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Rich Nerdz cafe Pic: Eleanor Magill

Not so secret cannabis speakeasy raided by police

Two people have been charged with drug supply and possession of criminal property offences after Tower Hamlets police seized over £2000 in criminal cash and a couple of kilos of cannabis from a “cannabis cafe” last Friday. 

Tower Hamlets crime squad executed a drugs warrant at Rich Nerdz cafe in Bethnal Green.

This as part of the ongoing operation continuum, which aims to tackle street drug activity in the borough.

Eleanor Magill  

Kraftwerk to headline 2020 All Points East festival

All Points East festival 2019. Pic: Jordan Curtis Hughes

Kraftwerk have joined the lineup for the All Points East 2020 festival in Victoria Park, running from May 24 and June 2.

The German electronic innovators will celebrate their 50th anniversary at the festival, their only UK gig next year.

Other artists performing on the weekend of the May 29 include Iggy Pop, Johnny Marr, The Orb, Kim Gordon, Grandmaster Flash and Anna Calvi.  

Tame Impala were announced last week as the Saturday 23 headliners, joining a lineup of Caribou, Glass Animals, Whitney and Kelly Lee Owens.  

Daisy Lester

Scarlett Curtis tells Hackney that it’s okay to be blue at Christmas.  

The daughter of Richard Curtis, creator of the film Love Actually, has put a billboard up at the Hand of Glory pub in Lower Clapton, which reads: “It’s ok if it’s not the most wonderful time of the year.”

The billboard directs those seeking support to text ‘BLUEBOOK’ to SHOUT, a mental health service, on 85258.  

This is part of the promotion of her book ‘It’s Not Okay to Feel Blue (and other lies)’, a compilation of essays about people’s experiences with mental health issues. Contributors include Jameela Jamil and Emilia Clarke. Ten percent of every copy will go to SHOUT.    

Clara Hill

Hackney police release images of men sought after amidst alleged anti-semitic attack investigation

Two men sought after by Hackney Police Pic: Metropolitan Police

Hackney Police have released CCTV images of two men they are trying to locate as part of an ongoing investigating into an alleged anti-Semitic attack in Amhurst Park by Stamford Hill train station. This follows reports of a verbal assault early Friday evening.   

Despite arriving at the scene to find no sign of a suspect, victim or witness, police were told by a third party that a man said he had been attacked.   

Officers are currently speaking with witnesses, scouring CCTV and looking to contact the alleged victim for a full account.  

Lois Borny  

Croydon third greenest borough in London

Wandle Park, Croydon. Pic: Neil Clifton

Croydon is the third eco-friendliest borough in London, according to a commission by CBRE estate agents. They ranked boroughs by factors such as proportion of household waste recycled, electric car usage and solar panels. 

Croydon is leading the way in eco-friendly development, boasting the world’s largest modular building on George Street, which aims to reduce concrete usage and building dust by using pre-built segments. Brick By Brick, the Croydon Council development arm are also constructing eco-friendly developments, fitted with solar panels and electric car charging points. 

Dominic Webb

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