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Polly Chowdhury, left, and Kiki Muddar, right, have been convicted of the manslaughter of Chowdhury's daughter, eight-year-old Ayesha Ali

Eight-year-old Ayesha Ali was subjected to sustained torture based on a bizarre web of lies unlike anything that detectives had previously come across.

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Afsar Ali, the father of Ayesha Ali, talks to the media in London, as her mother Polly Chowdhury has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of the manslaughter of the eight-year-old, her lesbian lover Kiki Muddar was also convicted of manslaughter.

The devastated father of eight-year-old Ayesha Ali has said he will never forgive his former wife for falling under the spell of their “evil” next-door neighbour when she should have been keeping their “perfect child” from harm.

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Ayesha Ali, inset, and a letter she wrote promising to be good

A serious case review is underway following the tragic death of eight-year-old Ayesha Ali.

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Ayesha Ali

Investigators took months to unravel the bizarre web of lies and network of fictional characters created by Kiki Muddar to control Polly Chowdhury in the lead-up to Ayesha Ali’s tragic death.

Jim Bradshaw in his uniform while serving in the Royal Marine Commando during the Second World War

Wading ashore a beach riddled with mines while under fire from the enemy is a scene most associate with epic movies or video games.

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L-R: Octavian Medeleanu, Mantas Jurgsat and Mariusz Kuliga. Pictures: Met Police

Officers are on the hunt for three dangerous men linked to Barking and Dagenham and that are wanted over crimes involving assault, trafficking and armed robberies.

Sport

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Hammers boss Sam Allardyce fears for defenders’ hopes after Crystal Palace defeat

May & Baker attack at Camberley in their RFU Junior Vase tie (pic: Rob Stanbridge)

Essex One leaders looking to bounce back after crashing out of cup

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The Upton brothers with trainer and former world champion Ricky Hatton

Hatton-trained trio return to ring

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Tony Cottee

West Ham Columnist Tony Cottee is hoping for the team to bounce back against Chelsea tonight

Barking Abbey under-18s are into the National final

Obed Agyekum and Paul Ditkevicius find the net to win last-four clash

Michael Duckworth of Hartlepool United clashes with Mark Cousins of Dagenham & Redbridge which results in the goalkeeper being substituted (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO).

A goal in each half helped Daggers secure a 2-0 victory against Harlepool

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West Ham United's Nene shows his frustration after a missed chance during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

After a fine debut, Nene could start tonight’s game with Chelsea at Upton Park

Entertainment

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The UK’s number one Bruno Mars and Olly Murs tribute is coming to Mecca Dagenham on Friday next week.

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Martina Cole

Crime writer Martina Cole visits Barking Learning Centre on Thursday to resolve the cliff-hanger on everyone’s lips – who are the finalists in the Pen to Print competition?

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Eban Brown will perform at the Barking Broadway

From You Make Me Feel Brand New to Stop, Look, Listen (to Your Heart), the smooth and soulful sounds of The Stylistics are coming to Barking.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Vintage Ford cars will be on show at the Fashion fun day

Celebrate half a century of Barking and Dagenham fashion when Barking Learning Centre holds a fun day on Saturday.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Sarah Jayne with Dolly Parton when working with Dolly at 02 Arena

Europe’s leading tribute to the Queen of country, Dolly Parton, will be at The Broadway theatre on Friday next week.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Children sing to the judges at the Oliver! auditions on Monday. Pictures: Vickie Flores

Barking Music and Drama hosted the first auditions for its next show, Oliver!, at The Broadway theatre on Monday.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
You could win a family membership to the new Abbey Leisure Centre

As part of its Get Active campaign, the Post has teamed up with Barking and Dagenham Council to offer one family a set of year-long memberships to the new Abbey Leisure Centre, which opens next month.

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Polly Chowdhury and Kiki Muddar abused and killed Ayesha while in the grip of a “sophisticated web of lies and deceit” on Facebook.

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