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Berner Street achieved notoriety as the scene of one of the Whitechapel Murders in 1888, the murder of Elizabeth Stride occurring on the night of the supposed ‘double event’ (30th September 1888); a notoriety that would in time result in its name being changed to Henriques Street. The next street to the east in the parish of St. George’s-In-The-East is Batty Street, which runs parallel with Berner Street from Commercial Road as far as Fairclough Street, unlike its neighbouring street, which then carries on as far as Ellen Street. Batty Street itself had achieved some notoriety in the previous year, 1887, as the scene of the murder of Miriam Angel at No. 16, a murder that led to the conviction and execution of Israel Lobulsk, known better as Israel Lipski. Its proximity to Berner Street and the fact that ‘Lipski’ was allegedly shouted as a racial taunt to a Jewish witness of events linked to the murder of Elizabeth Stride, have been the main reasons for Batty Street being linked to the Whitechapel Murders.