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WEDNESDAY NIGHT HEADLINES: MARCH 19

PUBLISHED: 23:06 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

WATCHDOG PROBES FREESHEET'S AD REVENUE... FAITH LEADERS CONDEMN CLERGYMAN ATTACK... COMMONS DEBATES POST OFFICE CLOSURES... CONTROVERSIAL CLUB ROW TOWER GO-AHEAD... TOWN HALL U-TURN ON SCRAPPING MELA FEST

WATCHDOG PROBES FREESHEET'S AD REVENUE

THE Audit Commission is to probe the way Tower Hamlets council gets advertising revenues from its freesheet. It will examine why some rates for internal ads in East End Life are higher than to outside clients, after the Advertiser discovered budgets for services like childcare were being squeezed by inter-departmental advertising bills.

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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-in-the-East by Asian youths. Scotland Yard is treating the attack in Shadwell on March 5 as a 'faith hate' crime.

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NOW COMMONS DEBATES POST OFFICE CLOSURES

CAMPAIGNERS fighting the threat to shut down hundreds of post offices this week welcomed a Commons resolution calling for the suspension of the closure programme thrashed out by MPs, following last week's London Assembly debate condemning the axing of 169 outlets in London alone.

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

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MASSIVE CLUB ROW TOWER GETS GO-AHEAD

A CONTROVERSIAL 25-storey tower has been given the green light in Bethnal Green by town planners, despite protests from residents, English Heritage and artists. Tower Hamlets' 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 FEST

TOWN Hall chiefs have been forced into a U-turn by admitting this year's Baishaki Mela celebration may still take place in Brick Lane after all. It came just days after a council statement to the Advertiser that Europe's biggest Bangladeshi New Year celebration in May was cancelled "for safety reasons." Tower Hamlets has since backtracked and said it 'made a mistake.'

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HAVE-A-GO STEVE GETS AWARD FROM COPS

HAVE-A-GO hero Steve Halverson, who chased a sex attacker through the streets and caught him, was the only member of the public honoured with police officers and cadets at a Tower of London commendation ceremony. Other awards to officers included catching a dangerous paedophile, preventing a rooftop suicide, drugs busts and under-cover work.

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LIFEBOAT CREW HONOURED WITH 'SOS' STAMP

THE crew of the Tower Lifeboat appear on a special commemorative souvenir set of postage stamps to mark the 100th anniversary of the 'SOS' distress call. They are featured on Royal Mail's special RNLI set of stamps.

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FREE BUSES TO BEAT 'NO TUBE' SHOPPING BLUES

FREE buses are being laid on to help Saturday shoppers in Wapping get to the big stores while the East London Underground Line is closed for two years. The weekday run to Surrey Quays has been extended to Saturdays.

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