This year’s Thames Gateway Business Awards kicked off with Shiraz and smoked salmon canapés.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the founding of a museum at Valence House.

A man has denied causing the death of a 72-year-old cyclist by careless driving.

A man from Barking has been jailed for threatening to kill a woman unless she told him who his ex-girlfriend had been having sex with.

Author and fat-activist Julie Creffield was the keynote speaker at an international women’s day event at the Barking Learning Centre.

Bitcoins have arrived in Barking.

An extremist has been jailed for two years for posting an Islamic State propaganda video on Facebook, despite claims he would find prison “a living nightmare”.

An alleged serial killer took the lives of four young men as he “selfishly” pursued his own sexual fetish, jurors were told.

An alleged serial killer told jurors today he “wouldn’t have minded” being drugged and raped by one of the young men he is accused of murdering.

Alleged serial killer Stephen Port today admitted lying to police investigating the deaths of four young men because “the truth sounded like a lie”.

Alleged serial killer Stephen Port today told jurors of the “hyper high” he got from experimenting with party drug GHB during sex.

A lorry driver who was using a hands-free phone may have been adjusting his seat belt when he lost control and overturned on a motorway, an inquest heard today.

Alleged serial killer Stephen Port used an alias to befriend the boyfriend of one victim on Facebook as part of an elaborate cover-up, a court heard today.

The family of a killed lorry driver wiped away tears as his last sightings were played in court.

Barking and Dagenham Police is likely to merge with Redbridge and Havering’s forces, it can be revealed.

The older sister of alleged serial killer has admitted that she felt “sick” with worry when he confessed he had a dead body in his bedroom.

Alleged serial killer Stephen Port admitted moving the body of one of his alleged victims, a court heard today.

A team of charitable teenagers raised £620 for charity at this year’s Barking and Dagenham Youth Parade.

Nick Moore, whose dad was awarded the George Cross for his selfless work defusing bombs in the Blitz, remembers his father as a new exhibition recognises his contribution.

Alleged serial killer Stephen Port told his sister there was a corpse in his bed the day before a man was found dead near his home, a court heard this afternoon.

Alleged serial killer Stephen Port planted a suicide note on one victim in a “wicked attempt” to frame him for the death of another, a court heard this morning.

A car was seized and five fines were issued as part of a crackdown on drivers fraudulently using Blue Badges.

A 19-year-old who has been charged with the murder of Ricky Hayden will appear at the Old Bailey next week.

A schoolgirl is starting the new term with a new look after chopping her hair off for charity.

A bin lorry driver crushed a colleague to death by tipping his truck over while going round a corner too quickly, a court heard this morning.

Primary school pupils in the borough have achieved Sats results that are better than the national average.

A museum in the borough has retained full accreditation, putting it among the best in the country.

An arsonist who caused almost £30,000 worth of damage in three attacks on a secondary school was today jailed for 28 months.

An uninsured driver who raced at speeds of up to 70mph after being pursued by police has been jailed for 10 months.

An Islamic State fanatic has admitted sending thousands of tweets encouraging terrorism.

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