A delivery driver accused of driving Tavis Spencer-Aitkens’ alleged killers to the scene of the fatal attack parked his van and took drugs to “calm his nerves” after what happened, a court has heard.

A 20-year-old drug dealer from Barking has denied organising a van to take Tavis Spencer-Aitken’s alleged killers to the Nacton area of Ipswich on the day of his death.

A manipulative man who strangled his wife and set light to her body after taking out more than £300,000 in life insurance has been found guilty of murder.

A drug dealer from Barking accused of murdering teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens has denied hitting him over the head with a bottle during the fatal attack.

The jury in the trial of six defendants accused of murdering Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens has been hearing evidence about gang rivalry in Ipswich.

A 16-year-old boy accused of murdering Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens is in the witness box at Ipswich Crown Court.

Three members of the same family could be jailed today for having Islamic State (IS) propaganda.

Barking and Dagenham is set to launch a domestic violence commission after recording the highest levels of abuse in the home in London.

A “controlling and manipulative” man strangled his wife then set fire to her body after taking out £310,000 of life insurance, a court has heard.

A witness has told how he saw a group of hooded youths jump on a teenager on the day the 17-year-old was stabbed to death.

Barking and Dagenham experienced London’s largest rise in young people taking part in higher education over the last decade.

A Dagenham chorister has released a solo album of gospel music.

Santa’s famous red suit will be straining at the seams this Christmas thanks to the generosity of boys and girls in Barking and Dagenham.

A Barking school has been forced to close one of its sites following a major water leak.

The MP for Barking’s annual Christmas card competition saw its record number of entries this year with 5,633 children from primary schools across the borough taking part.

Barking’s first halal and vegetarian foodbank has opened its doors.

A primary school in Dagenham has been named as the best in the borough, according to a pupils’ progress measure.

A man from Barking is among six people accused of killing a teenager by stabbing him 15 times and smashing a bottle over his head to “settle the score” in a postcode feud, a court heard.

Five fraudsters who ran an “industrial scale” bogus visa application ring and then tried to claim millions in tax have been sentenced to a total of 31 years in jail.

Barking and Dagenham has the fifth highest rate of homeless people living in temporary accommodation in England, a new report from housing charity Shelter shows.

A quarter of secondary schools in Barking and Dagenham are inadequate or require improvement, Ofsted figures show.

Around 100 people attended a second donor drive to help find a blood stem match for a schoolboy from Dagenham battling leukaemia.

The number of robberies in Barking and Dagenham has increased by almost 60per cent, according to the latest police recorded crime statistics.

House prices in Barking and Dagenham have risen by 2.6 per cent in the last year.

Social services bosses at Barking and Dagenham Council have come under fire from a family court judge over their handling of a case involving a teenage boy with complex special needs.

A senior NHS nurse shook her eight-month-old son after momentarily losing control, a family court judge has decided.

Barking and Dagenham has the highest level of obesity among Year 6 pupils in England, with more than four in 10 an unhealthy weight.

The ex-wife of former Liberian president Charles Taylor has denied a string of torture charges, including one relating to a woman witnessing the shooting of her two children while she was tied up.

The government has said sorry for the infected blood scandal at the inquiry into the treatment of thousands of people given products containing hepatitis and HIV.

Almost 400 written warnings were handed out to businesses in Barking and Dagenham for food hygiene issues over the last year, it has been revealed today.


The Exchange in Ilford has added a state-of-the-art, Savannah-themed play area, with hand painted animal sculptures, to its brand new family zone, designed by American creative agency Playtime

Are you aged over 25 and an unpaid carer? If you want to return to employment but need practical help and support to get there, Working for Carers can help.

Everest Estates stress-free service guarantees a fixed income for your East London or Essex property every month, even if no one is currently living there. Here they talk about the scheme and explain how it can help you dodge common letting headaches.

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