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Victims of Hackney sex attacker share ordeals to encourage others to report the ‘monster’ photographer

Victims of Hackney sex attacker share ordeals to encourage others to report the ‘monster’ photographer

Two models who were sexually assaulted by a Hackney fashion photographer tell ELL of their ordeals in the hope they may encourage other victims to come forward. Photographer Shaun Colclogh, 40, was handed a seven year sentence for assault at the Snaresbrook Crown Court on August 1, 2014. The two…

Hackney couple jailed in £2,500 Paddy Power robbery

Hackney couple jailed in £2,500 Paddy Power robbery

A betting shop worker faked a robbery with her boyfriend to grab £2,500 from Paddy Power, a court heard. Paulina Chrzanowska, 27, worked in the Mare Street branch of the bookmakers in Hackney and had the job of delivering the takings to the post office. CCTV footage showed Chrzanowska and…

No smoking near children in Hackney’s Clissold Park

No smoking near children in Hackney’s Clissold Park

Hackney Council has introduced smoke-free zones in the parts of Clissold Park used extensively by children. This extends the existing smoking ban operating in the play areas of 13 major parks across the borough. The smoke free zone seeks to avoid children being exposed to smoking as, according to Hackney Council,…

Hackney launches new safe cycling campaign

Hackney launches new safe cycling campaign

Hackney Council has launched a new safe cycling campaign called “Watch Out for Me!” days after a resident was killed in a cycling accident. Chris Tandy, from Hackney, died on Saturday night after colliding with oncoming traffic on London Bridge in what witnesses described as a ”tragic accident”. The 28-year-old became the…

New ping pong club comes to Hackney promising 95 jobs

New ping pong club comes to Hackney promising 95 jobs

  A derelict car park on Old Street, once notorious for drug crime, may soon become a ping pong centre. The London borough of Hackney has recently received a planning application from Bounce to transform the basement of 239-241 Old Street into a table tennis club.  The proposed club would…

Rapist photographer sentenced to seven years for sexually assaulting models in his studio

Rapist photographer sentenced to seven years for sexually assaulting models in his studio

A  Hackney fashion photographer has been given a seven-year jail sentence after being convicted of sexually assaulting two of his models. Shaun Colclough, 40, who was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court, had previously been convicted of raping an 85-year-old woman when he was 22. His studio in Hackney Wick was the scene for his attacks. There, he…

Shoreditch parks receive £100,000 for pioneer project

Shoreditch parks receive £100,000 for pioneer project

Parks in Hackney are to benefit from a £100,000 boost to create opportunities for business investment and new jobs. A new project called Park Hack will receive the amount plus a package of support to invest in the borough’s park for the next 18 months. It was chosen along with ten…

Hackney bans the sale of Nitrous Oxide

Hackney bans the sale of Nitrous Oxide

More than 1,200 nitrous gas canisters were confiscated from the pubs and clubs of Shoreditch last Saturday, as Hackney Council banned the sale of the gas on the streets. The council have resorted to using Section 38 of the London Local Authority Act from 1990, which allows the local authorities…

Hackney Council proposes to take back council homes

Hackney Council proposes to take back council homes

Hackney Council is proposing to take back the management of council homes in a move that has been welcomed by Hackney Council Leaseholders. ‘Hackney Homes’ was set up in 2006 as a not for profit organisation to manage council housing stock and deliver the ‘Decent Homes’ Programme of improvements to…

The ArcelorMittal Orbit will open for three nights this summer

The ArcelorMittal Orbit will open for three nights this summer

  For spectacular views over Canary Wharf  and the Shard, you can now climb 114.5 metres up the twisting red steel structure that towers over Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The ArcelorMittal Orbit will open its doors for only three Friday’s, August 8, 15 and 22, offering a hypnotic view as…