North East London hyperlocal portal Sunday 20 August 2017

Forest Gate & Manor Park news

A-level results: ‘Fantastic’ performance by Forest Gate students at St Angela’s Ursuline School 

17 Aug

Students at St Angela’s Ursuline Sixth Form have been congratulated on their “fantastic results” on A-level day.

Talks to take over much-loved Forest Gate coffee shop 

11 Aug

A recently-closed popular café could reopen as a small independent coffee shop, its previous owners have revealed.

Brigade warn smokers after cigarette starts house fire 

11 Aug


Upton Park demolition: Just one turret remains at former West Ham ground 

4 Aug

As West Ham prepare for their second season at the London Stadium, this single turret is all that remains of the club’s former Upton Park home.

Forest Gate teenager guilty of revenge acid attack 

3 Aug

A teenager has been found guilty of spraying acid in the faces of three people in a revenge attack.

Mural of West Ham legends Billy Bonds and Sir Trevor Brooking painted in Upton Park 

2 Aug

This colourful mural paying tribute to two West Ham legends is being painted near to the club’s former ground.

Ammonia squirted at two men during Forest Gate robbery 

1 Aug

Ammonia was squirted at a car driver and his passenger in a robbery after the driver refused to hand over his keys.

Vigil to mark anniversary of Second World War bombing to be held tonight in Forest Gate 

27 Jul

A vigil to remember the 20 victims of a World War II V1 flying bomb is being held in Forest Gate this evening.

Manor Park family flee night-time house fire after arson attack 

27 Jul

A family of four are lucky to be alive after their Manor Park home caught fire at 2am in an arson attack.

Newham pupils celebrate religious diversity in ‘perfect message for the times’ 

21 Jul

More than 200 pupils, teachers, parents, governors and faith leaders attended a competition celebrating schools’ religious engagement at Elmhurst Primary School in Upton Park Road, Forest Gate.

Fined: Upton Park travel firm boss who mis-sold Hajj and Umrah trips 

20 Jul

The director of an Upton Park travel firm offering pilgrimage trips has been fined and disqualified from holding any directorships for two years.

Forest Gate bus driver carried out sex attack on woman while he was working 

18 Jul

A perverted bus driver from Forest Gate who used his position of trust to sexually assault a woman while he was working has been jailed.

Seven people evacuated from Manor Park flats after fire 

13 Jul

Residents at a block of flats were led to safety by fire crews following a fire caused by a commercial air-conditioning system.

Forest Gate man, 28, charged with encouraging terrorism 

12 Jul

A 28-year-old man from Forest Gate, Newham, has been charged following an investigation into extremist material online.

Forest Gate gunman jailed for Muswell Hill shooting 

12 Jul

A gunman from Forest Gate who shot a man in the face in a north London street has been jailed.

Forest Gate student jailed for hiding guns in his home 

7 Jul

This is the deadly arsenal of guns a student from Forest Gate stashed away in his home while studying away in the week.

Manor Park man who drove car into Muslims in Stepney jailed for 12 years 

6 Jul

A man who drove his white Range Rover into three Muslims celebrating Eid has been jailed for 12 years.

Dramatic CCTV footage released after teenager stabbed in Upton Park 

5 Jul

This dramatic CCTV footage has been released by police investigating a stabbing in Green Street, Upton Park.

Stephen Timms celebrates Forest Gate primary school’s 50th anniversary 

3 Jul

East Ham MP Stephen Timms celebrated a special birthday year with staff and pupils today at a Newham primary school.

East Ham fly-tipper is fined and has his van seized for dumping waste in Manor Park 

30 Jun

A fly-tipper from East Ham who illegally dumped waste he was paid to get rid off legitimately has been fined and had his van seized.

Three released following arrests at Forest Gate protest over the death of Edson Da Costa 

26 Jun

Three people arrested during last night’s protests in Forest Gate over the death of a young father have been released.

