Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 15°C

Five-day forecast

‘Hackney heroine’ Pauline Pearce’s bravery was praised by London Mayor Boris Johnson at a special awards ceremony last night.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

The grandmother was caught on camera last month waving her walking stick and confronting rioters burning bikes and cars, and quickly became an overnight internet sensation.

Mr Johnson presented her with a Team London Award at the annual Peace Awards ceremony at City Hall, where he also thanked other “unsung heroes” of the recent disorder in the capital.

“I have met some outstanding individuals this evening who truly encapsulate the spirit of London,” he said.

“Their hard work has been priceless in the aftermath of the disorder,” he added.

Pauline Pearce said she didn’t regret confronting the rioters.

“I had an adrenalin rush, I didn’t have time to feel scared and I didn’t hold back,” she said.

“Now I get people coming up to me in the street and thanking me for speaking up.”

Share this article

0 comments

   Local advertisers

Other News

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Hackney Gazette on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Hackney businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Hackney Gazette, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

Read full story »