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The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has pledged to boost police numbers Pic: Paden Vaughn

 Mayor in pledge to boost police numbers in Hackney 

 The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has pledged to increase the number of police officers on the streets of the borough. 

John Biggs said on Friday that the council would be investing half a million pounds into community safety in order to increase the amount of police officers the council pays for to 39. The Mayor is concerned about the effects that cuts to the Police will have on Tower Hamlets and has promised £3m in funding to support community policing over the next three years.  

15-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

A 15-year-old was arrested on Sunday in connection with a stabbing that took place on Friday night in Longheath Gardens, Croydon. The victim was a 16-year-old boy who is currently in hospital in a stable condition. 

 TOWIE star Ferne McCann’s ex-boyfriend on trial accused of acid attack 

 The former boyfriend of the reality television star Ferne McCann has gone on trial charged with throwing a corrosive liquid on clubbers. 

Arthur Collins, 24, and Andre Phoenix, 21, begin their trial at Wood Green Crown Court after clubbers had a corrosive liquid thrown at them in Mangle E8 in London Fields on 17 April. Both men deny all charges. 

 Gang jailed for 38 Tower Hamlets robberies 

 A gang that carried out 38 robberies in Tower Hamlets have been jailed. The four men were sentenced on October 10 at Snaresbrook Crown Court after raiding 38 convenience stores and petrol stations across Tower Hamlets. The men threatened staff and in most cases went behind the tills and stole alcohol and cigarettes, taking items worth over £10,000. 


 Boyfriend jailed for stabbing girlfriend to death 

 A Croydon man was sentenced today to life in prison for the murder of his fiancée. Ivan Griffin, 24, stabbed Sabrina Mullings, 38, to death in her flat in Upper Norwood on March 13. Today the Old Bailey heard how Griffin had demanded Mullings drank his blood before stabbing her and fleeing from the scene. The jury decided against Griffin’s plea of manslaughter under diminished responsibility and found him guilty of murder. 

Heidi Alexander puts pressure on health secretary over agency nurses 

 The MP for Lewisham East Heidi Alexander put the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the spot today in the House of Commons. Alexander asked Jeremy Hunt about how he felt that at several hospitals across the UK agency nurses were “plugging gaps in the nursing work force”. Hunt avoided the question, saying that she should be careful talking down the work that is done by associate nurses.  

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