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In the first of a new series, we put local people in the spotlight with our Q&A.

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NHS

A Plaistow medical sales rep is blazing the trail for women in football as Newham’s only female head coach of a boys’ team.

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Essex County

Almost half of Newham landlords are failing to declare their rental income to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), Newham Council has estimated.

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Robin

Edson Da Costa’s family have called for the “immediate end” of chokeholds and similar methods used by police when detaining suspects.

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Metropolitan Police

A group of pensioners are “devastated” that their bingo club is to shut after 40 years due to hiked rental costs by the council.

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Newham Council

A recently-closed popular café could reopen as a small independent coffee shop, its previous owners have revealed.

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Forest Gate

A medical student hopes to prove she has beauty and brains after reaching the finals of the 2017 Miss India UK pageant.

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India

A 19-year-old Stratford man has been charged with the murder of 16-year-old Joshua Bwalya who was stabbed to death.

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Newham’s disadvantaged five-year-old pupils do as well as their affluent peers but lag behind at primary and secondary school, research says.

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A 19-year-old man has appeared in court accused of carrying three machete knives in a public place.

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Snaresbrook Crown Court

A Canning Town man will stand trial after being accused of throwing acid at an aspiring model and her cousin in Beckton.

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Snaresbrook Crown Court

Get ready for smooth reggae, Eastern beats and an iconic 70s girl group as Newham festival favourite Under the Stars returns.

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BBC

Sir Robin Wales has told a group of small and medium business leaders that “London is moving eastwards”.

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Robin

Slithering snakes, zumba dancing and thunderstorms all made an appearance at a community fun day on Saturday.

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Stephen Timms

Three 21-year-old men have been found guilty of affray.

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Snaresbrook Crown Court

Police have appealed for help to find a man who threatened another man with a large machete-style knife during a carjacking.

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Police have renewed an appeal to find a teenage girl, 15, who has been missing from East Ham for almost three weeks.

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London

The heartbroken mother of an East Ham man who died after being detained by police has died suddenly, her family has confirmed.

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A convicted murderer has appeared to release a rap album despite serving life in prison for a callous stabbing.

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Metropolitan Police

A Newham resident who once weighed 30 stone and could only run nine seconds on a treadmill has set up a running group.

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Newham Council

A 14-year-old boy from Stratford has won two silver medals in his first professional karate tournament.

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Japan

Two Newham sisters who starred in Big Brother 2017 say they feel like winners for defying the odds to reach the end.

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Forest Gate

A victim of a random stabbing has asked for the public’s help to find a gang of men wearing masks who attacked him.

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A taskforce targeting gang crime through a “holistic approach” has been assembled by Newham’s borough commander.

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Newham Council

Newham Council is to set up the UK’s first letting agents rating scheme to protect residents and landlords from rogue agents.

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Newham Council

Members of the Labour Party are seeking legal action to determine whether the process to choose their party’s Newham mayoral candidate for next year was run lawfully.

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Robin

Ammonia was squirted at a car driver and his passenger in a robbery after the driver refused to hand over his keys.

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Forest Gate

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after being shot in Canning Town in the early hours of this morning.

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Canning Town

A man in his twenties was hospitalised after he was found stabbed outside Maryland station.

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London Ambulance Service

A man suffered serious stab wounds after coming to the aid of a friend fighting a group of men in Stratford.

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