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Three men behind a dodgy letting agency have each been jailed for more than two years after scamming people out of £105,000.

The Gazette hunts high and low each week to bring you news of the most interesting and unusual new businesses in Islington. This week, we profiled a business helping people overcome mental health issues through exercise

When a young out-of-work DJ and producer came across Tileyard Studios in Kings’ Cross six years ago, he was given the opportunity to hone his skills free of charge.

An Old Street publican is urging the community to make more “generous donations” to his new collection point for Islington Food Bank.

Islington Council gave homeless people forewarning before carrying out a “deep clean” of the street they sleep on near Finsbury Park station yesterday.

Holloway is getting 24 new council homes after a project to build on the Harvist Estate was signed off last week.

A son caring for both his parents is “surviving off a can of tuna a day” and has ended up in rental arrears because his slashed benefits can’t cover his living costs.

Islington is set to raise council tax as it prepares for a further £50million of central government cuts by 2022 – but it has vowed to keep building council houses and protecting core services.

Europe’s largest community of independent musicians and creative businesses says it could be forced out of Islington if the council doesn’t support the growth of its King’s Cross site.

Islington Council is taking action to stop developers being able to turn offices in the south of the borough into luxury flats at will – potentially costing 62,000 people their jobs.

Islington has became “the first council in the country” to pledge it will reimburse all its EU national workers who successfully register their right to remain in the UK after Brexit.

On what would have been David Bowie’s 72nd birthday, we look back at his legendary performances as alter-ego Ziggy Stardust at the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, in 1972.

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

An imam who asked people not to hurt a far-right terrorist after he ploughed his car into worshippers in Finsbury Park has been commended for his bravery in the New Year’s Honours list.

An Islington library boss is to be awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of nearly 40 years spent working in the community.

A famous jazz musician banned from performing with The Blockheads in Islington after accusations of antisemitism says the saxophonist who appeared wasn’t him – it was Father Christmas.

A disabled father of four has described the “living hell” of having no working gas at his Archway housing estate since the summer.

A mother received the best Christmas gift possible with the end of an agonising six-year wait for her severely autistic son to be brought home from a mental health facility.

Islington Council has stopped a famous jazz musician accused of antisemitism from performing on the basis it “might harm” relationships with the borough’s Jewish community.

December’s key climate meeting in Poland (COP24) suggests our planet is at a survival crossroads, writes Nicola Baird, Islington Green.

The Ham&High columnist reminds us of our deep rooted connection to trees as he writs about Poplar’s missing poplars

Something has changed in Highbury East since the local elections in May, writes Kate Pothalingam, Islington Liberal Democrats.

Islington passed a motion of no confidence in the government’s flagship social welfare reform last night.

Councillors met with pupils from a Finsbury primary school to celebrate a commitment to resettle 100 asylum-seeking children over the next 10 years.

Marks and Spencer’s bid to sell alcohol every day from 8am at a new Archway store has angered police and Islington Council due to the high number of street drinkers in the area – but the shop says it doesn’t stock the kind of booze that attracts alcoholics.

Highbury Leisure Centre is to be partially reopened on Monday – but the building that went up in flames is to be demolished and it’s unknown who will foot the bill for repairs.

More than 50 volunteers scoured the roads of Islington to count rough sleepers and create a “snapshot” of the borough’s street homeless population on Friday.

There’s been a spike in food banks referrals following the rollout of Universal Credit in June – and people can now donate to Islington Food Bank throughout December via a new collection point at the town hall.

Transport chiefs are at last consulting on a “missing link” portion of Cycle Superhighway 1 that will connect Hackney to Islington along Balls Pond Road.

A Clerkenwell publican is planning a court appeal after councillors approved changes to his licence on Tuesday.

“School streets” are designed to encourage parents to walk or cycle with their children to school by removing cars, reducing pollution and creating a sociable community-focussed atmosphere at the school gate at drop off and pick up each day, writes Cllr Caroline Russell (Green), Highbury East.

Morrisons in the Holloway Road has turfed out a group of people accused of taking drugs and causing trouble in the stairs to the supermarket.

This Sunday, the Jewish community will come together for the Islington Menorah Lighting; a celebration to mark the opening night of Chanukah.

The manager of Islington Council’s adoption and fostering service picked up her British Empire Medal from the Tower of London last week.

Work has begun on an ambitious project to gut Old Street roundabout and create a safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians.

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

Wireless Festival promoters say reducing bass levels at the event and finishing half-an-hour earlier would put it out of business and is appealing Haringey Council’s restrictions.

Islington Council has set its sights on Clerkenwell Fire Station, Sainsbury’s in Liverpool Road and the Seven Sisters Road gyratory in a major planning document covering the next 17 years.

Jeremy Corbyn has promised to “end the rip off” that saw Islington Council splash out £42,574,508 for two Public Finance Initiative (PFI) deals in the past financial year.

A sports academy is offering free sessions to Islington children every Sunday morning at Market Road Football Pitches.

An organisation acting for victims and survivors of abuse in Islington children’s homes has responded bitterly to a barrister’s conclusion that there was no evidence “organised” wrongdoing had taken place.

The big news last month was from the climate change experts, writes Nicola Bird, Islington Green.

A top barrister has confirmed former Islington councillor Sandy Marks’ past links to a pro-paedophile campaign group.

An incoming Islington film school will “reflect the diversity and cultural richness of London”, according to the illustrious names in the movie industry backing the project.

Three young children scaled the fence at Hargrave Park Primary School and escaped into a nearby main road.

Islington’s rough sleeper population has surged by close to 40 per cent in the past three months, according to City Hall stats.

Elderly and vulnerable people could be exposed to excess pollution if the council limits traffic outside an Upper Holloway school, claims a neighbour.

The closure of ticket offices at Overground stations has been put on hold after being met with a huge backlash.

A woman claims she’s “lucky to be alive” after an 80ft tree came crashing through her kitchen window in Clerkenwell.

Sadiq Khan was grilled over the empty Holloway Prison and Police Station sites at the Islington Assembly Hall on Tuesday night.

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