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Barking and Dagenham College are gearing up to represent the borough in a televised London-wide float parade on New Year’s Day.

A Dagenham-based charity has been holding parties this week for elderly residents over the festive period.

DABD, a Dagenham-based charity for vulnerable people, has been handed a £1,000 donation by car rental firm Enterprise after working together to provide a fleet of accessible vehicles.

Barking and Dagenham Council is asking residents to tell them how they can improve their private rental licensing scheme.

London Assembly member for east London Unmesh Desai is visiting Turkey next week as part of a UK delegation of MPs and MEPs watching the trials of Turkish opposition MPs.

Barking and Dagenham’s big Christmas lights switch on is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, with the council planning a day of a family fun to mark the occasion.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan came to Barking Riverside yesterday afternoon to launch his new draft housing strategy.

A woman who has spent the last year forging better links between Barking and Dagenham’s businesses and charities has praised the work of the borough’s charities.

Dancers from Barking’s Studio 3 Arts’ Big Deal project tasted international success at the weekend after finishing in first place at the Lithuanian Cup International Dance Championships.

The High Court has today quashed the former inquest verdicts on two of Stephen Port’s murder victims, as the families take an “important step” in their fight for justice.

Hundreds of residents took part in the launch of The Festival of Every One this weekend, taking part in a huge range of free activities across the borough.

Detectives have charged 29 people following an investigation into the monitoring of offenders.

The Festival of Everyone is coming to Barking and Dagenham this Saturday with a full programme of events as part of Participatory City’s £6.4 million investment into Barking and Dagenham.

A decorated military veteran who was one of Becontree’s first residents has died, aged 96.

Retail discounts are integral to the success of Barking and Dagenham’s high street shops as they brace for a difficult winter period, says retail guru Simon Green, president of the Barking and Dagenham Chamber of Commerce.

A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of throwing acid into a group of his fellow pupils at a secondary school in Barking and Dagenham.

A leisure centre operator who has helped over 1,000 additional people take up swimming lessons in Barking and Dagenham has scooped a top industry award.

Religious groups paid each other a visits at their respective places of worship as part of World Inter Faith Week.

Residents have painted a mural in Barking Riverside’s community garden on a day of fun for the local community.

Officials from the Gangmaster and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) arrested two Indian workers at a Barking recycling plant on suspicion of immigration offences on Wednesday.

Barking and Dagenham launched its Borough of Culture bid in style today with council leader Darren Rodwell leading an army of supporters on a conga dance outside the town hall.

Barking MP Margaret Hodge launched a petition today to keep the Learning Centre police counter open.

A crash on the A13 Canning Town flyover, in the westbound direction, has brought traffic to a standstill across east London.

A landmark devolution deal was approved today allowing for greater integration between health and social care, meaning more people will be able to receive treatment in their own homes without having to go to hospital.

The council and its leader have hit back at a New York Times journalist who branded Dagenham a “stronghold of anti-Muslim nativists” in a newspaper article.

Dagenham Farm is looking for a new cohort of trainees to give a leg up into the food industry.

A Muslim group from Barking has raised more than £65,000 for the Royal British Legion by selling poppies.

Barking and Dagenham has thrown its hat into the ring to become London’s Borough of Culture.

A Dagenham shop owner has been fined £950 for selling cigarettes to a 14-year-old child.

An old Status Quo tour bus is being reborn as the UK’s first LGBT+ homeless shelter.

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The festive season is a hectic time for many, with frenzied dashes to the shops for groceries and gifts, and parties to arrange and attend.

You don’t have to make the trek to the North Pole to get into the Christmas spirit this year.

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