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Charity wins £50,000 to reduce knife crime

Charity wins £50,000 to reduce knife crime

A charity in Hackney has received almost £50,000, to fund a project aimed at reducing the level of knife violence in the borough. The Crib, a youth group giving opportunities to young people, will use the £50,000 grant from The Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund, to work with kids, ex-gang members,…

Life on Regent’s Canal cuts bills for houseboat lovers

Life on Regent’s Canal cuts bills for houseboat lovers

On Regent’s Canal, the houseboats lining the walkways have become an integral part of the East London landscape. Yet, these bright boats aren’t just decorative niceties – the economic advantages of living on a houseboat are luring an increasing number of Londoners into making this lifestyle change. The Residential Boat…

Campaigners take Sainsbury’s battle to high court

Campaigners take Sainsbury’s battle to high court

Campaigners opposed to a new Sainsbury’s in Stoke Newington will receive news in the coming weeks on whether they will hear both submitted judicial reviews at a court hearing in May. Anti-development group Stokey Local group are against a new Sainsbury’s supermarket planned for Wilmers Place, Stoke Newington, and won the…

Hackney recycling stagnant despite go green initiatives

Hackney recycling stagnant despite go green initiatives

Recycling rates in Hackney have remained stagnant despite the launch of a new recycling scheme last year aimed at increasing participation. Data from the Hackney Council shows that recycling rates have hovered around 25 per cent since the middle of 2009. Last year Hackney introduced a ‘commingling’ recycling system that…

Hoxton doctor declared innocent of female genital mutilation

Hoxton doctor declared innocent of female genital mutilation

A vaginal plastic surgeon has been cleared of allegedly conducting female genital mutilation (FGM) on a 33-year-old patient. Dr Sureshkumar Pandya working from Regency Clinic in Hoxton performed the cosmetic vaginal operation, referred to as labia reduction or labiaplasty, in 2012. The patient came out of her own volition, trying…

Borough leads the way for art and property businesses

Borough leads the way for art and property businesses

The creative arts industry in Hackney is the borough’s second fastest growing sector and is the largest of all the ELL boroughs. The business structure of Hackney has changed significantly since 2001, with a general decline in manufacturing and wholesale industries. Between 2000 and 2003, Hackney experienced the third highest…

Police appeal for gang who stabbed teenager in the face

Police appeal for gang who stabbed teenager in the face

A 15-year-old boy stabbed in the face by a gang in Hackney remains in a critical condition in hospital. Hackney Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following the incident on Friday April 4. The victim was found just after 6pm in Amhurst Road, following the attack outside fast…

Hit and run collisions in Hackney on the increase

Hit and run collisions in Hackney on the increase

New Metropolitan Police figures revealed that Hackney has the third highest number of hit and run casualties in London. In 2012, the latest year for which figures are available, there were nearly 4,000 injuries arising from hit and run collisions across London. The figures show an increase each year from 2009.…

Free Cakes For Kids: Hackney’s borough bake off

Free Cakes For Kids: Hackney’s borough bake off

Imagine if on your eighth birthday you hadn’t had a cake. No song, no blowing on candles, no getting the first slice. That day, which in terms of excitement for a child is only second to Christmas, would not have felt very special after all. Many families in Hackney can’t…

Hackney wins gold for Olympic sporting legacy as the borough’s parent participation numbers hit record levels

Hackney wins gold for Olympic sporting legacy as the borough’s parent participation numbers hit record levels

Legacy was the big theme at the London Olympic Games, throughout the bidding process, grand building projects, sporting events and infrastructure adaptation. In Hackney the emphasis seems to have paid off. Data shows that in the 15 months since the 2012 Olympics, the number of adults engaging in sport has increased.…

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