Barking and Dagenham Borough News


Staff and customers at Barking’s newest supermarket will attempt to get into the world record books tomorrow morning when the store opens.

The encampment just off Bastable Avenue

A group of travellers could be facing eviction after arriving in Thames View estate this afternoon.

Margaret Hodge MP was made a dame in the latest honours list

The Labour MP who has represented Barking since 1994 made the Dissolution Honours list on Thursday.

More than 400 people joined Darren Rodwell fo the trip

Council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell joined mayor Simon Bremner and more than 400 people on a trip to Southend on Saturday.

Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour leadership front-runner Jeremy Corbyn has the backing of at least five Barking and Dagenham councillors.

Yesterday, 13:48
The construction site in River road

Construction work on one of the capital’s biggest housing schemes has stopped after developers found asbestos in the ground.

Yesterday, 11:20
Karen Baker has won £500 in our prize draw.

Our latest shopping voucher winner is planning to spend her winnings on decorating her flat.

BHRUT runs King George Hospital and has made use of PFI loans for infrastructure

The trust running King George and Queens hospitals is paying more on loan repayments to private investment firms than any other across London, a report has found.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
James and Teresita Sweeney with their giant Tromboncino

The classic British summertime downpours might be bad for anyone planning a beach trip, but they’ve been good news for the gardeners.

Friday, August 28, 2015
The new Asda store in Barking

A new era of Barking supermarket shopping will begin next week with the opening of the new Asda.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Traffic disruption

Motorists face delays on the A13 heading westbound this morning following a crash involving a motorbike in Dagenham.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Have you seen missing 14-year-old Klaudia Sokolowska?

Police are renewing appeals for help in tracing a missing 14-year-old girl who could be in Dagenham.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Kenko Fujii, Eoin Heffernan, Seun Oshinaike, Fortunia Iya-Nya and Valon Musa who created Silent Secret, in Barking

A global social media app aimed at tackling cyber-bullying among young people has been nominated for a top business prize.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Paul Lucas with Eleanor Strange (aged 19) in the gardens at Rainham Hall

A collection of micro companies is offering community services to those that need it across the borough.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
BHRUT runs King George Hospital and has made use of PFI loans for infrastructure

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) spends 11.3 per cent of its operating revenue repaying private companies – the highest of any London trust.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Our Parks is promoting free outdoor fitness classes as the alternative to expensive gym memberships

Expense is no longer an obstacle to getting active thanks to a leisure industry insider bringing free fitness to the borough.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Architect James Furzer won a design competition for his plans for a series of homless shelters, and is now hoping to make his plans a reality

A talented student who won an international competition with his homeless shelter design is hoping to see his plans become a reality.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Mum Kelly Barrett (centre) with children Evie, 13, (left) and (right) Charlie, 9, and Jodie, 14

A heartbroken family mourning the death of their beloved cat has claimed they were “emotionally blackmailed” by a chain of vets.

Monday, August 24, 2015
Parades of steam machines looked back to the borough's rural industry

The borough’s first Steam and Cider Fair saw 18,000 people descend on Old Dagenham Park on Saturday.

Monday, August 24, 2015
Queen's Hospital, Romford

The health trust running King George and Queen’s hospitals increased their car parking takings by more than £200,000 last year.

Monday, August 24, 2015
Dulcie Forbes, 58, runs Barking Poetry Group at the library

Librarian Dulcie Forbes tells Sebastian Murphy-Bates how she helps tackle isolation by using writing to strengthen communities with her fortnightly poetry club

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The Maples is about to close

A day centre for people with learning disabilities is set to close in the next few weeks as the council’s cut-backs come into effect.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell with children at the Keep Active fun day

More than 150 people turned out for a day of fun and healthy living in the middle of one of Barking’s biggest estates on Friday.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Yesterday we issued an appeal to help police find a man wanted for questioning after a 16-year-old boy was assaulted as he got on a bus in Romford.

Monday, August 17, 2015
11-year-old Mehmet Yagli's injuries, a week on

A terrified mum has spoken of her concern after her 11-year-old son was hit round the head with a golf club in Central Park.

London Bloggers

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The Cuban

The Cuban is set up like an old relative’s house in a tropical country – doors thrown open in welcome.

Monday, April 13, 2015
Vintage fashion shopping is a joy in London (Photo by Graham French/BIPs/Getty Images)

In with the old, out with the new. This is the mantra of the best London vintage shoppers today, whose aesthetic of effortless chic is becoming more sought after.