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Cllr James Murray, who has been at the centre of the fight against office conversions for over a year

Council reach deal to stop offices in Islington becoming flats

Key employment areas in Islington will be protected from residential conversions after the town hall reached a compromise with the Government.

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Westley Davis, right, and Brian Southwood are upset at the council as they are facing eviction within a month notice.

Million-pound home owners ousting family business for longer gardens

Mechanic set to lose 70-year-old business accuses council of selling land to residents at cut price

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Kyriacos Phantis, who has been convicted of helping the murderers of Mohammed Abdullahi, is on-the-run amd may have fled to southern Cyprus. Picture: Metropolitan Police

International hunt for Holloway cab driver who helped student’s murderers

An international arrest warrant has been issued for an on-the-run minicab driver after he was convicted of helping the killers of a student in King’s Cross.

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Cllr Paul Convery

Islington councillor calls on fellow Scots to vote no in referendum

An Islington councillor has been making his way through the Glasgow phonebook in an attempt to convince his fellow Scots to vote no in tomorrow’s referendum on Independence.

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Barbecues can now be disposed of safely in Highbury Fields

Bins for barbecues in Islington’s parks ahead of heatwave

With this month set to be one of the warmest Septembers on record, Islington Council have installed steel bins in one of its parks to allow for the safe disposal of barbecues.

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Filming of A Fool's Circle at the North Pole pub by Islington resident Suzanne Seddon.
Suzanne, with Jemima Slade, from Big Brother,

Big Brother contestant warns owners after Islington dog theft

A former Big Brother contestant has warned dog owners to be vigilant after a sick child’s Chihuahua was stolen in Islington last month.

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King's Cross underground station was shut after 'loose concrete' was found in the roof this morning (Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

Tube chaos as King’s Cross shut after ‘loose concrete’ found in the roof

Commuters were hit with massive disruption to the Tube network this morning after King’s Cross was evacuated due to ‘loose concrete in the roof’.

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Forensics officers at the scene in Shepperton Road Pic: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Knifeman shot by police in Islington named as Haringey man

A man who was shot dead by police in Islington, has been named as 40-year-old Dean Joseph.

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Arsenal legend Geordie Armstrong

New book commemorates legendary Arsenal winger Geordie Armstrong

Every Arsenal fan of a certain vintage will remember the legendary career of player and coach George “Geordie” Armstrong.

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Cllr Andy Hull

Government to reconsider changes to £174million crisis fund after Islington Council led challenge

A vital £3.2million lifeline to the borough’s most vulnerable people could be saved after the government backed down on plans to axe it.

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Janice Quinlan after she shaved her head and donated the pony tail to a wig-maker for children

Islington Council worker donates her hair to charity

A kind-hearted woman shaved her head and donated the locks to children who have lost their hair due cancer treatment.

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Steve Hanley

The Fall’s former bassist Steve Hanley heads to Islington to launch tell-all new book

A member of seminal post-punk group The Fall heads to Islington on Friday to launch his tell-all memoir to the public.

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Jamie Sparks and the rest of the Fast Row West crew celebrate arriving in Seychelles

Daring Islington adventurer youngest ever to row across two oceans

A daring adventurer has become the youngest man to row across two oceans after an exhausting three-month crusade through apocalyptic storms.

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Vandals threw a brick through the window of the Archway charity shop

Vandals throw brick through Archway charity shop window days before grand reopening

Vandals threw a brick through a charity shop window just days before it was due to hold a grand reopening to celebrate its extensive refurbishments.

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Parkside estate summer pop-up choir: Esther Golley, Caitlin Wallace, Christopher Woodhouse, Kim Seongsil, Mike Power, Sharla Spence, Anna Bent, Nina Temple, Simon Bent, Tom Watson, Eileen Carnell, Claudia Graham, Carina Wrapson, Lizzy Muggeridge, Carol Grimes (musical director) and Dan Moriyama (pianist)

Pop up choir sing for hundreds of people in Caledonian Park

A pop-up choir sang for hundreds of their neighbours in Caledonian Park.

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D'lys

Canonbury singer nominated in Unsigned Music Awards

A city worker turned singer songwriter has beaten thousands of other acts to be named in the UK’s top ten unsigned female artists.

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Yoga flash mob in St John's Square, Clerkenwell: Photo, Mike Usiskin

Yoga flash mob takes over Clerkenwell

Yogis in the borough reclaimed the streets of Clerkenwell on Friday.

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Sisters Rajveen (left) and Harleen Takhar

Islington sisters nominated for prestigious business award

Two sisters who set up an online clothing business together have been nominated for a prestigious industry award.

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The Cally Festival took place on Sunday as part of a festive weekend across Islington

Thousands attend fourth annual Cally Festival

Thousands of people poured out onto Caledonian Road to join in with the festivities of an annual event.

