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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.…

Man charged with the death of mother and baby

Man charged with the death of mother and baby

A man from Hackney has been charged with the murder of a mother and baby last month. Roland McKoy, 53 of Oswald’s Mead, was charged with the murders of Valerie Forde and Jahzarah McKoy yesterday. The 45-year-old mother and her 23-month-old baby, were pronounced dead at a house on the…

Fairground festival set to hit Haggerston for ten weekends

Fairground festival set to hit Haggerston for ten weekends

This weekend a new attraction will be lighting up Haggertson as Dominic Cools-Lartigue, the pioneer of urban food market, Street Feast, launches his latest project, Fairground. An office block on 260 Kingsland Road, which has been empty for the past ten years, will be taken over by the festival which…

Hackney shop owners unite to stop underage knife sales

Hackney shop owners unite to stop underage knife sales

A pledge signed by every business that sells knives in Hackney was finalised on Friday in a bid to reduce underage knife sales in the borough. The pledge, which was signed by 26 shops, promotes the responsible retailing of knives and prevents illegal sales to underage people. The  “No ID,…

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…