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New ping pong club comes to Hackney promising 95 jobs

New ping pong club comes to Hackney promising 95 jobs

  A derelict car park on Old Street, once notorious for drug crime, may soon become a ping pong centre. The London borough of Hackney has recently received a planning application from Bounce to transform the basement of 239-241 Old Street into a table tennis club.  The proposed club would…

Rapist photographer sentenced to seven years for sexually assaulting models in his studio

Rapist photographer sentenced to seven years for sexually assaulting models in his studio

A  Hackney fashion photographer has been given a seven-year jail sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting two of his models. Shaun Colclough, 40, who was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court, had previously been convicted of raping an 85-year-old woman when he was 22. His studio in Hackney Wick was the scene for his attacks. There, he…

Shoreditch parks receive £100,000 for pioneer project

Shoreditch parks receive £100,000 for pioneer project

Parks in Hackney are to benefit from a £100,000 boost to create opportunities for business investment and new jobs. A new project called Park Hack will receive the amount plus a package of support to invest in the borough’s park for the next 18 months. It was chosen along with ten…

Hackney bans the sale of Nitrous Oxide

Hackney bans the sale of Nitrous Oxide

More than 1,200 nitrous gas canisters were confiscated from the pubs and clubs of Shoreditch last Saturday, as Hackney Council banned the sale of the gas on the streets. The council have resorted to using Section 38 of the London Local Authority Act from 1990, which allows the local authorities…

Hackney Council proposes to take back council homes

Hackney Council proposes to take back council homes

Hackney Council is proposing to take back the management of council homes in a move that has been welcomed by Hackney Council Leaseholders. ‘Hackney Homes’ was set up in 2006 as a not for profit organisation to manage council housing stock and deliver the ‘Decent Homes’ Programme of improvements to…

The ArcelorMittal Orbit will open for three nights this summer

The ArcelorMittal Orbit will open for three nights this summer

  For spectacular views over Canary Wharf  and the Shard, you can now climb 114.5 metres up the twisting red steel structure that towers over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The ArcelorMittal Orbit will open its doors for only three Friday’s, August 8, 15 and 22, offering a hypnotic view as…

Man and girl stopped at Heathrow on suspicion of FGM

Man and girl stopped at Heathrow on suspicion of FGM

  Two people have been arrested in East London for conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation (FGM). A woman, 40, was arrested in Hackney on Saturday and a man, 72, a Ugandan national was arrested in Newham after he had arrived at Heathrow on Friday morning, with an 11 year old…

Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future Cancelled – Again!

Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future Cancelled – Again!

  Secret Cinema has scrapped the screening of ‘Back to the Future’ for the second night in a row – and again just hours before it was due to start. The outdoor screening of the 1980s classic time travel comedy cost was due to open on Thursday at 5.15pm with…

Find Mira Sadowska, missing since Thursday

Find Mira Sadowska, missing since Thursday

The family of a 21-year-old Polish woman living in Hackney are “very worried about her ” after she was reported missing yesterday. Mira Sadowska has not been seen since leaving her home in Stoke Newington in a distressed state at around 5.30pm on Thursday, July 24. A spokesperson from Hackney…

Great Scott! Secret Cinema cancel Hackney screening at 11th Hour

Great Scott! Secret Cinema cancel Hackney screening at 11th Hour

  Secret Cinemas’ much hyped opening night screening of ‘Back to the Future’ in Hackney was cancelled last night  and has been cancelled again this evening.  Organisers said on their official facebook page, they had “no choice but to cancel” after coming across a “number of issues we have not…