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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hackney cyclists braved the rain for a varied programme of Venezuelan music, East End plays and jazz across the borough yesterday. Some 30 cyclists dashed between three venues to catch the performances as part of Cycle East in this week's East festival.
Hackney went bonkers for Fairtrade bananas over the weekend as part of the world's biggest banana-eating event. Residents joined forces with hundreds of other Fairtrade supporters across the country to help break the record for the most bananas eaten during a 24-hour period. Council speaker Ian Rathbone led the borough's efforts in the challenge at the town hall on Mare Street.
The City may be fretting about sterling's slide against the dollar, but that's no worry for Mexican artist Minerva Cuevas. Ms Cuevas has introduced a new currency to the streets of Shoreditch - the S.COOP - which is being circulated among traders in Petticoat Lane market as an interactive art project funded by East Festival.