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Paloma Faith wins her first BRIT as Kanye West shares stage with South London rappers Novelist and Stormzy

Paloma Faith wins her first BRIT as Kanye West shares stage with South London rappers Novelist and Stormzy

  Paloma Faith won her first BRIT at the 35th instalment of the annual awards ceremony that also saw South London rappers Stormzy and Novelist join Kanye West on stage. The 33-year-old singer-songwriter Faith grew up in Stoke Newington and won her first Brit award for best female artist. She…

UPDATE: Missing girls from Bethnal Green believed to have crossed into Syria with the help of smugglers

UPDATE: Missing girls from Bethnal Green believed to have crossed into Syria with the help of smugglers

The three missing Bethnal Green schoolgirls feared to be looking to join ISIS have crossed into Syria from Turkey, Metropolitan Police say. Kadiza Sultana, 16, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum, both 15, who are all pupils at Bethnal Green Academy, flew from London to Turkey on February 17. The Metropolitan…

“Hallmarks of institutional racism”: Lutfur Rahman tells judge of experience from Labour hierarchy

“Hallmarks of institutional racism”: Lutfur Rahman tells judge of experience from Labour hierarchy

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has told a judge this week that the Labour Party bears “hallmarks of institutional racism”. Mayor Lutfur Rahman is currently on trial at Election Court in the Royal Courts of Justice over accusations of election fraud but denies any wrongdoing. In a written witness statement to…

Met Police deny claims by Turkish deputy prime minister of delayed information concerning missing girls

Met Police deny claims by Turkish deputy prime minister of delayed information concerning missing girls

  The Metropolitan Police have denied allegations that it took three days to inform Turkey about the three missing schoolgirls from Bethnal Green suspected of joining the Islamic State in Syria. Kadiza Sultana, 16, Amira Abase, 15, and Shamima Begum,15, all pupils at Bethnal Green Academy, flew from London to…

Police appeal for three Bethnal Green schoolgirls who are feared to be travelling to Syria to become “jihadi brides”

Police appeal for three Bethnal Green schoolgirls who are feared to be travelling to Syria to become “jihadi brides”

Police are “extremely concerned” for the safety of three missing schoolgirls from Tower Hamlets who are feared to be travelling to Syria via Turkey. Kadiza Sultana, 16, Shamima Begum, 15 and an unnamed 15-year-old, all pupils at Bethnal Green Academy, have been missing from their homes since Tuesday. Police believe…

Property prices continue to surge in ELL boroughs but sales are down, according to new data from the ONS

Property prices continue to surge in ELL boroughs but sales are down, according to new data from the ONS

House prices in ELL boroughs continued to surge in value throughout the economic downturn in spite of far fewer people buying properties in the areas. Data released by the Office for National Statistics on Monday showed the huge growth in property prices over the past 18 years. A median flat…

Gang crimes down in EastLondonLines boroughs, prompting Mayor’s Office to invest in victim services

Gang crimes down in EastLondonLines boroughs, prompting Mayor’s Office to invest in victim services

The number of cases related to gang offences has fallen by over 60 per cent in ELL boroughs since January 2013, according to a report released by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). There were a total 313 gang-related offences between 2014 and 2015, compared to 505 cases…

Spitalfields annual Shrove Tuesday race raises money with pancake-flipping, fancy-dress and free hugs

Spitalfields annual Shrove Tuesday race raises money with pancake-flipping, fancy-dress and free hugs

The annual Great Spitalfields Pancake Race took place today, Shrove Tuesday, at Brick Lane, with teams gathering to raise money for the London’s Air Ambulance Service. In their teams of four, Londoners compete by running up and down Dray Lane whilst flipping pancakes. The teams fight for their name to…

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman spends £9 million turning historic hospital into “civic hub”

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman spends £9 million turning historic hospital into “civic hub”

Tower Hamlets Council have revealed plans to transform Whitechapel’s historic Royal London Hospital into a new ‘civic hub’ for the borough. The council purchased the hospital site for £9 million in a deal announced last week. The building has been empty for two years following the construction of a new…

Hackney Unites against anti-Semitism demonstration set to take place in Stamford Hill next month

Hackney Unites against anti-Semitism demonstration set to take place in Stamford Hill next month

A petition has been launched to stop an anti-Semitic demonstration organised by Somerset resident Joshua Bonehill-Paine in Stamford Hill in March. The petition produced by Hackney Unites, a community coalition for social justice, calls on Hackney Council and the police to deny permission for what they describe as “a deliberately provocative demonstration designed to…

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