Barking and Dagenham Borough News

Yesterday, 15:34

The rich history of the Becontree estate has been depicted in a colourful new mural, set to be unveiled at Valence House on Saturday.

Tue, 22:46
Cabinet member met at Barking Town Hall (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Major long-term plans for Barking and Dagenham’s transport future were outlined by members at tonight’s Cabinet meeting.

Tue, 13:15
Lake Michigan Admirals star Jaywuan has linked up with the Dagenham Dragons.

An American basketball team featuring a pair of former Harlem Globetrotters will touch down in Barking later this month for a special charity match.

Tue, 07:00
Barking MP Margaret Hodge

The borough’s businesses will enjoy a private audience with the women keeping the government’s finances in check this morning.

Mon, 18:30
Barking and Dagenham council leader Cllr Darren Rodwell (right) with Sustrans' Bryn Lockwood (left) and Havering cabinet member for culture and commmunity engagement Cllr Melvin Wallace (centre)

Barking and Dagenham moved a step closer to Havering this afternoon after a new walking and cycling bridge spanning the River Beam was lifted into place.

Mon, 13:20
Mum Alyson Agrawal, with two-year-old son Syon, has been campaigning for her Indian husband to be allowed a Uk visa.

A distraught mum is appealing for help reuniting her son with his dad – who lives more than 5,000 miles away.

Mon, 11:20
The new Vodafone store in Dagenham's Heathway shopping centre.

Former Phones 4U stores in Barking and Dagenham have reopened as Vodafone shops, following the collapse of the high street chain last month.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
All the award winners, runners-up and highly commened local companies from the Barking and Dagenham Business Awards 2014.

Barking and Dagenham has been named as one of the top places in London to launch a small business.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A 44-year-old man from Barking has been arrested as part of a suspected £40million alcohol fraud and money-laundering plot.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Good Samaritan was savagely beaten and bottled by a gang of men at West Ham Underground station as he came to the aid of a woman who was being harassed.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Cabinet members will meet at Barking Town Hall this evening (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Up to 410 public sector jobs could be at risk over the coming three years as the council sets about making £53.5million worth of cuts.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Prince Andrew with engineering students Christopher Attridge and William Tighe at CEME in Rainham.

The Prince Andrew, as he opened a new £1.3m digital communications hub at Barking and Dagenham College this morning.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Detectives investigating the murder of Ashley Latty have charged another man

A sixth man has been charged with the murder of 25-year-old Ashley Latty in Dagenham, and will appear in court today.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Enjoying a pint at the Eastbrook pub.

“There’s nothing to do in Dagenham, mate.”

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The Hammersmith and City line could become the

The Hammersmith and City Underground line could become the “Hammersmith to Barking” line as council bosses set out plans to re-write the track’s 24-year history.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
(L-R) Pam Fletcher, Maria Brown & Danny Fletcher signing a Labour party petition asking for spitting/urinating in the street to be made a fineable offence (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Dropping a cigarette butt, urinating in public, not picking up dog mess and spitting in the street.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The old Ford stamping plant, which closed July 2013.

A pair of huge developments at the historic sites of Dagenham’s former biggest businesses could see the creation of thousands of new jobs over the coming years.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Cabinet members will meet at Barking Town Hall this evening (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Plans to transform the face of Barking town centre over the next four years dominated proceedings at this evening’s cabinet meeting.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Artist Verity-Jane Keefe launches the

We might know the ins and outs of our own streets but how much do we know about the rest of Barking and Dagenham, and the people who have lived there?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Barking Abbey with St Margaret's Church

Police are investigating a possible link between two ‘unexplained’ deaths at St Margaret’s churchyard, Barking, after bodies were found just over three weeks apart.

Monday, September 22, 2014
Barking Abbey with St Margaret's Church

The dead body of a 21-year-old man was found in the grounds of a Barking church on Saturday.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Bruna Defaria Logallo, 4, with mother Nicola (left) is presented an award by Cllr Laila Butt and Borough Commander Andrew Ewing (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

A pair of courageous children were celebrated alongside an array of police officers at an inspirational Barking and Dagenham commendation ceremony on Friday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
David Salisbury with the winner James Furzer and Oliver Heath

An architecture student from Dagenham could become a garden household name after winning an international competition to design the conservatory of the future.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(L-R)  Operations manager Gerry Martin and reformed offender Chris Nelson.  Photo: Arnaud Stephenson

Prison life isn’t easy, and rightly so.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Helen Jenner, Cllr Everlyn Carpenter, Cllr Darren Rodwell, 16- month old Thomas Connolly and his mum Caroline Connolly at the opening of Arden House Nursery and Children's Centre.

An iconic register office has reopened as a children’s centre after more than half a million pounds of investment.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit:

Monday, September 1, 2014
Do you really need an explanation for that?! (Pic by Serena Marinelli)

If you’ve ever seen an Italian movie, you would probably know how important body language is in the culture.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Don't waste any of your harvest

If you are now inundated with ripe tomatoes, juicy green beans, berries and herbs, don’t leave them to go stringy or mouldy because the freezer can go a long way to making your crops last well into winter.