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Members of Brighter Steppings who created Storybright, a new mobile app enabling users to read and post creative stories in 100-word chapters.

Barking mobile app launched to get more youngsters writing

A new social media app aimed at getting more young people into creative writing is about to launch in Barking.

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Barking and Dagenham council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell (left) with Cllr Butt, cabinet member for crime and enforcement

Private rented housing license introduced in Barking and Dagenham

A new housing license will come into force on Monday aimed at improving the quality of private rented accommodation in Barking and Dagenham.

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Javarn Carter of IMD Legion will take part in tonight's Got to Dance final.

Dyslexic Barking dancer set for tonight’s Got to Dance final

A dyslexic dancer from Barking could be about to see his dreams realised with his dance troupe preparing for tonight’s live final of Sky One’s Got to Dance.

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XXXora

Hermaphrodite artist XXXora: Why art I created in Barking is big step for unisex rights

Barking’s contribution to the legacy of hermaphrodite rights is on show in an East End gallery this week. Anna Silverman speaks to XXXora about the third gender, apple trees and Graham Norton.

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This man may have information about a burglary in Ripple Road, Barking

These men may hold key to solving Barking and Dagenham burglaries

These CCTV images could hold the key to a string of burglaries across Barking and Dagenham.

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An example of Channon's Money Power Loyalty clothing line

From homelessness to fashion entrepreneur: Dagenham businessman’s three-word philosophy

A budding businessman who found himself homeless as a teenager is hoping to take the fashion industry by storm with the launch of his own clothing line.

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Walthamstow Coroner's Court

Dagenham mum died after inhaling aerosol gas, inquest hears

A “bubbly” young mother died seconds after inhaling aerosol gas at her home in Dagenham, an inquest heard.

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Strikers picket commuters at Barking station during a Tube strike earlier this year

Fresh Tube strikes to hit Barking and Dagenham from Wednesday

Commuters on the District and Hammersmith and City lines through Barking and Dagenham are set to be hit by fresh strike action by drivers on Wednesday.

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Engineering works could affect your journey this weekend.

Travel: Weekend works close parts of Tube and Overground network

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

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Man wanted in connection with shoe theft

Shoe theft at Peacocks in Barking prompts police hunt

Police are on the hunt for a man over the theft of a pair of shoes from a shop in Barking.

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Police are still hunting for the man who pushed over a PCSO. Picture: Dave Thompson

Dagenham driver fined for Pc assault as police hunt passenger who fractured officer’s skull

Detectives are desperate to find out who left a volunteer police officer with a fractured skull – 24 hours after a Dagenham man admitted assaulting a constable during the same incident.

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Movie lovers can expect to enjoy a screening of the children's classic The Gruffalo Picture: Orange Eyes Limited 2009

Saturday night at the movies in Barking Town Square

Movie lovers are in for a treat when Outdoor Cinema comes to Barking on Saturday night.

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The open-plan living area within the two-bedroom Teal showhome

Developer ‘surprised by level of interest from genuine buyers’ in new Dagenham houses

The launch of a housing development in Dagenham attracted more than 70 visitors.

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Barking Town Hall

Barking and Dagenham youth offending service blasted by Havering councillor

A longstanding member of a neighbouring council claims Barking and Dagenham has serious questions to answer over the state of its youth offending services.

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Bob Miller, pictured in July 2013, handing over letters from Dudley Moore to Valence House Museum's Clare Sexton, assistant archivist

Dagenham’s Sydney Russell School reunion stalwart Bob Miller dies at 65

A former policeman who organised the annual reunion for a Dagenham school has died aged 65.

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Fish killed by algae in the Chase fishing lakes Dagenham.
Pumping to restore oxygen levels in the lake where some fish died suddenly.
Danny Jackson, bailiff

Dead fish pulled from Dagenham lake after algal bloom

Dead fish are being taken from a lake in Dagenham caused by an algae outbreak, prompting fishermen to call for action to save them.

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Dagenham slimmers could win £5,000 prize in competition

A trio of slimmers who have lost losing more than 14st between them are now in the running for a £5,000 prize.

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Unaffordable housing keeping young workers at home

More than a quarter of working people in the borough aged between 20 and 34 are living with their parents, a report has revealed.

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Stone unveiling for Barking VC winner Job Drain at Broadway Barking. LCPL Liam Seer -Boylan, Grenadier Guards.

Pictures: Stone to Barking’s VC hero Job Drain unveiled

Barking’s Victoria Cross winner Job Drain was honoured today with a commemorative paving stone.

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Ezo Bistro in Barking Station. Owners Iliyan Kuzmanov and Ina Jankoic (photo: Sandra Rowse)

New bistro opens in Barking station

The borough’s latest café is hoping to bring back the intellectual side to coffee-drinking – at Barking station.

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Britain's Got Talent stars SweetChix will perform at Barking's Summer Sounds Community Festival.

Britain’s Got Talent stars SweetChix to play Barking festival

Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists SweetChix will bring the summer’s Pallet Pavilion programme to a close next month, as part of a full day of entertainment.

