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Protest at bar that tweeted about stabbing victim

Protest at bar that tweeted about stabbing victim

A group of angry residents gathered outside newly opened bar The Bonneville last night calling for the pub to be shut down after it posted tweets about a man who went there looking for help after being stabbed at the weekend. Bar owner Ruairi Gilles spoke to the protesters who…

Croydon Council Imposes New Dispersal Areas

Croydon Council Imposes New Dispersal Areas

The Safer Croydon Partnership has agreed extra powers for the police to tackle antisocial behaviour by imposing two dispersal orders one in Croydon town centre, the other in New Addington. The controversial measures, which came into force on Saturday 26 April, allow police to tell groups in the areas to disperse, to…

Rising house prices in Tower Hamlets.

Rising house prices in Tower Hamlets.

  Worrying new figures suggest that within 20 years it won’t be young people taking any notice of a ‘For Sale’ sign in London – as they’re far more likely to be still living with their parents. The Nationwide House Price Index shows that house prices across the country rose…

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Guarding Lewisham: Cheaper alternatives to London rent

Two years ago, Georgia Franklin-Pierce, then a 22-year-old graduate, found herself in “a bit of a pickle”. She wanted to live in London but thought: “How am I going to afford it?” In 2012, the average price of rent in London for a single household was hovering around £1,000 per month.…

Caravan Clubs: A “little utopia” within Croydon

Caravan Clubs: A “little utopia” within Croydon

Crystal Palace Caravan Club takes up a small part of the north side of Crystal Palace Park. Seventy-one pitches are rolled out along lighted, curved gravel roads that swing between large pitches of grass, isolated from the rest of the park by fences and blocks of bushy trees that allow…

Local councils could lose millions from parking fines, as ban is proposed on CCTV ‘spy’ cameras across the UK

Local councils could lose millions from parking fines, as ban is proposed on CCTV ‘spy’ cameras across the UK

CCTV ‘spy’ cameras aimed at catching and fining motorists who commit traffic violations could be banned across the UK in the coming month. Last year alone, motorists in Croydon received almost 108,500 penalty charge notices (PCNs), with Hackney receiving 104,832, Lewisham 62,636, and Tower Hamlets 117,002. Eric Pickles, Secretary of…

Angry debate over Hackney pedestrianisation

Angry debate over Hackney pedestrianisation

“All business is gone. It’s getting worse and worse everyday.” Pawan Chawla, director of the shop Designer Baby on Narrow Way in Hackney, looks outside the window and shakes his head. “You can ask anybody around here. The difference is striking,” he continues, now pointing to the other side of…

Mayor in favour of proposed water cannons for police use

Mayor in favour of proposed water cannons for police use

Mayor Boris Johnson has declared his support for the Metropolitan Police’s request to buy three new water cannons to be used in the capital. In a letter to the Home Secretary, Teresa May last week, the Mayor said that he backs the Met Commissioner’s request, following the results of a…

Police probe launched into alleged electoral fraud case

Police probe launched into alleged electoral fraud case

Scotland Yard detectives have been called in to investigate claims that ‘bogus workers’ have been canvassing Tower Hamlets residents in the run up to the mayoral election this coming May. It is alleged that people believed to be supporters of Mayor Lutfur Rahman, the current Independent Party representative for Tower…

Lewisham’s “inspiring young people” receive awards

Lewisham’s “inspiring young people” receive awards

Students from 14 secondary schools across Lewisham have been honoured for working hard towards their exams and excelling under exceptional circumstances. An award ceremony organised by the Lewisham-based Jack Petchey children’s Foundation took place at The Albany Theatre, Deptford, on Wednesday. The event celebrated 81 award winners, who received medallions,…