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Policing in Wapping – public meeting for residents Thursday 27th April

Policing in Wapping – public meeting for residents Thursday 27th April

By on April 1, 2017 in Crime & Policing, Meetings with 2 Comments

Tower Hamlets Police is holding a public meeting for the residents of Wapping with the Borough Commander Sue Williams on Thursday the 27th April 2017 at 1900.The venue is St Georges Town Hall Cable Street. The meeting is scheduled to discuss ASB and driving related concerns in the Wapping area.LW received this news before yesterday’s […]

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Update on Wapping Lane assault – statement by Metropolitan Police

Update on Wapping Lane assault – statement by Metropolitan Police

By on March 26, 2017 in Crime & Policing, News with 0 Comments

Further to our news story regarding the assault in Wapping Lane last night here is the official Metropolitan Police statement. We do not have any more details than we have published.Police were called at around 17:30 hrs on 25 March to a report of a man assaulted and unconscious in Wapping Lane, E1.Officers attended and […]

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Eight teenagers arrested after young man assaulted in Wapping Lane

Eight teenagers arrested after young man assaulted in Wapping Lane

By on March 25, 2017 in Crime & Policing, News with 0 Comments

A group of eight teenagers are believed to have assaulted a single white male just before six pm Saturday evening in Wapping Lane outside St. Peters London Docks church.It is understood that the police had suspects in custody very soon after the assault.One of the two main routes through Wapping was cordoned off for several hours as […]

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Public guidance for what to do during a terrorist attack #RunHideTell

Public guidance for what to do during a terrorist attack #RunHideTell

By on March 24, 2017 in Terrorism with 0 Comments

Blunt headline but we live in troubled times. Hard reality of life at the moment is that we all need to have some idea of how to behave if we should be caught up in a terrorist attack. Many of the victims of the Westminster attacks had no chance to react but that is not always going […]

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Interfaith vigil for victims of Westminster attacks #WeStandTogether

Interfaith vigil for victims of Westminster attacks #WeStandTogether

By on March 24, 2017 in News, Terrorism with 0 Comments

Flowers were laid during a memorial service for the victims of the Westminster attacks last night at St. John’s Bethnal Green church. In addition to John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, elected members and a representative from the police dozens of Tower Hamlets residents paid their respects during the vigil. Hate will not divide Tower Hamlets […]

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Tower Hamlets vigil for Westminster victims tonight #WeStandTogether

Tower Hamlets vigil for Westminster victims tonight #WeStandTogether

By on March 23, 2017 in Events, Terrorism with 0 Comments

Everyone is invited to a vigil tonight in support of the victims of yesterday’s attack in Westminster.The vigil will be led by the Bishop of Stepney and Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum from 6.30pm at St John on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA.John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “London will not be divided […]

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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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Wildlife

#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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Swarm of Wapping bees spotted in Vaughan Way E1W

Swarm of Wapping bees spotted in Vaughan Way E1W

By on July 16, 2016 in News, Wildlife with 0 Comments

The Love Wapping Wildlife Rangers are, despite their job title, not very good at spotting wildlife and so their complete and abject failure to see a swarm of bees yesterday should come as no surprise to anyone.Many thanks to Wapping Sourdough who spotted the bees being very busy and told our Rangers.The swarm of bees […]

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Corruption

A ruthless search for the truth? Not in Tower Hamlets.

A ruthless search for the truth? Not in Tower Hamlets.

The below is the content of an article by Giles Broadbent of The Wharf entitled “A ruthless search for the truth. Not in Tower Hamlets” reproduced by kind permission of The Wharf”. You can read the original article here.  We read this article this morning and were very impressed by its clarity and eloquence – […]

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Application for Rahman’s new political party to be subjected to ‘forensic review’

Application for Rahman’s new political party to be subjected to ‘forensic review’

By on February 4, 2017 in Corruption, News, Politics with 0 Comments

The Government has requested that Lutfur Rahman’s application to register his new political party, Tower Hamlets Together, be subjected to a ‘forensic review’ by the Electoral Commission.During a speech at the Tally Ho Conference Centre, Birmingham to members of the Electoral Commission and the National Police Chiefs’ Council on 3rd February Chris Skidmore MP, Minister for […]

