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Terrapins spotted abandoned on our waterways after outgrowing tanks in the home [photo: Jack Perks]

‘Mutant Ninja Turtles’ could destroy our wildlife, Canal Trust warns

The trust that looks after our canals and rivers is worried about ‘mutant Ninja turtles’ munching their way through wildlife along its waterways.

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Ability Bow's Joanne Roche in a pervious Big Run to raise funds

Supporters get ready for Victoria Park 5k Fun Run to help Ability Bow gym

Supporters are putting their best foot forward in the annual 5k Big Fun Run in Victoria Park on Saturday to keep a unique therapy gymnasium in London’s East End from closing.

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Key to the door... Missionaries Michelle and Steve Addison get Bishop of London's blessing [photos: Joe Miles]

Bishop of London starts ‘crowdfunding’ to buy more homes for missionaries

The Bishop of London has started a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the church’s mission in deprived communities in London’s East End.

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MPs Rushanara Ali and Jim Fitzpatrick with mothers at Overland Children's Centre

Mothers’ fight to save nurseries now backed by MPs and Labour

Mums fighting to save nurseries from possible closure received a boost after both the borough’s MPs and the Labour council group came to their aid.

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Scribbling ideas in the park

Giant cubes land in Shoreditch seeking ideas for public parks

Four giant ‘cubes for ideas’ have appeared in public parks around Shoreditch in east London asking people how green spaces can be used to benefit the community.

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The Greenwich Over 55s Club celebrate their victory at the Better Club Games 2014 in the Copper Box Arena

Over 55s get competitive at tournament in Olympic Park

Former Olympic javelin champion Tessa Sanderson CBE was on hand to present medals to winners at the annual Better Club Games.

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An artists impression of how the orchard at Mandeville Place, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will look

Paralympic legacy honoured with dedicated orchard space in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

An area of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be dedicated to the London 2012 Paralympic Games with plans to build an orchard, it has been unveiled today.

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Students given tablets to help with their studies at University of East London

All first-year students have been given Tablet and Notepad devices downloaded with eBooks by the University of East London.

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University lecturers vote for industrial action over threat to pensions

Thousands of college students in London’s East End could be hit by lecturers who have voted for industrial action at campuses up and down the country.

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Police found packaged cannabis worth an estimated £6,000

Police find £6,000 cannabis haul at Bow home

Police have seized £6,000 worth of cannabis “packaged and ready for distribution” from a property where they also arrested a man, 46.

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Top score... Tower Hamlets College cricketers scoop Gold at Lord's Taverners contest

Tower Hamlets College wins Gold in Lord’s Taverners cricket tournament

Cricket-mad students punched the air after they scooped a Lord’s Taverners tournament.

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Globe Primary's Artyface project and (inset) the kids working on their pottery

Eyes light up as Globe Primary kids get hands dirty for Artyface project

Eyes lit up when children got their hands on big, squoshy lumps of clay for their school sculpture project working with professional artists in London’s East End.

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[Photograph by London Ambulance Service]

PICTURES: Warehouse fire near Stratford’s Olympic Park

Firefighters have brought the fire at a Bow warehouse under control.

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New exit to ease rush-hour congestion at Fenchurch Street

New Fenchurch Street station exit opens to ease rush-hour crush

A new station exit-and-entrance to ease the morning and evening rush-hour crush at Fenchurch Street has been opened as part of a £4 million improvement.

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Queen Elizabeth visits the Tower of London ahead of Remembrance Day  Picture: Richard Lea-Hair

Queen Elizabeth II visits Tower of London to wade through blood-poppies

Queen Elizabeth II walked through a sea of blood-red poppies at the Tower of London that mark 100 years since the First World War.

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Reporter Freddy Mayhew takes to the trails at around the Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Feature: Hitting the mountain bike trails at Lee Valley VeloPark

Cycling in this country seems to be the thing that suddenly all your mates are obsessing over.

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Panel discussion chaired by Peter Tatchell (centre) with Hamid Taqvaee, Sultana Kamal, Caroline Fourest, Sue Cox and Gita Sahgal

Freethinkers take on religious far-right at secularism conference in Tower Hill

Freethinkers from around the world gathered in Tower Hill for a secularism conference supported by famous atheist Richard Dawkins.

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BIG DEBATE: 24-hour weekend tube services

Transport for London (TfL) recently announced plans for a 24-hour weekend tube trains from next September, with six services to run every hour across the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines.

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Alan Neville... New rail boss at Liverpool Street

New rail boss arrives with promise to overhaul Liverpool Street ticket office

A new manager has arrived to run Liverpool Street main-line station, one of Britain’s busiest rail terminals, with a promise to improve ticket office facilities.

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Hundreds light night sky in Canary Wharf for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charities

Canary Wharf workers light up the sky for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research charity

Hundreds of fundraising office workers lit the night sky at Canary Wharf in aid of the world’s two largest blood cancer charities.

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Thames riverfront near Monument and (inset) the Galliard Homes development

More luxury apartments being built in City of London, says Land Registry

The City of London is catching up with Canary Wharf’s luxury apartment property market, according to latest Land Registry figures.

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The new Bow School complex and (inset) head-teacher Cath Smith

New £30m Bow School opens to help tackle East End’s shortage of places

A long-awaited new secondary school complex officially opens today as part of a £300 million building programme tackling a growing population in London’s overcrowded East End.

