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Dispersal order re-introduced in Broad Green area

Dispersal order re-introduced in Broad Green area

Concerns from residents over anti-social behaviour in the Broad Green area of Croydon has led to the re-introduction of a dispersal order. The initiative by Safer Croydon Partnership was announced Tuesday and will give police the authority to break up groups of two or more people if they believe there…

Hackney pupils’ GCSE results exceed national average

Hackney pupils’ GCSE results exceed national average

More than 60 per cent of pupils in Hackney’s secondary schools have achieved five or more A-star to C grades in their 2013 GCSE exams, placing them above the national average. In figures issued by Hackney Council and Hackney Learning Trust, Hackney schools performed above the national average of 60.6…

Tower Hamlets local authority at high risk of ‘vote-rigging’

Tower Hamlets local authority at high risk of ‘vote-rigging’

Tower Hamlets is one of 16 local authorities at a greater risk of alleged ‘vote-rigging’ being reported, according to a report released today by the Electoral Commission. In the report, Electoral Fraud in the UK, the Commission called for voters to be required to show photo identification at all polling…

Council accused of alleged newspaper propaganda

Council accused of alleged newspaper propaganda

Tower Hamlets Council has rejected accusations that its publicly funded newspaper can be considered ‘propaganda’, after a Labour MP made an attack in a new parliamentary measure. Labour MP Andy Sawford questioned Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, about an alleged breach of the Code of…

Charity collects local memories of First World War

Charity collects local memories of First World War

First World War stories and memorabilia were collected at Lewisham Library yesterday as part of community arts project. The remembrance project, ‘Children of the Great War’, has been organised by reminiscence charity Age Exchange ahead of the centenary of the start of the First World War next year. Memories and…

Muslim protestors rally against alcohol selling

Muslim protestors rally against alcohol selling

“Say no to alcohol” was the message of Muslim group The Shariah Project during a march through Brick Lane on Friday. The leader of the group, Anjem Choudury, led 30 Shariah Project supporters through one of London’s most popular nightspots, in an attempt to persuade Muslim businesses to stop selling…

Local library tops list for busiest in London

Local library tops list for busiest in London

Croydon’s main library is the second busiest library in London, a recently published survey revealed. The survey, conducted by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, showed that Croydon Central Library is the fifth busiest in the country and was visited by almost 882,144 people in 2013. A Croydon…

Local company launches satellite in big space project

Local company launches satellite in big space project

  A Hackney-based company has launched its first satellite into the stratosphere in the initial phase of Britain’s single biggest commercial space project. The British telecommunications company, Inmarsat, is investing £1bn in its project Global Xpress system, the world’s first globally available broadband network. The company launched the first out of…

Most adulterous borough according to official figures

Most adulterous borough according to official figures

When one half of a Croydon couple cosies up to someone on a cold winter evening, it may well not be their husband or wife. More partners from the borough name a cheating spouse as grounds for their divorce than anywhere else in London. According to the Ministry of Justice, 14…

New school to play key role in Olympic neighbourhood

New school to play key role in Olympic neighbourhood

A new primary school is to be built in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a venture that will add to new Olympic neighbourhood. Mossbourne Victoria Park Primary School will be located in Hackney’s East Wick, one of the five new housing villages planned for Queen Elizabeth Park. The primary school,…