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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…

Hundreds of schools across EastLondonLines boroughs expected to be affected by NUT teaching strike

Hundreds of schools across EastLondonLines boroughs expected to be affected by NUT teaching strike

A number of schools across the East London Lines boroughs will be closed today, as teachers support a nation-wide strike in reaction to a bitter row over pay and working conditions. The one-day walkout has been called by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), despite the Department for Education (DfE) warning that…

Hackney students produce royal palace documentary

Hackney students produce royal palace documentary

A group of Hackney students have attracted Royal attention for producing a film that goes behind the scenes of Buckingham Palace, to boost interest in people from all walks of life to work for the Royal family. The 10-minute documentary includes interviews with majority of the departments that run the…

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,…

Where’s Wally fun run raises £67,000 for Literacy Trust

Where’s Wally fun run raises £67,000 for Literacy Trust

A total of 1,200 runners dressed in “Where’s Wally” costume ran a 10km course in Victoria Park to raise money for the National Literacy Trust. A total of £67,000 was raised for the Trust who work to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s most disadvantaged…

Thief returns cross to church after being caught on Twitter

Thief returns cross to church after being caught on Twitter

When 32-year-old computer programmer Rowan Laurence Instagrammed a photo of a man carrying a large wooden crucifix on his back under the caption ‘Jesus Lives’ at 12:30 pm last Friday, nobody expected a social networking flurry to ensue. It was only after the people of St. Matthew’s church in Tower…

Couple who glorifed Lee Rigby death on YouTube jailed

Couple who glorifed Lee Rigby death on YouTube jailed

A Hackney couple has been sentenced to jail for glorifying the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in videos posted online that were “offensive in the extreme”. Royal Barnes, 23, and his wife Rebekah Dawson, 22, recorded and uploaded three videos on the site shortly after the soldier’s murder in Woolwich…

Womens History Month: An oral histories exhibition

Womens History Month: An oral histories exhibition

A new exhibition exploring the oral histories of black and Asian woman in Tower Hamlets will be unveiled today as part of Women’s History Month. ‘Where I Belong’ is being hosted by Tower Hamlets council in association with Black Women’s Health & Family Support, BYM Whitechapel Women’s Centre and the…

Eat your way “Around the World” at Dalston pop-up

Eat your way “Around the World” at Dalston pop-up

Dalston restaurant Merci Marie is hosting an international pop-up inspired by the Jules Verne’s cult novel Around the World in 80 days. The event, held at Fitzroy House, Abbot Street, this evening will include delicacies from across the globe with a French twist. Head-chef Marie Gonford says: “The idea was to…

Hackney & Tower Hamlets bring High Court challenge against Boris Johnson to protect affordable rent

Hackney & Tower Hamlets bring High Court challenge against Boris Johnson to protect affordable rent

Hackney and Tower Hamlets have joined seven other London boroughs in bringing a High Court challenge against London Mayor Boris Johnson in an attempt to protect affordable rents for local people. The councils joined Brent, Camden, Enfield, Greenwich, Islington, Lambeth and Southwark to challenge the Mayor’s Revised Early Minor Alterations…