North East London hyperlocal portal Friday 23 June 2017

Beckton • Canning Town • Royal Docks

Crowdfunder to help ‘beautiful son’ of East Ham man Edson Da Costa who died after police stop 

23 Jun

A fundraiser has been set up to help the family of a young East Ham father who died after he was detained by police in Beckton.

Father, 25, dies after police stop car in Beckton 

22 Jun

A young father who was left fighting for his life after police stopped a car in Beckton has died.

Man collapses and dies in Canning Town street 

20 Jun

A man has died after collapsing on a residential street in broad daylight.

Man, 25, fighting for his life after police stop car in Beckton 

19 Jun

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into a Newham police stop which left a man in “critical condition” in hospital.

Newham Council add another £7.4m into funds to regenerate Canning Town and Custom House 

16 Jun

An additional £7.4 million has been been pledged by Newham Council to fast track a major housing development programme in the borough.

Grenfell Tower fire: Canning Town block is claimed to have similar cladding as doomed building 

15 Jun

Newham Council has denied that a tower block in Canning Town is a fire risk after it emerged it had a similar type of cladding to that of Grenfell Tower.

Beckton kidnapper who stole cash and cars from teenage victim jailed for seven years 

14 Jun

A kidnapper whose teenage victim was threatened with a gun and ordered to hand over more than £10,000 has been jailed for seven years.

Hundreds of homes to be built on site of Royal Docks Service Station 

13 Jun

A planning proposal to turn a service station into hundreds of new homes has been accepted six months after it was rejected.

Pupils and elderly residents share memories of Canning Town for community film 

5 Jun

Young and old members of the community have united to collaborate on a memory-making project for elderly residents.

Canning Town and The Gate libraries reopen after flooding 

5 Jun

Canning Town and The Gate libraries have reopened after flooding.

Man attacked with ‘acid’ and stabbed in broad daylight outside Tube station 

3 Jun

The man was rushed to hospital following the attack (Picture: Google Streetview) A man is in a stable condition after being doused in ‘acid’ and stabbed in broad daylight in London.

Canning Town charity sending youngsters on sailing trip 

2 Jun

Youngsters will be taking to the high seas as part of Ambition, Aspire, Achieve’s first ever sailing trip later this month.

Upminster fly-tipper dumped asbestos waste in Beckton to support £400-a-week cocaine habit 

31 May

A fly-tipper from Upminster who dumped 36 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated rubble on a street in Beckton has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Waltham Forest man charged with fly-tipping in Beckton 

31 May

A man has been charged following the discovery of an illegal dump in Beckton yesterday.

Watch children’s dangerous stunt at Royal Docks 

26 May

Youngsters have beem jumping into the waters of the Royal Docks to cool off in the hot weather - and police have had to get involved.

Silvertown flyover design competition shortlist announced 

25 May

The London Festival of Architecture has announced six practices that have been shortlisted to design a new creative workspace beneath the Silvertown flyover.

Canning Town stroke survivor, 34, to take part in Thames Bridges Bike Ride 

23 May

A cyclist and blogger from Canning Town will be taking part in a bike ride for charity a year on from suffering a mini-stroke.

Studios in Silvertown could be created from shipping containers 

16 May

Almost 200 shipping containers could be stacked together to create studios and creative workspaces.

Election 2017: Beckton resident Chidi Oti-Obihara to run as new Green Party candidate for East Ham 

15 May

The new Green Party candidate for East Ham has been announced as Chidi Oti-Obihara.

Four men who planned to sell guns and ammunition kept in Canning Town flat jailed 

12 May

Four men who kept 12 guns and nearly 140 cartridges in a Canning Town flat have been jailed for a total of 62 years.

Canning Town photographer displays work in exhibition 

12 May

Graphic designer and photographer Munya Chidakwa has travelled throughout Africa and Asia since his final year of studies at the University of East London, taking photographs and shooting documentaries along the way.

Benefit night raises almost £15,000 for Canning Town charity 

11 May

Ambition, Aspire, Achieve raised almost £15,000 at their second annual benefit night.

