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National photo award winner takes a gander at Wapping

National photo award winner takes a gander at Wapping

A photograph shot in Tower Hamlets beat thousands of entries to win a national award last night. Lee Acaster of Suffolk took the image of a greylag goose, dramatically captured in close-up with The Shard looming above the Thames in the background, on a visit to Wapping. Last night the…

Paws for pounds: The Old Spitalfields dog-show

Paws for pounds: The Old Spitalfields dog-show

The fashion conscious of east London were out on show at Old Spitalfields Market in Tower Hamlets on Monday – nothing new there, one might think, but the faces on display were of a furrier disposition than usual. The Paw Pageant, in association with LoveMyDog, saw hundreds of dapper looking dogs strut their…

Mile End man ran over detective and broke her leg

Mile End man ran over detective and broke her leg

A woman detective was run over after she pulled over a driver on suspicion of drug dealing. Liaquat Ali, 46, left PC Gemma Hale with a fractured lower leg when he drove over her foot in his silver Volvo. He was on licence at the time after serving a prison…

Police raid Tower Hamlets homes to bust ‘courier’ fraud

Police raid Tower Hamlets homes to bust ‘courier’ fraud

 Three eighteen-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a £1m nationwide fraud following raids on separate addresses in Tower Hamlets. The dawn arrests on August 18 were part of a joint operation by Zephyr, the south-west regional organised crime unit and the Metropolitan Police. It follows a three…

New summer nights project to tackle crime in borough

New summer nights project to tackle crime in borough

An innovative summer evening scheme – based on a successful project in the United States- designed to unite communities and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour during school holidays has been launched in Tower Hamlets by the borough council and local police. The Summer Night Lights project started  at the beginning of…

Campaign improves chances of cancer survival

Campaign improves chances of cancer survival

A campaign aimed at improving the chances of cancer survival in East London has led to more people being diagnosed early. The “small c” campaign started in 2010, and is a partnership between the health services across Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Newham, City and Hackney and Barts Health NHS Trust. The…

Rahman to face High Court hearing over “electoral fraud” accusations

Rahman to face High Court hearing over “electoral fraud” accusations

The mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, is to face a High Court hearing over claims of electoral fraud after his bid to throw out the accusations failed yesterday. Rahman’s legal team had applied to have the High Court petition dismissed, and claimed it was flawed and insufficiently detailed. Justice…

Tower Hamlets targets alcohol sales to minors​

Tower Hamlets targets alcohol sales to minors​

  Tower Hamlets Council has launched a new scheme to stop retailers from selling alcohol to youngsters under the age of 18 and restore responsible drinking in the community. The scheme is a national initiative led by Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP), that works in partnership with local authorities within the…

Tower Hamlets officer runs with Queen’s Baton

Tower Hamlets officer runs with Queen’s Baton

As a worldwide audience watched the spectacular opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on July 23, torch bearer Emdad Rahman was home with his wife and three children in Barking having made a special solo trip to Glasgow on Monday to run 300 metres with the Queen’s Baton. Rahman, 38, a local…

Whitechapel vision clearer with Sainsbury’s development

Whitechapel vision clearer with Sainsbury’s development

Tower Hamlets Council’s vision of creating 3,500 homes and 5,000 jobs in Whitechapel became clearer this week, as plans were unveiled to redevelop the Sainsbury’s superstore on Cambridge Heath Road. The Sainsbury’s superstore is within the Council’s ‘Whitechapel Vision’ regeneration plan. The Council’s Whitechapel Vision seeks to dramatically increase the amount…

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