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WEDNESDAY NIGHT HEADLINES: MARCH 26

PUBLISHED: 17:36 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

YOUTH IN COURT OVER ATTACK ON PRIEST... MAYOR TAKING PO TO COURT OVER CLOSURES... WATCHDOG PROBES FREESHEET'S AD REVENUE... TORY ROUSE QUITS TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL... TOWN HALL U-TURN ON SCRAPPING MELA FEST...

YOUTH IN COURT OVER ATTACK ON PRIEST

A TEENAGER was due in court today (Wednesday), charged with religiously aggravated assault on Canon Michael Ainsworth at St George-in-the-East Church in Shadwell. He was 19-year-old Babul Islam, a grocery assistant from Barnardo-street in Stepney, accused of aggravated ABH in the church grounds on March 5 when Canon Ainsworth, 57, was found with cuts and bruises.

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MAYOR TAKING PO TO COURT OVER CLOSURES

THE Mayor of London is planning to take 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 which says he wants the courts to force the Post Office to hold more thorough consultations with Londoners and reconsider their closure programme. It follows 19 Labour MPs staging a Commons rebellion on March 19 in the debate to try and stop the closures.

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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WATCHDOG PROBES FREESHEET'S AD REVENUE

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

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TORY ROUSE QUITS TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL

FORMER Tower Hamlets Tory Opposition leader Simon Rouse has quit his council seat, paving the way for a Town Hall by-election on May 1. He resigned through pressure of work and family commitments, having stepped down as group leader last year to run for Parliament at Nuneaton. He has Millwall ward on the council since 2004.

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TOWN HALL U-TURN ON SCRAPPING MELA FEST

TOWN Hall chiefs have made a U-turn over this year's Baishaki Mela celebration and say it may still go ahead in Brick Lane after all. It came 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 said it 'made a mistake.'

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GALLOWAY CALLS FOR MP SECRECY TO BE LIFTED

MP George Galloway is backing calls to remove the cloak of secrecy over Parliamentary expenses in the row over MPs trying to block details being published over their second homes. The Bethnal Green & Bow MP says the public has "every right to know" how its money is spent which should not include buying goods in what he describes as the 'John Lewis' list.

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HOSPITAL DJ NABILA AIMS FOR THE STARS

A VOLUNTEER at the Royal London's own hospital radio station has been nominated as 'top female presenter' in the country. Whitechapel AM's Nabila Pathan has been shortlisted for Saturday's national hospital radio awards.

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