Man stabbed in Canning Town industrial area 

3 May

A man has been stabbed in an early-morning attack in Canning Town.

Heroic man drops everything to rescue drowning cat who had fallen into London docks after fight with another feline 

3 May

Felix the cat - resident at the Royal Docks - was pulled from the water by the rescuer and then slunk off as if nothing had happened...

Watch moment hero saves cat from drowning in Royal Docks 

2 May

A cat that lives at the Royal Docks Management Authority (RoDMA) lost one of her nine lives the other day when she was pushed into the water in a tussle with another cat.

Game on! Silvertown set to host Europe’s largest purpose-built e-sports arena 

2 May

Football, fast cars and fighting could all be coming to Silvertown - virtually, that is.

Hero rescues cat who fell into the Thames 

1 May

Splash (Picture: Royal Docks London) A hero passerby rescued a cat who fell dramatically into the Thames.

Felix the cat plunges into murky canal as she fights with rival feline – but is quickly saved 

30 Apr

CCTV shows the Royal Docks office cat being chased by another cat before falling into the drink...

Beckton man charged with robbing and stabbing Apple Macbook Pro laptop seller in Finchley 

29 Apr

A man from Beckton has been charged today with robbing and stabbing a laptop seller in Finchley.

Derelict home damaged in Canning Town blaze 

28 Apr

A fire is being investigated after flames wrecked parts of a derelict home yesterday.

Sentencing delayed for Upminster man who dumped 36 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated waste in Beckton 

27 Apr

The sentencing of a fly-tipper from Upminster who admitted dumping 36 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated rubble on a street in Beckton has been delayed.

Hyperlocal & blogs

Giants in the Royal Docks 

10 Jun

The ExCel exhibition centre sits on the dockside of Royal Victoria Dock and hosts a wide range of events and a few of these each year have a maritime theme and occasionally these events attract visiting vessels to the Royal Docks.

Old West Ham to Stanley Kubrick’s Beckton 

4 Jun

Here’s some footage from the walk I did for Chapter 2 of my book This Other London in the summer of 2012, just before the London Olympics – starting in Leytonstone then going past West Ham Church and the site of Stratford Langthorne Abbey onwards...

Pause to remember Jo Cox MP – Westhammers at “Arc in the Park” 

25 May

A lot has happened since Sunday, when UK political parties suspended General Election campaigning for one hour in order to remember murdered young mum and MP, Jo Cox, and to visit community projects.

Royal Albert 

18 May

Post to the south North Woolwich Albert Road 199 Kennard Street Community Centre and Health Centre.

Re-electing Lyn Brown in Custom House & Forest Gate 

17 May

A great collage of photos from recent campaigning.

Introducing our new candidate for East Ham #GE2017 

13 May

Ex-investment banker Chidi Oti-Obihara has lived in Beckton for 6 years and is standing on a platform for improving local lives...


13 May

Post to the north East Ham Post to the east Bec k ton Aaron Hill Road New housing built under the London Docklands Development Corporation post -1980 This is on the site of part of the Beckton Gas Works Tar and Liquor works – but mainly on a tangle...

Re-electing Lyn Brown – Forest Gate, West Ham & Canning Town 

11 May

Picture collage from canvass in Forest Gate North on Tuesday evening, West Ham ward on Wednesday evening and a Labour stall outside the busy West Ham Station tonight (which is confusingly not in West Ham ward but Canning Town North).

West Hammers at Home and Away (Ilford North) 

7 May

Picture collage from yesterday's (Saturday) Labour campaigning in West Ham and Ilford North.

Stephen welcomes the Taiwanese Ambassador to Newham 

10 Apr

On 31 March, Stephen accompanied the Taiwanese Representative to the UK to The Crystal in Newham’s Royal Docks – the world's largest permanent exhibition on the future of cities, as well as one of the world's most sustainable buildings and events...

