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Crime

What’s Going On With FGM?

Having failed to secure a single conviction in the UK for the perpetration of female genital mutilation (FGM), have the British authorities been trying...

Inquiry Into Newham Youth And Violent Crime

Newham Council is launching an inquiry into gang and youth crime as figures show that the number of victims has increased significantly in the...

Preventing Further Rises In FGM

As the courts currently decide whether to prosecute cosmetic surgeons carrying out 'designer vagina' operations, female genital mutation cases (FGM) are reported to have...

Witchcraft-Related Child Abuse On The Rise

Five years on from the death of Kristy Bamu, the London-wide number of children abused by adults who believe in witchcraft, is reported to...

The Stakes Are High

Newham Council continues to challenge betting shops in the borough, as the number of crime related incidents increases. Calling the machines inside betting shops as...

‘Urban Exploring’: Criminal Or Crafty?

In recent months, since the back end of 2016, YouTube especially has seen an influx of 'Urban Exploring' videos, also known as UrbEx, uploaded...

Hate Crimes Rise After Brexit Vote

From December 2015 to December 2016, statistics show that hate crimes rose by more than 20 percent in the borough of Newham, with 587...

Anti-Fly Tipping Campaign Fails To Touch Down

Despite the council’s pledge to ‘toughen up’ on fly tippers, the streets of Newham remain among the worst in the UK for dumping rubbish. Sofas,...

No Pay-Off In The Fight Against Crime

Five years on from London 2012, newly released figures suggest that the crime-cutting dividend will never show up as promised. Along with loudly-trumpeted affordable housing...

If You Haven’t Broken The Law, Don’t Give In To Pressure

A penalty fare issued by any transport company isn’t final, and doesn’t always need paying. It is worth your while appealing, as I found...

Fear Of Crime On Campus

Parents dream of the day their children will go up on stage to receive their degree. They proudly pay for their beloved children to...

Newham Cocaine Bust

Police recently raided 18 homes in Manor Park and arrested 16 people aged between 17 and 50 on suspicion of supplying crack cocaine. The scale...

Cynthia’s Pain

Rudy Omisore meets the mother of a boy from the hood. Most of us are unaware of the stress that a mother goes through when...

Life In The Hood: Jocie’s Story

Rudy Omisore finds out what it's like to be a woman on the edge of gangland. It’s not just guys who get involved in the darker side...

Why Am I Being Stopped? Search Me!

Dwayne Latif offers a personal account of the racist harassment which he says he has experienced at the hands of the police. I feel scrutinised...
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Shots Fired In Bethnal Green

A 13 year old girl has been hospitalised after the car she was travelling in was shot at. The teenage girl and the driver of...

I Have Come For Your Money But That Doesn’t Mean You Should Have A...

The job is to implement the orders of the court. Costa Kyriaco describes how being a bailiff is much harder than it sounds. Marston’s is...

Stalkers Beware!

The last week of April 2016 was National Stalking Awareness Week in the UK. The aim was to highlight the importance of reporting this...

Policing From East To West

Kay Ayed wanted to find out from serving police officers about fighting crime in East London. But she had to go to America to...

Shakur’s Tale: Prison Works!

Of course it's not always like this, but Sevi Kemal spoke to one ex-con whose life was transformed from the inside. This is the tale...

London Underground’s Most Dangerous Lines Revealed

Delving through the latest Underground crime statistics, Drew Goodsell finds an uneven track record. British Transport Police have released crime figures for the London Underground...

A Knife Of Crime In The Corridors Of Fear

Rudy Omisore spoke to a former prisoner and a present-day prison officer about knife crime BEHIND prison bars. We all know about the increasing use...

Mysterious Disappearance of Beckton’s Boys In Blue

Terry Sorensen would be keen to speak to the police, if only he could find them. On Saturday I decided to swing by Beckton’s local...

Who’s Abusing Whom?

Sevi Kemal thought that the term 'abuse' might be over-used today....until she met someone who has suffered it.                                According to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary...
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Down But Not Out In London

Immigrants continue to define East London, and some of them are illegal. Their precarious legal situation is made worse by an atmosphere in which...

Knife Crime Is A Double-Edged Sword

Rudy Omisore reckons that knife crime isn’t what it’s cracked up to be….not that it’s hunky dory, either. Recorded knife crime in London increased by...

PhDealers?

Rudy Omisore meets a campus dealer who makes a point of selling to a highly educated crowd. Universities generate a lot of opportunities - also for drug...

Small Crime Doesn’t Pay….So Make It Big

Sevi Kemal meets a ‘criminal entrepreneur’ who is aiming to retire before he's 40. “I learned a valid lesson at 15 years old that petty...

‘Because He Had A Knife In His Hands, Everybody Hesitated’

Jayce-Ebony Bell spoke to someone who saw the ‘This is for Syria’ knife attack. Computer technician Leslie Bradstock, 27, witnessed the terrifying scene in which...

Deal Or No Deal?

Rudy Omisore investigates Stop and Sell on the streets of East London. London is not Amsterdam. You can’t just walk into a cafe, sit down, and order...

Man On The Run

Hardened criminal or lost boy looking for consolation? Sevi Kemal's account of the life of 'Tyler', lived in and out of more prisons than...

East End’s Easy Drugs

Never mind the law, Terry Sorensen finds drug use ballooning.  “So, you wanna do a balloon?” “What’s a balloon?” I replied. “It’s laughing gas,” she...
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Unwanted? The Future Of Hover Boards Is In The Balance

Drew Goodsell assesses the future for balance boards now that they have been outlawed. Self-balance boards were briefly one of this year’s most-wanted items. Street-cred...

