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Teacher to sue police over alleged “deliberate” assault

Teacher to sue police over alleged “deliberate” assault

An English tutor from Hackney who claims she was “seriously and deliberately” assaulted by a police officer in an anti-fascist demonstration in 2013 is now suing the Metropolitan Police. The incident occurred in 2013 at the ‘Unite Against Fascism’ demonstration in Parliament Square where Amy Jowett, claimed to have been…

Marcia Rigg’s fight for justice comes to Goldsmiths

Marcia Rigg’s fight for justice comes to Goldsmiths

“I don’t think we’ll ever get full justice”, Marcia Rigg says. “But I really want to try and make a difference – and for there to be some changes.” Being an activist is something Marcia never planned on. However, following the death of her brother Sean whilst in police custody in…

Anti-Semitic hate crimes on the rise in Hackney

Anti-Semitic hate crimes on the rise in Hackney

Hackney has the third highest rate of anti-Semitic crime of any London borough according to the Community Security Trust’s annual report. Islamophobic crime, though higher, in the rest of London, has not increased so sharply. The data released last week showed that anti-Semitic crimes in Britain went up by 118…

Police attacked with bottles after violent stabbing

Police attacked with bottles after violent stabbing

  The Metropolitan Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a stabbing in Hackney. Police were called to Chatsworth Road at approximately 23.30hrs on Saturday following reports of a stabbing. On arrival to the scene, the police were attacked by an angry mob of around 30 people throwing…

Bouncers to breathalyse clubbers in Croydon

Bouncers to breathalyse clubbers in Croydon

  Bouncers will start breathalysing clients wishing to use clubs in Croydon as part of a Metropolitan police initiative to tackle alcohol – related crime across London. The new plan, to be launched at the end of February, will allow door security to refuse entry to those with an alcohol…

Reported rape attempt in Abney Park Cemetery

Reported rape attempt in Abney Park Cemetery

Abney Park Cemetery re-opened this morning following an attempted rape that occurred during the early hours of Sunday, whilst the cemetery was closed. The cemetery in Stoke Newington, Hackney, is a popular local attraction, but was closed to the pubic from Sunday morning. Police have said  the victim was a…

Plea to eye-witnesses of Loampit Vale crash

Plea to eye-witnesses of Loampit Vale crash

Detectives investigating the death of a motorcyclist, Conrad Oscar Lewis-Pratt in a road accident on Loampit Vale, Lewisham are hoping to trace three drivers who may have witnessed the incident. They are searching for the owners of a blue Volkswagen Passat, a silver Toyota Prius and a moped bike after…

Man cleared of ‘giant pestle’ murder

Man cleared of ‘giant pestle’ murder

A Vietnamese restaurant worker accused of using a “giant pestle’” to bludgeon a 74-year-old ‘love rival’ to death has been cleared of murder at the Old Bailey. Tran Quang Hung, 38, was charged with beating his former landlord, Ngoc Giam Dang to death on July 3 as Dang slept in…

Man jailed for possessing James Bond’s favourite gun

Man jailed for possessing James Bond’s favourite gun

A man has been jailed for five years after being found with a loaded gun that would be more at home in a James Bond film. James George Simpson, 47, from St Lawrence Way was sentenced to five years at Croydon Crown Court on Monday. Simpson pleaded guilty to possession…

Female cyclist in fatal collision on Amhurst Park

Female cyclist in fatal collision on Amhurst Park

A lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the death of a 29-year-old female cyclist in Hackney. The collision occurred at the corner of Bethune Road and Amhurst Park in Stamford Hill yesterday morning. The cyclist suffered from critical injuries after the crash with…