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Watch Grenfell Tower House of Commons Debate – Jim Fitzpatrick MP

Watch Grenfell Tower House of Commons Debate – Jim Fitzpatrick MP

By on June 27, 2017 in Housing, News with 0 Comments

Everyone involved in ensuring that a tragedy such as the Grenfell Tower fire can never happen again should watch the House of Commons Adjournment Debate called by our MP for Poplar and Limehouse Jim Fitzpatrick.Click the video player ‘View fullscreen’ button for best results.The speech by Jim, an ex-firefighter, in the House of Commons is also […]

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Verdict on Lutfur Rahman’s appeal for judicial review expected today

Verdict on Lutfur Rahman’s appeal for judicial review expected today

By on June 22, 2017 in Lutfur Rahman, News with 0 Comments

A decision is expected this morning on the appeal by Lutfur Rahman to be allowed a Judicial Review of the Election Court’s 2015 ruling that he and his agents had engaged in corrupt electoral practise during the 2014 Mayoral election.If the Judicial Review is allowed and the original judgement put aside Rahman’s strategy is to try to regain […]

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Amid troubled times a gesture of friendship and humanity in Wapping

Amid troubled times a gesture of friendship and humanity in Wapping

By on June 21, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

At last some good news. Earlier this evening a beautifully presented package was left outside Wapping Noorani Masjid & Cultural Centre in Prusom Street just before Iftar. Inside was a gesture that has power and significance way beyond its size. The letter reads as follows: “To everyone at the Wapping noorani masjid & cultural centre,This is a small gift […]

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TH tenants want sprinkler systems in their homes and they want them now

TH tenants want sprinkler systems in their homes and they want them now

Tower Hamlets Tenants Residents Associations are vocal in their demand to have sprinkler systems retrofitted in their blocks without waiting for the results of any enquiries into the Grenfell Tower Fire.70 blocks with more than six floors and 34 properties that range between 10 and 22 floors are under the control of Tower Hamlets Homes […]

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Increased high-visibility police patrols around mosques in borough

Increased high-visibility police patrols around mosques in borough

By on June 19, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Terrorism with 0 Comments

Police patrols around mosques and other places of worship in Tower Hamlets and the rest of London have been increased in direct response to the brutal attack in Finsbury Park.“Understandably there will be concerns amongst many in the East End following last night’s attack.,” said Mayor John Biggs in a press statement.“This morning my Cabinet Member […]

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“United Kingdom resolute in the face of adversity” – message from the Queen

“United Kingdom resolute in the face of adversity” – message from the Queen

By on June 17, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

Her Majesty the Queen has used the occasion of her Official Birthday to issue an unprecedented message to the nation. “Today is traditionally a day of celebration. This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very’ sombre national mood. In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies.As a nation, we continue […]

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Terrorism

London Bridge terrorist attack – do you recognise this pink ceramic knife?

London Bridge terrorist attack – do you recognise this pink ceramic knife?

By on June 10, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Terrorism with 0 Comments

The Metropolitan Police has released photos of one of the distinctive pink knives used during the London Bridge terrorist attack in an attempt to trace their origin.The ceramic pink knives were found on or nearby the three attackers after police shot them dead last weekend.The kitchen knives, each measuring 12 inches, are branded Ernesto and are ceramic, […]

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Body recovered from Thames at Limehouse believed to be Xavier Thomas

Body recovered from Thames at Limehouse believed to be Xavier Thomas

By on June 7, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Terrorism with 0 Comments

Police have been appealing for information about Xavier Thomas, 45, a French national who had not been seen since the night of the terrorist attack on London Bridge.On Tuesday, 6 June at approximately 19:44hours the body of a man was recovered from the river, near Limehouse, by specialist officers from the Marine Police Unit based at […]

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London Muslim Alliance Silent Peace Rally in Solidarity with Londoners

London Muslim Alliance Silent Peace Rally in Solidarity with Londoners

By on June 6, 2017 in Events, Terrorism with 1 Comment

Update: Due to huge support for this event it has been postponed until Saturday 17th June, 7.30pm, Altab Ali Park. The police told the organisers that they could not deal with a march of such a size on date originally scheduled. The London Muslim Alliance has been set up as a direct response to the London Bridge atrocities […]

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London Bridge attacks – Counter Terrorism police appeal for information

London Bridge attacks – Counter Terrorism police appeal for information

By on June 6, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Terrorism with 0 Comments

