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Hackney’s new Banksy is defaced with graffiti

10 Mar , 2009  

The new Banksy in Hackney’s Gillett Sqaure was defaced with graffiti over last weekend.

Vandals have beaten Hackney Council to it by scribbling over the new Banksy stencil of a young boy with a boom box.

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De Beauvoir residents plagued by high-pitched noise

10 Mar , 2009  

Residents in De Beauvoir Town have been left sleepless as a mystery high-pitched noise continues day and night.

Council workers and electricians are bemused by the buzzing sound on a section of Northchurch Road.

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Hackney ‘goes bananas’ for fairtrade

10 Mar , 2009  

Hackney schoolchildren and councillors joined forces to launch the borough’s Fairtrade initiative and our reporter Alison Battisby found out why they were ‘going bananas’. Here, Speaker Ian Rathbone and Hackney Learning Trust’s Nicola Baboneu explain the benefits of buying Fairtrade, while pupils tell all about their favourite fruit.

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Leader of Finsbury Park Mosque threatened by extremists

10 Mar , 2009  

Threatening calls from Islamic extremists have led the leader of a major London mosque to turn his mobile phone off at night out of fear.

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Iain Sinclair criticises Hackney’s CCTV surveillance culture

10 Mar , 2009  

Author Iain Sinclair has launched a scathing attack on Hackney’s “Orwellian” CCTV culture, saying the borough’s taxpayers are being forced to “write a blank cheque” for their own surveillance.

Mr Sinclair said research he carried out for his latest book showed local money was being wasted on cameras and control room staff.

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Site of first staging of Romeo and Juliet found in Hackney

10 Mar , 2009  

The theatre where William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was first performed has been unearthed in Hackney.

Archaeologists from the Museum of London discovered the remains of a polygon-shaped playhouse in believed to have been built in 1576.

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Musician Pete Doherty in surprise visit to Hackney play

9 Mar , 2009  

An audience at the Rosemary Branch theatre was starstruck when Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty sauntered in casually swigging a pint of Guinness.

The former Libertines rocker took a seat to watch the opening scenes of Serendipity, a surreal hit from the Edinburgh Fringe that ran at the Rosemary Branch last week.

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Caplan chosen to stand for Tories at general election

9 Mar , 2009  

Hackney North and Stoke Newington Conservatives have appointed communications executive Darren Caplan to fight Labour MP Diane Abbott at the next election.

Mr Caplan, 36, has campaigned with local activists in the constituency since last March and said he was “tremendously grateful” to win the nomination.

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Pair charged with murder of Matalan’s Jamie Simpson

9 Mar , 2009  

Two men appeared in court today charged with the murder of Jamie Simpson, the 33-year-old Matalan store clerk who was stabbed to death in a robbery last year.

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Haggerston Pool to re-open after council decision

9 Mar , 2009  

News that Haggerston Pool is to be reopened after nearly a decade of neglect has sparked joy among community figures.

Leaders of several groups said they were “absolutely delighted” and “amazed” by Hackney Council’s promise, and vowed to come together for “the mother of all street parties” to celebrate.

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