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Tower Hamlets trumped Kensington this month as London’s less glamorous boroughs showed the biggest increase in property asking prices, according to property website Rightmove.

Violent crime falls rapidly as UK becomes more peaceful place

Encouraging figures come alongside separate study showing hospital admissions after violent incidents are down

More than five miles of tunnelling have already been built under London for Crossrail. This image is near Whitechapel station

In pictures: the massive 24-hour-a-day construction project to provide huge boost for London's harassed commuters

More than five miles already built of Crossrail's 26 miles of tunnels

Construction of platform tunnels at Whitechapel station

In pictures: the massive 24-hour-a-day construction project to provide huge boost for London's harassed commuters

More than five miles already built of Crossrail's 26 miles of tunnels

The woman in the video is being sought for questioning

Police search for woman in racist YouTube rant

Detectives are investigating a YouTube clip which apparently shows a woman hurling racial abuse at a man on the Tube.

Mark Leftly: Margaret Thatcher's foe got it right on Canary Wharf

Outlook Love her, loathe her, or just plain sick of hearing about her, the death of Margaret Thatcher should have at least focused the spotlight on one of her greatest enemies this week: Lord Heseltine.

4G tests could disrupt Freeview TV

People in parts of Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark and Tower Hamlets are being alerted to Monday's test

The deputy editor of The Sun, Geoff Webster, arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London with his wife Alison

Sun deputy editor Geoffrey Webster in court as lawyer complains of 'profoundly disturbing' charges

Geoffrey Cox QC, complained that explanations or reasons behind the charges had still not been given

Student election posters at Edinburgh University

Vote with your feet and give student elections a miss this year

Elected student officials would at least be harmless - if they weren't so expensive, reckons Eleanor Doughty

20% of British children 'living in poverty'

Constituencies in Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow are poorest for children

Shaikh Shams Ad Duha, the Whitechapel imam

Imam speaks out against Muslim ‘vigilantes’

East London group that hounds people on the streets are branded ‘complete bigots’

Video clip: Police officers are urging this man to come forward

'Muslim vigilante victim' urged to contact police as more men are arrested

Patrol gang harassed members of the public in the street

Ellen E Jones: Some authentic Victoriana is, sadly, still with us

Tate Britain's Pre-Raphaelite exhibition draws to a close next week, but the Victorians are with us still, like an ex-wife we've locked in the attic for her own good. Or an escaped convict who's been benevolently stalking us since we first met him in a graveyard. Or the ghost of a childhood sweetheart who floats over the Yorkshire moors to moan at our window.

Draped Seated Woman, a 1957 bronze by British abstract sculptor Henry Moore.

Cash-strapped British towns sell art masterworks

Seeking to enrich the lives of their citizens, British cities and towns once embraced art for art's sake, scooping up masterworks for display in squares, train stations, schools and museums. But as Europe scrimps and saves amid a historic push to slash public debt, the motto here now is art for cash's sake.

Moore's the pity: Fury as Tower Hamlets Council sells 'Draped Seated Woman' to plug budget cuts

A council has gone ahead with the controversial sale of the Henry Moore sculpture Draped Seated Woman to claw back money lost in budget cuts, it has emerged.

Danny Boyle adds voice to Henry Moore campaign

Director Danny Boyle has joined leading British arts figures urging a cash-strapped local authority not to sell off a valuable Henry Moore sculpture - arguing it should be erected in London's Olympic Park instead.

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