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Manchester’s Chorlton along with Herne Hill, Muswell Hill and Dagenham in London are some of the worst afflicted areas while Mossley Hill and Waterloo in Liverpool also feature prominently

Karen Millen chief hails London tradition after Christmas record

The boss of Karen Millen has revealed how London is key to the company’s record trading over Christmas because of the fashion brand’s decision to continue making all its clothes in-house and in the heart of the capital.

American smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light, By Iain Sinclair: Book review

An Englishman crosses the Atlantic in search of the Beat generation heroes of his youth on a circuitous and magical tour

Tartan army: dungarees £150, top £75, all House of Hackney for Asos, asos.com

Style File: House of East-enders

Interiors brand House of Hackney has brought its signature bold prints and patterns to a capsule collection for Asos, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Home turf: The pitches of Hackney Marshes, where David Beckham honed his skills, have long been a home for amateur footballers

Hackney Marshes: Rising fees force the next David Beckham, John Terry and Sol Campbell off the pitches

Hackney Marshes, where some of England’s top players learned their craft, is driving  young talent away with over-complicated charging

Greg Wallace: Michael Gove praised him as one of the 'Magnificent Seven' superheads running state schools

Blow for Gove: One of 'Magnificent Seven' superheads resigns after IT contract probed

Greg Wallace's decision is said to have surprised staff at five schools he ran successfully in east London

Restaurant review: Angela Hartnett is at the helm of Shoreditch's latest high-ticket opening, the Merchants Tavern

Merchants Tavern, 36 Charlotte Road, London, EC2 (020-7060 5335)

Keith Blakelock was murdered 23 years ago

Man aged 45 denies murdering PC Keith Blakelock during Broadwater Farm riot 28 years ago

A 45-year-old man today denied murdering policeman Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm Estate riot 28 years ago.

Diane Abbott apologised today after claiming 'white people love playing 'divide & rule'

Former leadership challenger Diane Abbott axed as shadow Health Minister by Ed Miliband

'I'll live' said Labour MP Abbott upon hearing the news 

London's first cat café gets green light

New high street experience finally receives planning permission and announces location on Bethnal Green Road in Shoreditch, London

Man stabbed to death on busy London street in ‘row over a fiver’ as he made his way to mother’s birthday party

Incident took place in Homerton - an area once dubbed ‘murder mile’

‘I was desperate for my team to make it’: Adventurers caught in Greenland storm tell inquest of ordeal that killed friend

Philip Goodeve-Docker died from hypothermia after team became trapped in a tent where temperatures plunged to -20C

The News Matrix: Saturday 17 August 2013

Resource worries for 80% of GPs

Two charged over Lee Rigby video clips

A 21-year-old woman has been charged with terror offences over video clips about the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Man charged over Lee Rigby videos

A 22-year-old man has been charged with terror offences after allegedly making a series of video recordings about the death of soldier Lee Rigby.

Greg Wallace has been forced to stand down as head of the five primary schools in Hackney, east London, while allegations are investigated over the awarding of a computer contract to a firm run by a man with whom he has a close personal relationship

‘Superhead’ Greg Wallace suspended over claims he gave IT contract to boyfriend

Schools’ governing body, which includes one of Gove’s advisers, also has power removed

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