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Wannabe journalists will today find out if they’ve been shortlisted for this year’s student takeover.

Running round Barking wasn't enough for these boxers - who continued their footwork inside the hall

When I arrived at Box Up Crime, I anticipated boxing rings, punch-bags and lots of muscle.

Mohammed Yasser Afzal

The father of murdered Mohammed Yasser Afzal has said he will never be able to find forgiveness for his son’s killer.

The van was stolen from Longbridge Road (Pic: Google)

A van containing more than 200,000 ballot papers for next week’s general election was stolen in Dagenham on Tuesday.

Mohammed Yasser Afzal was murdered at E20 cars in Stratford

Warning: The contents of this video may be distressing

The GMB are accused of holding the council

Barking and Dagenham Council have accused the GMB of holding it “to ransom” by demanding almost £700,000 for refuse drivers, as workers today embarked on an eight-day walkout.

A small sample of the illegal tobacco available in Barking and Dagenham

I’m not sure what I expected when I volunteered to go undercover shopping for illegal tobacco with ex-police officers.

Gulam Chowdhury has been sentenced to life in jail

The man who killed his love rival by stabbing him 20 times with a large kitchen knife has been sentenced to life behind bars.

Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson (left) with teaching entrepreneur Elisa Lodato (right)

An enterprising teacher is hoping to secure investment from Sir Richard Branson for her online tutoring company through a nationwide business development competition.

St George's Day parade at Eastbury Primary School

They might have been a week late, but teachers and pupils at Easbury Primary School enjoyed an exciting St George’s Day parade on Wednesday, celebrating the story of England’s patron saint.

(Left to right) Prime Minister David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. Photos: PA

David Cameron came out top in a snap poll following the last major TV event of the election campaign - but the majority of viewers said it would not change their mind on polling day.

Gulam Chowdhury will be sentenced at the Old Bailey tomorrow

The fate of the man who murdered Mohammed Yasser Afzal by stabbing him 20 times will be decided today.

The candidates at the hustings at Barking's Rivergate Centre last night

A week today the nation goes to the polls in the most tightly fought general election in decades.

The council has reached an agreement with two of the three unions

The refuse collectors’ strike took a step towards resolution today after the council reached an agreement with the two of the three unions.

Colum Sharkey, Sonia Davis, Caroline Coles and Claire Bloom from the GB Age Group Sprint Triathlon Team

A Team GB triathlon team are among the 25,000 visitors to Abbey Leisure Centre since it opened in mid-March.

Paulo Ramos has written a song for Eastbury School in Barking

Pupils at Eastbury have their very own anthem after the headteacher’s personal assistant recorded a song inspired by life at the Barking school.

Morrisons

Nipping to the shops could become a quicker experience at one Dagenham supermarket with the introduction of ‘express checkouts’.

Burglary victim Irene Robinson

A disabled great-grandmother has had her passport and purse stolen from her Dagenham home while she was left helplessly gasping for air, but the police are not investigating.

James Chrysostomo (left) and Andrew Pritchard (right) were arrested on the A13 with 6kg of cocaine.

Two men who were found with £1million worth of cocaine after meeting someone in Dagenham have been jailed for a total of 31 years.

Police are appealing for information about this man in connection with an assault at Dagenham Heathway Tube

Transport police are asking for the public’s help as they investigate an assault on a Tube at Dagenham Heathway.

Apprentice star Daniel Lassman presents Mary White with the keys to her new car

A lucky pensioner has picked up the keys to a brand new Ford Fiesta after winning a Saint Francis Hospice raffle.

The Barking and Dagenham Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2015 launch at Dagenham and Redbridge FC.

The Barking and Dagenham Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2015 officially launched last night, giving local companies an opportunity to have their achievements recognised.

Former Primark employee jailed for theft

A former Primark employee from Dagenham has been jailed after issuing £500 worth of refunds to himself.

Supt Alan Hodgson (centre) with Sgt Ian Lee and Pc Janine Pearce

Catching out of control dogs, caring for pregnant ponies and teaching youngsters about wildlife crime is all in a day’s work for wildlife officers Sgt Ian Lee and Pc Janine Pearce.

Police are continuing to appeal for information after an elderly couple were assaulted by two burglars in their own home.

Crime & Court

Fri, 16:11

A van containing more than 200,000 ballot papers for next week’s general election was stolen in Dagenham on Tuesday.

Fri, 12:09
Gulam Chowdhury has been sentenced to life in jail

The man who killed his love rival by stabbing him 20 times with a large kitchen knife has been sentenced to life behind bars.

Thu, 12:01
Burglary victim Irene Robinson

A disabled great-grandmother has had her passport and purse stolen from her Dagenham home while she was left helplessly gasping for air, but the police are not investigating.

Health

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pregnant women have been urged not to play Russian Roulette with the health of their unborn child – as new figures show Barking and Dagenham has the second highest rate of smoking during pregnancy in London.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Queen's Hospital, Romford

New figures show 92.6 per cent of patients were seen within four hours at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Trust (BHRUT) in February – up from 84.4pc the previous month.

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Jacob Ranson started off running as he took part in Get Active in the new Abbey sports centre in Barking

Body Attack is the hardest class going at Abbey Leisure Centre. Our brave apprentice Jacob Ranson was up for the challenge – but did he end up living to regret it?

Environment

Tue, 07:00

Barking and Dagenham is set to become the first council in the country to use DNA testing to catch irresponsible pet owners who fail to clean up after their dogs.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Barking Riverside new development.

A new £10 million road could kickstart the development of Barking Riverside, if Cabinet approves plans tonight.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Binmen protesting outside Barking Town Hall against pay cuts

Bin men and women have voted in favour of industrial action over council plans to cut their salary.

Politics

Fri, 16:11

A van containing more than 200,000 ballot papers for next week’s general election was stolen in Dagenham on Tuesday.

Fri, 14:59
The GMB are accused of holding the council

Barking and Dagenham Council have accused the GMB of holding it “to ransom” by demanding almost £700,000 for refuse drivers, as workers today embarked on an eight-day walkout.

Fri, 09:25
(Left to right) Prime Minister David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. Photos: PA

David Cameron came out top in a snap poll following the last major TV event of the election campaign - but the majority of viewers said it would not change their mind on polling day.

Education

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Wannabe journalists will today find out if they’ve been shortlisted for this year’s student takeover.

Fri, 10:11
St George's Day parade at Eastbury Primary School

They might have been a week late, but teachers and pupils at Easbury Primary School enjoyed an exciting St George’s Day parade on Wednesday, celebrating the story of England’s patron saint.

Thu, 14:20
Paulo Ramos has written a song for Eastbury School in Barking

Pupils at Eastbury have their very own anthem after the headteacher’s personal assistant recorded a song inspired by life at the Barking school.

Heritage

Wed, 12:18

One night in 1939 Percy Chattey was woken and told to get dressed.

The three-year-old walked a mile through the winter rain to Whalebone Lane School.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Vera Lynn

From suffragettes to Stormtroopers, popcorn to popstars, the history of Barking and Dagenham is anything but boring.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Stormtroopers (Pic PA: Andy Butterton)

From suffragettes to Stormtroopers, popcorn to popstars, the history of Barking and Dagenham is anything but boring.

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Two phones. Same phone case. Genius.

To celebrate the launch of the first luxury dual phone case, PearPeel, we are giving away two of the black leather Rocha cases, perfect for holding two iPhone 6 handsets.

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