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Overcoming adversity, studying in a new country and the will to succeed shone through as scores of students pitched for a spot on our student takeover team.

Tony Fransham's 60th birthday party was ruined by the ongoing dispute

A disabled man began his 60th birthday celebrations on May 16 by struggling to clear waste.

Samantha Purnell with Ghost Academy students Danielle Barker and Sara Laver

Samantha Purnell, director of Becontree Avenue’s Ghost Hairdressing Academy, talks to Sebastian Murphy-Bates about cutting crime and violence out of students’ lives

The River Club and resturant

A restaurant and function venue could lose its licence following a spate of fighting outside.

The Roundhouse in Dagenham will celebrate the London borough's 50th anniversary

The iconic Roundhouse is marking the borough’s 50th anniversary by celebrating its rich musical history.

The lorry was moved to a safer location near Vue Cinema at Dagenham Leisure Park

Police arrested three men suspected of entering the UK illegally on Monday (May 18) – after finding them in the back of a lorry in Cook Road.

Thierry Henry delivered a football masterclass to students from Eastbury Comprehensive School,

A football super-star treated students to a sports master class last week after their school was the lucky winner of a prize draw.

A number of councillors wore GMB shirts at the meeting

Barking and Dagenham Council have spent more than £80,000 on extra security and added working costs as a result of the ongoing bin strikes, but are still almost £50,000 better off.

Network Rail workers are set to go on strike over bank holiday Monday. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The two unions behind the strike action, the TSSA and the RMT, have both announced this afternoon that they are suspending the strike.

Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will visit the borough in July (Pic: PA)

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will visit Barking and Dagenham this summer, as part of the borough’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

Annual presentation of the Barking Photographic Society, 1976.

From dark room days to the digital age, the Barking Photographic Society has developed its own way of cataloguing the past and present.

Council chief executive Chris Naylor disposes of rubbish during the ongoing refuse strike over pay cuts.

The council’s chief executive has defended the authority’s response to the refuse strike after a day spent collecting bins.

A man was stabbed at Barking station yesterday

A man was stabbed in the legs at Barking station yesterday evening

Dagenham residents would walk further for love than the Proclaimers (Pic: PA)

The Proclaimers might walk 500 miles, and 500 more, but Dagenham romantics would trek much further for love.

Children enjoy the Valence House Fun Day

Valence House is opening its doors for a free family fun day next Thursday.

Charles Mayes died at the scene of the collision in December last year

A Dagenham man has been charged with drink-driving, failing to stop and failing to keep driver’s records in connection with a fatal crash.

Members of the GMB union on strike

Fifty tonnes of waste were cleared from borough streets on the first of a 13-day refuse worker strike.

BDP Business Awards 2015 launch at the Barking and Dagenham FC with Lloyd Johnson (centre)

There are only two weeks left to enter the Barking and Dagenham Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2015.

Mohammed Ahmed of A to B Mini Cabs has submitted 3 petitions and a letter to the council to oppose plans for a new mini cab office next to his on Longbridge Road.

Plans for a further minicab business near Barking station have been dubbed “completely ludicrous”.

Takeover students from the Barking and Dagenham College receiving their awards from Archant staff.

Our student takeover competition is hotting up and we’ve whittled down our journalism hopefuls to take just 23 candidates forward to the next stage.

From left, ward councillors Sade Bright, Jeff Wade and housing cabinet member Cllr Saima Ashraf.

The laying of a ceremonial brick marked the blessing of 28 new affordable homes in Barking this week.

Mums and babies at the royal baby party

These babies might not be in line to the throne, but they certainly look as royal as the young Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Rasa Dirmeityte, Gabi Dirmeityte and Ramune Sulcaite with children William Baranas, Edward Baranas and Vanessa Sulcaite

Hundreds enjoyed the early summer sun at the third annual Dagenham community fun day on Sunday.

Ronnie Atuqiya and Chudi Hengari-Ajufo

A Dagenham man has been convicted of murder after he and a friend stalked a teenager along a street before stabbing him in the back.

Sgt Michael Buke outside Barking station

Thanks to round-the-clock policing and a “big brother” surveillance system a criminal should think twice before acting unlawfully on the trains.

Crime & Court

Wed, 16:28

A man was stabbed in the legs at Barking station yesterday evening

Mon, 18:41
Ronnie Atuqiya and Chudi Hengari-Ajufo

A Dagenham man has been convicted of murder after he and a friend stalked a teenager along a street before stabbing him in the back.

Mon, 14:22
Ross Pitts at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday (Pic by Javier Casado/Central News)

A sex predator who hunted for underage students at a girls school on Facebook and sent them hundreds of obscene messages has walked free from court.

Health

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Health campaigners have blasted the NHS trust running King George and Queen’s hospitals, after the Post revealed suspended members of staff have cost tax-payers more than £157,000 a year.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
FGM activist and survivor Leyla Hussein with Natalie Smith,  Arc Theatre's education director.

The fight to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) is un uphill struggle, according to a leading campaigner, as the Post can reveal that more than 200 cases have been detected at Queen’s Hospital in the past 18 months.

Monday, April 20, 2015
Barking and Dagenham has the second highest rate of pregnant women smoking

Pregnant women have been urged not to play Russian Roulette with the health of their unborn child – as new figures show Barking and Dagenham has the second highest rate of smoking during pregnancy in London.

Environment

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Barking and Dagenham is set to become the first council in the country to use DNA testing to catch irresponsible pet owners who fail to clean up after their dogs.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Barking Riverside new development.

A new £10 million road could kickstart the development of Barking Riverside, if Cabinet approves plans tonight.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Binmen protesting outside Barking Town Hall against pay cuts

Bin men and women have voted in favour of industrial action over council plans to cut their salary.

Politics

Fri, 19:00

A restaurant and function venue could lose its licence following a spate of fighting outside.

Thu, 18:23
A number of councillors wore GMB shirts at the meeting

Barking and Dagenham Council have spent more than £80,000 on extra security and added working costs as a result of the ongoing bin strikes, but are still almost £50,000 better off.

Monday, May 11, 2015
Jon Cruddas held onto his Dagenham and Rainham seat in last week's election

The Labour party is in a “big crisis” according to Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas, who this morning resigned from the shadow cabinet.

Education

Tue, 15:38

Our student takeover competition is hotting up and we’ve whittled down our journalism hopefuls to take just 23 candidates forward to the next stage.

Sunday, May 3, 2015
(Left to right) Mark Hyde, plumbing tutor at Barking and Dagenham College, Mayor of Barking and Dagenham Cllr Elizabeth Kangethe and plumbing student Ali Butt

Wannabe journalists will today find out if they’ve been shortlisted for this year’s student takeover.

Friday, May 1, 2015
St George's Day parade at Eastbury Primary School

They might have been a week late, but teachers and pupils at Easbury Primary School enjoyed an exciting St George’s Day parade on Wednesday, celebrating the story of England’s patron saint.

Heritage

Saturday, May 9, 2015

In the days when royalty reigned over Dagenham one beauty spent a special year representing the borough for the final time before its merge with Barking, hobnobbing with the likes of Bobby Moore and the West Ham team. Anna Silverman delves into her memories.

Friday, May 8, 2015
Eight year olds Sophia Cullender, Michael Amadiegwu and Angel Neves with their VE Day bunting

While older residents can remember what they did on VE Day, Janine Rasiah discovers children have been learning about the war and the importance of peace

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
An Anderson Shelter

One night in 1939 Percy Chattey was woken and told to get dressed.

The three-year-old walked a mile through the winter rain to Whalebone Lane School.

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