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Tony Carruthers is curriculum manager for construction at Barking and Dagenham College

Post People: Barking & Dagenham College’s bricklaying expert Tony tells all

Tony Carruthers, 54, is curriculum manager for construction at Barking & Dagenham College and a member of the Guild of Bricklayers. He tells Kay Atwal how he started

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Nikki Watson from Green Shoes Arts Project at their new home in the Chadwell Health Community Centre in Chadwell Heath. London on September 11, 2014. Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Post People: Nikki Watson shares her excitement at Green Shoes Arts’ move to new home

Nikki Watson, 29, is associate director with Green Shoes Arts in Barking and Dagenham. She speaks to Kay Atwal about changing lives

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Craig Rowley and his father Roger outside King George Hospital

Chadwell Heath cancer mum ‘fell from hospital bed days before death’

Hospital bosses are investigating allegations a cancer-stricken mum fell from a hospital bed, badly cutting her head, three days before her death.

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Mum of three, Molly Okolonji, was so inspired by the plight of young mothers that she set up Women of Substance

Post People: Barking mum Molly on running Women of Substance charity

Molly Okolonji, 36, is the CEO and founder of Barking-based charity Women of Substance. The mum-of-three tells Kay Atwal about the vision that inspired her to set up the charity in 2008

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Dr Waseem Mohi

GPs urge Barking and Dagenham men: ‘Know signs of cancer’

Doctors are reminding the borough’s men to face up to male cancer as a national campaign is launched to raise awareness about the disease.

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Pitch and putt club manager Steve Deeble has been playing at the club since he was nine

Post People: Dagenham Pitch and Putt manager Steve on why golf is his life

Steve Deeble, 58, manages Dagenham’s Pitch and Putt Club. He tells Kay Atwal how the Central Park golf course has been part of his life for nearly half a century

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Bob Miller, pictured in July 2013, handing over letters from Dudley Moore to Valence House Museum's Clare Sexton, assistant archivist

Dagenham’s Sydney Russell School reunion stalwart Bob Miller dies at 65

A former policeman who organised the annual reunion for a Dagenham school has died aged 65.

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Artist Chad MacCail

Post People: Becontree Estate mural artist Chad tells all

Scottish artist Chad MacCail is creating a mural about the Becontree estate for the Valence House visitor centre. He tells Janine Rasiah what he’s learnt about Dagenham – and what he hopes his art will bring to the community.

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James playing the White Rabbit in Alice the Musical

Post People: Alice the Musical’s white rabbit tells all

James Clifford, 27, will be playing the white rabbit in Alice the Musical at Barking Splash Park. He tells reporter Anna Silverman what the best thing about the role is.

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Club chairman Mick Hahn

Post People: Dagenham Camera Club chairman speaks about his passion for photography

Dagenham Camera Club chairman Mick Hahn, 53, has been avidly taking photos since he had a chance meeting with some of the club’s members 35 years ago. He tells reporter Janine Rasiah about his passion for photography.

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Charity walkers set off from Dagenham and Redbridge football ground raising funds for London's air ambulance

Chained together Dagenham charity walkers raise thousands

A group of 12 tested their friendship to the limits by taking part in a charity walk - while chained together.

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Ashley J Francis

Post People: Eastenders actor Ashley Francis on his work with Barking’s Studio 3 Arts

You may recognise Ashley J Francis from Eastenders, MTV Base or a whole host of other television, stage and film productions he’s appeared in. He’s also the artist in residence at Studio 3 arts in Barking, working with people of all ages to. The actor, writer, presenter and performer told Mark Shales about his work.

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Edita Varslauskaite

Post People: How Edita’s dad’s heart scare has inspired her British Heart Foundation charity effort

Edita Varslauskaite will be familiar to many customers of the Barclays branch in Faircross Parade where she works as a personal banker. She tells Janine Rasiah about her plans to scale Machu Picchu for the British Heart Foundation following her dad’s heart attack last year.

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Jerry Hollingsworth

Post People: Jerry’s vision to teach women the art of self defence

Barking man Jerry Hollingsworth, 54, has a 40-year background in various martial arts. He tells Kay Atwal about his plans to run women-only self defence classes

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Judo champion Kelly Staddon with some of her trophies

Feature: Dagenham judo Olympic hopeful has been fighting ever since she was first born

She’s now tipped for Olympic success but doctors thought that Kelly Staddon would be barely active after undergoing a revoluntionary heart operation when she was just eight weeks old.

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Kulvinder Johal thrives on the day to day hustle and bustle of her job at Northbury School

Post People: Kulvinder Johal on life as assistant head at Barking’s Northbury Primary

Kulvinder Johal is assistant head teacher at Northbury Primary School in Barking. She told Kay Atwal about salad and space.

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Inspirations School of Performing Arts

Success for Dagenham dancers in regional competition

Little Alicia Abiola has a promising career as a dancer after being named the outstanding baby at a performing arts festival.

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Stacey Towler with young carer Neema Bailer

Post People: Stacey Towler on working with Barking and Dagenham’s young carers

I’ve been at Carers of Barking and Dagenham for 14 years, as their young carers project co-ordinator.

