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Funding granted for sexual abuse counselling

Funding granted for sexual abuse counselling

  A charity offering support for victims of sexual abuse has secured funding to begin a new counselling project in Tower Hamlets. The Nia Project, who aim to combat male violence against young women, received funding from the Home Office on February 23 as part of a government initiative to…

HSBC tax evasion is a sign of wealth divide says David Leigh

HSBC tax evasion is a sign of wealth divide says David Leigh

Leaks published last week by an international collaboration of journalists revealed how Canary Wharf-based, British bank, HSBC – one of the largest banks in the world – helped wealthy clients evade hundreds of millions of pounds worth of tax. David Leigh, one of the journalists who worked on the investigation…

Green party vote in favour of Lutfur Rahman’s “civic hub”

Green party vote in favour of Lutfur Rahman’s “civic hub”

Members of the Tower Hamlets Green Party have voted “tentatively” for the Old London Hospital to be transformed into a new town hall as proposed by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman. The party agreed that the move would make “effective use” of a listed building and prevent it…

Council reject claims they are worst for free childcare

Council reject claims they are worst for free childcare

Tower Hamlets Council have produced a new set of figures, in response to an article in the Evening Standard which stated that the borough is the worst in terms of free early childhood care. The data released by the Department for Work and Pensions shows that Tower Hamlets is ‘average’ in relation to the…

Questions raised over Island Gardens £70,000 ‘bandstand’

Questions raised over Island Gardens £70,000 ‘bandstand’

Residents around Island Gardens in Tower Hamlets have complained about the “bandstand” erected in the park that cost the council £70,000. To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the park, locals had planned to install a structure where a 29-piece brass band could play. However, they were in for a shock…

Teacher fined for posting pro-Hitler image on Facebook

Teacher fined for posting pro-Hitler image on Facebook

A teacher from Tower Hamlets has been fined £465 for posting an anti-Semitic picture on his Facebook, after pleading guilty at Bromley Magistrates Court. 35-year-old Mahmudul Choudhury was reported to police by a Jewish former student last July after posting a pro-Nazi image on the social media site which featured…

Shisha bar shuts its doors after multiple stabbings

Shisha bar shuts its doors after multiple stabbings

A shisha bar in Whitechapel was served with a permanent closure notice this week after incidents of stabbing, drugs and anti-social behaviour. A multiple stabbing incident took place at The Loft shisha bar on Commercial Road on December 19. Paramedics were called to the scene treated a number of people…

Tower Hamlets population set to be fastest rising in London

Tower Hamlets population set to be fastest rising in London

Tower Hamlets will see the steepest increase in population of any London borough over 2015, according to data published by the Greater London Authority. The GLA released data predicting that Tower Hamlets’ population will increase by 2.3 per cent between 2014 and 2015, alongside a study showing London as now the…

18-year-old weightlifter wins Canary Wharf Sports Award

18-year-old weightlifter wins Canary Wharf Sports Award

    Mercy Brown, an 18 year-old weightlifter who has represented England in the Commonwealth Games, has been crowned Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year. Brown, who hopes to be a contender at the Rio Olympics next year, said: “I’ve been weightlifting professionally for three years now. It all…

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman spends £9 million turning historic hospital into “civic hub”

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman spends £9 million turning historic hospital into “civic hub”

Tower Hamlets Council have revealed plans to transform Whitechapel’s historic Royal London Hospital into a new ‘civic hub’ for the borough. The council purchased the hospital site for £9 million in a deal announced last week. The building has been empty for two years following the construction of a new…