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Lutfur Rahman accuses BBC of “right-wing propaganda”

Lutfur Rahman accuses BBC of “right-wing propaganda”

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, has accused the BBC of “right-wing propaganda” following a Panorama investigation broadcast last night The programme claimed that the Mayor had: “more than doubled” funding to certain charities, with opponents suggesting he may have done so in return for support at the ballot…

Alternative tour of Canary Wharf challenges banking

Alternative tour of Canary Wharf challenges banking

“Beware! This building is cursed,” yell Holly Roughan and Max Wakefield, their audience silenced into shock. Regular tours of London include churches, palaces and even the deepest dungeons, but the duo stand in front of a cathedral of moneymaking, criticising its high priests. Unusually for people dressed in top hats…

Police probe launched into alleged electoral fraud case

Police probe launched into alleged electoral fraud case

Scotland Yard detectives have been called in to investigate claims that ‘bogus workers’ have been canvassing Tower Hamlets residents in the run up to the mayoral election this coming May. It is alleged that people believed to be supporters of Mayor Lutfur Rahman, the current Independent Party representative for Tower…

Police searching for suspects in supermarket robbery

Police searching for suspects in supermarket robbery

Police are appealing for public help in the hope of identifying three men who robbed a Tower Hamlets supermarket with a gun and a metal pole. The men entered Iceland on Roman Road shortly after the store closed at 8pm on Friday March 14 brandishing their weapons. After threatening three…

Construction starts on UK’s first community land trust

Construction starts on UK’s first community land trust

Boris Johnson has launched the construction of the UK’s first urban land trust at a site in Tower Hamlets, which aims to sell homes to at half the price of their open market value. The Mayor of London initiated the construction on Thursday at the site of former St Clement’s…

Nuisance neighbours: 5,000 noise complaints in one year

Nuisance neighbours: 5,000 noise complaints in one year

Tower Hamlets is the fourth worst local authority for attracting noise complaints in the country, according to a new study which revealed more than 5,000 residential noise complaints were made in the borough last year. Churchill Home Insurance’s (CHI) ‘nuisance neighbours list’ ranked Tower Hamlets fourth in the country for…

House prices up by 33 per cent: biggest rise in UK

House prices up by 33 per cent: biggest rise in UK

House prices in Tower Hamlets have risen by 33 per cent, faster than anywhere else in the country, according to a new survey. A report by property website Rightmove shows that the average house price in Tower Hamlets this month is £560,581 up from £420,727 last year. The survey says…

First residential skyscraper to be built at Canary Wharf

First residential skyscraper to be built at Canary Wharf

Plans for the first residential development in the Canary Wharf financial centre have been approved, with construction expected to begin this summer. Tower Hamlets council’s planning committee has approved 470,000 square feet for the 58-storey Newfoundland building. Newfoundland will be made up of a tower and a two-storey building, to…

Council receives top award for equality services

Council receives top award for equality services

Tower Hamlets council has been rated ‘excellent’ for its equality services in the borough. The council received the highest award available from the Local Government Association, which assessed the borough against the Equality Framework of Local Government. The Council was adjudged to have provided “high-quality” services, meeting the needs of…

Dragon boats and yoga: Sport Relief comes to Canary Wharf

Dragon boats and yoga: Sport Relief comes to Canary Wharf

Sport Relief comes to Canary Wharf this week with a range of activities from dragon boat racing to belly dancing to an old-school sports day. Workers and residents in the business quarter are being urged to take part in the biennial charity event which raises money for the vulnerable in…