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A new playground, basketball court and outdoor gym have opened in Valence Park after two years of campaigning by a local mum.

Protestors against the increasing rate of knife crime have marched from Dagenham Heathway to Dagenham East police station.

Businesses were urged to grasp the opportunities £15billion of planned investment will bring to the borough as the council and Federation of Small Businesses outlined a bold vision last night.

Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington will be lining up alongside a series of aquatic Olympic heroes to kick off the launch event of the new 50m pool at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre this weekend.

The council has bought a business park as part of plans to develop a digital and media 'powerhouse' in the borough.

Year Three pupils have shared their ideas to make the borough the 'green capital of London'.

A mural commemorating a major Thames shipping disaster has been restored to its former glory.

A contractor has been appointed to build the overground extension to Barking Riverside.

West Ham United captain, Mark Noble, organised the donation of £10,000 of sleeping bags, hand warmers and coats for the homeless.

Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Darren Rodwell, has spoken out about homelessness during the holidays.

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 and Dagenham has joined four other London councils to back a Windrush Day celebration in the borough.

Last week, the Barking and Dagenham Post released troubling figures about the dramatic rise in violent crime across the borough.

A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction work on more than 900 new homes has been held in Barking.

Residents of Barking saw the town centre in all its' glory at the Christmas lights switch-on festival.

Barking and Dagenham Council has blasted "behind closed doors" plans to academise all Roman Catholic schools in the borough.

A Labour councillor who failed to declare an interest in two properties her husband rents out when she was responsible for punishing rogue landlords has apologised.

A councillor responsible for punishing rogue landlords who failed to declare a property her husband rents out has been ordered to make a public apology.

"London is moving east. We're already there and everyone has to follow."

Council leader Darren Rodwell has welcomed new powers allowing local authorities to borrow more to build their own homes.

Councillors, charities and the police were among those who signed a pledge at Barking Town Hall yesterday to unite and take action against knife crime.

Every effort is going into tackling crime in the capital. It is amongst our highest priorities at City Hall.

A new Barking housing development for artists held an open house event.

Plans for a £7 million redevelopment of Parsloes Park are a step closer thanks to a £500,000 cash boost from the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

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