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Jail for arsonist who caused two deaths

Jail for arsonist who caused two deaths

A man has pleaded guilty to killing his 82-year-old father and a 29-year-old man in an arson attack that destroyed a Shadwell house.…

Man jailed for brutal pensioner murder

Man jailed for brutal pensioner murder

A Tower Hamlets man has been jailed for life after kicking a 73-year-old great-grandmother to death. Christopher Newton, 45, from Bow Road, was handed a life sentence at the Old Bailey today and ordered to serve a minimum of 22 years. Newton was found guilty of kicking and stamping pensioner…

Last gay pub petitions council to save strip night

Last gay pub petitions council to save strip night

London’s longest-running gay comedy strip contest could be banned following the Tower Hamlet council’s recent sex establishment consultation. The weekly event is held in the borough’s last gay pub, the White Swan. White Swan owners are calling on Tower Hamlets council not to include the pub’s comedy strip contest in…

Campaigners up and down over lift plans

Campaigners up and down over lift plans

Campaign groups have applauded plans to install a new lift at Tower Hill tube station, but say more needs to be done to make the underground accessible for disabled people.…

Brick Lane curry houses make trade union history

Brick Lane curry houses make trade union history

The curry house workers of Brick Lane made history this week by creating their first official workers union. The Bangladeshi Workers Union has over 500 members, mostly from the restaurant industry, but also from manufacturing and other trades.…

Mayor backs November 30 pension strike action

Mayor backs November 30 pension strike action

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman has publicly backed the November 30 national strike over pensions in an attack on the coalition government published in the Morning Star yesterday. Rahman said that David Cameron “and his wretched Conservative-led coalition” are intent on making ordinary working people pay for the financial crisis…

Residents voice concerns over Olympics screens

Residents voice concerns over Olympics screens

Victoria Park users and residents are calling for a public consultation on plans to screen the Olympics in the park as they are concerned about the effect the event will have on the local area. Locals say the events from July 26 to August 12 will finish too late and…

East Londoners march against domestic abuse

East Londoners march against domestic abuse

Hundreds of women from Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, Hackney and Croydon marched with up to 2,000 others from across the country to draw attention to threats facing women, such as domestic abuse and low prosecution rates for crimes such as rape. The women marched from Whitehall Place to Kings Cross on…

London’s worst council for data loss, report says

London’s worst council for data loss, report says

Tower Hamlets Council is London’s worst offending authority for sensitive data loss according to research published this week by pressure group, Big Brother Watch.…

Dr Steve Ryan on proposed NHS trust merger

Dr Steve Ryan on proposed NHS trust merger

The director of a major east London hospital group has claimed that proposels for the country’s largest NHS trust will lead to improvements in patient care.…