North East London hyperlocal portal Wednesday 21 March 2018

Plaistow & West Ham news

Plaistow man linked to machete attack gang jailed for conspiring to supply cocaine 

8 Mar

A Plaistow man linked to a gang who carried out a machete attack last summer has been jailed for conspiring to supply cocaine.

GPs and pharmacists using computer programmes to treat TB in Plaistow 

2 Mar

A GP and pharmacy in Plaistow are using computer software to treat TB patients.

Plaistow teen in stolen car charged after police pursuit from Southend to Ilford 

21 Feb

Three teenagers caught driving a stolen car have been charged following a police chase from Southend-on-Sea to Ilford.

Plaistow councillor Forhad Hussain to step down from Newham Council 

16 Feb

Cllr Forhad Hussain has announced he will not be standing for re-election in May.

Plaistow teen who spoke little English four years ago wins a place at Cambridge University 

7 Feb

A Romanian teenager from Plaistow who barely spoke English when she arrived in the UK just four years ago has won a place at Cambridge University.

Plaistow woman plans charity trip to Rwanda 

7 Feb

A Plaistow woman will brave an obstacle course, sprint through a muddy bog and host a charity games night to help tackle poverty in Rwanda.

Plaistow teacher wins award for leadership skills 

5 Feb

The head of science at a Plaistow school has received an award after being recognised for his leadership skills.

Plaistow cancer patient backing partnership providing electricity bill support 

24 Jan

A cancer patient from Plaistow is encouraging others diagnosed with the disease to take advantage of a scheme allowing them to heat their homes without worrying about the cost.

Education secretary Damian Hinds visits Plaistow school 

19 Jan

The new education secretary has visited a Plaistow primary school to award it a share of £45 million.

Appeal to identify First World War soldier and family pictured in Plaistow 

12 Jan

Do you recognise the family in this photo...

Plaistow electrician takes on tough TV show SAS: Who Dares Wins 

12 Jan

An electrician is trading plugs for press-ups after signing up to gruelling television show SAS: Who Dares Wins...

View from the Assembly: We must invest in police not make cuts 

9 Jan

I am sure that many of you will share my concerns regarding a number of violent incidents that took place across London over the festive period.

CCTV footage shows gunman shooting two boys, 16, in Plaistow chicken shop 

3 Jan

Horrifying CCTV footage has emerged which shows the moment a gunman burst into a chicken shop in Plaistow and shot two 16-year-old boys.

MBE for Plaistow bellringer in New Year Honours list 

2 Jan

A Plaistow bellringer has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list bybeing made a MBE for services to campanology.

Two boys, 16, shot in fast food restaurant in Plaistow 

31 Dec

Two 16-year-old boys have been injured after a gunman opened fire in a fast food restaurant in Plaistow.

Two boys, 16, shot at takeaway in Plaistow 

30 Dec

The gunman opened fire in the fast food restaurant in Plaistow on Friday evening, the Met said.

Two boys seriously injured after fast food shooting in east London 

30 Dec

Emergency services flocked to the scene (Picture: Facebook/Ragz Capone) Two boys have been seriously injured after a gunman opened fire on a fast food restaurant in east London.

Christmas Day fire in Plaistow leaves family homeless 

25 Dec

A family have been left homeless after a devastating house fire at their Plaistow home this morning.

Toy Appeal: Plaistow pupils raise £1,200 for youngsters in need 

22 Dec

When many children spend December drooling over Christmas dinner, pupils in Plaistow gave a helping hand to those in need.

Police release video footage of baby abandoned in Plaistow three months ago in renewed appeal to find his mother 

21 Dec

Video footage of a baby found abandoned in a Plaistow park three months ago have been released by police as they renew their appeal for information in a bid to trace his mother.

Plaistow pervert who sexually assaulted Tube passengers is jailed 

19 Dec

A “disgraceful” sex pest who targeted women using the Tube has been jailed for eight months.

Plaistow pupils power through deals and deceit at Model UN conference 

19 Dec

The moment eight pupils from Plaistow walked into the school, they faced long days of bargaining, backbiting and betrayals.

Vigil held in Plaistow to remember domestic abuse victims 

18 Dec

Victims of domestic abuse have been remembered at a candlelight vigil.

Stratford man denies murder of Plaistow teen Nico Ramsay 

14 Dec

A Stratford man charged with murdering a teenager from Plaistow is set to face trial next year.

Bow illustrator secures Plaistow cultural arts internship through enterprising scheme 

7 Dec

An artist from an ethnic minority background says a place on a creative industry internship has opened new doors for her career.

Motorcyclist fighting for his life after Plaistow crash leaves him with ‘serious head injury’ 

7 Dec

A 33-year-old man is fighting for his life after his motorcycle collided with a car in Plaistow last night.

Homeless man in serious condition with fractured skull after Plaistow assault 

1 Dec

Detectives are appealing for information on an attack in Plaistow which left a homeless man with 11 fractures to his skull.

Unison boss Dave Prentis visits Plaistow secondary school 

30 Nov

The leader of one of the UK’s largest trade unions praised the work of support staff in a visit to a Newham secondary school.

Police release dramatic CCTV footage showing moment father-of-two struck down by rain of bullets 

15 Nov

Police have released dramatic CCTV footage of an attempted murder in Plaistow in which a father-of-two was shot outside his home.

