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Mum accused of murdering three-month-old baby blames ‘violent’ partner, court hears 

29 Mar

A man accused of murdering his three-month-old daughter used to beat the baby’s mum with the end of a knife he kept above his bedroom door, a court has heard.


Article 50 letter delivered: Take a step back in time along Newham’s road to Brexit 

29 Mar

It’s been the news that 47 per cent of voters in the borough have been waiting for since that historic moment on June 23 when the UK voted to leave the European Union.


Dad accused of murdering three-month-old daughter ‘lied about her parentage to police’, court told 

29 Mar

A man accused of murdering his three-month-old daughter lied to police about being her father as he was afraid social services would get involved, a court has heard.


Newham bowel cancer screening test rate lowest in England 

29 Mar

Newham has the lowest uptake rate for bowel cancer screening tests in England, a study published today shows.


East Ham MP raises concerns about free movement of people as UK formally triggers Brexit 

29 Mar

Stephen Timms has said Theresa May needs to “make some compromise on the free movement of people” from Europe to the UK as Article 50 is triggered.


West Ham girl is heading to MIT and urges east London youngsters to dream big 

29 Mar

A girl from West Ham has won a place at world-famous US university MIT – and wants to send an inspirational message to other east London teens.


More trains to arrive at Forest Gate station soon, TfL tells West Ham MP 

29 Mar

Transport for London (TfL) has pledged to address passenger safety and congestion at two train stations after an MP raised concerns.


Bikers donate to charity’s Easter egg appeal 

29 Mar

More than 50 bikers rode to Arc in the Park to hand over 325 eggs to Ambition, Aspire, Achieve’s Easter egg appeal on Saturday.


Man ‘stabbed in the hand’ in Forest Gate 

29 Mar

A wounded man told police he’d been stabbed last night after sustaining a hand injury.


Missing 13-year-old may be in Stratford 

29 Mar

Police are searching for a boy who’s been missing for 17 days.


Human trafficker made nearly £16m off sex ‘empire’ including three Newham brothels 

29 Mar

A human trafficker who made millions running five brothels has also been found guilty of three sexual assaults.


If this man sits next to a woman on the Tube call the police 

28 Mar

Simon Lucy has been sentenced to 16 months suspended for 24 months (Picture: British Transport Police) A man who called himself ‘TubePerve’ after filming up the skirts of more than 100 women and putting the footage online has been sentenced for ...


Newham councillor accused of shoplifting receives apology from Morrisons 

28 Mar

A large supermarket chain has apologised to a councillor who was falsely accused of shoplifting by one of its employees.


Eastlea Community School’s new principal vows to make it outstanding 

28 Mar

Eastlea Community School’s new principal has vowed to make it outstanding once he takes over in Spetember.


West Ham tenants’ anger over 40 per cent rent hike 

28 Mar

A group of tenants is up in arms after their landlord announced a 40 per cent rent hike.


Sisters team up to launch ‘pure’ skincare range in Newham 

28 Mar

Two sisters want to start making people feel beautiful again with their new skin care business.


Forest Gate manager named Care Home Worker of the Year at national awards ceremony 

28 Mar

A care manager from Newham has been awarded Care Home Worker of the Year at a national awards ceremony.


Three men arrested in connection with killing of former Newham College student 

28 Mar

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old former Newham College student last Tuesday.


Homes set for site of former Plaistow petrol station 

28 Mar

A former petrol station and garage are set to become the site of a new 33-home development.


Parlympian Mark Colbourne MBE will ride in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park fundraiser 

28 Mar

Former gold medalist Mark Colbourne MBE will be back on his bike at Cyclotopia 2017.


Appeal for witnesses to ‘ruthless killing’ of former Newham College student 

28 Mar

A teenager who was gunned down in Ilford in a ‘ruthless killing’ a week ago was a former student at Newham College.


Wife of Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood ‘saddened and shockened’ by attack 

28 Mar

The wife of the man who killed four people in a shock terrorist act has said she is “saddened and shocked” by her husband’s actions.


Trial set for two Newham men and one Ilford man accused of robbery 

27 Mar

Three men charged with robbery are set to stand trial after pleading not guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court.


Custom House Medical Practice ‘requires improvement’, according to watchdog 

27 Mar

Custom House Medical Practice in Freemasons Road “requires improvement,” according to a report by the Care Quality Commission [CQC}.


Stratford dance summit to hold Dragons’ Den-style presentations for entrepreneurs 

27 Mar

Dance entrepreneurs will bid for grants worth thousands of pounds in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch at an ideas summit on Friday.


