The police front counter at Rainham Tesco has been earmarked for closure as part of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime ‘Public Access Strategy’, this would mean that the nearest police station for Rainham residents to report crime will be Romford.

A 25 minute drive without traffic, or approx. 55 minutes by public transport.

November marks an important month to discuss and raise awareness on all problems which affect men’s health. Over the last few years this month’s aims have become increasingly important, especially pertaining to mental health.

Organisations such as the Movember Foundation, along with many others use this month to raise awareness on issues such as testicular cancer, where 1 in 20 diagnosed still don’t make it. Prostate cancer, which has a survival rate of 26 per cent if not caught early, and men are also twice as susceptible to melanoma (skin cancer) than women.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in October 2017 was 1,605. This represents a rate of 3.1% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 188th highest of the 650 UK constituencies (1st=highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.) The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data. Was 4.3% between July and September 2017.

Recently Jon Cruddas MP’s Havering Coordinator Fay Hough met with, and interviewed Friends of Essex and London Homeless about all of the fantastic charitable work they do locally. The group came to the attention of the MPs office after Jon heard about them through Fay’s community networks in Rainham.

After donating two boxes of clothes to the group, Fay wanted to find out more about what services the organisation offer and how they have become such a key part of the community.

1. Who are Friends of Essex & London Homeless?

Click HERE for the autumn volunteer and campaign newsletter. The volunteer network has come on leaps and bounds over the course of the last year and the community is now more bustling than ever. If you would like to get involved please have a look at the newsletter for more information. 


The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime recently published a report following on the outcome of the Public Access and Engagement Strategy.

On Wednesday 1st November after a three-month campaign led by Jon Cruddas MP, and supported by the council; the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime has announced that Dagenham police station has been saved. This is the closest police stations for the three Havering wards situated in Jon Cruddas MP’s constituency.

The Dagenham Jobcentre Plus is still under threat of being moved from Chequers Lane to Barking, five miles away. This month the local Trades Union Council will be protesting against the move in support of the concerns already raised by local MP Jon Cruddas. On 20th November you can add your voice of opposition by attending a protest outside Dagenham Jobcentre at 12:00pm.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham, raised concerns about this move earlier in the year, highlighting the implications it will have on his constituents by writing to Damian Hinds MP.

On Wednesday 1st November after a three month campaign led by Jon Cruddas MP, and supported by the council; the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime has announced that Dagenham police station has been saved.

MOPAC noted: ’In Barking and Dagenham specifically, people have expressed strong views about the proposed closure of Dagenham Police Station and the impact this would have on public confidence.’

Jon Cruddas MP commented: 

TFL are proposing to make changes to how bus route 372 serves Rainham Station in a bid to try and improve the interchange for passengers arriving or boarding at Rainham Station. They propose to reroute the 372 via Rainham Station eastbound only.

From Broadway, it would operate via Old Station Lane, Celtic Farm Road and Ferry Lane, returning to the line of route on Wennington Road. The bus stop on Wennington Road would no longer be served. However, the stop on Celtic Farm Road would replace this. TFL have informed commuters that their journey time would increase slightly.

On Monday 23rd October Jon Cruddas MP and his Havering Coordinator Fay Hough met with C2C bosses to discuss the ongoing issues with their service through Rainham. After an extensive consultation earlier in the year, thousands of residents voiced their outrage at the poor service they were receiving from the train operator.