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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

As any pet owner will know, this is a hard time of year. Our little furry friends don't understand why we set off fireworks.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

This Sunday (November 17) will be Mitzvah Day. Most Jews understand a mitzvah to mean a good and kind deed. But in Hebrew, the word actually means a divine commandment.

A man who shot and killed his heavily pregnant ex-wife in her Newbury Park home with a crossbow has claimed he only intended to get her attention when he fired the fatal bolt.

Eighty-five shoeboxes, covered in Christmas wrapping paper, are on their way from St Peter's Church in Aldborough Hatch to vulnerable children and families in eastern Europe who will have no other presents this festive season.

Redbridge Council is proposing to build new special needs units for children at three mainstream schools in the borough.

A young woman from Ilford who was awarded as a Rising Young Star for her commitment to getting more girls involved in Stem subjects at an early age is our Recorder/Rotary Young Citizen nominee this week.

Redbridge Council faces a £59.3million budget gap over the next five years amid "ongoing central government cuts", and it wants to hear from residents about where it should focus its spending and saving.

Crime & Court

Fri, 17:00

A man who shot and killed his heavily pregnant ex-wife in her Newbury Park home with a crossbow has claimed he only intended to get her attention when he fired the fatal bolt.

Thu, 13:00

A murdered rough sleeper who was discovered dead in Aldborough Hatch suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage most likely caused by a traumatic head injury before his body was dumped in a country lane.

Thu, 11:00

Almost 30 women have been found during dawn raids targeting an international ring of suspected human traffickers.

Health

Monday, November 4, 2019

Strike action at Queen's and King George hospitals has been suspended while the unions resume talks with management staff at the hospital trust.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The blood testing departments at Queen's and King George Hospitals will be closed next week to protect patients' safety while some biomedical scientists go out on strike in a row over new shift patterns.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Five neighbourhoods in Redbridge are among the 20pc most "deprived" in the country, according to government figures.

Environment

Mon, 07:00

More than £1.3million of taxpayer cash was spent on consultants to advise Redbridge Council on major building works in 2017/18.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Five neighbourhoods in Redbridge are among the 20pc most "deprived" in the country, according to government figures.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A block of flats in Chadwell Heath has been in near-drought conditions for three months with residents forced to travel across London to wash.

Politics

Wed, 17:33

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage vowed to take on every Labour and Remain-backing MP in the country during a rally at a boxing club in Hainault today.

Tue, 07:00

A Wanstead Wetherspoons may be forced to get rid of its betting machines after staff there repeatedly failed to stop children from using them despite previous warnings from the police.

Mon, 07:00

More than £1.3million of taxpayer cash was spent on consultants to advise Redbridge Council on major building works in 2017/18.

Education

Fri, 12:00

Redbridge Council is proposing to build new special needs units for children at three mainstream schools in the borough.

Fri, 10:00

A young woman from Ilford who was awarded as a Rising Young Star for her commitment to getting more girls involved in Stem subjects at an early age is our Recorder/Rotary Young Citizen nominee this week.

Wed, 15:00

Pupils from three Redbridge schools were given a taste of life in the aviation industry at a special event.

Heritage

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Redbridge will host six wreath-laying events this weekend. Here we list where and when each of them will take place.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

The Recorder takes a look at the history of some of the area's most famous estates and manor houses and how they impacted the area's place names

Saturday, November 2, 2019

The Recorder looks at the history of more of the area's estates and manor houses

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