Crime & Court


Phone thieves are disguising themselves as commuting cyclists at rush hour by wearing hi-vis jackets and helmets, police have warned.

A burglar from Hackney has been convicted of murdering two pensioners in 1998 thanks to advances in DNA technology.

A highly respected former Scotland Yard sergeant plundered thousands of pounds in cash from the homes of the recently deceased, a court heard

A broken fence two "train surfers" used to get onto tracks before they were electrocuted went unrepaired for two and a half years.

Tashaûn Aird's friend has described the terrible moment he realised his pal had been stabbed, as he lay on the floor drenched in blood himself and looked in the distance to see the 15-year-old's lifeless body.

A cherished vintage motor stolen from London Fields in the summer has been reunited with its owner after being spotted abandoned in an Islington road.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with the murder of father-of-two Zakaria Abukar Sharif Ali outside a Shoreditch bar.

Footage of the horrifying moment Tashaûn Aird was brutally stabbed to death in a park has been shown to jurors at the Old Bailey.

A community group set up in response to serious youth violence in Hackney is hosting its second meeting next month.

A sex offender from Lower Clapton who targeted girls on Snapchat and assaulted one victim in his car is facing jail.

Tashaûn Aird told his mum it was "too dangerous" to go shopping near his home just one month before he was stabbed to death in a Stoke Newington park, the Old Bailey heard.

Two pensioners were beaten up and left for dead by "callous" burglar Michael Weir, a court heard.

A Stoke Newington man has been convicted of attempted murder after a "frenzied and sustained" knife attack that left a man with life-changing injuries.

A violent rapist from Stoke Newington who attacked his victim with a hammer before sexually assaulting her has today been jailed for 13 years.

A home in Hackney was raided yesterday, as part of a police crackdown on a suspected organised crime gang believed to be behind more than 50 burglaries where high-value goods have been stolen.

Police have been joined by council enforcement officers in a crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour in Shoreditch over the last month.

A man from Romania worked in a gang of up to six to steal thousands of pounds of cash from vulnerable, elderly victims after they withdrew it at their banks.

A man from Upper Clapton who went to join the terrorist group Al Qaeda in Syria has been jailed.

Detectives have charged a man with attempted murder after a stabbing in Turner Street in Whitechapel on Saturday.

A "devil worshipper" who killed his cousin went AWOL as he received treatment as an out-patient at Homerton Hospital this morning.

A son "went willingly" along with a scheme which had the potential to release a "tsunami of cash" to him and his father, as they 'bribed their way' to land Hackney Council fire safety equipment deals, a court has heard.

A father is "desperately upset" after his daughter's laptop was stolen from their home in Canonbury on the eve of her big presentation.

Two drug dens on the Woodberry Down Estate have been shut down by police.

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

Only three of the 29 London police stations due to be "disposed of" to raise funds after closing to the public two years ago have been sold, the Gazette can reveal.

A "predatory" police officer has been found to have abused his role after persistently trying to strike up a relationship with a vulnerable woman he arrested for dealing drugs.

Heartless vandals caused £50,000 worth of damage by smashing the windows of a top disabled-led theatre company in Kingsland Road.

CCTV footage shows a customer scuffling with an Upper Clapton shopkeeper - moments before he was stabbed over 80p change.

Detectives want to trace this man in connection with a series of sexual assaults on buses in Islington, Hackney.

A 21-year-old paedophile faces seven and a half years in jail after grooming teen girls on social media before committing "serious sexual offences".

Catherine West has called for CCTV, better lighting and more patrols in Finsbury Park after six gym users were robbed by a gang of 16 on Monday last week.

Police are appealing for witnesses who saw a man's leg broken when he was hit by a car in Stoke Newington.

A hit-and-run driver in Stoke Newington left a young man in hospital with a serious leg injury on Saturday night.

A rapper who ran a county lines drugs network out of Hackney has been jailed for 12 years and six months, with four accomplices also facing long stretches behind bars.

Children's artwork was smashed to pieces when vandals trashed an adventure playground in Homerton three times in a matter of days.

Police say a woman who was pinned to the ground in Kingsland High Street on Sunday night was being arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer.

A man was today interviewed by police over the murder of Abraham Badru in Dalston almost 18 months ago.

Police have voiced concern about the dangers of so-called "rape porn" after it was found on the phone of a would-be sex attacker who tried to rape a woman in Shoreditch Park.

A 40-year-old man has been charged with murdering Stoke Newington woman Sandra Samuels.

A man who shouted '1, 2, 3 heil Hitler' and 'go have a sausage sandwich' at a Jewish family has been jailed for 12 weeks for committing hate crimes.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead at a flat on the Milton Gardens Estate in Stoke Newington.

A homeless woman feels she narrowly escaped death when her tent in Newington Green was torched this afternoon.

Police have appealed for help to find a man who is alleged to have pretended to be a cop in order to carry out two robberies.


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