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Ox Tales poetry at the Slaughtered Lamb pub Review

Ox Tales, a highlight of this month's London Word Festival, was billed as an evening of "literary top-cuts and fleshy delights", culminating in the aforementioned butchery demonstration.

Referees threatened by parents’ abuse at football matches

Referees are refusing to supervise children's football games because of the threat of abuse and intimidation from parents, Sunday league veterans have revealed.

Former Guantanamo Bay inmate speaks out

Five years on from his release from the controversial US detention camp, a Hackney resident speaks about coming to terms with his traumatic experiences and struggling for recognition from the state.

Joe Dunthorne: Hackney’s scribbler on the roof

He writes novels in a tube carriage. Critics compare him to J.D. Salinger and Adrian Mole. Joe Dunthorne shows Oliver Shah around his unusual office

De Beauvoir residents plagued by high-pitched noise

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.

Iain Sinclair criticises Hackney’s CCTV surveillance culture

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.

Site of first staging of Romeo and Juliet found in Hackney

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.

Musician Pete Doherty in surprise visit to Hackney play

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.

Caplan chosen to stand for Tories at general election

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.

Pair charged with murder of Matalan’s Jamie Simpson

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.