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Local campaigners prepare for anti-racism rally

Local campaigners prepare for anti-racism rally

Lewisham residents gathered today for an anti-racism rally ahead of a planned day of action in Trafalgar Square next Saturday. Members of the Lewisham Anti-Racist Action Group and local residents visited Lewisham College, Goldsmiths University and Brockley and Lewisham stations speaking with the public and handing out flyers. The campaign…

First bitcoin ATM machine in Britain installed in Shoreditch

First bitcoin ATM machine in Britain installed in Shoreditch

The first bitcoin ATM machine in Britain has been launched in a Shoreditch café, allowing members of the public to exchange Sterling for bitcoin. The machine acts as an ATM for the virtual currency, allowing customers to simply scan a QR code, which acts as a bitcoin address/wallet, insert a…

Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel boss died from drugs and alcohol

Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel boss died from drugs and alcohol

The inquest into the death of American entrepreneur Alex Calderwood, who was found dead in an East London hotel aged 47, has concluded his death was a result of alcohol and drugs misuse. The founder of the international Ace Hotel chain was said to be four times over the drink-drive limit…

More than £66m was lost by gamblers across the ELL boroughs in 2013 on addictive machines says new study

More than £66m was lost by gamblers across the ELL boroughs in 2013 on addictive machines says new study

More than £66m was lost by people across Croydon, Lewisham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets in 2013 on high speed, high stakes gambling machines – according to a study last week. The figures, produced by Campaign for Fairer Gambling, estimate that bookmakers across the four boroughs profited £66.3m from fixed odds…

Cyclists put safety proposals to election candidates

Cyclists put safety proposals to election candidates

Cyclists from Lewisham gathered yesterday to discuss proposals to pitch to candidates in the upcoming local elections. Lewisham Cyclists, as part of the Space for Cycling campaign, invited residents from all over the borough to meet at the borough town hall to discuss changes. The proposals aim to transform Lewisham…

New services hub will improve care for vulnerable children

New services hub will improve care for vulnerable children

A new child services hub will open at Tower Hamlets Town Hall to improve care for vulnerable children and families. The Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) in Poplar will bring together local services, uniting social workers with staff from the borough’s housing, education, probation and mental health services, the Bart’s NHS…

Fundraising campaign saves threatened city farm

Fundraising campaign saves threatened city farm

A city farm established over 30 years ago is set to remain open to the public after it managed to secure enough funding to stay open for the rest of the year. Stepney City Farm surpassed its target of raising £15,000 — just five weeks into its two-month fundraising campaign, which…

Council calls for street named after Mandela in Olympic Park

Council calls for street named after Mandela in Olympic Park

Councillors in Tower Hamlets are calling for a street in the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to be named after Nelson Mandela. The council now intends to lobby Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the London Legacy Development Corporation. The proposal was passed by more than 20 councillors at a…

Volunteer Cadet Manager wins at Met Police awards

Volunteer Cadet Manager wins at Met Police awards

A Metropolitan Police officer from Hackney won a prize at the Excellence in Total Policing Awards recognising this week. Jill DiMartino picked up the Police Staff of the Year Award for her work with the young people of Hackney in the Voluntary Police Cadets. Since taking over the struggling cadets,…

League tables show marked improvement in GCSE results

League tables show marked improvement in GCSE results

GCSE results in Croydon show a rise for the tenth year in a row, according to league tables published this week. The tables show the continued success of the borough’s private and faith schools with a proportion of students leaving with at least five A* to C marks in subjects…