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MONDAY NIGHT HEADLINES: MARCH 17

PUBLISHED: 23:11 17 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:07 05 October 2010

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

FAITH LEADERS CONDEMN CLERGYMAN ATTACK

MUSLIM leaders have added their voice today (Mon) to the condemnation of the attack on Canon Michael Ainsworth who was badly beaten up in the chuch grounds of St George's-in-the-East by a gang of Asian youths. Scotland Yard is treating the attack in Shadwell as a possible 'faith hate' crime.

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NOW COMMONS TO DEBATE POST OFFICE CLOSURES

CAMPAIGNERS fighting the threat to shut down hundreds of post offices have welcomed Wednesday's Parliamentary debate on the issue. A Commons resolution calling for the suspension of the closure programme is being thrashed out by MPs, following last week'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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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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