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Tug of war over statue

A tug of war continues as both Tower Hamlets and Bromley claim ownership of a Henry Moore statue. Tower Hamlets had decided to sell the statue, which campaigners have said should be kept on public view.

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Tower Hamlets councillor: 'We may have to settle this matter in court'

It is such a pity that on the very day the government announced a further £23m of cuts in cash terms to our local residents over the next two years, a London Council and an Arts organisation choose to compound the financial pain by seeking to block a sale that would fund much needed homes and services.

Unfortunately we may have to settle this matter in court using funds that would be better spent on purchasing art for the nation and funding local services in both Bromley and Tower Hamlets.

– Tower Hamlets councillor Rania Khan, Cabinet member for Culture

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