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A bid to ‘rewild’ childhood has been launched after words such as otter, newt and willow were dropped from a children’s dictionary.

Students at Robert Clack Upper School in Gosfield Road, Dagenham joined staff members of the club, Future Youth Zone, and council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell to celebrate.

An engineering student has had a close shave for charity.

A man had to be cut free from a vehicle following a crash on the A406 this morning.

A ‘greedy’ rogue landlord who converted three family homes into houses in multiple occupation without planning permission has been jailed for forging documents.

Up-and-coming athletes have a chance to scoop up to £5,000 of funding as part of a mentoring scheme.

A pensioner has won his refund battle after the Post intervened when he was refused one for accidentally paying a parking fine twice.

A boxing club that lost its premises last year has proved it was down but not out after finding a new home.

The families of the men killed by serial killer Stephen Port have welcomed a TV drama they hope will highlight police failings.

A memorial service has been held for the victim of a fatal stabbing a year after his death.

A shopkeeper has been fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,375 costs after illegally selling a cigarette to an underage person.

The great granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst called on families to share the story of how women won the vote on a visit to Barking.

A ‘rogue’ letting agent has been fined £4,000 after failing to publish the correct fees for tenants and landlords.

A food studies student has been awarded two bronze medals for putting plus-sized women on top of cupcakes.

Barking and Dagenham College has played host to VIP guests from the other side of the world.

A florist had a knife held to her stomach during a daylight raid on her shop.

The family of a Dagenham man who died in a Dubai jail cell may have to write to the city’s ruler in their quest to solve the mystery surrounding his death.

The rainbow flag has been flown over the town hall to kickstart LGBT+ history month.

A company developing young people’s skills has been fined £2,500 for street trading without a licence after a group of youngsters were caught flogging its magazines.

There were more than 200 claims for damage caused by potholes but only two pay outs last year, figures have revealed.

A man tricked into meeting a conman over a faked car sale was robbed and hit by the crook’s vehicle as he sped off.

One person has been hospitalised following a crash on the A13.

There are delays on the c2c this morning because of speed restrictions.

Neighbours have one last chance to comment on £1million plans to redevelop a park which include a BMX track for toddlers.

Five women and three children have been treated for smoke inhalation following a fire.

The lighting of six candles to remember the dead signalled the start of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day service.

Schoolchildren were involved in a brawl that left a sandwich takeaway trashed and shop assistant with a cut to the face.

A community food club has been launched to help families cut down their shopping bills.

The NHS has been urged to take race discrimination more seriously as figures suggest ethnic minority staff face increasing prejudice.

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