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Hillingdon Council party leaders' monthly columns

This month: Councillor Ray Puddifoot on Labour's problems with 'the vision thing' and Mo Khursheed slams polling district changes as costly and confusing

Labour councillor quits triggering by-election in Hillingdon

Familiar face returning to the battle in ward she used to represent

Bm@il: 'You stupid boy!' Russell Brand needs a bit of the Captain Mainwaring treatment, as Pikey, Jonesy and the rest make a welcome comeback

A cast of ageing actors is lining up to shoot a new version of the 1970s Second World War comedy, Dad's Army .

Girl, 16, missing from West Drayton

Police are appealing for information into the whereabouts of Coral Pollard

Another 'beds in sheds' building bites the dust in Hayes

Owner had already been ordered to pay £6,500 for failing to comply with an enforcement notice relating to the building

West London men jailed for 'heroin in baby clothes' plot

A court has had heard how a gang of drug smugglers was rumbled when anti-narcotics officers in Pakistan checked a consignment of baby clothes bound for the UK.

Meet the UK's fittest great-grandfather who has just turned 100 years-old

Britain's oldest gym buff Sam Heggessey from Ickenham got a personal message from Sir Richard Branson at his Virgin Active gym as he celebrated his 100th birthday

Hounslow and Hayes men part of gang who smuggled heroin in baby clothes

Six men, including three from west London, will be sentenced on Wednesday for smuggling a million pounds worth of heroin into the UK hidden in packages.

Health minister visits Hillingdon Hospital to see how funding has improved labour wards

MP Dan Poulter, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, wanted to see how government money had been spent improving ten of the hospital’s labour wards

Vigil outside Scotland Yard for 'murdered' student

After spying claims, mother of Brunel student Ricky Reel steps up her campaign again

Meet the creatures that visit Minet Country Park after dark

Children can learn about the owls that live in the Hayes country park at a special half-term event

Funeral held for Yiewsley's 95-year-old war veteran Percy Alec McCormack

Mr McCormack served with the London Irish Rifles for six years in World War Two after signing up at the age of 18

DNA found on guns in glove compartment triggers jail term

Man denied possession of firearm charge but forensic specialists found his DNA on two guns found in a car in Harmondsworth        

Meet your local officers at Hillingdon crime prevention day

Borough officers are holding a series of events to meet the community and offer advice on preventing crime

Have you seen 24-year-old Jessica Lewis?

Missing Uxbridge woman turns up safe and well

Another happy ending in cases of three West London females missing from home

Have you seen 24-year-old Jessica Lewis?

Woman with facial piercings missing from Uxbridge

Police are appealing for the whereabouts of a woman who has not been seen since October 8.


Fears grow for Hayes teenager who vanished while on holiday in France

Police say Alisha has been in contact with her family but they are concerned that she has not yet returned home.

Two bailed after armed police seize gun in West Drayton

Enquiries continue and the gun has been sent for forensic tests.

Murderer gets life imprisonment and a heartbroken family find closure after 18 year wait for justice

There were cries of joy and relief in the packed court room this afternoon as over 30 members of Harminder's friends and family listened to the judge deliver his sentence.

Hayes grandmother, 81, spends Turkish holiday paragliding... obviously

Mrs Points was on holiday recently when the urge to soar like a bird overcame her.

Hillingdon to defy Government over publication of its magazine

Hillingdon People is printed six times a year and delivered free of charge to homes across the borough.

Warning: Zombies in Hayes

In a city ruled by the undead, the story twists and turns via a series of breathtaking circus acts to a flaming, apocalyptic climax

Meet the Singhs: photographers document many faces (and beards) of modern Sikhs

West London cousins Amit Amin and Naroop Jhooti spent more than a year photographing subjects from doctors to magicians for The Singh Project


Family speak out as murderer of beloved Harminder Singh Jhaghra is finally convicted after 18 years

"We were enjoying our lives, nothing special but normal happy lives. However this vicious mindless attack has left us to face a life of sadness and despair."

Rail services getting back to normal after train death at Hayes and Harlington station

A spokesman for First Great Western confirmed that services would be fully back to normal by the evening rush hour.

Person hit by train at Hayes: rail services disrupted

We are getting reports of severe disruption to rail services following a fatal incident on the tracks at Hayes this afternoon.

Murderer of Southall man Harminder Singh Jhaghra had been living 'comfortable life' in India for nearly 18 years

Kiranjit Uppal, who was part of a Cranford gang, is due to be sentenced this Thursday for the murder in Hayes in 1996

Guilty: Kiranjit Uppal to be sentenced for 1996 murder

The 37-year-old man was charged with the murder of Harminder Singh Jhaghra after arriving into the country from India last year.

TeenStar finalist hoping to go one better in Open Mic UK

Jeniequa Quamina, who lives in Hanwell and studies at Isleworth's West Thames College, reached the regional finals of the national talent contest after deciding to go solo

Heathrow Airport worker killed in early hours accident yet to be named

Officers were called at 4.46am to Cayley Road, close to the ground floor car park at Terminal Two. The man died about an hour later, at the scene.


Until the end of the 19th century, Hayes was an agricultural and brickmaking area. It was then developed as an industrial locality which also housed factory workers. Its development is typical of the Second Industrial Revolution – the creation of new light engineering industries on the edge of existing cities.

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