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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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Tennis star Anne Keothavong awaits tournament draw

9 Mar , 2009  

Anne Keothavong, Britain’s number one-ranked female tennis player, will hear tomorrow whom she will face in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open in California.

Hackney-based Keothavong, ranked 48th in the world, will play her opening match on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old is currently preparing for the tournament in Los Angeles.

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Basketballer Mensah-Bonsu starts afresh with Toronto

9 Mar , 2009  

Basketballer Pops Mensah-Bonsu will be looking to build on a solid start as he attempts to help his new NBA team reverse a run of five successive defeats.

Mensah-Bonsu, who started his career at Hackney White Heat, was snapped up by Toronto Raptors last week following his release from a short-term contract at high-flying San Antonio Spurs.

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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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Hackney cyclists ride through the rain for the East Festival

9 Mar , 2009  

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.

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