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Police constable charged with dangerous driving

Police constable charged with dangerous driving

A Tower Hamlets police officer was last night charged with dangerous driving and attempted grievous bodily harm. The offences are alleged to have been committed on August 31 by Naylor Jhita, who joined the police force in 2007. Jhita is understood to have been off-duty during the incident in Anerley,…

Twin Peaks return celebrated at UK Festival in Whitechapel

Twin Peaks return celebrated at UK Festival in Whitechapel

  Actors Sheryl Lee and Dana Ashbrook will attend the sold out 2014 Twin Peaks UK Festival this Saturday in Whitechapel. Lee played Laura Palmer and Ashbrook played Bobbi Briggs in the cult classic. The festival will also be the launch for a special edition brand of coffee named after…

Barkantine practice could turn away over 2,000 patients

Barkantine practice could turn away over 2,000 patients

A major GP practice in Tower Hamlets faces reducing its hours and turning away patients because NHS England wants to cut its funding by more than 40 per cent. A Tower Hamlets councillor yesterday launched a petition to stop cutbacks at the Barkantine practice. The cuts are directly in contrast with…

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…