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Police officers outside a polling station during the 2011 Alternative Vote national referendum

Call for police to guard polling stations and voters to carry ID cards in areas at risk of vote-rigging

Elections watchdog raises concerns about voter impersonation in Birmingham, the London borough of Tower Hamlets and 14 other areas where there appears to be a higher risk of electoral fraud

The number of forensic examinations carried out on victims of rape and serious sexual assault in London has plummeted despite a dramatic rise in attacks being reported to police (the picture was posed by models)

Forensic examinations of rape victims plummet

The number of forensic examinations carried out on victims of rape and serious sexual assault in London has plummeted despite a dramatic rise in attacks being reported to police.

Manorfield Primary School went from an ‘inadequate’ rating to ‘outstanding’ in one year, one of the quickest turnarounds ever seen by inspectors

From fail to world’s best: A lesson from the East End

What can we learn from the remarkable 15-year turnaround at Tower Hamlets’ schools?

British heavyweight Anthony Joshua continued his unbeaten start to his professional boxing career

Anthony Joshua continues unbeaten start with third straight stoppage against Hrvoje Kisicek at York Hall

The Olympic gold medalist has no time to rest though as he will compete next Saturday on the undercard of Carl Froch v George Groves

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'

Daniel was physically abused and starved by his mother and step-father for months

Daniel Pelka child services chief Colin Green resigns new post

The man in charge of children’s services in Coventry at the time four-year-old Daniel Pelka was murdered has resigned from a child protection job at another council.

London's first cat café gets green light

New high street experience finally receives planning permission and announces location on Bethnal Green Road in Shoreditch, London

A cross-dressed member of the EDL poses during a rally in London, 7 September 2013

More than 160 arrested at EDL Tower Hamlets march

Anti-racism protesters kettled by police after breaking away from counter-demonstration

How to Get a Council House, episode one

TV review: How to Get a Council House, Channel 4

The Dealership, Channel 4

The Olympic Park site in Stratford, East London

Olympics legacy: Did the Games succeed in rejuvenating East London?

The promise of London 2012 wasn’t just to ‘inspire a generation’. It was also about 'regeneration' – through a combination of infrastructure, housing and sporting facilities. Emily Dugan catches up with the afterlife of the main Olympic venues

They are targeting one of the capital’s

Protesters set to converge on London’s business district as part of anti-G8 protests

Protesters are targeting the capital’s 'economic power centres'

Help To Buy scheme boosts Bellway home sales

The Government's Help To Buy scheme has accounted for a quarter of all the new homes sold by Bellway in the past two months.

Met officers enter a property during raids as part of Operation Carbon

Metropolitan Police officers launch 'largest ever' set of synchronised raids targeting suspected burglars and drug offenders

At least 66 people have been arrested after the Metropolitan Police launched its largest ever raid on suspected burglars and drug offenders.

Murder Britain: How does your area compare in the 2013 UK Peace Index?

The UK Peace index combines five factors to produce a score out of five for each area, with 1 being the most peaceful and 5 being the least.

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