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A man has been charged with assaulting police after a terror alert at a busy shopping centre.

Youngsters celebrated the future of their garden after receiving a £500 donation following a shock fire.

Paperless visitor parking will be getting into gear from next week.

A secondary school will more than double in capacity after councillors gave the green light to a £28.75m expansion.

The bag found left by a man arrested on suspicion of terror offences this morning was “not suspicious”, police have confirmed.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences at a busy shopping centre.

A group of mums will be launching a coffee morning with a difference tomorrow as they set out to tackle child poverty.

Residents paying nearly £1,700 a year service charge are calling on their management company to do more after battling everything from cockroach infestations to break-ins.

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a car crashed into a parked vehicle last night.

The borough’s first Muslim mayor will focus on “making people happy” in his year in office.

Budding cyclists had a wheelie good time as they helped launch a year-long project to promote sustainable transport in their area.

Campaigners braved fierce rain yesterday afternoon to demand the reintroduction of crossing patrols to schools.

Tributes have been paid to an “amazing” dad who died weeks after marrying the love of his life.

Special needs pupils are “at risk” and “do not make tangible progress” at a Christian day school with fees of up to £24,000 a year, an Ofsted follow-up report has revealed.

There’s still time to let your business shine – but only just.

A park-lover is hoping to grow a new crowd after taking over an empty café.

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of GBH after an attack in which victims arms were slashed with a blade in broad daylight.

A German painter will pay tribute to a “wonderful” post-war friendship through a powerful exhibition.

An ex-soldier has spoken about the terrifying moment a gang slashed him with a knife at they tried to steal his motorbike in Dagenham.

Customers have spoken of their distress as their pharmacy faces the wrecking ball.

Whether it’s being interviewed for Turkish TV or getting mistaken for the Queen – it’s all in a day’s work for the borough’s mayor.

A charity will offer online benefits advice to vulnerable residents after winning a £125,000 grant.

Residents have had their say on their vision for their healthy new town.

A new exhibition shines a light on life in the community, touching on everything from festivals to more intimate moments.

Police are investigating an attempted robbery after a gang of masked men targeted a lone biker at a set of traffic lights.

A teenager has been recognised for her outpourings of creativity – with her own depiction of what the word means.

A biker who killed his friend in a crash has been sentenced to more than three years behind bars.

The borough’s first ever soup kitchen will help feed those most in need when it launches this week.

Disabled mentors celebrated being able to help their peers at a buzzing launch on Friday.

Volunteers were praised for their “invaluable” service with a visit from their MP.

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Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

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