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Yesterday, 16:09

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.

Red watch firefighters during their final roll call (pictures: Paul Bennett)

The sirens of Dagenham fire station will fall silent from next week as a year-long redevelopment work gets underway.

Gemma Arterton pictured at a photocall for Made in Dagenham, at the Adelphi Theatre in London.

Made in Dagenham hails the Ford strike of ‘68 as a victory for women’s rights – but it was 18 years before the factory actually gave the workers what they wanted. Anna Silverman meets the sewing machinists who downed tools in 1984

Recycling rates in Barking and Dagenham are low

Recycling rates in Barking and Dagenham are the seventh-worst in the capital, according to data released today by the London Assembly.

Keith Dorrington was ordered to pay £800 at Snaresbrook Crown Court today after pornographic images involving animals were found on his work laptop (Pic: John Stillwell/PA)

A family man’s 30-year career at Ford’s is over after hardcore pornographic images involving a snake, a horse and a Great Dane were found on his work laptop.

Leader of the Council Councillor Darren Rodwell, having his legs waxed for White Ribbon Day
Darren, with therapist Aiva Ivanovieme..

Cllr Darren Rodwell found himself in a hairy situation yesterday when he had his legs waxed.

Brendon Smith, 31, is wanted in connection with a burglary in Chigwell. [Picture: Essex Police]

Police are hunting a man last known to living in Dagenham over a burglary.

Scott Pope (centre) was runner-up in the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Awards. He received his award from Ron Mills (chair of Jack Petchey) and  Liz Johnson (triple Paralympic medallist)

A deaf teenager who overcame his disability through sport has been presented with an award by a Paralympic medallist.

Police are searching for Ricky Brown

Police are searching for a Dagenham man wanted in connection with a number of offences, including slapping a woman across the face.

Council tax support could be reduced

Council tax support could be capped at 75 per cent under changes being considered to boost the Town Hall’s income.

Barry Painter (left) was reunited with his old army friend Clive Patterson after more than 50 years of searching

Fifty-six years may have faded the matching tattoos two friends had inked on their arms together, but half a century on their memories are still vivid.

The church based clinic will test Africans for HIV

People of African origin who go to church in the UK could be afraid to get HIV testing in case they are thrown out of their congregations, a charity has claimed.

Leigh Luscious performing at the Essex Entertainment Awards

Singer Leigh Luscious has had her most successful year yet, releasing her debut single and racking up two Essex Entertainment Award nominations. She tells Janine Rasiah about how she can’t help but make music

Bob Wegner of the Lake Michigan Admirals (Pic: Joel Stevens)

A community basketball team have raised just under £2,000 from a charity match featuring the world’s tallest pro player.

Elsie Brooks, who died in King George Hospital

A widowed ballroom dancer died from blood poisoning after inhaling her own vomit in an understaffed hospital ward, an inquest heard this morning.

Staff at West and Coe are halfway through their Movember challenge

West and Coe’s Movember campaign to raise £10,000 for men’s health is off to a roaring start... but it’s not proving at all popular with the ladies. Janine Rasiah reports

Have you seen Marian Dumitru (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A Romford man accused of serious assault and theft is being hunted by police after failing to appear at court.

Prince Harry visited Barking Sporthouse as part of the Invictus Games training

London 2012 might be a fading memory but ongoing membership of a committee promoting its legacy could be set to cost the council £10,000 annually.

Police speak to travellers in Wellington Drive, Dagenham, before their departure

A group of travellers left the Dagenham site where they had set up camp after being threatened with court action.

The A&E at Queen's Hospital, Romford. Inset: health secretary Jeremy Hunt (Pictures: PA)

The two hospitals serving Barking and Dagenham are set to receive millions of pounds to avert a winter health crisis.

(L-R starting with top row) Lazarescu, Fabiola Preda, Andrea Tanca, Carabulea, Gologan, Fonica Preda and Andranache Tanca (pictures: Kent Police)

A gang who targeted elderly shoppers in a series of distraction thefts were jailed for a total of more than 16 years on Friday.

for Children in Need (picture: Ellie Hoskins)

Schools and workplaces across Barking and Dagenham dressed up and took part in a host of fun activities on Friday to raise money for Children in Need.

