Social services bosses at Barking and Dagenham Council have come under fire from a family court judge over their handling of a case involving a teenage boy with complex special needs.

A senior NHS nurse shook her eight-month-old son after momentarily losing control, a family court judge has decided.

Barking and Dagenham has the highest level of obesity among Year 6 pupils in England, with more than four in 10 an unhealthy weight.

The ex-wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor has denied a string of torture charges, including one relating to a woman witnessing the shooting of her two children while she was tied up.

The government has said sorry for the infected blood scandal at the inquiry into the treatment of thousands of people given products containing hepatitis and HIV.

Almost 400 written warnings were handed out to businesses in Barking and Dagenham for food hygiene issues over the last year, it has been revealed today.

Figures released today reveal how much time drivers spend stuck in traffic in Barking and Dagenham and it isn’t great news.

The torture trial of the ex-wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor has been put off until the new year.

Two thirds of babies born in Barking and Dagenham in the last year have mothers who were born outside the UK.

They have sold more than 55million records and had 34 number one hits worldwide and on Monday they’ll be the headline act at a music event in Dagenham.

Today we are highlighting a remarkable case of a council refusing to open itself to scrutiny from local press – transparency essential to our society.

Town hall leader Darren Rodwell sets out his ambitious plans for 60,000 new homes in the borough - and admits: ‘My parents’ might have thought twice about buying their council house if they had realised the consequences.’

A church with a branch in Dagenham is promising to tackle drugs, gangs and violence and open a food bank if it is granted permission to open a branch five miles away.

Parking permit charges in Barking and Dagenham will double for residents with the most polluting cars.

A row of affordable homes for residents will be built on the site of a former garage in Barking.

A Grayson Perry-backed ‘house for artists’ in Barking where creatives will pay hugely discounted rents if they promise to work with the local community, has been approved by the council.

If you want to take your driving test in Barking we have bad news for you.

The widows of two of the London Bridge attackers have launched bids for anonymity over reprisal fears, a pre-inquest hearing was told.

The number of homeless households living in temporary accommodation in Barking and Dagenham has increased sharply in the last five years, it has been claimed.

Unsuspecting young girls are being abused at organised “sex parties” advertised on social media, a charity worker in Barking and Dagenham has warned.

More than 40 per cent of the parents who have their child maintenance payments controlled by the government in Barking and Dagenham failed to pay in the first three months of this year.

A Uber driver has been cleared of killing a 70-year-old man by his careless driving in a hit-and-run.

A hit-and-run driver knocked down and killed a 70-year-old man then sped off in his rented BMW, a court has heard.

Controversial plans to demolish a council estate in Barking and replace it with hundreds of private flats, a commercial space and an energy centre have been given the green light.

A councillor has claimed the borough was being viewed as a place where “anything goes” and they should be pushing for better buildings.

There are more than 800 homes in Barking and Dagenham are sitting empty, according to the latest government data.

A carer from Dagenham who fatally knocked down a 100-year-old grandmother in a car park after “accidentally pressing the accelerator” of a van has been spared jail.

A carer from Dagenham accidentally ploughed a van through bollards outside a supermarket and into a 100-year-old grandmother while it was in automatic mode, a court heard.

A Dagenham carer knocked down and killed a 100-year-old grandmother in a supermarket car park after “accidentally pressing the accelerator” of a van while driving a paralysed man to buy flowers for a date, a court heard.

Patients should be finding it easier to get a doctor’s appointment due the extended hours being offered by GPs working in the Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).


Everest Estates stress-free service guarantees a fixed income for your East London or Essex property every month, even if no one is currently living there. Here they talk about the scheme and explain how it can help you dodge common letting headaches.

Barking and Dagenham is home to Better Extreme, London’s largest indoor skatepark. Whatever your discipline, be it skateboarding, inline, BMX or scootering, there’s a challenge waiting for you.

Barking Sporthouse has a wide range of fun things to do with your children this summer

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