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Welcoming a baby into the world is a profound, life-changing event, where much can be overwhelming.

Students helped clean Barking Park lake as part of their work experience placement.

A one-legged 38-year-old man who raped a 15-year-old girl and threatened to kill her has been jailed for nine years.

The hunt is on to find the cheeky fly-tippers who dumped 40 tonnes of rubbish near a primary school in Dagenham - twice in one week.

A homeless man accused of stabbing a woman in the head has denied attempted murder.

These four maps reveal stark differences in social inequality in Barking and Dagenham and show how the rich and the poor are sometimes living next door to each other.

A 70-year-old woman accused of six offences was given a hospital order to receive mental health support.

A teenager and three men from east London appear in court today charged with terrorism and criminal offences.

The council leader said it’s “difficult” to stop “white working class” people living on benefits during a TV appearance.

A man has been charged with assaulting police after a terror alert at a busy shopping centre.

Youngsters celebrated the future of their garden after receiving a £500 donation following a shock fire.

Residents, councillors and town hall workers gathered outside Barking Town Hall today to join the country in a moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

Paperless visitor parking will be getting into gear from next week.

The Barking to Gospel Oak Overground line will be closed for eight weekends as electrification work continues.

Three members of a drugs gang operating across the south east have been jailed.

Parents feel “ignored” after the council approved a five-storey hotel next to a primary school without speaking to its staff.

A secondary school will more than double in capacity after councillors gave the green light to a £28.75m expansion.

The bag found left by a man arrested on suspicion of terror offences this morning was “not suspicious”, police have confirmed.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences at a busy shopping centre.

A teenager who stabbed a man after he refused to hand over his bike has been sentenced.

Fake news, “alternative facts” and post-truth are terms that have become the scourge of journalists, politicians – and now a takeaway.

A group of mums will be launching a coffee morning with a difference tomorrow as they set out to tackle child poverty.

Residents paying nearly £1,700 a year service charge are calling on their management company to do more after battling everything from cockroach infestations to break-ins.

The girlfriend of a 20-year-old from Dagenham who was stabbed to death in the car park of a shopping centre in Romford has paid tribute to her ‘amazing boyfriend’.

Crime & Court

Friday, May 26, 2017

A one-legged 38-year-old man who raped a 15-year-old girl and threatened to kill her has been jailed for nine years.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A homeless man accused of stabbing a woman in the head has denied attempted murder.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A teenager and three men from east London appear in court today charged with terrorism and criminal offences.

Health

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Welcoming a baby into the world is a profound, life-changing event, where much can be overwhelming.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tory politician Iain Duncan Smith teamed up with a disabled teenager to raise awareness about young people “falling through the gaps” when transitioning to adult care services.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A campaigner is taking a landmark legal case against the government over the contaminated blood disaster - providing new hope that victims of the health scandal will finally receive justice.

Environment

Friday, May 26, 2017

The hunt is on to find the cheeky fly-tippers who dumped 40 tonnes of rubbish near a primary school in Dagenham - twice in one week.

Friday, May 26, 2017

These four maps reveal stark differences in social inequality in Barking and Dagenham and show how the rich and the poor are sometimes living next door to each other.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A trader who blames double yellow lines for a 50 per cent fall in profit is furious after the council missed its own deadline for implementing a new parking system to protect businesses.

Politics

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Barking and Dagenham candidates for the general election have been announced.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Things need to be done to make young people more aware of the general election, according to Barking and Dagenham College students.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Julie Marson has been announced as the Conservative candidate for Dagenham and Rainham, saying she promises to help “deliver Brexit”.

Education

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Moving house can be a challenge – so imagine what it’s like trying to move a whole school.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

An acting headteacher is “delighted” after Ofsted rated her school as “good”.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Special needs pupils are “at risk” and “do not make tangible progress” at a Christian day school with fees of up to £24,000 a year, an Ofsted follow-up report has revealed.

Heritage

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A German painter will pay tribute to a “wonderful” post-war friendship through a powerful exhibition.

Friday, May 5, 2017

An expat from Dagenham is trying to track down the family of his late friend as he tries to write a book about his extraordinary life.

Friday, April 28, 2017

For children today. “hopping” means jumping on one leg, but for older readers the word conjures up memories of working in the hopfields in Kent over the summer holidays.

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