Staff in the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) bereavement team have helped make sure families who lost loved ones in hospital during the pandemic were given the advice and help they needed.

Barking and Dagenham Council has stopped care home visits and asked headteachers to enforce face masks in schools after an explosion of cases.

A partygoer has been cleared of fatally stabbing Barking man Randy Skuse at a party in Whitechapel and injuring three other people.

Getting your GCSE results is an exciting time. There are plans to be made about the future and what to do next. This year has been especially challenging for students and we know many are anxious about receiving their results.

Two brothers, including one from Dagenham, are to face trial in January for their alleged involvement in a terror plot.

While many pupils will be celebrating, others will be worrying about what to do next - and the University of East London’s head of outreach and access Yvonne Bentley has advice for those concerned about their future.

A teenage girl spared jail over her part in the death of a Dagenham man has been given a second chance to avoid a “downward spiral”.

A further easing of lockdown across England has been postponed with the prime minister warning the country “cannot be complacent” amid a rise in coronavirus cases.

A man has appeared in court in connection with a suspected terror plot.

In 1893 The Public Offices were built on land in East Street.

Of the borough’s listed buildings, the Grade II*-listed Barking Public Offices, also known as Barking Magistrates’ Court, is the only one with Victorian origins and remains one of its most imposing buildings.

A man from Barking has denied killing a Rainham postal worker by dangerous driving.

Former magistrate Sue Hamilton explores crime and punishment as part of a heritage project uncovering Barking town centre’s past.

Rubbish dumps are set to reopen next week after more than a month of closures because of the coronavirus lockdown.

Coronavirus warning messages are being broadcast from cars in the streets of Barking and Dagenham to get people to respect the lockdown.

The family of a doctor who died after contracting the coronavirus has described a one minute’s silence held to honour fallen NHS heroes as a “humbling tribute”.

A riverside cafe and bar in Barking has been recognised for its work in creating a positive community impact.

A Dagenham man allegedly recruited and directed two teenage boys to carry out a murder in a revenge hit after he was stabbed himself as part of a feud, a court has heard.

Barking and Dagenham Council is developing a suicide prevention culture following the death of a young woman.

The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise visit to a Dagenham school to deliver an International Women’s Day message to men to “value the women in your lives”.

A teenager was “senselessly” stabbed to death by three members of a county lines drugs gang who were attempting to rob a rival gang, a court has heard.

Council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell has visited a Dagenham technical college to see the progress being made.

Barking and Dagenham Council has been accredited by a national charity for the way it helps employees who experience domestic abuse.

An Olympic volleyball player has visited Rush Green Primary School after their win at a borough-wide competition.

Councillors and pupils stood together in Barking Town Square to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

After the festive period, gift giving and indulgence follows the contrastingly bleak month of January and a period of self-deprivation: alcohol free, less calories and reduced spending... It is time to look back to thriftiness in Barking’s past - shopping here 100 years ago involved pawnbrokers and penny stores.

A “shy” student has scooped a leading role at his college.

A new law to tackle terrorist propaganda could be introduced in the wake of the 2017 London Bridge terror attack.

A robber from Orpington has been jailed for at least 30 years for stabbing a young Dagenham man to death after he was lured into a “honey trap” on Snapchat.

A convicted terrorist from Chadwell Heath who took a selfie on a secret phone has been sent back to jail.


For the past six months, employers and employees have been adapting to ways of working from home. The green light has now been given to many people to go back to offices safely. From flexible hours and staggered starting times to deep cleaning, we’re getting ready for new ways of working.

School’s in for summer – and beyond – with health experts agreeing that pupils safely returning to their studies is “positively” the right thing to do. It’s vital for all children’s welfare, not just in terms of students’ future education but also mental and physical well-being, as well as social interaction of classmates.

The NHS Test and Trace system provides protection for family, friends, colleagues and the community, and is here to keep all of us safe and allow us to enjoy summer safely. We take a look at how the system is working and talk to one member of the thousands of team members about her experiences.

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