Four former friends on trial for murder have turned against each other in the dock at the Old Bailey, with one accused of calling another a “snitch” in graffiti on a prison toilet wall.

Two children were killed in a pub fire 15 years ago which left two others with horrendous burns. One of the survivors Vicky Knight tells Emma Bartholomew about its impact and how starring in a film helped overcome at least some of the trauma

An estate agent has become a collection point for Hackney Foodbank.

Tax evasion and benefit fraud are “on the face of it, common practice” in the Stamford Hill Hasidic community and actively encouraged by community leaders, a High Court judge said in a controversial property hearing.

A group of nature enthusiasts are hoping to raise £10,000 to transform the Regent’s Canal into a “living waterway” to entice in voles and otters from the Lea Valley.

Erkin Güney, whose father founded Masjid Ramadan, the first Turkish mosque in the UK, speaks to Emma Bartholomew about his father’s ambitious and successful conversion of the abandoned synagogue in 1977

​Instigator of the British indie music scene, Richard Boon, tells Emma Bartholomew about managing the Buzzcocks and being christened ‘The World’s Coolest Librarian’

A delighted campaigner who came up with the idea to turn parking bays into mini-parks has praised “radical” Hackney Council for rolling out her scheme.

Two boys were found hiding in a Finsbury Park garden after allegedly making off with a man’s mobile.

Campaigners from Hackney Green Party have accused MP Meg Hillier of “recklessness”, by voting to back a controversial third runway at Heathrow.

Hackney Council has banned barbecues in London Fields to prevent grass fires in the current heat wave.

A nurse has described the horrifying moment she tried to save dying father-of-three Daniel Frederick after he was stabbed yards from his Stoke Newington home.

A 20-year-old man who roamed the streets on the back of a moped, targeting people to steal their mobile phones, has been jailed.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision at Old Street roundabout between a cement mixer and a cyclist, which has left her fighting for her life.

Five teenage thugs launched a “ruthless” attack that killed father-of-three Daniel Frederick yards from his home, the Old Bailey has heard.

A rare Jewish festival which only takes place every 28 years takes centre stage in photographer Neil Martinson’s new booklet. Emma Bartholomew chats to him about his work and his memories of the sun festival Birkat Hachama, which took place in Stamford Hill in 1981

Stamford Hill Youth Club has won a national award from The Guinness Partnership housing association - and with it a grant to buy a pool table, football games, computers and board games.

Hackney Council is inviting idea submissions for mini-parks, in a trial to “reclaim the roads from cars”.

Six Hackney teens have raised over £4,000 for Child Poverty Action Group, by swimming 33km in relay across the English Channel.

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a 27-year-old was shot in Dalston.

Ronald Gibson’s photography studio was “the place to go” if you wanted to get a photo taken in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.

An expert medical witness said Rashan Charles’ life could have possibly been saved had CPR been started sooner.

The family of a young mother who was stabbed 26 times have described how their “hearts have been ripped out” as a man from Hackney was found guilty of her brutal murder.

Rashan Charles had been arrested on suspicion of dealing class A drugs a month before his death, an inquest into his death has heard.

The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden could be “plunged into darkness” now that plans for a high-rise development next door have been given the green light.

Youth charity Hackney Quest has launched a “very urgent” crowdfunding campaign to raise £20,000 to keep its support service running for families in need.

The life of Jah Spirit was celebrated at a summer party held by Made In Hackney, where he used to teach Rastafarian cookery classes.

Farang has put Thai food on the map in Highbury Park in a former Italian trattoria. Emma Bartholomew visits with her family

As the Gazette’s environment correspondent Will McCallum, who works for Greenpeace, publishes a book about ‘How to give up Plastic’, Emma Bartholomew looks back to where the problem first began - at the world’s first ever plastic factory in Hackney Wick, set up by Alexander Parkes.

Microbrewery and pub operator, Brewhouse and Kitchen, plans to open a branch next month at the Hoxton site formerly occupied by Beagle restaurant, coffee shop and bar.


To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

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