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With the mercury reaching the low 30s over the weekend and expected to remain high throughout the week people will be looking for ways to keep cool.

Expect delays on the A406 North Circular Road due do an ongoing blaze in a scrap yard which broke out this morning.

Two men were arrested in Rush Green earlier today following an operation by Hertfordshire Police.

As we wave goodbye to 2016 thousands of us will be pledging to give up our vices and take on new commitments for our New Year’s resolutions.

The Barking and Dagenham LGBT social club said their goodbyes to the man that started running their weekly events.

Residents are being asked to help form the borough’s blueprint for the future.

A man has been fined and ordered to pay costs of £290 for throwing a cigarette butt out of his car window.

Children are notoriously picky when it comes to eating fruit and vegetables but the Creative Cafe has found a way for them to have fun with healthy food.

Plans to extend the borough’s Overground line have begun to take shape.

Youngsters enjoyed a sneak peek at the future of gaming ahead of the opening of a revamped digital space.

A group of travellers living in dozens of caravans have set up camp in a car park in Dagenham.

Staff sickness absences at the North-East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) and Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals (BHRUT) were among the highest in the region.

This mesmerising image has won a keen snapper the TFL forum photo competition for the second year in a row.

Looking for a job is never easy – often you find yourself sending CVs off into an endless abyss without reply.

A mum-of-five says she is afraid for her children’s safety at home because of ongoing leaks coming from the flat above.

England hero Sir Geoff Hurst was a special guest at the final of the Schools’ World Cup.

Barking and Dagenham will be hotter than Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona today with the mercury set to hit 33C.

A keen cyclist is taking a break from his bike after suffering concussion and internal bleeding in a hit-and-run incident.

Childhood nostaglia inspired a train enthusiast to shell out on a new electric model for the public to enjoy.

With pigeons plaguing the town centre the council is taking action – by hiring a Harris Hawk to keep the winged menaces in check.

Secondary school students will be treated to a trip to the British Museum after reading a million words each.

Residents were given the chance to wander through the borough’s green spaces and forage for ingredients as well as learn more about their local history.

Wacky hats, hula hooping and a tea party were just some of the ways that primary school children belatedly celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday – and the upcoming Rio Olympics.

Youngsters have been awarded certificates and trophies for their commitment to reading.

A photographer whose life was turned on its head following a serious illness has created an exhibition of pictures inspired by the borough.

A team of teenagers are creating a short video to help raise awareness of mental health issues among their peers.

A creative space for artists has been opened by two former University of East London students.

Move over Euro 2016 – the spirit of the 1966 World Cup was alive and kicking as children took part in a tournament commemorating England’s historic win.

A community garden project has received funding from the Mayor of London.

Clubs and groups across the borough are being urged to join this year’s Barking and Dagenham youth parade.

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