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Self-confessed “Budgieman” Don Crown, 72, spent decades busking for rapt audiences. Now retired, he shares some of his memories with Janine Rasiah

Hundreds of primary pupils perfected their pirouettes as The Royal Ballet School inspired the ballerinas of the future.

A former bus driver will be swapping tarmac for tanks when he opens his first fish shop tomorrow.

A teenager managed to escape from a chip pan fire this afternoon.

Pupils with a passion for numbers were invited to an event to celebrate their school’s maths club.

Pensioners packed a punch as they celebrated the launch of a new project for the mature community.

A 19-year-old who has been charged with the murder of Ricky Hayden will appear at the Old Bailey next week.

A former sniper who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder has swum a mile in wellies and overalls for a mental health charity.

A new waste strategy will aim to overturn the worst recycling rates in the capital.

A 19-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Ricky Hayden.

A wordsmith has entered her second century by crossing another thing off her list – her daily crossword.

A shop assistant whose pharmacy was targeted by a group of burglars – which included a man on a mobility scooter – has admitted that she now feels suspicious of customers.

Pet owners will soon be able to bury their animals in the borough after £400,000 cemetery extension plans were given the green light.

Imagine a secondary school with 100 pupils and just seven teachers.

Contemporary gospel rapper Guvna B has been nominated for a MOBO for the third time.

CCTV footage shows stolen goods being taken from a pharmacy using an unusual getaway vehicle – a mobility scooter.

A traffic collision closed both carriageways of the A13 westbound near River Road earlier this morning.

Margaret Hodge will lead a review into how taxpayers’ money has been spent on the controversial Garden Bridge project.

A tennis champion and new 3G pitch could inspire residents to get active after councillors approved plans to improve sports facilities.

A 22-year-old man has been bailed along with eight others following a corruption investigation.

The community of Marks Gate will pay its respects to Ricky Hayden during a street party on Friday.

Plans to ban laughing gas use in public places have taken a step forward after councillors agreed to collect evidence of hotspots.

Vote for your favourite picture at a free photography exhibition on Saturday.

A pioneer who fought for votes for women when she was just a teenager and took tea with notorious rebels is set to be commemorated with a new women’s centre.

A koala toy perched forlornly on a bin is not the only unexpected item that has been found at the borough’s sole recycling depot.

Crime & Court

Yesterday, 12:07

A 19-year-old who has been charged with the murder of Ricky Hayden will appear at the Old Bailey next week.

Thu, 19:57

A 19-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Ricky Hayden.

Thu, 17:00

A shop assistant whose pharmacy was targeted by a group of burglars – which included a man on a mobility scooter – has admitted that she now feels suspicious of customers.

Health

Wed, 10:25

A writing group for residents with mental health issues has turned over a new leaf.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The quality of adult social care in Barking and Dagenham has come under scrutiny following a series of eye-opening inspections.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A former sniper is preparing to swim a mile in overalls and wellies to help other combat veterans.

Environment

Yesterday, 08:16

A new waste strategy will aim to overturn the worst recycling rates in the capital.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Rats, faeces and furniture have turned a former travellers’ site into a “disgusting” tip.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Children from across the borough are learning about the importance of re-using materials as part of National Recycling Week.

Politics

Thu, 15:24

Pet owners will soon be able to bury their animals in the borough after £400,000 cemetery extension plans were given the green light.

Thu, 08:22

Margaret Hodge will lead a review into how taxpayers’ money has been spent on the controversial Garden Bridge project.

Thu, 07:00

A tennis champion and new 3G pitch could inspire residents to get active after councillors approved plans to improve sports facilities.

Education

Hundreds of primary pupils perfected their pirouettes as The Royal Ballet School inspired the ballerinas of the future.

Yesterday, 17:00

Pupils with a passion for numbers were invited to an event to celebrate their school’s maths club.

Thu, 13:14

Imagine a secondary school with 100 pupils and just seven teachers.

Heritage

Wed, 15:00

A pioneer who fought for votes for women when she was just a teenager and took tea with notorious rebels is set to be commemorated with a new women’s centre.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

One of the borough’s oldest residents watched as a Union Jack was replaced outside a war memorial.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A new project is set to explore Ford’s heritage – and you can be a part of it.

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