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John Phillips , Senior Reporter
Friday, March 4, 2011
A street protest organised to stop the opening of a mosque in Dagenham is set to go ahead as planned tomorrow.
The lunchtime demo in Green Lane, Dagenham, will seek to make a stand against a community centre and Muslim place of worship approved despite 1,300 objections in January.
The English Nationalist Alliance, which is joining the protest, reported on its website that it planned to go to the High Court to try to have the planning decision overturned through a judicial review.
Far-right groups staged two demos against the premises last month but the group behind the proposals, Becontree Heath Islamic Society, says the centre will benefit the community.
The number of animals reported stolen from Barking and Dagenham more than doubled in the first three months of this year, new figures show.
The number of job benefit claimants has fallen by more than 2,000, new figures show.
One hundred years ago, a global war began that saw more than 16million people killed and a further 20m wounded. In this week’s feature to mark the centenary of the First World War, Sophie Morton finds out how the story of Barking’s own war hero is being told to a new audience.