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Shit London awards to celebrate city’s oddities

Shit London awards to celebrate city’s oddities

The second annual celebration of London’s most unusual, disfigured and comical corners is set to take place in Hoxton next Thursday. Organisers of the Shit London Awards 2012 are asking the public to submit pictures for categories including ugliest building, best/worst shop name, most depressing view from work and best…

Hackney man charged with Gaynor Bale murder

Hackney man charged with Gaynor Bale murder

A man from Hackney has been charged with the murder of Gaynor Bale, 34, after she was found dead in her home on November 22. Douglas Samuel, 34, of Marian Court, appeared in custody at the Old Bailey on November 28 charged with murdering Gaynor Bale in her home of…

Hoxton music hall raises curtain on £1.8m grant

Hoxton music hall raises curtain on £1.8m grant

  The Hoxton Hall has received a grant of £1.8m that will enable the historic Grade II listed building to become a youth centre, theatre and heritage tourist destination. The grant comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund and will provide the necessary funds to refurbish the original 149-year-old building, and…

Hackney sixth formers to get Oxbridge mentoring

Hackney sixth formers to get Oxbridge mentoring

Sixth form pupils from Brooke House Sixth Form College in Hackney will get fortnightly tuition from Oxbridge postgraduates as part of a new social mobility project. The sixth form, known as Bsix, has partnered with education charity Villiers Park Educational Trust to provide mentoring and improve access to higher education…

Photojournalists bring Clapton organ shortage to life

Photojournalists bring Clapton organ shortage to life

A ‘real shortage’ in organ donations by ethnic communities will be the target of photo billboards in Hackney in the New Year. Inexchange is the latest project by Clapton-based photojournalists Alex Pielak and Tilley Harris, which will use images of black and Asian patients who need organ donations to “tell…

Outrage at buried image of Stokey Sainsbury’s plans

Outrage at buried image of Stokey Sainsbury’s plans

Stoke Newington residents and business owners have expressed outrage at an image of the proposed Sainsbury’s development on Church Street. This view of the development, as it would appear from across  the high street, was not displayed at the exhibition for residents of the area. It was un-earthed  by local…

Council refuses to hear anti-Veolia protestors

Council refuses to hear anti-Veolia protestors

A meeting of Hackney Council on Wednesday blocked a delegation of residents from speaking on the tender process for two North London Waste Authority contracts. The deputation intended to urge councillors, specifically the two Hackney NWLA delegates, to oppose awarding the contracts for waste disposal and recycling to Veolia due the company’s…

Killer jailed for life after stabbing girlfriend 29 times

Killer jailed for life after stabbing girlfriend 29 times

  A Hackney man  received a life sentence at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, for stabbing his girlfriend 29 times, just hours after making a New Year’s resolution to stop hurting her. On Tuesday, Pond Farm Estate resident Myles Williams, 19, was found guilty of killing Kirsty Treloar, 20, in…

STEM academy planning to launch in Hackney next year

STEM academy planning to launch in Hackney next year

A new free school for technical education is planning to open in Hackney in September 2013. STEM Academy will teach science, technology, engineering and maths for 16 to19 year olds. The team behind establishing the school is currently looking for a principal and a specific location, with plans to open…

Shopkeepers fear parking charges will damage business

Shopkeepers fear parking charges will damage business

A proposed pay and display scheme that contradicts Government guidelines may cause the death of shops in Victoria Park, traders say. Hackney Council have put forward plans for tighter parking regulations around Victoria Park Village, home to an array of small, independent shops and eateries. The proposal is a response…