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A nightclub MC who sexually assaulted a young mum in her sleep while her toddler slept in the same room has been jailed for four years.

Barking and Dagenham councillors will vote on the borough’s newest chief executive at tonight’s full council meeting.

Geraldine Mlingo and her children, Stefani and Prince, were saved from their carbon-monoxide filled house on Saturday morning (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

A mum-of-two is thanking her lucky stars after a carbon monoxide detector saved her family’s lives in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits the Ford Dagenham engine plant.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson praised the value of apprentices on a special visit to Dagenham’s Ford plant this morning.

John Harwood appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court (Pic: John Stillwell/PA)

A removal man who broke into a national grid switch room told Snaresbrook Crown Court he was only on the site to rescue trapped foxes.

The bucket collectors who helped raise a record-breaking £845 for West and Coe's Movember challenge

West and Coe manager John Crewe is getting nervous as the cash piles up for the funeral firm’s Movember challenge.

Mike Foley (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

A new book by an old Eastbrook lad who loved history looks at the role of tanks in the First World War, from protecting soldiers against gunfire to ploughing across muddy battlefields. Anna Silverman talks to Mike Foley

A family-of-three were rushed to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning in the early hours of Saturday morning, after trying to cook soup on an indoor barbecue.

The fox behind Valence House Museum in Dagenham (photo: Colin Page)

Five years ago Colin Page went into hospital with a mystery illness. Born and raised in Dagenham, the 47-year-old tells news editor Ramzy Alwakeel about the operation that saved his life – and how taking pictures helped set him on the road to recovery

Animal Antics: Kittens abandoned in Barking

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Kim Dale, veterinary nurse and Samara Brunning, student veterinary nurse, with the kittens

These four kittens, just a few weeks old, were found abandoned and alone, too young to be parted from their mothers.

Red watch firefighters during their final roll call (pictures: Paul Bennett)

The sirens of Dagenham fire station will fall silent from next week as a year-long redevelopment work gets underway.

Gemma Arterton pictured at a photocall for Made in Dagenham, at the Adelphi Theatre in London.

Made in Dagenham hails the Ford strike of ‘68 as a victory for women’s rights – but it was 18 years before the factory actually gave the workers what they wanted. Anna Silverman meets the sewing machinists who downed tools in 1984

Recycling rates in Barking and Dagenham are low

Recycling rates in Barking and Dagenham are the seventh-worst in the capital, according to data released today by the London Assembly.

Keith Dorrington was ordered to pay £800 at Snaresbrook Crown Court today after pornographic images involving animals were found on his work laptop (Pic: John Stillwell/PA)

A family man’s 30-year career at Ford’s is over after hardcore pornographic images involving a snake, a horse and a Great Dane were found on his work laptop.

Leader of the Council Councillor Darren Rodwell, having his legs waxed for White Ribbon Day
Darren, with therapist Aiva Ivanovieme..

Cllr Darren Rodwell found himself in a hairy situation yesterday when he had his legs waxed.

Brendon Smith, 31, is wanted in connection with a burglary in Chigwell. [Picture: Essex Police]

Police are hunting a man last known to living in Dagenham over a burglary.

Scott Pope (centre) was runner-up in the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Awards. He received his award from Ron Mills (chair of Jack Petchey) and  Liz Johnson (triple Paralympic medallist)

A deaf teenager who overcame his disability through sport has been presented with an award by a Paralympic medallist.

Police are searching for Ricky Brown

Police are searching for a Dagenham man wanted in connection with a number of offences, including slapping a woman across the face.

Council tax support could be capped at 75 per cent under changes being considered to boost the Town Hall’s income.

Barry Painter (left) was reunited with his old army friend Clive Patterson after more than 50 years of searching

Fifty-six years may have faded the matching tattoos two friends had inked on their arms together, but half a century on their memories are still vivid.

The church based clinic will test Africans for HIV

People of African origin who go to church in the UK could be afraid to get HIV testing in case they are thrown out of their congregations, a charity has claimed.

Leigh Luscious performing at the Essex Entertainment Awards

Singer Leigh Luscious has had her most successful year yet, releasing her debut single and racking up two Essex Entertainment Award nominations. She tells Janine Rasiah about how she can’t help but make music

Bob Wegner of the Lake Michigan Admirals (Pic: Joel Stevens)

A community basketball team have raised just under £2,000 from a charity match featuring the world’s tallest pro player.

