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Volunteering is an important part of society but something we probably undervalue.

Senior editors from across the regional newspaper industry have joined forces to urge MPs to vote against press freedom curbs in the Data Protection Bill today.

Politics has never been more at the forefront of our minds.

Moped enabled crime continues to be a huge problem.

The conviction of an IS-inspired preacher who tried to radicalise children at the Ripple Road mosque is quite shocking.

World Book Day is an important event in the school calender.

We should do all we can to encourage reading and a passion for books in children at a young age.

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.

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