£4.5million worth of heroin seized from van

[news link] £4.5million worth of heroin seized from van nlnews@archant.co.uk 05 March 2010 ONE hundred kilos of heroin with an estimated street value of £4.5million has been seized by police in Finsbury Park. The heroin was discovered in the back of a Renault van, stopped by officers in Upper Tollington Park, at 3.30pm on Thursday….

Rundown estate gets a new look

[news link] Rundown estate gets a new look nlnews@archant.co.uk 18 February 2009 Robert Burbage, 55, chairman of the Six Acres Tenants’ and Residents’ Association outside one of the repainted blocks DECADES of neglect had resulted in one of Islington’s biggest council estates become a dilapidated haven for gangs of drug dealers and criminals. But residents…

HAVE POLICE LOST OUR CONFIDENCE?

[news link] Islington Tribune – by ROISIN GADELRAB Published: 6 February 2009 HAVE POLICE LOST OUR CONFIDENCE? After three murders in year, survey reveals low approval rating CONFIDENCE levels in police are lower in Islington than anywhere else in London, new figures compiled by the Met have revealed. Police chiefs have been stunned by the…

Graffiti vandal’s internet boasts

[from Islington Gazette] Graffiti vandal’s internet boasts nlnews@archant.co.uk 24 December 2008 A GRAFFITI artist believed to be part of a gang of vandals has posted pictures of himself spraying scores of his distinctive “tags” on the internet. The Islington-based vandal has been caught bragging and posting photos of illegally defacing property across the north of…

Charity collection scam

Leaflets about a clothes collection by The Children’s Welfare Foundation are around in our area. It appears this is a scam commercial company not a charity who collects the clothes. Read full story: Dodgy “good cause” children’s welfare foundation wants your help

Rise in parking costs slammed

[from Islington Gazette] Rise in parking costs slammed nlnews@archant.co.uk 26 November 2008 ANGRY drivers say Liberal Democrat-run Islington Council is squeezing more cash out of them with new wardens and higher charges. It has recruited another 30 parking wardens and increased the cost of pay and display machines. In Finsbury Park the cost for a…

Drugs raid arrests

[from Islington Gazette] Drugs raid arrests nlnews@archant.co.uk 21 November 2008 A DRUGS laboratory and cannabis shop operating from a disused barber’s shop was busted by police officers. The Gazette was on the scene as part of Islington’s drug scene was exposed by police with rams and buzz saws. They smashed into Firm Cut barbers in…

‘It’s not festive enough by half’

[from Hornsey & Couch End Journal] ‘It’s not festive enough by half’ nlnews@archant.co.uk 19 November 2008 FESTIVE lights will grace a shopping strip once again, but critics say they only cover half the area they should do. Stroud Green Road will have its Christmas lights switched on in December, but they will stretch only from…

Man stabbed several times in street attack

[from Islington Gazette] Man stabbed several times in street attack nlnews@archant.co.uk 05 November 2008 A MAN escaped with his life after being stabbed in the early hours of Monday. The 20-year-old was recovering in hospital this week after being stabbed in Durham Road, at the junction with Seven Sisters Road, Holloway, just after midnight. He…

Pimp my ride… from cop riot van to mobile recording studio

[from Islington Tribune] Islington Tribune – by ROISIN GADELRAB Published: 31 October 2008 Tim Westwood in the pimped-up police riot van on Monday Pimp my ride… from cop riot van to mobile recording studio Battered vehicle saved from scrapheap for DJ’s TV show will tour estates HIP-hop came to the Andover estate in Holloway on…

Six in 10 kids facing poverty

[from Islington Gazette] Six in 10 kids facing poverty nlnews@archant.co.uk 22 October 2008 SIX out of every 10 Islington children is living in or on the brink of poverty – and not a single ward escapes destitution, according to new figures. Statistics released by “4 in 10: The End Child Poverty London Project” reveal that…