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Stratford shopping centre stabbing: teenager sentenced

Stratford shopping centre stabbing: teenager sentenced

A teenage footballer from Hackney has been sentenced to at least 18 years for murdering a man at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford just weeks before the 2012 Olympic Games. Shoppers were confronted with a “horrific scene of complete bedlam” when the throwing of a yoghurt pot sparked a…

How the welfare reforms affect you: Hackney

How the welfare reforms affect you: Hackney

On average claimant households are set to be the 6th biggest losers as a result of the welfare reforms when compared to England. For those receiving housing allowance they will see their income cut on average by nearly £2000 and the 1% will see every claimant household £381, the second…

Jermain Jackman: reactions to the winning performance

Jermain Jackman: reactions to the winning performance

Hackney rejoiced as the borough’s singer Jermain Jackman beat Christina Marie and Sally Barker in The Voice’s live final last night. An estimated 7.7m viewers tuned in to see Jackman become the shows first ever male winner. His performances of ‘Wrecking Ball’, ‘Pure Imagination’ and ‘I Am Telling You’ saw…

Re-opening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Re-opening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The Olympic Park re-opened to the public this morning for the first time since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. The games may have ended 19 months ago but the action at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford never stopped. The park, now dubbed the “Southbank for the East…

Hackney police stamp out Smartphone crime

Hackney police stamp out Smartphone crime

Hackney’s theft and handling crimes have seen a significant drop in the last twelve months, according to recent data released by the Metropolitan police. This is following a successful two-pronged attack by a team of 600 police officers in Hackney, committed to increasing awareness of Smartphone theft and limiting opportunities…

Property prices in Shoreditch overtake Notting Hill Gate

Property prices in Shoreditch overtake Notting Hill Gate

East really is the new west as Shoreditch has overtaken Notting Hill Gate in the average price for a one bedroom flat under the £1m mark. Shoreditch now matches and overtakes Notting Hill Gate in both the price per square foot and the average price for one bedroomed flats under…

Hackney school could face exams ban under new rules

Hackney school could face exams ban under new rules

Qualification regulator Ofqual has placed a ban on schools redacting exam papers for religious reasons following criticism of a Jewish secondary school in Hackney. Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School blacked out questions on evolution on 52 papers in GCSE science exams last summer, making it impossible for the pupils to answer the questions so…

Murder investigation: death of mother and baby

Murder investigation: death of mother and baby

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman and her baby daughter were found dead in Hackney. Valerie Forde the 45-year-old mother, and Jahzarah McKoy her 23-month-old baby, were pronounced dead at a house in Oswald’s Mead in E9 on Monday, March 31. Police arrived shortly…

Sentenced: 19 months for killing homeless man

Sentenced: 19 months for killing homeless man

A 37-year-old man has been jailed  for 19 months, after being found guilty of killing a homeless man in Hackney last November. Rafal Lewsza, 37, of Leaside Road, Clapton, was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Miroslaw Glaza, a 50 year old Polish man, at Snaresbrook…

Angry debate over Hackney pedestrianisation

Angry debate over Hackney pedestrianisation

“All business is gone. It’s getting worse and worse everyday.” Pawan Chawla, director of the shop Designer Baby on Narrow Way in Hackney, looks outside the window and shakes his head. “You can ask anybody around here. The difference is striking,” he continues, now pointing to the other side of…