Tower Hamlets

Judge places foster girl back in grandmother’s care after race row

A judge has ruled that a young Tower Hamlets girl can go and live with a family member after reports she was fostered with a Muslim family who couldn’t speak English. The council has rejected some aspects of reports, which have dominated headlines for days, and said it was always its intention to place the five-year-old Christian girl in a …

Giles BroadbentJudge places foster girl back in grandmother’s care after race row

The annoying habits that drive Tube passenger mad

BBC’s new comedy show The Mash Report ran a spoof news report – a man from the North is treated like a terrorist for greeting Londoners, eventually forced to issue an apology from outside a police station for his excessive cordiality. What goes for London goes double for the Tube . Least in the streets, a garrulous A new YouGov poll has …

Giles BroadbentThe annoying habits that drive Tube passenger mad
Chizzy Akudolu played surgeon Mo Effanga in Holby City (Image: BBC)

East Londoner Chizzy joins Strictly Come Dancing line-up

East Londoner and former Holby City favourite Chizzy Akudolu has been unveiled as one of the celebrities for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing . It comes after she left the hospital soap in June, having played surgeon Mo Effanga for five years. She joins Holby co-star Joe McFadden in the sequined line-up for the 15th season of the show, due to start at the …

Giles BroadbentEast Londoner Chizzy joins Strictly Come Dancing line-up
Jupiter and Mercury Clippers on the Thames together for the first time

New Thames Clippers vessels enter service

Two new Thames Clippers are now working together on the thames. Jupiter began service on Thursday (August 17) after completing the 200 mile journey from the Wight Shipyard Co Ltd on the Isle of Wight to Clippers HQ at Trinity Buoy Wharf. She joined sister ship Mercury which was put to work on the Thames in June. MBNA Thames Clippers’ co-founder and …

Giles BroadbentNew Thames Clippers vessels enter service
Rail workers remove points at London Bridge as part of the Thameslink upgrade

DLR comes under pressure as trains avoid key stations

DLR stations serving south London are likely to be busy next week because of a knock-on from Network Rail works, says TfL. Southeastern Trains are not serving Charing Cross, Waterloo East or London Bridge because between Saturday, August 26, and Saturday, September 2, leaving thousands of people looking for alternatives. The pressure will transfer to Woolwich Arsenal, Greenwich and Lewisham …

Giles BroadbentDLR comes under pressure as trains avoid key stations
Artist's impression of a road bridge at Gallions Reach

Newham mayor renews calls for road bridge at Gallions Reach

The Mayor of Newham has used the abandonment of the Garden Bridge project to renew his call for a road bridge at Gallions Reach. Sir Robin Wales welcomed the decision by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to withdraw funding guarantees for the controversial central London link. Following his decision, and a damning independent review, the Garden Bridge Trust wound up the …

Maxwell RyanNewham mayor renews calls for road bridge at Gallions Reach