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Hackney policeman found guilty of assaulting mentally ill prisoner

Directorate of professional standards said that Sgt Pilbeam’s actions were ‘inexcusable’


Hackney woman arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit FGM

Newham pensioner also arrested as an 11 year old girl is taken into care

Lib Dems bag victory in bid to improve recycling

Recycling bags will be easier to access, but Greens say council needs to ‘do more’

Broken flux capacitor? Secret Cinema fans furious after show cancelled

Friday showing of Back to the Future also cancelled by event organisers

Casablanca restaurant closed down after drugs found on premises

Takeaway on Sandringham Road temporarily shut over ‘anti-social behaviour’

Get involved in Hackney Youth Parliament, urges Jermain Jackman

Nominations close today for 11-19 year olds wishing to represent the borough’s youth

Morland Estate residents to dig deep for new communal garden

Trees for Cities start crowdfunding campaign to help raise £30,000 for garden with fruit orchard and play area

Hackney hotels to charge guests voluntary donation of £1 a night

Partnership between council and local hotels aims to raise money for new community fund

Council to consult on bringing housing back in-house

Residents and leaseholders to be consulted on proposal to dissolve Hackney Homes

Murderer Lerone Boye convicted for being unlawfully at large

Care worker Dean Ablakwa cleared of all charges

‘Freddy Krueger’ hitman hired by Hackney Turks jailed for life for killing rival gang boss

Police offer £30,000 reward for information on those responsible for ordering the execution

Over ten ‘illegal’ yeshiva schools operating in Stamford Hill

Channel 4 Dispatches programme says it is “shocking” that government and council have known of unregistered schools since 2008

‘Sunstone survivors’ call for closed gym to be given Asset of Community Value status

Former members of women-only gym in Stoke Newington say the gym was a ‘safe space’ and should be protected

Housing campaigners send spoof eviction notices to 57 councillors

Campaign group Digs posts Section 21 notices in a bid to highlight struggles faced by private renters

Hackney UTC to close due to ‘unviable student numbers’

Low student intake forces closure of government’s flagship technical college that opened its doors just two years ago

Public sector workers prepare to strike over pay

Hackney schools likely to face disruption as teachers take part in mass walkout over wages

Shoreditch ISP takes legal action against GCHQ over mass surveillance

GreenNet part of international collective taking government intelligence agency to court over allegations of network spying

Hundreds attend protest over funding cuts to GP surgeries

65th birthday of the NHS marked by rally in London Fields


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Leader- knife crime debate cut

No debate held over new knife crime law as Town Hall submits hardline view to Parliament

Leader – The winner takes it all under our unfair electoral system

Proportional representation would be a more sensible approach. After all, it works in Scandinavia

Food & Drink

Discovering the delights of the Polish deli: Gillian Riley on the pleasures of a hidden cuisine

Our cooking columnist shares two recipes to illustrate wonders of Eastern European grub

Polish grub puts Eastern European nation in pole position in food stakes

But why are there so few London eateries specialising in the Eastern European cuisine?


Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition to open at the Barbican

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is the first major exhibition to focus on the cult couturier and fashion icon

Introducing the London Fashion Week five

Five East London designers and collections making waves for the autumn/winter season


Hackney resident Anna Duffield nominated for a BAFTA award

Film producer recognised for her role in short film Sea View, an unsettling tale of adolescent love

Filmmaker completes project to make a film every week for a year

Azeem Mustafa overcomes creative block to complete unique project


Beyond Caring zeros in on zero-hours contracts

A group of cleaners in a meat factory is the backdrop for Beyond Caring which looks at the impact of zero-hours contracts

Carousel review – musical reimaginings

The Arcola’s production of Carousel sets the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical during the Great Depression


Hackney author Tom Clark’s new book shows how global economic crisis has created a less equal society

‘Divided society’ in Guardian leader writer’s home borough provides ample case studies for Hard Times tome

Interview: Hackney Child author tells of experiences growing up in care

‘It’s much easier to build resentment on the care system than it is on your parents,’ says Jenny Molloy


Field Day London – review

Victoria Park was abuzz with music and festival goers at this year’s Field Day

Guitar music night Iridescent to launch at Oslo

Hackney venue to start regular night of garage, punk, psych and pop classics with audio-visuals

Art & Design

World famous street artists take part in Stoke Newington exhibition

Works by Banksy and RUN feature in Wall to Wall exhibition that aims to show the diversity of street art

Turkish artist explores link between art and corporate culture in Shoreditch exhibition

‘The artist as an autonomous creative force is a myth’ says Burak Delier whose exhibition Freedom Has No Script is at Iniva gallery this month