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Hackney fails to take in refugees 

Hackney has failed to offer sanctuary to any refugees fleeing war torn Syria, a Freedom of Information Request found.

Citizens UK discovered that only four of London’s boroughs – Camden, Islington, Barnet and Kingston – have taken in refugees, whilst only three per cent of the total have been received by London.

Hackney mayor Jules Pipe last year said the council wanted to “stand up and help” Syrian refugees.

On May 3 the House of Lords will debate over a proposal recommending the number of Syrian refugees taken in should be determined by the government and its consultation with local authorities.

Tower Hamlets students meet Obama

Students from Mulberry School met US president Barack Obama last Saturday at a town-hall style event for the Royal Horticultural Society in central London.

The U.S. embassy invited 500 young people to be addressed by Obama at Lindley Town Hall before taking questions from them.

Obama was primarily in the UK to urge the British public to vote to remain in the EU in the referendum on June 23.

Man acquitted in police officer shooting

A man who accidentally shot a police officer in October has been acquitted of attempted murder but jailed for seven years for possession of an illegal weapon.

Tyrone Henry, 31, fled from police during a raid in Haggerston conducted by a firearm unit from the Trident Area Crime Command, a unit specialising in gang crime.

Detective Nick Chambers was shot in the shoulder during the struggle to apprehend Henry.

The operation sought to recover a firearm and arrest those in possession of it. A non-police firearm was also recovered from the scene.

Isle of Dogs to undergo major redevelopment

Two major developments in Isle of Dogs have been approved by Boris Johnson despite opposition from the council.

The developments would see over 1,000 homes added to the Alpha Square and Westferry Printworks sites. The council has expressed concern over over-development and over-crowding in the area.

Isle of Dogs councillor, Andrew Wood said: “This development though confirms again that [the area] will be the UK equivalent of Hong Kong and we need to start planning on that basis if this area is to work.”

Four major towers will be built on the Westferry Prinkworks site, along with a school on the Millwall Outer Dock.

Three more cats found decapitated 

Three headless cat bodies were found on April 24 in South London, in what appears to be yet another spate of cat killings.

These recent incidents raise concerns that the Croydon cat killer has struck again.

So far 50 animals have been slaughtered across the city. Police continue their on-going investigation.

Police refuse to support Croydon nightlife

Croydon venue owners are at odds with police as they claim they will not be “actively participating” in a committee to improve Croydon’s nightlife.

Venue owners have complained of heavy-handed policing. One, Farrah Seda, owner of Dice Bar, Croydon said she felt that the communication breakdown between police and evening venues was making Croydon an unpopular place for prospective club owners.

Police respond to two stabbings in two days 

Police were called to two separate stabbings in New Cross and Sydenham within the space of two days.

Officers from Crofton Park arrived to find a 27-year-old man with two stab wounds to his back, on April 27.

In the early hours of this morning, officers in Sydenham found a 22-year old with a stab wound. He remains in a stable condition in a South London hospital.

There have been no arrests, and police are continuing enquiries.

More delays in Lewisham following crash

A collision on Molesworth Street this morning (April 29) is expected to lead to traffic delays in Lewisham.

The crash contributed to heavy traffic earlier today, aggravated by a traffic light failure slowing movement in all directions.

TfL has advised motorists to avoid using this route.

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