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London Grenfell fraudster gets jailed who claimed £19k for her loss
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London Grenfell fraudster gets jailed who claimed £19k for her loss

    A fraudster who pretended her husband was killed in the Grenfell Tower fire in order to claim thousands of pounds worth of handouts has been jailed. Joyce Msokeri, 47, posed as a resident of the west London tower and said she had been left a widow after losing her husband in the fire on June 14. In the wake of the tragedy she accepted £19,000 worth of money, accommodation and other donations that was made available to victims. On Friday she was found guilty of fraud at the Old Bailey and jailed for four-and-a-half years. Upon sentencing Msokeri, Judge Michael Grieve QC described her actions as callous and contemptible, indeed disgusting Msokeri claimed she had moved into Grenfell Tower in February 2017 to live with her husband – who she said had died in the fire ...
How Meghan will pay tribute to Diana
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How Meghan will pay tribute to Diana

    Meghan Markle will carry a special tribute to Princess Diana on her wedding day Meghan Markle is staying true to her word and ensuring Princess Diana’s memory plays a big part of her wedding day to Prince Harry on 19 May. Last week, Kensington Palace announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had chosen London-based florist Philippa Craddock to create their floral displays for their wedding at St George’s Chapel and St George’s Hall. According to reports, Markle will pay tribute to the People’s Princess with her wedding bouquet which will be made up of white garden roses to symbolise the royal. White garden roses will also feature in the church floral arrangement, and sit alongside peonies (Markle’s favourite flower) and foxgloves, according to the BBC. Kensington P...
Hopes raised Skripals could assist probe after miracle recovery
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Hopes raised Skripals could assist probe after miracle recovery

    The recovery of poisoned spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia has raised hopes the pair could provide new clues to officers investigating the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. It was revealed on Friday that the former Russian double agent was no longer in a critical condition and was responding well to treatment at Salisbury District Hospital, more than a month after he and Ms Skripal were found unconscious on a park bench in the Wiltshire city. Hospital medical director Dr Christine Blanshard has dismissed talk of when they could be discharged as speculation, but with Ms Skripal now well enough to have issued her first statement since the attack, and her father said to be improving rapidly, they could soon be well enough to assist the investigation into how the...
Pakistan military shuts down main TV news channel
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Pakistan military shuts down main TV news channel

    Pakistan’s most widely-viewed TV channel says it has been “forced off the air” this week, fuelling fears that the country’s security forces are “flexing their authority over civilian institutions” including the government itself. As signals to the Geo TV network vanished across most of the nation, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority insisted that it is not behind the blackout - leaving fingers pointing at the country’s military. The channel, which in recent years has switched from a pro-security stance to an anti-military agenda, appears to be the latest casualty in a crusade against dissenting media organisations by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s feared intelligence agency. According to The New York Times, Geo TV officials “took p...
Wave three of Operation Continuum underway
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Wave three of Operation Continuum underway

Dawn raids kick off the third phase of partnership activity between Tower Hamlets Council and Police in Operation Continuum. Raids in Bow saw large amounts of money and drugs seized by police officers. These raids were followed up by a weapons sweep in the area. Prior to yesterday's activity, over the previous 10 days arrests were made in the Bow area for offences including possession of weapons, burglary, possession and supply of Class A drugs and GBH. A knife related operation also resulted in 18 arrests (including five for carrying an offensive weapon), and the seizure of knives, £1,000 cash, two stolen vehicles, approximately 1kg of cannabis and approximately 200 wraps of class A drugs. These results build upon the impressive successes of Operation Continuum since its launch last y...
Council confirms ongoing partnership with local VCS groups
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Council confirms ongoing partnership with local VCS groups

The crucial role played by Tower Hamlets' voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations received a welcome boost as the council agreed a range of measures to further develop and support their work across the borough. Tower Hamlets has around 2,000 VCS organisations that work with thousands of residents providing a wide range of services including those relating to health and wellbeing, advice, leisure, employment and housing. The council's Cabinet meeting on March 20 gave the green light to strengthen further the existing partnership with the council, and to take forward new funding agreements that give greater impact and outcomes, and maximise the benefit to local people. Further work will be carried out with the VCS to establish a new Community Commissioning programme to start in...
Become a No Place for Hate Champion – free training offered
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Become a No Place for Hate Champion – free training offered

The next round of applications for Tower Hamlets,' multi-award winning No Place for Hate Champions training has been announced by the council. The free training is open to anyone who lives or works in the borough. It aims to give participants the skills to identify and tackle hate crime, and to deliver community activities where they can make a difference, share their learning and celebrate diversity. The new champions will add to 84 others who have already used the training to bring thousands of people together in community projects. To find out more, email hatecrime@towerhamlets.gov.uk or contact Benedicta Dikeocha on 020 7364 6105.   The closing date is 5pm Friday 20 April 2018. Comments from residents and workers who completed the last round of training:  Cheryl Jethoo, a local ...
Local account highlights accomplishments in adult social care
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Local account highlights accomplishments in adult social care

More adult social care users are being empowered to exercise control over their health and wellbeing; increasing numbers of carers are receiving support; and more people are being helped to gain independence after a period of ill health. These are some of the highlights from this year's Local Account - the annual report of adult social care in Tower Hamlets.  The Mayor in Cabinet approved the report on Tuesday March 20. The report shows that in 2016/17: 3719 people received adult social care services in Tower Hamlets The council spent £116 million on adult social care services - approximately a third of its general expenditure. There was a 10 per cent increase in requests for new support The Local Account also highlights an increase in the numbers of adults with a learnin...
Tower Hamlets council takes Environmental Services Award at Local Government Chronicle Awards 2018
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Tower Hamlets council takes Environmental Services Award at Local Government Chronicle Awards 2018

ower Hamlets council's Sustainable Development Team took top prize at the Local Government Chronicles (LGC) Awards 2018, winning the Environmental Services Category for the Tower Hamlets Carbon Fund. The fund is a planning obligations payment for offsetting carbon emissions from new build developments and it allows the council to comply with regulation change, reduce carbon emissions, generate revenue, eradicate fuel poverty, prioritise the local community and lead by example. The fund has delivered a number of projects including: Project Earth Rock: primary school curriculum-based learning through music, aimed at instilling environmental values and educating young children on the importance of looking after the environment to inspire them and to protect it in future. S...