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Cockney rave at Bethnal Green Working Men's club [photo: Mike Pattison]

Cockney singalong raises cash for 1943 Bethnal Green wartime memorial

A cockney rave was more like a nostalgic look back to the days of the Blitz when London’s East End took a pounding from the Luftwaffe in the Second World War.

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Molly the dog was returned seconds after a tweet from Britain's Got More Talent presenter Stephen Mulhern

Dog stolen from Spitalfields found after tweet from BGT presenter Stephen Mulhern

A dog stolen as she waited for her owner outside a shop in Spitalfields was safely found just seconds after a celebrity backed the appeal to find her on Twitter.

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Parents Emma Adams, Dionne Cayley, Alicja Topij and Shopna Begum protest outside Queen Mary Day Nursery

Mothers fight to save Bow nursery from council cuts

Mothers are fighting to save a nursery they say is like a second home to their vulnerable children.

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I don't believe it... it's TV's Victor Meldew,— actor Richard Wilson,— with Royal London's Dr Chloe Orkin

HIV testing should be routine at hospital A&Es, TV’s Victor Meldew urges

A national campaign to test emergency patients for HIV and Hepatitis routinely has been launched at the Royal London Hospital.

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Cycle highway along A11 in east London towards Aldgate

Cycle safety: Andrew Gilligan in tough questions at London Assembly

The controversial cycle super highway network was being debated at the London Assembly today over whether it is more dangerous to riders than safe.

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Uprising's Nigel Irwin (far left) talks to studets at Canary Wharf's Level 39 business excellerator centre

UpRising in Canary Wharf gets unemployed on fast track to top jobs

A youth leadership development scheme has completed an intensive training residency for unemployed youngsters in east London to open a fast track path to top jobs.

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Pearly King in a field of poppies at The Tower

Why remember Great War 100 years on? Tower of London asks schools

A schools campaign exploring the importance of remembrance as part of the First World War centenary is being launched with three questions by the Tower of London.

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Tube strikes next week were called off Picture: Katie Collins/PA

Tube strikes called off in Tower Hamlets after talks

Tube strike action planned for next week has been suspended after “significant movement” in talks between Transport for London and the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union.

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Mayor Lutfur Rahman was called 'arrogant' by Ms Caley

Parents confront Mayor over nursery closures at Town Hall meeting

Parents who use a nursery at risk of closure in a £100million Town Hall savings drive confronted the Mayor at this week’s cabinet meeting.

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Siddeeq Academy

Terror raid on Islamic ‘school’ in Shadwell as Mayor rejects Theresa May’s ‘extremism’ claim

An off-the-books Islamic school has been raided by counter-terrorism police amid a row over extremism in Tower Hamlets.

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Rydon Construction’s boss Mark Mitchener (far left) on site with Deputy London Mayor for Housing Richard Blakeway, Family Mosaic Housing’s Dick Mortimer and the GLA’s David Lunts

Work starts on homes on Queen Elizabeth Children’s hospital site after 16 years

The long-overdue construction is now under way at the former Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital site in east London which has remained unused for nearly 16 years.

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Restaurant today where Jack the Ripper's graffiti was scrawled in doorway in 1888 and (inset) what it may have looked like [photos: Mike Pattison]

Chip shop takes on ‘Whitechapel Murders’ theme where Jack the Ripper taunted police

A fish’n’chip shop in London’s East End has had a traditional makeover and been turned into an historic memorial to the victims of Jack the Ripper—at the spot where the Victorian serial killer taunted police with a message chalked on a wall.

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Ryan Pickard in the competition

Bethnal Green boxer’s fight to win competition cash

Representing his country is something Bethnal Green boxer Ryan Pickard is used to, but battling it out in the Moroccan desert for a 50,000 euro prize is a new challenge.

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Police wish to identify these men

Poplar Good Samaritan assaulted at station

Stepping in to prevent a woman being harassed left a Poplar man hospitalised after a violent attack.

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Fire fighters from across east London stations received commendations for their bravery during the incident in Bethnal Green Road in 2004. They are accompanied by Summer Sharland who accepted a commendation for her father Jay Sharland who has since died  Picture: Aubrey Wade

Fire Brigade honours east London colleagues’ bravery during fatal fire

Firefighters and officers from east London received commendations for their bravery during a blaze in which two of their colleagues died after sustaining serious injuries.

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Neil Stuart at his blacksmith's forge at Stepney city farm

3rd generation East End blacksmith forges ahead online

Neil Stuart thought he would have a quiet life working away at his blacksmith’s forge  in London’s East End.

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Move to block Docklands alley to stop Limehouse drug-dealers and prostitutes

Consultations have been carried out today and yesterday over whether a gate should be erected to stop public access to a crime-ridden back alley in London’s Docklands.

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Can't wait... Summer's barely over, but these youngsters are ready for 'Winterville' fun in Vicky Park

Winterville’s chilling fact: ‘Wall of Death’ to defy Newton’s gravity at Victoria Park

A heart-stopping wall of death is coming to east London when a month-long winter festival is set up in the run-up to New Year’s Eve.

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Siddeeq Academy

Terror raid on Islamic ‘school’ in Shadwell as Mayor rejects Theresa May’s ‘extremism’ claim

An off-the-books Islamic school has been raided by counter-terrorism police amid a row over extremism in Tower Hamlets.

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Poplar & Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick says Palestine needs our support

On Monday, October 13, the Commons voted strongly in favour of recognising Palestine as a sovereign state.

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