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Patient escapes from mental health unit in Hackney

Patient escapes from mental health unit in Hackney

  Police urge the public not to approach Jason Peirara, who absconded from a mental health unit in Hackney yesterday, while they attempt to trace him. Jason Peirara, aged 32, disappeared during a period of escorted leave from the John Howard Centre in Kenworthy Road, Hackney. He is described as…

Three youths in knife fight outside Croydon McDonalds

Three youths in knife fight outside Croydon McDonalds

Three men were stabbed in Croydon on Monday. An altercation that started inside McDonalds, North End is believed to have escalated outside the restaurant. Two teenagers were injured. A third male, aged 20 presented himself at a south London Hospital suffering stab wounds to his face. Metropolitan Police believe these…

Stokey Local agrees to continue engagement in community

Stokey Local agrees to continue engagement in community

“It took me a while to realise, we have lost in court but effectively we have won”, said campaign leader Nick Perry in his speech at St Paul’s Church West Hackney. The proposed unloved building will come but at least changes were made and – most importantly – Sainsbury’s stays…

Budget cuts threaten Lewisham Toy Library

Budget cuts threaten Lewisham Toy Library

Lewisham Toy Library in Catford could close due to funding cuts and the unexpected imposition of rent by the council. The charity, which has served more than 10 000 children over a period of 43 years, might be charged a monthly commercial based rent. On Monday, the Toy Library appealed…

Station café facing closure by Overground operator

Station café facing closure by Overground operator

A café in Norwood Junction station, Croydon could be forced to close because the landlords, London Overground Rail Operations (LOROL), have refused to renew its existing lease. Rachid Yassine, the owner of Café Basmaccino, faces an uncertain future since his previous lease “expired on Monday”. “I just got these documents…

Hoxton Hall returned to former glory after makeover

Hoxton Hall returned to former glory after makeover

One of the last surviving music halls, Hoxton Hall, has been given a new lease of life after a £2.5 million makeover. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, restoration works by Foster Wilson Architects to the Grade II-listed building took about a year to complete. When it re-opens soon, the…

Deptford Heritage Fest strengthens community

Deptford Heritage Fest strengthens community

Deptford will transform into an exciting international showcase this weekend, as it welcomes the first ever Deptford Heritage Festival. As many as 37 community groups, including local churches and businesses, have come together to organise the event to raise funds for charities in the Deptford area. The four-day festival will…

Local Nepalese community responds to earthquake

Local Nepalese community responds to earthquake

Sushil Prajapati, a 32-year-old south-east London restauranteur, feels a world away from his hometown of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO world heritage site that was flattened on Saturday by the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years. Minutes after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck, Prajapati received a call from his father…

Anti-porn newsagent Hamdy Shahein retires after 36 years

He was the first UK newsagent to refuse to sell porn magazines. Now, after 36 years of running his Stoke Newington High Street shop, which sports a “Porn Free” sticker on its window, Hamdy Shahein is calling it a day. “I’ve got a lot to do, a lot of charity work,” said Shahein, 62, who sold […]

Sainsbury’s out, but mixed development building stays

Sainsbury’s out, but mixed development building stays

A four-year legal battle to prevent the construction of a supermarket in Stoke Newington came to an end last Tuesday, when the High Court allowed developers of a five-storey building to go ahead with their plan. But the campaigners are taking heart that they managed to keep one big tenant…

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