‘It’s Hard To Forget When Something Like That Happens’

Sabrina Ruffles listens to the wise words of a teenager who grew up in the shadow of his cousin’s killing. The day his cousin was...
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Assault And Battery

Sabrina Ruffles has the latest on two violent incidents. A woman was left battered and bruised after she was run down by a cyclist who...

Caught In Court

Sabrina Ruffles rounds-up the latest cases. Several students at Bethnal Green Academy have been made wards of court, after three of their fellow students ran...

Textual Harassment

What is to be done about sexual harassment on London’s public transport? Consultants Project Guardian, who work with police to minimise anti-social behaviour throughout the...

Take Good Care Of Yourself

So you want to be independent and ignore your parents’ advice. But sometimes they really do know what’s good for you, says Chloe Hughes. Leaving...
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All My Judges Are Judys

As a court reporter I sat in on five cases at three different courts (Stratford Magistrates' Court, City of London Magistrates' Court, and Snaresbrook...
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Trapped In Trappin’ (With All The Trimmings)

Rudy-Lashaun hears all about the hard life of the 'Real G'. It was a hot and sunny day. So of course I wasn’t going to...
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Strangeness In Court

Grace Eracleous marvels at the funny things that frequently happen on the way to a conviction. Life altering events occur in court, so you might...

Dangers Of White Lightening

Ebony Bell investigates the dark side of skin lightening products. 'I hate looking in the mirror now! I hate being in public, I feel like...
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Reality TV – For Real!

Grace Eracleous did not expect the courtroom scene to be such a reality check. A defendant in the dock is the most disempowered person I...
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Epic Fright Night In The Forest

Sevi Kemal recalls the night when Halloween turned out to be more frightening than first intended. Mehmet stood there speechless. Nobody answered. There was a...
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No Return To Sex Crime Secrecy!

Azana Francis rejects a call for those accused of sex crimes to remain anonymous until the verdict is brought in. At the very moment when...
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Intimacy In Court

Grace Eracleous witnesses an especially revealing scene in the courtroom. Her fingers poked through the tiniest gap between the panes of glass. The curly haired...

Fast and Furious Police

Rudy Omisore comes across yet another police car chase accident. I was on my lunch break, and this was the Brixton Road, so the police...
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Trains And Stations Must Be Made Safe For Women

London’s transport chiefs should do more to prevent women being harassed on their way home, says Sian Killean. Using public transport is part of the...
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Living With Marijuana?

Jasmine Wing inhales the highs and the lows of cannabis use. When Channel 4 aired the programme Drugs Live earlier this month, it relit...
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Crime Round-Up

Sabrina Ruffles collates the latest incidents. Charged with the murder of 15-year-old Joel Adesina, jobless George Phillips of Pitfield Street, Hoxton, pleaded not guilty when...
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‘How Easily Anti-Semitic Attitudes Can Erupt’

Anti -Semitic crime has hit an all-time high in the UK, according to a report by the Community Service Trust (CST), a charity set...

Hot Talk: Should Marijuana Be Legalised?

Hot Talk presenter Azana Francis asks students Elise Briggs and Nika Jazaee whether they think marijuana should be legalised, particularly in the light of the latest...

Hot Talk: Free Speech And Campus Radicalisation

Hot Talk presenter Azana Francis cross-questions Dusty Amroliwala, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of East London (UEL), Imran Hossein, UEL Students' Union President, and Tom...
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Apocalypse From Now On

Elise Briggs shows the strain of working under threat of terrorist attack. I took a keen interest in the video recently issued by terrorist group...
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Disorder In Court

Grace Eracleous remains unimpressed by London’s legal system. Those in attendance at City of London Magistrates’ Court were clearly irritated. Their grumblings and mutterings reverberated...
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‘What A Romantic I Am’, He Said As He Harassed Me

No one expects to be stalked in their own home. But this is what happened to an East London law student. ‘Good morning! Look I...
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Holocaust Posters Defaced

Sian Killean sees street-level evidence of anti-Jewish sentiment. Anti-Semitism returned to the streets of East London when posters across Newham promoting Holocaust Memorial Day were...
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East London Cafe Owner Threatened Over Je Suis Charlie Sign

Charlie Hebdo controversy comes to East London, reports Sabrina Ruffles. French born Muslim cafe owner Adel Defilaux was subjected to violent threats after he displayed a...

Are The Police Racist?

Omar Richards talks to young East Londoners about policing and racism. In the wake of the protests across America against the perceived racist killings by...
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Teenager Stabbed To Death

Sabrina Ruffles reports on a fatal street stabbing. Joel Adesina (15) from Dagenham was pronounced dead hours after being stabbed in the abdomen during a...
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Once A Criminal……..?

Sevi Kemal meets an ambitious young man who sees crime as a permanent sideline. ‘It’s easy, tax free money. Even when I graduate I can’t...

Two Wounded, Residents In Fear After Shotgun Blast

Gary Otchere reports from the scene of a shooting. A single shotgun bullet wounded two youths in the Custom House area on Bonfire Night (5th...
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Muddling Through

Grace Eracleous witnessed the English legal system fumbling for justice on a grey afternoon in East London. It's 2.10pm, Stratford Magistrates’ Court. The court was...
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12 Years For Fatal Hackney Bus Stabbing

Matt Banji reports on the murder conviction of a Romford youth. Teenager Shawn Green has been convicted of the murder of Derek Boateng, who...
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Even The Buildings Gang Up On You!

Matt Banji sees 'gang culture' as the logical outcome of London’s housing estates. Take an evening stroll through the glass towers of Canary Wharf or...
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Gunned Down In Greengate Street

Matt Mundy reports on a double shooting within firing range of his East London home. A man is fighting for his life after he was...
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Random Violence

Adel Mouden reports on an unprovoked attack in Plaistow. A 16-year-old female student was walking down Plaistow High Street towards Newham College when she was...

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