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

East London evangelists plan celebration to dwarf the Dome

AT THE Kingsway International Christian Centre it is a great day - so great, in fact, that the telephone answering machine makes a point of telling you so. "Welcome to the Kingsway International Christian Centre," says the friendly voice. "It's a great day."

Letter: Choice of schools

Sir: If Gerald Kaufman's article "Grammar schools are the breeding ground of privilege" (2 September) is representative of the quality of argument being deployed by the opponents of these schools, their defenders must be breathing a sigh of relief.

Letter: Squats in Hackney

Sir: In a number of articles last week your writers have appeared to glamorise squatting in Hackney (reports, 22, 23, 24 July). I don't think that the average Hackney council tenant or property owner shares the views or perceptions of your writers.

New inquiry into gun death mystery

New inquiry into gun death mystery

Private firm for Hackney schools

MINISTERS WILL announce shortly that they are to privatise the school improvement service in Hackney - the first time one of a council's key functions has been taken over by a private contractor.

Blunkett to seize control of `failing' Hackney schools

THE GOVERNMENT is to seize control of one of Britain's worst education authorities after inspectors found it was still failing pupils.

'Lawrence Five' could face charges

THE FIVE men suspected of murdering black teenager Stephen Lawrence could yet face further race charges after it emerged that detectives were investigating new allegations of racial harassment against them.

Most race attack victims `are white': The Eastender

IN WHAT she describes as a racially motivated attack, Rose Woolf, 75, was mugged nine months ago near her home in Stepney Green, east London. "As I was walking along there were two Asian boys about 14 or 15 a bit ahead of me. Suddenly they stopped as if they were picking something up and then spun around, grabbed my bag and ran off.

Lawrence fury as police escape charges

ONLY ONE police officer is to face serious disciplinary charges for the bungled investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, it was announced yesterday.

Racing: Punter hits Jackpot

A PUNTER from Forest Gate, East London, was the biggest individual winner of yesterday's huge Tote Jackpot pool at Beverley. He collected pounds 161,346 having managed to select pounds 2.40 worth of winning lines.

Heritage fund awards pounds 37m grants

Heritage fund awards pounds 37m grants

Race hate witnesses praised

COUNCIL TENANTS who were terrorised for two years by a gang of young thugs were praised yesterday by Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, as an example of how communities can fight back against intimidation and violence.

Police knew Lawrence murder witnesses were intimidated

SENIOR detectives investigating the murder of Stephen Lawrence knew that witnesses were being intimidated to keep them from talking to police, and believed that the criminal family of one of the prime suspects was responsible.

Stalker admits mental assault

A "highly dangerous" stalker, who won a retrial when the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction for terrorising a 21-year-old dental nurse, pleaded guilty yesterday.

Audit hits at council that failed to care

Ministers have summoned leaders from a London borough after a highly critical report said it was failing to provide care for its most vulnerable people. Glenda Cooper, Social Affairs Correspondent, reports on 'continuing problems' for Barking and Dagenham Council.
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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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