It's a whiteout - heaviest snowfall for 18 years

SCORES of schools have been forced to close and London s bus network cancelled as the south-east sees its worst snowfall for 18 years.The extreme weather has seen every one of Barking and Dagenham s infant and junior schools closed, as well as children s

SCORES of schools have been forced to close and London's bus network cancelled as the south-east sees its worst snowfall for 18 years.

The extreme weather has seen every one of Barking and Dagenham's infant and junior schools closed, as well as children's centres.

Most secondary schools have also asked students to stay at home today.

Rubbish collectors have been suspended today - and home owners have been warned by Barking and Dagenham Council to expect further disruptions to services throughout the week.


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No cashiers are available at the One Stop Shop, although the cashier's office at the civic centre, Rainham Road North, Dagenham, is open.

No council transport services will be running today, parking restrictions are temporarily suspended and there are no street warden or dog warden services.

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Barking and Dagenham Contact Centre - including housing benefits and council tax, and the Barking One Stop Shop - is running a limited service and has warned residents to expect long waiting times.

The London Underground has also been severely affected, with delays across the service.

Commuters have been stuck at railway stations and many forced to stay at home as the deluge cripples the capital.

The Circle, Hammersmith and City and Waterloo and City lines have been suspended, while part suspensions and severe are affecting the Bakerloo, Central, District, Jubilee, Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines.

There are also severe delays on the Northern line while the Victoria line is running a good service, according to Transport for London.

Email your pictures of Barking and Dagenham in the snow, to Lindsay.Jones@archant.co.uk

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