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Simian socialising at Bethnal Green museum

Simian socialising at Bethnal Green museum

The old adage “it’s not what you know but who you know” rings just as true in the monkey world as it does in our lives. The “Animal Cultures: Nature’s Second Inheritance System” exhibition this weekend shows that cultural learning is widespread within the animal kingdom. The exhibition is part…

Hooded gang’s firework attack on police caught by CCTV

Hooded gang’s firework attack on police caught by CCTV

CCTV footage of the moment a mob attacked Tower Hamlets police with fireworks emerged online today. A 15-strong hooded gang launched rockets at an oncoming police car on Bruce Street, Bow in the early hours of November 2. Worried residents called police to the scene after the group set a…

Rahman will not resign despite calls from Labour

Rahman will not resign despite calls from Labour

Lutfur Rahman has said that he will not consider resigning as Mayor of Tower Hamlets, despite suggestions from the Labour party that he should step down. The controversial Mayor defended himself after Eric Pickles, the secretary of state for communities and local government, accused Tower Hamlets Council of displaying a…

Rubber hits the road: condom couriers come to East London

Rubber hits the road: condom couriers come to East London

Prophylatics can be peddled straight to homes in Hackney and Tower Hamlets as part of a new initiative for the Fringe! queer film and arts festival. Luber, London’s first ever condom cycle courier, launched by Terrence Higgins Trust, offers confidential information and advice concerning sexual health, as well as delivering…

Government sends commissioners into Tower Hamlets council after Rahman accused of ‘culture of cronyism’

Government sends commissioners into Tower Hamlets council after Rahman accused of ‘culture of cronyism’

Mayor Lutfur Rahman and Tower Hamlets Council have been accused of cronyism and potential corruption after  a report by accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers severely criticised its financial management. The report, commissioned by Eric Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, said the council’s grant system lacked transparency  and that some…

Hit and run driving incidents highest in borough

Hit and run driving incidents highest in borough

  The number of hit and run driving incidents is higher in Tower Hamlets than any other London borough, new data shows. Figures obtained from a Freedom of Information request by the London Assembly Green group have revealed the number of offences in Tower Hamlets has increased for four years in…

Parents come together to save nurseries hit by cuts

Parents come together to save nurseries hit by cuts

Over 1000 people have signed a ‘Save Our Nurseries’ campaign petition organised by parents in Tower Hamlets, in response to planned cut-backs in nursery provision. Tower Hamlets is proposing the closure of four public nurseries in the borough, including nurseries for disabled children. All of the nurseries provide affordable childcare…

CCTV released in Bethnal Green sexual assault case

CCTV released in Bethnal Green  sexual assault case

Video footage of a man sought in connection with an assault on a schoolgirl has been released by police. The schoolgirl was sexually assaulted after a man pretending to be a plumber tricked his way into her home in Canrobert Street, Bethnal Green. The incident, occurred at around 6:25pm on…

Swan saved by police survives Mile End car crash

Swan saved by police survives Mile End car crash

A swan that was knocked down on Mile End Road on Saturday is recovering well after being rescued by a Tower Hamlets police officer. PC Matthew Purcell rescued the swan after it collided with two cars. Purcell, who was on patrol at the time, said: “I got there and the…

National award received by local foster carers

National award received by local foster carers

Two Tower Hamlets foster carers have been awarded for their ‘outstanding commitment’ to foster children with disabilities. Gertrude and Keith Tummings, who were nominated out of hundreds of foster carers, were presented with the Outstanding Commitment to Foster Children with Disabilities award at the FosterTalk Foster Carer Awards on 21 October.…