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Foster Care Fortnight got underway this week to raise the profile of fostering and show how it can transform a youngster’s life.

The jury trying a former Dagenham and Redbridge footballer accused of gambling £16,000 using a pensioner’s stolen credit card has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts.

A former Dagenham and Redbridge footballer gambled £16,000 at a Mayfair casino using a stolen card, a court has heard.

Three terrorists who killed eight people in the London Bridge and Borough Market attack were pumped up on steroids, a pre-inquest hearing was told.

A teacher accused of plotting terror attacks in London has dismissed bugged conversations in the wake of the Westminster Bridge attack as “overzealous rhetoric”.

A teacher from Forest Gate accused of plotting a terror attack in the UK has admitted playing an Islamic State video in class to give students a “more holistic” view.

A religious teacher from Forest Gate had a large kitchen knife stashed in his car when he was arrested for plotting Islamic State-inspired attacks on London, a court has heard.

A young boy has described how a teacher from Newham allegedly trained him for terrorism as he plotted a “big attack” on London.

A Islamic State fanatic showed videos of beheadings to children as young as 11 to “foster and encourage” them into adopting his extreme ideology, a court heard.

An Islamic State-inspired terrorist plotted attacks in the UK on a range of targets including Big Ben and the Queen’s Guard, a court heard.

An author given a boost by Barking and Dagenham Council’s Pen to Print scheme has released her debut novel.

Barking Abbey School received a visit today from deputy mayor of London, Matthew Ryder, to find out about the success of a mentoring scheme.

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A man accused of killing a fellow inmate at Pentonville prison has admitted stabbing the victim’s friend with his own contraband hunting knife.

Parents at a school in Dagenham have spoken of confusion over money owed for lunches after a new till system failed to be installed for the start of the academic year.

Coventry University’s new CU London campus has officially launched at Dagenham’s former Civic Centre.

There’s never been a better time for residents to adopt a new mode of transport by taking up cycling.

Police need help to find a “very vulnerable” missing woman

Dagenham’s Irish dancers jigged their way to victory at the south Essex championships on Saturday.

Barking and Dagenham ballet fans can grab cheap seats for Alice in Wonderland.

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”.

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