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Vincent Nguyen shares his compelling 'rags to relative riches' story, telling Emma Bartholomew how he has turned his life around since arriving in the UK as an asylum seeker 17 years ago

Dozens of cops were mobilised to Caledonian Road last night after a group of men were reportedly seen brandishing knives.

Hundreds of Islington students demonstrated against climate change today as they marched through Highbury Fields to make their voices heard.

Arsenal take on Rennes at the Emirates Stadium in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie, needing to overturn a 3-1 deficit to reach the quarter finals. Can they do it? Keep up to date on the action with the Islington Gazette's live blog to find out.

Eight inspirational Islington residents will be honoured in tonight's civic awards at the assembly hall in Upper Street.

An axe-wielding gang of seven moped robbers have been jailed for a combined total of more than 40 years for a string of crimes across Camden, Islington, Westminster and the City - including a £90,000 heist at a handbag store and the terrifying attempted robbery of a West End jewellery shop.

A Cally charity offering training opportunities to disadvantaged young people celebrated it second birthday on Tuesday 19, February.

When members of the Jewish community moved out of the cramped East End and into Islington in the 18th and 19th centuries some said "Heichner Fenster": a Yiddish term which, in German dialect, means tall window.

A shake-up of Islington's executive triggered by the education chief standing down will see two new faces leading key portfolios as of March 1.

Gifted youngsters were given medals and grants during a glitzy community awards ceremony at Islington Assembly Hall on Tuesday.

No Place For Angels is the debut piece of fiction written by Len Ackerman after his first two books - In Their Footsteps and Now They Are Ghosts - offered a frank look at growing up in Islington throughout the 50's and 60's.

A pioneering housing model founded on the belief that a home is a basic human right is being trialled by Islington Council.

We look back at the last 12 months to bring you the highlights and lowlights of Islington's year. Tragedies, celebrations, planning battles, Arsene Wenger's resignation - 2018 has seen it all, and so have we (well, most of it).

An Islington man who was detained on death row in his native Ethiopia for four years is spending his first Christmas of freedom with his family since the ordeal.

Three men behind a Caledonian Road letting agency that didn't return tenants' deposits or pass on rent to landlords have been convicted of fraud.

A housing association based in Islington has curated an art show allowing their creative residents to exhibit work alongside a clutch of professional artists.

A singer-songwriter has penned the "dramatic history" of a rowdy pub and pleasure house in Highbury - and hopes his songs can redeem its immoral past by raising money for the mayor of Islington's chosen charities.

Older people living in Islington can now apply for an "afternoon of food, fun and joy" at the Christmas feast on December 12.

While many expert commentators will soon begin announcing their tips and pointers for 2019, we offer only one: to keep an eye out for Kate Maxwell's debut novel.

After an altercation with a bouncer outside a central London nightclub in March 2012, Julio Osorio was handed a five-year sentence in Wandsworth Prison.

Eastenders actor and Celebrity Masterchef winner John Partridge will be switching on the Archway Christmas lights.

Schoolchildren who escaped the fire which gutted the Highbury Leisure Centre were rewarded for their bravery with a meeting with the Mayor of Islington.

A Clerkenwell exhibition remembers what life was like "on Islington's home front" during the First World War - it's an essential experience ahead of Sunday's centenary.

Children and veterans were among hundreds of people who marched together down Upper Street as part of celebrations marking the centenary of the Armistice yesterday.

A chatty Big Issue seller who died alone in a hostel room. A table tennis-playing "teddy bear" who killed himself. At least four people who were homeless in Islington have died over the last 12 months, but no one is recording their deaths.

A walk through history will raise cash for the mayor of Islington's chosen charities on Sunday.

A "cowardly career criminal" who held vulnerable women at knifepoint during a six-week spree robbing shops has been jailed.

A diverse group of artists from London are taking part in a new exhibition set to run until Sunday November 4 at Islington's The Millinery Works.

A mother and her severely disabled daughter have been left "housebound" for three years because it's too dangerous for them to use the stairs in their Tufnell Park block.

A home-made "burglar alarm" installed by the then mayor of Islington Candy Atherton had immediate results.

A man has been charged with murdering Kaltoun Saleh who died following a fire on the Andover Estate in Finsbury Park.

This weekend, TfL is celebrating the half-century of the Victoria line. Ahead of that celebration, we spoke to the transport body's former heritage chief, Mike Ashworth, for the lowdown on its origins.

Born and raised in Islington, the revered music journalist Barry Cain is also a real talent when it comes to fiction writing. His first novel - The Types of Wrath - is available now.

A Caribbean celebration brought carnival vibes and "sunshine" to a Finsbury Park day centre on Friday.

Arts & Media School Islington students are "ready to make their mark on the world", according to Islington Council's education chief.

A Highbury academy's class of 18' today breathed a collective sigh of relief after they overcame new exams to achieve some stellar GCSE results.

A "stirring and fiercely patriotic" song about Islington has been unearthed and performed a century after its composer died in France during the First World War.

Transport bosses were today scrambling to defend Highbury's famous The Garage music venue after a backlash against plans to demolish it and expand the Tube station.

There has been a troubling amount of news coverage regarding the rise in violent crimes in recent weeks, much of it taking place in inner city London, including Islington, and almost always involving young men.

An Islington councillor last night called for the town hall to stop a homeless shelter opening in Upper Holloway.

Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of Ben Kinsella's murder. His sister, Brooke, spoke frankly to James Morris about the impact it continues to have on her family and the state of knife crime in Islington in 2018.

With an exhibition running at Islington Museum until Tuesday, the Gazette finds out how our borough played a part in fighting the oppression of black South Africans.

Islington has its first "word garden", where the benches are covered in poetry and the plants are designed for people with sensory impairments to enjoy.

Survivors of horrific abuse in Islington's kids' homes are fighting for compensation decades after at least 100 were allegedly brutalised under the council's care.

This time last year the Gazette published a front page exclusive reporting on shocking revelations about an ex-mayor of Islington's past links to pro-paedophile groups.

The Islington Gazette and St Mary's Church hosted a good local poll hustings on April 23, writes Ivor Kenna, Compton Street, Clerkenwell.

TfL says it received 2,823 responses to the survey it carried out in 2016 about the proposed plans to pedestrianise the west side of Highbury Corner, writes Tim Sayer MBE, Battledean Road, Islington.

A remarkable teenager who travelled to Britain on his own and now helps give a voice to kids in care leads the pack at tonight's civic awards.

People are being urged to donate Easter eggs to a storage firm's annual appeal, which this year will support Hackney Food Bank.

The teenager who attacked six moped riders across Hackney, Islington and Stratford in 70 minutes with a powerful corrosive has been jailed for more than a decade.

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