Elsie Brooks, who died in King George Hospital

A widowed ballroom dancer died from blood poisoning after inhaling her own vomit in an understaffed hospital ward, an inquest heard this morning.

Staff at West and Coe are halfway through their Movember challenge

West and Coe’s Movember campaign to raise £10,000 for men’s health is off to a roaring start... but it’s not proving at all popular with the ladies. Janine Rasiah reports

Crime & Court

Yesterday, 19:00

A nightclub MC who sexually assaulted a young mum in her sleep while her toddler slept in the same room has been jailed for four years.

Yesterday, 13:54
John Harwood appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court (Pic: John Stillwell/PA)

A removal man who broke into a national grid switch room told Snaresbrook Crown Court he was only on the site to rescue trapped foxes.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Keith Dorrington was ordered to pay £800 at Snaresbrook Crown Court today after pornographic images involving animals were found on his work laptop (Pic: John Stillwell/PA)

A family man’s 30-year career at Ford’s is over after hardcore pornographic images involving a snake, a horse and a Great Dane were found on his work laptop.

Health

Monday, November 17, 2014

The two hospitals serving Barking and Dagenham are set to receive millions of pounds to avert a winter health crisis.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Waiting times at Trust A&E departments is 10pc below the national average

Just 85 per cent of A&E patients were treated at Queen’s and King George Hospital within four hours in September – 10pc less than the national standard.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Pupils at Ripple Primary work out in the school's outdoor gym - an idea the council has rolled out to tackle the borough's growing obesity crisis

Barking and Dagenham is the second least active borough in the whole of England, a new study has found.

Environment

Monday, October 27, 2014

Streets and schools across the borough are looking a lot cleaner thanks to a group of keen volunteers.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
(L-R) Pam Fletcher, Maria Brown & Danny Fletcher signing a Labour party petition asking for spitting/urinating in the street to be made a fineable offence (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Dropping a cigarette butt, urinating in public, not picking up dog mess and spitting in the street.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(L-R)  Operations manager Gerry Martin and reformed offender Chris Nelson.  Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Prison life isn’t easy, and rightly so.

Politics

Yesterday, 18:34

Barking and Dagenham councillors will vote on the borough’s newest chief executive at tonight’s full council meeting.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Council tax support could be capped at 75 per cent under changes being considered to boost the Town Hall’s income.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Prince Harry visited Barking Sporthouse as part of the Invictus Games training

London 2012 might be a fading memory but ongoing membership of a committee promoting its legacy could be set to cost the council £10,000 annually.

Education

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The granddaughter of the designer of the Ghanian coat of arms enthralled a group of Barking students during a special visit.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Rheanna Stiles with the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Elizabeth Kangethe, holding her Barking and Dagenham College Student of the Year Award.

Olympic sprinter Adam Gemili offered inspirational advice to students at his former college as they collected awards for outstanding work.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Grafton Primary School pupils from Year 4 taking part in a fashion catwalk for Roman Day

Children at Grafton Primary School experienced a day of culture spanning a few thousand years of history, with a Roman fashion show and graffiti art masterclass.

Heritage

Mon, 18:14

A new book by an old Eastbrook lad who loved history looks at the role of tanks in the First World War, from protecting soldiers against gunfire to ploughing across muddy battlefields. Anna Silverman talks to Mike Foley

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
(L-R) MP Jon Cruddas, Arthur Simmonds & Ted Pryor. Arthur & Ted's  grandfather, who was a war veteran, lies in an unmarked grave in Eastbrookend Cemetery. The family has been told by the council they can't place a memorial stone there because it's a public grave, not a privately owned one (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

The grandson of a First World War veteran who lies in an unmarked grave in Dagenham has been told he can’t place a memorial stone on his grandfather’s plot.

Monday, November 10, 2014
Remembrance Day at the war memorial, Barking Park,
 The Bishop of Barking Trevor Mwamba.

Veterans, cadets, scouts and members of the public joined the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham in remembering the borough’s fallen heroes yesterday.

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Eddie said that despite being sexually attracted to children, he’s never committed a crime and that there’s many more like him.

PM speaks out after Lee Rigby report is made public calling one internet firm a ‘safe haven’.

Social network named in media reports as the platform used by extremists and criticised in government report.

The security services were not in a position to stop the attack on Lee Rigby, but an internet firm might have been able to help foil the plot.

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