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Two arrested over New Year's murder in Whitechapel

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found dead in the early hours of New Year's Day. Emergency services were called to reports that a man had suffered a serious head injury in Sidney Street in Whitechapel shortly after 1.30am. The 43-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

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A 34-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody. A special post-mortem examination, due to the victim's head injury, is due to take place at Poplar Mortuary today. The victim has not been formally identified but next of kin have been informed.

Have-a-go hero foils attempted robbery

A delivery driver has been hailed a hero for jumping on a suspected thief during an attempted robbery on armoured security van in Whitechapel.

The have-a-go hero witnessed two robbers on a moped punching a security guard and grabbing a cash box near Algate East station.

As the robbers tried to getaway, the courier and a colleague jumped out of their van and tackled one of the suspects.

Bystanders watched as the delivery driver pinned him to the floor until police arrived.

The have-a-go hero is described as an Asian man in his twenties. He stayed at the scene where he was congratulated by the watching crowds.


Relaxed London attitudes give 'false sense of security'

Stephen Ward, a director of Pride in London said more relaxed attitudes towards gay people in London could create a false sense of security.

We probably feel more relaxed than we used to about public displays of affection with our partners on the street, on the tube, that sort of thing.

But that can cause a backlash with people who haven't perhaps come as far on the journey to acceptance as the rest of the city and country has done.

Gay attack victims were 'abused, punched and kicked'

The victims, a 23-year-old and a 24-year-old man were verbally abused and then punched and kicked by two youths who were part of a group of 5/6 boys riding bikes.

The victims suffered minor injuries. They did not require medical attention.

This incident is believed to be homophobic.

On 13 June, two 16-year-year old male youths from E1 and E14 were arrested in connection with this incident and taken to an east London police station.

– Met Police statement

Mayor 'working on strategy' to cut homophobic attacks

City Hall says London mayor Boris Johnson is working on a new strategy to cut homophobic attacks. Officials are in talks with gay campaign groups and charities including Stonewall and Galop.

In his Police and Crime Plan, launched in March last year, the Mayor made dealing with hate crime, including against LGBT people, a priority and he has already delivered on his commitment to work with the Met to ensure that there is a designated LGBT liason officer for every borough.

– City Hall spokesman

The Deputy Mayor for Police and Crime in Stephen Greenhalgh is expected to reveal more when he represents the mayor at the Pride in London parade on Saturday.

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