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Get the beards in: Jolly Butchers beard award

Get the beards in: Jolly Butchers beard award

The Jolly Butchers in Stoke Newington has been named Beard Friendly Pub Of the Year by the Beard Liberation Front. The title stays in Hackney for another 12 months after The Jolly Butchers edged out the Urban Tap House in Cardiff by just two votes. The Cock Tavern on Mare…

Woman arrested on suspicion of terrorism at airport

Woman arrested on suspicion of terrorism at airport

  An 18-year-old woman was arrested at Stansted Airport by counter-terrorism officers on Saturday. This incident follows the arrest of a 21-year-old man in Hackney on October 29 last year, who was also arrested under the Terrorist Act 2006 and bailed until later this month. The woman was arrested on…

Motorists angry at expensive box junction fines

Motorists angry at expensive box junction fines

Hackney motorists claim Tfl uses a single box junction camera to make nearly £1 million in penalty charges. The yellow box junction camera, next to Homerton Fire Station on Homerton High Street, is designed to keep fire engines moving in case of emergency. The figures, released under a Freedom of Information…

Concerns raised over gentrification of Shoreditch and Spitalfields after plans for seven new tower buildings

Concerns raised over gentrification of Shoreditch and Spitalfields after plans for seven new tower buildings

An application to build seven towers between Shoreditch and Spitalfields has raised concerns about affordable housing and the gentrification in one of London’s poorest areas. Only 10 per cent of the homes in the Goods Yard development will be allocated to affordable housing. Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, has…

Update: Fourth teen charged with Malenge’s murder

Update: Fourth teen charged with Malenge’s murder

A fourth teenager has been charged with murder after 17-year-old Jeremie Malenge was stabbed to death in Homerton. The 17-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Stratford Youth Court on Friday. He is due to appear in custody at the Old Bailey today. Three teenagers –…

18-year-old’s terror arrest linked to arrest in Hackney

18-year-old’s terror arrest linked to arrest in Hackney

Counter-terrorism officers have arrested an 18-year-old woman at Stansted airport, in an incident thought to be related to an arrest made in Hackney last year. The woman, who has not yet been identified by police, was arrested at approximately 4:00 pm yesterday afternoon. She was arrested on suspicion of the…

Ten-year-old artist captures borough through painting

Ten-year-old artist captures borough through painting

Ten-year-old artist Marina Gruzer, who has dedicated her time to capturing Hackney through art, will have her work shown in an exhibition at the Long White Cloud café next week. Born in Russia, Gruzer moved to England five years ago. She has since spent months travelling from her home just…

Men get lengthy jail sentences for stabbing boy in eye

Men get lengthy jail sentences for stabbing boy in eye

Three men have been sentenced for a total of 44 years for a stabbing in Dalston that left a teenage boy partially blind. The trio, who appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday, assaulted the teenager outside the ‘Chicken Klub’ takeaway in Shacklewell Lane on April 4 last year. The…

Update: Two teenagers charged with Malenge murder

Update: Two teenagers charged with Malenge murder

Two teenage boys have been charged with the murder of Jeremie Malenge, who was stabbed to death near Homerton High Street last week. Malenge was found with fatal stab wounds on January 6 on Ponsford Street. A post-mortem examination at Poplar Mortuary confirmed that the cause of death was stab wounds…

Hoxton Hotels condemned after “jesuisCharlie” hashtag

Hoxton Hotels condemned after “jesuisCharlie” hashtag

The hotel chain Hoxton Hotels has been condemned for using the hashtag “JesuisCharlie” to promote their new premises opening in Paris. Both of the London Hoxton hotels have received heavy criticism after the Shoreditch hotel posted: “Proud to be opening our second European hotel in Paris 2016. Very chic don’t…