Plaistow man acquitted of conspiring to murder Leonard Naylor in Kent 

7 Nov

A man from Plaistow has been acquitted of plotting to murder a 46-year-old who was shot dead on the driveway of his home.

Suspended sentence for Plaistow man who sexually assaulted teenager 

3 Nov

A Plaistow man who sexually assaulted a teenager at a Tube station has been handed a suspended sentence.

Hyperlocal & blogs

The speech that never was – West Ham Ward Labour Councillor selections 2018 

27 Feb

Since on Saturday I was affirmed by West Ham ward members as a Councillor candidate for May, I was not able to give my speech - so will blog it here instead :) "My name is John Gray and I have lived in Newham for the last 30 years and have been ...

Newham council 2018 -22 (probably) 

26 Feb

The Forest Gate North candidates and their supporters Over the past two weekends Labour members in Newham have been selecting the 60 candidates that will contest May’s local elections.

Re-selected as West Ham Labour (& future Co-operative Party) Councillor Candidate 2018 

24 Feb

I am very pleased that I was reselected today as a Labour Party candidate for the local elections in May 2018 for West Ham ward in Newham, London.

Planning Battle Won for More Social Housing (War continues) 

20 Feb

I was really proud tonight of West Ham Ward residents who objected, organised and worked hard to oppose a planning application that would have robbed local people and the homeless of chance of homes at an "affordable" or social rent.

25% so-called “Affordable” Housing is not enough! West Ham Branch Labour Canvass & Petition about former Ford Car showrooms development. 

18 Feb

Picture collage from last Sunday when I was with Cllr John Whitworth and a West Ham CLP Labour team campaigning in my ward, West Ham.

Over and out? 

15 Feb

Councillor Forhad Hussain is not seeking re-selection as a candidate for the elections in May.

Cllr John Whitworth withdraws from Newham mayoral challenge to support Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz 

2 Feb

Newham Recorder "Cllr John Whitworth has announced he will no longer be challenging Sir Robin Wales to be Labour’s candidate for the mayoral elections and will instead be supporting Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz’s bid for selection.

Day 3 of Newham Mayoral Trigger fiasco – Plaistow North & South Massive Vote for Open Selection 

1 Feb

There was a BBC news crew outside the selection meetings last night I understand.

Day 2 of Rerun Newham Labour Mayoral Trigger – Canning Town North & Custom House vote NO for an open selection 

30 Jan

This is turning into a massacre.

Newham Mayoral candidate admits he will lose “trigger” 

29 Jan

A very interesting evening tonight.

Getting fit with Labour (apart from eating chocolate cake) 

28 Jan

Picture collage from yesterday's Labour campaign session in my ward, West Ham, with our MP, Lyn Brown (and Cara, her infamous Labour attack dog).

Custom House Ward is 2nd branch to hold Newham Mayoral Trigger – 7.30 Tuesday 30 January at Ascension Church E13 

24 Jan

Custom House ward will hold the 2nd West Ham ward Labour Party trigger (out of 10) on the Newham Labour Mayor on 7.30pm Tuesday 30 January in Ascension Church, Baxter Rd, London, E16 3HJ.

Newham Labour Supporters for an Open Mayoral Selection – West Ham Ward is First! 

22 Jan

Newham Labour Mayoral Rerun Trigger Ballot is Go, Go, Go! The rerun is starting next Monday 29 January 7.30pm at the West Ham CLP Headquarters, 306 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 for my favourite Newham ward, West Ham.

#Labourdoorstep in Plaistow North 

13 Jan

After my Councillor surgery this morning I went over to Plaistow North ward to help out knocking on doors and speaking to local residents about the forthcoming Council elections in May.

West Ham Ward Councillor Report 7 December 2017 

7 Dec

Councillor Report to Ward 7 December 2017 WEST HAM WARD LABOUR PARTY tel: 0203 373 2615 or email John.

NEWHAM TRADES COUNCIL – Guest Speaker: Matt Wrack. General Secretary FBU 21 November 

13 Nov

Invitation to our next Newham Trades Council meeting Guest Speaker: Matt Wrack.

West Ham CLP Events & Campaign Grid (29/9/17) 

30 Sep

Campaign Events Grid Saturday 30/9/17 11am Royal Oak, Hale End Road IG8 9LN, Canvass, Alan Griffiths lead, West Ham CLP Secretary, Chingford Marginal ( It’s a Labour National Campaign Day!) Saturday 30.9.17 11-2pm Bobby Moore Statue, Central Park Rd...

Fly tipping, 24th August 

24 Aug

Squatters are dumping refuse along outside of building Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Plaistow Road, E13 Report on FixMyStreet...

The Greenway incident 

27 Jul

Don't worry, this one doesn't end badly.

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.

On the knocker in Plaistow South 25 March 

14 Apr

On Saturday 25 March I helped out again, the Plaistow South Labour Party branch on a campaign day with local Councillors and activists.

Councillor report to West Ham Labour Party Ward 6 April 2017 

7 Apr

Councillor Report to Ward 6 January to April 2017 WEST HAM WARD LABOUR PARTY tel: 0203 373 2615 or email John.

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.

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