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Drugs raid uncovers cannabis factory on Limehouse housing estate 

14 Dec

A cannabis farm has been discovered in a dawn drugs raid on an east London housing estate at Limehouse today.


Popstar Pixie Lott visits primary school in Poplar 

13 Dec

Popstar Pixie Lott took part in a poetry-writing session with pupils at a primary school in Poplar during a surprise visit.


Santa colludes with Poplar MP Jim Fitzpatrick to throw switch for Chrisp Street Christmas lights 

7 Dec

Hundreds of revellers watched Santa switch on this year’s Christmas lights in east London packed into Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market.


Jailed: Limehouse drug dealers caught with cocaine and heroin worth £2.5m 

5 Dec

Two Limehouse drug dealers who were caught with cocaine and heroin with a street value of £2.5million have been jailed for 15 years each.


Limehouse knifepoint robber jailed after 11-day crime spree 

24 Nov

A man who took part in a string of knifepoint robberies, assaults and vehicle thefts around Limehouse and Mile End has been jailed for six years.


Norwegian government minister visits Poplar to get the ‘Spotlight’ on tackling youth radicalisation 

23 Nov

The Norwegian government minister for immigration has been finding out how east London is tackling youth radicalisation and extremism.


Jailed: Violent pair who carried out armed car-jacking in Poplar 

22 Nov

Two thugs who carried out a violent robbery and car-jacking on three men in Poplar have been jailed.


Watch the moment police in Poplar seize drugs in car ‘smash and grab’ 

15 Nov

This is the haul of drugs seized by police after they broke into a car used by a suspected dealer in Poplar.


Guilty: Rogue gun dealer who supplied pistol used to murder Poplar man 

14 Nov

A rogue firearms dealer has been found guilty today of supplying illegal handguns and home-made bullets linked to more than 100 crimes including the murder of a man from Poplar.


Chunk of ‘brutalist’ Robin Hood Gardens housing estate in Poplar being preserved by V&A Museum 

10 Nov

A fragment of east London’s controversial Robin Hood Gardens housing estate has been acquired as an example of “brutalist concrete architecture and social housing” by the Victoria and Albert Museum.


‘Vote here for Half Moon’ in Limehouse to get £5,000, east Londoners are urged 

8 Nov

Voting online could help east London’s Half Moon to win badly-needed funding for its seven youth theatres.


Sheds ‘pose fire risk’ post-Grenfell, says housing association 

7 Nov

Housing Association Poplar Harca says the Grenfell blaze has changed the way all public housing is managed.


Vote for ‘Future Moves’ to win Housing Federation award, Poplar Harca urges east London 

7 Nov

A programme helping east London’s jobless youngsters who fall through the net has been shortlisted for a Community Impact award and now needs the public’s online vote.


‘Steel Warriors’ recycle blades from knife crime for calisthenics work-out in Poplar 

1 Nov

An outdoor physical work-out space has been built in east London with equipment made of steel melted-down from knives seized in police raids.


Hundreds of families in Poplar turn to solar energy to save on electric bills 

1 Nov

A solar energy project in east London which reduces household bills for families in Poplar facing fuel poverty and manages also to sell surplus electricity to the National grid has won a European sustainability award.


Limehouse and Brick Lane police stations to close next month 

1 Nov

Limehouse and Brick Lane police stations are set to close by the end of this year, City Hall has confirmed.


Karolina Chwiluk’s jealous ex-lover gets life for her murder in Limehouse 

27 Oct

A jealous ex-boyfriend has been jailed for life today for killing his first love in a frenzied knife attack in east London after she moved on with a mutual friend’s family in Limehouse.


Hawkemoor’s St Anne’s Church in Limehouse on ‘Heritage at Risk’ register 

24 Oct

Hawkemoor’s historic St Anne’s parish church at Limehouse is one of three sites in east London declared in danger of being lost to future generations.


