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Geffrye Museum celebrates the 11 days of Christmas

Geffrye Museum celebrates the 11 days of Christmas

Illuminated reindeers in the garden, Father Christmas themed pub-crawls, last-minute present shopping on Amazon – we all have our personal traditions over the festive season. However, the Geffrye Museum will take visitors on a trip back in time this winter to see what Christmas has been like in English middle-class…

Councillor criticised for charity ‘conflict of interest’

Councillor criticised for charity ‘conflict of interest’

A Hackney councillor failed to manage a “conflict of interest” between a charity and his estate agency, a Charity Commission report has found. A homeless man was referred from Michael Desmond’s charity, House the Homeless, to estate agency On the House, also owned by the councillor. Desmond, the former speaker…

Proud Archivist’s Eureka exhibition is a bright idea

Proud Archivist’s Eureka exhibition is a bright idea

Unseen designs for lava lamps, Superman and more will go on display next week at a new exhibition showcasing some of modern history’s defining moments. The Eureka Moments exhibition opens November 25 at the Proud Archivist in Shoreditch and includes original sketches and notes from the innovators behind the Shanghai…

Abandoned dogs find new home on Hackney Marshes

Abandoned dogs find new home on Hackney Marshes

New kennels providing care for the 250 stray dogs abandoned each year in the borough opened in Hackney Marshes on Friday. The individually-heated kennels offer shelter to the neglected dogs while they receive veterinary care, micro-chipping and rehabilitation training. John Wheatley, head of environmental operations for Hackney Council is in…

Acclaimed graphic novel to launch in Dalston

Acclaimed graphic novel to launch in Dalston

In a small fishing village a mysterious wanderer takes refuge from a storm in a local tavern. There he tells a series of tales and draws his audience into a fantastical world of mermaids, monsters and strangers from the sea. “Tales from the Deep”, a graphic novel anthology which will…

Nitrous oxide no laughing matter for Shoreditch police

Nitrous oxide no laughing matter for Shoreditch police

Police are cracking down on “laughing gas” vendors in Shoreditch, after an anti-social behaviour act gave officers new powers. Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is a legal high inhaled using balloons or canisters, which is named as a result of the temporary “giggling” effect it can produce. Hackney police have described…

TfL to consult public over Cycle Superhighway One plan

TfL to consult public over Cycle Superhighway One plan

Transport for London will hold a public consultation on plans to build a new cycle superhighway, linking parts of Hackney to the City, before the end of the year. Construction could begin as early as June 2015 if the plans are approved, with work being completed in April 2016. The…

Hackney men sentenced for abusing Southend minors

Hackney men sentenced for abusing Southend minors

Two Hackney men have been sentenced to a combined 20 years in prison at Basildon Crown Court today for grooming and sexually abusing underage girls in Southend, Essex. 45 year-old Colin Trotman, and 56 year-old Glenn Dyett will be serving 14 and 6 years for their crimes respectively. Trotman, of…

Crackdown on kerb-crawling in prostitution hotspots

Crackdown on kerb-crawling in prostitution hotspots

Police have launched a series of operations in three prostitution hotspots, harnessing new anti-social behaviour legislation, following on-going complaints from residents about disruptive activity. Along with targeting kerb-crawling, driving around looking to solicit sex, the legislation introduced last month enables officers to disperse anyone likely to commit crime or create…

Inquest into primary school’s care after child dies

Inquest into primary school’s care after child dies

A Hackney mother is demanding answers after her son, who was born with a hole in his heart, died in the care of his primary school. Lorna Williams was called to Berger Primary School on October 23 with reports that nine-year-old Rasharn Williams was having a “panic attack” due to…

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