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RAF veteran 'mutilated' by surgeon who made three mistakes in five days

A RAF veteran has been left depressed and suffering from life-changing injuries after a surgeon “mutilated his insides” during what should have been a routine gallbladder removal last year. He is one of three patients harmed during similar operations by the same surgeon in a five day period last year. But Norfolk and Norwich NHS Hospital Trust - where the surgeon is still operating - has refused to publish even a summary of the independent report into the failings, nor allowed the three patien

Explained: How a secret recording damaged Havering Council - and what it now means for residents

On Thursday afternoon, in a meeting over Zoom, Havering Council tried to end months of bad headlines and in-fighting. A panel had been assembled to determine whether the council’s leader, Damian White, should face an investigation over an alleged attempt to manipulate the borough’s electoral boundaries for political gain. The Romford Recorder was banned from addressing the meeting. Opposition memb

‘I was once a healthy mum… now my body is attacking itself from the inside’

Battling painful symptoms of a virus they contracted several months ago, for these four coronavirus survivors, the fight is far from over. With medical professionals struggling to support them, Emily Townsend investigates the impact of ‘long Covid’. It’s just over six months since mum-of-two Tara Scott burst into tears at work; shaking with every single muscle hurting and barely able to stand up. She had coronavirus, medics on the other end of the 111 call told her, although she would wait ei

Reports of Suffolk coronavirus ‘spike’ sparked by just three cases – here is what is actually happening

National newspaper reports that Suffolk is one area which could face a local lockdown because of a rise in the number of coronavirus cases is based on just one extra test result. The county had, in fact, one of the lowest rates of coronavirus cases in the country last week. Suffolk was named in national newspapers as one of 36 local authorities that have recorded an increase in Covid-19 cas

Fraud complaints over high-end furniture seller that shut down overnight

Fraud complaints over high-end furniture seller that shut down overnight Enraged customers claim to have been left high and dry by a Brent Cross-based furniture seller that took thousands of pounds in orders before abruptly closing down. The firm had branches across north London. It was first called Dogtas Exclusive, then changed its name to Hom Concept. Families across the capital say they placed orders for luxury goods in 2019 that were never delivered. Numerous complaints about the busine

Revealed: Shut luxury hotel's long history of financial problems

A company behind a luxury hotel, which shut last week leaving wedding plans in disarray, went bust more than two years ago owing thousands of pounds. Last week Lenwade House Hotel on Fakenham Road said it was closing because it could not pay off all its debts. However, we can reveal the hotel has a long history of financial problems. A company registered at the hotel, called Lenwade House Hotel Limited, owned by Jane Scrivens, was put into liquidation in May 2017 after failing to pay Broadlan

Abuse headteacher left estate to ex-council leader and priest to clear his name after death

A paedophile headmaster gave half his estate to an ex-leader of Islington Council in the hope it could be used to clear his name, the Gazette can reveal. Derek Slade died in March 2016 while serving a 21-year sentence at Norwich Prison for the physical and sexual abuse of boys. Slade admitted to more than 50 charges including sexual assault, beatings and child pornography at private schools in Norfolk

Giant rats, asbestos and flooding: So why was this house in Harold Hill signed off as fit for purpose?

Giant rats, asbestos and flooding: So why was this house in Harold Hill signed off as fit for purpose? A family is planning to take legal action against Havering Council after three years of misery in a home contractors said was up to scratch. Retired bailiff Paul Lewis, 52, daughter Sophie and her three-year-old son moved into the house in Hilldene Avenue in September 2016. An inspection in the summer had given the council property a clean bill of health after basic renovations costing £6,70

'A mockery': Emails reveal how planning authority helped MSG Sphere developer

Senior figures at the planning authority in charge of the Olympic Park helped a would-be developer with PR campaigns, a cache of emails reveal. London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the independent planning authority for the Olympic Park, is due to make a decision next year on the proposed multi-million MSG Sphere development in Stratford. If approved the application would see a LED-covered entertainment venue built in Stratford, including a 21,500-capacity auditorium. But campaigners

Revealed: The most deprived areas in Norfolk and Waveney ranked by postcode

Nearly 50 neighbourhoods in Norfolk and Waveney are among the 10pc most deprived in the country, figures have revealed. The area around London Road South, in Lowestoft, was ranked at number 25 of 32,844 neighbourhoods in England which suffers from high levels of deprivation, according to statistics by the Ministry of Housing and Communities and Local Government. The 10 most deprived areas in the county are all in Grea

The Norwich neighbourhoods where the richest and the poorest live side-by-side

Some of the poorest and richest areas of Norwich are divided by just one street, according to the latest official figures on deprivation. A map of deprivation, from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, shows the stark divide between the haves and have-nots in the city. The three areas where the divide is most stark is the Golden Triangle, Harvey Lane and the Bluebell Road area. Located in one

Scandal-hit council service back in the spotlight as former investigator reveals extent of alleged corruption

Scandal-hit council service back in the spotlight as former investigator reveals extent of alleged corruption An ex-forensic investigator for Tower Hamlets Council has delivered a blistering account of how his work in the borough's youth service was, he said, subject to a "cover up to avoid political embarrassment". Mark Edmunds, 54, worked for the local authority from 2010 onwards and from 2014 was tasked with reviewing reports of corruption in the division. He is now bringing two claims aga

‘We’re living on £10 a day’: What deprivation means to Norwich families

‘We’re living on £10 a day’: What deprivation means to Norwich families Many of the gardens along Clarkson Road are well maintained, cars line the kerbs and parents chat happily on street corners. But this area of Earlham is, according to the latest government figures, the most deprived place in Norwich and among the most deprived areas in the country. And behind some of the front doors are stories of hardship, many of them hidden. Grandfather Daniel Mark*, 54, says struggling to make ends m
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