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Artist Chad McCail designed the mural and spent his summer engaging with as many of Becontree’s residents as he could (Pic: Matt Benjamin)

New Becontree mural to be unveiled this afternoon

A colourful new mural depicting the history of the Becontree estate will be unveiled at Valence House this afternoon.

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Councillor Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, and Jonathan Taylor, European Investment Bank Vice President, sign the £150m investment agreement

New homes to be built as part of £150m investment in Barking and Dagenham

Barking and Dagenham is set to become the first London borough to benefit from its share of a £1billion investment in the capital.

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No one was injured in the crash.

Motorcyclist escapes injury in Valence Avenue crash

A lucky motorcyclist has escaped injury following a crash with a car in Dagenham this evening.

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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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Francene Clarke-Walden

Dagenham beauty in the running for Miss Universe Essex

A Dagenham beauty is swapping admin for the catwalk after being chosen as a finalist for Miss Universe Essex.

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Volunteer Chris Rixon fixing a bike as part of a local organisation take recycled bikes from the Gascoigne Estate, modify them back to working standard and then offer them out to local people and business at much-reduced rates.

Cycling projects receive grant boost

Cycling in the borough is set to get a boost as two projects have been awarded grants from the Community Cycling Fund for London.

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The crash happened yesterday

Barking pedestrian bus crash investigation launched

Transport bosses are investigating after a bus hit a pedestrian in Barking.

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Living Faith Connections Choir won the MOBO for Best Gospel Act

Video: Barking choir celebrate MOBO success

Barking’s Living Faith Connections Choir were crowned the nation’s best gospel act at last night’s MOBO awards.

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Abunei admitted the charge (pic: PA Wire)

Jailed Dagenham cashpoint fraudster stole ‘to get home to Romania’

A kick-boxing dad used an iPod to steal people’s details at cashpoints up and down the country because he needed money to go back to Romania, a court heard.

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Fine artist Biniam Ghide, from Dagenham, worked on the project.

From Hitler to Gandhi: An arty history of Becontree

The rich history of the Becontree estate has been depicted in a colourful new mural, set to be unveiled at Valence House on Saturday.

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Lee Baker and Bradley Pogmore

Jail for supermarket burglars arrested in Dagenham

Two men have been jailed for a total of more than three years for carrying out of a spate of burglaries targeting supermarket tills.

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The fireworks display in Barking is one of the largest in London

Singing stars get set to light up fireworks night in Barking

Budding stars Jazz Blaack and Molly Rainford will be adding their sparkle to this year’s fireworks night to ensure things go with a bang.

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Cabinet member met at Barking Town Hall (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Cabinet: Barking and Dagenham transport aspirations revealed

Major long-term plans for Barking and Dagenham’s transport future were outlined by members at tonight’s Cabinet meeting.

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Sue Gardner School of dance pupils from Dagenham scored exceptionally well

Dagenham dancing stars score ‘exceptionally’ in exams

A dance troupe had good reason to jump for joy after receiving some of the best exam results in the school’s three decade history.

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Police close Barking Park over rape investigation

Police investigating an allegation of rape closed Barking Park this morning to search for clues.

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Lake Michigan Admirals star Jaywuan has linked up with the Dagenham Dragons.

American basketball giants set for Dagenham charity match

An American basketball team that once boasted a pair of ex-Harlem Globetrotters will touch down in Barking later this month for a special charity match.

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Ricky Lovell from Barking Asda presenting the heart defibrillator and £406 to Manor Infants' School

Asda donate lifesaving gift to Barking school

Barking students welcomed a lifesaving gift into their school when a supermarket donated medical equipment which can save people suffering a cardiac arrest.

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Living Faith Connections Choir have been nominated for a MOBO

Barking vs Dagenham in MOBO gospel gong battle

It’s Barking vs Dagenham at the MOBO awards tomorrow night as two talented acts go head-to-head to be crowned the best gospel act.

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Barking MP Margaret Hodge

Margaret Hodge to address Barking and Dagenham Chamber of Commerce

The borough’s businesses will enjoy a private audience with the women keeping the government’s finances in check this morning.

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Barking and Dagenham council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell (right) with Sustrans' Bryn Lockwood (left) and Havering cabinet member for culture and commmunity engagement Cllr Melvin Wallace (centre)

Beam footbridge opened connecting Barking and Dagenham to Havering

Barking and Dagenham moved a step closer to Havering this afternoon after a new walking and cycling bridge spanning the River Beam was lifted into place.

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Prime Minister David Cameron talks to apprentices at Ford plant with Vince Cable Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Prime Minister Cameron hails £9million funding for Dagenham Ford plant

David Cameron visited the famous Dagenham Ford motor plant today to announce a £9million funding grant for work on a new diesel engine.

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Jenny Eclair is bringing her stand-up show Eclairious to Barking's Broadway Theatre

Grumpy Old Women star Jenny Eclair brings stand-up show to Barking stage

There’s no doubting comedian and self-confessed grumpy old woman Jenny Eclair’s aplomb in delivering her stand-up show Eclairious.

