Barking and Dagenham Borough News


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the London borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Former soldier Nicky Morris (right) with his late father Raymond.

A former soldier who risked his life for his country in the Middle East is facing eviction from his family home over a council tenancy dispute.

Yesterday, 16:43

Almost a quarter of children in the borough’s care do not have up to date health checks.

Yesterday, 16:00
The Barking and Dagenham Post's Mark Shales (centre) flanked by fellow judges Charley Bird from X Factor's 2 shoes (right), and Richie Sampson from the Drifters Review (left) judged the Talent Show at Mecca Bingo in Dagenham.

“You really made that song your own.”

Yesterday, 15:07
Emmanuel Nwamadi

A former Barking and Dagenham College student will sing for the nation this weekend in the live final of BBC’s The Voice.

Yesterday, 07:00
All the award winners, runners-up and highly commened local companies from the Barking and Dagenham Business Awards 2014.

A wave of entrepreneurial spirit has seen a record number of businesses launched in Barking and Dagenham over the past year.

Marcia, Eve and Nathan hours before the Womens Empowerment Awards win

Mum of the Year winner Marcia Young, 56, talks to Sebastian Murphy-Bates about her decision to take in ten-year-old twin orphans after their mother died

Today Parliament dissolved, marking the official start of 2015's general election campaigning (Pic by Andrew Matthews/PA)

Today parliament dissolved, marking the start of official general election campaigning.

Chas Quye and Elvis Kwiatkowsk were oth found guilty of murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Two men have been found guilty of murdering dad-of-two Neill Buchel.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Cenred Elworthy and Theo Lamptey from Trading Standards visited a shop in Dagenham who were selling banned skin lightening creams

“We’ve found creams containing Mercury, which makes bones brittle and gets into your brain.”

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Children, shoppers and staff at the Dagenham Co-operative reopening

A food shop in Dagenham has reopened following a £310,000 transformation.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Britain's biggest primary school, Gascoigne Primary School, is set to get even bigger.

Barking and Dagenham Council will spend millions of pounds expanding schools across the borough over the next five years, including academies and free schools.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Crowds gather outside the Civic Centre in Dagenham to make a stand as part of the fight to secure the future of the centre.

Hundreds gathered outside Dagenham Civic Centre last night for a candlelit vigil aimed at saving it from redevelopment.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Paul Murrell was fined at Redbridge Magistrates' Court on Thursday

A boozy brawler was spared a stint of unpaid work on Thursday after telling Redbridge Magistrates’ Court that he’d prefer a fine.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Barking Enterprise Centre businesses.

The Barking Enterprise Centre (BEC) could be about to expand and operate under a new social enterprise, through plans to be discussed at cabinet tonight.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Shamsul Islam has been banned from working with children and vulnerable adults

A public transport predator who assaulted four females in one month has been indefinitely barred from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Hafiz Ikram's last known address was in Barking, but he may now be in Leyton

Police are appealing for help to trace a Barking sex offender.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A 34-year-old man has received a police caution following reports of a sexual offence on a train.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Tattoo artist, Micky Hall works on a Help for Heroes set of tattoos at Renshi's Tattoo Asylum in Dagenham

Tattooist Micky Hall tells Sebastian Murphy-Bates about some of the strangest requests he’s encountered during his years at Dagenham’s Renshi’s Tattoo Asylum

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Young ballet dancer Zayaan Rashid age10  has followed in his brother's footsteps by performing in a Royal Ballet School production.

A 10-year-old ballet dancer has followed in his brother’s footsteps by performing with some of the world’s top performers at the Royal Opera House.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Raised Voices has been working with FGM activist Leyla Hussein (Pic by Arc Theatre)

“We would be foolish to think Female Genital Mutilation [FGM] is not happening here. We’re a very diverse borough that has people from practising communities living here.”

Thursday, March 19, 2015
MP Stephen Timms.

East Ham MP Stephen Timms has blasted George Osborne for the r the national budget deficit.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Neill Buchel's dismembered body was found in White Hart Lakes in The Chase, Dagenham

A jury has retired to begin deliberations over the murder of Neill Buchel, whose body was chopped up and dumped in a Dagenham lake.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Neill Buchel's dismembered body was found in White Hart Lakes in The Chase, Dagenham

A jury has retired to begin deliberations over the murder of Neill Buchel, whose body was chopped up and dumped in a Dagenham lake.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham and Rainham.

George Osborne’s Budget outlined a “very clear choice” for people in May, according to Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas.

London Bloggers

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
[Photograph by John Phillips/PA Wire]

Often referred to as a melting pot, London is a city renowned for its rich blend of cultures.

Monday, December 22, 2014
Around 25 per cent of the population self-identity as having no religion yet still enjoy the fun of Christmas (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

It’s Christmas time. We know this by the light-adorned streets, the mobility hazard posed by boxes of Quality Street, Roses and Celebrations in every supermarket’s entrance and, of course, the incessant radio-plays of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You.