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It is the start of a new civic year here in Barking and Dagenham and I would like to start by extending my congratulations to all the newly-elected councillors in the borough.

A police officer who worked in Barking and Dagenham raped a 16-year-old student twice while they were on a date, a court has heard.

The families of serial killer Stephen Port’s victims have been told a report into the Metropolitan Police’s initial response to the four deaths “will be damning”, according to solicitors.

Lawyers for the families of the victims of serial killer Stephen Port have welcomed a landmark ruling holding police liable for serious failings in their investigations.

In the last few weeks we have heard of yet more shocking incidents of crime in our borough, including the news that another young person in our community, Hasan Ozcan, has been tragically killed in a knife attack.

The New Year at City Hall has already got off to a busy start!

More than 1,500 offenders were caught for driving offences, including using a mobile phone at the wheel, last week.

The Dagenham and Rainham MP has praised the Mayor of London for confirming an investment of £49m will go into policing in the capital.

Two fraudsters claiming to be builders tried to swindle a Dagenham woman out of money for roofing “repairs”.

Paramedics rushed a person to a major trauma hospital this morning after an unspecified “incident” in Barking.

There were 264 acid attacks carried out across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge in the last three years, new figures have shown.

Two males were arrested this afternoon after police carried out a “re-enforced stop” on a stolen vehicle in Dagenham.

The Metropolitan Police is reminding people to protect their homes from burglary during the Christmas period.

A 19-year-old has been rushed to hospital after a suspected noxious substance attack at Barking and Dagenham College.

Complaints against the police in Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham more than tripled in the three months that followed the borough’s merging in January, new statistics reveal.

A 37-year-old man has admitted killing a homeless man from Dagenham who firefighters discovered lying next to a burnt out car.

The High Court has today quashed the former inquest verdicts on two of Stephen Port’s murder victims, as the families take an “important step” in their fight for justice.

The MP for Barking has warned that public confidence in the police has plummeted after a major shake-up to the force’s command.

A Dagenham man who conned amateur sports groups and small businesses out of £300,000 has been jailed for four years.

Dagenham police station is set to be saved - but it could be at the expense of a front counter in Barking.

Chancellor Philip Hammond should use next month’s Budget to end policing cuts and put public safety first, the mayor of London has said.

A man has been treated by paramedics after being involved in a crash with a motorist this morning.

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

A senior police officer has said it is “not practical” for officers to investigate crimes such as shoplifting and criminal damage as his force bids to save £400 million.

The deadline to have your say on the proposed closure of Dagenham Police Station is this Friday (Oct 6).

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