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East London council warns Network Rail not to derail borough’s growth

An east London council is demanding Network Rail ensures there are no more delays on the electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking line. Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “Any overrun on the already delayed electrification works will be unacceptable. “Commuters do not deserve any more delays and disruption.” In …
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Trader selling Khyber snuff fails to pass pukka test

An east London trader has been fined and ordered to pay nearly £5,000 in fines and costs by Barkingside magistrates after he pleaded guilty to possessing illicit tobacco. Mohammed Islam, who owns Barking Paan Shop, was brought before court following a raid by Barking and Dagenham Council. Officers discovered dozens of packs of illegal cigarettes …
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Free event to help 16-18 year olds decide ‘what next?’ for their career

Young people in the borough will have the chance to meet colleges, careers advisers, and training organisations at an event to be held in Dagenham later this month. The free event, called What Next?, will offer youngsters aged 16-18 independent careers advice to help them assess what options are available. There will be information on …
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A-level students celebrate success in Barking and Dagenham

Students across our borough are celebrating their A-level results today with provisional figures showing 97.9% achieved an A* to E grade – matching the performance of other youngsters nationwide. The number of pupils receiving top grades A* to A increased at Dagenham Park School by 13% compared to last year, while Robert Clack School and Barking …
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Come and take part in the fourth annual Youth Parade

Barking and Dagenham’s annual Youth Parade is returning for a fourth consecutive year next month (Sunday 17 September), as the borough gets set to celebrate its inspirational young people and the contribution that they make to the area. Whether you’re a sports club, cadet group, a school, or even just a family or an informal …
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Barking and Dagenham celebrates Indian Independence Day

A flag raising ceremony outside Barking Town Hall kicked off our Indian Independence Day festivities this morning (15 August), as councillors and members of the community came together to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Indian independence. Leader of the Council Darren Rodwell was joined by local children (including one dressed as Mahatma Gandhi) to conduct the …
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Pakistan Independence Day marked with flag-raising ceremony

Today, we marked Pakistan Independence Day with a flag-raising ceremony. The event took place at 10am at Barking Town Hall and included a speech from Barking and Dagenham Mayor, Councillor Abdul Aziz, and Councillor Sade Bright, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Cohesion. Children from Al-Madina mosque sang the national anthem of Pakistan and enjoyed festivities …
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