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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.

Teen faces life term for murdering 'friend'

A 15-year-old boy who fatally stabbed a former friend over a "loss of face" after they traded insults on Facebook was facing a life sentence today.

Schoolboy 'stabbed teenager over Facebook insult'

A 15-year-old boy fatally stabbed a former friend over a "loss of face" after they traded insults on Facebook, a court heard today.

Police investigate electoral fraud claims after journalist is beaten up

Three Labour candidates standing in local elections in the London borough of Tower Hamlets have been spoken to by police investigating allegations of electoral fraud using falsely-registered postal votes. The inquiry by Scotland Yard Special Branch officers in the impoverished east London borough is part of a nationwide probe into 50 claims that electoral rolls from London to West Yorkshire, some of them in marginal constituencies, have been packed with fictitious or absent voters in the run up to this week's poll.

'The first punch came, landing on my nose, sending blood down my face'

'Independent' reporter Jerome Taylor relives his bloody experience on the trail of voting fraud in east London

Nat Wei: How to unleash the virtue of volunteers

Government can only do so much. Society has many of the answers

Songbird calms fears over London exodus

Songbird Estates, the Canary Wharf developer, has returned to full-year profits and moved to calm fears over a banking exodus from London. Its chairman, David Pritchard, said: "No bank has left Canary Wharf.

Moonfleece, Rich Mix, London

Jerry Springer the Opera famously inflamed Christians to most un-Christian thoughts of censorship and worse. Cat-calling protesters marched with placards outside the fringe theatre that hosted the London premiere of Corpus Christi, the Terrence McNally play that dared to suggest that the God of love might just as well have been gay as straight or sexless. Not, though, that Christians have the monopoly on illiberal outrage. Some members of the Sikh community were so affronted by the play Behzti at the Birmingham Rep that violence broke out among a minority of the protesters and performances of the play were cancelled two days later.

Man charged with murdering 100-year-old mother

A man appeared at the Old Bailey today accused of killing his 100-year-old mother.

Son quizzed over stab death of 100 year old woman

Murder squad detectives were today questioning a man who cared for his 100-year-old mother full-time after she was found stabbed to death.

Son held over fatal stabbing of 100-year-old

Detectives arrested the son of a 100-year-old woman today after she was found stabbed to death at her home.

Playtime with mum: A new approach to treating autism

A new method of tackling autism involves showing mums how to engage with their children. Liz Lightfoot looks at how an apparently simple solution works miracles

New Whitechapel Gallery: Modernism's new home

Jay Merrick takes a closer look at the gallery's metamorphosis

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