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Teenage pregnancies drop by half since 1998

Teenage pregnancies drop by half since 1998

Tower Hamlets’ teenage pregnancy rates have dropped by more than 45 per cent  since 1998, according to new figures. New data, released by the Office for National Statistics, show that pregnancy rates among 15-17 year-olds in the borough have seen a steady decline the last decade although the proportion of…

Police increase patrols after incidents involving children

Police increase patrols after incidents involving children

Police have stepped up patrols in Sydenham after two recent incidents involving young children in the area led to fears that a serial child abductor was at large School officers and Safe Neighbourhood Teams have increased patrols in some parts of the area and have reassured parents they are working…

Heat rises and hearts flutter as FLYING IBEX hit the stage

Heat rises and hearts flutter as FLYING IBEX hit the stage

  As the last tune plays out, the fluttering of dozens of girls’ hearts almost drown out the applause and cheers erupting from the crowd. The room on the top floor at Ritzys in Brixton is hot and crowded and it’s obvious that most of the audience is secretly disappointed…

Eastlondonlines finds out what makes east Londoners joyful on International Day of Happiness

Eastlondonlines finds out what makes east Londoners joyful on International Day of Happiness

Today is the world’s first International Day of Happiness. Created by the UN to recognise happiness as a global human goal, this day gives us all a chance to reflect over what makes us happy in life. ELL went out and asked the people in Lewisham, Tower Hamlets, Croydon and Hackney: What…

Hackney youth initiative in bloom after receiving £91,000

Hackney youth initiative in bloom after receiving £91,000

St. Mary’s Secret Garden is in full bloom after receiving an award of £91,000 to train 48 young people with learning disabilities and mental health conditions. The community-driven garden project, located in the middle of Hackney, has promoted the importance of urban green spaces for more than 25 years. City…

Hackney farmers find solution to carbon footprint

Hackney farmers find solution to carbon footprint

Tomatoes from Italy, apples from Chile and broccoli from Spain, all spotless and carefully wrapped in plastic as if freshly picked a couple of hours ago. They may look and sound very appealing, but the fact that the average tomato travels more than 1800 miles to reach London is not…

Councillor Joshua Peck talks nerves, joy and fatherhood

Councillor Joshua Peck talks nerves, joy and fatherhood

  Joshua Peck, Labour Councillor for Bow West, is a very busy man: “Is it ok if I squeeze you in, when going from one meeting to another?” The first time I met him he was weeding public flowerbeds at St Matthews Church Yard. But now his life is about…

Transport for London is taking my bank account for a ride

Transport for London is taking my bank account for a ride

It’s the first day back at uni, and I am late. While running towards the train station, I fish the £78 for my monthly travel ticket out of the wallet. At the ticket machine I desperately start pressing the buttons while holding my Oyster Card to the touchpad. But what’s…

Countdown to Christmas: What’s open Christmas Day

Countdown to Christmas: What’s open Christmas Day

Looking for a place to eat, do some last minute Christmas grocery shopping or get in a festive pint? It’s not too late to go out- not everything is closed on December 25, and ELL has got the rundown of the best pubs, restaurants and shops open on Christmas Day.…

Countdown to Christmas: where to buy the best trees

Countdown to Christmas: where to buy the best trees

Nothing says Christmas more than the smell of pine needles, so much so that Christmas trees have avoided the clutches of the recession, according to experts. Kelty Kaston, owner of The Christmas Forest, which has 7 branches throughout the capital including one in Stoke Newington, says that sales of trees…

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