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Hackney Mayor fears the Crossrail 2 may rise housing prices

Hackney Mayor fears the Crossrail 2 may rise housing prices

Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, has welcomed plans for Crossrail 2 but raised concerns that the development of the tube line may push house prices up in the borough. Plans are well underway for the underground tube line between south-west and north-east London, which will link Hackney to central London…

UK Voice star sings praises of Hackney Youth Parliament

UK Voice star sings praises of Hackney Youth Parliament

Jermain Jackman, winner of the UK Voice, has encouraged young residents to get involved in the Hackney Youth Parliament (HYP). Jackman, 19, who was coached by singer Will.i.am on the hit BBC talent contest, was an elected member of the HYP from 2010 to 2012. “I started my journey with…

Council launches living wage project for 100 youngsters

Council launches living wage project for 100 youngsters

Hackney Council has launched a work project that offers 100 job placements with a “London Living Wage” of £8.80 an hour for students aged 16 and 17. Called the Hackney 100 Project, the initiative provides four hours’ work a week for young people starting in September and for a minimum…

More than a quarter of Hackney children ‘overweight’

More than a quarter of Hackney children ‘overweight’

More than a quarter of all children in Hackney are “overweight or obese” when they start school, according to a new health report. The Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for Hackney and the City of London, says Hackney has one of the highest levels of childhood obesity…

Poll backs Abbott as Labour’s London Mayoral choice

Poll backs Abbott as Labour’s London Mayoral choice

  Dianne Abbott, the long serving MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington could become the Labour candidate in the 2016 London Mayoral elections according to a recent YouGov poll. Over 1,000 London adults were asked chose between Abbot and former Olympics supremo Tessa Jowell MP as the best Labour…

Crowds cheer on runners in Run Hackney half marathon

Crowds cheer on runners in Run Hackney half marathon

Large crowds turned out yesterday to support the 12, 000 runners who braved the heat to take part in the first Run Hackney half marathon. The race started and finished on Hackney Marsh and took runners through Hackney Downs, past the Hackney Empire and on to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic…

Members express shock after gym closes down suddenly

Members express shock after gym closes down suddenly

A ladies-only gym in Hackney has shut suddenly, leaving 13 staff without jobs and members facing the loss of hundreds of pounds of subscription fees. Sunstone womens-only club, based in Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, boasted facilities including a swimming pool, gym and a salon.  It had been in business for…

Man who absconded from mental health facility arrested

Man who absconded from mental health facility arrested

  A patient from a mental health facility in Homerton who escaped custody on Saturday has been arrested. Police said Antony Knowles,  48, who went missing while on escorted leave was arrested at an address in Hackney on Monday evening. Police who advised the public not to approach Knowles thanked…

Three new free schools approved in Hackney

Three new free schools approved in Hackney

Three new free schools in Hackney were approved by Education Secretary Michael Gove on Thursday, creating over 260 extra school spaces in the borough. The schools which will open in September next year are Hackney New Primary School, Dalston Free Primary School and secondary school Hackney Wick Academy. Free schools…

Fears for missing 74-year-old man with dementia

Fears for missing 74-year-old man with dementia

Concerns have been raised for a 74-year-old man with advanced dementia who is missing from his Hackney home and has not been seen since Wednesday. Abhoulahi Ndoye, was last seen on Leabridge Road, at the junction with Albany Road in Waltham Forest, wearing a black jacket with a big collar,…