Richie Robins was punched and knocked unconscious but the attack continued as he lay on floor

LETTERS : University by any other name

It was interesting to see that the confusing state of affairs regarding the titles of colleges and institutions of higher education has been taken up with the Secretary of State as Fran Abrams reports ("Dons angry as colleges get above themselves"

Couple held in search for boy

Police investigating the disappearance of a nine-year-old boy more than two months ago yesterday arrested a man and a woman. Daniel Handley was last seen after leaving a friend's flat in Beckton, east London, on Sunday, 2 October, to cycle the sho rt distance home.

Cleaning up the `neighbourhoods' : LETTERS

From Mr Stephen Shaw Sir: John Torode ("Bad neighbours in Bow", 12 December) might have a less rosy view of Liberal Democrat Tower Hamlets had he lived here. As a journalist, he should have looked harder for the reasons that a 1990 Liberal majority of 30:20 was turned into a 1994 Labour majority of 43:7.

Protesters cleared

Nine people who protested against the east London M11 link road by putting a banner on the north London home of John MacGregor, the former Secretary of State for Transport, were cleared of disorderly conduct. Haringey magistrates said the protest was 'peaceful'.

Newsbrief: Euro Hackney

Hackney is hosting a week of events from Monday to celebrate the borough's links with Europe.

Patient held

A care-in-the-community mental patient was in police custody last night after a woman was repeatedly stabbed with a pair of scissors, then bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher, outside a block of council flats in Herne Hill, south-east London.

Heated debate on M11 link road

Protestors against the M11 Link Road in east London marked the first anniversary of their campaign yesterday with a display of fire-breathing outside the Department of Transport in Marsham Street, where they delivered a letter for the Transport Secretary, Dr Brian Mawhinney, calling for an independent review of the scheme, writes Matthew Brace.

Window tribute

A MEMORIAL stained glass window to Stephen Lawrence, the A-level student who was stabbed to death in a racist attack in April 1993, was unveiled at Trinity Methodist Church in Plumstead, south-east London, by Peter Bottomley, Tory MP for Eltham.

BNP office ban

THE British National Party has been ordered not to use its bookshop in Welling, south- east London, as its headquarters. Bexley council said the decision was made on material planning issues: permission had been granted only to sell books. The shop has been the target of many arson attacks and demonstrations by anti-racist groups.

Man shot dead

A MAN was shot dead 'for no reason' during an armed robbery at a jeweller's shop in Ilford, east London. The murdered man, of Cambridgeshire, was servicing security video equipment. The owner said a robber fired a shot suddenly, to the apparent surprise of his two accomplices.

'Rape suicide'

A NURSE who was raped three weeks ago was found dead in an apparent suicide. Karen Mokrzycki, 36, was found at her home in Wanstead, east London, by her mother. An empty pill packet and alcohol were found nearby. Her family say she was still traumatised after being attacked as she walked across parkland near her home. An inquest was opened and adjourned.

Death driver's sentence 'lenient'

A MOTORIST jailed for 28 days after knocking down and killing a young girl who had recently overcome leukaemia was dealt with too leniently, Sir Nicholas Lyell QC, the Attorney General said yesterday. He has applied to the Court of Appeal for leave to have Colin Vano's sentence reconsidered.

Protester collapses

DOLLY WATSON, 93, who is due to be evicted from the house she was born in because it is in the way of the M11 link road in east London, was taken to hospital after collapsing in her home in Leytonstone.

Sex assault case

A YOUTH worker sexually assaulted girls of 10 and 11 during swimming lessons at an activity centre in Bow, east London, a court was told. William Lockwood, 45, a PE instructor, denies eight charges of indecent assault. The trial continues.

All is well in museum's herb garden

The Geffrye Museum in east London has just unveiled a bronze fountain to adorn its herb garden, which contains 170 species of herbs and plants, writes Lynn Eaton.
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