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Gang member jailed for 20 years for shooting two men

Gang member jailed for 20 years for shooting two men

A Hackney gang member has been jailed for 20 years for shooting two men with a gun that was later used in the killing of a 15-year-old girl. Andrew Gordon, 27 of Urswick Road, was found guilty of the attempted murder of two men, aged 22 and 23 at the time of the…

Project giving “free, independent play” to children

Project giving “free, independent play” to children

Parts of Hackney are being turned into safe play areas for children, reverting to a time when local streets were safe for children to play games and run around without being in danger from cars. Parents are now able to close residential streets for a few hours to allow safe…

MP Meg Hillier visits launch of new Food Cycle hub

MP Meg Hillier visits launch of new Food Cycle hub

A charity serving hot meals has opened a new hub on Ainsworth Street, with the help of the Council and a supermarket’s donations. The new FoodCycle hub collects donated surplus food from Sainsbury’s supermarkets and local independent retailers. The food is prepared by a staff of volunteers, offering around 40…

Hackney Unites leads the march against anti-Semitism

Hackney Unites leads the march against anti-Semitism

Stamford Hill residents have shown their support to back a campaign led by Hackney Unites to tackle an upcoming rally that is set to target the area’s Jewish population. The campaign ‘We Choose HOPE’ responds to a proposed anti-Semitic rally, which is set to take place on March 22 and…

Residents campaign for a sustainable future

Residents campaign for a sustainable future

Residents and campaigners from across Hackney are gearing up to represent the community in the People’s Climate March this weekend. Campaign group, Sustainable Hackney, are looking forward to leading the local convoy in the procession through central London on March 7. The group increases awareness and understanding of environmental issues…

Sexual abuse uncovered by tarot card reader

Sexual abuse uncovered by tarot card reader

A Colombian waiter is facing a jail sentence for the rape of a 12-year-old girl after being identified by a tarot card reader. John Aguiler-Paez, 37, was caught after a fortune-teller told the young girl’s aunt that her niece was being harmed. Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that the abuse stared when…

‘Question Time style’ debate to discuss future of Hackney

‘Question Time style’ debate to discuss future of Hackney

A panel of local experts will be holding a Question Time-style debate to discuss Hackney’s future. The council have organised the debate to allow Hackney residents to voice their concerns and ask questions about the boroughs future. The “State of the Borough” debate is being held at City Academy to launch a…

New Era estate could ‘means-test’ occupants where people on lower incomes will pay less in rent

New Era estate could ‘means-test’ occupants where people on lower incomes will pay less in rent

The wealthiest tenants on the New Era estate in Hoxton could be charged more rent than poorer tenants to keep families being evicted from their homes. Dolphin Living, who took over the estate last year, are considering plans to ‘means-test’ residents in order to calculate affordable rents for low-income households.…

Man sentenced for urinating on paramedic from balcony

Man sentenced for urinating on paramedic from balcony

A man has been sentenced for urinating on both a paramedic and police officer from a 4th floor balcony while laughing. Andrew Whitehead, 22, urinated from a balcony on Shoreditch High Street, on to paramedic Lorna Mcllwaine and an accompanying Police officer as they responded to an emergency call. Mcllwaine,…

Council tax freeze continues into tenth year for Hackney

Council tax freeze continues into tenth year for Hackney

Council tax for Hackney residents has been frozen for the tenth year in a row, despite the financial strain caused by budget cuts. Hackney Council is the only local authority in the country to take this step this year. The council confirmed its central government grant will be cut by…