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Racist abuse experiences of Wapping resident

Racist abuse experiences of Wapping resident

By on June 28, 2016 in Brexit, Crime, News with 0 Comments

At least one Wapping resident has already experienced the darkness of Brexit inspired racism.The resident, who LW will not be naming, is a Brazilian lady who has enjoyed living in our community for 12 years.Yesterday in just a few hours she received no less than three text messages from other Brazilian friends living in the […]

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Mayor Biggs – ‘Council needed a fundamental change in culture’

Mayor Biggs – ‘Council needed a fundamental change in culture’

By on June 27, 2016 in News, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

The Parliamentary Communities and Local Government Committee has been hearing from Mayor John Biggs and Lead Commissioner Sir Ken Knight of their experiences of local and central government working together to get Tower Hamlets Council back on track.The committee meeting was held on Monday 27 June 2016 to examine the issue of the Government interventions in Rotherham […]

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Brexit soup now available at Turks Head Cafe Wapping

Brexit soup now available at Turks Head Cafe Wapping

By on June 26, 2016 in News with 0 Comments

Brexit soup is the newest item on the menu at the The Turks Head Cafe in Green Bank, Wapping.Whatever your feelings on Brexit you might want to check out the creation of chef Giacomo Landi, a special ‘sweet and sour’ soup made with two different types of onions, two different types of potatoes. carrots, rosemary, bay, […]

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Tower Hamlets Council in emergency appeal for EU Referendum counters

Tower Hamlets Council in emergency appeal for EU Referendum counters

By on June 23, 2016 in News, Politics, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

Tower Hamlets Council has this afternoon sent an urgent email to all its staff in an desperate appeal for ballot counters to work on the EU Referendum ballot taking place across the UK today due to a lack of staff.The email asked for volunteers to turn up between 18.00 and 22.00 this evening to count the electoral […]

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Exclusive: Wapping Squirrels give their views on remaining in EU

Exclusive: Wapping Squirrels give their views on remaining in EU

By on June 22, 2016 in Comment, News with 0 Comments

The result of the imminent referendum asking if we should either remain or leave the European Union could be decided by the views of the real experts – the Wapping Squirrels.With only a day REMAINing until the referendum the LW Squirrel Politics Team (Rose Gardens Section) caught up with the Wapping Squirrels to seek their […]

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Jo Cox MP: President Obama leads tributes from around the world

Jo Cox MP: President Obama leads tributes from around the world

By on June 18, 2016 in Jo Cox MP, News with 0 Comments

US president Barack Obama has phoned Jo’s husband Brendan from Air Force One to offer his condolences.According to a White House press statement Obama said: “The world is a better place because of her selfless service to others, and there can be no justification for this heinous crime, which robbed a family, a community, and […]

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Investigations

Tower Hamlets Homes data theft report – full text

Tower Hamlets Homes data theft report – full text

This is the full unedited text of the report published by Tower Hamlets Homes at the conclusion of their investigation into the alleged data theft of Tower Hamlets Homes residents personal information for use in electioneering by Tower Hamlets First.(Formatting has been changed slightly for web publication.)The LW news story and analysis of this report […]

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The curious case of DHG just got even curiouser

The curious case of DHG just got even curiouser

By on June 15, 2016 in Charities, Investigations with 0 Comments

The curious story of the Docklands Handicapped Group (DHG), the charity that was not a charity but was still paid £300k in grants for a decade, has turned to farce as those who reported the issue are now being investigated by the police as a result of an allegation of tampering with the post  – made […]

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Tower Hamlets data theft – ICO gives up search for guilty

Tower Hamlets data theft – ICO gives up search for guilty

By on June 3, 2016 in Corruption, Investigations, News with 0 Comments

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has completed its investigation into the massive data theft of Tower Hamlets Homes resident’s personal details stating that the ICO ‘will not be taking any further action’.This would seem to be the latest sorry episode in a sequence of events whereby the 280,000 residents of a London borough are abandoned by the authorities […]

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Criminal record of Docklands Handicapped Group founder revealed

Criminal record of Docklands Handicapped Group founder revealed

Exclusive: In March 2016 LW reported on an unusual situation whereby Tower Hamlets council had paid £300,000 in funds to Docklands Handicapped Group – a charity that did not exist – for a period of ten years. . A council investigation into this is underway.As reported records for Docklands Handicapped Group give an address of […]

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Support LW investigative journalism – fund the Wapping Mole

Support LW investigative journalism – fund the Wapping Mole

By on May 25, 2016 in Investigations with 0 Comments

Love Wapping started off as just another hyperlocal blog about squirrels, the canal pump and local events. Sometimes even local news. But mainly squirrels. By pure chance it has evolved into an ‘online publication’ that switches between hard hitting investigative journalism one day to cute furry animal photos the next.The cute furry animal photos are […]

