October 25 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 kick-boxing dad used an iPod to steal people’s details at cashpoints up and down the country because he needed money to go back to Romania, a court heard.
The borough’s businesses will enjoy a private audience with the women keeping the government’s finances in check this morning.
Barking and Dagenham is set to become the first London borough to benefit from its share of a £1billion investment in the capital.