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NewVIc students hold minute’s silence for ‘murdered’ classmate David Adegbite 

23 Mar

Students and staff at NewVIc sixth-form college in Plaistow held a minute’s silence this morning to remember classmate David Adegbite.


Stephen Timms’ ‘disappointment’ over plans for Plaistow hospital closure 

20 Mar

East Ham MP Stephen Timms has expressed his “disappointment” about the proposed closure of the Acute Day Hospital in Plaistow after meeting with health trust bosses.


Appeal to find killer of Adam Regis, 15, in Plaistow on the 10th anniversary of his death 

20 Mar

Police are appealing for information leading to the killer of a 15-year-old boy on the 10th year anniversary of his death.


PICTURES: Fire in Plaistow sees families evacuated 

20 Mar

Families were evacuated from blocks flats in Plaistow after a blaze in a car workshop.


Hundreds of Plaistow students hold ‘protest walk’ against female genital mutilation 

15 Mar

Nearly 500 NewVIc pupils have participated in a school-organised demonstration against female genital mutilation (FGM).


Man, 32, jailed after Plaistow betting shop robberies 

10 Mar

A man who terrorised staff during a string of armed robberies at betting shops has been jailed.


Court appearance for Plaistow man charged with 2001 driveway murder 

9 Mar

A Plaistow man accused of being involved in a fatal driveway shooting 16 years ago has appeared in court.


Plaistow man charged with 2001 driveway murder 

8 Mar

Detectives investigating the death of a man shot on his driveway 16 years ago have charged a Plaistow man with consipracy to murder.


Fears that parking woes will drive business away in Plaistow 

7 Mar

Traders are worried about newly-introduced controlled parking in Plaistow claiming it could drive businesses away.


Plaistow rapist who dragged teenage girl from Stratford street and threatened to stab her is jailed for 21 years 

3 Mar

A man who dragged a 16-year-old girl from the street and threatened to stab her before raping her in the back of his car has today been jailed for 21 years.


East Ham MP Stephen Timms speaks out about Plaistow hospital closure 

1 Mar

East Ham MP Stephen Timms has spoken out against closure of the Acute Day Hospital in Plaistow.


Upper Road Medical Centre in Plaistow told to improve in three months or face closure 

23 Feb

A GP practice in Plaistow faces closure unless it improves the quality of care it offers to patients in the next three months.


Plaistow drug dealer jailed after breaching suspended sentence 

22 Feb

A drug dealer who ran away from police officers who attempted to question him has been jailed.


Teenager, 18, missing from Plaistow 

13 Feb

Daniel Hussain was last seen in Plaistow wearing a grey tracksuit and black trainers.


Plaistow college’s baked bean tasting makes savings 

9 Feb

A tin of baked beans is a tasty treat for some, but for others the humble dish offers useful lessons in money management.


Two new Plaistow developments approved 

2 Feb

Two developments featuring a total of 86 homes are set to be built by Red Door Ventures.


Man dead after Plaistow flat fire 

31 Jan

A man from Plaistow has died from burns sustained at a fire his home earlier this month.


Plaistow and Newham jobcentres to close 

26 Jan

Two Newham jobcentres are to close along with several others around the country as the government targets “under-used” buildings.


Plaistow man charged with driving crimes 

23 Jan

A 20-year-old will appear in court after being charged with multiple offences.


Crash leaves man with serious head injuries and closes Plaistow road 

20 Jan

A car crash last night left a man with serious head injuries.


Memories of a Plaistow music legend 

10 Jan

After wowing his adoring fans for decades, Plaistow-born pop legend David Essex hung up his microphone at the end of last year with a farewell tour taking in venues up and down the country.


Plaistow photographer wants ‘everyone to know’ his name 

6 Jan

Freelance photographer, Alfred Bronson, wants to make a name for himself across the world.


Business expert gives company in Plaistow a huge boost 

3 Jan

Retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis has given a Plaistow company a significant boost on Twitter...


Plaistow widow warns of number plate cloning dangers 

23 Dec

A great-grandmother handed hundreds of pounds worth of parking fines after crooks cloned her number plate has spoken out about the ordeal.


Managing debts a Plaistow family affair 

23 Dec

Getting into serious debt can be easy, but for one man, paying back thousands in loans became easier after the birth of his children.


Plaistow land grabbers dig in 

16 Dec

Gardeners have been cultivating Newham’s soil for generations, whether in one of the borough’s parks, in their gardens or in an allotment.


Plaistow neighbours’ anger as sewage floods homes 

14 Dec

Neighbours who have been plagued by raw sewage flooding their homes for months have called on their housing association to do more.


Plaistow father alarmed by bites after son’s school trip 

13 Dec

A father has raised concerns about an outdoor education centre after his son returned from a school trip covered in bites.


Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales lays final bricks for 17 new homes in Plaistow 

8 Dec

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, officially marked the completion of 17 new homes by laying the final bricks.


Plaistow primary celebrates John Curwen 

2 Dec

He’s the man whose efforts to simplify how music is written inspired the song Do Re Mi from the musical The Sound of Music.


Mourners flock to say final farewell to Jordan Bari 

22 Nov

Around 100 mourners attended the funeral of shooting victim Jordan Bari today at East London Crematorium in Plaistow.


Hyperlocal & blogs

Bow Road update 

22 Mar

A month ago I told you how badly wrong the eastbound Next Train Indicator at Bow Road station was.