Half Moon’s Limehouse ‘speech bubbles’ to help children’s cultural learning trials 

18 Oct

Pupils in Tower Hamlets primary schools are among 9,000 children up and down the country taking part in trials to find out if different cultural learning approaches can help improve their achievement rates.


Tower Hamlets has lowest dementia rate in UK 

13 Oct

There is a lower proportion of people with dementia in Poplar and Limehouse than in any other constituency in the UK.


Limehouse Triangle tower block rejected third time by Tower Hamlets Council 

11 Oct

Controversial plans to build a tower block on the ‘Limehouse Triangle’ nature preserve next to the Regent’s Canal was rejected yet again by Tower Hamlets council tonight.


Half Moon tries to fly youngsters to the real moon in day of Fun Palaces at Limehouse 

11 Oct

The big ‘Fun Palace’ attracted 500 children and parents to east London’s Half Moon theatre for a science and space travel adventure day.


MISSING: Nadheerah Zahra, 14, last seen in Poplar Saturday 

8 Oct

Police in east London are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing 12-year-old girl from Poplar.


Limehouse stabbing: Man admits murdering former girlfriend Karolina Chwiluk 

28 Sep

A 23-year-old man has admitted stabbing his former girlfriend to death in Limehouse.


Neighbours in Poplar need new minibus after Calais ‘Jungle’ camp refugee run 

25 Sep

Sister Christine Frost’s hard-pressed Neighbours in Poplar charity has started crowd-funding campaign to raise cash to replace the ageing minibus used on the Calais ‘refugee run’.


Calls for public protection order to tackle drug dealers at Ropemakers Fields in Limehouse 

5 Sep

Police trying to curb drug dealing at night in London’s East End are calling for a Public Spaces Protection Order to tackle an anti-social activity hotspot in Limehouse.


Home Secretary Amber Rudd starts UK tour from Poplar to stop teenage radicalisation 

2 Sep

The government is pledging to take illegal material like “how to make a bomb” down from the internet in its renewed battle to prevent schoolchildren becoming radicalised.


Two hospitalised in Poplar High Street ‘acid attack’ 

29 Aug

Two young men taken to hospital after an ‘acid attack’ in Poplar High Street.


Rashan Charles: Full inquest delayed until next June 

17 Aug

Rashan Charles.


Tim is promised Mayor’s cash to turn empty basement in Poplar tower block into recycle workshop 

14 Aug

Artist Tim Barklem is desperately looking for businesses to help his social project to convert an empty basement in a tower block in east London into a recycling training centre.


Tower Hamlets pupils have their GCSE artwork on public show at Half Moon’s Limehouse gallery 

11 Aug

An exhibition giving 45 GCSE Art students a chance to have their work on public show in a professional gallery has opened at east London’s famous Half Moon theatre.


Hyperlocal & blogs

Fitz Weekly – 15 December 2017 

15 Dec

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Parking on double yellow lines, blocking access, 13th December 

13 Dec

Parking on double yellow lines, blocking access.


Eighty Not Out: The Memories of Ernest Edward Loades 1890 – 1976 ( Part One) 

13 Dec

Recently I was contacted by Sharlene Jones-Martin from Brisbane in Australia regarding her great grandfather Ernest Edward Loades who was born in Poplar in 1890 and spent much of his early years there.


Local MP helps dog welfare charity in fight against Puppy Smuggling 

11 Dec

Jim Fitzpatrick MP highlights plight of smuggled puppies imported to fuel the Christmas puppy trade Last week Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity – invited a host of MPs and Peers, including Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and ...


Jim Fitzpatrick MP calls on all primary schools in Poplar and Limehouse to sign-up to Premier League Primary Stars to help support their teachers and pupils 

11 Dec

Jim Fitzpatrick attended an event in Parliament focused on the Premier League’s national primary school programme, Premier League Primary Stars, which draws upon the excitement of the Premier League and young people’s interest in football to help...


