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Alexander Smith in his pierrot's costume

First World War centenary: Story of Dagenham pierrot who entertained troops

Not everyone who took part in the First World War was involved in fighting. In this week’s feature to mark its centenary, Sophie Morton meets the son of a one of the war’s lesser-known heroes – a pierrot who entertained the troops

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Sanaa Sheikh in hospital after the accident

‘Help track down Dagenham hit and run driver’

The family of a woman who was left unable to move or eat after a driver knocked her down on a zebra crossing have appealed for help finding the culprit.

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Left to right: Paul Howard, 38, Samuel Howard, six, Marry Karim, 29, Keran Howard, two, and Tim Hunt, 33, holding Natalia Hunt, three months (pic: David Mirzoeff)

Local elections 2014: What issues are highest on parents’ agendas in Barking and Dagenham?

With a school places crisis gripping the borough, the Post went down to a children’s centre to find out what issues were highest on parents’ agendas in the run-up to the local elections.

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Charlie Makaveli (left) with a colleague and teacher Fiz Houssein (right)

Create Your Future: Barking & Dagenham College students on running business ‘pods’ on campus

Young business minds are given opportunities to bloom at Barking & Dagenham College.

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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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CEO of DPB Ltd Ishrat Sharif at her workplace.

Local elections 2014: What are key issues for Barking and Dagenham business leaders?

As this year’s local elections get closer the sight of candidates canvassing on doorsteps will become more common.

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St George's Day at the N&C event in Freshwater Road, Dagenham, last year

N&C Building Materials, Dagenham, to host free St George’s Day event and Post’s Cute Kids comp

Head to a free family fun day on Saturday and you can support a children’s charity and enter the Post’s Cute Kids competition to boot.

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Dylan Tombides 1994-2014

West Ham youngster Dylan Tombides dies aged 20 after battle with testicular cancer

West Ham forward Dylan Tombides has died at the age of 20 after his fight with testicular cancer.

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Joe Blythe believes would-be councillors must tackle crime in Barking town centre (pic: Ellie Hoskins)

Local elections 2014: We find out what matters to drinkers in Barking’s Spotted Dog

Having a political debate over a pint down the pub is a British tradition.

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Phil Vasili

Play in Barking and Dagenham explores ‘Soldiers of colour’ in First World War

Discover the secret history of the First World War with an interactive performance next week.

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Bobby Green (right) who passed away earlier this month

Friends and family of Dagenham community stalwart aim to raise money in her memory

Friends and family of a mum-of-three who lost her battle with a rare form of cancer are hoping to raise money for fellow sufferers in her memory.

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Snaresbrook Crown Court

Rape trial of Dagenham illegal immigrant collapses

The trial of an illegal immigrant accused of repeatedly raping a woman has collapsed.

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Mayor cllr Hardial Singh Rai and Russell Brand on stage with the band

Russell Brand visits Barking drug rehabilitation centre

Russell Brand visited a drug rehabilitation centre today to listen to a band formed from recovering addicts, volunteers and staff.

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The Treasured memories group at Eastbury Manor in Barking

Scrapbooking helps older Barking and Dagenham residents to reminisce

The therapeutic benefits of scrapbooking are being discovered by residents involved in a Treasured Mememories Project.

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Robert Davison, Justina Jasiukaityte, Michael Clarke, Lani Collyer, Kirsty Smith and Beth Collyer have all passed their level one qualification in teaching aquatics.

Young swimmers make waves in teaching with first qualification

Dedicated young swimmers are making waves in teaching after gaining their first qualification.

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Balloon artist Lucy Hennessy recently won four bronze awards at the World Balloon Convention 2014

Former City worker turned balloon artist taking world by storm

A former finance worker who left the City to set up her own balloon artistry business has taken America by storm, picking up a handful of awards in a recent international competition.

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Police began a search after the incident in Ford Road, Dagenham.

Innocent family caught in crossfire as gunshots fired outside Dagenham schools

An innocent family was caught in the midst of a suspected gun fight after two cars collided outside a primary school.

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Win a DVD copy of Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive

David Attenborough introduces you to his favourite extinct creatures as they come alive on one magical night in London’s Natural History Museum.

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The pop-up will mark Record Store Day, which is on Saturday (Picture: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

World’s smallest disco to open in Stoke Newington

Two musicians behind the ‘90s hit Brimful of Asha are launching the world’s smallest disco in Stoke Newington this weekend.

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