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Tour de France: Council urges residents to prepare now

Tour de France: Council urges residents to prepare now

The Tour de France will be passing though Tower Hamlets next month, and already the Council and Transport for London (TfL) are preparing residents for the road closures and bus route disruptions that will occur during the event. The race takes place on July 7, 2014 and will have roughly…

Diabetes advice available for those observing Ramadan

Diabetes advice available for those observing Ramadan

For national Diabetes Week, Tower Hamlets Council is offering support by holding a number of advice sessions as the borough’s large Muslim population gears up for Ramadan. The Barts Health Diabetes Care Centre will run Ramadan and diabetes sessions from June 13-26 in various locations (see the list below). This…

Parkour, dance and yoga in new academy

Parkour, dance and yoga in new academy

A new custom-designed arena and purpose-built indoor parkour facility in Tower Hamlets, Trinity Buoy Wharf has been opened by Chainstore London Academy of Parkour at the historic Chainstore building. Parkour, a sport developed in France in the late 80s, involves moving rapidly through an area and negotiating obstacles by running, jumping…

Tom Daley’s Diving Academy opens across Tower Hamlets

Tom Daley’s Diving Academy opens across Tower Hamlets

The UK’s largest leisure, health and community services provider, Better, has teamed up with one of Britain’s youngest-ever Olympians to launch a Diving Academy across many London boroughs, including three leisure centres in Tower Hamlets. The Academy began operating at the Better-run London Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic…

Pharmacies see few takers for free heart health checks

Pharmacies see few takers for free heart health checks

Pharmacies across Tower Hamlets are offering free blood pressure and heart rhythm checks until Sunday, June 8. More than 250 pharmacies in North East London, eighteen of them in Tower Hamlets are participating in the action taking place in this year’s Heart Rhythm Week. Organized by Arrhythmia Alliance, the event is…

Firefighters on 24-hour strike over new pension scheme

Firefighters on 24-hour strike over new pension scheme

Firefighters in Tower Hamlets will join a nationwide series of strikes once again over government plans to plough ahead with a new pension scheme without negotiation. Surprisingly, this is the first 24-hour and longest strike seen by the organization, and will take place from 9am on Thursday June 12, with…

Arrests made on suspicion of electoral fraud

Arrests made on suspicion of electoral fraud

Two men have been arrested in connection with investigations of electoral fraud in the borough of Tower Hamlets, following the elections on May 22. The Metropolitan Police have received a total of 84 complaints regarding electoral malpractice in the Borough, with a spokesperson stating that “following a thorough assessment of…

Nine injured after tour boat crashes into Tower Bridge

Nine injured after tour boat crashes into Tower Bridge

A tour boat collided with Tower Bridge midday on Wednesday, leaving nine people injured. The Millenium Diamond, operated by Millennium City Cruises, was carrying 126 people as it hit the bridge shortly after its departure from Greenwich Pier. A 64-year old woman was knocked down from the top of some…

Police investigate ‘Muslims don’t like dogs’ sign

Police investigate ‘Muslims don’t like dogs’ sign

  Police are investigating a sign that has been posted near an east London park  warning dog-walkers to stay away because it was an ‘Islamic area’. The sign was posted up near Bartlett Park in Tower Hamlets and stated: “Do not walk your dog here! Muslims do not like dogs.…

Freelance workspace opens in Whitechapel

Freelance workspace opens in Whitechapel

A new membership-only workspace club has opened in Whitechapel, providing freelance professionals and companies with temporary headquarters. Central Working started in 2011 and has now opened its third club in Whitechapel. James Layfield, CEO of Central Working, said: “I think that how people work is changing, we are seeing an…