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MONDAY NIGHT HEADLINES: MARCH 31

PUBLISHED: 22:46 31 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:09 05 October 2010

ADVERTISER CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT CHURCHES... WORKSHOPS BOOTED OUT OF LERNING CENTRE... CRANE LOWERS NEW RAIL BRIDGE ACROSS A10... MAYOR TAKING PO TO COURT OVER CLOSURES... WATCHDOG PROBES COUNCIL S AD REVENUE...

ADVERTISER CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT CHURCHES

THE East London Advertiser has launched a campaign to improve security and protect the heritage of churches in the East End. Our move comes after the brutal assault on Canon Michael Ainsworth at St George-in-the-East in Shadwell in March 5, which has highlighted a lack of security at church properties, many of which face regular vandalism.

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Advertiser church campaign

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WORKSHOPS BOOTED OUT OF LEARNING CENTRE

THE oldest adult education centre in the country is set to close under Town Hall plans to use the building for school pupils instead. Closure of Bethnal Green Centre has led to a wave of protest by students and tutors to save the workshop vocational courses that end at the summer recess.

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CRANE LOWERS NEW RAIL BRIDGE ACROSS A10

A NEW landmark has appeared as a 'gateway' to London's East End after Britain's biggest mobile crane lifted and lowered a 350-tonne, 100ft long steel structure across Shoreditch High-street, at the old Bishopsgate rail goods terminal, to carry the East London Line extension from Whitechapel to Dalston in two years' time. The busy street had to be closed off while it was being slotted into place.

MAYOR TAKING PO TO COURT OVER CLOSURES

THE Mayor of London is taking the Post Office to court over the closure threat to 169 sub post offices across the capital. Ken Livingstone's ultimatum is in a letter to the East London Advertiser. He wants the courts to force the Post Office to hold more thorough consultations and reconsider the closures, following 19 Labour MPs staging a Commons rebellion on March 19 to try and stop the cuts.

The Advertiser's campaign to save five East End sub post offices on the London 'hit list' (Whitechapel Rd, Watney St, Devons Rd, Heylyn Sq and The Quarterdeck) continues online:

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3 YOUTHS ARRESTED AFTER ATTACK ON PRIEST

THREE teenagers have been arrested following an attack on Canon Michael Ainsworth at St George-in-the-East in Shadwell on March 5. One of them, Grocery assistant Babul Islam, 19, of Barnardo-st, Stepney, appeared before Thames magistrates on March 26 charged with religiously aggravated assault and was bailed to a committal on April 7. The other two are on police bail.

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WATCHDOG PROBES COUNCIL'S AD REVENUE

THE Audit Commission is to probe the way Tower Hamlets council gets advertising revenues for its freesheet East End Life. It will examine why some rates for internal ads are higher than to outside clients, after the Advertiser found budgets for services like childcare were being squeezed by inter-departmental advertising bills.

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TOWN HALL U-TURN ON SCRAPPING MELA FEST

TOWN Hall chiefs have made a U-turn over this year's Baishaki Mela celebration and say it may still go ahead in Brick Lane after all. It came after a council statement to the Advertiser that Europe's biggest Bangladeshi New Year celebration in May was cancelled "for safety reasons."

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