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FRIDAY NIGHT NEWS HEADLINES: JULY 4

PUBLISHED: 20:24 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:25 05 October 2010

KNIFE MESSAGE IS NOT GETTING THROUGH’...

STARS’ TAVERN CAMPAIGN TOWN HALL VICTORY..

SAD FAREWELL TO POOL TRAGEDY MICHELLE...

2012 OLYMPICS HALTED BY ASBESTOS FIND...

KNIFE MESSAGE IS NOT GETTING THROUGH’

POLICE are setting up a 75-strong task force to stop and search youths carrying knives in London after a senior officer warned the message about carrying deadly weapons wasn’t working. Statistics show 27,000 have been searched, with 1,200 arrests and 500 knives seized. But two more young people stabbed to death in recent days means “the message isn’t getting through,” Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson told the Metropolitan Police Authority today (Friday).

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STARS’ TAVERN CAMPAIGN TOWN HALL VICTORY

A STAR-studded campaign to preserve the future of East London’s famous George Tavern in the Commercial Road, dating back to Cromwell’s day, scored victory on Wednesday when Tower Hamlets councillors turned down a planning application to build a five-storey block of flats next door. Pub landlady Pauline Forster claimed it would ruin the nature of her livlihood, a haven for creative types and music lovers across London. Kate Moss was among the first to sign up for her campaign during a fashion shoot there.

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SAD FAREWELL TO POOL TRAGEDY MICHELLE

THE grieving parents of seven-year-old Michelle Gellard bid a tearful farewell to their daughter on Tuesday, two weeks after she drowned in a swimming pool accident at Blackwater Leisure centre in Essex. Family and friends joined Mark Gellard and Sian Lakey and their three other children at Millwall’s Docklands Settlement on the Isle of Dogs for her funeral. The coffin was then taken to the City of London Crematorium at Manor Park.

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2012 OLYMPICS HALTED BY ASBESTOS FIND

WORK on the foundations of the 2012 Olympics Stadium had to be halted because of the discovery of asbestos. Samples of material containing asbestos were found in the construction site at Stratford, the Olympic Delivery Authority revealed.

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TESCO THROWS LIFELINE IN MORRISONS ROW

THE Tesco supermarket giant has announced plans to open a store on the former site of Morrisons at Roman Road in Bow as part of a new housing development, provided developers get planning permission next Thursday (July 10). But widespread opposition remains, as objectors protest at the number of new luxury houses panned and height of a proposed 10-storey tower.

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ROBIN HOOD’ LISTING BID FACES DEFEAT

TOP architects have lost their battle to have the controversial 1960s Robin Hood Gardens next to the A12 Blackwall Tunnel entrance listed. They mounted a petition to English Heritage to save the buildings in Poplar, but Culture Minister Margaret Hodge has this week refused. Tower Hamlets council wants to move families to a new development and tear down the run-down estate.

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GUN WARF PROTESTERS FIRE SALVO AT PLANS

FAMILIES and businesses at the historic Gun Wharf by East London’s Victoria Park are furious over proposals for a housing development on the site of a First World War arms factory. Developers want to throw up 150 new homes on land between the Hertford Union Canal and Old Ford Road in Bow, where 20 small businesses would be turfed out.

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