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The 'valuable' work of small charities is being marked in a week of celebrations.

A rogue landlord who illegally converted a Barking home into two flats without planning permission has been jailed after failing to pay back almost £130,000.

Plans to build three flood lit astro pitches and stands on Parsloes Park have been given the green light.

A group of young people have organised a games night in a bid to get their peers to cut down on social media.

An NHS trust and doctor's surgery have been slammed for missing opportunities to help a 10-year-old schoolgirl who died of a severe asthma attack even though she had seen medics 48 times before.

A group of students have used 'cutting-edge' technology to create a virtual reality tour of their college's new building design.

A Pentecostal church has coughed up almost £34,000 after being ordered to pay back every penny earned from its illegal operation.

A new hotel is set to open as part of a chain's £115million expansion plans.

A fundraising appeal has been launched to help pupils 'dress for success' on their first day of secondary school.

A theatre company helping older people with African drumming has scooped almost £40,000 in funding.

A man who threatened a pregnant woman with sexual violence in a 'disgusting' verbal attack at a railway station has evaded jail.

A single mum has spoken of her horror after being burgled while she and her four-year-old son slept upstairs.

A gang has been found guilty of hacking into a businessman's email account and attempting to steal £3million.

An inquest has been opened into the death of a man whose body was discovered in a lake.

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was found on the A13 fighting for his life.

Motorists have been warned to expect delays after a broken down car caused traffic chaos on the A13.

A firm which manages social housing for councils has scooped an industry award.

A woman was caught trying to save and not spend a penny by going to the loo in the middle of a street.

An entrepreneur has launched an app in a bid to help youngsters better manage their money.

A team of 25 firefighters have tackled a house fire in Dagenham.

The council is reviewing how it pays for care after a woman was overcharged when her mother moved into a home for the elderly.

Angry neighbours have urged people to sign a petition against plans to force them to pay to park outside their homes.

When Jon Bevis's father Stephen died of pancreatic cancer in 1999 the family chose to have his ashes buried in the garden of remembrance at St Chad's church next door to his much-loved local, the White Horse in the High Road.

A shopping centre's customers could be swinging to the beats of a samba band after an arts charity opened up a branch in an empty store.

A person was found dead on railway tracks near Upney station in the early hours of this morning.

The owners of a beauty shop have been fined more than £14,500 for selling 'dangerous' skin-whitening cosmetics.

A man in his 40s was stabbed in Dagenham Heathway on Monday.

A doctor has apologised after hospital staff failed to tell the family of a Ford Dagenham striker about a fall she suffered before her death.

The life of a gangster who beat up a Kray Twins henchman features in a new book aimed at setting the record straight.

Anti-racism campaigners have made a mercy mission to France to offer aid to refugees.

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