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Doctor on trial for FGM brands the practice "abhorrent"

Dr Dharmasena carried out the alleged offence at Whittington Hospital 

Published: 28 January, 2015
By KOOS COUVÉE

THE Whittington Hospital doctor who stands accused of female genital mutilation has told the jury in his trial that he finds the practice "abhorrent".

WATCH: LGBT History Month returns to Islington this February

There is a whole host of events celebrating LGBT culture and achievements in February [Photo: Ludovic Bertron]

Published: January 28, 2015
By EMMA BULL

ISLINGTON'S proud Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender history is being celebrated at various events next month.

Students and teachers pay tribute to Highgate School student who died in class

Josh Dorgu died suddenly after collapsing during a maths lesson last week 

Published: 26 January, 2015 
By KOOS  COUVÉE

STUDENTS and teachers at Highgate School have paid tribute to "lively" and "intelligent" student Joshua Dorgu, who died after collapsing during a maths lesson last week.

Over 200,000 litres of water on Thameslink tracks causes travel chaos

Flooding on the tracks near Farringdon station [Photo: Thameslink]

Published: 26 January, 2015 
By ALINA POLIANSKAYA 

RAIL staff are in the process of pumping out over 200,000 litres of water from the tracks, after a burst water main on the Thameslink caused mass travel disruption. 

Eric Pickles claims Islington’s 20mph speed limit ‘brings law into contempt’

Cllr Claudia Webbe sees speeding drivers targeted in Archway

Published: 23 January, 2015
by PETER GRUNER

Holloway woman who collected guns for gangster in jail faces prison

Emily Ciantar

Emily Ciantar, who has been convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life, delivered a submachine gun to a north London address

Holloway Road bike shop goes on eBay for 99p

Closed: Holloway Cycles in Holloway Road

Published: 23 January, 2015
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

OUR NEIGHBOURS: Who’s been making the news round your way this week?

Members of the multi-faith group meeting in the Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road 

Published: 23 January, 2015
by AMY SMITH

Keeping faith in the power of conversation 

A MULTI-FAITH group that has been meeting for more than three decades met last week to discuss religious and community harmony following the recent acts of terrorism in Paris. Members from the Finsbury Park Mosque, St Thomas the Apostle, St Mellitus and St John the Evangelist churches and Somali Human Hope met at Muslim Welfare House in Seven Sisters Road. This was the most recent in a series of multi-faith “conversations” that have been held regularly since 1990. “The meeting on Wednesday again showed that just sitting down together and coming to a fuller understanding is vital when violent events and pronouncements make people here feel insecure,” says Pauline Nashashibi, assistant curate at St Thomas. “To speak with one voice for peace is a calling we share.  It’s about building confidence and making people of all traditions feel that they are at home and safe where they live.”

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Parents of stabbing victim Ben Kinsella launch exhibition to warn school children of the dangers of knife crime

Deborah and George Kinsella and Trust manager Yohana Franklin at the exhibition; below: Ben, a promising graphic artist, designed what has become the Trust’s logo

Published: 23 January, 2015
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

OBITUARY: Windrush generation Stan Williamson ‘really did make us laugh’

Stan, far right, on the SS Empire Windrush. Below: Stan was a regular at the Plimsoll Arms

 

Published: 23 January, 2015
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Safety fears as pedestrian crossing is removed at Highbury and Islington Tube station

Cllr Caroline Russell at the spot where pedestrians are weaving between traffic after the crossing removal

Duchess of Cambridge meets ‘community heroes’ during Highbury visit

Cllr Joe Caluori with the Duchess of Cambridge

Published: 23 January, 2015

Stonework falls from Highbury church bell tower

Christ Church, Highbury, where stonework has fallen from the spire

Christ Church, Highbury, where stonework has fallen from the spire

Published: 23 January, 2015
by PETER GRUNER

ISLINGTON PEOPLE: The ‘cosmopolitan vibe’ of Islington; Mixing in the market; Reflections on Rembrandt

Published: 23 January, 2015

CONNIE Bielsa, 31, is a project manager living in Penton Street. She is a big fan of the “­ that the area has to offer – the cool bars, the nightlife”. Her favourite hang-out is The Lexington. “It’s really amazing,” she says. She lives with her husband, and explains that “if we can afford to, then we’d really like to stay in the area to start a family”.

ADAM Canning, 24, has recently moved to Angel from Scotland, in search of graduate opportunities in the world of banking.