"Pets taken in the street" MP warns of dognapping in Dagenham

“Pets taken in the street” MP warns of dognapping in Dagenham Jon Cruddas, pictured with his dog Joni, was contacted by concerned residents about the issue (Credit: Jon Cruddas) Dagenham and Rainham’s MP has labelled reports of dognapping in the borough “very worrying”. Jon Cruddas urged his constituents yesterday “to be aware and remain vigilant” because of “allegations which suggest pets [are] being taken in the street”. The Labour MP said residents had highlighted Romford’s Rush Green, on

Newham couple stab their puppy in "horrible" dare gone wrong

Newham couple stab their puppy in “horrible” dare gone wrong Daddy the mixed-breed dog was less than one year old (Credit: Crown Prosecution Service) A Newham real estate boss goaded his boyfriend into stabbing their puppy in a failed attempt at reverse psychology. Ricardo Williams, 29, stabbed mixed-breed Daddy “forcefully and deeply” in the chest after his partner Lik Wu, 27, handed him a kitchen knife and said “if you don’t like the dog just kill it then”. Wu, who wore a black polo top, h

Romford police accused of beating men who asked for help

Romford police accused of beating men who asked for help Two Romford police officers are accused of beating a pubgoer after he complained one of them of struck his friend over the head with a baton. Police Constable’s Archie Payne and Jack Wood, both 26, are in the middle of a trial at Hendon Magistrates’ Court for attacking two engineers who say they asked for help. CCTV captured the moment PC Wood ran towards an altercation near Romford station and strike Jake Smith, 26, over the head “thre

Australian fire chief tells Extinction Rebellion to 'cheer up and stop blaming climate change' | SWLondoner

Activists demonstrating in London over the Australian bushfires should stop emphasising climate change and be more positive, according to the area’s chief volunteer fire fighter. Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protesters took to the streets outside Australia House last Friday to demand action on climate change during the worst bushfire season in the country’s history. But Mick Holton, President of the Volunteer Fire Association of New South Wales, thinks the focus on global warming is mispla

Zombie knife found in Romford centre following reports of group fighting

Zombie knife found in Romford centre following reports of group fighting A weapon which appears to be three times longer than an A4 book has been found in the centre of Romford. Police say they seized the large black zombie knife during a “sweep” of the area after attending to reports of 8 males fighting in the town centre. There were no signs of disturbance on arrival. Police later stopped several males believed to be connected to the incident although no items of note were found on them.

Redbridge artist wins thousands for work inspired by grandfather's stroke

An artist from Redbridge has said winning thousands of pounds means he can focus on his work full-time. 31-year-old Dene Leigh creates paintings, sculptures and sketches which can take between minutes and months to complete. He told Time 107.5 he trawls through old family photographs and antique shops for material suitable for work on “the fragility of the human memory”. He said he was inspired to focus on this area after his grandfather suffered a stroke. “He had an inability to recognise f

Boris Johnson investigating Romford hospital's 'critical' oxygen supply

Dame Margaret Hodge raised concerns over the oxygen supply at Romford’s Queen’s Hospital Boris Johnson is investigating the oxygen supply at Queen’s Hospital after an MP claimed there may not be enough to go around. Dame Margaret Hodge told the Prime Minister the Romford hospital “is facing critical pressures” during Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday. Speaking via video-link from her living room, the Barking MP said: “Demand for oxygen is running at 100% or more of the supply available. “

Newham GP to call 5,000 patients 'hesitant' about vaccine

Dr Farzana Hussain, photographed for the NHS’ 72nd birthday, is fighting misinformation about the vaccine (Credit: Rankin) A GP in Newham is planning to call every one of her 5,000 patients yet to take a coronavirus vaccine. Dr Farzana Hussain is trying to combat the relatively poor uptake across the borough. She is aiming to “drive out hesitancy about the vaccine, and boost uptake particularly among people from black, Asian and ethnic minority groups” who make up 73% of Newham’s population.

West Ham stadium accused of draining money from Covid efforts

West Ham’s stadium is a “financial burden” which drains money from the fight against Covid-19, according to a London Assembly chairman. The London Stadium, which houses the Premier League team, made a loss of more than £29 million last year. The shortfall was filled by taxpayers in the capital. An investigation into the body set up to manage the Olympic legacy, released today, noted the stadium consistently generates “substantial losses with no prospect of significant improvement”. The Londo

Illegal Ilford footballers narrowly escape police

Players flouting lockdown restrictions had a lucky escape from police this afternoon Dozens of footballers playing in Ilford this afternoon narrowly escaped before police could take action. A group of 40 were exposed on Twitter after a user filmed their match at Valentines Park and alerted the Redbridge Council leader. The teams wore orange and yellow high-visibility vests and brought cones to mark out the pitch. Cllr Jas Athwal replied to confirm an “enforcement team is on the way.” But wh

