March 9 2014 Latest news:
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.
A police officer has been bitten while arresting two men in Dagenham for possession of what is believed to be 135 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine.
Small companies from across Barking and Dagenham have the chance to make their mark on the capital as this year’s Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) London Business Awards were launched this week.
The fire brigade “tricked” its firefighters into breaking a national strike by exaggerating the scale of a Dagenham scrapyard blaze, apparent secret documents obtained by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) suggest.