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TUESDAY EVENING HEADLINES: MARCH 11

PUBLISHED: 18:52 11 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:07 05 October 2010

ADVERTISER CAMPAIGN TO SAVE POST OFFICES... MELA FESTIVAL SCRAPPED WITH 2 MONTHS TO GO... OLYMPICS RADIOACTIVE SOIL BEING REMOVED... BY-ELECTION LOOMS AS COUNCILLOR STEPS DOWN

ADVERTISER CAMPAIGN TO SAVE POST OFFICES

THE Advertiser is joining its readers to fight to save the five sub post offices in the East End that are threatened with closure, a fifth of the PO outlets across Tower Hamlets. They are at 75 Whitechapel Rd, E1, Watney St, E1, Devons Rd, E3, Heylyn Sq, E3, The Quarterdeck, E14.

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MELA FESTIVAL SCRAPPED WITH 2 MONTHS TO GO

THE main cultural festival for Britain's Bangladeshi community, the Baishakhi Mela, which attracts 100,000 spectators to London's East End each year, has been cancelled just two months to go. Tower Hamlets council has refused to allow any public park to be used for the event "on safety grounds".

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OLYMPICS RADIOACTIVE SOIL BEING REMOVED

RADIOACTIVE soil discovered at the 2012 Olympics site is being taken away in the next few weeks, the Olympics Delivery authority has confirmed. Contaminated soil resulting from years of industrial pollution has been stockpiled on the massive site before it can be disposed of.

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BY-ELECTION LOOMS AS COUNCILLOR STEPS DOWN

TOWER Hamlets councillor Louise Alexander has resigned, it has been announced. The Lib Dem member for Weavers ward in Bethnal Green stood down this morning (Monday) for 'personal reasons.' A by-election is expected to be held on May 1.

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TOWN HALL NAMES & SHAMES CURRY TOUTS

TOWN Hall bosses have issued a list 'name and shame' list of restaurants they say have flouted the law banning street touting along Brick Lane's 'Curry Mile' who have breached the byelaw. They have so far prosecuted 16 of the 43 eateries since the ban came in 18 months ago.

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TRAPPED DRIVER FREED IN TUNNEL LORRY CRASH

RESCUERS used heavy cutting equipment to free a trapped lorry driver in a pile-up in the Blackwall Tunnel. Three lorries were involved in the crash at the height of Monday's evening rush-hour in the southbound tunnel of the A102.

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DLR PASSENGER SAVED AFTER FALLING ON TRACK

AMBULANCE medics treated a man who fell under a DLR train at Poplar station during Monday evening's rush-hour. The man, in his 40s, slipped between the carriages of the driverless train from the westbound platform at 5.15pm. Trains were hit for an hour during the rescue.

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£20,000 REWARD TO FIND KILLER AFTER 5 YEARS

POLICE are offering a £20,000 reward to find the killers of Darren Sherman, 22, stabbed in a midnight street attack five years ago in Manchester Road, on the Isle of Dogs. They have named Ibrahim Bangura as 'wanted' and think he may be back in Britain.

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