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Recorder letters: Green space protection, parking charge, tv licence fee and more.

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 July 2019

Elm Park London in Bloom Committee spent three hours on Saturday weeding, trimming trees and clearing up Elm Park Centre

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Opinion: Right to support our Armed Forces

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 July 2019

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The Conservative Party candidates for Havering. Andrew Rosindell ( Romford )

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Tennis: Higgins praises Gidea Park's great progress

PUBLISHED: 20:43 20 July 2019 | UPDATED: 20:43 20 July 2019

James Caddies, Cameron Isbell, Peter Mott, Tom Higgins and Jamie Bixby

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Daggers nab draw against Southend United

PUBLISHED: 16:53 20 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:53 20 July 2019

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Reece Grant of Dagenham scores the first goal for his team and celebrates (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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1959 A 16-year-old Hornchurch boy who tried - and failed - to rescue his father from drowning at Southend was praised at the inquest this week for his courage. David Benton, of Northumberland Avenue, Hornchurch and a friend. Arthur Frederick Suckling, 17, of Factory Road, Romford, who helped in the rescue attempt, were told by Mr A. J. Dalton, Southend deputy coroner: "Your efforts were very valiant." A verdict of the accidental drowning was recorded in the death of Charles Edwin Joseph Benton, 46, who was employed at a photographic firm. He died near the wreck of Mulberry Harbour, off the beach at Thorpe Bay. Mr Benton, described by his wife as "a big healthy and active, keen on the water but not a strong swimmer," was brought to shore by Donald Atkinson of Winchmore Hill. 1979 Police were hunting for a brave have-a-go hero who tackled armed bandits in a bid to stop a £25,000 robbery. The mystery man lashed out at a vicious shotgun gang when they swooped on security guards outside at Elm Park bank. Detectives praised his courage and appealed for him to come forward, The drama began when a Security Express van arrived outside the National Westminster Bank in Elm parade, St Nicholas Avenue at 10.20am to deliver cash. Two guards left the van to walk towards the bank and were pounced on by four men with sawn-off shotguns. One grabbed the cash bag and started to run off. But one of the guards jumped on his back, and threatened to shoot if he didn't let him go. The mystery hero then ran to help the guards and punched one of the gang. 1999 A pair of armed robbers held up a Securicor van with a gun and are believed to have made off with around £70,000. The terrifying attack happened around 10am outside the Abbey National bank, in Station Parade, Elm Park. It is believed the robbers shoved a Securicor guard up against the side of the van and threatened him with a handgun, while another guard inside the van passed out money through the hatch. Securicor was offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction. A witness said: "It was really frightening, these two men started shouting and waving a gun. I couldn't believe what I was seeing, then they just ran off. I was quite shaky because I didn't know where they were going to run to or to what they were going to do next - it was awful."

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 July 2019

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Hornchurch manager Stimson excited about coming up against Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 12:18 20 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:19 20 July 2019

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Hornchurch manager Mark Stimson during Leyton Orient clash (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Watch this weekend's weather forecast: A rainy Saturday but a drier Sunday

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 July 2019

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Londoners will face miserable weather this weekend (Picture: PA Images)

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Residents unveil Gidea Park First World War memorial after successful crowdfunding campaign

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 July 2019

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A special unveiling ceremony was held in Gidea Park for a new war memorial funded by the community. Picture: Artists Rifles Association

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Ikram says Harold Wood are full of confidence ahead of top of the table tie at Hutton

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 July 2019

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H Ikram of Harold Wood during Gidea Park and Romford CC vs Harold Wood CC, Shepherd Neame Essex League Cricket at Gidea Park Sports Ground on 6th July 2019

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Captain Gordon eyes league and cup success

PUBLISHED: 16:30 19 July 2019

George Sessions

Billy Gordon in bowling action for Hornchurch at Valentines Park (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Brentwood look for back-to-back wins to keep place at top of Premier Division

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 July 2019

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Jack Hebron of Brentwood. Picture: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

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AB blasts Middlesex to opening T20 win over Essex

PUBLISHED: 15:31 19 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:32 19 July 2019

AB de Villiers of Middlesex hits four runs against Essex Eagles in the Vitality Blast at Lord's (pic: Nick Wood/TGS Photo).

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Fun on the Farm: Petting Farm to bring Pgmy goats and pot-bellied pigs to Havering Show 2019

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 July 2019

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Pgmy goats and pot-bellied pigs will be at this year's Havering Show. Picture: Havering Council

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Ardleigh Green captain Edwards eager to raise the standard

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 July 2019

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Roy Smith (L) of Shenfield congratulates Jack Kliber (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Upminster aware of massive challenge Monty will provide, insists Curtis

PUBLISHED: 14:30 19 July 2019

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Shenfield's Monty Panesar (right) alongside captain Roy Smith at Upminster (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Opinion: A look at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 12:39 19 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:39 19 July 2019

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Comedian and broadcaster Steve Allen is wondering about Boris' hobby.

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Havering Miniature Railway runs this weekend in aid of cancer charity

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 July 2019

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David Middleton driving his locomotive, Goliath. Picture: Paul Middleton

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Gidea Park & Romford look to end run of two straight defeats

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 July 2019

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Gidea Park and Romford CC. Picture: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

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GPs welcome end to financial special measures

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 July 2019

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The GPs are pleased the CCGs have been taken out of financial special measures. Picture: Denise Bradley

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O'Neill: Rainham ready for showdown with Canvey

PUBLISHED: 10:30 19 July 2019

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Rainham batsmen acknowledge scoring runs in the T.Rippon Mid-Essex League Premier Division (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Shenfield skipper Smith wants his side to knuckle down

PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 July 2019

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Roy Smith (L) of Shenfield congratulates Jack Kliber (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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