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Dalston bus diversions leave passengers frustrated

Bus users in Dalston were left confused and frustrated this weekend after routes were diverted to make way for major road works.

Comment: New arts scheme – more publicity please!

Alison Battisby shares her view on the new theatre initiative aiming to get young people enthused about the theatre

Art for free in Hackney

Our arts editor's guide to seven days of complimentary culture.

60 seconds with Jessie Wallace

Arts editor Alison Battisby speaks to former Eastender Jesse Wallace about starring in The Vagina Monologues

Dave Hill, the hack whose heart is in Hackney

Dave Hill is hot on new media. He writes and manages three London themed blogs, including one for the Guardian. But meeting the Twitter and YouTube fanatic, one thing is apparent; his heart is with Hackney.

Greens defend energy bill scheme after Labour attack

The Green Party has defended a scheme to reduce Hackney residents' energy bills after it was labelled "daft" by Labour councillors. In the 2009/2010 Green budget, Green Party councillor Mischa Borris (Clissold, Green) proposed a £5 million insulation scheme that she claims will allow all residents the opportunity to save hundreds of pounds...

Hackney ‘goes bananas’ for fairtrade

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.

Leader of Finsbury Park Mosque threatened by extremists

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.

Hackney helps launch Fairtrade world record attempt

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.

Councillor speaks out over internet hate campaign

A Hackney councillor has told for the first time how he feared for his family's safety when an image of his house marked out as a rifle target was posted by an online stalker Luke Akehurst (Chatham, Labour) said the hate website set up to criticise him got out of control and he found it "very creepy". The blog, written by an impostor pretending to be the councillor, included modified images and mocking accounts of the 37-year-old's efforts in the council.