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A company hoping to put 26 phone boxes across Hackney (yes, we know it’s 2018) has been accused of “flagrantly abusing a planning loophole” in order to smuggle in digital advertising.

Abraham Badru’s mother believes he was murdered as revenge for testifying against a gang of boys who raped a girl on the Frampton Park Estate in 2007.

A green-fingered Dalston man who filled his garden with plants from Columbia Road is in line to win a national award.

They were there yesterday (Wed) for a renewed appeal to try and find witnesses, or anyone with information, who would be willing to speak to them about what happened. Sadly it’s not the first time, and won’t be the last, that officers have been met with a wall of silence when trying to solve a murder or serious crime. Detectives have stressed any information provided will be treated with the “strictest of confidence and sensitivity”. But an ingrained lack of trust in the police, coupled with fear of reprisals for speaking out, makes it a tough ask. Obviously people do decide to do the right thing, as Abraham did 10 years ago, and he was rightly given a police bravery award for his actions. But having watched believed witnesses to an Islington murder take the stand at an inquest this year and deny any knowledge to an increasingly-frustrated coroner – as well as a grieving mother – it is clear police have their work cut out when trying to get people to talk. Detectives believe the answers to Abraham’s murder lie in the community. Ultimately, it is the police’s job to earn the trust of that community and get those answers. Families can do their bit too, and projects like The Charlie Burns Foundation’s Postcode Parents will only help. It’s good to see Rebecca Luisis and Keeley Burns have been given funding to renew their grassroots project, which not only helps grieving parents but also hosts workshops and talks offering support to those who fear their children may be involved, or on the cusp of being involved, in crime.

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Police were this week back at the scene of Abraham Badru’s murder in Dalston, one month on from his shooting.

A grassroots programme supporting parents affected by knife crime is set to relaunch after being awarded much-needed funding.

Detectives investigating the murder of Abraham Badru in Dalston are returning to the scene one month on as they continue their appeal for information about the killer.

The Gazette hunts high and low each week to bring you news of the most interesting new businesses in Hackney. This week, we spoke to a man out to help freelancers who feel lonely in their jobs.

The ban on disposable barbecues in London Fields hasn’t got off to a great start – as up to 50 patches of burnt grass were spotted following the weekend heatwave.

The 59 Club was the world’s most famous biker club in the 1960s at the height of the rocker scene. It all started in a Hackney Wick church, and now it’s going back. The Gazette spoke to the man behind the revival.

A man has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon as murder police continue to investigate the stabbing of 20-year-old Kwasi Anim-Boadu on the Andover Estate.

Bosses as Lower Clapton’s Five Points Brewery are “over the moon” after smashing the £750,000 fundraising target to expand the business.

A man is in hospital after being hit by a moped in Great Eastern Street yesterday evening.

Police seized more than £2,500 worth of stolen goods from rogue market traders who had set up shop in Kingsland Road.

Seven Sisters Road was taped off this afternoon after a collision.

Four people escaped from a burning flat in Stoke Newington in the early hours of Monday morning.

A thug who was jailed for assaulting his girlfriend must now tell police whenever he has a new sexual partner in a bid to protect potential victims.

The daughter of the man killed after a fight in a Clapton bookmakers’ last week said he was a “big friendly giant”.

An ambitious project to build a cube-like synagogue in Clapton Common was approved last week.

Schoolkids are being taught how to tag at the first ever graffiti school in Hackney.

Police have taped off Upper Clapton Road after a man in his 20s was stabbed.

A supergroup of food and drink experts, creative businesses and designers have joined forces to open Mare Street Market.

A con artist impersonating a police officer stole wallets and mobile phones after mugging three men in the space of 24 hours.

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Daniel Frederick near his home in Stoke Newington have now charged four people with murder.

A Stoke Newington community choir will perform their modern-day version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury this weekend.

The battle is on to save a Stoke Newington RAF cadets squadron after armed forces chiefs announced it was being shut next month after 77 years.

A law graduate who fought the government in the Article 50 Supreme Court case is running to be a Tory councillor – after quitting the Lib Dems.

The full list of candidates for the upcoming council elections in Hackney has been announced.

The Tories have vowed to freeze council tax and scrap the town hall’s illegal publication Hackney Today if they win a majority for the first time since 1968.

Hackney Labour has launched its manifesto ahead of next month’s council election, saying it is for “those who still feel excluded” and are worried about changes in the borough.

A teenager has been charged with the murder of Israel Ogunsola off Morning Lane last week – but police are still appealing for information about another suspect.

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