A plan to build tower blocks rising up to 28 storeys next to Barking Station has been recommended for refusal.

The town hall has pledged to take a zero-tolerance approach to unlicensed gatherings following two illegal raves.

A group of photography graduates have showcased their work online after the coronavirus scuppered plans to exhibit in a London gallery.

A capital-wide push to raise awareness of coronavirus testing has been backed by the town hall.

This is the moment a suspected thief tries to break into a van.

Two grieving sisters are hoping to reconnect with long lost family following the death of their father.

A fifth of all deaths in Barking and Dagenham this year have been linked to the coronavirus.

An art studio is presenting the borough’s first “queer cabaret” as part of a community project.

A man has urged drivers to beware scammers conning sellers out of their cars.

A college principal has welcomed a government announcement that it plans to boost higher technical education to support the UK’s economic recovery.

A woman on a family trip to Dubai allegedly withdrew thousands of pounds which were meant to pay for her child’s carer.

A bus driver has released a song to highlight the importance of good mental health when times get tough.

The sister of a “vulnerable” man found dead a week after being reported missing has said the circumstances surrounding his death do not add up.

The police are appealing for help finding a missing teenager.

A former Daggers footballer has kayaked across the Channel to raise more than £200,000 so a boy with a rare cancer can get the life-saving treatment he needs.

A crackdown on flytipping has been launched which includes asking people committing grime crime if they are “tossers”.

Building work has started on more than 50 “affordable” homes.

A foodbank saw use increase by more than 73 per cent at the height of the coronavirus lockdown, figures have revealed.

The police are appealing for help to find a missing 15-year-old girl.

The town hall’s finance chief has described a £2.4million boost to the council’s coronavirus hit coffers as “a drop in the ocean”.

A man is in hospital after being been shot.

Four people have been arrested following a crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour.

Sir Jack Petchey who founded a business empire and youth charity is 95 today.

A competition is running inviting people to share how they have connected with nature in their neighbourhood.

A youth group is offering youngsters free creative workshops next month

Dame Anna Hassan has taken to sweeping her street and tackling fly-tippers in a bid to keep her neighbourhood clean.

The town hall could be forced to make cuts of almost £40million over the next four years, a report shows.

A group of MPs has demanded the government continue to provide free travel for young people.

Work on the site of an old 1960s estate is back to full speed after the easing of the coronavirus lockdown.

The police arrested 10 people in a series of raids across London and Essex targeting organised gangs forcing “vulnerable” people to farm cannabis.


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