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Ultra-nationalist group 'Britain First' march on Brick Lane

The ultra-nationalist group Britain First has carried out it's first demonstration this year in Brick Lane.

It prompted fears of a violent backlash by religious communities in the area.

The group was observed by police handing out flyers from an ex-army Landrover that promoted the banning of mosques and other Islam related traditions.

 

Drug smuggler caught with £11 million drug haul

A drug runner who used a modified car to smuggle class-A substances worth millions of pounds into London has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Johan De Craemer, a Belgian resident, claimed he was on a business trip when he was stopped at Dover after a ferry trip from Calais.

But officers who searched his car found it had been adapted to hide 58 packages containing 52kg of cocaine and 3kg heroin calculating with a street value of around £11 million.

 

Obama lays out plans to fight terror in his State of Union address

US President Barack Obama has set out his plans to tackle terrorism and extremism in his State of the Union address.

In the speech he laid out his firmest plans yet in the fight against worldwide terror. vowing to go after groups like Isis in Syria with "strength and resolve".

Despite in-congress party politics, he called on his republican opposition to help him pass a resolution to authorise the use of force in the fight against the terrorist groups.

 

Jihadist returns to UK after faking his own death pleads guilty

A British man from Hounslow who went to fight for jihadists in Syria, faked his death in order to secretly return, has pleaded guilty to four major terror offences.

Imran Khawaja left Britain early last year to join a radical group affiliated with IS and became heavily involved with the group's violent propaganda.

He made his way back to the UK in June where he was arrested by British security services. 

 

Tax London’s empty homes says Dame Tessa Jowell

Dame Tessa Jowell has said she'll tax owners of empty homes if she becomes Mayor of London.

Writing for The Independent, she pledged to tackle the scandal of London's 22 thousand empty homes and plans to house 55 thousand people.

Her proposal comes amid growing controversy over huge gains made by people who “buy to leave” homes empty, knowing their property will rise in value.

 

Police appeal for sexual assault suspect

British Transport Police are appealing for anyone to come forward with information on a man suspected of sexual assault between Bromley South and Faversham.

The incident happened on Thursday, December 4, at night. If you have any information call Crimestoppers.

 

Rubens opens at the Royal Academy this weekend

A major exhibition on one of the most influential Flemish painters opens at the Royal Academy this weekend.

Rubens and his Legacy will bring together masterpieces produced during his lifetime, as well as major works by other artists who were influenced by him.

It will run until April 10.

 

Noel Gallagher to play an intimate gig 

Good news for fans of Noel Gallagher fans.

He'll be performing an intimate gig at London's The Dome next month. 

You might need some luck to get a ticket though, as they'll only be available through a ballot system.

The former Oasis man will perform tracks from his new album Chasing Yesterday.

The ballot for tickets closes on Friday afternoon.

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