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Islington Council has got its hands on a cherry picker Pic: David Davies/PA

Islington’s scaffolding woes could be over as town hall buy cherry picker

A scaffolding scourge that brings misery to many across Islington could be at an end – but only for people living on estates.

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Fallen tree in Essex Road by Liz Buckley (@liz_buckley)

Fallen tree blocks Essex Road for nearly four hours as Hurricane Gonzalo takes its toll on Islington

A fallen tree brought one of the borough’s busiest roads to a standstill in yesterday’s rush hour.

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An artist's impression of the Highbury centre's refurbishment

£2.5million facelift for Highbury Pool will see runners Tweet on the treadmill

A multi-million pound plan to revamp a popular pool have been revealed in more detail.

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Islington is has the third highest LGBT population in the country and held one of the Britain's first gay marraiges at the Town Hall in March

Hub provides safe place for Islington teens to discuss sexuality as homophobic crime rises

Teenagers in Islington are exploring sexuality at workshops amid rising levels of reported homophobic crimes in the borough.

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A CCTV image given to the jury of Thomas Efremi paying cash for a purchase at a Vodafone Store in Islington

Canonbury man guilty of conspiracy to commit horrific claw hammer burglary

A man from Canonbury has been found guilty of helping to plan a horrific robbery in which three women’s heads were split open with a claw hammer.

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The site on Seven Sisters Road where Lidl hope to open a new shop Pic: google

Anger over new Lidl’s booze plan despite not selling around Arsenal match times

Angry residents are opposing a plan to sell booze at a new supermarket.

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Clerkenwell fire station

Islington Council to secure affordable rents and museum at Clerkenwell Fire Station site

Foreign investors hoping to snap up Clerkenwell Fire Station will have to follow a strict planning brief laid out by Islington Council.

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FGM is practiced in parts of Africa and the middle east. Pic: Julien Behal/PAto

Nursery staff trained to spot risk of genital mutilation in babies thanks to pioneering Islington scheme

Children and babies under four years old are being watched for signs of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a pioneering new scheme.

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Richard MacKenzie, who went missing on Wednesday

Family fears over uncharacteristic disappearance of King’s Cross man

The family of a 29-year-old King’s Cross man who has been missing for four days are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

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Jeremy Corbyn MP Elgin Marbles

Islington MP Jeremy Corbyn weighs into Elgin Marbles debate

Islington minister Jeremy Corbyn has weighed into the controversy surrounding Greek artefacts at the British Museum.

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Caledonian Clock Tower

Halloween show set for Holloway’s historic clocktower

A spooky art show is set for a historic Holloway landmark just in time for Halloween.

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Cllr Richard Watts

Islington Council to give public greater voice on key issues

Islington Council will allow a greater role for the public and the press at its meetings to compensate for the overwhelming Labour majority achieved at May’s election, it has said.

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Oldfield Road was closed to traffic on Sunday as the new play street scheme launched in Hackney

Islington children missing out on playtime, says Green councillor

Children in hundreds of the borough’s streets are being needlessly denied the opportunity to play in them, the town hall’s only Green councillor has said.

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Annie Wong took this photo of flames leaping out from the pavement of Holloway Road

Who saved all the pies? Underground ‘explosion’ causes chaos in Holloway - but Arsenal matchday snacks saved from the blaze

An underground “explosion” caused a restaurant to be evacuated and left more than a hundred people without power last night – but Arsenal’s matchday pies were saved from the flames.

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Jared from Islington

Islington schoolboy takes to stage in Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies production

An Islington schoolboy beat off competition from hundreds of budding dancers to perform alongside professionals in Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies production this week.

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Annie Wong took this photo of flames leaping out from the pavement of Holloway Road

Explosion rocks Holloway Road

An underground explosion rocked Holloway Road last night, as thick black smoke spewed out from the ground.

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Anya Paul teaches English in the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants

Centre for Islington refugees could shut as funding withdrawn

A vital resource for the borough’s refugees and ­migrants looks set to shut down after having almost all of its funding cut.

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Willie Docherty with expert Alastair Dickenson, filming the show

Finsbury charity for Scottish Londoners uncovers £100k silver cup on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow

A 400-year-old Finsbury-based charity stole the show at BBC’s Antiques Roadshow in Glasgow last week with a 17th-century cup worth £100,000.

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Yvette Cowles, photo by Bill Knight

Hoxton play: “How belly dancing has helped me fight cancer”

A play exploring how to remain a confident woman in the face of cancer is being performed by a writer battling the disease to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Landlord Brendan Cluskey with his wife Deirdre and children Sarah, right, Rosie, and Joe

Anger as popular Finsbury landlord and family thrown out of job and home after 25 years - boozer to be made into gastropbub

A popular pub landlord and his family look set to lose their jobs and home of 25 years after the brewery decided to turn the venue into a trendy gastropub.

