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Love Wapping joins Independent Community News Network

Love Wapping joins Independent Community News Network

By on August 4, 2017 in Hyperlocal, Investigations, News with 2 Comments

Love Wapping has today become one of the first members of the Independent Community News Network (ICNN), a new national network representing independent community news publications.

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Man arrested after five moped acid attacks in Hackney and Islington

Man arrested after five moped acid attacks in Hackney and Islington

By on July 14, 2017 in Crime & Policing, News with 0 Comments

There were five acid attacks by suspects riding a moped last night between 10.25pm and 11.37pm which the police are treating as linked. It is understood that none of the attacks is being treated as a race or hate crime.

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London Enterprise Academy Whitechapel fails ACM cladding fire tests

London Enterprise Academy Whitechapel fails ACM cladding fire tests

By on July 14, 2017 in News, Schools with 0 Comments

The London Enterprise Academy in Commercial Rd, Whitechapel, has failed fire safety tests on cladding undertaken as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire.According to a statement by the Department for Education the tests carried out by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) confirmed that the cladding was not of limited combustibility and the London Enterprise […]

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Wapping Community Safety Ward Walkabout this Friday 7th July

Wapping Community Safety Ward Walkabout this Friday 7th July

By on July 6, 2017 in ASB, Meetings with 0 Comments

The Wapping police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) Community Safety Ward Walkabout takes places this Friday 7th July 2017 between 4.30 and 6pm.

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Details of ACM cladding on Poplar HARCA tower blocks revealed

Details of ACM cladding on Poplar HARCA tower blocks revealed

By on June 28, 2017 in Housing, News with 0 Comments

As a result of our news story of earlier today Poplar HARCA have supplied more details of the external panels on William Cotton and Anne Matthews Courts that need to be removed due to fire safety concerns.The yellow panels are part of the facade of William Cotton and Anne Matthews Courts that surround the balconies as shown in […]

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Fire safety of two Poplar HARCA tower blocks in question (Updated)

Fire safety of two Poplar HARCA tower blocks in question (Updated)

By on June 28, 2017 in Housing, News with 0 Comments

William Cotton Court and Anne Matthews Court in St. Paul’s Way Mile End have failed Fire Safety Assessment tests in the last few days according to local residents.Both tower blocks are owned and managed by Poplar HARCA and were built by Rydon, the company that undertook the Grenfell Tower refurbishment.  Poplar HARCA is one of the […]

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Terrorism

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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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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Wildlife

Shadwell Egyptian Geese and six gooselets all well

Shadwell Egyptian Geese and six gooselets all well

By on August 11, 2017 in Egyptian Geese with 0 Comments

After receiving reports of something very nasty happening to the Egyptian Geese family on Shadwell Basin last night this morning we despatched our entire team of Wildlife Rangers to check on them so here are some photos to show you how they are.

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Anyone missing a peacock? Mr. Shouty ruffles feathers in the Isle of Dogs

Anyone missing a peacock? Mr. Shouty ruffles feathers in the Isle of Dogs

By on July 20, 2017 in Wildlife with 0 Comments

A peacock’s plumage is a wonder of the animal world but few expect to find a peacock on their doorstep when they return home of an evening.

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Nine Egyptian Geese goslings in Shadwell Basin

Nine Egyptian Geese goslings in Shadwell Basin

By on July 9, 2017 in Birds, Egyptian Geese, Wildlife with 0 Comments

Many residents have reported the Egyptian Geese goslings in Shadwell Basin and so we sent our Wildlife Rangers down to east Wapping to see what was going on.The Egyptian Geese are the Wapping Wildlife Rangers firm favourites due to their incredible plumage, cheeky character and that unique cry.Our Rangers did not have much trouble in finding […]

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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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Investigations

Tower Hamlets excluded from 2018 voter identity pilot

Tower Hamlets excluded from 2018 voter identity pilot

Tower Hamlets residents voting in the 2018 local and Mayoral elections are to be excluded from the pilot of a scheme that requires voters to prove their identity at the ballot box.The reason? Not enough time to inform voters before the May 2018 elections according to the Council’s Chief Executive.This and more is contained in […]

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Criminal investigation into Lutfur Rahman and associates progresses

Criminal investigation into Lutfur Rahman and associates progresses

The first interim report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) of its inspection of the Met’s review and reassessment of alleged criminal offences under the Lutfur Rahman administration does not make good reading.While some progress has been made with Operation Lynemouth the election court files have yet to be obtained by the Met and […]

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Lambeth residents problems are Tower Hamlets residents problems

Lambeth residents problems are Tower Hamlets residents problems

By on July 16, 2017 in Comment, Investigations, Politics with 0 Comments

British people don’t really do revolutions. It’s just not the done thing to barricade roads, set things on fire and generally be out of order. What Brits are good at is politely playing by the rules, doing their homework and asking those in authority awkward questions.Just as LW asked awkward questions about the corrupt-to-its-very-core Tower […]

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Findings of Tower Hamlets Corruption ‘Clean Up’ Investigations Published

Findings of Tower Hamlets Corruption ‘Clean Up’ Investigations Published

The findings of the Tower Hamlets corruption ‘Clean Up’ investigations have been formally presented at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 27th June and will be presented to the Council next week.Original allegations are wide ranging but include Youth Services, misuse of the RIPA Act, misuse of council credit cards, electoral fraud, fabrication of evidence and the […]

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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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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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Lib Dems Stephen O’Shea on the case with TfL road closures farce

By on August 10, 2017 in Politics, Tower Hamlets with 0 Comments
Lib Dems Stephen O’Shea on the case with TfL road closures farce

Stephen O’Shea, the official Liberal Democrats candidate for St Katherine’s & Wapping in the 2018 local elections, seems to be on the case with Transport for London (TfL) and the recent road closures farce.  Stephen and his colleagues will be attending a meeting with TfL at City Hall next week, to discuss the ‘lock-in’ issues […]

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Wapping Lido planning application approved by Development Committee

By on August 9, 2017 in Planning, Wapping Lido with 0 Comments
Wapping Lido planning application approved by Development Committee

The planning application for Wapping Lido submitted by the Turks Head Company and Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre was approved by the Development Committee this evening with one vote against. Two Wapping residents, Mads Nybo Jorgensen and Sylvia White, both of whom live next to the Basin, spoke against the application and did a very good […]

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Deputy Mayor Rachael Saunders resigns

By on August 9, 2017 in Tower Hamlets council with 0 Comments
Deputy Mayor Rachael Saunders resigns

Cllr. Rachael Saunders (Labour, Mile End) has resigned her position as Deputy Mayor responsible for Health & Adult Services on Tower Hamlets council and will not be standing for re-election as a councillor in May.Sensible decision.Cllr. Saunders was criticised in an Ofsted report  which condemned Tower Hamlets Children’s Services as being  ‘inadequate’. Another day, another […]

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TfL road closures: “This cavalier attitude is unacceptable” says Desai

By on August 9, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments
TfL road closures: “This cavalier attitude is unacceptable” says Desai

The cause of the TfL / IAAF marathon road closures fiasco last weekend are still unclear. Were the roads open after residents were told they were to be closed? No-one knows.Was the problem that open roads across Tower Hamlets were closed then opened?Or that closed roads were opened then closed? Or something in between? (See […]

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