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PREVENT linked Youth Service scandal in Tower Hamlets

PREVENT linked Youth Service scandal in Tower Hamlets

By on May 23, 2016 in Corruption, Investigations with 1 Comment

Allegations of serious misconduct including fraud and corruption by Tower Hamlets Youth Service personnel under disgraced ex-Mayor Lutfur Rahman have emerged after a remarkable speech by Deputy Mayor Cllr. Rachel Saunders at the town hall last week.Youth Services normal role is to engage youth on the street and provide them with activities to keep them […]

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Wildlife

Kingfisher nesting bank built by Regents Canal Limehouse

Kingfisher nesting bank built by Regents Canal Limehouse

By on June 21, 2016 in Kingfisher, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Fans of Wapping’s Kevin the Kingfisher will be delighted to hear that a new nesting bank for Kingfishers has been built by the Regent’s Canal at Limehouse, only 50m north of Limehouse Marina.Our Wildlife Rangers saw this peculiar looking structure several times on their extended patrols into Limehouse and were baffled as to its purpose. First […]

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Limehouse cygnets enjoying a porridge oats breakfast

Limehouse cygnets enjoying a porridge oats breakfast

By on June 7, 2016 in Swans, Wildlife with 0 Comments

While the Wapping swans have only managed to breed one cygnet this year the Limehouse swans have four cygnets. We sent our Wildlife Documentary Team over to Limehouse to prove that there is wildlife in other parts of the East End apart from Wapping E1W.Parents keeping a very careful guard over their latest brood. Swans love porridge […]

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Mr Burns fishing at Limehouse marina lock

Mr Burns fishing at Limehouse marina lock

By on May 30, 2016 in Grey Heron, Wildlife with 0 Comments

It has been some time since Mr Burns the Grey Heron has graced the pages of LW so it is high time we caught up with one of Wapping’s favourite birds.Our Wildlife Ranger Team (Rivers & Canal Branch) had often spotted Mr Burns sitting on the top of the Limehouse Basin lock gates. Just sitting. […]

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Cute coot chick catastrophe averted by LW Rangers

Cute coot chick catastrophe averted by LW Rangers

By on May 14, 2016 in Photographs, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Drama on Limehouse Basin Marina today as our entire team of LW Wildlife Rangers (Marine Division) were deployed to build a floating coot nest and save two new born coot chicks from drowning.Although coot (Fulica atra) chicks can swim as soon as they are born they cannot jump. In this case our Rangers were informed that the […]

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Goose annoys swan, swan chases goose (photos)

Goose annoys swan, swan chases goose (photos)

By on April 19, 2016 in Photographs, Swans, Wildlife with 0 Comments

The Wapping swans may only have the one cygnet this year but they protect their territory with the same resolution as ever. This afternoon one of our visiting geese made the mistake of enjoying a slow cruise along the canal in the late afternoon sunshine. Result? See below.All as normal. 

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Colin the Cormorant lunching in Wapping canal (photos)

Colin the Cormorant lunching in Wapping canal (photos)

While we may only have one cygnet we always have Colin the Cormorant who has been displaying his amazing fishing skills in Wapping canal recently. The photographs below were taken on two separate days this week. Day One – Fishes My Precious!As the Love Wapping Wildlife Documentary Team (West Wapping Branch) were busy trying to […]

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Corruption

Jim Fitzpatrick turns up pressure on Met & CPS

Jim Fitzpatrick turns up pressure on Met & CPS

By on April 19, 2016 in Corruption, News with 1 Comment
WOW! Our MP Jim Fitzpatrick took no prisoners during his Adjournment debate in the House of Commons on the complete failure by both the Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution to bring any prosecutions with regard to corruption and electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets.You can see Jim’s excellent speech below on Parliament TV. It was held at […]

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP raises Met inquiry farce in Commons

Jim Fitzpatrick MP raises Met inquiry farce in Commons

By on April 15, 2016 in Corruption, Politics with 0 Comments

Our local MP Jim Fitzpatrick has scheduled an Adjournment debate on the Metropolitan Police Special Enquiry Team investigation into electoral fraud in Tower Hamlets in the House of Commons on Monday 18th April.  Jim has already asked numerous questions in the House  about corruption in the borough.An Adjournment debate is a half-hour adjournment debate at the end […]

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Tower Hamlets corruption – Guest post by Angela Moffat

Tower Hamlets corruption – Guest post by Angela Moffat

By on March 28, 2016 in Comment, Corruption with 0 Comments

This is a guest post by Angela Moffatt, one of the four electoral petitioners who brought a private action that led to the removal of Lutfur Rahman and Alibor Choudhury from office and is now considering bringing a private prosecution against him. As such it does not necessarily reflect the views of LW.  In 2010 I […]

