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TUESDAY NIGHT HEADLINES: MARCH 18

PUBLISHED: 19:15 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

FAITH LEADERS CONDEMN CLERGYMAN ATTACK... COMMONS TO DEBATE POST OFFICE CLOSURES... DEATH PLUNGE ROOF BURGLAR S WIDOW HITS OUT... 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 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 on March 5 as a '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 tonight'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.

The Advertiser campaigning to save five East End sub post offices under threat are at 75 Whitechapel Rd, Watney St, Devons Rd, Heylyn Sq and The Quarterdeck, is online at:

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DEATH PLUNGE ROOF BURGLAR'S WIDOW HITS OUT

THE partner of a dead burglar Terry Cheeseman, 27, lashed out at his inquest at the man she claimed left him to die when he fell 60ft through a factory roof in Bow while stealing lead. She was restrained by her family at the Poplar inquest after pointing the finger at the man with him on the roof. Police said he would be charged later. Verdict: accidental death.

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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 protests from residents, conservationists, English Heritage and East End artists. Tower Hamlets' strategic development committee 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 U-turn by admitting this year's Baishaki Mela celebration may still take place in London's East End after all. It came just days after sending the Advertiser a statement that Europe's biggest Bangladeshi New Year celebration was off in May "for safety reasons." Tower Hamlets council has since 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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