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Hornchurch suspect 'may talk his way into homes'

I would like to hear from anyone who lives in Platford Green, or the surrounding streets, who saw a man acting suspiciously in the area during Tuesday morning.

He may have been knocking on doors and trying to talk his way into peoples' houses. He is described as a white man, 6ft2ins tall, of heavy build but not muscular, wearing a navy pin stripe suit. If you saw him or spoke to him please get in touch with us.

We are keeping an open mind regarding the motivation behind this murder, but I am confident that the victim and the suspect were not known to each other.

Any witnesses are asked to contact the Incident Room and give us any information they may have on 020 7321 7228.

– DCI Noel McHugh, Met Police



Husband 'disgusted' over treatment of poisoned wife

Della Callagher, 46, felt ill after the meal at the Railway Hotel and was taken to the Queen's Hospital in Romford, her husband John told the Evening Standard.

The hospital effectively turned my wife away when there could have been more of a chance of saving her life.

It was disgusting the way she was dealt with.

We were about to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

Della was so fit and healthy, I can’t believe it. This is devastating.

Dr Mike Gill, Medical Director at Queen's Hospital, said:

A patient attended our Emergency Department on Boxing Day with what appeared to be food poisoning. The patient was seen and fully assessed by a senior clinician, and given appropriate treatment and advice before returning home.

The Trust followed accepted medical practice. We will be fully reviewing the case. We have written to the family offering our condolences at this very difficult time and inviting them to meet with medical staff who can answer any queries or concerns they may have.


Pub owners 'fully cooperating' with HPA poisoning inquiry

Ember Inns, which owns the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch in Essex, has said its food was prepared to the highest hygiene standards.

A spokesman told the London Evening Standard:

The local authority is investigating an alleged food poisoning outbreak at the Railway.

We are fully co-operating.

Until the investigation is complete we can’t speculate about a possible cause or source.

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