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Tower Hamlets council welcome decision to halt probe

Tower Hamlets council has welcomed Scotland Yard's decision to halt the investigation into allegations against their elected mayor.

Bangladesh-born Lutfur Rahman had strenuously denied the allegations. Credit: PA Wire

Police said Lutfur Rahman will face no further action "at this stage" over claims of fraud and financial mismanagement by the BBC Panorama documentary.

The Bangladesh-born mayor had strenuously denied the allegations.

A council spokesperson said: “The news from the Metropolitan Police is to be welcomed and Tower Hamlets will continue to work with the Auditors and DCLG."

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Police halt investigation into Tower Hamlets mayor

Scotland Yard has halted its investigation into allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement against an elected mayor after finding no evidence of criminality.

Bangladesh-born Lutfur Rahman, mayor of Tower Hamlets in east London, will face no further action from the Metropolitan Police "at this stage".

A statement said:

The files have been reviewed by a team of officers over the past six days. In addition, officers have liaised with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC) who are conducting a full and wide-ranging audit of financial matters at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

There is no credible evidence of criminality within the files to provide reasonable grounds to suspect that fraud or any other offence has been committed at this stage.

Therefore the MPS will not be investigating at this point in time and believe that it is appropriate for the material to be reviewed further by PwC and DCLG. We will continue to liaise with them, should their audit uncover any evidence of criminality.

– Scotland Yard


Mayor hints at referendum over closing Heathrow


City Hall hints at a possible referendum over closing Heathrow as @mayoroflondon meets Denver's mayor. @itvlondon


Denver used a referendum in its battle to replace Stapleton Airport with the new DIA in the 1990s. @itvlondon

Mayor sets out options for Heathrow redevelopment.

Bar opens with first caricature of Prince George

Is this the first caricature of Prince George? Credit: ITN

Londoner Gerald Scarfe, political cartoonist for The Sunday Times for 47 years and former satirical cartoonist for Punch magazine and Private Eye is to show off his work in a new Soho bar.

The walls of the bar, named after him, will be hung with his characteristic depictions of historical figures and famous faces, including what must be the first caricature of the third in line to the throne, Prince George.

The former Royal college of Art student worked on Walt Disney’s Hercules, he designed and directed the animation sequences for the film of Pink Floyd’s The Walland on television Gerald created the opening title sequences for the classic comedy series, Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister.

His latest project sees a series of large murals on the walls of The Rosewood Hotel's Scarfes Bar on High Holborn from today.


"I'm going to do my shopping, I'll see you in an hour" shopper tells PM

Tara Leniston taking a photo of the PM with her son Luca Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

One shopper got more than she bargained for during a visit to Asda when she bumped into David Cameron by the dairy aisle.

Tara Leniston popped into the Clapham Junction branch, in south London, with son Luca Fowler to pick up a few essentials and ended up chatting to the Prime Minister.

Keen to record the moment, she handed over the 11-month-old to Mr Cameron and asked him to pose for a picture.

Mr Cameron joked that it made him "broody" holding the tot, who gently tapped him on the head with an Easter bunny balloon.

The pair briefly discussed Luca's progress, with the Prime Minister saying it was a "great time when they start walking".

Ms Leniston, from Wimbledon, took the snap of Mr Cameron holding her son, before joking: "I'm going to do my shopping, I'll see you in an hour."

More on David Cameron's visit to Asda today.

Mayor of Denver successfully relocated US airport

Mayor of Denver Michael B Hancock will be discussing airport relocation with Mayor Boris Johnson today Credit: Reuters

Officials from Denver will tell the Mayor today how he managed to successfully relocate Stapleton International Airport in 1989.

Despite a law suit against the city brought by local residents incensed by aircraft noise pollution, and opposition from major airlines who claimed demand for a new airport was non-existent, they successfully relocated the airport to a new site outside the city with room for 12 runways.

The team from Denver are also expected to meet with officials from the Davies Commission, who are considering where best to locate new aviation capacity in the southeast.

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