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FRIDAY NIGHT NEWS HEADLINES: JUNE 27

PUBLISHED: 18:56 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 05 October 2010

’RECYCLE’ SAFETY HAZARD, WARNS FIRE CHIEF...

CREWS RESCUE UNCONSCIOUS MAN IN BLAZE...

SHOPKEEPER HANDS IN KNIVES STOCK TO COPS...

HOSPITAL BOOKINGS STAFF ARE DISCIPLINED...

GALLOWAY HIT BY DEFECTIONS FROM RESPECT

'RECYCLE' SAFETY HAZARD, WARNS FIRE CHIEF

A FIRE chief is calling for tightening up of the practice of leaving paper outside flats in tower blocks-because of a fire safety hazard. It follows a blaze when paper was set alight by vandals at the eight-storey Lister House in Whitechapel at 1.45am today (Friday). Senior watch manager Richard Welch says tenants are putting themselves at risk leaving paper on their doorsteps.

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CREWS RESCUE UNCONSCIOUS MAN IN BLAZE

A MAN lying unconscious in his home was rescued by fire crews battling their way through his blazing maisonette in East London to reach him. A neighbour three floors above raised the alarm as smoke began filling the corridors of the eight-storey Kingsham House in Bethnal Green at 6.30 this morning.

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SHOPKEEPER HANDS IN KNIVES STOCK TO COPS

A SHOPKEEPER has handed in his entire stock of 300 lock-knives to police in a personal stand against knife crime. Nadeem Nasir approached officers on patrol in Barking-road, East Ham, and asked them to take away his entire stock. Police are urging other shopkeepers to follow Nadeem's stand.

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HOSPITAL BOOKINGS STAFF ARE DISCIPLINED

STAFF in charge of booking patients' appointments at the Royal London Hospital have been disciplined for recording incorrect information on computers to meet Government targets. An investigation found 573 patients over two years had to wait eight weeks longer for operations than the 26-week target.

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GALLOWAY HIT BY DEFECTIONS FROM RESPECT

MP GEORGE Galloway's Respect project suffered another bitter blow this week after four of his former Tower Hamlets councillors were defecting to Labour. Shahed Ali, deputy leader of the Town Hall's Respect group, signed his Labour application form on Tuesday, along with the three remaining Respect Independent rebels, to swell Labour's numbers on the 51-seat local authority to 33.

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STUDENTS AND BUILDING WORKERS FLEE BLAZE

STUDENTS and construction workers fled on Wednesday when a blaze broke out in East London at a building site next to London Metropolitan university in Commercial-road. The students had to quit their art and IT studies when 60ft flames swept the seven-storey construction site next door as 50 workmen were evacuated. No-one was hurt.

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