Redbridge, Barking and Newham GPs taken over by US insurance company

Redbridge, Barking and Newham GPs taken over by US insurance company Campaigners are concerned over what they see as US “privatisation of the NHS by stealth” (Credit: Flickr / Jernej Furman) General Practitioner surgeries in Redbridge, Barking and Newham are among dozens to be taken over by a US insurance company. A group of doctors and campaigners have written to the health secretary expressing concerns over the move to allow 37 more practices to be supplied by a branch of the US-based Cente

Lift lockdown quicker now 1 in 4 vaccinated, says Romford MP

Lift lockdown quicker now 1 in 4 vaccinated, says Romford MP Andrew Rosindell MP says lockdown restrictions should ease faster than planned (Credit: Parliament) Romford’s MP says the government should speed up the process of easing lockdown restrictions now a quarter of people in Romford – including children – have received a Covid-19 jab. Conservative Andrew Rosindell says the percentage of adults who have had a vaccine is likely to be significantly higher than 25%. “In contrast to the Euro

Fears over safety of two missing boys and man who vanished at Christmas

Fears over safety of two missing boys and man who vanished at Christmas Have you seen them? (L-R: Maheen, Reece, Cian / Hamza / Abdul) Police are appealing for help to find two missing boys and a man who vanished on Christmas Day. Redbridge Borough Police say they are concerned for the safety of the three males. 15-year-old Maheen from Dagenham has not been seen since Monday, 4 January. Cian, who is also 15 and goes by Hamza and Abdul, disappeared on 7 October. He is thought to be in the Il

Are you a victim of this 'frightening' east London blackmailer?

Are you a victim of this ‘frightening’ east London blackmailer? Have you been a victim of blackmail? (Credit: Snappygoat) A blackmailer has been disguising his number to threaten Londoners with violence. The Metropolitan Police are asking anyone who thinks they might have fallen prey to the man’s “various tactics” to come forward. Detectives say he can make his telephone number appear the same as a contact of his victims to trick them into answering the call. DC Michael Beskine said his “me

Four Shisha bars in Newham choose laughing gas over lockdown

Four Shisha bars in Newham choose laughing gas over lockdown Police issued £8,400 in fines to the four Shisha bars (Credit: Twitter / Newham police) Newham police fined four Shisha bars thousands of pounds for violating lockdown laws last night. The force say they also seized 13,000 canisters used to distribute nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. It is illegal to take the gas for recreational purposes, but you are allowed to use it to prolong the shelf life of whipped cream. 25 f

Daggers FC latest to fly rainbow flag for history month

Daggers FC are flying the rainbow flag (Credit: Barking and Dagenham Council) Dagenham and Redbridge football club will pin the flag to their home shirts for the rest of the season for LGBTQ+ history month. “The Daggers are celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month this weekend! We are displaying the rainbow flag on our home shirt for the remainder of the season, as we look to raise awareness as well as celebrate diversity!” the club’s account Tweeted. Only two out of 5000 professional male football p

Redbridge 26-year-old jailed for supplying £6 million of cocaine

Police discovered 50kg of cocaine by following a blue bag (Credit: Met Police) A 26-year-old from Redbridge has been jailed for helping supply more than £6 million of cocaine. Joe Sawyer was sentenced to eight years in prison at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday, 4 January. Chelmsford resident Lazarus Loizides, 27, was ordered to serve 11 years while a 31-year-old from Kent, Robert Beckley, was handed a four year four month sentence. The trio were arrested on 6 October after police spotted

1 in 18 infected in Brentwood and Basildon

1 in 18 infected in Brentwood and Basildon Thurrock has the second-highest infection rate in the country About one in 18 people have Covid-19 in Brentwood and Basildon. All of Essex will reach the same infection rate “within a week”, according to the UK’s Director of Public Health Dr Mike Gogarty. “Nearly six per cent” of Brentwood and Basildon’s population of 77,000 and 187,000 respectively had tested positive, said Dr Gogarty. In Greater London, one in 30 people are thought to have the di

Man charged with killing fellow Catford care home resident

A care home resident has been charged with murdering a 93-year-old woman in Catford. Both Eileen Dean and Alexander Rawson, 62, lived at a home on Canadian Avenue before the alleged incident on Monday, 4 January. The Metropolitan police and London Ambulance Service arrived at the home at 00.40 following reports of an assault. Ms Dean was taken to hospital where she later died. Her next of kin have been informed. Rawson was arrested and charged with murder. He is due to appear at the Old Bail

Robber distracts police as he steals from elderly victim in Bexleyheath

Robber distracts police as he steals from elderly victim in Bexleyheath A robber attacked an elderly lady and stole her purse while he was talking to police. He pushed her to the ground and she hit her head on the pavement during the incident on 9 November. Makwana then waited with the pensioner as she lay on the floor in a red jumper. Officers arrived just before 11am and spoke to him before letting him leave. But a body-worn camera picked up the moment he stole her purse, and the £200 ins
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