The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command has now released the names and photographs of all three attackers shot dead by police during the terrorist attacks on London Bridge and at Borough Market on Saturday.All three men involved in the attack were confronted and shot dead by armed officers within eight minutes of the first call.The three have […]

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“Enough is enough” says May (unless it’s Saudi sponsored terrorism)

“Enough is enough” says May (unless it’s Saudi sponsored terrorism)

By on June 4, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Terrorism with 0 Comments

In a speech today the Prime Minister Theresa May promised to step up the fight against Islamist terrorism, saying “enough is enough” and that there is “far too much tolerance of extremism” in the UK.What Theresa May did not mention was that the report of an extensive investigation into the foreign funding and support of […]

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Raw courage defeats pure evil at London Bridge

Raw courage defeats pure evil at London Bridge

Six innocent people dead, at least 48 injured, three male attackers shot dead by police. The attack at London Bridge and Borough Market would have resulted in a much higher death toll if it were not for the raw courage of the Metropolitan Police’s firearms officer who, within eight minutes of the first 999 calls, were […]

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Wildlife

The Tale of the Very Small and Very Lost Wapping Wagtail

The Tale of the Very Small and Very Lost Wapping Wagtail

By on May 1, 2017 in Birds, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Our Wildlife Rangers (Central Wapping Division) have been in action most of the morning dealing with a fledgling wagtail which flew the nest only to be rescued from the Turks Head Cafe.Wagtails (Genus Motacilla) are wonderful birds which gain their name from the way they, you guessed it, flick their tails up and down for balance […]

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#holewatch – Special Bat Planning Edition!

#holewatch – Special Bat Planning Edition!

By on April 14, 2017 in King Henry's Wharves, Wildlife with 0 Comments

There is nothing the Wapping Mole likes more than a bit of digging. Well, apart from a HUGE amount of digging. The reason Moley likes digging so much is that he never knows what he will find.This Bank Holiday Friday afternoon he spent some time digging away at the King Henry’s and Phoenix Wharves development […]

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Great Crested Grebes nesting on Shadwell Basin – photo story

Great Crested Grebes nesting on Shadwell Basin – photo story

A pair of Great Crested Grebes are nesting and mating on the south side of Shadwell Basin. Grebes are fantastic birds to watch but seem to be hopeless nest builders as our Wildlife Rangers have previous reported here and here. The main problem the Grebes have had is choosing to nest right next to the Coots nest […]

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Parakeet parade in Wapping Gardens

Parakeet parade in Wapping Gardens

By on November 29, 2016 in Birds, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Very cold nights usually lead to lovely bright and clear mornings, perfect for our Wildlife Rangers to indulge in one of their favourite occupations, photographing parakeets. Our Rangers are so keen that they almost got up early this morning but they overslept so they didn’t.If Kevin the Kingfisher was gracing Wapping Canal with its presence […]

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Kingfisher spotted flying along Thames foreshore at Wapping

Kingfisher spotted flying along Thames foreshore at Wapping

By on September 18, 2016 in Kingfisher, News, Wildlife with 0 Comments

At last! After a long Kingfisher drought in Wapping one of the spectacular little birds was seen flying along the Thames foreshore at around 8am this morning.As ever our Wildlife Rangers (South Wapping Division) were out on patrol bright and early (well, early) and their dedication was rewarded. A solitary crowOur Rangers attention had been caught […]

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Mr Burns gets his (Tesco) sprats

Mr Burns gets his (Tesco) sprats

By on August 13, 2016 in Grey Heron, Photographs with 0 Comments

The entire Love Wapping management and editorial team wish to apologise for this week’s excess of heavy duty electoral corruption stories and make amends by bringing you some photographs of one of our Wapping Wildlife favourites – Mr Burns!Mr Burns is one, possibly all, of our local Wapping grey herons who can usually be seen […]

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Investigations

Electoral Commission fraud report – long on statistics, short on action

Electoral Commission fraud report – long on statistics, short on action

By on March 24, 2017 in Voting Fraud with 0 Comments

A report published today by the Electoral Commission, Analysis of cases of alleged electoral fraud in the UK in 2016, makes painful reading for anyone who knows the reality of electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.The report is advertised as Electoral fraud: high stakes highlighted in new report which begs the question “If the stakes are so high […]

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Lutfur Rahman: Metropolitan Police ups its game (at last)

Lutfur Rahman: Metropolitan Police ups its game (at last)

It seems the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has finally realised that they might well have made a serious error by not following up the judgement of the Electoral Court with a proper criminal investigation.This may well have something to do with the formal request by the GLA Police & Crime Committee for an investigation into […]