Forest Gate hit-and-run driver who left two men seriously injured sought by police 

27 Mar

Police searching for a hit-and-run driver who left two men with “extensive injuries” are appealing for help on the anniversary of the crash.


Westminster terror attack victim Pc Keith Palmer’s family thanks police and public for ‘kindness and generosity’ 

27 Mar

The family of Pc Keith Palmer, who was killed in a terror attack in Westminster, have thanked those who have “reached out” to them since his death.


Drug dealer jailed for killing teen outside Forest Gate school 

24 Mar

Amani Lynch stabbed Champion Ganda 11 times outside an east London primary school.


See drag artist Le Gateau Chocolat perform at Theatre Royal Stratford East 

24 Mar

An intimate account of a cabaret star’s journey with depression is to see its first London orchestral version shown in Stratford.


Del Boys owner claims parking changes could drive her out of business after 38 years in Canning Town 

24 Mar

The owner of a long-serving business in Canning Town claims she could be forced to close after 38 years because her vans are too big.


Mum calls for better access to Forest Gate station during refurbishment 

24 Mar

A group of mothers has attracted the attention of Crossrail top brass with an impassioned blog calling for better access to Forest Gate station.


Newham Council raising awareness on World TB Day 

24 Mar

Newham Council is raising awareness for tuberculosis on World TB Day, taking place today.


Canning Town drug dealer jailed for killing Champion Ganda in Forest Gate 

24 Mar

A drug dealer from Canning Town with a string of convictions has been jailed for 14 years for stabbing a teenager to death while on bail.


Woman arrested in east London in connection with Westmister terror attack is bailed 

24 Mar

Police investigating Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood have released a woman arrested in east London in connection with the attack on bail.


Man left with life-changing injuries after East Ham hit and run 

24 Mar

Detectives investigating a hit and run that left a pedestrian with life-changing injuries are appealing for witnesses.


Widow of Westminster terror attack victim Pc Keith Palmer works for Newham Council 

24 Mar

The widow of the heroic police officer who was stabbed to death in the Westminster terror attack works for Newham Council.


Forest Gate mosque condemns Westminster terror attack 

24 Mar

A mosque has issued a condemnation of terrorism and expressed its solidarity with the victims of the Westminster terror attack.


Khalid Masood’s alleged partner arrested in Stratford raid 

24 Mar

The 39-year-old woman is being held on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.


Police officer accused of racially aggravated assault in Forest Gate 

24 Mar

A police officer is accused of a racially aggravated assault as well as four other counts of assault in one day.


Man convicted of stabbing Harold Hill teenager 11 times to be sentenced 

23 Mar

A man convicted of killing a 17-year-old by stabbing him 11 times within metres of a primary school is due to be sentenced at The Old Bailey later today.


Westminster terrorist Khalid Masood ‘lived in West Ham’, neighbour claims 

23 Mar

The terrorist suspected of carrying out yesterday’s attack in Westminster lived in Newham, it has been claimed.


Let us know how you’re supporting Red Nose Day 

23 Mar

Comedy and charity are set to collide for Red Nose Day today.


Woman arrested in east London in connection with Westminster terror attack 

23 Mar

Police investigating yesterday’s terrorist attack in Westminster have arrested a woman in east London.


Strictly Come Dancing show at ExCeL cancelled due to lack of demand 

23 Mar

A four day event that offered fans to see their favourite Strictly Come Dancing stars has been cancelled due to a lack of demand.


Olympians launch discount tickets for Newham Residents at London Stadium 

23 Mar

Three-time Olympic medallist Kriss Akabusi MBE and Paralympic silver medallist Toby Gold launched a unique ticket offer for the World Para Athletics Championships, taking place at the London Stadium this summer.


NewVIc student David Adegbite officially name as Barking murder victim 

23 Mar

A teenager who was gunned down has been named as David Adegbite, a NewVIc student who was planning to go to Middlesex University to study IT.


Quwwat-ul-Islam pupils send letters of solidarity to Forest Gate police station 

23 Mar

Pupils at Quwwat-ul-Islam have written letters to officers at Forest Gate police station following yesterday’s terrorist attack in Westminster.


Forest Gate chef to launch St Lucian cookbook 

23 Mar

A West Indian chef is launching his new cookbook Taste Of The French Caribbean.


Minute’s silence and half-mast flag remember Westminster terror victims in Newham 

23 Mar

The town hall’s flag is flying at half mast today in remembrance of four people killed in a terrorist attack in Westminster yesterday.