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Want to vote in Tower Hamlets? Then prove who you say you are

Want to vote in Tower Hamlets? Then prove who you say you are

By on December 27, 2016 in Corruption, Politics with 0 Comments

Tower Hamlets is to be one of the first local authorities to trial a scheme to stop voting fraud by requiring voters to provide proof of identity.The voting ID pilot comes because of the corrupt electoral practise of Lutfur Rahman and the subsequent review of electoral fraud in the UK by Sir Eric Pickles, ‘Securing the Ballot’.‘A […]

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Tower Hamlets corruption – only 24 hours left to submit your allegations

Tower Hamlets corruption – only 24 hours left to submit your allegations

By on December 7, 2016 in Corruption, News, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

Anyone with knowledge of corruption in Tower Hamlets only has 24 hours to submit their allegations to the Council’s Clear-Up Team. Please tell the independent investigation team what you know before midday tomorrow Wednesday 8 December 2016.LW has been busy getting its own documentation in order for the Clean-Up people and we have been advised […]

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You only have until 8th December to report issues to ‘Clear Up’ project

You only have until 8th December to report issues to ‘Clear Up’ project

By on November 21, 2016 in Corruption, Crime & Policing with 0 Comments

Residents, partners, stakeholders and employees of Tower Hamlets Council only have a couple of weeks, until 8th December,  to tell the Council’s ‘Clear Up’ project what they know about corruption and wrongdoing in the Borough.  James Richardson, a secondee to the Council from the Civil Service, has been appointed as the Clear Up Project Manager and is […]

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Help clean up Tower Hamlets – tell Jim what you know

Help clean up Tower Hamlets – tell Jim what you know

By on October 6, 2016 in Corruption, News with 0 Comments

In a previous post details of the dedicated Council ‘Clear Up’ team were described in a further attempt by Mayor John Biggs administration to rid the borough of the corruption of the previous Mayor’s corruption. The team will investigate outstanding allegations which may have taken place between October 2010 and June 2016.It is worth knowing that if for some […]

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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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Previously on Love Wapping...

There’s too much coughing in Willoughby House Wapping

By on April 25, 2017 in Health with 0 Comments
There’s too much coughing in Willoughby House Wapping

Residents in and around Willoughby House, Dundee Street, Wapping have complained of the significant amounts of dust that is invading their homes and covering their cars generated by construction work at the development of Red Lion Court in Reardon Path.Numerous people living nearby have complained of chest infections, nose bleeds and feeling generally unwell in recent weeks.The dust […]

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Ajmal Masroor to challenge Rushanara Ali for Bethnal Green & Bow seat

By on April 25, 2017 in General Election 2017, Politics with 0 Comments
Ajmal Masroor to challenge Rushanara Ali for Bethnal Green & Bow seat

Rushanara Ali, incumbent Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, faces a significant challenge in the General Election from Ajmal Masroor who is considered by some in the Bangladeshi community of Tower Hamlets to be the ‘unity candidate’ to bridge the gap between the Independent group(s) and the Labour Party.Asmal Masroor announced his candidacy in a […]

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Mapping the Hamlets Exhibition Now Open at Bancroft Road Archives

By on April 20, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments
Mapping the Hamlets Exhibition Now Open at Bancroft Road Archives

The new Mapping the Hamlets exhibition is now open at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives in Bancroft Road. The exhibition runs from 15th April to 23rd June.The archive is one of the many jewels of our borough and holds a collection of over 4000 historic maps amongst a wealth of other treasures.The Mapping the […]

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Cllr. Oliur Rahman – man of many parties (and we ain’t talking dancing)

By on April 20, 2017 in Elections 2018 with 0 Comments
Cllr. Oliur Rahman –  man of many parties (and we ain’t talking dancing)

Will corruptly elected Tower Hamlets Cllr. Oliur Rahman stand for parliament in the 8th June election? That is the question on his own lips and he doesn’t seem to know. Rumour has it that he will stand against Rushanari Ali for the Bethnal Green and Bow seat.Cllr. Oliur describes Ms. Ali as “a backstabbing and […]

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