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More strikes expected opposing academisation

More strikes expected opposing academisation

A second strike in three weeks will take place in four Lewisham schools on Thursday over plans to turn local schools into academies. National Union of Teachers (NUT) members at Sedgehill, Hilly Fields, Ladywell Fields and the Vale schools, all of which have been threatened with academy status, will be…

Crystal Palace midfielder charged with violent conduct

Crystal Palace midfielder charged with violent conduct

Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has been charged by the FA over an alleged act of violent conduct. The incident happened towards the end of Palace’s victorious 3-1 match on Saturday at Upton Park. The 30-year-old Australian Jedinak, who played the whole match, allegedly elbowed West Ham’s Diafro Sakho in the…

New Era estate could ‘means-test’ occupants where people on lower incomes will pay less in rent

New Era estate could ‘means-test’ occupants where people on lower incomes will pay less in rent

The wealthiest tenants on the New Era estate in Hoxton could be charged more rent than poorer tenants to keep families being evicted from their homes. Dolphin Living, who took over the estate last year, are considering plans to ‘means-test’ residents in order to calculate affordable rents for low-income households.…

Man sentenced for attacking girlfriend over Facebook password

Man sentenced for attacking girlfriend over Facebook password

A man has been sentenced to life after killing his girlfriend by stamping on her head because she wouldn’t give him her Facebook password. Kane Boyce was yesterday jailed for life, with a recommendation of serving a minimum of 20 years, for murder after hitting and stamping his girlfriend to…

Cognicity challenge looking to award £300,000 to startups

Cognicity challenge looking to award £300,000 to startups

An additional 12 tech start ups are in the running for cash grants as part of Canary Wharf’s transformation into a ‘smart city’. The Cognicity Challenge, a development initiative run by Canary Wharf Group plc, invites companies to pilot their technology product and service businesses on the Canary Wharf estate,…

Man sentenced for urinating on paramedic from balcony

Man sentenced for urinating on paramedic from balcony

A man has been sentenced for urinating on both a paramedic and police officer from a 4th floor balcony while laughing. Andrew Whitehead, 22, urinated from a balcony on Shoreditch High Street, on to paramedic Lorna Mcllwaine and an accompanying Police officer as they responded to an emergency call. Mcllwaine,…

Residents voice support in favour of community pub

Residents voice support in favour of community pub

A group of South Norwood residents are making plans to open a new pub designed to benefit the local community. 50 residents who have formed “The South Norwood Community Pub” group feel that the area is lacking a pub that meets the needs of locals. South Norwood has a very…

Bethnal Green ‘Syria Girls’ shown waiting in an Istanbul bus station for 18 hours on new CCTV footage

Bethnal Green ‘Syria Girls’ shown waiting in an Istanbul bus station for 18 hours on new CCTV footage

The three missing Muslim schoolgirls from Bethal Green waited in an Istanbul bus station for more than 18 hours before catching a bus that took them towards Syria, new CCTV images reveal. On February 17 they boarded a plane Istanbul, where CCTV footage now shows the girls in a waiting…

“London’s last public golf course” set to close

“London’s last public golf course” set to close

Campaigners have slammed plans to close London’s last public golf course, as external funding is set to accelerate council plans. Lewisham Council have been provisionally awarded a £4.9 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, to help restore Beckenham Place Park to its eighteenth century…

Council tax freeze continues into tenth year for Hackney

Council tax freeze continues into tenth year for Hackney

Council tax for Hackney residents has been frozen for the tenth year in a row, despite the financial strain caused by budget cuts. Hackney Council is the only local authority in the country to take this step this year. The council confirmed its central government grant will be cut by…

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