Patrick Monahan (right) with Jason Manford (left) after winning the live final of ITV1's Show Me the Funny in 2011 (picture: PA Wire)

“When I first started out, there were maybe two or three gigs in the whole distance between Newcastle and Leeds,” recalls Patrick Monahan ahead of his headline performance at Mecca Dagenham.

Baskets hang over a mural

Barking station might not be the first place you think of when it comes to award-winning gardens, but it’s taken home the crown as one of the Underground’s blossoming stations.

There are travellers stationed in Wellington Drive, Dagenham

Court action could be taken against travellers who have set up camp in Dagenham unless they move on tomorrow.

Crime & Court

Thu, 17:18

A family man’s 30-year career at Ford’s is over after hardcore pornographic images involving a snake, a horse and a Great Dane were found on his work laptop.

Thu, 12:28
Brendon Smith, 31, is wanted in connection with a burglary in Chigwell. [Picture: Essex Police]

Police are hunting a man last known to living in Dagenham over a burglary.

Tue, 13:35
Have you seen Marian Dumitru (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A Romford man accused of serious assault and theft is being hunted by police after failing to appear at court.

Health

Mon, 15:08

The two hospitals serving Barking and Dagenham are set to receive millions of pounds to avert a winter health crisis.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Waiting times at Trust A&E departments is 10pc below the national average

Just 85 per cent of A&E patients were treated at Queen’s and King George Hospital within four hours in September – 10pc less than the national standard.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Pupils at Ripple Primary work out in the school's outdoor gym - an idea the council has rolled out to tackle the borough's growing obesity crisis

Barking and Dagenham is the second least active borough in the whole of England, a new study has found.

Environment

Monday, October 27, 2014

Streets and schools across the borough are looking a lot cleaner thanks to a group of keen volunteers.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
(L-R) Pam Fletcher, Maria Brown & Danny Fletcher signing a Labour party petition asking for spitting/urinating in the street to be made a fineable offence (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Dropping a cigarette butt, urinating in public, not picking up dog mess and spitting in the street.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(L-R)  Operations manager Gerry Martin and reformed offender Chris Nelson.  Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Prison life isn’t easy, and rightly so.

Politics

Wed, 16:32

Council tax support could be capped at 75 per cent under changes being considered to boost the Town Hall’s income.

Tue, 09:28
Prince Harry visited Barking Sporthouse as part of the Invictus Games training

London 2012 might be a fading memory but ongoing membership of a committee promoting its legacy could be set to cost the council £10,000 annually.

Mon, 19:00
Police speak to travellers in Wellington Drive, Dagenham, before their departure

A group of travellers left the Dagenham site where they had set up camp after being threatened with court action.

Education

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The granddaughter of the designer of the Ghanian coat of arms enthralled a group of Barking students during a special visit.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Rheanna Stiles with the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Elizabeth Kangethe, holding her Barking and Dagenham College Student of the Year Award.

Olympic sprinter Adam Gemili offered inspirational advice to students at his former college as they collected awards for outstanding work.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Grafton Primary School pupils from Year 4 taking part in a fashion catwalk for Roman Day

Children at Grafton Primary School experienced a day of culture spanning a few thousand years of history, with a Roman fashion show and graffiti art masterclass.

Heritage

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The grandson of a First World War veteran who lies in an unmarked grave in Dagenham has been told he can’t place a memorial stone on his grandfather’s plot.

Monday, November 10, 2014
Remembrance Day at the war memorial, Barking Park,
 The Bishop of Barking Trevor Mwamba.

Veterans, cadets, scouts and members of the public joined the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham in remembering the borough’s fallen heroes yesterday.

Sunday, November 9, 2014
The Dagenham Girl Pipers lead this morning's Remebrance Sunday march through Dagenham.

As people stopped to pay respects to the war dead from conflicts across the world today, one former soldier is wants others to remember us that war doesn’t just hurt people physically.

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Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

At 100 years old, this was Ruby Holt’s first visit to the beach – and the first time she saw the ocean.

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