Manor Park primary school is rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted 

26 Jun

A primary school has been branded inadequate by Ofsted after experiencing “a serious breakdown in leadership and management”.

Four arrested and six police injured in Forest Gate protest over Edson death 

26 Jun

Four people were arrested following last night’s protest in east London outside Forest Gate police station over the death of a young father who died under arrest while in custody.

Riot police deployed to ‘Justice for Edson’ protest as fires started 

25 Jun

Riots in Forest Gate #justiceforEdson pic.

Pitch Battle: Forest Gate choirmaster to perform on BBC talent show 

20 Jun

A choirmaster from Forest Gate is hoping to hit the right notes with celebrity judges for a new prime-time, talent singing show.

Heavy delays between Stratford and Romford after train breaks down between Manor Park and Ilford 

19 Jun

A broken down train at Ilford is causing severe delays for commuters from Stratford to Romford this lunch time.

Grenfell Tower fire: Forest Gate Islamic charity feeds and clothes victims 

16 Jun

A Muslim aid charity took food and clothing across London to help those displaced by a fire that killed 17 people.

Forest Gate councillor ‘inspired’ by time on Jo Cox Women in Leadership scheme 

15 Jun

A councillor has praised the “sisterhood” of the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme on the anniversary of the MP’s death.

Manor Park trader sold fake designer goods at Dagenham Market 

15 Jun

A trader from Manor Park has been given a suspended jail sentence for selling counterfeit designer clothing on his stall at Dagenham market.

Man arrested on suspicion of GBH after Forest Gate stabbing 

14 Jun

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of GBH after a stabbing yesterday afternoon.

Manor Park wife cleared of poisoning her cheating husband with arsenic and mercury 

9 Jun

A woman from Manor Park has been cleared of poisoning her cheating husband after he told police he took the arsenic himself because he was ashamed of having an affair.

Hyperlocal & blogs

Forest Gate Cycling Club, and life on the road at the end of the C19th 

19 Aug

We have covered cycling in Forest Gate at the end of the nineteenth century on this site a number of times before.

Time after time 

15 Aug

By the time next year’s election rolls around 16 current members of the council will have held their seats for 20 years or more.

Three authors write on WW2 air raids in Forest Gate 

11 Aug

This article looks at the way in which World War 11 air raids in Forest Gate have been approached and described from three very different perspectives.

Personal Trainer 

10 Aug

Assistant chief executive and alleged Labour press flak Douglas Trainer An intriguing and disturbing FOI request to Newham Council (links added): The newly promoted Mayoral advisor Cllr Patrick Murphy was the Newham Labour Party procedures secretary ...

Cunning stunt 

9 Aug

A quiet word in your ear, Sir Robin… If you were an electorally unsuccessful Scottish Labour politician looking to make a fresh start down south, where would you head for? Newham might look like a pretty good option.

Letter to the Editor 

8 Aug

A reader writes Dear Sir, What on earth is going on at the Newham Mag? I had always thought it was the Mayor’s personal publicity freebie, distributed fortnightly to the adoring masses, and a snip at just £20,000 per issue.

“Dozens pay their respects to war victims killed when a bomb hit their bus” 

3 Aug

Hat tip Newham Recorder "Cllr and members of the public attending a vigil on Dames Road where a V1 flying bomb landed killing people on a bus outside the Holly Tree pub Dozens gathered to pay their respects to Forest Gate’s war dead on the ...

Holidays in the sun 

2 Aug

Every March the French mediterranean resort of Cannes plays host to MIPIM, an international property event.

It’s all kicking off 

1 Aug

Virtual reality (pic via @NewhamLabourWTF on Twitter) The Newham Recorder reports that 30 local Labour members are threatening to take the party to court over the conduct of last year’s ‘trigger ballot’.

Forest Gate-born Bryan Forbes recalls his local origins 

31 Jul

One of Britain's cinematic greats, Bryan Forbes, was born and brought up in Forest Gate, as this site recalled, when it marked his death in 2013 (see here ).

