Crime & Court

A Dagenham man has been charged with murdering a teenager in Plaistow.

A drug dealer told the court he delayed identifying his co-accused as the murderer of Jodie Chesney because he wanted to make sure his family were safe and out of the country first.

A Dagenham man has been jailed for life for murdering a man with a machete in South Ockendon.

An Ilford Uber driver says he was forced to drive 220 miles for eight-and-a-half hours without a break by three passengers carrying out "illegal activities" across London and Essex.

A Barking man has been convicted of attempted murder after a "frenzied and sustained" knife attack that left a man with life-changing injuries.

An amateur boxer has described how a youth confessed "I just stabbed someone", after Jodie Chesney was fatally attacked.

A 17-year-old boy has been named in court by one of his co-defendents as Jodie Chesney's killer.

Two Barking men have been arrested on suspicion of murder in Antwerp, Belgium.

Three fraudsters from Barking, Ilford and Plaistow who received rental payments for properties that were never available to rent have been sentenced for money laundering.

A police detective working in the Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge tri-borough area has been sacked with immediate effect from the Metropolitan Police after he was found to have committed gross misconduct.

One of Dagenham Girl Scout Jodie Chesney's alleged killers has been accused of throwing his business partner "under the bus" over the incident that saw the teenager fatally stabbed in a Harold Hill park.

A radio service catering to patients at King George and Queen's Hospitals is set to run its third annual 25-hour nonstop broadcast to raise money for charity on the day the clocks go back - and you can get involved by sponsoring a song.

Thunderstorms, heavy rain and flash flooding is expected to bring travel disruption across London today (Monday, October 14).

A 20-year-old drug dealer accused of murdering Jodie Chesney has claimed he spent the day of her death doing drug deals and had no idea there would be bloodshed that night.

Dawn raids at 50 properties across east London have resulted in police seizing a variety of drugs, cash and weapons.

A gang of county lines drug dealers from across east London have been brought to justice after they were found guilty of transporting Class A drugs from London to Exeter - often using coerced children as drug mules while bragging about their illegal lifestyles on Snapchat.

Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the back by mistake after her killer "rid out on the wrong people", according to the alleged getaway driver.

A teenage boy has been taken to hospital after being stabbed at Upney station.

The most dangerous roads and junctions in Barking and Dagenham have been revealed thanks to figures showing the location of every crash last year.

Two men have been jailed for their part in a violent robbery that saw a shop owner strangled and attacked with a stun gun.

A 13-year-old boy will be on the sex offenders register for two and a half years after he exposed himself on a bus outside Barking station.

One of Jodie Chesney's alleged killers told a friend he had "done something real bad", a court has heard.

Two thugs from Dagenham and Collier Row are among 14 people to be sentenced for their part in "terrifying disorder" that broke out at a pro-Tommy Robinson demonstration.

A woman was injured when a driver crashed into her car after allegedly failing to stop for police.

A Dagenham teenager is among 28 people to be charged with drugs offences.

An Old Bailey jury has heard that the fatal wound that killed Jodie Chesney was an 18cm knife wound which almost passed right through her body.

Shadowy figures were caught on CCTV going into a park moments before Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death, a trial has heard.

A mum has been taken to hospital after being injured in a hit and run while with her child.

A school, community group and sports club have teamed up to get young people to pick up boxing gloves instead of knives.

The man who died after being hit by a car on the A13 has been named as Gediminas Valionis.

A cousin of Girl Scout Jodie Chesney has told jurors he was shocked when he recognised one of her alleged killers, telling jurors: "I never thought he would do something like that."

A friend of Girl Scout Jodie Chesney has described the "panic and hysteria" which broke out when she was fatally stabbed in a Harold Hill park earlier this year.

The vast majority of robberies in Barking and Dagenham are going unsolved by police as figures reveal the borough's most crime-ridden streets.

A gang member from Chadwell Heath has been jailed for nine years after he and his accomplices were found with two kilograms of cocaine.

Jodie Chesney's boyfriend fought to hold back tears as he told the court how she collapsed in his arms after she was stabbed.

Eleven young people from Barking and Dagenham were referred to a London-wide project hoping to protect children from becoming embroiled in county lines drug dealing last year, new data has revealed.

Girl Scout Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death by drug dealers after her friend bought cannabis from a rival rather than their new batch dubbed "Pineapple Express", a court has heard.

A young man claimed to be "deeply saddened" at the death of Jodie Chesney as he refused to help police, a court has heard.

The coroner will review what's been described as "harrowing" dash cam footage of a head-on collision on the A13 in Dagenham last year.

A 24-year-old woman who died after she was hit by a train at Goodmayes station was not "adequately assessed" by a mental health team before she was discharged from hospital just one hour earlier, an inquest heard.

A popular scout from Dagenham was stabbed in a "cowardly attack" in Harold Hill for which she is unlikely to have been the intended target, a court heard today, Tuesday, September 17.

An art teacher who painted a mural to brighten up her neighbourhood has spoken out after it was sprayed with graffiti.

A driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving after a man was found dead on the A13 in Dagenham.

Essex police are looking for a man wanted on recall to prison.

Gang members who armed themselves with knives and set "off in a convoy" from Hainault to stab an 18-year-old have been jailed.


To celebrate the launch of Connected Communities, Crowdfunder has teamed up with Trust For London to award £5,000 to five projects making a difference in Barking & Dagenham.

It's the debate fans across the UK are discussing - so where better to find out more about the iconic burger than behind the scenes in a local McDonald's restaurant?

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

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