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Rahman: Watchdog to investigate Met’s failure to bring criminal charges

Rahman: Watchdog to investigate Met’s failure to bring criminal charges

Lutfur Rahman and his corruptly elected associates should not sleep easily tonight as a full and proper criminal investigation into their actions comes closer. An inquiry into the failings of the Metropolitan Police to do its job after the electoral petition result has been formally requested and a logical consequence of this is that another police force […]

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GLA asks for HMIC inquiry into Met’s failure to investigate Rahman

GLA asks for HMIC inquiry into Met’s failure to investigate Rahman

Lutfur Rahman and Tower Hamlets First are one step closer to facing justice today.Steve O’Connell AM, Chair of the GLA Police and Crime Committee has written to Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor of London for Policing and Crime, formally asking for Her Majesties Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) carry out an inspection of the activities of the Met relating […]

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Vote Ohid, get Lutfur – Tower Hamlets Together carries on regardless of ban

Vote Ohid, get Lutfur – Tower Hamlets Together carries on regardless of ban

Lutfur Rahman’s attempt to register the Tower Hamlets Together party may have been rejected by the Electoral Commission but his political comeback continues unhindered as these flyers for the ‘Tower Hamlets Independent Group’ show.If anything else was needed to demonstrate the contempt that Lutfur Rahman and his corrupt gang have for both the laws of the […]

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Lutfur Rahman charges: “The decision about all of this was made by the police.”

Lutfur Rahman charges: “The decision about all of this was made by the police.”

Below are some of the key elements taken from the official transcripts of the GLA Police & Crime Committee meeting Thursday, 9 February 2017  convened to examine the actions (or lack of action) by the Metropolitan Police Service into tackling allegations of electoral fraud and malpractice in Tower Hamlets.The two transcript documents are over 70 pages […]

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Prostitution

Prostitution moves from Green Bank to Pennington Street

Prostitution moves from Green Bank to Pennington Street

By on April 13, 2017 in Organised crime, Prostitution with 0 Comments

The prostitution activity that has been taking place in Green Bank has now moved up to Pennington Street next to London Dock.Reports from residents and a little snooping by LW seems to indicate that it is the same people in the same cars doing the same thing, so it seems the problem has just been […]

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Prostitution problem in Green Bank evaporates into thin air

Prostitution problem in Green Bank evaporates into thin air

By on April 12, 2017 in Organised crime, Prostitution with 1 Comment

The prostitution problem in Wapping E1W that has concerned many residents may have been solved. Since Saturday night none of the usual vehicles and occupants have been seen in Green Bank. The photograph below taken last night shows a complete lack of anything apart from residents cars.The reason the prostitution problem has been fixed is undoubtedly […]

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Green Bank prostitution – good news and bad news

Green Bank prostitution – good news and bad news

By on April 7, 2017 in Organised crime, Prostitution with 0 Comments

A week after the news that Green Bank Wapping was home to a thriving prostitution industry here are some details of what has and has not changed.For various reasons LW knows Green Bank as well as our own backyard and, with the help of various nearby residents, has been keeping an eye on the comings and goings […]

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Organised prostitution in Wapping – response from MPS Tower Hamlets

Organised prostitution in Wapping – response from MPS Tower Hamlets

By on April 4, 2017 in Organised crime, Prostitution with 0 Comments

Below is the full text of an email from Chief Inspector Martin Kirby of Limehouse Police Station in response to a formal enquiry by Cllr. Denise Jones about the current situation with organised prostitution in Green Bank, Wapping, and other locations. SNT stands for Safer Neighbourhood Team aka our local police. Hello Denise, I have discussed […]

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The harsh reality of Romanian sex trafficking gangs – Matei Rosca

The harsh reality of Romanian sex trafficking gangs – Matei Rosca

By on April 2, 2017 in Organised crime, Prostitution with 0 Comments

Love Wapping is pleased to be able to publish a guest post by Matei Rosca who lives not that far from Wapping and immediately responded to our first story regarding the Romanian gang organising prostitution in Green Bank.  Matei has very kindly offered to help our community by sharing his knowledge of this problem.Matei considers that even […]

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Wapping prostitution continues as authorities fail to join the dots

Wapping prostitution continues as authorities fail to join the dots

By on April 2, 2017 in Organised crime, Prostitution with 0 Comments

Another normal night in Wapping as sex workers stand and chat on the pavements of Green Bank, Wapping High Street and Tench Street while waiting to be transported to their next assignment. Residents continue to react with a mixture of disbelief and shock when they realise just what is going on in the heart of […]

