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Sylvester Awynyo with his police bravery award

Brave waiter who waived anonymity to close Stratford crack house gets police award

A brave waiter who put himself in danger to help shut down a crack house on his road has said that he was “just doing his duty”.

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Staff with a selection of toys they have donated

Toy Appeal: A crate effort from OIympic Stadium workers

Donations for the Toy Appeal have been coming in thick and fast this week, with one of the biggest handovers taking place outside one of the borough’s most iconic structures.

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Sasha Corbin of England in action against South Africa.

England netballers to face Malawi at Copperbox Arena

2014 might be winding down but the international netball season certainly isn’t, with the sport’s biggest names arriving at the Copperbox Arena next week.

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Laura Trott on her way to victory the Women's Omnium. (Pic: PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Cycling superstars return to Lee Valley Velopark for UCI World Cup

The cycling superstars that lit up 2012 returned to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at the weekend for the UCI Track World Cup.

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.Sebastian Lawrence, 15, at the  opening of Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Stratford.

Young tennis stars compete at Lee Valley finals

Some of the UK’s brightest young tennis prospects will compete at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre today.

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Deputy mayor Lester Hudson, mayor Sir Robin Wales, Nova chairman Brendan Foster and Newham Council chief executive Kim Bromley-Derry

Great Run series comes to Olympic Park

Newham is set to join the likes of Newcastle, Glasgow and Birmingham in hosting a Great Run for the next 10 years.

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The Arcelormittal Orbit.

Father Christmas and reindeer at ArcelorMittal Orbit

With less than three week until the big day, Father Christmas will be dropping into the UK’s tallest sculpture from this afternoon.

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Aerial view of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

New £141m cultural hub set for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

A new £141million cultural district featuring university campuses and museums is set to be built at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park.

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Gordon Reid

Sell out show for disabled tennis stars

The world’s best players descended on LeeValley last week for the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters – the first wheelchair tennis event to sell out in the UK since London 2012.

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Legacy development chief David Goldstone on future of Olympic Park

I first came to Newham in 1989 and worked here regularly over the next eight years. I remember being struck by the energy and friendliness of the people here.

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A harnessed worker dangles from the construction

Stadium roof starts to take shape in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Olympic Stadium made a step closer to as the first roof panel was lifted into place on Friday.

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The D8 bus is being re-routed through Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Olympic park gets new bus route

It’s going to be a lot easier to get to some of the park’s venues as Transport for London have re-routed a bus.

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Wheelchair tennis players Jordanne Whiley, Kgothatso Montjane and Lucas Sithole with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson

Wheelchair tennis stars meet Mayor ahead of tournament

The world’s best wheelchair tennis players are set to begin battle at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park tomorrow, but three of them had a warm up match with a very special guest.

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The accident happened in the former Olympic Stadium (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images/Pool)

Workman hospitalised after Olympic Stadium fall

A workman working on the Olympic Stadium was rushed to hospital this afternoon after a nasty fall.

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An apple tasting session for the new orchard at the Olympic Park

Video: Fruitful day at the office apple-picking for Stratford’s Olympic orchard

“Too fluffy”, “not juicy enough”, “nice and crisp” were some of the comments which emerged from the judging panel as we sunk our teeth into nine varieties of apple.

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Boris bikes are spreading east (Picture: PA Images/Dominic Lipinski)

‘Boris bikes’ to come to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

So-called “Boris bikes” will soon be available to hire in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as the successful urban cycle hire scheme expands.

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Members of the Legacy Youth Panel

Teens advise on Olympic Park legacy

The future of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is in safe hands following the recruitment of new members of the Legacy Youth Panel.

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London Lions players join staff and children from Community Links to launch this year's appeal

Toy Appeal: London Lions get things off to a roaring start

Disadvantaged youngsters across Newham will be able to celebrate this Christmas thanks to the Community Links and Newham Recorder Christmas Toy Appeal.

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The Revolution Series will come to the  former Olympic Velodrome at the Lee Valley VeloPark. Photo: Eleanor Bentall.

Competition: Tickets for Revolution Series cycling tournament at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

We’re giving one lucky family the chance to win four tickets to see some of the best cyclists in the world compete at round one of the Revolution Series taking place at Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park tomorrow.

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An artists impression of how the orchard at Mandeville Place, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will look

Paralympic legacy honoured with dedicated orchard space in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

An area of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be dedicated to the London 2012 Paralympic Games with plans to build an orchard, it has been unveiled today.

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(L-R) Deputy Superintendent Radiographer Joanne Francis, breast cancer ambassador, designer Dame Zandra Rhodes & Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick at the opening of a new breast screening unit at the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Designer opens new Stratford cancer screening unit

Breast cancer screening in east London is set to get a boost with a new unit in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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Reporter Freddy Mayhew joins GoodGym Newham on its inaugural run at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Pictures by: Ellie Hoskins

Feature: Newham GoodGym takes its exercise with a healthy dose of altruism

I confess it has been a full two years since I last laced up my running shoes and made any meaningful attempt at pacing along the pavement in a bid to stay fit.

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Artist Ruud Reutelingsperger (seated) with Building Craft's College students Will Elworthy, 30, Tim Handley, 27 and Darren Roberts, 25

Pop-up cottage installation recalls history of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

A Dutch “arty-tect” is behind the latest installation to pop up around the Olympic Park.

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It has taken seven years but the waterways and wetlands around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are now established. Picture: Arnaud Stephenson.

Olympic Park’s transformation from industrial wasteland to stunning wetlands

It’s easy to forget, amid the constant chatter about the sporting legacy of London 2012, that there are other legacies being tended to as well.

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Alice Clinch, Lucy Watts and Emma Dodds chat with Supt Ian Larnder

Newham superintendent meets the public during “sofa gigs”

Relaxing on the sofa is usually a reward after a hard day’s work but Superintendent Ian Larnder had no chance to rest during the second of his “sofa gigs”.

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Sylvester Awynyo with his police bravery award

Brave waiter who waived anonymity to close Stratford crack house gets police award

A brave waiter who put himself in danger to help shut down a crack house on his road has said that he was “just doing his duty”.

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Gallery: Revving up for our Christmas Toy Appeal

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Boris on a bike... arriving at launch of cycle superhighway in Stratford

JOIN THE BIG DEBATE: Cycle safety in London

The Mayor of London has unveiled plans for a new ‘back street’ cycle network so that ordinary folk can “ride in safety” in ordinary clothes away from busy main roads. The first route planned in the New Year would stretch from west London and the City through Canary Wharf, Newham and out to Barking in the east. But it doesn’t replace the deathly ‘super cycle’ blue lane routes which have led to deaths in traffic accidents, especially along the worst blackspot A11 between Stratford and Aldgate. This “Johnson versus Johnson” debate has London Mayor Boris urging us to get on our bikes and feel safe, while London Assembly Opposition member Darren fears super cycleways still lulled cyclists into a false sense of security…

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London staycation ideas to recreate every kind of holiday

With the run up to New Year well under way, using up those last days of holiday to jet off somewhere warm may be impossible - with limited time to plan and spiralling Christmas prices. But, though the next few months may be cold and dreary, there is no other city quite like ours and taking steps to enjoy it is easier than you think.

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