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Ryan Birkett, a 21-year-old suspected of committing GBH with a harmful fluid in Lodge Avenue, Dagenham Picture: Met Police

Police in Barking and Dagenham are looking for two men suspected of unconnected violent assaults, one involving a knife and the other a noxious liquid.

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Barking and Dagenham Council overspent by £2.9million in the last financial year

Barking and Dagenham Council spent £2.9million beyond its budget in the last financial year.

Raj Kumar is urging people in Barking and Dagenham to get help with mental health through Talking Therapies

Your clinical commissioning group’s mental health lead, Raj Kumar, 44, tells Sebastian Murphy-Bates about the importance of prioritising people who struggle in silence

The siting of two bus stops directly opposite one another in Dagenham has been called

Transport for London’s (TfL) siting of two Dagenham bus stops directly opposite one another has been slammed as “ridiculous” amid congestion fears.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Iris Jameson reflects on the old Abbey Leisure Centre

It’s poised to be turned into Barking’s only cinema, a few restaurants and 150 flats – but for 19 years Abbey Sports Centre was the town centre base for exercise and fitness.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Barking and Dagenham police tweeted this picture on Friday with the message:

Thirty-one Romanians were threatened with deportation and another was arrested in a Barking immigration raid this morning.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Rosemary Thake claimed a range of benefits that she wasn't entitled to, including housing benefit Picture: Joe Giddens/ PA

A “stupid” Dagenham benefit fraud who illegally claimed up to £85,935.34 was spared jail today.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Scott, front and centre with arm around brother Bailey, will play with his friends against legends from Dagenham and Redbridge FC

An account manager and his friends will play against a Dagenham and Redbridge FC “legends” team to raise cash for a rare syndrome, after his brother was diagnosed.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Soni carried out one of his attacks on the Number 5, which runs through Barking and Dagenham

A shop worker was jailed today for sexually assaulting four females on east London buses – including a 16-year-old schoolgirl.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Soni carried out one of his attacks on the Number 5, which runs through Barking and Dagenham

A shop worker was jailed today for sexually assaulting four females on East London buses – including a 16-year-old schoolgirl.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Barking UFO spotter Mike Rutherford hopes to enlist others for exploration

Technologically advanced lifeforms may have bypassed Barack Obama, David Cameron and even William Shatner, appearing three times in 25 years to a humble hospital porter in Barking instead.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Ritah Sterling and sons Armani Semakula, four, and Jibril Semakula, two, are among the Barking families hit by the security gate ban

A ban on metal security gates on Barking and Dagenham council estates is set to go ahead – despite overwhelming opposition from our readers.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Tania Mehmet says unclear planning policy is causing problems at her Parkside House home in Dagenham, with the problems being even worse at night Picture: Melissa Page

Unclear parking policy has been blamed for putting Dagenham tenants at risk by forcing them to walk long distances through the night to their homes.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The newsagent was sentenced at Barkingside Magistrates' Court

A newsagent has been fined £500 for selling cigarettes to a 15 year-old girl.

Monday, May 16, 2016
A 15-year-old was stabbed outside the Pie and Mash shop in Dagenham Road.

Police have arrested three people in connection with a stabbing in Dagenham this afternoon.

Monday, May 16, 2016
Karma Nirvana supports victims of honour based abuse and forced marriages and hosted their roadshow at Barking Learning Centre

A nationwide charity helping victims of forced marriages and honour-based violence has called on Barking and Dagenham to work together and educate residents to help protect women.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Lynden Davies Lecturer and NACC Care Cook of the Year 2016 judge with students (l-r) George Fodor, Lucy King and Gemma Naidoo

A trio of aspiring chefs have been handpicked to help out with a national catering competition.

Friday, May 13, 2016
Andy Burnham MP said he's worried about Elutec College of Design and Engineering students like Leighanne Copeland, 15, and Ali Ahmed, 15, if Britain leaves the EU

Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham praised “brilliant” Dagenham engineering students for their passion, warning leaving the European Union (EU) threatened their futures.

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Kaleem Haider, manager at the Barking practice, says charges are making it impossible for patients to park

Doctors say the council is creating chaos for patients by making it impossible to park near their Barking surgery without being fined.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Paige Wedge, who won volunteeer of the year at the East Thames Group awards for her work in Barking

Volunteer of the Year Paige Wedge, 21, tells Sebastian Murphy-Bates how she overcame prejudice to improve people’s mental health and help build smaller charities in Barking and Dagenham

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Dagenham grandmother Karen Smith after she completed her first skydive to raise cash for St Francis Hospice Picture: Jodie Smith

A Dagenham grandmother who spends her life caring for the sick completed a skydive to raise £945 for Saint Francis Hospice.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
An artist's impression of how the former Abbey Leisure centre will look

A former sports centre is a step closer to being transformed into flats and a cinema complex – creating 206 full-time jobs.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Teacher John Course with former student Fisayo Noibi and his guest Kerry Course (Pic: Edmund Blok/Oxford University)

A sixth form teacher has been recognised as one of the country’s most inspiring after helping a student land a place at Oxford University.

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Jo Richardson Community school sixth-form students were invited to attend the 2016 Women of the Year Lecture

A group of sixth-form students met the likes of Sandi Toksvig and anti-racism campaigner Baroness Lawrence at a special lecture celebrating inspirational women.

Friday, May 6, 2016
Dominic Byrne, NUT secretary for Barking and Dagenham

One of the country’s biggest teaching unions has welcomed the government’s U-turn over turning all Barking and Dagenham schools into academies.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Eric the skateboarding bulldog

A bulldog who taught himself how to skate and does the half pipe in Clissold Park is becoming an internet sensation.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Here's how the shiny new trains look on the outside (Photo: Thameslink)

Spacious new Thameslink trains have been revealed – and you can see inside them here.

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