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Please buy the Jo Cox charity single – because we are #bettertogether

Please buy the Jo Cox charity single – because we are #bettertogether

By on December 21, 2016 in Jo Cox MP with 0 Comments

No explanation needed for this post, just a simple appeal for everyone to buy the Jo Cox charity single  please.  Cost varies between 99p for the MP4 download to a fiver for the CD version. Bargain at any price. “You can’t always get what you want”The song is a cover version of the Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always […]

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First Employment Tribunal case of Tower Hamlets Youth Services worker

First Employment Tribunal case of Tower Hamlets Youth Services worker

What is believed to be the first case concerning a member of the Council’s Youth Services team has started to be heard at the East London Employment Tribunals Service.The hearing is between claimant Jalil Ahmed and the Council. Mr Ahmed worked at Tower Hamlets Council from approximately 2003 as a driver of one of the 7.5t […]

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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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Three robberies in Reardon House in one afternoon

Three robberies in Reardon House in one afternoon

By on December 6, 2016 in Crime, News with 1 Comment

UPDATE 08 December 2016 Precise details of events at Reardon House are still hard to get from official sources but there seems to be a worrying possibility that although MPS officers did respond to a 999 emergency call our local police were not aware of the Reardon House robberies as of yesterday (07 Dec) afternoon. Oops. […]

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Convicted fraudster Shahed Ali released from prison after five weeks

Convicted fraudster Shahed Ali released from prison after five weeks

By on December 6, 2016 in Crime, News, Politics with 1 Comment

Ex Tower Hamlets First councillor Shahed Ali is back at home with his family today after serving five weeks of the five month sentence he received on 27 October 2016.Sources say he hardly had time to unpack his toothbrush.Mr Ali was sentenced to five months in prison at Snaresbrook Crown Court after pleading guilty to Housing […]

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None surprised as Independent candidate wins Whitechapel by-election

None surprised as Independent candidate wins Whitechapel by-election

By on December 2, 2016 in News, Politics with 0 Comments

Independent candidate Shafi Ahmed won yesterday’s Whitechapel by-election with 44.73% of the votes. The various other flavours of ‘Independent’ – previously known as Tower Hamlets First – did not put up a candidate so leaving the field clear for Mr Ahmed.Little is known about Shafi Ahmed apart from him being ‘a nice bloke’ according to one Tower […]

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Investigations

Youth Services: No prosecutions due to incorrect ‘packaging’ of evidence.

Youth Services: No prosecutions due to incorrect ‘packaging’ of evidence.

LW can exclusively reveal that there will be no criminal prosecutions of any Youth Services personnel as persons unknown claim that evidence submitted by the Council to the police was rejected as it was ‘incorrectly packaged’.Both the Metropolitan Police Service and Tower Hamlets Council itself have rejected this ‘incorrect packaging’ claim.LW has spent many months trying […]

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Rahman’s Youth Service workers employed to authenticate Register of Electors

Rahman’s Youth Service workers employed to authenticate Register of Electors

A little while ago LW published a Freedom of Information (FOI) request asking the Council some basic questions relating to the people it employs to check that the Register of Electors is accurate. We decided to publish this request to fully involve both our readers with our investigations. We are now publishing the response.The reason […]

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Commissioners: Investigations outcomes can only look like justice denied

Commissioners: Investigations outcomes can only look like justice denied

By on October 20, 2016 in Investigations, News with 0 Comments

Despite Tower Hamlets Council being run much better now than under whatisname the four Commissioners sent in by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are still in place and unlikely to go anywhere soon, despite the wishes of Mayor Biggs.Below is a short extract from the DCLG Commissioners Response to Best Value Action Plan Six […]

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New London Dock school to be most heavily polluted in Tower Hamlets

New London Dock school to be most heavily polluted in Tower Hamlets

Irrespective of the exact nature of the new secondary school at London Dock some basic research using publicly available data indicates that its pupils will suffer from the site being the most heavily polluted school in Tower Hamlets if not the whole of London.A previous LW story ‘Eleven Tower Hamlets secondary schools exceed legal air quality levels‘ showed […]

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Youth Service Rapid Response Trucks – some more details

Youth Service Rapid Response Trucks – some more details

By on October 10, 2016 in ASB, Investigations, Youth Services with 0 Comments

Here is some more detail on those Youth Service trucks. This is a a response to a Members Enquiry (ME) by then Cllr. Gloria Thienel way back in 2013.  The subject is the high level of ASB around the Youth Club mobile bus when parked in Stebondale Street on the Isle of Dogs and is […]

