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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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Fire crews from Poplar, Shadwell, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Millwall and East Greenwich fire stations attended the incident.

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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Police line

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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GVs of sites earmarked for housing in Redbridge
Five Oaks Lane, Hainault,

Redbridge could be forced to sacrifice green belt in housing shortage crisis

Redbridge’s green belt could be under threat if the borough’s housing crisis is not tackled.

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Friends and family of Grace Boxall taking part in the charity walk to mark the first anniversary of her death. [Picture: Peter Boxall]

Much-loved teenager Grace Boxall remembered on first anniversary of her death

An inspirational teenager who founded her own cancer charity after battling the disease has been remembered on the first anniversary of her death.

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Sarah Oliver-Moth at the Old Bailey

Woman cleared of shouting racial abuse during visit from Iain Duncan Smith

A woman accused of shouting racist abuse at a voluntary worker during a ministerial visit to a block of flats in Woodford Green has been cleared of all charges.

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Wanstead 1st XV won against Upminister on Sunday despite the off field distraction of the travellers. Photo credit: Wanstead RFC

Update: Travellers leave Wanstead rugby club after five-day stay

The remaining travellers have been evicted from the pitches of a rugby club after a five-day stay.

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Vicar Fr Stephen Pugh

Ilford church readies itself for centenary celebration

A church which has adapted to a changing landscape - both demographically and culturally - is preparing to celebrate its centenary next month.

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Wanstead 1st XV won against Upminister on Sunday despite the off field distraction of the travellers. Photo credit: Wanstead RFC

Nine motor homes of travellers at Wanstead Rugby Club to be evicted

Travellers who parked their caravans at a rugby club after breaking through a fence are to be evicted today.

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Children's book author Naomi Burman-Shine doing a dinosaur impression with youngsters at her signing at the The Village Bookshop in Woodford Green for her debut book Stonely's Pet Dinosaur

Children’s author meets young fans at Woodford Green bookshop

Youngsters got to try out their best “dino roars” when a children’s author stopped by at a store to sign copies of her prehistoric tale.

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Children's author Naomi Burman-Shine with copies of her first book. She is with Saba Rais, owner of The Village Bookshop, Woodford Green

Children’s author who grew up in Redbridge feeling ‘amazing’ after first book published

A former television production accountant who decided to become a children’s author has published her first book.

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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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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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(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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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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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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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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Hatton School head Sue Blows, with tournament winner Julien Jabes and organiser Gulnawaz Yasin

Golf club raises £2k for school sensory facilities

A Chigwell golf club hosted a charity tournament and raised in excess of £1,800 towards a school’s sensory facilities.

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'This swindle is not a victimless crime' (Picture: British Transport Police)

Woodford Green woman, 27, fined over iPhone fraud

A Woodford Green woman has received a fine for claiming she had lost her iPhone when she had sold it.

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One of the spectactors Cheryl is looking to trace (Picture: Cheryl Gabriel)

You thought no one in Woodford Green at the Tour de France was looking at you?

Spectators squinted, stretched and craned – but they probably didn’t expect any cameras to be trained on them as the Tour de France dashed through Woodford Green.

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Ahmad Sikanartey targeted Ikea stores in London and Essex including Wembley, Croydon, Tottenham and Thurrock

Woodford Green fraudster jailed for £10,000 Ikea scam

A fraudster who obtained instant credit in Ikea stores in London and Essex by providing fake and stolen ID has been jailed after he was snared by police.

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James 'Arg' Argent

Towie star James Argent’s parents: ‘We’ve still not spoken to our son after disappearance’

The parents of The Only Way is Essex star James Argent say they still don’t know what happened to their son after he was reported missing for 24 hours last weekend.

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Valentines Mansion

Take a tour around Redbridge’s architectural highlights for Open House London

Discover the borough’s architectural gems at an annual celebration this month.

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Cullen Stone, aged, nine, with his catch of the day.

Children get hooked on fishing at Redbridge Lakes

Children got hooked to reeling fish in, as they were invited to take part in a fishing competition.

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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 condemns ‘barbaric and inhumane’ acts of Islamic State

As the world reacts to a second beheading of an American journalist, a South Woodford imam has condemned the “barbaric and inhumane acts” of Islamic State.

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Guests attend charity dinner dance and ball to raise money for Hatton School and special needs care centre

Dinner dance raises £7k for disabled children’s splash pool

A school will soon be making a splash as parents organised a charity dinner dance, raising a staggering £7,000 to expand a swimming pool for disabled children.

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Spitting ban for Redbridge set to be rolled out in six months

Anti-social spitters could soon face fines of £500 if they are caught spoiling the streets of Redbridge.

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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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