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It’s a sad fact that it often takes a tragedy to open our eyes to the good around us.

Left-wingers loyal to Jeremy Corbyn swept the board at last night’s Hackney South and Shoreditch Labour Party AGM, clearing aside the centrists who have dominated the party’s local top table in recent years.

Star reporter Emma Youle has scooped her second top national award in weeks for the Gazette’s Hidden Homeless series, which dragged Hackney’s housing crisis into the spotlight.

Police were today appealing for help finding a 15-year-old boy who has been missing for a fortnight.

With the government now even less “strong and stable” than before, it’s nice to be able to report on someone who really is finally able to plan his future.

Hummingbird Bakery founder Tarek Malouf has lived in Hoxton on and off for 14 years and has seen the area change ‘radically’ in that time. Now he’s been made an MBE. He tells Ramzy Alwakeel his story.

Meg Hillier has held Hackney South and Shoreditch with a sensational 43,974 votes – 79 per cent of the votes cast and up from 30,633 in 2015.

Diane Abbott has held Hackney North and Stoke Newington with a sensational 42,265 votes – more than 35,000 clear of her nearest challenger.

Ramzy Alwakeel, editor of the Gazette.

As I’m writing this, campaigning for the General Election has been suspended in the wake of Monday night’s atrocity in Manchester.

Dalston councillor Soraya Adejare has been named Hackney’s new speaker – the ceremonial figurehead who will attend hundreds of community events over the year.

People who pay forensic attention to newspaper design might have spotted that we’ve had a small clean-up.

Police this evening urged partygoers in Dalston and Haggerston to take extra care after two attempted sex attacks in two days.

It was really great (if a little intimidating) to be at the finish line of the Hackney Half on Sunday morning.

Three runners from the Hackney Gazette were among thousands who tackled the Hackney Half Marathon this morning to raise money for charity, challenge themselves, or simply have fun.

The Gazette’s revelations today about the John Howard Centre make extremely uncomfortable reading.

Stoke Newington’s one-way system is a step closer to being ripped up and Seven Sisters Road will be made safer for cyclists and pedestrians – one day.

Hackney Winter Night Shelter volunteers Matt Lewis and wife Inés Alcalá.

Twelve partygoers were taken to hospital with burns after an acid attack in a London Fields nightclub early this morning, police believe.

In the 33 years since Al Pacino’s unprintable final line in Scarface rang out, Hackney – and the world of film – has transformed.

The ludicrous procession of “family” cars using the narrow pavement outside Tyssen Community School as a cut-through chills my blood. So too does the fact no one in the footage seems remotely fazed by such irresponsible and illegal behaviour.

Each week, the Gazette takes to the streets to unearth something being manufactured right here in Hackney. This week we speak to Amhurst Terrace charity child.org, which is giving second-hand books a new handmade lease of life.

An industrial yard down the side of Hackney Downs Studios hosted London’s first vegan food market on Saturday.

A vicar who sexually abused a choirboy in Stoke Newington decades ago has been jailed for four years.

A fare dodger on the 149 bus punched a ticket inspector in the head and shouted: “The next time I see you, you will be a dead man.”

A public fight involving a “meat cleaver” left a man in hospital with a serious head injury and “pools of blood” trailing up Kingsland High Street yesterday afternoon.

A drug dealing teenager who posted a loaded gun through a letterbox while trying to get away from police has been sentenced to seven years in a young offenders institute.

A dying man gave evidence to convict a Stoke Newington vicar who had assaulted him as a choirboy in the 1970s and 1980s.

A free “coat exchange” set up in Stoke Newington Library has proven a roaring success – and it’s all for a hood cause.

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