East Londoners vow to "reclaim towpath" from criminals

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East Londoners vow to "reclaim towpath" from criminals

More than 250 people who regularly use a canal towpath in east London say they now avoid the area because of safety fears.

The research was carried out after a number of violent muggings along part of the River Lea during the summer.

Those who live there have launched a reclaim the towpath campaign, with some even taking self-defence classes.

Helen Brice lives on a boat on the canal and spoke to Anthony Baxter.

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