"We weren't angels. Our behaviours were bad, but we weren't bad people. There's no justice in judging youth as criminals."

For almost a decade, Nathaniel Court residents have put up with "unbelievable noise" and dust caused by the largest single-site estate regeneration project in Europe being built in their backyard - but they refuse to back down when it comes to protecting the community garden they've built together.

Two hundred volunteers grafted for five months to transform a bland Homerton roof into a community rooftop garden - and the results are stunning.

A social club that's been helping Hackney's elderly Caribbean population beat loneliness for more than three decades can bring back its lifeline transport service thanks to a Lottery grant.

Open Doors Baptist Church celebrated 150 years of music, activism and worship at the weekend.

Police are investigating claims an officer assaulted a former middleweight boxing champion at Hackney Carnival last month.

Council environment bosses are awaiting test results from water in Clapton Pond where 10 ducks were found dead last week.

Tamara Stoll has filled a 250-page photo book with the stories of Ridley Road's traders - some of whom are descended from generations of stallholders. But she needs Hackney's help to get it into print. She speaks to Holly Chant

Children celebrated completing a cycling course by taking home a brand new set of wheels.

A non-profit group is battling to improve Hackney's reading and writing skills after they were ranked among England's least literate.

A mother and son who worked for seven years to open their own restaurant are on a mission to get more people in Hackney tasting the African cuisine they love.

Clapton residents flocked to Downs Park road to celebrate together at a Windrush Generation street party earlier this month.

Hundreds of east London youngsters spent the holidays taking part in a free two-week summer school held at Olympic Park this month.

After losing her friend to cancer and getting diagnosed with arthritis at 49 years-old Judd Batchelor, now 51, wants to raise awareness and money for serious life-threatening and life-altering conditions and diseases. She is organizing a fun run -or walk- on October 12 in Hackney Downs Park.

Clapton Girls' Academy celebrated its best ever GCSE results today.

Hackney Brocals is training "an army of bros" - men aged 50 and older - to operate minibuses so they can drive each other on day trips.

Rapper Frenzy and a group of his friends who grew up in Hackney have set up an annual music workshop called Fast Forward to offer opportunities to youngsters in the borough.

Students from BSix celebrated their A-level and AS results yesterday with improved grades for the embattled college.

Clapton Girls' Academy is in the top 10 per cent of sixth forms for A-level results for the third year running.

A new community project called The Reading Revolution wants to get older people reading aloud together in libraries across Hackney.

The Florence Bennett Centre's lunch club is giving families the chance to eat, play and relax for free every weekday this summer from 12 until 2pm.

The Gallery at Stoke Newington Library exhibited art from around the world to celebrate the launch of an online print store called Planar X Reprieve.

An over-50s acting group toured Hackney primary schools this summer with a thought-provoking and fun rendition of George and the Dragon.

Refugee photographers from Dalston's Red Cross-run Destitution Centre have captured their experiences waiting for Home Office decisions on film.

Caroline Smith got an "amazing" birthday surprise when her missing dog, Star, was returned by the local dog warden.

Tower Hamlets' Pearly King and Queen visited Simon Marks Primary School for their end-of-year concert and dazzled pupils with a "spirited performance" of the Lambeth Walk.

Once home to the largest horse-drawn omnibus operator in London in the 19th century, 66 Buttesland Street in Hoxton - known as Wharfside - could soon be used as a flexible working office space.

A pitbull terrier stolen at knifepoint from school kids seven years ago but returned after an appeal has gone missing again - and her owner fears the worst.

Neighbours raised £3,000 for a mental health charity founded by two Stoke Newington mums in memory of their children.

Hackney soapbox racers Hoodoovoodoo came 37th out of the 64 teams that competed in the international Red Bull soapbox car race at Alexandra Palace on Sunday.

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