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Vicar quotes Kanye West instead of Bible verses to entice new followers

The controversial method quotes lyrics from the US rapper instead of verses from the Bible. Credit: SWNS

A church in east London has installed a board outside with lyrics of the American rapper Kanye West. Rev Barry Hobson of St Andrew's church in Hornchurch started the controversial method as a way of enticing more people to get involved in the church and Christianity.

Rev Hobson has gained the help from a local volunteer who has had to write more than 285 quotes on the board using 'inspiration from the internet'.

The church installed the board with the lyrics over two years ago. Credit: PA


Man, 60, dies after pub stabbing in east London

The stabbing took place at the JJ Moon's pub in Hornchurch. Credit: Google Street View

A 60-year-old man has died after being stabbed at a pub in Hornchurch, east London.

Police were called to the J.J Moon's pub on Hornchurch High Street on Sunday afternoon, and found the man with a stab wound and head injuries.

The man was taken to an east London hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

A murder investigation is now underway, and no arrests have been made at this stage.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Cygnets catch a ride on mother's back in east London

An amateur photographer in east London caught the moment a swan let her newborn babies ride on her back.

Credit: SWNS

The moment was captured by Alison Braun just a day after the seven cygnets were born in Platford Green in Hornchurch, east London.

I try go and photograph them every year but I've never managed to catch them hitching a ride on their mum's back before.

I just stood on the bank and she sat there with her babies - it's fantastic. And they had only been born the day before.

– Alison Braun

Rosemary Shearman family 'relieved' by sentence

Rosemary Shearman's son and daughter, Greg Shrearman and Carol Lewis, said after the sentencing today:

“We feel the sentence is some small justice following the tragic murder of our mother.

We are relieved that the jury reached a guilty verdict and that a very dangerous has been removed from the community.

We pay tribute to the bravery of Ray Lomas, a neighbour of our mother, who went to her aid and helped raised the alarm.

We also thank the murder investigation detectives and prosecution team. Their tireless work helped secure the result at court today.”

– Greg Shearman and Carol Lewis
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