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Hackney Council is investigating how the huge metal underside of one of the balconies fell from the second floor of the ill-fated Bridport House development, two years after concerns were flagged up about them.

“The earth is dying but it’s grown ups who are making decisions that won’t affect them.”

Three teenagers have been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a boy was stabbed on a bus travelling through Clapton Common.

Former Labour councillor Dan Kemp, a key figure introducing scrutiny to local government to hold decision makers to account, has died aged 60.

Hackney Council has introduced new planning rules this week to protect shops and launderettes from being turned into luxury homes by developers.

A housing association that caters only for Orthodox Jews has been cleared of discrimination in the courts – but a housing lawyer has vowed to appeal the decision.

Angry residents and their families came face to face with Hackney’s social care chief to discuss a care home in special measures. The Gazette was there.

Hasidic teenagers in Stamford Hill learned ‘not to take their lives for granted’ through a heritage project focusing on the pioneers who founded businesses and community groups in the area back in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Emma Bartholomew finds out more

Hackney’s figurehead mayor Medlin Lewis had to axe nine social engagements because of an overtime row involving her two chauffeurs.

A new father was found guilty of making a phone call to Hackney Hospital where his wife had just had a baby, without putting any money into the telephone kiosk.

A Tory councillor enraged over parking tickets he claims were wrongly issued on New Year’s Day has vowed not to eat the complimentary supper at Hackney Council meetings – because Orthodox Jewish people are “forbidden” to eat food “paid for with stolen money”.

Do you know an unsung hero whose achievements are helping make Hackney a better place to live, study or work? If so then Hackney Council wants to hear about them.

Courtney Brown tells Emma Bartholomew how the abandonment he felt by his own dad led him to set up youth mentoring charity Father 2 Father in South Hackney

The owner of a Shoreditch club who defied police to stay open until 6am on the night Zakaria Bukar Sharif Ali was murdered outside claims he hadn’t seen the email telling him not to.

“The fact we aren’t totally overrun by enthusiastic councillors today doesn’t surprise me in the slightest,” said Cllr Jon Burke putting on a brave face despite the low turnout for his renewable energy procurement conference on the town hall.

A teenager was stabbed as he was travelling on a bus through Clapton Common this afternoon.

An acrobatic theatre company from Hackney has achieved worldwide recognition after a human pyramid fashion runway performance at the Dior haute couture show for Paris fashion week.

An apiarist has warned restaurateurs and recyclers to thoroughly wash out all honey containers, or risk outbreaks of a disease that can kill off whole colonies of bees.

Javed Khan tells Emma Bartholomew how he’s built up a business empire in Mare Street on the back of teaching himself to trade on the stock exchange

The name Tilley has become synonymous with portable kerosene storm lanterns worldwide, in much the same way that Hoover is used for vacuum cleaners. The great granddaughter of their inventor, Frederick Tilley, tells Emma Bartholomew about her family history – and how it all started in Hackney

“To be honest, I’d say not much has really changed,” says Deji Adeoshun.

A supported housing scheme run by Hackney Council that provides care for 250 vulnerable adults in 14 separate homes has been branded “unsafe” and placed in special measures.

​Amanda Hayes tells Emma Bartholomew about the advantages of keeping bees in the city, and how it’s opened her eyes to the consequences of global warming as bees fail to take a break over winter

Virgin Media has been criticised for offering just £4.25 compensation to a Finsbury Park customer when wi-fi, TV and phone services were down for 11 days.

A Dalston fashion designer has refused to bow to pressure from a Hindu statesman who is demanding she withdraw her swimsuit range adorned with images of the protective mother goddess Durga.

A series of contactless donation points are being rolled out across Hackney to help charities combat homelessness.

At least one student has been excluded from Stoke Newington School thanks to a bizarre ban on coats.

The Cock Tavern has retained the title of Beard Friendly Pub of the Year – and might have to be barred from entering next year because it has won so often.

Amateur dramatics group, the Hackney Players, is raising money for the Hackney Winter Night Shelter with its annual panto Jack and the Beanstalk.

Hackney Council has announced it will cancel all parking tickets handed out on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, when its own website mistakenly assured residents parking wardens wouldn’t be on patrol.



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