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WEDNESDAY NOON HEADLINES: MARCH 26

PUBLISHED: 10:41 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

YOUTH IN COURT OVER ATTACK ON PRIEST... WATCHDOG PROBES FREESHEET'S AD REVENUE... TORY ROUSE QUITS TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL... MPs VOTE PO CLOSURES DESPITE LABOUR REBELS... TOWN HALL U-TURN ON SCRAPPING MELA FEST...

YOUTH IN COURT OVER ATTACK ON PRIEST

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

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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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MPs VOTE PO CLOSURES DESPITE LABOUR REBELS

LABOUR MPs staged a mass rebellion in the Commons in the debate on post offices closures. The 19 rebels, including several former ministers, voted for a Tory Opposition resolution to suspend the closures. But it was narrowly defeated by the Government. The previous week saw the London Assembly condemn the axing of 169 outlets in London alone.

The Advertiser's online campaign continues. There are five East End sub post offices under threat at 75 Whitechapel Rd, Watney St, Devons Rd, Heylyn Sq and The Quarterdeck.

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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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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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