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A-level students write 40,000 word book in five days

A-level students write 40,000 word book in five days

A group of A-Level English students at Croydon College have taken just five days to write a 40,000 word teen thriller about blackmail and cyber-bullying. The nine students, from Croydon College, planned, drafted, edited and published Behind the Screen as part of a project aimed at promoting literacy. A-Level English…

Lewisham bike crook arrested after Twitter campaign

Lewisham bike crook arrested after Twitter campaign

A Lewisham man photographed with one of three racing bicycles stolen from a 69-year old athlete was arrested after a social media campaign run by the victim’s daughter. Ashley Moore, 20, who has a previous conviction for bike theft was caught by police after pictures of him riding one of…

Crowds cheer on runners in Run Hackney half marathon

Crowds cheer on runners in Run Hackney half marathon

Large crowds turned out yesterday to support the 12, 000 runners who braved the heat to take part in the first Run Hackney half marathon. The race started and finished on Hackney Marsh and took runners through Hackney Downs, past the Hackney Empire and on to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic…

Members express shock after gym closes down suddenly

Members express shock after gym closes down suddenly

A ladies-only gym in Hackney has shut suddenly, leaving 13 staff without jobs and members facing the loss of hundreds of pounds of subscription fees. Sunstone womens-only club, based in Northwold Road, Stoke Newington, boasted facilities including a swimming pool, gym and a salon.  It had been in business for…

Arts and Mindfulness: NOW festival at Deptford Lounge

Arts and Mindfulness: NOW festival at Deptford Lounge

NOW Live Events are taking over Deptford Lounge from tomorrow for a week-long residency of arts and well-being activities including blind sculpture and sensory performance art. Art events company NOW specialises in using art to achieve mindfulness: the idea of living in the here and now.  This event in Deptford is part…

Man who absconded from mental health facility arrested

Man who absconded from mental health facility arrested

  A patient from a mental health facility in Homerton who escaped custody on Saturday has been arrested. Police said Antony Knowles,  48, who went missing while on escorted leave was arrested at an address in Hackney on Monday evening. Police who advised the public not to approach Knowles thanked…

Three new free schools approved in Hackney

Three new free schools approved in Hackney

Three new free schools in Hackney were approved by Education Secretary Michael Gove on Thursday, creating over 260 extra school spaces in the borough. The schools which will open in September next year are Hackney New Primary School, Dalston Free Primary School and secondary school Hackney Wick Academy. Free schools…

Fears for missing 74-year-old man with dementia

Fears for missing 74-year-old man with dementia

Concerns have been raised for a 74-year-old man with advanced dementia who is missing from his Hackney home and has not been seen since Wednesday. Abhoulahi Ndoye, was last seen on Leabridge Road, at the junction with Albany Road in Waltham Forest, wearing a black jacket with a big collar,…

Overnight Macbeth play at Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower

Overnight Macbeth play at Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower

A new Macbeth production brings Shakespeare’s tragedy to east London this summer, as the 12-hour overnight show takes over three disused floors of the Balfron Tower in Poplar, from tonight until August 16. This site specific play is a project by theatre company Rift – formerly RETZ, who staged a similarly immersive production of…

New claims over Tower Hamlets mayoral election

New claims over Tower Hamlets mayoral election

Lutfur Rahman, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, has insisted there was no wrongdoing during last months elections, after it was confirmed that the police inquiry into the voting has broadened to include claims of fake candidates. The Sunday Telegraph said that at least two candidates standing for the Mayor’s Tower…