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Feature: Drinks project inspired by hopping history

There’s nothing unusual about making your own food – but what about drinks?

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The Hammersmith and City line could become the

Cabinet: Hammersmith and City Underground line could be set for Barking re-name

The Hammersmith and City Underground line could become the “Hammersmith to Barking” line as council bosses set out plans to re-write the track’s 24-year history.

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Leo Osborne plays with nursery staff

New Dagenham nursery extends provision

A new nursery complete with art studio has opened at William Bellamy Primary School.

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(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)

Petition launched to outlaw spitting on Barking and Dagenham’s streets

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

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Six month old Lachlon Filipe with his parents Brittany and Tyla

‘Please help our son live longer,’ Dagenham mum pleas

The parents of a baby with an incurable genetic disease are appealing for help raising £8,000 to make his short life more comfortable.

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The old Ford stamping plant, which closed July 2013.

Cabinet: Thousands of jobs coming to Dagenham’s Ford and Sanofi sites

A pair of huge developments at the historic sites of Dagenham’s former biggest businesses could see the creation of thousands of new jobs over the coming years.

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Barking's Food Bank manager Obi Onyeabor says 300 families do not have facilities to cook food at home

Families with children among hundreds at Barking Food Bank unable to cook hot meal

Hundreds of people, including families with children, who depend on food hand-outs do not have the means to cook a hot meal, according to the manager of Barking’s biggest food bank.

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Army cadets pictured with the Mayor

Pictures: Waving the flag for youth at first Barking and Dagenham celebration parade

More than 1,200 youngsters took part in Barking and Dagenham’s first ever youth parade on Sunday.

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Some of the Syrian refugees with their artwork

Syrian child refugee artwork needs a new home in Barking and Dagenham

An art exhibition by Syrian child war refugees needs a home in Barking and Dagenham.

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Brenda Goodwin by the van named after her (Pic: Fiona Hanson/Imagewise)

Delivery vans named after Dagenham community champions

Two Dagenham women have had Morrisons delivery vans named after them to recognise their work in the community.

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Walter Tull

Black History Month: Barking’s Broadway theatre hosts play about officer and footballer Walter Tull

A play of Walter Tull’s life will be staged at The Broadway theatre in Barking as the UK celebrates Black History Month.

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Police are not treating either death as suspicious at this stage

‘Unusual but not suspicious’ says Met detective about three Barking bodies

Three deaths within a mile of each other that occurred within a matter of weeks are not being treated as suspicious, according to the lead detective in all cases.

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(left to right) Vlad Scurtu, five, and Berad Musov, six, enjoy some cakes at the fund raising day for Macmillan Cancer Support at Dagenham Village Hall

Pictures: Your Macmillan coffee mornings

Budding bakers showed off their skills this weekend to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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West Ham's James Tomkins. Picture: PA

West Ham defender fined for assaulting a police officer

West Ham defender James Tomkins has been fined £3,500 for assaulting a police officer.

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Sharon Yallop, who had a smear test for an ITV awareness drive, with her son Lewis, two, and daughter Bethany, seven

TV smear test for Dagenham mum in cancer awareness drive

A mum-of-three diagnosed with borderline cervical cancer is calling on women to have smear tests after taking part in a TV health drive.

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Revd Steven Hanna leads a prayer. Picture: Anthony Weil

Homeless shelter serving Barking and Dagenham gets boost from music concert

A shelter for the homeless got a huge boost after funds were raised at a music concert.

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One in three foster care children split from siblings in Barking and Dagenham

Children in foster care are being split up from their brothers and sisters in higher numbers than anywhere else in London, a charity has revealed.

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Then and now: Andrew Summers by the war memorial in Barking Park with a copy of the modern Barking and Dagenham Post

Post Memories: How Barking’s local press responded to outbreak of First World War

Great Britain declared war on Germany at 11pm on Tuesday, August 4, 1914.

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Jacob Ranson has just started as an apprentice reporter at Archant (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Apprenticeship beckons for top Barking and Dagenham College Takeover student

A bright Barking & Dagenham College student has landed a two year apprenticeship at Archant, publishers of the Post.

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Tracey Smith, her husband Mark and their children Kane and Chloe all practice karate together

Dagenham family karate kick their way into national final

This family could be Dagenham’s toughest after roundhouse kicking their way to a national karate final.

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Barking Sporthouse And Gym has secured a £500,000 grant from Sport England

Barking Sporthouse wins £500,000 grant for extreme sport facilities

Sporthouse has been awarded half-a-million pounds towards the development of an extreme sports facility, including an indoor skate park and climbing wall.

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Clare Butler with her son Lewis, 13

New support group to help youngsters with diabetes in Barking and Dagenham

The mum of a teenager who suffers from diabetes is setting up a support group to help youngsters with the condition.

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Cabinet members met at Barking Town Hall this evening (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Cabinet meeting: Barking town centre set for transformation

Plans to transform the face of Barking town centre over the next four years dominated proceedings at this evening’s cabinet meeting.