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The Mayor smoked a cigar in an Islington park to celebrate the birht of his new baby Pic: Geoff Caddick/PA

Boris Johnson cites moment he smoked a cigar in Islington to celebrate birth of his baby as reason not to ban smoking in parks

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has described the moment he celebrated the birth of his child with a cigar as a reason he isn’t keen on banning smoking in parks.

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The 'tasteless' sign on Archway Bridge was the work of an art student

‘Disgusting’ banner at Archway Bridge suicide spot was art stunt

A tasteless banner that horrified victim’s families when placed at a notorious suicide site was the work of a maverick art student.

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Officers from the Met's POLSAR unit search for disgarded weapons in Ampton Street

Dawn raids target Finsbury’s ‘Easy Cash’ gang linked to smash and grabs at The Dorchester in Mayfair

A violent gang linked to high profile smash and grab robberies across the city were hit by police in dawn raids across the borough this morning.

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Top author Martina Cole, ambassador of Six Book Challenge, visits HMP Pentonville

Multi-million selling author Martina Cole heads to HMP Pentonville - but this time her books haven’t been stolen

Multi-million selling author Martina Cole headed to HMP Pentonville to promote reading among inmates – and revealed her books are the most read, and stolen, in prisons.

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The aftermath of the collision in Hornsey Road Pic: Leary Wright

Car left on its roof after third Holloway collision in a week

A car was left on its roof after a multi-car collision yesterday - the third in Holloway in just a few days.

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The emergency services are in attendance at the scene [Photograph by Nel Skellington]

Person killed on tracks at Archway Tube station

Archway Tube station was closed at 9.26am on Tuesday October 24 due to “a person on the track”.

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The Abbot of the Shaolin Temple in China, Shi Yong Xin, leads a ceremony at the London Shaolin Temple

World famous warrior monks head to Tufnell Park

From the misty mountains of northern China to the rainy traffic-clogged streets of northern Islington, the world’s most revered warrior monk paid tribute to a Tufnell Park temple this week.

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Tufnell Park station could close for lift repairs Pic: Google

Troubled Tufnell Park shopkeepers fear for livelihood if tube station closes

Troubled Tufnell Park shopkeepers fear their businesses could collapse if a plan to shut the Tube station goes ahead.

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Wireless 2014

Dodgy traders fined for laughing gas sales at Finsbury Park’s Wireless Festival

Selling legal highs at Finsbury Park’s Wireless Festival became no laughing matter for three men, who have each been landed with a £700 bill by the courts.

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A mock up of the Wray Crescent fence

Stumped and angry Finsbury Park residents want cricket fence hit for six

A massive fence designed to stop cricket balls flying from Islington’s last public cricket pitch has caused fury among residents.

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Aerial view of Royal Mail's design for Mount Pleasant site

Campaigners say Islington Council ‘sold them out’ over Mount Pleasant

Neighbours who strongly oppose the Royal Mail’s design for the Mount Pleasant site have said the council “sold them out” at the public hearing over the Mayor’s decision.

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People in Finsbury are among the most debt-ridden in the country

Finsbury people some of the most debt ridden in the country

People living in Finsbury are the third most debt-ridden in the country, new research reveals.

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Reggie Yates with students at City and Islington College

The Voice presenter Reggie Yates returns to Islington college

TV presenter Reggie Yates visited students at his former college to give advice on how to make it in the industry.

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Dr Katie Coleman, vice chair of Islington CCG

Islington patients could have medical records on facebook style app

Patients in Islington will be able to access their medical records through their mobile phones like Facebook, if a clinical commissioning group (CCG) initiative is successful.

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Islington Council to provide Christmas dinner for elderly residents

Islington Council to serve Christmas dinner to thank pensioners

Christmas will once again see the town hall’s annual lunch to thank the borough’s elderly residents.

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Nic Whitworth, co-founder and co-facilitator of SLOW group

Archway charity for bereaved families gets £10,000 boost

An Archway charity that helps families who have suffered the loss of a child a has been awarded almost £10,000.

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The Wigwambam at the Queen of Hoxton

Wig-wam winter warmer heads to Shoreditch

In as sure a sign of approaching winter as the clocks going back, a giant tent is being erected on the top of a Shoreditch bar.

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City University has been given £400,000 to fight cyber-crime

Finsbury college gets £400,000 to fight cyber-crime

A Finsbury college has been given £400,000 to help fight cyber crime.

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On The Western Front horses being loaded onto a barge Pic: Imperial War Museum.

Floating horse hospitals and heroic tug boat owners feature in new King’s Cross exhibition

Floating horse hospitals, troops billeted in empty lock chambers and heroic tug boat owners are all showcased in a new exhibition about canals during the First World War.

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Simon Singh takes a closer look at the Simpsons

Simon Singh reveals secret maths in Simpsons at Archway festival

The mathematical secrets of the Simpsons will be uncovered in Archway this month as every geek’s favourite blows the lid off of the world’s most popular cartoon.

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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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