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Thankfully, I’ve never been a victim of burglary but a family friend has suffered several times.

It has been a long, hard slog for campaigners involved in the monumental bid to get answers - and compensation - for victims of the contaminated blood scandal.

It was a few years ago at a council-staged summer event that I first heard about the idea of a youth zone in the borough.

I can’t begin to imagine the pain and suffering families of Stephen Port victims’ continue to go through every day.

The launch of the borough’s first ever Festival of Every One allowed residents - young and old - to celebrate the borough.

On Friday I was privileged to attend our second annual Thames Gateway Business Awards. Despite uncertainty over Brexit and turbulence in Europe it was evident there is a hell of a lot worth celebrating in east London and north Kent.

When I first heard about the contaminated blood scandal I was horrified.

I have quite a pragmatic approach to life and business.

It’s important to celebrate the positive aspects of our communities, particularly our young people.

Time is running out for business professionals to sign up to our free Digital Decoded seminar.

Are you a fledgling entrepreneur or the owner of a small or medium business and struggling to get your head around the ever-changing digital world.

Are you a fledgling entrepreneur or the owner of a small or medium business and struggling to get your head around the ever-changing digital world?

Our prestigious annual Thames Gateway Business Awards return this year - with a £12,000 advertising package awaiting the overall winner.

Plans for a multi-million pound youth club have been given a boost as organisers partner with a leading interactive creative solutions agency.

Offering young people the chance to transform their lives has seen Trinity School in Dagenham presented with the highest Duke of Edinburgh Award at Buckingham Palace.

Average house prices in Barking and Dagenham could top £450,000 by 2030 if the current rate of increase continues.

Violence marred West Ham’s historic last game at the Boleyn Ground delaying kick off by 45 minutes.

Guest speakers are being lined up for the official launch of our Thames Gateway Business Awards next month.

Do you have a business to shout about and want to be in with the chance of winning a £12,000 advertising package?

As an independent report reveals our borough’s key potential areas for improvement, editor Michael Adkins speaks to council leader Darren Rodwell about what’s in store for residents of all ages

Time is running out for community groups to apply for grants totalling £30,000 made available through the 5p plastic bag levy.

The Metropolitan Police has voluntarily referred its handling of the deaths of four men in Barking over to the Independent Police Complaints Commission after a man was charged with multiple murders.

A woman is due to appear in court today charged with the murder of a man in Dagenham.

A man died and another was injured today in a crash involving “several vehicles” on the A13 near Barking.

Overcoming adversity, studying in a new country and the will to succeed shone through as scores of students pitched for a spot on our student takeover team.

A market trader who was fined more than £1,500 after admitting selling toys with missing safety information is appealing against a ban preventing him from trading.

Olympic sprinter Adam Gemili offered inspirational advice to students at his former college as they collected awards for outstanding work.

Inspired by the words of Nelson Mandela, thousands of students are supporting a campaign to help struggling farmers in India by selling fair trade pants.

A soldier killed in an Afghan suicide attack has been named as father-of-two Ian Fisher, from Barking.

Which child is the cutest of them all? Now is your chance to help us find out by picking up the Barking and Dagenham Post on August 28 and voting for your favourite child.

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