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Changes to Croydon’s bins aim to increase recycling by 50 per cent

Croydon is hoping to save £5m per year and become one of the highest recycling boroughs in London with recent changes to the bins, bags and boxes residents use for their rubbish.

The borough has been collecting all unwanted blue and green recycling boxes, increasing space for storing mixed paper, card and dry mixed recycling.

New 180-litre wheelie bins have been delivered to most households. These are smaller than their previous incarnations in order to encourage people to recycle more.

The collection day for three-quarters of households has also changed in order to make rounds more efficient.

Abraham Badru murder victim Pic: MET police

First arrest made in Hackney murder investigation

Metropolitan Police have arrested an 18-year old woman this morning, November 22, on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. She remains in custody.

The fatal shooting of Abraham Badru eight months ago had so far produced no leads. Badru was shot on March 25 as he made his way home from a friend’s house. He died at the scene.

In a statement released this morning, Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: “We believe Abraham had a number of girlfriends and we are keen to know who they were. It is possible that he may have been seeing someone who was in another relationship, and I’m appealing for anyone with this sort of information to contact me.”

Anyone with any information has been asked to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099, via 101 or @MetCC.  To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Kingsmeade Estate, Hackney Pic: Flickr

Stabbing at Kingsmead Estate in Hackney

A man was stabbed last Thursday in Kingsmead Estate on Homerton Road, Hackney. The victim is said to be a man in his mid-20s. He was taken to hospital and is now in a stable condition. 

The estate’s Residents’ Association said: “We recognise that the police are overstretched and their numbers have been cut to dangerously low levels. We are deeply concerned that the estate might become a gang-controlled area.”


Menorah Pic: Pxhere

Hackney’s first Hanukkah to be celebrated with 12-foot menorah

Hackney will celebrate Hanukkah for the first time ever this year, marking the 8-day long festival of lights with a specially-made 12-foot menorah.

The festive evening will kick off on Hackney Town Hall Square at 4.30pm on December 2, with characters from upcoming panto Aladdin and Speaker of Hackney Clare Potter turning on the holiday lights. The menorah will remain lit for 8 days alongside the Christmas lights.

Whitechapel rape offender Pic: MET police

Search for Whitechapel rapist underway as Met Police release new photographs

A manhunt is underway after the Metropolitan Police released new images in connection with the rape of a 22-year-old woman. The incident took place on November 9 at approximately 2.10am, after the woman was approached by the perpetrator whilst walking down Hanbury Street in Whitechapel.

Footage shows the suspect wearing a dark red-coloured body warmer before the attack took place. This was left in the basement of the address where the incident occurred, along with a grey hat. After leaving the building he is pictured wearing a grey jumper. Police have urged anyone who may recognise the perpetrator, or with any further information, to contact 02087335999.

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