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Hackney school could face exams ban under new rules

Hackney school could face exams ban under new rules

Qualification regulator Ofqual has placed a ban on schools redacting exam papers for religious reasons following criticism of a Jewish secondary school in Hackney. Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School blacked out questions on evolution on 52 papers in GCSE science exams last summer, making it impossible for the pupils to answer the questions so…

Murder investigation: death of mother and baby

Murder investigation: death of mother and baby

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman and her baby daughter were found dead in Hackney. Valerie Forde the 45-year-old mother, and Jahzarah McKoy her 23-month-old baby, were pronounced dead at a house in Oswald’s Mead in E9 on Monday, March 31. Police arrived shortly…

Sentenced: 19 months for killing homeless man

Sentenced: 19 months for killing homeless man

A 37-year-old man has been jailed  for 19 months, after being found guilty of killing a homeless man in Hackney last November. Rafal Lewsza, 37, of Leaside Road, Clapton, was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Miroslaw Glaza, a 50 year old Polish man, at Snaresbrook…

Angry debate over Hackney pedestrianisation

Angry debate over Hackney pedestrianisation

“All business is gone. It’s getting worse and worse everyday.” Pawan Chawla, director of the shop Designer Baby on Narrow Way in Hackney, looks outside the window and shakes his head. “You can ask anybody around here. The difference is striking,” he continues, now pointing to the other side of…

Eccentric wedding fair to march into Hackney this April

Eccentric wedding fair to march into Hackney this April

An event for the most fashion savvy and unconventional brides and grooms is coming to Hackney next week. A Most Curious Wedding Fair, a bridal show featuring all sorts of vintage and quirky dresses and props, is heading to Hackney Down Studios this spring with exhibitors from the UK, Europe and…

UPDATE: 15-year-old boy to appear in court charged with the murder of Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh in Hackney

UPDATE: 15-year-old boy to appear in court charged with the murder of Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh in Hackney

A teenage boy has been charged with the murder of Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh, a 15-year-old girl who was shot dead at a house in Eastway on Saturday. The boy, who is 15-years-old, will appear at Stratford Magistrates Court later today Responding to reports of the shooting on Saturday, officers arrived…

Support network for ASBO victims hopes for expansion

Support network for ASBO victims hopes for expansion

A support network for anti-social behaviour victims has revealed its intention to provide more officers in Hackney after receiving positive feedback on its initial work in the borough. Hackney has had a council-funded officer providing support to ASB victims since September 2013, but due to the success of the project,…

Campaigners fight on against Stoke Newington Sainsbury’s

Campaigners fight on against Stoke Newington Sainsbury’s

Campaigners opposed to a new Sainsbury’s in Stoke Newington are set to bring a second action against Hackney council at the High Court. Stokey Local believe the new development on Wilmer Place would affect the character of the area by threatening local independent stores and imposing on the listed park…

Suspects sought after man stabbed and carjacked

Suspects sought after man stabbed and carjacked

Police are appealing for information to help locate suspects after a man was stabbed in the arm and had his car stolen in Hackney. Reports were made to the police at approximately 5pm on Saturday 15 March reporting a man being chased along Nightingale Road, E5. Officers arrived on the…

Hackney students produce royal palace documentary

Hackney students produce royal palace documentary

A group of Hackney students have attracted Royal attention for producing a film that goes behind the scenes of Buckingham Palace, to boost interest in people from all walks of life to work for the Royal family. The 10-minute documentary includes interviews with majority of the departments that run the…