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Plane stopped at Heathrow airport following suspicions schoolgirl from Tower Hamlets travelling to Syria

Plane stopped at Heathrow airport following suspicions schoolgirl from Tower Hamlets travelling to Syria

A plane carrying a 15-year-old girl from Tower Hamlets thought to be travelling to join the Syrian conflict, was stopped by police on a runway at Heathrow earlier this month. It was reported yesterday that the girl, who was returned to her family, had saved money and bought a ticket…

Mayor Lutfur Rahman stripped of key powers as “takeover squad” moves into Tower Hamlets Council

Mayor Lutfur Rahman stripped of key powers as “takeover squad” moves into Tower Hamlets Council

The commissioners of the Government’s “takeover squad”  moved into Tower Hamlets Council today under orders  to strip the Mayor Lutfur Rahman of key powers. Two commissioners, appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, entered the council headquarters to meet Rahman and his officials for…

Interim board imposed on Sedgehill School after protest

Interim board imposed on Sedgehill School after protest

Lewisham Council have decided to replace Sedgehill School’s current governing board, despite a large protest outside the borough’s town hall last Friday night. The decision comes after Sedgehill School was said to be “underperforming” in a recent Ofsted report. An Interim Executive Board, made up of staff from the Bethnal Green Academy in…

Booze buses to scour Croydon’s streets this holiday

Booze buses to scour Croydon’s streets this holiday

Specially adapted ambulances will be monitoring the streets of Croydon this weekend as London braces itself for festive drinking. The booze buses, modified ambulances that allow up to three patients to be transported to alcohol recovery centres, are preparing for the heavy drinking that accompanies the last weekend before Christmas. They…

Mysterious posters appear in Lewisham bus stops

Mysterious posters appear in Lewisham bus stops

Fake adverts accusing police of getting away with murder, racism and ignorance have been posted at New Cross bus stops. The posters, which were discovered on Sunday, had been placed behind glass in the space reserved for advertisements, and included claims that that the Metropolitan police had not been held…

The 12 songs of Christmas: ELL’s jinglebell jukebox

The 12 songs of Christmas: ELL’s jinglebell jukebox

If you would think it’s far too early to be writing Eastlondonlines’ own list of the best Christmas songs, you would be correct. But seeing as the annual assault on the charts by The Pogues, Mariah Carey and Wham has begun, it seemed an appropriate time to look at the…

‘The Realness': where laughs lie side by side with violence

‘The Realness': where laughs lie side by side with violence

Within just a few hours of leaving prison Jay Johnson has been mugged. Surrounded by taunting youths, his phone is snatched before he even makes it home. Jay’s world of menacing east London streets where fights flare in the blink of an eye and gangsters roam with arrogant glares is…

Residents protest to save school from academy status

Residents protest to save school from academy status

A crowd of more than 100 students, teachers and parents protested outside Lewisham town hall in Catford yesterday to oppose the council’s proposal to turn Sedgehill school into an academy. The campaign to “Stop Academies In Lewisham” stepped up as petitions were handed to the council at 04:00pm. Executive director…

ELL boroughs have some of the highest proportions of obese children in the country, report reveals

ELL boroughs have some of the highest proportions of obese children in the country, report reveals

Croydon, Hackney, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets have some of the highest proportions of obese children in the country, a report shows. The National Child Measurement Programme released a report last week. It revealed the Eastlondonlines boroughs to be at least 2.5 and 5.6 per cent higher than the current national…

Illustration exhibition gives proceeds to Crisis charity

Illustration exhibition gives proceeds to Crisis charity

  In the spirit of Christmas giving, an illustration exhibition that opens today will donate its profits to a homeless charity. “A Long Way From Home” is hosted by the A-side B-side Gallery, an artist run gallery, project space and studios, situated within the Hackney Downs Studios creative community. The exhibition…

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