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WEDNESDAY NIGHT HEADLINES: APRIL 16

PUBLISHED: 19:18 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 October 2010

HUGE GASWORKS FACE CLOSURE IN FIVE YEARS FAMILIES FLEE AS CAR CRASHES INTO BUILDING RAIDERS HOLD PUB STAFF AFTER MARATHON RACE FAKE GUNS SNATCHED IN RAID ON COLLECTOR POST OFFICE FACES HIGH COURT OVER CLOSURES

HUGE GASWORKS FACE CLOSURE IN FIVE YEARS

THE massive Bromley-by-Bow gasworks could be closed down in the next five years. Talks have been going on between Thames Gateway Development and the National Grid to incorporate the site into a huge new park along the River Lea.

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FAMILIES FLEE AS CAR CRASHES INTO BUILDING

TEENAGER Diego Delgado had a narrow escape when a car ploughed into his living room while watching Sunday's London Marathon on TV. The Mercedes went through the wall of his ground-floor flat on Whitechapel's Collingwood estate and brought down a pile of bricks where he was sitting. Families had to be evacuated from the building.

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RAIDERS HOLD PUB STAFF AFTER MARATHON RACE

MASKED raiders threatened pub staff, including two women, with a 10ins knife and tied them up during a terrifying robbery ordeal. They burst into Booty's Bar in Narrow-street, Limehouse, as staff were closing at 8pm on Sunday (April 13) after serving spectators who had been watching the London Marathon passing the premises, and escaped with several thousand pounds.

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FAKE GUNS SNATCHED IN RAID ON COLLECTOR

A REPLICA Second World War German hand-grenade was among a collection of fake firearms stolen in a raid on a gun collector's home at Millwall, on the Isle of Dogs. Police fear the imitation pistols, assault rifles, sub-machine guns and two grenades, although not functional, could be used in robberies as 'frighteners' to intimidate victims.

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POST OFFICE FACES HIGH COURT OVER CLOSURES

THE Post Office is facing High Court action to force it to rethink its London-wide closures. The GLA is seeking a judicial review over lack of a full public consultation to save 171 outlets on the London 'hit' list. The Advertiser's fight to save five in the East End at Whitechapel Rd, Watney St, Devons Rd, Heylyn Sq and The Quarterdeck at is online:

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POLICE U-TURN ON BLOCKING ANTI-RACISM GIG

POLICE and local authority safety chiefs in East London have withdrawn objections to the 'Love Music, Hate Racism' concert in Victoria Park on April 27. They feared public safety and noise at the free event which could attract 50,000.

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CHANCELLOR BARRED FROM PUB OVER BEER DUTY

CHANCELLOR Alistair Darling is still barred from The Albion pub at Haggerston after slapping another 4p a pint tax in last month's Budget. Guv'nor Dave Chapman wrote to him saying he's no longer welcome if he ever turns up, but has had no reply.

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