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EXCLUSIVE: How Lutfur Rahman used Youth Services to steal an election

EXCLUSIVE: How Lutfur Rahman used Youth Services to steal an election

“I saw the kids getting off the [Youth Service] bus with these postal vote envelopes. Reason I know they were postal votes was because it says LBTH on the envelope and I recognised it…  It seemed as if they had a list as they would go to a specific door, knock knock, the door opens, […]

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Wildlife

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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The Killer Coots of Limehouse

The Killer Coots of Limehouse

By on July 6, 2016 in Wildlife with 0 Comments

The coots (Fulica atra) we see on the water in and around Wapping and the Thames are lovely, fluffy and ruthless killers.The series of photographs below show how a pair of coots attack another lone coot when it encroached on their territory at Limehouse Marina.All three coots were inside the lock entrance to marina and […]

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Kingfishers spotted at Shadwell Basin

Kingfishers spotted at Shadwell Basin

By on July 6, 2016 in Kingfisher, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Kingfishers have been seen early in the morning at Shadwell Basin. It seems these amazing birds are best spotted at first light up until around six a.m.If you don’t know what first light is – we can’t help you.The Shadwell Basin anglers have spotted them very recently so they should still be around.It is not […]

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Corruption

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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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 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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Mayor establishes independent corruption ‘Clear Up’ team

Mayor establishes independent corruption ‘Clear Up’ team

By on September 16, 2016 in Corruption, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

In an attempt to bring to a close the most shameful period of Tower Hamlet’s history the Council is setting up a ‘Clear Up’ team to rid the borough of the last of Rahman’s corruption.The team will investigate outstanding allegations which may have taken place between October 2010 and June 2016.To submit an allegation about […]

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Golds increases pressure on Met Police to explain corruption inaction

Golds increases pressure on Met Police to explain corruption inaction

By on August 26, 2016 in Corruption, News with 0 Comments

Cllr. Peter Golds has written to the Metropolitan Police to ask for a meeting with the electoral petitioners and key stake holders to explain why they were not asked to provide evidence in the recent Met “investigation” into corruption in Tower Hamlets. His letter comes hard on the heels of the publication of ‘Securing the Ballot’ […]

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Lutfur Rahman referred to Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Lutfur Rahman referred to Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

By on August 17, 2016 in Corruption, Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments

The previous ‘Mayor’ Lutfur Rahman has now been formally notified that he will be prosecuted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for illegal practice, corrupt practice, failing to uphold the rule of law, failing to act with integrity* and pretty much everything else as a result of the Tower Hamlets election petition.(* Tower Hamlets First […]

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Swans

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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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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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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Data Stories

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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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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Previously on Love Wapping...

Average asking price of property in Wapping hits £901,031

By on January 11, 2017 in Property with 2 Comments
Average asking price of property in Wapping hits £901,031

According to a report in today’s Evening Standard Wapping tops the league for increase in house prices during the last decade as the average asking price is now £901,031.The reality of social cleansing on a scale never before seen in London is encapsulated in this glib paragraph from the Standard: “Accordingly, asking prices have grown a […]

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24 hour party people? Two music events in Wapping for New Year 2017

By on December 31, 2016 in Environment, Events with 1 Comment
24 hour party people? Two music events in Wapping for New Year 2017

There will be two music events in Wapping over New Year 2017 period, one in Studio Spaces in Pennington Street from 22.00 New Years Eve until 06.00 New Years Day and then another one in Tobacco Dock from 12.00 New Years Day until 22.30.LW only found out about the Tobacco Dock event by literally stumbling […]

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Barnardo’s memorial honours orphans buried in unmarked graves

By on December 28, 2016 in History, Tower Hamlets with 1 Comment
Barnardo’s memorial honours orphans buried in unmarked graves

Friends, supporters and family of Barnado’s recently gathered at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park for the emotional unveiling of a memorial honouring 513 Barnado’s children, buried there in unmarked graves.Volunteers from the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park heritage team spent four years tirelessly searching thousands of archive records for the names of Barnado’s children buried […]

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Good news and bad news for the Royal London from Quality Care Commission

By on December 15, 2016 in Health, NHS, Royal London with 0 Comments
Good news and bad news for the Royal London from Quality Care Commission

Good news and bad news for the Royal London Hospital, that huge blue building in Whitechapel which we all rely on at some time in our lives and sometimes for our lives.A report by the Care Quality Commission has highlighted some major failings in care but also found room for praise.The Royal London site is […]

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