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In a weekly feature, we profile a fascinating company doing business here in Islington. This week, we visit 308 Hobbies, which has been selling radio-controlled models in Holloway Road since 1946.

A 48-year-old woman kidnapped a two-year-old girl in Caledonian Road.

The chairman of Islington Veterans Association admitted he was disappointed that no Australian or New Zealander was present for yesterday’s Anzac Day remembrance.

“The Arsenal wants to knock down homes and expand its capacity by nearly a third. Most people in the community, even if they are fervent Gunners fans, don’t want to see homes demolished to make the people who own the Arsenal even richer. We can stop our community being wrecked if we begin a campaign now.”

A suitcase, believed to be carrying a bomb, was dumped outside Islington Labour headquarters – where Jeremy Corbyn had an office.

Veterans and dignitaries from Islington turned out to commemorate the Finsbury Rifles last night – 100 years on from their biggest loss of the First World War.

An Islington couple were given six-month prison terms – over the death of their four-year-old son.

A 70-year-old widow was raped in her Holloway flat.

St Mary’s, the mother church of Islington, needs to be renovated for the first time since the Blitz. The Gazette learns about the impact of that bomb.

A shoeless burglar crept into a man’s bedroom and took his trousers.

A century-old photo of Islington Cycling Club has provided some unlikely inspiration for the refurbishment of a shop in Hornsey Rise, writes David Child.

A Newington Green mum admitted torturing her six-year-old son.

Chapel Market is a true old-school Islington high street. But like it or not, the profile of its shops is slowly changing. The Gazette asks whether the traditional stores can survive as customers’ habits change.

A 70-year-old pensioner was fined 10 shillings after she admitted shoplifting from the Chapel Market branch of Woolworths.

Police officer and historian Darren O’Brien tells the story of the day in 1917 the Finsbury Rifles suffered their biggest loss during the First World War.

Arsenal fans were denied the traditional Islington Town Hall trophy parade after the 1987 League Cup final.

An unemployed Highbury man was grilled in court about why he had so many children.

Thousands of pounds have been donated to save New Beacon Books from closure. The Gazette looks at the history of the iconic Finsbury Park shop.

The average Islington Council worker was taking 20 sick days a year, an investigation revealed.

Camden Passage neighbours have urged Islington Council to stop the “dismemberment” of the famous antiques street – after an upmarket deli called “Le Coq Epicier” applied to sell wine.

Council tenants in Finsbury were facing rents hikes as the council was forced to make up a £23,000 deficiency in its coffers.

The Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants has turned 20. The Gazette hears how it has helped people on the brink – as well as surviving the brink itself.

A man convicted of a grisly Islington double murder claimed he was being punished for continuing to claim his innocence.

As London Metropolitan University plans a multi-million overhaul of its campus, the Gazette learns about 121 years of history in Holloway Road.

Islington North’s Conservative candidate for the next general election was announced.

A police officer fell 60ft from a roof – and survived.

This week in 1957, William Davies, of Caledonian Road, was fined £2 for selling washing powder on a Sunday.

Jacqueline Czelny thinks Clerkenwell has been ‘land grabbed’ by developers only interested in a quick buck. She is fighting back against ‘£3 coffee culture’ by leading a new tenants and residents’ association.

Upper Street’s Hope and Anchor is legendary to music fans thanks to its enviable gig roster in the ’70s and ’80s. The Gazette swung by to find out why it was a stepping stone for so many famous bands.

Knives, catapults, billiard balls and even CS gas cartridges were among the weapons confiscated by police at Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium.

Finsbury Library in St John Street is a hub: for kids, history buffs and journalists to name a few. Five decades after it opened, the Gazette finds out why it is still important.

The people of Upper Holloway and Archway said goodbye to the “little old lady who was always smiling”.

The Duke of Edinburgh met his “brother” when he visited an ancient Clerkenwell almshouse today, jokingly telling his sibling: “you look starved”.

A mystery virus killed seven elderly care home residents in the space of a month.

A contractor who fell 40ft from a church roof collapsed at an inquest – after he was brought from hospital to give evidence.

A Pentonville Prison officer feared the Caledonian Road jail was “on the brink”.

Abandoning a major rail project after spending £3m would be a disaster today, let alone the ’50s. The Gazette finds how a Finsbury Park Tube extension failed.

Retiring school teachers often muse at how they’ve taught more than one generation of the same family. There’s a similar feeling with Highbury Fields Bandstand.

A Holloway man was among three suspects in a Hatton Garden burglary.

Campaigners have won their battle to stop Sainsbury’s opening a Local store in the old Highbury Vale police station.

The “conspicuous bravery” of an Upper Holloway sergeant in the First World War has been marked with a new memorial stone in Islington Green.

A mother received an official looking letter saying her son was gay and potentially had AIDS.

For its 110th anniversary, the 5th Islington Scouts are planning a book and exhibition. SAM GELDER got the leaders’ attention for a quick sneak peak.

A suspected knifeman hid his blade in a wasteground, Old Street Magistrates’ Court heard.

Headteachers at Highbury Grove and Highbury Fields Schools joined forces in a battle to save their sixth forms.

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