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Mum Alyson Agrawal, with two-year-old son Syon, has been campaigning for her Indian husband to be allowed a Uk visa.

Heartbroken Dagenham mum fighting to see husband 5,000 miles away

A distraught mum is appealing for help reuniting her son with his dad – who lives more than 5,000 miles away.

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The new Vodafone store in Dagenham's Heathway shopping centre.

Barking and Dagenham’s Phones 4U stores reopen as Vodafone

Former Phones 4U stores in Barking and Dagenham have reopened as Vodafone shops, following the collapse of the high street chain last month.

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Barking and Dagenham council calls for help upholding ethical standards

Independent and fair-minded residents, your council needs you.

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London Mayor Boris Johnson announces TFL's plans to improve the Gallows Corner junction by 2016.

Boris Johnson backs takeaway ban near schools after Barking and Dagenham leads the way

Councils should follow the example of Barking and Dagenham when it comes to healthy practice, according to a new report commissioned by Boris Johnson.

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George Samuel Barker, who has recently received a Ushakov medal for his efforts during the war. This is George age 18

Ushakov medal awarded to Dagenham seaman for wartime missions in Arctic

Seven decades after putting his life on the line during the Second World War Arctic Convoy missions, George Samuel Barker has been recognised for his bravery. He talks to reporter Anna Silverman about life at sea and his pride at collecting the medal.

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Todd outside Barkingside Magistrates' Court

Bus driver imprisoned for killing elderly Dagenham couple crossing on green man

A bus driver who hit and killed an elderly Dagenham couple with his double decker has today been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

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(L-R) Khalil, Shadia Adbulatif and Jonathan McCartan.  (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Broken lift keeps Barking mum ‘prisoner’

A mum has accused a housing association of keeping her “prisoner” in her own home after failing to mend a broken lift for more than two weeks.

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Seventh man on trial over Shammi Atwal death

An Ilford man is set to go on trial accused of the manslaughter of Barking cash and carry owner Shammi Atwal.

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Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform

Lord Freud remarks spur disabled opportunities debate says Dagenham charity

A local charity has said it is important comments made by a Tory peer have spurred on a debate regarding opportunities for disabled people.

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Vote in our poll about the future of Dagenham Civic Centre

Poll: Dagenham Civic Centre consultation launches this month

A public consultation into the future of Dagenham Civic Centre is being launched this month.

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The Ghostbusters movie celebrates its 30th anniversary this year

Competition: Cinema tickets give-away for Barking and Dagenham Post readers

Win two pairs of tickets to watch special screenings of cult sci-fi classics Ghostbusters and Aliens at Vue Dagenham.

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Trade union members protest outside Barking Town Hall

Row over trade union cuts sees Barking and Dagenham Council leader branded BNP supporter

A bitter row has broken out between the council and union bosses after plans to axe trade union posts were announced under fresh cuts to services, with one union member accusing the all-Labour council of supporting the BNP.

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Saif, 12, and Aman, 11, were last seen on Tuesday (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Brothers missing from Barking school found ‘safe and well’

Two brothers, both pupils at Riverside School in Barking, who went missing together have been found safe and well, Scotland Yard has said.

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Recruitment drive for Dagenham delivery depot jobs unerway this month

Recruitment drive for Dagenham delivery depot starts this month

A recruitment drive is being held later this month to find local staff to fill up to 50 new jobs created by the arrival of the Ocado delivery depot in the borough.

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Jonathan Kabamba, aka Rychus Ryter, is nominated in the best video category

Chadwell Heath rapper Rychus Ryter nominated for national award

A Chadwell Heath rapper has said he feels “privileged” to be up for an award celebrating the biggest achievers from his home country of Congo.

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Saif, 12, and Aman, 11, were last seen on Tuesday (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Ilford brothers, 12 and 11, go missing together

Two young brothers from Ilford, who are pupils at a Barking school, have gone missing.

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Do you recognise this man?

Shoplifter steals face cream from Barking store

Police wish to question this man after £150 worth of face cream was stolen from a shop in Barking.

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Police wish to speak to this man

Appeal for information over Barking betting shop assault

Can you help police identify this man who they wish to speak to about an assault in a betting shop?

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Abunei admitted the charge (pic: PA Wire)

Jailed Dagenham cashpoint fraudster stole ‘to get home to Romania’

A kick-boxing dad used an iPod to steal people’s details at cashpoints up and down the country because he needed money to go back to Romania, a court heard.

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Councillor Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, and Jonathan Taylor, European Investment Bank Vice President, sign the £150m investment agreement

New homes to be built as part of £150m investment in Barking and Dagenham

Barking and Dagenham is set to become the first London borough to benefit from its share of a £1billion investment in the capital.

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Barking MP Margaret Hodge

Margaret Hodge to address Barking and Dagenham Chamber of Commerce

The borough’s businesses will enjoy a private audience with the women keeping the government’s finances in check this morning.

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Experience the action of a London Lions basketball game!

Win tickets to see London Lions vs Leeds Force

The London Lions are the only professional basketball team in the capital, based at the state-of-the-art Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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