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Bus driver found guilty of killing two pedestrians

The 67-year-old bus driver has been jailed for 30 months. Credit: Metropolitan Police

A bus driver who drove through a red light and killed two pedestrians has been jailed for 30 months at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Robert Todd, of Redden Court Road, Romford was found guilty of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

The 67-year-old was also disqualified from driving for three years and is required to take an enhanced driving test.

Todd was driving a route 252 bus down Western Road at approximately 14:20pm, on 15th November 2013, when the two pedestrians were hit on a designated crossing point, the court heard.

Henry Keller, known as Harry to those close to him, and Colin Graham Hicks, both aged 66, were pronounced dead at the scene.


Men killed in helicopter crash named by police

Two men who died when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed into the sea earlier this week, have been named by police. The pilot was Brian Bridgeman from Canterbury, Kent, and his passenger was John Kent from Romford in Essex.

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They were flying from Edinburgh to Retford in Nottinghamshire when they got into difficulty and crashed into the sea near the cliffs at Flamborough Head in East Yorkshire on Tuesday. The bodies of the men were recovered on Tuesday afternoon.

Use the Force - Romford!

Yoda's fans will be out in force Credit: PA

A man who was an extra in the original Star Wars film is hosting his own convention in Romford today. Nick Joseph played a medal bearer in the first film, A New Hope, released in 1977. He has been hosting the conventions so fans of the films can have the chance to meet their heroes.

Darth Vader himself - or at least Dave Prowse who played him - is the special guest at the Harold Hill Community Centre.

Two children mugged in an east London subway

Two children have been mugged in a subway in east London. The victims, aged 11 and 14, were targeted within half an hour of each other in Romford Town Centre beneath Mercury House on June 26.

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Police want to trace a man seen on CCTV after both victims had their mobile phones taken. Anyone with information can call Havering CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 5409451/14.

14 year-old girl missing in Romford

14 year-old Milly Davie has been missing since yesterday Credit: Met Police

Police in Havering are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing 14-year-old girl from Romford.

Milly Davie was last seen at 8am on Thursday in Romford.

Milly is 5 ft 9 ins, of slim build with shoulder length, mousey blonde hair. At the time of his disappearance she was wearing Black jacket and skirt, white shirt and green tie.


Ovary mistake doctor allowed to carry on practising

Mother-of-three Maria De Jesus was five months pregnant when the mistake was made. Credit: Family handout.

A doctor who accidentally removed a patient's ovary, instead of her appendix, has been allowed to carry on practising.

Maria De Jesus, 32, died after the botched surgery at Queen's Hospital in Romford three years ago.

A medical watchdog has decided that junior surgeon Yah-ya Al-Abed can carry on working.

Use of acid as a weapon 'cruel, horrifying, devastating'

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor in London, described the attack as "extremely brutal", adding:

"The use of acid as a weapon is cruel and horrifying. It can have a devastating effect on victims and can cause long-term pain and disfigurement as well as emotional and psychological harm."

Mary Konye Credit: Metropolitan Police

Baljit Ubhey added: "Mary Konye and the victim used to be friends and they had discussed the high-profile case of Katie Piper, who was the victim of an acid attack in 2008, and how Naomi had been particularly moved and upset by her story.

"Konye exploited this fear to cause maximum harm and her defence of suggesting that the victim would have thrown acid on herself was contemptible.

"Konye has now been brought to justice and must face the full consequences of her appalling actions."

Acid attack 'serious, horrible offence' requiring planning and calculation

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams said it had been a "serious, horrible offence which required a degree of planning and calculation":

Mary Konye has had to purchase, at some point, some sulphuric acid. She has prepared for this over a number of months, even years, all resulting from a trivial, insignificant argument that everybody has in their everyday lives.

But Mary Konye has taken this so far that she has planned this, disguised herself and followed Naomi on that night of December 29 2012.

The result today will give Naomi only some comfort but she is never going to be away from the fact that she is scarred, every time she looks in the mirror she is going to be reminded of the fact but it will enable her to start to get some closure.

She is a very brave woman and one I have great sympathy for.

Victim bursts into tears after attacker is told she will face jail

Judge, David Radford warned Mary Konye that she will face jail when he sentences her on March 7:

I should make clear that, in my judgment, this is a case that will, in all likelihood, need a substantial custodial sentence. It is inevitable, but it won't be dealt with until I have received those reports.

Victim, Naomi Oni burst into tears as she left the courtroom and was hugged by family and friends.

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