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Nisa Supermarket owner Kirit Patel (centre) presenting a cheque for £1,000 to Westhamians FC first team manager Simon Walker, alongside players (left to right) Ravi Hussein-Patel, Oluwatoni Adedeji  and Dylan Walsh.

Dagenham shopkeeper gives £1,000 to community football club

A supermarket owner has donated £1,000 to a community football club.

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Boxers take advantage of the new facilities at Sporthouse in Dagenham

Pictures: Sporthouse renovation creates new jobs in Dagenham

Sporthouse, which boasts the borough’s largest sports hall, has undergone an extensive £400,000 refurbishment creating new jobs – six months after a new owner rescued it from administration.

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An artist's impression of the Academy Central development (picture: L&Q)

Fifty-three new homes to go up for sale or rent at Barking’s former UEL site

New flats are set to be put up for rent and sale in the heart of Barking.

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Artist Chad MacCail

Post People: Becontree Estate mural artist Chad tells all

Scottish artist Chad MacCail is creating a mural about the Becontree estate for the Valence House visitor centre. He tells Janine Rasiah what he’s learnt about Dagenham – and what he hopes his art will bring to the community.

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Singer Leigh Luscious is releasing her debut single this week.

Dagenham singer Leigh Luscious nominated for two awards

A Dagenham singer has been twice-nominated at the Essex Entertainment Awards.

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Elliegrace Corney and her dad Gary with a warning to local cat owners over poisoning

Spate of cat deaths leads to fears someone is poisoning pets in Dagenham

A group of neighbours fear there could be a pet killer on the loose after several cats in Dagenham were poisoned by antifreeze.

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Israel Adeboga, eight, has passed a GCSE in maths

GCSEs: Eight-year-old Israel becomes Barking and Dagenham’s youngest ever to pass maths

He might be half the age of his fellow candidates but that didn’t stop Israel Adeboga passing his maths GCSE eight years early.

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The 'stolen' data include credit and debit card details (pic: PA Wire)

‘50,000 in Barking and Dagenham have had personal details stolen’

Just shy of 50,000 people in Barking and Dagenham have had their personal details stolen and put up for sale on the “dark web” by criminals, according to an intelligence firm.

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Bigfoot sighted outside Asda Dagenham Photo: @Amziie86 on Twitter

Bigfoot sighting outside Dagenham Asda

Shoppers at a local supermarket caught a rare glimpse today of a creature thought by many to be mythical.

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Callum Buckland, five, on the rodeo bull

Pictures: Valence House family fun day

Daring visitors to the family fun day at Valence House could have a go at riding the rodeo, zorbing or running 5k.

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Students celebrate at Robert Clack School

GCSEs: Robert Clack student achieves 10 A*s and an A

Robert Clack student Chantell Aduaka says working hard paid off after achieving 10 A*s and 1 A.

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Eastbury headteacher David Dickson (left) with Hilary Mensah, who achieved 6As and a B

GCSEs: Eastbury students celebrate their success

Students at Eastbury Comprehensive School celebrated their GCSE successes this morning with 58 per cent achieving five A*-C grades, including maths and English.

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The Warren School students celebrate

GCSEs: Warren School achieve second-best results

Pupils at The Warren School achieved the second best results in the school’s history.

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Top students celebrate their GCSE results at Sydney Russell School

GCSEs: Smiles all round at Sydney Russell School

There were smiles all round as students collected their GCSE results at Sydney Russell school this morning.

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Dagenham Park pupils jump for joy

GCSEs: Dagenham Park students jump for joy

Students jumped for joy after finally seeing the fruits of their years of labour at Dagenham Park C of E School today.

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Paolo Hossain

GCSEs: Top grades for Eastbrook student taught in second language

Being taught in his second language didn’t stop Eastbrook student Paolo Hossain from achieving a crop of top grades.

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The attack was at the Romford Greyhound Stadium. Picture: Heidi Birch/iWitness

Barking teen acquitted after bottling man in face at Romford Greyhound Stadium

A teenager who fractured a man’s nose with a bottle at a dog track walked free from court yesterday after insisting he acted in self-defence.

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Pic: PA Wire

GCSEs: Live blog

The wait is finally over for thousands of pupils who will collect their GCSE results today.

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One of the sniffer dogs gets to work on the hunt for illegal tobacco

Sniffer dogs uncover 20kg of illegal tobacco in Barking and Dagenham

Buster and Daisy might be unlikely names for a pair of crack detectives, but the pair landed a huge bust when they sniffed out a haul of illegal tobacco.

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Crime and Courts See all

This man may have information about a burglary in Ripple Road, Barking

These men may hold key to solving Barking and Dagenham burglaries

These CCTV images could hold the key to a string of burglaries across Barking and Dagenham.

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Politics See all

Barking Town Hall

Barking and Dagenham youth offending service blasted by Havering councillor

A longstanding member of a neighbouring council claims Barking and Dagenham has serious questions to answer over the state of its youth offending services.

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Members of Brighter Steppings who created Storybright, a new mobile app enabling users to read and post creative stories in 100-word chapters.

Barking mobile app launched to get more youngsters writing

A new social media app aimed at getting more young people into creative writing is about to launch in Barking.

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Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

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