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His name was Callum, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

Hackney’s Sikh community will finally have its own gurdwara after a High Court judge settled a nine-year dispute surrounding a derelict site in Clapton.

Murder victim Abraham Badru’s mother Ronke tells Emma Bartholomew why she is convinced his death is retribution for testifying against gang rapists in court, and why she is angry with police and the council for not helping her family move out of Hackney

Young people gathered with the employers who had given them a chance to gain meaningful, paid work experience at a celebration to mark the success of Hackney 100.

Hackney Council has removed a boundary line put up by Orthodox Jewish rabbis, after some people in the street it was in threatened to cut it down themselves.

Ridley Road Shopping Village is being closed down after enforcment action from police over drug dealing and anti-social behaviour – kicking out long-standing traders with just two weeks’ notice.

Autumn’s shadow is passing across the leaves, dyeing them the rusty colours of decay, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

A mother-of-four who has been in temporary accommodation at a soon-to-be-demolished Homerton block for five years says she’s being overlooked while neighbours get housed.

A Caribbean tea party gave the Windrush generation in Hackney the chance to celebrate their achievements, and saw a sing-along to “Swing low”, chats with old friends and rum punch all round.

A five-year campaign to turn a toilet block that was abandoned 30 years ago into a thriving community café has overcome its first hurdle, after Hackney Council pledged to spend £270,000 restoring the building.

I had the luxury of visiting the reservoirs twice this last week, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

A 16th generation descendant of the Wudang Clan is teaching tai chi for £1 as part of a Public Health England fitness programme.

A Hackney Council worker claims she was the victim of racist discrimination at her call centre after a manager said to her while she rolled a cigarette: “I hope you are not smoking marijuana in work time.”

A hip Haggerston bar at the centre of a bitter family feud is set to close because “poor trade has made the restaurant business unprofitable”.

Clare Potter tells Emma Bartholomew about her former life as a carpenter and how she’s trying to engage as many people with democracy during her time as Speaker

Entertainers who run tots’ classes in Clissold House have complained a new pram ban there will threaten their livelihoods.

The watchdog for local government finance launched an investigation into why a council worker had been paid £56,000 to do absolutely nothing for four whole years

A tenant of Hackney Council has been forced to pay nearly £148,000, after an investigation found he had been illegally subletting his property whilst living elsewhere.

Candidates from all the main parties have been announced ahead of a by-election in Victoria Ward.

Construction work at an old studio site in Hackney Wick has been halted after complaints that odours from the ground were giving children at a nearby primary school headaches.

The name Kench Hill may not mean much to Hackney’s newcomers, but it might strike a chord with anyone who grew up here.

On Sunday I set out on a reconnaissance mission, writes Will McCallum, Newington Green.

Hackney Council wants to trial the government’s Housing First programme as it looks for new ways to shrink its 12,600-strong waiting list.

Hackney Council has defended its homeless services in the wake of a damning report by a health watchdog.

A row has broken out after Hackney Council announced some parents will face a ban on bringing their buggies inside Clissold House from next month.

Hackney Council is set to tackle its obesity problem by signing an agreement to reduce sugar and promote healthier foods.

A housing association planning to redevelop an estate overlooking Clissold Park in Stoke Newington faces a battle with angry neighbours.

Private landlords in Hackney say they have been told next to nothing about a pilot scheme under which they are set to be charged £500 to licence their properties – or face huge penalties.

All private rented homes in three problem-hit Hackney wards will be launched next month in an effort to crack down on rogue landlords – but will it work?

Hackney Council has come under fire for encouraging a developer to build a huge hostel for temporary housing, rather than permanent homes, which would genuinely help ease the housing crisis.

Hoxton’s Bridport House opened to fanfare in 2011 as the first council housing built in Hackney for four decades. Seven years on, Emma Bartholomew hears of tenants’ misery – and fears – as repairs to the crumbling brickwork rumble on

The council has been emphatic: there is nothing structurally wrong with Bridport House.

Youngsters at risk of sexual exploitation will benefit from a £1million grant awarded to Hackney Council by the Home Office.

Public confidence in the Police Complaints Authority and then the Independent Police Complaints Commission was undermined by their lack of resources to employ enough people, of whom too many were ex-policemen with inevitable loyalty to their former colleagues, write Mary Pimm and Nik Wood, Gore Road, Hackney.

The UK’s first scheme banning the dirtiest vehicles from roads will be rolled out across areas of Shoreditch and Old Street in 10 days’ time.

Homeless and vulnerable people will be offered health checks at a festival in Finsbury Park next month.

Bus passengers have reacted with dismay to news transport chiefs could axe the 48 and scale back a host of other Hackney routes.

When Westminster Council took TfL to the High Court over CS11 last month, Mr Justice Holgate said he had “never seen anything like” it.

Hackney Council has urged Transport for London to scrap a series of “unacceptable” cuts to bus services that would see the 48 shelved completely and several others scaled back.

The 48 could be cancelled and a string of other Hackney and Islington bus routes slashed in length and frequency under radical secret plans.

Hackney mayor Phil Glanville has written to transport minister Jo Johnson asking him to clear up his position on the Network Rail arches sale.

Extra security in Hackney’s streets over the Wireless weekend left Islington’s Finsbury Park community having to contend with hundreds of drunk, noisy festivalgoers, the council has said.

Hackney mayor Phil Glanville has wasted no time in slamming the government’s social housing proposals for the complete absence of funding for new council homes.

Transport chiefs say they are looking for a way to make the 393 bus to Clapton Pond actually get to Clapton Pond after locals complained about it always terminating early.

A four-year standoff over a 100-yard stretch of road will finally end when a missing piece of Cycle Superhighway 1 is built – in spring 2019.

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.

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

The bitter row over Hackney’s hugely unpopular new licensing policy is still raging a week on – with neither side showing any sign of calling it a night.

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

Lunchtime gardening by office workers has turned a littered patch near London Fields into a blooming community project.



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