Remembering local Nazi atrocity – V1 attack on Forest Gate 27 July 1944 

27 Jul

Above is a picture collage from this evening's anniversary vigil to remember the victims of a Nazi Flying bomb attack on this day 27 July 1944 which killed horribly at least 38 East Enders (updated figure) at this very spot.

Come dine with me 

26 Jul

Last night the Meydan Sofrasi restaurant on Barking Road excitedly tweeted that THE MAYOR OF NEWHAM, SIR ROBIN WALES visited our restaurant today.

Email alert 

26 Jul

Picture from  NewhamLabourWTF  (figures from 2015) Following last week’s withering email from Dianne Walls , Sir Robin has finally found a willing dupe to respond.

Massive attack 

24 Jul

At the last full council meeting Sir Robin launched an unprecedented attack on a small number of chairs of governors of Newham schools.

Anti Fascist/Anti Nazi Vigil: Remember V1 Rocket Attack Forest Gate – 27 July 1944 

23 Jul

Thursday 27th July Forest Gate North Labour Party will be holding an Anti Fascist/Anti Nazi vigil to remember those 20 or so local residents killed by a V1 rocket on the 27th of July 1944.

Tory candidate selected 

21 Jul

Rahima Khan, Conservative mayoral candidate Newham Conservatives have selected their candidate for next year’s mayoral election.

Forest Gate and 20th Century Penny Dreadfuls 

20 Jul

This article is the second of two looking at how the Independent Police News covered serious crime in Forest Gate during its existence (1867 - 1938).

Labour at Forest Gate Festival 2017 

16 Jul

Picture collage from Saturdays Forest Gate Festival.

Summer holidays 

14 Jul

Find out whether your class is taking a break for summer below.

No such thing as a free lunch 

14 Jul

When the mayor was running for re-election back in 2014 he promised to ‘Continue Free School Meals for Primary School Children’.

Missing (maybe you didn’t look that hard?) 

13 Jul

Off message but love this.

Labour at The Forest Gate Festival – Saturday 15 July 2017 

11 Jul

" The Forest Gate Festival first took place in 2000, on Osborne Road and has been going strong ever since.

Forest Gate, and Victorian Penny Dreadfuls (1) 

11 Jul

The Illustrated Police News was a strange, weekly, newspaper, which lasted from 1867 until 1938, and for a while was described as "the worst newspaper in England".

Norlington School crowned Maths Champions 

10 Jul

Hey, this is Hafiz from Hammersmith Academy, reporting after a great competition full of fun and challenging mathematics! At yesterday’s grand finale, Norlington School from Waltham Forest took home the trophy and a trip to Bletchley Park after ...

#NoMandate – Back on the Campaign Trail 

1 Jul

After a short break, members of Forest Gate North West Ham Labour, led by our newly re-elected MP (with 77% of the vote) Lyn Brown, were back on the campaign trail today.

The Forest Gate roots of controversial lesbian author, Mary Renault 

1 Jul

This article is published to co-incide with the first Forest Gayte, the local LGBT Festival, on 1 July 2017.

It’s a man’s world (again) 

30 Jun

The latest issue of the Newham Mag  includes details of the allowances paid to the mayor and the 60 other members of the council in the last municipal year (April 2016 to March 2017).

First motor fire engine tested on Wanstead Flats 

19 Jun

In 1908/9 West Ham Fire Brigade made the momentous decision to move from horse power to the internal combustion engine.

Great Newham Get Together – In Honour of Jo Cox 

18 Jun

This afternoon I went to the Newham Woodcraft Kids Zone and Big Lunch Picnic in Wanstead Flats next to the Golden Fleece pub.

E7 food shops – FSA ratings, April 2017 

5 Jun

This is the third summary of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) cleanliness ratings for Forest Gate food shops; for others, 2014 and 2015, see here and here .

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