Newham Muslim community condemn Westminster terror attacks as ‘barbaric’ 

23 Mar

A group representing mosques across Newham has described the Westminster terror attacks as “barbaric” and “horrific”.


Muslim man from Newham launches fundraising drive for victims of Westminster terror attack 

23 Mar

A Muslim-led campaign to raise £10,000 for the victims of yesterday’s Westminster terror attack has been set up by an eyewitness from Newham.


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The Home Front in WW1 Forest Gate – through the eyes of Godwin school 

21 Mar

This is the third of a series of posts based on the school log of Godwin School, from 1883 - 1984, providing a fascinating, worms' eye view of the development of the local area.


Croydon student cycle in memory of tram crash victim 

16 Mar

Winners at last year’s festival.


The 1919 Forest Gate murders 

8 Mar

Henry Perry, aka Beckett, was executed by hanging at Pentonville jail on 10 July 1919 for the murder of four members of the Cornish family, of 13 Stukeley Road - and so became the last person judicially executed for Forest Gate-related killings.


Teenager scales Canary Wharf building 

2 Mar

Gallagher touching the pyramid on One Canada Sq.


Police hunt man wanted for fraud and theft 

1 Mar

Police are looking to identify criminal of fraud and theft.


When Godwin school went to Paris – 1912 

27 Feb

We have featured the history of Godwin school over a number of posts.


The street where you live (8) – Sebert Road 

16 Feb

This is the eighth in an occasional series of articles by local historian, Peter Williams, who specialises in Newham housing, maps and local history.


Cyclist dies in Tower Hamlets on cycle superhighway 2 

8 Feb

Cycle superhighway 2 on Whitechapel Road, where a cyclist was killed.


Community Links partners with Catch22 

8 Feb

The partnership sees Community Links continuing to operate with its own identity, a board of trustees, premises and charity number.


Community Links partners with Catch22 

8 Feb

The partnership sees Community Links continuing to operate with its own identity, a board of trustees, premises and charity number.


Bakerloo line extension edges closer 

6 Feb

Elephant Castle tube station, where the Bakerloo line currently ends.


Forest Gate’s first Polish community 

5 Feb

The Polish Educational Society in Forest Gate was formed siixty years ago - in November 1956 - and became the first Polish organisation in East London.


Community Links to deliver What Works Fund project 

31 Jan

Projects across the UK will receive new funding from the Money Advice Service, helping tens of thousands of people manage their money better.


Godwin School ( boys ) log 2 – Godwin and Forest Gate pre WW1 (1900 – 1914) 

30 Jan

This is the second of a series of posts based on the school log of Godwin School, from 1883 - 1984, providing a fascinating, worms' eye view of the development of the local area.


The mosques of Forest Gate 

22 Jan

Around a quarter of Forest Gate's 30,000 population is Moslem and the district is served by 13 mosques.


Unlicensed property landlords in hot soup 

19 Jan

Pic: Melissa Fernando Rogue landlords in Croydon who rent out unlicensed properties face a crackdown by council officers who are preparing to launch prosecutions against the owners of around 30 properties.


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 ...


Godwin School ( boys ) log 1 – 1883 – 1984, the origins 

13 Jan

We have been given access to an invaluable document that offers a fascinating insight of 100 years of Forest Gate history - and many of the people who lived here - from a worm's eye view.


East London charity helps brain injury survivors channel pain into painting 

5 Jan

Billy Mann’s artworks are displayed at Stratford Circus Centre.


Forest Gate Industrial school – The 1890 inquest and background to its 1906 closure 

2 Jan

We have written previously about one of the earliest significant institutions to built in Forest Gate: the Industrial School, on Forest Lane.


Forest Gate: scene of Rock Against Racism’s first gig 

12 Dec

We have just passed the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Rock Against Racism, and its first gig at the Princess Alice pub, on Romford/Woodgrange Roads.


The Struggle for Wanstead Flats 1946-47 

3 Dec

Local historian, Mark Gorman (Twitter: @Flatshistorian), celebrates a key date, and significant anniversary in the fight to keep Wanstead Flats the open space so many of us enjoy today.


Christmas Toy Appeal: What to give and where to give it 

29 Nov

Every year, Community Links and the Newham Recorder work together to collect toys to give to underprivileged children at Christmas.


Undercover police officer knifed in gang attack outside Bow pub 

24 Nov

Bow Road.


New home for Chase and Status free school 

16 Nov

Will ‘Status’ Kennard.


Life in a Forest Gate week 

16 Nov

A recent post featured a rather special seven day period in Newham - the borough's first Heritage Week.


