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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

The NHS in Newham is extending its hours allowing patients to book appointments on weekday evenings, weekends and bank holidays, including Christmas Day.

As 2019 draws to a close, I reflect upon the impact the University of East London (UEL) has made on our students, staff and local community.

From picture books to popular novels, Newham Bookshop has helped to ensure young people supported by the Christmas Toy Appeal have something to read this year.

St Lucians have celebrated the Caribbean island's national day in a town hall flag-raising ceremony.

A man has been arrested over alleged racially aggravated offences on a London Overground train between Stratford and Dalston Kingsland.

Newham's long-serving Labour MPs emphatically retained their seats with huge majorities.

Newham Recorder will be live throughout the night bringing you the latest from the General Election count at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

A man has appealed for witnesses after an alleged attack by a schoolboy left him with four broken ribs.

An ex-gang member has launched a football club to encourage young people to take up sport instead of getting lured into crime.

A university lecturer's art installation got the attention of environmental activist Greta Thunberg at an international climate change meeting.

Kind-hearted bikers have helped to make this Christmas a happy one for underprivileged children by taking part in a toy run for the Toy Appeal.

Today the UK heads to the polls for the first December election since 1923 - so please do brave the weather, get out and vote.

Crime & Court

Thu, 17:00

A man has appealed for witnesses after an alleged attack by a schoolboy left him with four broken ribs.

Wed, 15:00

Police are hunting for a Forest Gate drug dealer who failed to turn up to court and was convicted in his absence.

Wed, 11:16

An 18-year-old from Forest Gate will face court in January after being charged with drug offences.

Wed, 10:11

Four men from east London have found themselves on Scotland Yard's "Christmas wish list" of 19 people they want to trace.

Mon, 13:00

A "reckless" driver who undertook traffic on the hard shoulder of the M11 before smashing into another car has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Friday, December 6, 2019

A hospital trust should pick up some of the bills run up by lawyers representing a severely disabled five-year-old girl who was at the centre of a life support battle, a judge has ruled.

Friday, December 6, 2019

The mum of a "lovely" and "helpful" man stabbed to death after attending a birthday party has told how the community has rallied round to support her.

Health

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The chief nurse at the NHS trust which runs Queen's and King George hospitals has been awarded an honorary doctorate of science from the University of East London in recognition of her outstanding service.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Urologists at the hospital trust for Newham and Tower Hamlets have been invited to showcase award-winning improvements to their cancer service around the world.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

East London's NHS trusts pay millions to patients claiming compensation for misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose illnesses and conditions, NHS data shows.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Christmas came early to Newham University Hospital as celebrity chef John Torode surprised staff with a festive feast.

Friday, November 22, 2019

A homeless man with severe mental health issues was failed by three councils who neglected their legal duties to support him before he died, a safeguarding review has found.

Friday, November 22, 2019

A new study has revealed the impact dementia will have on east London by 2030.

Monday, November 18, 2019

East London's A&E departments are struggling to keep up with demand as national waiting times hit their worst level since 2011.

Environment

Thu, 10:00

A university lecturer's art installation got the attention of environmental activist Greta Thunberg at an international climate change meeting.

Mon, 12:00

Newham is the most polluted borough in the UK, a study has revealed.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Eight years ago a private company took over 250 council homes in a Newham regeneration area. But what was meant to be a temporary measure is still ongoing. Tenants have been left in dilapidated conditions and say they feel misled. Hannah Somerville reports.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Volunteers helped plant 9,000 trees in a push on keeping the capital's status as the world's first national park city.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

A sculpture celebrating England's 1966 triumph in the beautiful game has been the focus of campaigners' calls on politicians to up their game on the climate crisis.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Neighbours are being asked for their views on designs for the Royal Docks as its transformation from its industrial past gathers steam.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Campaigners against £1billion plans to build the Silvertown Tunnel have threatened to take the Mayor of London to the high court.

Politics

Fri, 06:17

Newham's long-serving Labour MPs emphatically retained their seats with huge majorities.

Thu, 21:30

Newham Recorder will be live throughout the night bringing you the latest from the General Election count at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Thu, 07:00

Today the UK heads to the polls for the first December election since 1923 - so please do brave the weather, get out and vote.

Tue, 17:00

Four election candidates for East Ham debated climate change, crime, Brexit, the NHS and more in a hustings at Langdon Academy.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Eight years ago a private company took over 250 council homes in a Newham regeneration area. But what was meant to be a temporary measure is still ongoing. Tenants have been left in dilapidated conditions and say they feel misled. Hannah Somerville reports.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Housing, climate change, knife crime, and Brexit were on the agenda at a NewVIc election hustings event.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Newham Council has drawn up a dedicated strategy for dealing with issues contributing to homelessness and the rise of rough sleepers in the borough.

Education

Wed, 17:00

A teacher who took advantage of a death in the family to justify school absences has been banned from the profession.

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Mon, 07:00

A Forest Gate primary school slammed by Ofsted for having homophobic and misogynistic books in its library has fixed the biggest issues but problems still remain, according to a report by the watchdog.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Forest Gate primary school pupils raised more than £700 for a mental health charity.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Housing, climate change, knife crime, and Brexit were on the agenda at a NewVIc election hustings event.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

A school foodbank is appealing for help to ensure it can provide supplies to those most in need over Christmas.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sight loss at a young age is a difficult challenge to overcome - but hasn't stopped one Newham teenager achieving her goals.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Lecturers at Loughborough University London (LUL) are striking this week to protest increasing workforce casualisation.

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Heritage

Fri, 17:00

St Lucians have celebrated the Caribbean island's national day in a town hall flag-raising ceremony.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

A service in Canning Town honoured those who have died for their country - and remembered the civilians killed in a disastrous 1940 bombing nearby.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Newham has paid its respects to those who sacrificed their lives in conflict with a traditional wreath laying service.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Newham is set to remember those who died in the line of duty and made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms with a series of remembrance events taking place across the borough.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

An East Ham family has spoken of their devastation after paying £13,000 to a builder who walked out halfway through an extension job, leaving a litany of faults.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The seventh Bike from Boleyn cycle ride from Upton Park to the London Stadium was far from a damp squib in spite of rain.

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Meet NewVIc alumni Anastasija as she reflects on her journey from sixth form to her first year at university.

"Newham Music is the award-winning Music Education Hub for Newham, striving to ensure that all children and young people have the opportunity to make music," says Jill Meredith, Development and Communications Officer at Newham Music Academy.

"Don't underestimate the importance of what a musical education can do for your child. Music creates a positive, vibrant culture for young people in schools and communities and is a great way of celebrating their abilities and achievements, as well as supporting and enhancing their learning" added Jill as she explains how taking part in musical activities can help children develop socially and exposes them to a host of opportunities they wouldn't find elsewhere.

Ana Lissa, who is progressing onto her level 3 course at NewVIc, says : "You'll be amazed with all it has to offer"

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