Author Archives: Justin Guthrie

Could English football learn from these Highbury korfballers?

It is probably fair to say that Highbury has historic roots in a sport slightly more mainstream than korfball. But after presiding for nearly a year over London’s fastest growing club, Richard Haywood is understandably proud of the progress Highbury Korfball Club have made in his brief tenure as chairman. “We have regenerated the entire

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On the pitch with OId Street’s very own rugby team

Watching Old Streetonians RFC train, it’s hard to see where they have gone wrong. The players pop the ball between one another at speed, moving seamlessly between the lines. There’s pace, confidence and skill in abundance, with no little camaraderie. They appear to have the perfect set-up. Devoted staff, brand new facilities and an ideal

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Fears over night bus after sexual assault on sleeping passenger

Islington residents say they are afraid to use night buses after a bus driver’s “horrible” sexual attack on a sleeping female passenger.  Murat Yilmaz, 44, was jailed for a year after his assault on the 24-year-old victim was caught on CCTV in the early hours of 24 May. Yilmaz’s attack, which took place on a

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Historic Ashmount cockerel here to stay

An iconic cockerel sculpture outside the abandoned Ashmount Primary School site is to be retained after years of deliberation about its future. The metal bird was built in 1957 and, despite being nationally listed, was under threat of demolition as the Government continues to decide how the derelict site will be used. Francis Wilkinson, head

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Deserted school becoming crime hotspot

Ashmount Primary School’s abandoned building is a “magnet” for anti-social behaviour.  Ilyas Mohamed, a security guard for the derelict site, said that the building is beginning to attract petty crime after its closure over two years ago. “It’s a big trouble with young people, like a magnet. Lots of people, 16 and 17-years-old, come here

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