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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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Honour PC Keith Palmer by carrying on with a normal day

Honour PC Keith Palmer by carrying on with a normal day

By on March 23, 2017 in Comment, Crime & Policing, Terrorism with 0 Comments

The events of yesterday at Parliament and Westminster Bridge had the sole purpose of ‘terrorising’ Londoners. The criminal who was shot dead by the police failed in his task as will any who follow him.The sheer raw courage of PC Keith Palmer who was murdered as he tried to stop the criminal who attacked him with […]

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Cllr. Julia Dockerill carries on with case work during Parliament lockdown

Cllr. Julia Dockerill carries on with case work during Parliament lockdown

By on March 22, 2017 in Terrorism with 0 Comments

A typically British example of ‘keeping calm and carrying on’ today from  our very own Cllr. Julia Dockerill in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attack on Parliament today.Julia sent LW an email about various community matters as she was in lock-down in the Norman Shaw north building (just next to Parliament) where she does […]

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“Terrorism?” Londoners don’t do scared.
Wapping Mini Marathon 18th March around (and around) Shadwell Basin

Wapping Mini Marathon 18th March around (and around) Shadwell Basin

By on March 17, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments

The seventh Mini Marathon event takes place at Shadwell Basin on 18th March 2017 organised by local Wapping charity Community Solutions.It’s up to you how you take part. You can walk, run, skateboard or push a pram around the course of either 1.6 km, 3 km or 5 km with flexible start times between 11.00 am and 4.00pmThe Just Giving […]

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Tower Hamlets Homes data theft – another case of justice denied

Tower Hamlets Homes data theft – another case of justice denied

Reports in the national media this morning that the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is to conduct an inquiry into the use of personal data by pro-BREXIT political parties seems to be at odds with events in Tower Hamlets where a clear case of data theft for political purposes by Tower Hamlets First was ignored. The data […]

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Investigations

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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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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Did Met Police also decide not to prosecute Rahman’s Youth Services?

Did Met Police also decide not to prosecute Rahman’s Youth Services?

Last week’s questioning of the Metropolitan Police by the GLA Police and Crime Committee as to exactly why and how Lutfur Rahman dodged criminal charges has shed some light on what really happened.Only a full external inquiry will provide residents of Tower Hamlets with the truth.The case of Rahman not being prosecuted – or even investigated […]

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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

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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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...

History of Wapping Trust film show – London’s East End 1900-1930’s

By on March 19, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments
History of Wapping Trust film show – London’s East End 1900-1930’s

This Thursday our local historian Ray Newton is presenting another classic documentary from his historic film collection at Raine’s House, Raine Street, Wapping between 7 and 9 pm.London’s East End 1900-1930’s will no doubt provide a fascinating glimpse into our history with the expert commentary of Ray providing you with all the details you won’t […]

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Major Biggs on Abdal Ullah’s Betar Bangla 1503 AM show 7 pm tonight

By on March 17, 2017 in Events, Politics with 0 Comments
Major Biggs on Abdal Ullah’s Betar Bangla 1503 AM show 7 pm tonight

Local Wapping street style icon Abdal Ullah will be interviewing Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs on Abdal’s Betar Bangla 1510 AM show tonight 17th March at 7pm.You can hear ‘This week with Abdal Ullah on Betar Bangla 1503 AM’ courtesy of the amazing interwebs right here at 7pm.  It’s radio but not on the radio […]

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Speeding cars, ASB & gas cannisters – MPS response to Jim Fitzpatrick MP

Speeding cars, ASB & gas cannisters – MPS response to Jim Fitzpatrick MP

In response to numerous complaints about continuing ASB of all sorts in Wapping our MP Jim Fitzpatrick asked residents to email him with their concerns and he then took this up with the MPS. Below is the text of the letter  in response to Jim from Acting Police Sergeant (APS) Sarah Khan of the Wapping […]

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Two days of nice weather and the ASB plague starts once again

By on March 15, 2017 in ASB with 0 Comments
Two days of nice weather and the ASB plague starts once again

Today has been a lovely day in Wapping when we all get the opportunity to get outside and make the most of the blue skies and sunshine.Unfortunately the nice weather also means the ASB slime emerge from underneath their rocks and try to make life miserable for the rest of us. Dial it in on […]

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