September 2 2014 Latest news:
John Phillips , Senior Reporter
Monday, September 17, 2012
The fire brigade has issued a warning after a discarded cigarette is thought to have sparked a flat blaze today.
The fire was contained to the balcony of a ground-floor flat in Longbridge Road, Barking, where boxes were being stored.
No one was injured and the 1am blaze is under investigation.
Barking firefighter Stephen Benson said: “The most likely cause of the fire was the disposal of smoking material. There was a bit of smoke damage. It was mostly outdoors on the plastic door of the balcony. There is a lesson to be learnt there.”
A panel member from Havering’s youth offending service has spoken out against what he believes was its “disastrous” outsourcing to Barking and Dagenham Council last year.
A new social media app aimed at getting more young people into creative writing is about to launch in Barking.
A longstanding member of a neighbouring council claims Barking and Dagenham has serious questions to answer over the state of its youth offending services.