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Fire brigade response times increasing says London Assembly despite promises services will not decline

Fire brigade response times increasing says London Assembly despite promises services will not decline

Fire brigade response times are increasing in Croydon, Hackney, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets, despite promises that services would not decline following station closures in January. Data published by the London Assembly has shown that the average first response time to fires in many east London boroughs fall outside the target…

Millionaire Tory MP’s company backs out of New Era stake-hold after residents’ “triumphant” campaign

Millionaire Tory MP’s company backs out of New Era stake-hold after residents’ “triumphant” campaign

Property company, The Benyon Estate, have announced they will sell their stake in Hoxton’s New Era estate after substantial rent rises caused fierce protests from residents. The real estate firm, which is the family company of millionaire Tory MP, Richard Benyon, announced yesterday that they were “reluctantly” withdrawing all involvement…

Conference shines light on gender-based violence

Conference shines light on gender-based violence

Puppetry may seem an unlikely campaigning tool against gender-based violence, particularly since popular puppet act Punch and Judy has been slammed for promoting domestic violence. But A Team Arts group’s innovative puppet show “Her Link”, which communicates with young people about “healthy relationships”, was met with a very positive response at…

Inquest into primary school’s care after child dies

Inquest into primary school’s care after child dies

A Hackney mother is demanding answers after her son, who was born with a hole in his heart, died in the care of his primary school. Lorna Williams was called to Berger Primary School on October 23 with reports that nine-year-old Rasharn Williams was having a “panic attack” due to…

Haggerston wins monopoly on board game cafes

Haggerston wins monopoly on board game cafes

London’s first board game café, Draughts, is set to open in Haggerston this Saturday. Draughts, which was conceived by Toby Hamand and Nick Curci, will open at 337 Acton Mews, near Haggerston station. The cafe will provide customers with the chance to browse an extensive collection of board games and play…

£500,000 given to Hackney support service, Off Centre

£500,000 given to Hackney support service, Off Centre

A Hackney youth charity has been awarded £500,000 by the Big Lottery Fund. Not-for-profit organisation Off Centre offers innovative support services for young people in Hackney and the surrounding boroughs. The grant is the biggest that the organisation has received in its 40-year history. In particular, the award recognises Off…

Street food and experimental bars at underground festival

Street food and experimental bars at underground festival

Night Tales will open tomorrow for a seven-weekend stay in Shoreditch in a transformed East London car park and underground bunker. Starting from 6pm on Friday, this weekend will feature music from Django Django DJ set and Low Life with Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. The music line-ups will be announced weekly, as will the special…

Catford student cleared of murder after year-long ordeal with “frustrating” Greek legal system

Catford student cleared of murder after year-long ordeal with “frustrating” Greek legal system

A Catford student has been acquitted of a murder in Greece, after spending more than a year in jail and following a two month trial which is said to have revealed “manifest problems” in the country’s legal system. Myles Litchmore-Dunbar, 20, who was arrested for the murder of Tyrell Matthews-Burton,…

Take a seat at Surrey Street’s new pop-up food hub

Take a seat at Surrey Street’s new pop-up food hub

Street food moved indoors today when Mexican favourites, Goan specialities and ranges of freshly baked bread and cakes transformed a converted furniture shop in central Croydon. Manju Shahul-Hameed, Mayor of Croydon, cut a piece of edible ribbon to open Surrey StrEatery, which will house seven food traders for the next…

CCTV released in Bethnal Green sexual assault case

CCTV released in Bethnal Green  sexual assault case

Video footage of a man sought in connection with an assault on a schoolgirl has been released by police. The schoolgirl was sexually assaulted after a man pretending to be a plumber tricked his way into her home in Canrobert Street, Bethnal Green. The incident, occurred at around 6:25pm on…

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