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The human fruit machine at the Arlington Summer Fete

Islington summer fete raises almost £4,000 for charity

Hundreds of people stepped out into the sunshine to enjoy an annual summer event which raised almost £4,000 for charity.

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Holloway Neighbourhood Group's cheif executive, Lucy Bingham, celebrated the Stress Project's 20th anniversary

Holloway mental health project celebrates 20 years of supporting the community

A community mental health project celebrated its 20th anniversary this week with an evening of merriment and special guests.

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The boating lake at Finsbury Park, which kept its Green Flag award this year.

Finsbury Park fun day a chance to get to know your neighbours

Try out a host of activities and get to know your neighbours during a free afternoon of fun in Finsbury Park.

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TfL staff show their support with a rainbow zebra crossing

Rainbow crossing placed outside Arsenal Tube in support of anti-homophobia campaign

A rainbow zebra crossing has appeared outside Arsenal Tube station to support a national anti-homophobia football campaign.

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Tony Benn at home in Holland Park in 2008. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Islington gets exclusive first look at new Tony Benn film

An exclusive screening of an award-winning film telling the story of eminent politician Tony Benn will be played in Islington before it hits screens across the country.

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Moorfields Eye Hospital

Genetic link to blindness discovered by Islington doctor

A genetic link to blindness has been discovered by a group of scientists including a Finsbury consultant.

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Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a rally in Hyde Park

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn warns Parliament against military action in the Middle East

Joining the US in air strikes against jihadist group Isil would be a mistake, Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn warned Parliament yesterday.

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An artist's impression of what the new academy will look like

Primary school academy set to open in King’s Cross

Admissions for a primary academy school at the heart of a multi-billion pound development in King’s Cross have been opened for applications.

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The 7-storey clock tower offers magnificent views over London

Residents asked their opinion on Cally clock tower renovation

An audacious plan to renovate and reopen an historic clock tower has been put to the public for their opinions.

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The Passport Office has targeted parts of Hackney and Islington

Hackney and Islington postcodes targeted by Passport Office for ‘additional checks’

A hundred postcode districts across the country have been highlighted by the Passport Office as areas to prioritise for fraud investigations - nearly a quarter of which are in Hackney and Islington.

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Leo Andrade with her sons Joshua (left) and Stephen.

Holloway Mum’s plea to save autistic son locked up in mental hospital hours from home

A mother whose severely autistic son is being detained in a mental hospital more than 60 miles away has issued a plea to let him come home.

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The Auld Triangle Pub, Google

Finsbury Park pub’s bid to extend licence a ‘joke’, say neighbours

A pub’s bid to have its alcohol licence extended into the early hours has been branded a “joke” by families living nearby.

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Forensics officers at the scene in Shepperton Road Pic: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Islington knifeman was killed by two bullets from same officer

A man who was killed by police in Islington on Friday was hit by two bullets fired by the same officer.

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Clerkenwell fire station

Last chance to comment on future of Clerkenwell Fire Station

The chance to have your say on the future of Clerkenwell’s 140-year-old fire station will end on Sunday.

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Paul Johnston and Andy Daniel married in the Rover Return on the former Coronation Street set

Islington couple celebrate their Coronation Street wedding

Legendary soap Coronation Street has had its fair share of weddings over the years and it saw its first legal ceremony as an Islington couple said their “I do’s” inside the Rovers Return on Monday.

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Mary Portas and Save the Children chief executive Justin Forsyth at the opening of her new shop on Upper Street

Mary Portas opens new Save the Children shop in Islington

The queen of shops Mary Portas has opened her new store in Islington.

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Serving school dinners.

Free school meals roll out will save Islington Council £700,000

The town hall’s budget will be £700,000 lighter thanks to a government move to fund free-school meals in Primary Schools.

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Ex England and Arsenal Ladies captain Faye White

Former Arsenal captain joins celebrations for community sports scheme

The former England and Arsenal women’s football captain joined young people to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a community sports scheme in Islington.

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Rebecca Stretch

Holloway woman reports back from Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone

A Holloway woman risking her life in west Africa to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus has reported back from the front line.

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Jazz Mino (centre) played with her band, Harriet Jospeh on violin and Katt Newlon on cello

UK’s biggest street music search ends with grand final

Talented musicians from Hackney and Islington made the grand final of the biggest busking competition in the country on Sunday.

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Councillor Terry Stacy, leader of Islington Liberal Democrats

Islington Council faces lack of scrutiny, warns beaten Lib Dem leader

The leader of Islington’s former Liberal Democrat opposition has said Labour can no longer be held to account after his party was wiped out in last Thursday’s election.

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Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

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