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Donation to youth charity will help reach thousands

Donation to youth charity will help reach thousands

  An organisation committed to lowering knife crime rates in Croydon has been granted funding by a local shopping centre and property developer. Youth charity Lives Not Knives will receive backing from retail centre Centrale and property developer Hammerson, the organisation announced via Twitter yesterday. The team helps thousands of…

Proposals for new “Cycle Superhighway” questioned

Proposals for new “Cycle Superhighway” questioned

Critics of the “Cycle Superhighway” have called the newly revealed proposals for a new route in Hackney “shoddy” and are concerned about the lack of “on road” segregation. Transport for London have revealed a planned route for extending the Cycle Superhighway through Hackney, also known as Cycle Superhighway 1 or…

‘Growth Zone’ plans backed by George Osborne

‘Growth Zone’ plans backed by George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne has announced he will support plans for a ‘Growth Zone’ in Croydon as part of a larger regeneration plan happening in the borough. The scheme involves collecting local taxes from a stamp duty pilot, which is estimated at £100 million in the next 20 years, to accelerate…

Funding granted for sexual abuse counselling

Funding granted for sexual abuse counselling

  A charity offering support for victims of sexual abuse has secured funding to begin a new counselling project in Tower Hamlets. The Nia Project, who aim to combat male violence against young women, received funding from the Home Office on February 23 as part of a government initiative to…

“Unprovoked” attacker faces sentencing in March

“Unprovoked” attacker faces sentencing in March

A man who punched a young mother in front of her children in an unprovoked attack will be sentenced next month. Cyril Atula, 20, from Lewisham, punched the 24-year old victim in the neck as she left St James Medical Centre in Walthamstow with her baby and 3-year old son…

LGBT photo exhibition to “combat homophobia”

LGBT photo exhibition to “combat homophobia”

A series of portraits aimed to “shine like a beacon of hope” for the future of young LGBTs has gone on display in Forest Hill today. The #Outcome project, by Lewisham-based photographer Tom Dingley, 28, showcases portraits of men and women from the LGBT community holding pictures of themselves as…

“Hallmarks of institutional racism”: Lutfur Rahman tells judge of experience from Labour hierarchy

“Hallmarks of institutional racism”: Lutfur Rahman tells judge of experience from Labour hierarchy

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets has told a judge this week that the Labour Party bears “hallmarks of institutional racism”. Mayor Lutfur Rahman is currently on trial at Election Court in the Royal Courts of Justice over accusations of election fraud but denies any wrongdoing. In a written witness statement to…

Lower speed limits for “calmer, safer environment”

Lower speed limits for “calmer, safer environment”

A 20mph speed limit will be introduced across Hackney later this year in an attempt by Hackney Council to improve road safety, reducing casualty numbers by a further 10 per cent. Traffic accidents have reportedly been reduced by up to 50 per cent since the introduction of a 20mph limit…

Geffrye Museum shines a spotlight on the homeless

Geffrye Museum shines a spotlight on the homeless

An exhibition on homelessness during the Victorian era will be on display from March till July at the Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch. The unique exhibition, Homes of the Homeless, explores the dark reality of homelessness in the 19th and 20th centuries and “considers how people fought against the notorious workhouse…

HSBC tax evasion is a sign of wealth divide says David Leigh

HSBC tax evasion is a sign of wealth divide says David Leigh

Leaks published last week by an international collaboration of journalists revealed how Canary Wharf-based, British bank, HSBC – one of the largest banks in the world – helped wealthy clients evade hundreds of millions of pounds worth of tax. David Leigh, one of the journalists who worked on the investigation…