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John Phillips , Senior Reporter
Monday, March 7, 2011
A protest staged in a bid to stop the opening of a mosque in Dagenham passed off peacefully on Saturday.
Fifty people joined the demo from Chadwell Heath Station to Green Lane in Dagenham, where a community centre and Muslim place of worship is to be unveiled by the autumn.
Twenty police supervised the protest led by the English Nationalist Alliance.
The English Defence League is planning another demonstration in Green Lane this Saturday and the British National Party the following Saturday.
A bus driver who hit and killed an elderly Dagenham couple with his double decker has today been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
A bitter row has broken out between the council and union bosses after plans to axe trade union posts were announced under fresh cuts to services, with one union member accusing the all-Labour council of supporting the BNP.
Seven decades after putting his life on the line during the Second World War Arctic Convoy missions, George Samuel Barker has been recognised for his bravery. He talks to reporter Anna Silverman about life at sea and his pride at collecting the medal.