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An army of Harry Potters, white rabbits and superheroes will arrive in schools across the borough to celebrate the joys of reading.

Bin men and women have voted in favour of industrial action over council plans to cut their salary.

Hairdressers celebrated their graduation thanks to a Dagenham salon that gave them a break when no one else would.

Four young men are in custody on charges of an armed robbery in Broad Street, Dagenham.

The chips have fallen well for The Golden Fish chip shop in Dagenham as it receives an award for serving the best chips in the country.

What would you do if someone stole your car?

A young couple were disgusted to find blood, urine and faeces on carpets and a mattress when they moved into a council flat with their two young children – and could be homeless within weeks.

Girls outshone boys in last year’s GCSEs in both the new baccalaureate and the traditional five A* to C grade measurement, according to government data released this week.

Ghost hunters were on the lookout for spooky goings-on at a fright night in Valence House Museum, where spirits are said to haunt the old building’s walls.

An alleyway full of dumped rubbish has been denounced by a local reverend as a “slum”.

Prisons, campaigns, air strikes and an overgrown garden – it’s been quite a year for Barking and Dagenham’s two Members of Parliament.

A music student who stole a box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates from Lidl was ordered by a court to pay £150 with his pocket money.

Barking and Dagenham kicked off a year of celebrations to mark the borough’s 50th anniversary on Monday by flying a flag specially designed for the occasion.

The Broadway’s first 80 years saw a slow birth and a number of dramatic twists. Now, as it enters a new phase, Adam Barnett looks at the colourful history of a theatre at a crossroads

A 24-year-old woman who went missing from Dagenham before Christmas has been found.

Libraries, bin men and lollipop ladies could face cuts as part of £54million savings proposals agreed this week by Barking and Dagenham’s cabinet.

A teenage girl who went missing and was last seen in Dagenham has been found by police.

Tom Williams, 57, tells Adam Barnett how the area has changed since he began working for Barking and Dagenham’s council for voluntary service 11 years ago

A young Labour councillor who assaulted his girlfriend in public on Halloween is stepping down from a leading party role after being warned about his future conduct.

Have you seen this teenager?

Soldiers who served in the First World War will be remembered tonight in a film made by Dagenham students.

A pensioner who suffered a heart attack outside Barking Tube station owes his life to three quick-thinking police officers.

The hunt is on for adoptive parents, with the council seeking homes for 14 children in four sibling groups before the week is up.

A mother who lost her soldier son in conflict has welcomed the return of British troops from Afghanistan – while her son’s friend calls for those returning home to be given more support.

The stage musical version of the hit film Made in Dagenham will have it’s official opening next week in the West End.

Scott Redmond, 44, posted drawings of places in the borough, past and present, online. He tells Adam Barnett how his Dagenham Days project took off on Twitter and Facebook by stirring people’s memories

The second radical alteration to Barking and Dagenham’s housing policy in just a few months comes into effect on Monday.

A man was dragged from his car and beaten by a group of five on Saturday night, prompting a special branch manhunt for the perpetrators.

Thousands of landlords have applied for licences under tough new rules that could land them with a £20,000 fine for renting out homes in bad condition.

David Cameron visited the famous Dagenham Ford motor plant today to announce a £9million funding grant for work on a new diesel engine.

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