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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 closed Barking Park as part of an ongoing rape investigation

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.

Harlem Globetrotters pair set for Dagenham charity basketball match

An American basketball team featuring a pair of former 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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Boris Johnson outlined plans to ban takeaways from opening within a 10 minute walk from schools

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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Gill Lepage, left, with siblings Annette, John, Mick, Rita, and Sharon

Reunited: siblings torn apart as children meet in a Dagenham pub

Adopted siblings who were separated at birth met up for the first time on Saturday after decades apart.

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Police wish to speak to this man

Man sought over Dagenham pub assault

A midnight assault at a Dagenham pub left a man with injuries to his face.

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Detectives investigating the murder of Ashley Latty have charged another man

Another man charged with the Dagenham murder of Ashley Latty

Detectives investigating the murder of 25-year-old Ashley Latty in Dagenham have charged another person.

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Muhammed Mannan, owner of Dhaka Tandoori in Dagenham

Hot, hot, hot: My quest for Dagenham’s spiciest curry dishes

To celebrate National Curry Week, the Post challenged its news hounds to sniff out Dagenham’s hottest dish. Janine Rasiah was quick to volunteer for the flavour quest – but had she bitten off more than she could chew?

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Vera Reynolds spent 37 years as a teacher in Barking and Dagenham

Teacher who ‘dedicated life to children’ in Barking and Dagenham dies at 86

The funeral of a long-serving teacher and “great character” will see friends and family celebrate her life, which she in turn dedicated to serving the borough’s young people.

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Charles Quilligan pleaded guilty to possessing a class B drug at Barkingside Magistrates' Court on Thursday, Ocotber 9

Dagenham man admits smoking cannabis after police get scent

A man stopped by police after they caught a whiff of cannabis coming from a van he was travelling in has pleaded guilty to possessing the class B drug.

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NHS staff united in strike action over pay this morning (Photo: Ashleigh Coules)

Hospital and ambulance staff unite in four hour walkout over pay rise

Workers from all areas of the NHS united on the picket line this morning in a strike over pay.

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Man assaults ex-girlfriend in Dagenham pub

A man pleaded guilty to hitting his ex-girlfriend in a Dagenham pub after footage of the attack was caught on CCTV.

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Mum Martine Gorecki, son Seth Spargo and his nan Linda Gorecki with Ketchup

Animal Antics: Sausage dog reunited with Dagenham family

A shy sausage dog has been reunited with his owners after they spent five nights fearing for his safety.

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Local history expert Tony Richards with the Ripple Hall plaque in memory of those who died at St Paul's Church

Post Memories: Moment St Paul’s Church, Barking, was destroyed by German V2 bomber

January 14, 1945, saw the destruction of St Paul’s Church in Ripple Road, Barking, by a German V2 rocket. Local history expert Tony Richards looks back at the disaster and forward to its anniversary

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The scene of a crash in Porters Avenue, Dagenham, involving two cars and a lorry. Picture: Steve Poston

Man hospitalised after three-vehicle crash in Porters Avenue

A man was taken to hospital after a crash involving three vehicles yesterday.

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Tube strikes next week were called off Picture: Katie Collins/PA

Tube strike called off in Barking and Dagenham after talks

Tube strike action planned for next week has been suspended after ‘significant movement’ in talks between Transport for London and the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union.

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Police closed Barking Park as part of an ongoing rape investigation

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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Politics See all

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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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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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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