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Lordship Boys member given life for New Year shooting

Lordship Boys member given life for New Year shooting

Dean Smith, a member of Hackney’s Lordship gang has been sentenced to serve a minimum of 31 years in prison for murdering a 22-year-old in Clerkenwell last year. On December 17, Smith of Stoke Newington, was found guilty by an Old Bailey jury after a 12-week trial of killing Aarron…

Rio Cinema finally finds its name on the bus map

Rio Cinema finally finds its name on the bus map

After a four year battle with Transport for London, Rio Cinema in Dalston has finally got its name on the bus stop outside. Enquiries made of TfL by the local news site, Loving Dalston, has led to the on board announcements and electronic signs being changed as well. The cinema…

The unwanted Olympic legacy: local traders still suffering from Games downturn hope for Christmas boost

The unwanted Olympic legacy: local traders still suffering from Games downturn hope for Christmas boost

With only a week to go until Christmas, businesses across Hackney and Tower Hamlets are relying on festive sales to make up for a loss in custom of up to 70 per cent during this summer’s Olympic Games, a study by Eastlondonlines shows. ELL approached nearly 60 randomly selected high…

Court of Appeal victory in ‘Justice for Joe’ campaign

Court of Appeal victory in ‘Justice for Joe’ campaign

A Stoke Newington man who suffers from bipolar disorder has won his appeal to remain in hospital care rather than be returned to prison to serve his sentence for arson. The decision by the Court of Appeal is a victory for the ‘Justice for Joe’ campaign, which was launched in…

Moby nicked: Hoxton bar raided over cocktail

Moby nicked: Hoxton bar raided over cocktail

The Metropolitan Police raided a popular cocktail bar last week because it sold a drink flavoured by illegal whale skin. Nightjar on City Road, Hoxton, was visited by the Met’s Wildlife Unit on Monday December 3 as a result of their ‘Moby Dick’ cocktail. The cocktail contained the ingredient ‘whale…

‘Lordship Boys’ gang member convicted of murder

‘Lordship Boys’ gang member convicted of murder

A member of Hackney’s ‘Lordship Boys’ gang has been convicted of murdering a man out celebrating his birthday in Clerkenwell. Dean Smith, 26, of Stoke Newington was on Monday found guilty of murdering Aarron McKoy, 22, on New Year’s Day this year. The verdict was returned by a jury at…

Pop-up chapel celebrates impulsive London

Pop-up chapel celebrates impulsive London

Vegas-style weddings came to Shoreditch last weekend, fully equipped with an Elvis impersonator serenading newlyweds in the Little White Chapel. For those who were feeling romantic and impulsive, the newly launched “tonight’s going out” app from YPlan offered the opportunity for an impromptu nuptial at the hands of the King himself…

Gemma McCluskie’s brother pleads guilty to manslaughter

Gemma McCluskie’s brother pleads guilty to manslaughter

Tony McCluskie, 35, the brother of EastEnders actress Gemma McCluskie pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter at the Old Bailey today, December 7. McCluskie appeared in court via video link from Belmarsh prison. He claims to have ‘suffered loss of control’ leading to the actress’s death on…

Old Street ‘Silicon Roundabout’ set for £50m regeneration project – with more corporate investment to follow

Old Street ‘Silicon Roundabout’ set for £50m regeneration project – with more corporate investment to follow

David Cameron and Boris Johnson have announced plans to transform ‘Silicon Roundabout’ into “Europe’s largest indoor civic space”. The government will invest £50m in a regeneration project that aims to transform the centre of Old Street Roundabout into a hub dedicated to startups and entrepreneurs. Speaking at the Urban Age…

Hackney women earn more than male co-workers

Hackney women earn more than male co-workers

Hackney is one of only four areas in the UK where women earn more than men, according to new figures released by the Office of National Statistics. The median annual salary for women in Hackney is higher than that of men. On average, the annual income for women in the…