Tory election agent guilty of tricking voters into nominating candidates

October 16, 2020

Diana Dianescu posed as someone from the Green or Labour parties, and Hackney council to dupe voters Dianescu has been given a six-month suspended sentence and told to do 200 hours of community service. Photograph: Hackney Conservatives A Conservative party election agent has been convicted of tricking voters in a Labour stronghold borough into signing […]

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Police evacuate London block of flats after ‘paint grenade’ discovered

August 14, 2020

A whole block of flats in east London was cleared out after police found what they suspected to be a grenade. Officers were carrying out a firearms search discovered the explosive device at around 1.45am this morning. An eyewitness said ‘the whole block was awoken by police’ banging on people’s doors telling them to get […]

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Glass bottles thrown at police as they break up another illegal rave

July 18, 2020

Police in riot gear came under attack after dispersing an illegal rave in Hackney, north London, in the early hours of the morning. A video on social media shows revellers launching glass bottles, bricks and roadwork barriers at officers who broke up the gathering in the Woodberry Down Estate near Finsbury Park. Three vans and […]

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Hackney domestic violence charity faces battle to stay in premises

July 11, 2020

London’s only specialist domestic violence service for women of African and Caribbean heritage is facing eviction from its premises, and claims it has had to turn away survivors amid a dispute with the local authority. Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered outside Hackney town hall on Friday amid fears Sistah Space will be forced […]

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Labour councils in England hit harder by austerity than Tory areas

June 21, 2020

Labour councils have borne the brunt of local government cuts over a decade of austerity, according to an analysis by the Guardian. It highlights for the first time the extent to which poorer, largely Labour-held areas of England had their funding slashed on average by at least a third, while more affluent, largely Conservative areas […]

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Council ‘runs out of paper’ giving fines to people littering and weeing in park

June 3, 2020

A London council handed out so many fines over the weekend enforcement officers ran out of paper on which to print them. People littering and urinating in London Fields led to 72 penalties each worth £150 being issued. This was despite Hackney Council putting 84 large commercial-sized bins around the borough and lengthening public toilet […]

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Londoners enjoy takeaway beers in the sun as temperatures near 28°C

May 20, 2020

Normal life still feels a long way off, but that hasn’t stopped pubs adapting to the lockdown to help Brits make the most of the hottest day of the year. Boozers were selling pints to go as people flocked to the streets amid temperatures of over 27°C today. While the lockdown is yet to be […]

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