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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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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