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Tower Hamlets corruption – Guest post by Andy Erlam

Tower Hamlets corruption – Guest post by Andy Erlam

By on March 28, 2016 in Comment, Corruption with 1 Comment

This is a guest post by Andy Erlam, one of the four electoral petitioners who brought a private action that led to the removal of Lutfur Rahman and Alibor Choudhury from office. As such it does not necessarily reflect the views of LW.  While the Election Petitioners continue to try to obtain their £500,000 legal fees from […]

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Residents to bring private prosecution against Lutfur Rahman

Residents to bring private prosecution against Lutfur Rahman

By on March 24, 2016 in Corruption with 6 Comments

Two Tower Hamlets residents are considering bringing a private prosecution against former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman alleging conspiracy to defraud the Returning Officer, misfeasance in public officer and fraud (of course!). Community activists Angela Moffatt and Cathy Holmes have decided to take this step after last week’s decision by the Metropolitan police not to prosecute election offenders, a decision […]

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Only residents can expose Tower Hamlets corruption

Only residents can expose Tower Hamlets corruption

By on March 22, 2016 in Corruption, Investigations, Opinion

Nearly a year after directly-elected Mayor Lutfur Rahman was found guilty of electoral corruption and banned from office it seems that no laws have been broken in Tower Hamlets. Not even slightly bent.

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Swans

Wapping swans – only one cygnet this year

Wapping swans – only one cygnet this year

By on April 12, 2016 in Swans, Wildlife with 0 Comments

It seems that only one of the nine eggs that the Wapping swans laid on their nest has hatched. Sad news that it is we should all consider ourselves lucky we have these lovely animals in our community and make sure we keep an eye out for them.Thanks to everyone who has not revealed the location […]

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Wapping swans have six eggs on the nest

Wapping swans have six eggs on the nest

By on March 8, 2016 in Swans with 0 Comments

Our Wapping swans have six eggs on their nest and, as our swans tend to breed earlier than most places, it is highly likely we will have some new cygnets soon.Our Wildlife Rangers have been carrying out checks on the nest twice a day recently and as ever it is good to see lots of other […]

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The Wapping cygnets are flying away (photos)

The Wapping cygnets are flying away (photos)

By on July 30, 2015 in Swans, Wildlife

The Wapping cygnets are all grown up now (well, almost) and they are beginning to fly away. One has already left so if you want to see them before they go best you get down to Wapping canal now.It only seems a few weeks ago that they were born. For those of you who can’t make […]

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Mystery as Wapping ducklings fall victim to mysterious predator

Mystery as Wapping ducklings fall victim to mysterious predator

By on March 28, 2015 in Swans, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Update 13:02 hrs Saturday – Eel sighting confirmed!First there were ten. Then there were five. Then four. Then one.Now? None.The Wapping ducklings have disappeared.But who or what is responsible? The answer may surprise and shock you.Before blame is laid it should be pointed out that mother duck (pictured above) is pretty useless as mums go. […]

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Seven new cygnets for Wapping

Seven new cygnets for Wapping

By on March 22, 2015 in News, Swans with 0 Comments

Great news! The Wapping swans are now proud parents to seven cygnets! The latest Waeppas hatched a couple of days ago and earlier than expected.Here are some great photos of the cygnets enjoying their first swim by local resident and Wapping Wildlife Ranger (Canal Division) Seb. He and his partner, like many other residents, have […]

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Swan-tastic news for Wapping – again!

Swan-tastic news for Wapping – again!

By on February 9, 2015 in Swans, Wildlife with 0 Comments

The Wapping Canal swans have six eggs on their nest! It seems only yesterday that the five cygnets from the last brood zoomed off, now the cycle begins again. Shh! It’s a secret!As ever our Wildlife Rangers (Cygnet Division) will not be revealing the location of the nest just to be on the safe side […]

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Data Stories

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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Tower Hamlets council grants distribution by electoral ward

Tower Hamlets council grants distribution by electoral ward

Spitalfields and Banglatown is the smallest ward in Tower Hamlets with a population* of 10,286 people. Analysis by Love Wapping indicates that each resident of Spitalfields and Banglatown benefits from £107 of grants from Tower Hamlets Council.By contrast residents of Millwall, with 23,083 residents the largest ward in the borough, only get £2.30 each in grants.  Click on the […]

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Tower Hamlets – all the grants, all the wards, all the money (UPDATED)

Tower Hamlets – all the grants, all the wards, all the money (UPDATED)