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MP for Barking Margaret Hodge supports action in Iraq against Islamic State

Margaret Hodge MP supports air strikes on Islamic State in Iraq ahead of commons vote

Margaret Hodge MP has said she supports air strikes in Iraq but not in Syria, explaining it is about having “justification” and international support.

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Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham

Jon Cruddas MP condemns Islamic State ‘barbarism’ ahead of vote on Iraq air strikes

Jon Cruddas MP has said the “barbarism” of Islamic State terrorists must be confronted ahead of a vote in Parliament on possible military action in Iraq.

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The route of Sunday's parade

First youth parade aims to honour borough’s brightest stars

The achievements of the borough’s youngsters will be celebrated at Barking and Dagenham’s first ever youth parade on Sunday.

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John Dias-Broughton (photo: Paul Bennett)

Dagenham councillor, Arsenal fan and Pink Floyd actor John Dias-Broughton laid to rest

Actor, councillor, comedian, singer, and avid Arsenal fan John Dias-Broughton was laid to rest at a ceremony attended by friends and family this week, as pall-bearers wore his favourite team’s shirt.

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Boreham will live under curfew until his sentence

Dagenham builder threatens to maim Asians with ‘machete’ in 999 Lee Rigby rant

A builder who threatened to maim Asian people with a machete in a series of 999 phone calls was hit with a nighttime curfew by a court pending his sentence.

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Alfonso Gabriel Ramirez was sentenced to three years at Southwark Crown Court

Dagenham fraudster gets three years after private members’ club theft

The trusted treasurer at a prestigious private members’ club has been jailed after defrauding it out of more than half a million pounds.

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Third body found in Barking within one month, less than mile from others

A third dead body has been found in Barking, less than a mile from the discovery of two others within a month.

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Police at the scene of the incident in the field opposite Pondfield Park

Man in serious condition after Pondfield Park assault

A man is in hospital in a serious condition after an assault took place opposite Pondfield Park last night.

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Donna Halton's son was stabbed in the back of a leg with a screwdriver while walking through Central Park last week. She is understandably quite upset, angry and worried
photo: Paul Bennett

‘I thought my son was lying dead somewhere’: Stabbed Dagenham teen’s mum speaks out

The mum of a teenager who was stabbed while walking to college has told how she feared he was dead.

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Artist Verity-Jane Keefe launches the

Mobile Museum set to tour Barking and Dagenham’s estates

We might know the ins and outs of our own streets but how much do we know about the rest of Barking and Dagenham, and the people who have lived there?

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Princess Petal, dressed as Elsa from the film Frozen, with children from Miss Natalie's School of Performing Arts

Dagenham dance troupe raise £249 with fundraiser

Pony rides and facepainting helped a Dagenham dance troupe raise £249 for a cancer sufferer.

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Lura Pacheco was sentenced at Barkingside Magistrates' Court on Friday, September 19.

Fine for Dagenham mum who forged daughter’s school application

A Dagenham mum-of-two is one of the first to be prosecuted for “education tourism” after she forged documents to get her daughter into a Havering school.

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Barking Abbey with St Margaret's Church

‘Possible link’ between two deaths at St Margaret’s Church, Barking

Police are investigating a possible link between two ‘unexplained’ deaths at St Margaret’s churchyard, Barking, after bodies were found just over three weeks apart.

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From left: Natalia Barniciuc, supervisor at K&M McLoughlin, Eamonn Lorimer, employer liaison leader, headteacher Teresa Leggett, managing director Kevin McLoughlin and college student Charlotte Wear with Year 6 pupils

College students brighten up Barking school

Pupils at Thames View Junior School have bright new classrooms to learn in thanks to three Barking and Dagenham College students.

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Barking Abbey with St Margaret's Church

21-year-old man found dead at St Margaret’s Church, Barking

The dead body of a 21-year-old man was found in the grounds of a Barking church on Saturday.

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Members of the BAD Youth Forum at Pondfield Park with Cllr Darren Rodwell

Young volunteers provide facelift for Pondfield Park

If you think something looks a bit different at Pondfield Park, you’ve got 12 young volunteers to thank for it.

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Officers in Barking and Dagenham have been involved in a policing initiative as part of Operation Lockdown

Three arrests in Barking and Dagenham after Operation Lockdown

Three arrests were made in Barking and Dagenham for possession of class A drugs after nine east London boroughs were involved in a policing initiative.

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West Ham's James Tomkins. Picture: PA

West Ham defender fined for assaulting a police officer

West Ham defender James Tomkins has been fined £3,500 for assaulting a police officer.

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The Hammersmith and City line could become the

Cabinet: Hammersmith and City Underground line could be set for Barking re-name

The Hammersmith and City Underground line could become the “Hammersmith to Barking” line as council bosses set out plans to re-write the track’s 24-year history.

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David Salisbury with the winner James Furzer and Oliver Heath

Dagenham architect students wins top award for conservatory design

An architecture student from Dagenham could become a garden household name after winning an international competition to design the conservatory of the future.

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