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A Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) has been charged with rape, blackmail and misconduct in a public office.

Joe Cole fears Jermain Defoe will be back to haunt him

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is hoping for a first-team call-up for today's game against West Ham – but his old team-mate Joe Cole is not.

It is three years since Newham council occupied Building 1000

Deprived Newham watches bemused as council ponders move from £110m building after just three years

'Fiasco' as borough eyes up return to East Ham after vacating area for swanky dockside 'Building 1000'

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay shouts on from the touchline

Capital One Cup: West Ham given warning by Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay

A sterner test will await the Hammers than in the Premier League

Nine men accused of sex attacks on girl, 14, released after prosecutors find Twitter feed

Nine men accused of sex attacks over six months on a 14-year-old girl walked free from the Old Bailey today.

Newham: The borough that’s Britain’s greenest – without any effort by its residents

Tom Bawden visits urban, impoverished Newham to find out from its residents why it has the lowest carbon footprint in Britain

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay

Steven Caulker happy to kick on at Cardiff City after owner shows colour of money

It must be a source of comfort to Cardiff City, Hull City and Crystal Palace that of the last 12 teams elevated to the Premier League, nine have survived their first season. Defeats for all three on the opening weekend, without scoring a goal between them, had the doomsayers wearing "told you so" expressions, although there were consolations to be had in that none of the promoted trio were humiliated despite playing top-10 opposition, in two cases away from home.

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Want nice neighbours and community spirit? Then move to the city

Country dwellers are less civil and more likely to be irritable, reveals study

New images of Canning Town sex attacker released

Police have released new CCTV stills of a man suspected of carrying out a string of sex attacks.

Newham, one of the UK's most deprived areas, has 82 bookmakers

Newham Council loses fight to stop spread of betting shops as court upholds appeal by Paddy Power

A council has accused the Gambling Commission of "refusing to act as a regulator" and called for Government action as it loses its battle to curb the spread of betting shops in poorer areas.

Newham, east London - which has six bookies' per square mile - is taking Paddy Power to court

High-stakes Britain: PaddyPower in court over spread of fixed odds gaming machines

Newham, east London - which has six bookies' per square mile - takes firm to court

West Ham have agreed a 99-year deal to use the Olympic Stadium

Green light for Olympic Stadium makeover

Plans to make major changes at the £429 million Olympic Stadium have been given the green light.

David Haye pictured promoting his fight against Manuel Charr

Boxing: David Haye pulls out of comeback fight with Manuel Charr

The former heavyweight champion suffers a hand injury in training

Fireworks explode from the stadium roof during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

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West Ham were today confirmed as the new tenants

The Olympic Stadium’s future is still not agreed

Kevin Nolan hopes Olympic Stadium move will see West Ham join 'the big boys'

The east London club will become the tenants of the Stratford based stadium

Seven men in court on child sex charges

Seven men were due to appear in court today charged with a range of offences against a 14-year-old girl including rape, attempted rape and human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

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