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Thief returns cross to church after being caught on Twitter

Thief returns cross to church after being caught on Twitter

When 32-year-old computer programmer Rowan Laurence Instagrammed a photo of a man carrying a large wooden crucifix on his back under the caption ‘Jesus Lives’ at 12:30 pm last Friday, nobody expected a social networking flurry to ensue. It was only after the people of St. Matthew’s church in Tower…

Couple who glorifed Lee Rigby death on YouTube jailed

Couple who glorifed Lee Rigby death on YouTube jailed

A Hackney couple has been sentenced to jail for glorifying the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in videos posted online that were “offensive in the extreme”. Royal Barnes, 23, and his wife Rebekah Dawson, 22, recorded and uploaded three videos on the site shortly after the soldier’s murder in Woolwich…

Professor Green charged with drink driving after car crash

Professor Green charged with drink driving after car crash

Hackney-born Professor Green has been charged with drink driving after an incident on the road in Lewisham where he lives. The 30-year-old rapper, real name Stephen Manderson, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and later rearrested for allegedly perverting the course of justice in November. According to the police,…

Whitechapel robbery gang sentenced to 30 years

Whitechapel robbery gang sentenced to 30 years

  Four men from Whitechapel have been jailed after seizing £340,000 in the violent mugging of money transfer shop staff members. Flying Squad detectives were able to track down the gang after CCTV footage revealed a money transfer shop employee being punched and kicked, on his way to a bank…

Hackney teenagers taunted victims of armed robberies

Hackney teenagers taunted victims of armed robberies

  Two Hackney teenagers have been sentenced to a total of 16 years in jail after committing a series of armed robberies in which they mocked and taunted their victims. Aaron Byrne and his accomplice Daniel Gilbert, both 19, ridiculed and teased their victims while looting their homes for valuables.…

Tower Hamlets has the most deliberate fires in London

Tower Hamlets has the most deliberate fires in London

Tower Hamlets still has the most deliberate fires in London despite an overall decrease, according to figures released by the London Fire Brigade yesterday. The figures released found that throughout the course of 10 years there has been a dramatic fall in cases reported in all boroughs across London, with…

Cash under the carpet: £6.7k seized in immigration raid

Cash under the carpet: £6.7k seized in immigration raid

Five illegal immigrants were arrested and almost £7,000 in cash seized during an immigration operation in Croydon. In the early morning of February 3, Home Office immigration enforcement officers inspected a house in Hamilton Road, Thornton Heath, after acting on an intelligence tip-off. They questioned occupants about their residency in…

Police appeal to anonymous Wapping murder witness

Police appeal to anonymous Wapping murder witness

An anonymous witness who handed in a note containing “vital information” relating to an unsolved 1997 murder in Wapping has been urged to come forward in a new police appeal. John Kennedy, 31, of Poplar, died from stab wounds suffered during an altercation in February 1997 at the Railway Arms…

Asylum seeker murdered wife because she wanted divorce

Asylum seeker murdered wife because she wanted divorce

A failed asylum seeker murdered his wife after she threatened a divorce that might have forced him to leave the UK, a court heard. Farhad Sarfi, 23, an Afghan national, appeared at the Old Bailey today charged with stabbing wife Orina Morawiec, 21, multiple times in the neck and chest.…

Bow teenager on trial for murder at the Old Bailey

Bow teenager on trial for murder at the Old Bailey

A teenager charged with the murder of a 43-year-old-woman is due to appear at the Old Bailey today. The 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with the fatal assault of a woman, believed to be his mother. Police were called to a flat in Sandall…