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THURSDAY NIGHT HEADLINES: JUNE 26

PUBLISHED: 19:22 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 05 October 2010

SHOPKEEPER HANDS IN KNIVES STOCK TO COPS...

HOSPITAL BOOKINGS STAFF ARE DISCIPLINED...

STUDENTS AND BUILDING WORKERS FLEE BLAZE...

GALLOWAY HIT BY DEFECTIONS FROM RESPECT

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, concerned about knife crime, 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 has found 573 patients over two years had to wait eight weeks longer for operations than the 26-week target.

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STUDENTS AND BUILDING WORKERS FLEE BLAZE

STUDENTS and construction workers fled yesterday (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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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. It will swell Labour's numbers on the 51-seat local authority to 33 councillors.

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WOMAN KILLED IN RUSH-HOUR TUBE HORROR

A WOMAN passenger was killed during Monday morning's peak rush-hour at Mile End Underground station. She fell in front of an eastbound Central Line train. Services were immediately halted, causing chaos for thousands of commuters.

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TRIBUTES TO MICHELLE AFTER TRAGIC DROWNING

THE family of Michelle Gellard, the seven-year-old from East London who died in a tragic drowning accident at a leisure centre on June 14, have paid tribute to their 'cheeky little madam with attitude' who was loved by everyone. Her parents described her as "a precious and wonderful little girl" who made everyone laugh. Michelle, a keen member of a judo club on the Isle of Dogs where she lived, had won a silver medal in a contest that day and went for a swim afterwards in the pool next door, where she was found unconscious in the water.

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