Cargo operations return to London’s Royal Docks 

29 Mar

Whilst it might be a shadow of the glory days of the Docks the sight of a ship unloading cargo in London’s Royal Docks is something of a treat these days.

A mile long artwork commissioned for Crossrail 

28 Mar

A length of concrete wall running alongside the future Elizabeth line tracks in East London is to be covered in a mile-long work of art.

Canning Town South Labour doorstep 11 March 2017 

20 Mar

This college is from Saturday 11 March when West Ham Labour Party activists came to support the local Party in Canning Town South ward.

Spin City 

15 Mar

Mayoral ally and ‘full-time’ councillor Clive Furness has circulated his Councillor’s Report  for March to local members in Canning Town North.

Brexit Fundraising Dinner – Keir Starmer MP 30 March 2017 

11 Mar

Canvassing this Saturday 11 March: 1) Join Lyn Brown 11am Stubbs Point, New Barn Rd, E13 8JL (contact Rohit) 2) 11.30am, Custom House Library, Prince Regents Ln, E16 3JJ (contact Rokhsana) Our Brexit Fundraising Dinner~ Thursday 30th March (early bird...

The Tragedy at the Upper North Street School in Poplar – 1917 

1 Mar

The post about the recent centenary of the Silvertown explosion was a reminder to write about another tragedy that happened a century ago.

A walk on the air-side (@ LCY) 

24 Feb

London City Airport is an impossible to miss feature in the landscape of the Royal Docks area of East London and in 2017 it is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary of opening at the site in the London Borough of Newham.

London’s weekly railway news #188 

17 Feb

A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news… Photos of the disused tunnels at Euston Station London Underground Police are investigating the death of an IT expert who lay undiscovered for seven hours after falling down stairs at Canning ...

“On the knocker” for Labour and the NHS in Canning Town (and elsewhere) 

11 Feb

When Councillor Terry Paul (aka "Red Tel") promised on Facebook "sunshine" for this morning's Canning Town campaign session perhaps we should have looked out of the window first! A very cold and at times snowy Labour doorstep this morning in Canning ...

West Ham Labour Update – Canning town, Copeland, Stoke, Brexit, Compass, AGMs…. 

9 Feb

DearJohn Canvassing here and away (forCopeland and Stoke by-elections), Brexit curry and Future of the Left debate...

The SS Robin Returns Home 

1 Feb

Around three years ago, I posted the remarkable story of the SS Robin which has been located in the Royal Docks.

Unbuilt London: The Docklands Southern Relief Road 

28 Jan

Long before the Isle of Dogs was filled with tower blocks, it was seen as a cheap plot of derelict land, and ideal for sticking a major road bypass through.

Orchard Place : From London’s ‘lost village’ to Mini Manhattan – Update  

25 Jan

Whilst I have been watching the developments around Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs with some interest, there is another development at Orchard Place which is beginning to take shape.

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.

The Story of the Silvertown Explosion – 19th January 1917 

19 Jan

(c) Museum of London I recently contacted by the Museum of Docklands who are making available some photographs that illustrated some of the aftermath of the Silvertown Explosion of January 19th 1917.

Silvertown 100 

19 Jan

100 years ago today, just before seven o'clock in the evening, London's biggest ever explosion occurred.

Sadiq Khan backed Silvertown Tunnel five weeks after election – despite promising ‘joined-up review’ 

17 Jan

The A102 on a polluted day: Campaigners fear the Silvertown Tunnel will increase pollution and congestion across east and south-east London London mayor Sadiq Khan agreed to continue with Boris Johnson’s plans to build the controversial Silvertown ...

London Boat Show 2017 

13 Jan

As the London Boat Show approaches it’s final few days I decided to have a quick look at some of the boats on display.

Pictorial History of the West India Docks. Part 5: Closure 

24 Dec

Survey of London: In 1973 the PLA committed itself to a gradual transfer of operations from the India and Millwall Docks to the Royal Docks.

Advent Calendar – Day 13 

13 Dec

The annual tradition of posting a different vintage image each day during advent, and this year, it’s of London’s old railway stations.

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