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Westminster terror attack: ‘everything suddenly went very still’

EXCLUSIVE: Our reporter James Somper recalls the experience of being in Westminster on Wednesday afternoon.  I heard three gunshots. I froze. It had been a dull, grey afternoon when I’d got on the tube. I was on my way to an interview in the Westminster area, due there for 3pm. With a spring in my step, I

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Karate expert gears up for Tokyo 2020

A karate expert from Holloway has set his sights on qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Last June, the Olympic Committee announced that karate would be included as an Olympic sport for the first time. This announcement signalled a number of significant changes in how the sport is governed. Alton Brown, who trains at Ringcross

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Shoreditch Grind licence plans delayed

A popular espresso bar and restaurant has been forced to prolong its wait for a late night music licence after a council hearing over the issue has been delayed. Shoreditch Grind is looking to be able to play recorded music past 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights, when it is open until 1am. This requires an

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Meet the author of Hornsey Road art project

Bright yellow polystyrene figures hanging off objects have appeared in Hornsey Road over the past few days. Islington Now tracked down the artist and asked him what it was all about. ‘Kit’ has been an artist for about 25 years, but prefers to remain anonymous. “I want people to look at my art, not at

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TfL U-turn over Highbury Overground staff cuts

Rail bosses yesterday decided not to remove staff from Highbury & Islington Overground station after customers expressed safety concerns.Staff would be removed from four Overground stations: Canada Water, West Brompton, Blackhorse Road and Highbury & Islington. The decision comes amidst record budget cuts by TfL after the Department for Transport announced in 2015 that it

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Street brawls highlight gang problem

  Earlier this month, a group of mainly young women brawled in the middle of Goswell Road, throwing chairs and punches and bringing traffic to a halt. The scene was captured on film by one bystander, who posted it on Facebook. Only days after, another fight was captured on camera, this time on Upper Street.

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How Islington’s toxic air is slowly killing our children

What links Upper Street, Pentonville Road, Holloway Road and Seven Sisters Road? As well as being the busiest traffic thoroughfares in Islington, these places are also the borough’s most toxic pollution hotspots. The cost to some Islington residents is certainly fatal. According to Friends of the Earth’s Islington co-ordinator Katarina Korytkova, air pollution is the

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Inside the Muslim community centre that’s helping Syrian refugees resettle

  Tucked down the side of Finsbury Park station is an unassuming group of buildings known as Muslim Welfare House. This is the headquarters of a nationwide network of centres providing a dizzying range of services and support to a diverse and ever-growing Muslim community. “It’s not easy to co-ordinate,” says Toufik Kacimi, CEO of

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Pricked out: Critic explores sexuality and Shakespeare in new play

Theatre critics are notorious for their sharp wit and acerbic style. Writers such as Michael Billington of The Guardian and Ben Brantley of the New York Times are known for their reluctance to take prisoners.   It takes a brave critic to take up a pen and write a play, knowing it will be judged

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Sex, murder and betrayal: Who were the real Borgia family?

It’s well-known among history buffs and the average TV viewer alike that the Borgias were the most notorious family of Renaissance Italy. Originally outsiders from Spain, they clawed their way to power by ruthlessly murdering anyone who got in their way, and brokering powerful alliances between Italy’s powerful noblemen – like a 16th century House

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