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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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Maria Willams by The Barking Barrier

Post People: Maria Williams

Maria Williams, 60, who works with Creekmouth Preservation Society, hopes to achieve her dream of writing a book about her village.

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Rocky Gill in front of Barking Town Hall

Post People: Cllr Rocky Gill talks about his role models

Councillor Rocky Gill is the Deputy Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council and the Cabinet Member for Finance.

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Dr Mohi in his Surgery at the Abbey Medical Centre in Barking

Post People: Dagenham GP Dr Waseem Mohi: “A good GP is a good communicator”

Dr Waseem Mohi, 41, worked as a doctor at the former Oldchurch Hospital before becoming a GP at Abbey Medical Centre in Barking. Dr Mohi has a wife and three children and he moved from Harold Hill to Harrow to look after his elderly parents. He currently works at Markyate Surgery in Markyate Road, Dagenham.

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Ian Wall from the Osborne Partnership

Post People: ‘Why I quit the theatre and joined a charity that’s an asset to the community’

Ian Wall, 42, is projects manager for Dagenham’s Osborne Partnership, which gets up to 50 people with learning difficulties back into employment every year. The father-of-two from Dagenham started his working life on the West End stage, shifting scenery for Phantom of the Opera.

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The number of animals reported stolen from Barking and Dagenham more than doubled in the first three months of this year, new figures show.

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Politics See all

Rubbish bins not in the grey wheelie bins will not be collected, says council

£300,000 cost to Barking and Dagenham Council for damage caused by dustcarts

Accidents involving dustcarts have cost Barking and Dagenham Council more than £300,000 in the past six years, the Post can reveal.

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Jobseeker's Allowance claimants drops in Barking and Dagenham

Job benefit claimants drop by 2,000 in Barking and Dagenham, new figures show

The number of job benefit claimants has fallen by more than 2,000, new figures show.

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Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

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

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