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With Christmas now a distant memory it might seem strange for Barking and Dagenham Council to be asking residents to look out for Santa’s sleigh - but that’s because someone stole it from a Dagenham lock-up.

Barking and Dagenham fell silent over the weekend to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in war.

Oohs and aahs rang through Barking Riverside at the area’s first ever community fireworks display.

This is the lethal ‘face melter’ acid that can burn and maim people in seconds - and has been used in a wave of shocking attacks across the capital.

Shop owners are being urged to help in the fight against “evil” acid attacks.

A widower who was told forgotten war heroes including a 19-year-old RAF pilot buried in Eastbrookend Cemetery, Dagenham, would not be memorialised has forced the council to reconsider.

Barking and Dagenham Council has confirmed that none of its housing blocks have the same type of cladding as Grenfell Tower.

The town hall’s flag is flying at half-mast today in solidarity with the three people killed by a terrorist in Westminster yesterday.

Former civil service head Lord Bob Kerslake has been tasked with putting “rocket boosters” on regeneration in the borough.

The council’s war on “grime crime” continues as “hard-hitting” images show a man placing a plaid shirt in a backstreet.

Images of two suspected fly-tippers have been released in the council’s continued fight against “grime crime”.

Faith leaders joined mayor Eileen Keller to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Friday.

Councillors have pledged to lobby against the return of grammar schools to the borough.

A national arts scheme has shortlisted council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell for its Arts Champion award.

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