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Fri, 17:50

Children at one primary school in London’s East End decided they wanted to tell the traditional Nativity story this year from the animals’ point of view.

Ahnaf Hamim with his Snowman Christmas card [Pictures: Steve Poston]

Ahnaf Hamim had a big smile and a big surprise for his mum and dad—his snowman drawing has been chosen for the Mayor of Tower Hamlets’ official Christmas card this year.

Young patients at the Royal London Hospital receive their gifts. From left:  Rhyanne Gasper, 14, from Newham, Naeem Agbongbon, 8, from Ockenden, Essex, Eron Ufuah, 9, from Canning Town, and Harshika Partheepan, 4 months, from Newbury Park, with volunteers from the Kindness Offensive Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Children being treated in hospital over Christmas received hundreds of gifts in a surprise visit by well-wishers.

Joel Adesina was stabbed on December 5 in Padbury Court off Bethnal Green Road

A 20-year-old man will today appear in court charged with murdering Dagenham teenager Joel Adesina.

Bangladeshi campaigners on hunger strike in Altab Ali Park

Activists held a hunger strike to remember those killed in Bangladesh’s independence war and call for the punishment of a man they consider one of the perpetrators.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman (left) and local government secretary Eric Pickles

Government-backed council bosses arrived at the Town Hall today to seize grant-making powers, promising to “restore faith” in how Tower Hamlets operates.

Catherine Santucci [inset] and mountain of gifts Queen Mary students distributed to rough sleepers on the streets

Students have answered a Christmas goodwill call to help feed and clothe the homeless who are sleeping rough on the streets of London.

Duchess of Cambridge greeted by young scouts at Old Ford

Excited youngsters greeted the Duchess of Cambridge when she turned up last night for their scouts meeting in London’s East End.

David Blake, who died following the crash on December 6 (picture: Met Police)

A 57-year-old cyclist from Barking died after a car crash in Stepney, police have confirmed.

Crime & Court

A 20-year-old man will today appear in court charged with murdering Dagenham teenager Joel Adesina.

Tue, 09:54
Joel Adesina died three hours after a street fight in Bethnal Green

Two more people were arrested yesterday on suspicion of murdering Dagenham teenager Joel Adesina in Bethnal Green.

Tue, 08:05
Charges after police arrests

Four men from east London have appeared in court with two others on charges involving terrorism or fraud after their arrests at the port of Dover or raids on their homes.

Health

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Santa has upgraded his grotto operation for the high-tech 21st century with a video link direct from the North Pole to the children spending Christmas at the Royal London Hospital.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Monika Schlehrova and myracle baby Zachary

Monika Schlehrova has a Christmas wish that her miracle baby son Zachary—born without a heartbeat—gets through his latest life-saving operation.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Computers are being used for child protection [PA picture]

Vital gaps in child protection in London’s East End are being plugged by a new computer system to alert social workers if a youngster with a Protection Order suddenly turns up at A&E with suspicious injuries or signs of neglect.

Environment

Thursday, November 27, 2014

An array of A-List celebs turned up in London’s East End last night to hear pop idol Tom Odell perform his Christmas TV ad hit at the launch of ‘Manhattan island city’ development on the banks of the River Lea.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
How Whitechapel's new civic hub will look in 2015

Plans to regenerate Whitechapel have been ‘highly commended’ at the 2014 national Planning Awards in the face of stiff competition from some of the country’s biggest planning projects.

Friday, October 31, 2014
.Creative Unity steel band banging the drum for Vicky Park

The People of London’s East End have been banging the drum to celebrate their favourite Victoria Park topping the Green Flag poll as Britain’s best public space.

Politics

Friday, December 12, 2014

Industrial heritage sites in London’s East End must be protected from encroaching developers turning them into yet more luxury flats, a London Assembly member has urged.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Computers are being used for child protection [PA picture]

Vital gaps in child protection in London’s East End are being plugged by a new computer system to alert social workers if a youngster with a Protection Order suddenly turns up at A&E with suspicious injuries or signs of neglect.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
September's protest against nursery cuts outside the Town Hall

Mothers have won a Christmas victory stopping Tower Hamlets council closing four nurseries in London’s deprived East End which also cater for toddlers with special needs.

Education

Friday, December 12, 2014

It’s already produced one victorious World Cup captain – now Ripple Primary School could be gearing up to add another to its roll.

Friday, December 12, 2014
Angel voices... Bethnal Green Academy's WinterFest

School students in London’s East End are busy at their academy with a WinterFest of arts, sports and culture to raise money for the Crisis homeless charity for Christmas.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Mothers finally meet Mayor Lutfur Rahman at the Town Hall

Mothers celebrated victory in their fight to save four nurseries by giving Christmas presents to Mayor Lutfur Rahman after his dramatic U-Turn on the proposed closures.

Heritage

Friday, December 12, 2014

Industrial heritage sites in London’s East End must be protected from encroaching developers turning them into yet more luxury flats, a London Assembly member has urged.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Hannah tearfully recalls witnessing her mother shot by Nazi death squad when she was just six

Holocaust survivor Hannah Lewis relived the childhood horror of seeing her mother shot by a Nazi death squad and lying in the snow bleeding to death.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Bethnal Green tube station today

The trust fund struggling to complete the partially-built memorial in London’s East End to Britain’s worst civilian disaster of the Second World War needs the last £50,000 to complete the £480,000 project.

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