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Doctor Joanne Rodda holds a new world triatholon record as the fastest female to have completed the Arch To Arc challenge

Woodford Green woman smashes world record in triathlon triumph

A woman has been named a world record holder after running, cycling and swimming from London to Paris.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Police investigate mystery pistol found in rucksack in Gants Hill

Police are investigating the origins of a mystery pistol found in Gants Hill.

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La Sala's community lunch on Sunday

Woodford Green’s La Sala restaurant holds community lunch

Footballer-backed La Sala Restaurant hosted a lunch to address residents’ questions ahead of the venue’s launch later this month.

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Modality performing for the Woodford Wells Ecumenical Church in Woodford Green, at a service to celebrate the last day of the Woodford Festival

Weekend of celebrations mark the end of the Woodford Festival

An attraction which entertained the community over nine days has finished for another year.

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Hazel Oldford, seven, in a 1963 fire engine at Woodford fire station, which hosted a community safety day

Fun for all the family at Woodford Green community safety day

Police dogs, demonstrations and attractions for children were the highlights of an action-packed community safety day.

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An accident has caused disruption on the M11 this morning (Picture: PA/Tim Ireland)

TRAVEL: Accident on M11 between Chigwell and Woodford

A two-vehicle collision is blocking a lane on the M11 near Woodford.

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Katharine Hurst as Marie with Mark Morgan as the drum major in last year's Redbridge Drama Centre production of the show. In the background are cast and audience members

‘Immersive, promenade production’ opens at Redbridge Drama Centre

There’s no interval, but there is the chance for a mid-show chat with the cast in a new production at Redbridge Drama Centre.

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Referee Ken Aston in 1962. [Picture: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport]

Gallery and feature: Local hero Ken Aston a ‘giant in the football world’

Some of the most inspirational figures in history have been known for their multitude of talents.

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Borough commander Sue Williams and Dr Mohammed Fahim with four police officers at South Woodford Mosque, in Mulberry Way, South Woodford, ahead their talk on Friday.

Borough Commander gives talk at South Woodford mosque on young jihadists joining Iraq and Syria conflict

Redbridge Borough commander gave a “marvellous” talk on dissuading young Muslims from taking up arms and joining the war in Iraq and Syria on Friday.

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Bill and Anne Davison on their 50th wedding anniversary on June 16 1990. [Picture: Richard Lehman]

Long lost letter to wife of captured soldier found after 70 years

A letter offering condolences to a woman whose husband was captured during the Second World War has been discovered more than 70 years later.

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Iain Duncan Smith, Conservative MP for Chingford and Woodford Green.

‘Unsightly’ flat plans come under fire after being resubmitted

Staunch opposition has been voiced after plans to build new flats in Woodford Green were resubmitted months after being withdrawn.

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Mocha, a hearing dog attending harvest festival at St Barnabus, Woodford Green (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Gallery: Creatures great and small join in for harvest festival

Dogs, birds and even a tortoise attended a special harvest festival service at St Barnabas church in Woodford Green.

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Peter Hodges with the bike his father made and rode until he was 93.  Decorated as part of a flower festival to mark the centenary of World War I at St Paul's Church Woodford Bridge (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Gallery: ‘Phenomenal’ flower displays at Woodford Green church

Peter Hodges stands proudly next to the bike - now entwined with flowers - his father made and rode until he was 93 at a church flower festival.

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A new La Sala which is opening in Woodford Green. London on September 11, 2014. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Woodford Green’s La Sala seeks to extend licence to 1am

The owners of a controversial restaurant are seeking to extend its licence to allow alcohol to be served after midnight, it has emerged.

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Cllr Paul Canal

Cost-cutting council to offload its last remaining nurseries

A cost-cutting plan to hand the last remaining council-run nurseries over to volunteers and private companies looks set to be approved.

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Friends and family of Grace Boxall have raised £4,000 for her charity by taking part in a nine-mile walk. [Picture: Peter Boxall]

Nine-mile walk in memory of Grace Boxall raises more than £4,000

A nine-mile walk held in memory of an inspirational cancer sufferer who founded her own charity has raised thousands of pounds.

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Semi-conscious man freed by Woodford firefighters after striking parked car

Woodford firefighters cut a semi-conscious man from his car after he hit a parked vehicle.

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The Woodford Wheezards jazz band playing in South Woodford as part of the Woodford Festival

Fun for all the family at Woodford Festival launch

Live music and an exhibition were among the highlights of a festival’s opening weekend.

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The pub garden in Woodford Green which has won an award in this year's Redbrdige in Bloom event

Redbridge in Bloom: Gardens from borough’s south-west take centre stage

The decision of two landlords to splash out £30,000 on a pub garden and a group of infants were both rewarded in this year’s Redbridge in Bloom competition.

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Woodford Festival launches with fun for all the family

Music, exhibitions and art events will be on offer at a week-long attraction.

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Cabinet Member for Children’s Services Cllr Elaine Norman

Volunteers to take over council nurseries in plan to save £180k

Nurseries run by the council could be handed over to volunteers in a plan to save £180,000.

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Oakfields playing fields in Barkingside

Return of controversial proposals to develop Oakfield Playing Fields branded ‘perverse’

Plans to open up popular playing fields to development have been slammed as “perverse” and “unwelcome”.

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The four men were given suspended sentences for their roles in the Gants Hill fight, which saw the victim knocked out for 90 seconds

Four men given suspended sentences for roles in Gants Hill fight

Four men have been given suspended sentences for their roles in a fight which left a victim needing more than £5,000 worth of dental work.

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Mother and child in Woodford Green escape house fire

A woman and child escaped from a fire at a house in Jacklin Green, Woodford Green on Friday.

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Author Lilly Say from Woodford Green.

Star author Lilly Say reveals future hopes after putting university plans on hold

An 18-year-old star author says she just wants more “mental things” to happen after announcing she is putting her education on hold to pursue her writing dream.

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Reverend Ola Franklin with Bishop of Barking Peter Hill

New Woodford Green vicar: ‘I am convinced that there is a God’

The new vicar at a Woodford Green church has said she intends to show people the “Christian faith is alive and well” following comments from the leader of the Church of England who said he had doubts about God’s existence.

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Cllr Chris Cummins, Cllr Michelle Dunn and Cllr Colin Cronin, who are angry over council's decision to cut funding for a Christmas Tree at George Green in Wanstead

Christmas tree and lights face chop after area commmittees scrapped

Christmas could be cancelled this year after funding for festive decorations was cut following the controversial scrapping of area committees.

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Man taken to hospital after car crash in Woodford Green

A man had to be taken to hospital after a road traffic accident last night.

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Haven House Children's Hospice's new annex in Woodford Green

Woodford Green hospice Haven House hosting second Make a Will Week

A charity which supports youngsters with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses is hosting an initiative encouraging people to write their wills.

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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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'Poor rail conditions' have caused delays throughout the morning

Travel: ‘15-minute’ delays to Greater Anglia trains through Romford and Ilford

Trains through Romford and Ilford are delayed by as much as 15 minutes, Greater Anglia has warned.

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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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