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Fundraisers set off on their charity Pumpkin Plod for Haven House Children's Hospice

Gallery: Families get into the Halloween spirit at Haven House’s Pumpkin Plod

Orange was the colour of the day at a fundraising event held ahead of Halloween.

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Families set to enjoy Halloween fundraiser in Woodford Green

Youngsters can raise money while dressing up this Halloween.

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Former teacher Usha Chudasama is looking to combat the effects of technology on children.

South Woodford ex-teacher to tackle effects of technology on ‘socially awkward’ children

A former teacher is on a mission to repair the damage technology has done to Redbridge’s ‘socially awkward’ children.

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Efit of the courier who collected the cash. Picture: Essex Police

Chigwell man conned out of £30,000 in bogus police scam

A man in his 60s was conned out of thousands after a fraudster posed as a police officer.

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Lee Scott MP

Conservatives accused of ‘petty politics’ after unveiling plans for rival area committees

A Conservative MP has stormed into a debate over axed area committees – by announcing that the party will run its own meetings to replace them.

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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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Roger McGough will open the Redbridge Fabula Festival tomorrow. Picture: Colin Clarke

The Fabula Festival takes over Redbridge libraries to celebrate the arts

A celebration of libraries and the arts is taking over Redbridge this weekend with a schedule packed full of workshops, talks and activities.

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Senior case worker David Landau, from the Redbridge Equalities and Communities Council (RECC)

EXCLUSIVE: Charity campaigner speaks out over ‘worrying’ rise of racial and religious hate crimes in Redbridge

Urgent action is needed to tackle racist and religious hate crimes after hundreds of attacks were reported in Redbridge.

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Peter and Karen Boxall are funding a £58,000 project for children with spinal lipoma through their late daughter Grace's charity Smiles with Grace

Charity founded by inspirational teenager Grace Boxall funding ‘groundbreaking’ £58,000 project

The family of an inspirational teenager who set up her own charity before losing her battle with cancer have spoken about a “groundbreaking” £58,000 project it is funding.

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£100 voucher to spend on luxury footwear at Jones Bootmaker

Win a £100 gift voucher to spend at Jones Bootmaker

It’s a fact of life that you can never have enough shoes. The opportunity to increase the size of your collection is especially tantalising when a free pair is on the cards.

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