​Actress Cleo Sylvestre is about to be given an award for trailblazing the way for black actors. She tells Emma Bartholomew how she abandoned working with the Rolling Stones for a career in theatre and TV

Speaker Claire Potter invited volunteers from Hackney Winter Night Shelter to a reception to acknowledge their “invaluable contribution” to helping the borough’s homeless.

A flick knife was flashed at the monthly meeting of Stoke Newington Borough Council, the Gazette reported this week 60 years ago.

“Male chauvinist pigs are to be rooted out of libraries, leisure centres and swimming pools,” declared the Gazette this week 30 years ago.

Frederick Wirth left a huge photo archive when he died 40 years ago – much of it depicting a very different Stoke Newington from the one we know today. His son John tells Emma Bartholomew what he found when he delved into his fascinating family history

Youngsters from the Olive School dressed up as their favourite comic crusader as part of a two-week challenge to ditch the car and travel to school using “human power”.

Anyone attending illegal all-night raves in Hackney Wick Woodland could soon be fined £100 for the pleasure, as the town hall looks to push through new enforcement powers.

Students from City of London Academy Shoreditch Park (CoLASP) beat six other teams at an inter-school chess tournament at the Old Bailey.

School staff who have dedicated their time to helping pupils enjoy learning and overcome barriers took centre stage at the second Hackney School Stars Awards.

The findings of a probe into the management of Hackney Council’s £246m housing contracts will be under discussion tonight, after it was discovered aggressive pricing, excessive claims for works and “dishonourable culture” were “common”.

The Old Bailey witnessed dramatic scenes this afternoon as the mother of the man who murdered Kaan Aslan repeatedly shouted his name before collapsing as her son was led off to serve 27 years in prison.

Some Hoxton tenants claim their heating and hot water were turned off three weeks ago by the council in a showdown as they refuse installation of pre-paid meters. The council denies having done so. Emma Bartholomew reports

City workers had less than four hours to learn a routine from The Rocky Horror Show and perform it in front of an audience at a fundraiser for kids affected by cancer.

​The founder of Clissold Park’s Soccaroonies, Tony Hassan, tells Emma Bartholomew how he came up with his idea for a family soccer club

Exasperated tenants in disbelief that anything else could possibly be wrong with Bridport House have set about conducting their own fire tests – after revelations the ill-fated Hoxton block might not meet safety standards.

A “prostitute plague” was gripping Stamford Hill, reported the Gazette with something less than sensitivity.

Leaked plans dreamed up by the London County Council Parks Committee to set up groups of three 27 inch television sets in six parks over the summer was ridiculed by the Gazette, this week 60 years ago. 
“This was a foolish fancy from the start, and the wonder of it is that a committee of sober-minded councillors could have entertained the idea even for a moment,” the paper commented.

Emma Bartholomew hears how Syd’s coffee stall was deemed so important during World War Two that a top-secret RAF mission was disrupted to bring Syd back to Hackney to run it. His daughter looks back as they celebrate 100 years of trading

Cops have urged anyone with footage of the 18th birthday party where Elyon Poku was fatally stabbed to share it with police, as a ninth person was arrested over his death.

Barbecues have been banned in London Fields for the rest of the year, as the cost of managing the park over the summer skyrocketed to an estimated £200,000.

The number of kids being home-schooled in Hackney has rocketed in the space of a year, raising fears academies might be “washing their hands” of difficult children in an illegal practice known as “off-rolling”.

One month on after her neighbour was found dead in his home, a woman is fighting to have his fly-infested flat cleaned up.

Campaigners have organised a community event to raise money for the traders of the Indoor Shopping Village in Ridley Road on Saturday.

City professionals are raising money for children affected by cancer to attend theatre school by taking part in a dancing and singing extravaganza on Saturday.

A Hoxton nursing home is set to be transformed into a replica pub to make residents feel more at home – and bosses haven’t ruled out serving “a drop of beer” there.

Police have urged councillors not to allow a Shoreditch shop to sell fried chicken, because the owner has “some way to go” before being able to prove he can be a “responsible operator”.

​Hackney’s disinfecting station was opened to deal with infestations and deadly infectious diseases before antibiotics, vaccines and the NHS came on the scene. Emma Bartholomew finds more about the gas chambers where bed bugs, lice and fleas were zapped

The Met has launched a parallel criminal investigation while a probe into policing standards takes place, after a suspected hand grenade and gun were found in the flat where a police officer shot a man.

Former Arsenal player Jérémie Aliadière joined Hackney mayor Phil Glanville and youngsters for a footie match when he came to open a new sports pitch in Woodberry Down.

Families face being made homeless because builders are now running a year behind schedule completing a block of London Fields flats.


From the outside, Veysel Baba’s two bedroom council flat in Shoreditch looks like any other, but step inside and you enter another world.

All Points East will be returning to Victoria Park next month with two weekends of diverse music and a free community festival.


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