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Georgia Craigie at the concert

One Direction dreams come true for Dagenham teenager

Attending a One Direction concert is a dream for many teenage girls. But for Georgia Craigie, from Dagenham, it has come true thanks to The Dream Factory, a charity which grants requests to children with life threatening conditions and disabilities.

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Sal Bashir is known as The King to many

Post People: Barking’s very own Elvis on life as The King

Barking’s own Sal Bashir is better known as The King – that is, in his guise as an Elvis tribute act. He tells Kay Atwal about his roots and how he has taken the borough into his heart

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Jayne Laouami-Baigent, 46.
Photo: David Mirzoeff

Post People: Feisty Dagenham woman talks about dealing with MS

Jayne Laouami-Baigent is hoping to help other sufferers with an app she has helped to develop.

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Post reporter Mark Shales presenting Amaan Rashid, 10, with his signed shoes from The Royal Ballet's Steven McRae.

Ballet star donates signed shoes to Dagenham dancer, 10, after reading Post People

An aspiring ballet dancer was given the surprise of his life when he received a pair of signed ballet shoes from one of the world’s leading performers.

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Jeff Webster will soon be completing the last leg of his 85.5 mile marathon to raise funds for two children's charities

Post People: Dagenham surveyor Jeff, 23, on running 85.5 miles for children’s charities

Jeff Webster, 23, is a quantity surveyor from Dagenham. He is planning to run a series of marathons totalling 85.5 miles for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

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Youngsters, of the London's Fire Brigade Community Fire Cadets, work on a practical session at Barking and Dagenham Fire station.

Video: Cadets complete challenge to raise cash for charity

An adrenaline-fuelled team challenge by Barking and Dagenham fire cadets raised about £200 for charity last night.

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Lynda Gray,  area manager for Slimming World.

Post People: How Slimming World manager Lynda helps Barking and Dagenham lose weight

Lynda Gray, 50, is area manager for Slimming World in Dagenham, where she helps people from all walks of life lose weight and lead healthier lives.

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Sarah Allman says Whole Body Therapy is not about making money

Post People: Dagenham mum Sarah Allman on working through pain to set up shop

Sarah Allman, 37, is a Dagenham mother-of-three who runs a not-for-profit organisation, Whole Body Therapy, helping older people to avoid falls.

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Ballet dancer Amaan Rashid

Post People: Young Dagenham ballet dancer has high hopes for the future

Keen sportsman Amaan Rashid, 10, of Dagenham is a mid-associate of the Royal Ballet School and has finished a run of Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House. He played a fairy page, a mandolin boy and a monkey in 10 of the 20 performances. He talks to the Post about dancing, karate and his dreams for the future.

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Glenda Paddle receives her freedom of the borough from Barking and Dagenham Mayor Cllr Hardial Singh Rai

Post People: Chadwell Heath school governor Glenda Paddle on her passion for education in Barking and Dagenham

Glenda Paddle, 57, was recently awarded freedom of the borough after working as a school governor for 32 years. She tells Janine Rasiah about her passion for education in Barking and Dagenham.

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Dr Jagen John is a GP at King Edward's Medical Centre

Post People: Barking GP Dr Jagan John explains what he loves about his job

Dr Jagen John is following family traditions by serving the people of Barking and Dagenham as a GP. He works at King Edward’s Medical Centre in Barking and is also a clinical director at Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group.

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Savaia Stevenson loves living and working in Barking

Post People: New Zealander Savaia Stevenson explains why her heart is now firmly in Barking

Jetsetting Kiwi Savaia Stevenson, who works for the NHS in the borough, explains why she’s made Barking her home.

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Ravinder Atwal

Post People: Ravinder Atwal

Ravinder Atwal, 41, is a life coach who works with vulnerable young people and lives in Barking with her family.

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Maha Kamal in the Barking Abbey ruins

Post People: Maha Kamal

Maha Kamal is studying international criminal law at the University of Denver, where she grew up. A newcomer to the borough, she provides Adam Barnett with an outsiders’ view of Barking.

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Rachelle Moulai at the Barking Bathhouse

Post People: Barking Baththouse manager Rachelle Moulai

Rachelle Moulai has been the manager of the Barking Bathhouse, currently in the Barking Learning Centre, since it opened as a temporary spa and bar in Axe Street in the summer of 2012. She has also managed luxury spas in the Seychelles and on the pacific island of Bora Bora.

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Abigail Shillingford with her range of beauty products

Post People: Why work for others? I can build an empire

Entrepreneur Abigail Shillingford, 25, tells us how she has started her own beauty treatment company called Amust Natural – inspired by her parents

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Detectives investigating the murder of Ashley Latty have made two more arrests.

Sixth man charged with Dagenham murder of Ashley Latty

A sixth man has been charged with the murder of 25-year-old Ashley Latty in Dagenham, and will appear in court today.

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Politics See all

The Hammersmith and City line could become the

Cabinet: Hammersmith and City Underground line could be set for Barking re-name

The Hammersmith and City Underground line could become the “Hammersmith to Barking” line as council bosses set out plans to re-write the track’s 24-year history.

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Dagenham architect students wins top award for conservatory design

An architecture student from Dagenham could become a garden household name after winning an international competition to design the conservatory of the future.

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Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

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