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WEDNESDAY NIGHT HEADLINES: APRIL 2

PUBLISHED: 22:17 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:09 05 October 2010

ROBIN HOOD'S FUTURE NOW HANGS IN BALANCE... HUNT FOR ESCAPED PRISONER IN SNATCH RAID... SPECIAL BRANCH HOLD COUNCILLOR AT AIRPORT... 10 IN FIGHT FOR MAYOR OF LONDON'S JOB... MUM KILLED IN POLICE CHASE HORROR

ROBIN HOOD'S FUTURE NOW HANGS IN BALANCE

FAMILIES tonight (Wed) challenged Tower Hamlets council plans to redevelop Poplar's massive 1970s Robin Hood Gardens estate. They're worried about being rehoused elsewhere with new tenancy agreements and losing their 'security of tenure' rights. The challenge was accepted which means the authority was having to reconsider the issue at tonight's Cabinet meeting.

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HUNT FOR ESCAPED PRISONER AFTER SNATCH RAID

DETECTIVES hunting escaped prisoner Tony Albert Turner tonight are advising the public not to approach him. The 27-year-old facing armed robbery charges legged it from Barking magistrates' court this morning (April 2) in a daring 'snatch' raid when guards were threatened by gunmen. He is known to have connections in East London and Essex.

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SPECIAL BRANCH HOLD COUNCILLOR AT AIRPORT

TOWER Hamlets councillor Oliur Rahman was detained at Heathrow airport today (Wed) under the Prevention of Terrorism Act after returning from Egypt. He was held for 30 minutes and quizzed by Special Branch about why he attended the 6th Cairo anti-war conference and what contacts he made. Scotland Yard confirmed a man was stopped at Terminal 4, but was not arrested.

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10 IN RING IN FIGHT MAYOR OF LONDON TITLE

THE final list closed today of 'wannabe Mayor of London' candidates who are after Ken Livingstone's job, Ken included. The end of the 'withdrawal' period was at midday, with 10 in the ring for the 'hot seat' at City Hall in the May 1 elections. Today was also the deadline for the London Assembly, going to the polls the same day.

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MUM KILLED IN POLICE CHASE HORROR NAMED

THE mother of a toddler killed in Sunday's police chase in Bethnal Green has been named by Scotland Yard as 31-year-old Raquel Williams, who died at the scene at 4.30am from multiple injuries. Her 19-month-old baby daughter was among four others injured in the six-vehicle pile-up who had to be freed from the wreckage by rescuers. An Inquest opens tomorrow at Poplar.

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ADVERTISER CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT CHURCHES

THE East London Advertiser is running 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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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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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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