Update 18 October 2014. Further analysis has led to the original figures for grant funds being revised upwards. Please see this new post for details. New analysis of Tower Hamlets Council documents shows the distribution by electoral ward of £6,752,416 of funds in four grant ‘pots’ to organisations across the Borough.  The four grant pots are […]

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Jo Cox MP

Jo Cox MP: Hermitage moorings barges sound horns in tribute

Jo Cox MP: Hermitage moorings barges sound horns in tribute

By on June 18, 2016 in Jo Cox MP, News with 0 Comments

At 8pm last night the barges at Hermitage Moorings, the Wapping home of Jo’s family, paid tribute to Jo by sounding their horns in unison.For several minutes the mournful sounds carried along the Thames and across the city.Words cannot express the loss and shock felt by her family and friends, communities in Yorkshire, London, UK, Europe, […]

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Jo Cox’s Fund on GoFundMe now online

Jo Cox’s Fund on GoFundMe now online

By on June 17, 2016 in Jo Cox MP, News with 1 Comment

In celebration and memory of Jo Cox her family and friends are raising funds to support charities closest to her heart.  At the time of publication £48,000 £50,000 had been raised in just three hours.The three funds chosen are:The Royal Voluntary Service, to support volunteers helping combat loneliness in Jo’s constituency, Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire.HOPE not […]

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Flowers for Jo Cox MP at Hermitage Moorings

Flowers for Jo Cox MP at Hermitage Moorings

By on June 17, 2016 in Crime, Jo Cox MP, News with 0 Comments

As the shock of the murder of Wapping resident Jo Cox MP ripples across the world the carpet of flowers on the Cox family houseboat at Hermitage Moorings steadily grows.For those family members, friends and residents who are not able to visit Hermitage Moorings itself here are a few photographs Love Wapping and Vickie Flores took […]

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Jo Cox MP – tweets from around the world.

Jo Cox MP – tweets from around the world.

By on June 17, 2016 in Jo Cox MP, News with 0 Comments

There seems to be several tweets a second about Jo being published. Too many to make sense of for many. We have chosen just a few of the better ones which you can see below. [View the story “Jo Cox MP” on Storify]

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Jo Cox MP 1974 – 2016

Jo Cox MP 1974 – 2016

By on June 16, 2016 in Jo Cox MP, News with 0 Comments

Mum, wife, activist, MP. “Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo’s friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.Jo […]

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Labour MP & Wapping resident Jo Cox shot & killed in West Yorkshire

Labour MP & Wapping resident Jo Cox shot & killed in West Yorkshire

By on June 16, 2016 in Crime, Jo Cox MP, News with 0 Comments

Labour MP and much loved Wapping resident Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in an incident at her constituency surgery in West Yorkshire earlier today.Jo died of her wounds later in the afternoon.Jo is well known in Wapping as she lives with her husband Brendan and two children at Hermitage Moorings and is a key member of our […]

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Previously on Love Wapping...

Limehouse Almost 5K Fun-Run Sunday 3rd July

By on June 28, 2016 in Events with 0 Comments
Limehouse Almost 5K Fun-Run Sunday 3rd July

The Limehouse Almost 5K Fun-Run takes place on Sunday 3rd July 2016 as part of LIMEfest 2016 which happens in Limehouse. Or so we are led to believe. Highly unlikely but that is what the organisers have told us.The fun starts at 8.45am with the whole waking up thing and a warm up and the Almost […]

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Bugger Brexit – here are some nice borough bollards

By on June 27, 2016 in Photographs with 0 Comments
Bugger Brexit – here are some nice borough bollards

 It seems that every conversation today is about the Brexit crisis – so prompted by the work of Tower Hamlets History Archive who are tweeting photos of digitised film photos of bollards we thought we should spread some bollard love around the borough.Enjoy and don’t worry. The bollards are going nowhere. [View the story “Calm down […]

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Wapping residents reaction to EU Referendum result

By on June 25, 2016 in Politics with 0 Comments
Wapping residents reaction to EU Referendum result

“Five years of grinding uncertainty” “The first day of history” “So which banks are leaving?” “We all voted Remain. Our eldest son was voting for the first time and feels that the future of his generation has been sold out by the older generation” “It’s a bloodbath [referring to markets]” “Anyone voting to leave should […]

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Collaborative Orchestra to perform at Wapping Shindig

By on June 22, 2016 in Charities, Events with 0 Comments
Collaborative Orchestra to perform at Wapping Shindig

The annual Wapping Shindig on 2016 Saturday 9th July will this year feature the amazing Collaborative Orchestra of Britain’s Got Talent fame.Collaborative Orchestra will be performing between 18.00 and 19.00. Apart from their appearance on Britain’s Got Talent the Collaborative Orchestra has also been playing for the Queen recently. As you do.And on 9th July […]

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