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FRIDAY NIGHT HEADLINES: MARCH 14

PUBLISHED: 21:58 14 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:07 05 October 2010

COMMONS TO DEBATE POST OFFICE CLOSURES... THUGS IN 'FAITH HATE' ATTACK ON CLERGYMAN... BATTLE OVER FUTURE OF HOUSING COMPLEX... CONTROVERSIAL CLUB ROW TOWER GO-AHEAD... TOWN HALL U-TURN ON SCRAPPING MELA FEST...

NOW COMMONS TO DEBATE POST OFFICE CLOSURES

CAMPAIGNERS fighting the threat to shut down hundreds of post offices have welcomed next week's Parliamentary debate on the plans. A Commons resolution calling for the suspension of the closure programme is being thrashed out by MPs on March 19. It follows Wednesday's London Assembly debate condemning the axing of 169 outlets in London alone.

You can join the Advertiser campaigning to save five East End sub post offices under threat, which are at 75 Whitechapel Rd, Watney St, Devons Rd, Heylyn Sq and The Quarterdeck.

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THUGS IN 'FAITH HATE' ATTACK ON CLERGYMAN

POLICE are hunting thugs who attacked Canon Michael Ainsworth, 57, at St George-in-the-East Church in Shadwell, Scotland Yard confirmed this evening (Friday). Two youths described as Asian assaulted him in the grounds of his parish church in Canon Street-rd. They are treating it as a 'faith hate' crime.

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BATTLE OVER FUTURE OF HOUSING COMPLEX

That decorated doyen of British architecture Baron Richard Rogers wants to save Poplar's run-down 1970s Robin Hood housing block by the Blackwall Tunnel for the nation. His call has led to a new conflict with residents and Tower Hamlets councillors wanting it pulled down.

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MASSIVE CLUB ROW TOWER GETS GO-AHEAD

A CONTROVERSIAL 25-storey tower has been given the green light by town planners in Bethnal Green, despite a wave of protests from residents, conservationists, English Heritage and leading East End artists. Tower Hamlets' strategic development committee last night (Thurs) approved the scheme which will overshadow the famous Club Row Sunday market and Brick Lane.

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TOWN HALL U-TURN ON SCRAPPING MELA FESTIVAL

EMBARRASSED council chiefs have been forced into a humiliating U-turn by admitting that this year's Baishaki Mela celebration may still take place in London's East End after all. It came just four days after sending the Advertiser a statement that Europe's biggest Bangladeshi New Year celebration would not go ahead in May "for safety reasons." Tower Hamlets council today (Thurs) backtracked and said it had 'made a mistake.'

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'CHILD BRIDES' SCHOOLGIRL TRUENCY SHOCK

FEARS have been raised that children as young as 14 are being taken out of schools in East London to become 'child brides' in forced marriages abroad. Tower Hamlets was named in a Government report as having some of the highest numbers of forced marriages in Britain.

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POLICE HUNT BOGUS TEMP IN £300,000 SCAM

POLICE are hunting a fraudster who is ripping off recruitment agencies with a fake company and bogus CVs. They have sent letters to agencies in the City after several reported falling victim to a fraud thought to have netted at least £300,000 after being enticed to pay wages to the bogus temp worker.

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WHITEHALL CASH BID TO SELL BENT BIKES

A PROPOSED scheme to sell nicked bikes back to the public in London's East End, with full police approval, has been shortlisted this week to compete in a Government 'social enterprise' competition. The Bikeworks organisation which offers the public training and repair skills now plans to start the East London bicycle 'recycling' project to sell bikes recovered by the Met Police where owners cannot be traced.

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