy Mazin (right), both 13, have decided to climb over the O2 to raise money for a disability charity called Enhance the UK

Two best friends of 10 years will help each other climb over the O2 to raise money for a disability charity as one of them battles juvenile arthritis.

Gurkirpal Singh Bance, known as Dave Bance, has been sentenced for three years in jail after he was found guilty of stealing £500,000 of VAT

A businessman who was a close friend of pop star Michael Jackson has been jailed for three years after a fraud investigation revealed he stole VAT money at his central London restaurants.

Patrick Rowley at the London Olympics 2012

A 82-year-old sports journalist has been awarded a British Empire Medal for his outstanding services to hockey.

Hilda Lyons, 96, won a British Empire Medal for her services to disabled people in Redbridge.

A volunteer who dedicated much of her life to providing people with disabilities the chance to swim received a birthday present like no other.

Hilda Lyons at an open day was help at the historic Ilford Hospital Chapel in Ilford.

Three residents in the borough have been honoured for the hard work, dedication and charitable spirits.

Man wanted in connection with a series of defibrillator thefts at train stations in London and Essex. Picture: British Transport Police

Police are searching for a man in connection with a series of defibrillator thefts at train stations.

The residents of Stainforth Road in Gants Hill enjoying their street party to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday

Royalists donned fancy dress at parties across the borough to celebrate Her Majesty’s milestone birthday over the weekend.

Ray Winstone at Haven House Children's Hospice, Woodford Green

Legendary actor Ray Winstone visited Haven House Children’s Hospice and offered fans the chance to have dinner with him at a top restaurant in Essex.

Party bunting

Celebrations to mark The Queen’s official 90th birthday will take place across Redbridge today and tomorrow.

Parents protesting outside Little Heath School over council proposals to cut back on a door-to-door pick-up service for disabled children

Parents of children with special needs have spoken out against a proposed pilot scheme to scrap a door-to-door school bus service.

Jenade Scott, 22, of Queenswood Avenue, Walthamstow. Picture: Metropolitan Police

A “callous” fraudster has been jailed after conning pensioners in Woodford Green.

Minor congestion on the A127 Harold Wood, J5 on the M11 southbound, A12 westbound and A406 southbound, TfL London Overground is part suspended with a good service on all other tube and rail lines.

St Mary's in South Woodford, 40th anniversary since a fire at the church.
Revd Canon, Ian Tarrant,

The borough’s churches could one day end up sharing ministers due to the lack of young clergymen and women, according to one vicar.

RAF Tornado fighter jets in Oxfordshire. Picture: PA/Steve Parsons

Mystery surrounds three “explosions” heard in parts of Redbridge last night.

Mavra Swales, Ash Khan and Catherine Peel in the garden

Residents have been left with a “bitter taste” over the impending Night Tube set to run alongside homes in Woodford Green.

Zena Nicolaou is crowned carer of the year

There are a variety informative events going on this week which aim to give recognition to all the unpaid carers across the borough.

Ilford and District Diabetes UK's retiring secretary Sybil Spink and president of the group Dr Tahseen Chowdhury.

A round up of news from the borough’s clubs and societies.

Violinist Charlotte Rowan, who is part of the classical quartet raising money for Grace Boxall's charity Smiles With Grace.

A talented musical quartet will play their first ever gig in memory of a girl who tragically died of cancer aged just 15.

Participants at this year'’s interfaith marathon in Luxembourg. Picture: InterFaith/Petra Steinmetz

Sikh runners joined groups from different religious backgrounds as part of an interfaith marathon in Luxembourg.

Charlie Kutyauripo, 16, who was stabbed to death in Woodford Bridge. Photo: @MostAuthentic

A jury in the trial of a 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing his former friend to death has failed to reach a verdict.

Poet Valarie Bloom talking to pupils at Gearies Primary School in Gants Hill

Plans to expand a primary school are set to be discussed at a council meeting tonight.

Children with their garden creations

Little ones let their imagination side run wild on Bank Holiday Monday, by making secret spring gardens.

The old wardrobe Sahin Sahin left in Woodford Green.

A man who dumped an old wardrobe in the street was hit with a bill for £850 after magistrates ignored his excuses.

Magician Richard Jones, the first illusionist to win Britain's Got Talent, went to West Hatch High School in Chigwell. Picture: John Stillwell/PA

Ex-West Hatch High School pupil, magician Richard Jones, has won this year’s Britain’s Got Talent competition on ITV.

A horse chestnut tree blown over by the bad weather in High Road, Woodford Green.

The high winds and torrential rain which hit London over the last 24 hours have knocked over a large tree in High Road, Woodford Green.

The Barkingside-based Valentine Singers performing in Oxford.

A choir is set to mark the Queen’s birthday with a concert paying homage to the music spanning her lifetime.

Marian Temple working on some flowerbeds she is helping to transform outside of the Cornerhouse and opposite Wanstead Station

Guerrilla gardeners are transforming “sad” patches of soil into flowery delights all around the borough.

Children make spring secret gardens at an art workshop

From gym sessions to music making, keep your little ones entertained this half term by getting involved in a variety of activities.

Wanstead Players are putting on a show at the Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford. It's a post war play set in Cornwall about a woman who falls in love with her son in law.

A round up of news from the borough’s clubs and societies.

Severe congestion on M25 anticlockwise, slow traffic into town on the A127, heavy traffic on the M11 southbound, minor congestion on the A12, A406 and a good service on all tube and overground lines.

Charlie Kutyauripo, 16, who was stabbed to death in Woodford Bridge. Photo: @MostAuthentic

A teenager who stabbed his former friend to death outside a 16th birthday party told the Old Bailey he did it “to protect” himself.

Nabihah Jaigirdar has been nominated for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award. Photo: Anthony Michael

A pupil who has raised £1,000 for a children’s charity and helps to interview prospective teachers has been nominated for a Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award.

Reporter Ajay Nair, right-centre, interviewing Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in Redbridge during his election campaign

Do you have a story fit for the front page or an issue you want your local paper to report on?

Maybank Road, South Woodford. Picture: Google Street View

A bus service is being diverted following a car crash this afternoon.

Firefighter dealing with a small fire at Valentines Mansion

Emergency services were called to Valentines Mansion earlier today after reports of a “smoke logged” basement.

Redbridge police cadets produced a short film to raise awareness about the danger of knife crime among young people following the death of 16-year-old Charlie Kutuyompo, who was stabbed at a birthday party.  Front row:  Sergeant Jo Chandler (Youth Engagement Officer Safer Schools), Borough Commander Mandy Beacher, Cadet Olivia Stevens, Mr Ian Levy, Cadet Sam Simkins, Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, Inspector Lee Canter

Redbridge police cadets produced a short film to raise awareness among young people about knife crime following the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy outside a birthday party earlier this year.

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