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Author Penny Hancock

Mile End setting for new psychological thriller

The streets of Mile End are the setting for author Penny Hancock’s new psychological thriller, A Trick of the Mind.

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Dan Jones with some of his paintings

New exhibition by artist Dan Jones explores life in the East End

A retrospective of paintings by a local artist whose work has played a role in the borough’s history is being featured in a special exhibition.

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BIG DEBATE: Charging criminals cash for crimes—to help their victims

Criminals are to be forced to pay cash for their crimes when they are banged up behind bars. Tough measures come into effect on September 1, estimated to bring in £1.5 million to be used to help their victims recover from devastating effects of crime. But legal reformers say those sent to jail are just being used to prop up the economy. The Justice group of lawyers and MPs argues that money saved by handing out more community punishments instead of jail sentences costing the taxpayer could be used for victims instead.

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Omar Ba's painting, Afrique, Afrique, Afrique. Image courtesy of the Artist and Hales Gallery.

Senegalese artist Omar Ba explores dictatorship in Bethnal Green exhibition

A new exhibition in Bethnal Green will explore the themes of dictatorship, war and modernity.

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Campaign for UK spose visas

BIG DEBATE: Is £18,600 threshhold for a spouse’s immigration visa fair?

Campaigners are protesting in Downing Street later this month over the plight of 4,000 people likely to be denied spouse visas for their foreign-born partners. New rules dictate applicants must earn a minimum £18,600 a year to get a visa for their spouse — but they don’t earn that much. It means families being split up or UK-born citizens forced into ‘exile’ abroad. On the other side of the coin, immigration could get out of control without the regulations, including many arriving on our shores without prospect of work or being able to support themselves and would become a burden on the public purse.

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Sohini Alam, vocalist for Khiyo

British-Bengali band Khiyo bring their eclectic sound to the East End

An exciting young British-Bengali band who combine traditional Bangladeshi songs with modern arrangements will bring their extraordinary sound to the East End ahead of the launch of their debut album.

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Formidable Vegetable Sound System's Charlie Mgee and Mal Webb

Formidable Vegetable Sound System reap Lovebox success

Antipodean rockers, Formidable Vegetable Sound System managed to “cultivate” a wildly dancing crowd at Lovebox on July 19.

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Students from St Angela's at Westfield shopping centre in Stratford

Forest Gate students’s sponsored walk to fight global poverty

Students from Forest Gate have taken to the streets of London to raise money in the fight against global poverty.

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The cinema at Roof East

Review: Roof East, Stratford

The rooftop of the Stratford Centre’s multi-storey has been transformed into an impressive urban hangout with the arrival of Roof East.

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Team Sky's Chris Froome (front right) rides alongside Richie Porte

Tour de France 2014 - the first race

The Tour de France 2014 marks 111 years since the first race took place and it features 200 riders from across the world, each of them riding expensive, tailor made high performance bikes.

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East Ham man gets five years on sex offenders register

A man from East Ham has been placed on the sex offenders register for five years after sexually assaulting a woman at West Ham underground station.

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Dogs in fancy dress join the Paw Pageant catwalk at Spitalfields market.

Pictures: Dogs take the lead on Spitalfields market catwalk

Spitalfields Market hosted 6,000 canines of all shapes and sizes from across England for its third annual Paw Pageant on Monday.

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Island Gardens Cllr Peter Golds wants the role of Tower Hamlets Mayor to change

The newly elected Tower Hamlets is finding its feet. Whilst the membership has changed, no fewer than seventeen of the forty five councillors are newly elected, other things remain constant. At our first full business meeting in July the Mayor, as usual refused to answer questions from either councillors or the public.

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Author Penny Hancock

Mile End setting for new psychological thriller

The streets of Mile End are the setting for author Penny Hancock’s new psychological thriller, A Trick of the Mind.

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