Christmas Toy Appeal: What to give and where to give it 

10 Nov

Every year, Community Links and the Newham Recorder work together to collect toys to give to underprivileged children at Christmas.


140 -150 Earlham Grove – regeneration plans 

8 Nov

Six months after proposals for redeveloping 39a - 49a Woodgrange Road (see here for details) comes plans for an ambitious development on Earlham Grove (between the footprint for the other development referred to, above and the boundary of the ...


Community Links regrettably closes its project Play, Sow & Grow 

31 Oct

It is with huge sadness that Community Links announces that it has closed its project Play, Sow Grow.


Community Links regrettably closes its project Play, Sow & Grow 

31 Oct

It is with huge sadness that Community Links announces that it will close its project Play, Sow Grow this week.


A nod at our neighbours: Abbey Mills pumping station. Stratford 

30 Oct

Newham's first Heritage Week is over and early impressions were that it was a great success.


Crime drop on Overground trains 

17 Oct

Pic: Wikimedia Commons Londoners’ safety on Overground trains has improved according to figures released by Transport for London.


Palace fever triggers season ticket changes 

17 Oct

Pic: Wikimedia Commons Fans of Crystal Palace FC seeking to buy a season ticket have been told to join a waiting list for the first time in the club’s 111 year-old history – a testament to the club’s rise in fortunes and recent signing of ...


Residents urged to be ‘cancer aware’ 

15 Oct

Pic: Wikimedia Commons Tower Hamlets residents’ knowledge of potential cancer symptoms is lower than people living in any other borough in the capital according to research published recently.


Newham Heritage Week (24 Oct – 30 Oct) and Rabbits Road library launch (22 Oct) 

12 Oct

Newham Heritage Week is being jointly staged by Newham Council and the Museum for Newham group.


Planned Thames road tunnel “not green enough” 

5 Oct

Pic: Policy Exchange, Flickr Campaigners have attacked Sadiq Khan’s decision to give the green light to a new road tunnel under the Thames  in east London– which he is hoping to open in 2023 to help tackle increasing congestion and pollution.


Edwardian Forest Gate – a photographic essay (2) – community life 

30 Sep

This is the second half of a two part photographic essay of life in Edwardian Forest Gate.


The street where you live (7) – Sprowston Road 

20 Sep

This is the seventh in an occasional series of articles by Forest Gate resident, Peter Williams, who specialises in Newham housing, maps and local history.


Edwardian Forest Gate – a photographic essay (1) – street life 

10 Sep

The Edwardian era (1901 - 1910) was a fascinating one - wedged between the end of Victorian Britain and the outbreak of World War 1.


Forest Gate health check (1) – poor Gerneral Practice 

30 Aug

The NHS has become far more responsive to patient feedback, and in communicating key performance data about many parts of the health service in Britain, over recent years.


Fires and drought on Wanstead Flats – a reflection 

19 Aug

This August is a significant anniversary month for Wanstead Flats; the fortieth since drought dried area up, and the tenth since it encountered a major fire.


Murdergate (2) 

8 Aug

This is the second of two posts examining the eighteen murders that have been committed in Forest Gate since 2003.


The street where you live (6): Capel Road 

31 Jul

This is the sixth in an occasional series of articl es by Forest Gate resident, Peter Williams, who specialises in Newham housing, maps and local history.


An Upton introduction 

21 Jul

This website has focused almost exclusively on Forest Gate north of Romford Road and neglected the fascinating history of the part of E7 located south of that main road - SoRo, as the hipsters would have it - Upton.


Murdergate (1) 

12 Jul

We have recently come across a website dedicated to providing details of every reported murder in London since the time of Jack the Ripper (www.


Community Links welcomes new Chief Executive 

8 Jul

We are delighted to welcome Arvinda Gohil as our new Chief Executive, who has joined the organisation this week.


A nod at our neighbours (3) – The Bridge House, Canning Town 

1 Jul

Regular readers will know that we have featured a number of spectacular music venues in Forest Gate (The Upper Cut and Lotus Club, both on Woodgrange Road and the Earlham Grove Music Academy) on this blog on a number of occasions.


From Forest Gate to Irish Taoiseach, via the Easter rising 

21 Jun

This is a follow-up post to last week's account of Forest Gate and Irish Independence.


News in Brief 

17 Jun

Lewisham Southwark College which was previously rated “inadequate” has gone up a rating by Ofsted.


Forest Gate and Irish Independence 

9 Jun

From its mid nineteenth century development into a busy metropolitan suburb, Forest Gate has embraced a thriving Irish community (see here for details of early Irish settlements in the area and here for details of early Irish immigrant-inspired ...


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