Fitz Weekly – 8 December 2017 

8 Dec

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Poplar MP visits Canary Wharf Tesco Branch to support food donation initiative 

5 Dec

Food donation initiative at Canary Wharf Tesco Branch.


Residents fear steep service charge rise to pay for £38,000 per week fire wardens 

4 Dec

New Festival Quarter.


Fitz Weekly – 1 December 2017 

1 Dec

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Fitz Weekly – 24 November 2017 

24 Nov

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Fitz Weekly – 17 November 2017 

17 Nov

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V&A salvages fragment of ‘Brutalist’ design as developers demolish controversial Tower Hamlets estate 

14 Nov

Robin Hood Gardens exterior showing section acquired by the VA Pic: Victoria and Albert Museum The Victoria Albert Museum have acquired a section of the controversial Robin Hood Gardens social housing complex in East London, which is currently being ...


MP supports Usdaw’s campaign to protect shop workers from violence, threats and abuse 

13 Nov

Jim Fitzpatrick MP has joined with members of the retail union Usdaw to campaign for respect for shop workers as part of the ‘Freedom From Fear’ Campaign, which seeks to prevent violence, threats and abuse directed at retail staff.


What is Whitebait? Read Roger Williams’s book and find out more 

8 Nov

Whitebait – a tasty fishstarter? Or evil selective fishing? And what exactly is a whitebait anyway? Find out more in this wonderfully informative and absorbing little book by the marvellous Roger Williams.


Remembrance Sunday (12th Nov), Poplar Clothes Swap, Police News, Tower Hamlets Sports News, Pantomime at Stratford 

4 Nov

Remembrance Sunday, 12 November 2017, commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on November 11, 1918.


Fitz Weekly – 3 November 2017 

3 Nov

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checking in | the devonshire club 

31 Oct

Aiming to bring a bit of Mayfair glamour to the City, The Devonshire Club is a new members club, boutique hotel, restaurant, and bar all rolled into one.


Fitz Weekly – 27 October 2017 

27 Oct

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Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, supports firefighters at Westminster 

27 Oct

Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, met firefighters in Westminster to recognise and celebrate the invaluable work firefighters do keeping our communities safe.


John F. Gilbertson : Mayor of Poplar (1938-39) by Gerard Gilbertson 

27 Oct

Recently I was contacted by Gerard Gilbertson who has written a short history of his Grandfather John F.


East End Pubs, Newham Heritage Week, Art Prize, Othello, Healthcare, 

20 Oct

Image: healthy activities listed by Poplar HARCA.


Fitz Weekly – 20 October 2017 

20 Oct

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Fitz Weekly – 16 October 2017 

16 Oct

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Nellie Frances Cressall 

11 Oct

Poplar was once blessed with outstanding local government and politicians – politicians who demonstrably improved the lot of the residents of what is now E14, and who were even prepared to go to prison in support of their beliefs (see  Poplarism ...


QX Meets…Ceri Dupree! – The glittering glamazon touching down in Limehouse this weekend 

29 Sep

Think of a famous woman from the past thirty years and there’s a fair chance Ceri Dupree can knock out a stellar impression of them; everyone from Tina Turner to Camilla Parker-Bowles.


Expand your horizons this weekend 

21 Sep

This Friday evening at the St.


Fitz Weekly – 18 September 2017 

18 Sep

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Jim Fitzpatrick MP supports appeal for families in Poplar and Limehouse to have a lifesaving talk during Organ Donation Week 

12 Sep

Jim Fitzpatrick is proudly supporting Organ Donation Week and an appeal for their constituents to talk about organ donation.


Politicians wear it pink for breast cancer fundraiser 

12 Sep

Jim poses in pink with Sky News presenter, Jacquie Beltrao at Westminster to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research Jim Fitzpatrick MP has dressed in pink to lend his support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which ...


Fitz Weekly – 11 September 2017 

11 Sep

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