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Paralympic legacy honoured with orchard in Queen Elizabeth Park

Paralympic legacy honoured with orchard in Queen Elizabeth Park

An area of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be dedicated to the London 2012 Paralympic Games with plans to build an orchard in the middle of the park, forming a link between its northern and southern ends. It will be named Mandeville Place, after the birthplace of the Paralympic…

Hackney thief banned from all of London’s pubs

Hackney thief banned from all of London’s pubs

A known Hackney thief became the first person to get banned from all of London’s pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs after receiving one of the last ASBOs issued in this country. Rodney Williams, 34, from Hackney was given an ASBO which forbids him from entering any business that serves alcohol.…

Shoreditch community concerned over hotel boom

Shoreditch community concerned over hotel boom

Shoreditch is expecting a hotel boom with seven new hotels set to open in the area over the next two years. Many of these will be luxurious or “boutique” hotels, expanding tourists’ choice of upmarket accommodations in the diverse East End. Even though the arrival of new hotels is usually…

Hackney Youth Parliament’s new members elected

Hackney Youth Parliament’s new members elected

This year’s Hackney Youth Parliament election saw a record turnout as 24 11-19 year olds were elected to represent their borough. The elected representatives were announced on Wednesday, October 15 at the Forest Road Young Hackney Centre, and around 100 children turned up to hear the results. A 47 per cent…

Hackney Fashion Lab to support young designers

Hackney Fashion Lab to support young designers

The Trampery Fashion Lab launched on Tuesday in Hackney, attracting a curious crowd of students and designers excited to have the first look at the new project. The Fashion Lab, located at London Fields’ social enterprise site The Trampery, is now be open to the public offering work space and…

Hackney development gets shut down by council

Hackney development gets shut down by council

A development in Leswin Place, Stoke Newington, has been stopped by Hackney council because it is in breach of planning permission. Hackney Council issued a 28-day temporary Stop Notice to the developer on September 26, after receiving complaints by locals. A council spokesperson said: “This will be followed by an…

Stokey Local and Hackney in High Court battle

Stokey Local and Hackney in High Court battle

The development of a new Sainsbury’s supermarket in Stoke Newington is being debated in the High Court right now (14-16 October). The people behind the Stokey Local campaign will argue that the council’s decision to grant permission to Newmark to build a new Sainsbury’s and 53 flats was unlawful. The…

Hackney teenager jailed after fatal stabbing

Hackney teenager jailed after fatal stabbing

A Hackney teenager was jailed for 17 years for stabbing a 20-year-old man in a gang-related crime. Daniel Campbell, 18, stabbed opposing gang member Lamarni Hylton-Reid outside a shop on Homerton High Street in an unprovoked attack on August 21 last year. CCTV captured the moments before the stabbing which…

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

Lewisham NHS workers took part in a four-hour nationwide strike today in an attempt to secure a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff. The strike, which was expected to affect NHS services across England and parts of Northern Ireland, had an impressive turnout in the Lewisham borough as ambulance…

Kidnapper escapes Homerton mental health centre

Kidnapper escapes Homerton mental health centre

Another patient of the Homerton mental health centre has  escaped during supervised leave five months after Samuel Lee, who served time for rape, and a year after Lerone Boye, a convicted killer, who was at large for three months. Shane Hart ran away on a group tour  and was last seen…