St Joseph, Plaistow Lane, Bromley (Roman Catholic) 

5 Mar

Around a mile north east of the town centre on a busy roundabout this is a tall basilica of 1912 by Edward Goldie.


Stephen speaks out against closure of the Acute Day Hospital 

1 Mar

Stephen has lent his support to those campaigning against the proposed closure of the Acute Day Hospital in Plaistow, which is due to take place at the end of March.


Silvertown tunnel 

25 Jan

Councillor James Beckles (Plaistow North) on his blog today : Monday 23rd January it was our first Newham Labour Group after the Christmas break.


Councillor Report to West Ham Ward 5 Jan 2017 

5 Jan

Councillor Report to Ward WEST HAM WARD LABOUR PARTY tel: 0203 373 2615 or email John.


As it stands 

18 Nov

After the first set of trigger ballot meetings, the score stands at nine wards to three in favour of automatically reselecting Sir Robin Wales as Labour’s candidate.


Labour councillor ‘prepared to challenge’ Sir Robin Wales as 2018 Newham mayoral candidate 

14 Nov

Check out report in Newham Recorder online "A councillor has said he wants to “challenge” Sir Robin Wales as the Labour Newham mayoral candidate for 2018, the Recorder can reveal.


Mr Cenz and his Art Creation in West Ham 

20 Oct

Picture from last week of West Ham ward Councillors (John Whitworth, me and Freda Bourne) with street Artist Mr Cenz (on right), in front of his fantastic mural in Church Road junction with New Plaistow Road, E15 (next to William Hill bookmakers).


Mr Cenz starts new Street Art Mural In West Ham 

3 Oct

I stopped off today to say hello to Street Artist, "Mr Cenz", who is creating a mural inWest Ham ward, Church Road junction with New Plaistow Road, E15 (next to William Hill bookmakers).


E13: A place for playing 

31 Aug

E13 covers West Ham, Upton Park and Plaistow.


Tiger, Tiger burning bright in West Ham 

3 Jul

What a terrific street art painting in my West Ham ward at Holbrook Road junction with Plaistow Road, West Ham.


Be a Labour Councillor training for UNISON activists by LGA Labour Group 

4 Jun

Recently I have spoken at two training sessions organised by UNISON Labour Link for our activsts on becoming Labour Councillors.


Visions of scrutiny 

13 May

Next week sees the annual general meeting of Newham council’s Labour group.


Matricide In Plaistow – 1895 

3 May

Emily Coombes was worried.


“London Mayoral election – a week till polling day” – West Ham Campaign plan 

29 Apr

"If you have any time over the next week you could ensure we get London a Labour Mayor.


Campaigning for Sadiq in West Ham, Stratford & Forest Gate 

19 Apr

Collage is from my last 3 canvassing sessions in West Ham ward, Stratford and Forest Gate North.


A week of campaigning for Sadiq Khan as Labour Mayor of London in West Ham 

9 Apr

Some pictures from the door knocking that has been going on by various ward branches in West Ham Labour Party during the last week.


West Hammers out Khanpaigning in Green St, Plaistow & Custom House 

20 Mar

It has been a busy weekend for West Ham Labour.


Pothole, A112 Plaistow Road o/s no, 196, 18th March 

18 Mar

Pothole, approx 0.5x0.5m in front of 196 Plaistow Road, tarmac completely missing exposing cobbles below.


Forest Gate North Labour Party Branch Special meeting 

4 Mar

Results from the 2nd Forest Gate North AGM/special meeting held last night.


Standards and Noor 

1 Mar

Newham council’s standards committee is meeting tonight (Tuesday 1 March) to consider the Monitoring Officer’s report on a complaint made against Councillor Ahmed Noor (Plaistow South).


Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news 

18 Feb

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… London Underground Tube bosses today apologised after huge overcrowding on the Victoria line forced one of its busiest stations to be temporarily closed during the morning rush hour.


West Ham Ward Councillor Report 

8 Jan

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ALUMNI SWAPS LONDON FOR LA 

6 Jan

AN old Bonaventurian touched down back at his old school on the first day back after the Christmas  break yesterday, January 5, and told staff about his new life after winning a scholarship and playing American Football for East Los Angeles College.


Getting to Work Shouldn’t be a luxury. But Tory Tickets Cost a Fortune. 

4 Jan

This morning I was outside Plaistow Underground station with West Ham Labour Party comrades handing out leaflets on fare rises to commuters going into work.


LOBOs. Cllr Gray’s Response to Newham Council’s Annual Treasury Management Report 2014/15 

10 Dec

I spoke after Cllr Whitworth raised concerns on this item 14 at Monday evening (7.12.15) at Full Council.


West Ham Councillor Report: November 2015 

10 Nov

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A bluffer’s guide to Boleyn 

9 Nov

History  Boleyn ward came into existence in 2002, following a major reorganisation of boundaries in Newham , which reduced the number of wards from 24 to 20.


PC Nina Mackay 24 October 2015 

24 Oct

This morning I was present at a memorial tribute to murdered PC Nina Mackay .


Super diversity in Plaistow 

14 Oct

Diversity and cohesion in Britain’s most mixed community – John McDermott writing in the Financial Times about Plaistow “If London is the most diverse city in the world, and Plaistow is the most diverse part of the city, Plaistow might be the ...




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