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Show staged to challenge mental health stigma

Show staged to challenge mental health stigma

A night of poetry and music has been held at St Mary’s Church in Lewisham to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health illnesses. The Song in the City charity collaborated with musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to present the Creative Madness in Song project, in which…

Students occupy Deptford Town Hall over alleged Goldsmiths “mismanagement”

Students occupy Deptford Town Hall over alleged Goldsmiths “mismanagement”

Goldsmiths students are staging an occupation of Deptford Town Hall in Lewisham in protest against perceived mismanagement of the university’s departments. The demonstration hopes to make the Goldsmiths-owned building a cultural hub, with free lectures and classes taking place, in solidarity with the Free University of London movement. Citing recent…

Lewisham man jailed for laundering £20 million

Lewisham man jailed for laundering £20 million

A Lewisham man has been jailed for six-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to laundering more than £20 million worth of criminal money. Abdullah Rahim, 34, from Belmont Park, and his three associates, were sentenced to a total of 21 years and two months in prison for laundering millions of pounds…

Organised crime crackdown sees 41 arrested in raids

Organised crime crackdown sees 41 arrested in raids

More than 40 people have been arrested following morning police raids in a crackdown on organised crime. Forty men and one woman were arrested at 53 addresses in Lewisham, Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley on suspicion of a range of offences including conspiracy to burgle, supplying class A drugs, conspiracy to…

Protest against NHS funding cuts at Limehouse Practice

Protest against NHS funding cuts at Limehouse Practice

Patients and GPs have taken to the streets in protest against NHS funding cuts that could lead to the closure of The Limehouse Practice in Tower Hamlets. About 20 patients turned up to the demonstration with banners on the busy A13 traffic island at Limehouse, following a spate of protests…

Life sentence for man who shot couple 16 times

Life sentence for man who shot couple 16 times

A Croydon man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting a young couple 16 times at a home in Purley. Zarak McKoy, 23, of Hambrook Road, will serve a minimum of 10 years behind bars after he was found guilty of two counts of grievous bodily harm with…

Community order for barbershop flasher

Community order for barbershop flasher

A Bulgarian man has been sentenced to a 12-month community order after exposing himself and attacking a hairdresser at a barbershop in Whitechapel. Filip Trifononov, 41, from Llandrindod Wells in Wales, entered the shop during a private event on the evening of April 20 and assaulted the owner, Mark Mason.…

Music producer Kat Knix reveals her ambitions

Music producer Kat Knix invited EastLondonLines to her home overlooking Broadway Market in Hackney. She spoke to us about her ambitions, and the challenges she has faced in a male dominated industry. Listen to Kat Knix’s music here. By Frida Meinking and Charlotte Solheim

Teenage Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh killer has sentence cut

Teenage Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh killer has sentence cut

A 15-year-old boy jailed for nine years for shooting his girlfriend in the neck on his birthday last year has had his sentence slashed by a Court of Appeal. The teenager shot and killed Urswick School pupil Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh, also 15, at an address in Hackney Wick in March.…

Greens: put Southeastern trains into public ownership

Greens: put Southeastern trains into public ownership

The Green Party has launched a petition calling for privately owned Southeastern train services to be brought under public ownership, after months of “wholly unacceptable” disruptions. The petition also urges Transport for London (TfL) to take over the redevelopment of London Bridge Station. Rail users in South East London have…