Blurred county lines and a pretty confusing century of expansion and renaming have left some residents in Romford unsure where their town is. Some put it firmly in east London while others say it’s still part of Essex, just as it once indisputably was a very long time ago. Our sister site, Essex Live , did some digging and got to the bottom of a fairly long-winded and definitely confusing history to pin Romford on one side or the other once and for all. Bear with us, this will make sense by the time you reach the end. Essex or London? Let’s settle this Originally, Romford was part of an ancient parish called the Becontree Hundred of Essex, an area including Harold Wood and Collier Row. Then, in 1965, it became part of the newly-created London Borough of Havering, which combined the former Municipal Borough of Romford and the Hornchurch Urban District. The name comes from the Royal Liberty of Havering, which covered the area broadly but had been abolished back in 1892. But … [Read more...] about So is Romford in Essex or east London?
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A HEROIC off-duty cop has been stabbed in the leg while trying to stop a street robbery by a moped gang in South London. The 37-year-old was attacked as he tackled a group of four males trying to steal another scooter from a man on Maylons Road, Lewisham. The brave cop continued to confront the thugs even after he was stabbed with a "large" kitchen knife as they fled the scene, police said. He was taken to a South London hospital where his injuries were described as neither life-threatening or life-changing. According to police, the 21-year-old victim of the attempted robbery suffered bruising after being attacked by the ruthless gang. The incident is now being probed by Lewisham Police and enquiries are underway to identify those responsible. Officers are keen to hear from anyone who either witnessed the incident or has information that could assist the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Lewisham Police by dialling 101 quoting reference CAD5786/11AUG, tweet … [Read more...] about Off-duty police officer stabbed in South East London as he tried to stop moped gang from robbing man
A BURST pipe has left an East London road looking more like a lake as residents were urged not to be tempted into a heatwave dip. Dramatic footage shows water gushing down Bow Road, with paving stones cracked open and bollards torn out of the pavement from the force of the flooding. Tower Hamlets Police tweeted a photo of the chaos shortly before 10pm, writing: "This is the current view on Bow Rd/Fairfield Road. "Please no one try swimming in it. Bow Road will be closed all night. "@LFBTowerHamlets are on scene and @thameswater are inbound. "No buses or traffic can pass. Please find alternate route." Emergency services rushed to the scene as footage showed motorists stranded in the water and buses forced to reverse. Around ten commercial properties had to be evacuated, with ten fire engines and 72 firefighters working to pump water away from the affected properties. Posting a video on Twitter, vlogger Honest Emily wrote: "Stay away from Bow East London as the road has literally cracked … [Read more...] about Burst pipe leaves East London road looking more like a lake as residents urged not to be tempted into heatwave dip
THIS is the first picture of a teen boy shot in the face in a suspected gang war - becoming the 49th person to be murdered in London this year. The 16-year-old, named locally as Amaan Shakoor, died on Wednesday night after being shot in Walthamstow, East London, on Tuesday night. He was gunned down at around 10pm Tuesday - just minutes after 17-year-old Tanesha Melbourne was shot dead in Tottenham, North London. The teen was rushed to hospital alongside a 15-year-old boy, who was treated for stab injuries and later released. Meanwhile, a local youth said the violence erupted over a dispute about drugs. Damian Slay, 17, who was close to the scene of the attack at 10pm on Monday, said hooded thugs shot Amaan after warning him off their “patch”. He said: "I saw two boys, hooded up, run past me - they didn't see me so I walked over [to the victims]. "They must have run up to them, stabbed one in the arm and just shot the other in the face, then run off. "I was helping … [Read more...] about First picture of dead teen Amaan Shakoor who was shot in face ‘during gang war’ to become London’s 49th murder victim this year
PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 March 2018 Matthew Clemenson Dial-A-Ride minibus, Photo: Tfl Archant Vulnerable residents across east London have been waiting for more than a year for a vital transport service to allow them to make bookings that will help them get out of their homes on a weekly basis. Dial-a-Ride is run by Transport for London (TfL) for the capital’s older and more vulnerable residents to allow them to remain active in their communities. A bus is routed to pick up as many as eight members at a time and drop them at their chosen location. It currently has more than 45,000 registered members across London and places no restriction on the number of trips that a member can request, subject to any limitations arising from TfL’s available resources. But, some residents in east London have complained that the service’s booking system has left them waiting months, and in some cases years, for the system to accept regular bookings. Susan Bearman, 52, of Taunton … [Read more...] about Dial-a-Ride woes see vulnerable east London residents facing lengthy waits to confirm bookings