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Data Stories

TfL 100 bus route consultation results combined to fix final result

TfL 100 bus route consultation results combined to fix final result

By on February 22, 2017 in Data Stories, Tower Hamlets, Transport with 0 Comments

Analysis of the published results of the Transport for London (TfL) consultation into proposed changes of the 100 and 388 bus routes show that TfL is ignoring its own data and ignoring the wishes of Wapping residents.In the published consultation results TfL has combined the results of feedback on both the 100 and the 388 bus […]

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Council Payments To Suppliers Open Data worse than under Lutfur

Council Payments To Suppliers Open Data worse than under Lutfur

By on September 13, 2016 in Data Stories, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

One part of ridding Tower Hamlets of a corrupt mayor in 2014 was the proof that council grants were being made on the basis of who you voted for, not what you needed. This was done using ‘Open Data’ published on the council’s website.It is ironic that over a year later, with a democratically elected Labour […]

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DCLG Commissioners clamp down on Tower Hamlets grants

DCLG Commissioners clamp down on Tower Hamlets grants

The Commissioners sent in by Eric Pickles to sort out Tower Hamlets council have begun to publish the results of their work on the Main Stream Grants (MSG) shambles.Have a look at the bar chart below to see which organisation’s projects have been stopped. Grant funding with ‘red’ status are the ones in – you […]

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Child Poverty in Tower Hamlets mapped by ward

Child Poverty in Tower Hamlets mapped by ward

By on October 26, 2014 in Data Stories, Investigations with 0 Comments

Using data from End Child Poverty this map shows the variation in child poverty across Tower Hamlets.  At 49% overall our borough has the highest rate in London.For further context on this subject please see Grants Distribution by Ward.This map is best viewed in full screen.  

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Tower Hamlets grants compared to quality of life indicators

Tower Hamlets grants compared to quality of life indicators

Tower Hamlets is not the richest borough in London. Our children have to endure some of the highest rates of poverty in the entire country. As part of the continuing analysis of the manner in which the current Tower Hamlets First administration distributes grants across wards the illustration below shows four key quality of life […]

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Mainstream Grant funding increases

Mainstream Grant funding increases

One of the many problems of trying to make sense of how Tower Hamlets Council allocates grants is that the documentation is inconsistent. An example of this is the main PDF file that refers to the allocation of Mainstream Grants (MSG) awards,  01c Appendix 1 Collated Reports by funding stream for Cabinet Final – 301112.pdf  [PDF […]

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Serious assault in East India Dock Road – do you recognise these men?

By on June 22, 2017 in Crime & Policing with 0 Comments
Serious assault in East India Dock Road – do you recognise these men?

Tower Hamlets detectives have issued CCTV images (above) of two men they would like to speak to in connection with a serious assault that left the victim needing metal plates inserted in his face.On Saturday, 25 February at 01:00hrs, the 26-year-old victim was in a newsagents on East India Dock Road when he became involved in a […]

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Grenfell Tower – Mayor seeks to reassure Tower Hamlets Homes tenants

By on June 17, 2017 in Tower Hamlets Homes with 0 Comments
Grenfell Tower – Mayor seeks to reassure Tower Hamlets Homes tenants

Mayor John Biggs has issued a statement in an attempt to reassure Tower Hamlets Homes residents after the fire at Grenfell Tower in West London.After a meeting with senior housing and safety officials to review fire safety in the council’s housing stock, Susmita Sen, Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) has written to all residents to […]

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Boat horns sound on the River Thames for Jo Cox (video)

By on June 17, 2017 in Events, Jo Cox MP with 0 Comments
Boat horns sound on the River Thames for Jo Cox (video)

To mark the start of the Great Get Together Weekend yesterday friends and neighbours of Jo Cox gathered in Hermitage Memorial Gardens Wapping.At the end of the vigil the boat horns sounded at Hermitage Moorings..But don’t be glum chums!That is the last thing Jo would have wanted!It’s the Great Get Together Weekend so check out […]

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Open invitation to Safer Wapping meeting

By on June 16, 2017 in ASB, Boy Racers, Car crashes, Meetings with 0 Comments
Open invitation to Safer Wapping meeting

A number of Wapping residents have started to talk about formally establishing a group to tackle the continuing Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) and rising crime in our Ward. This is an open invitation to all who live and work in Wapping to discuss setting up a residents’ group to address these problems and see what can be done. Date: Thursday […]

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