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Country’s longest serving black firefighter to retire after 32 years’ memorable service

Winston Douglas

Winston Douglas, proud role model: ‘I’ve made it a priority to promote women and minority groups in my time’

CCTV appeal in hunt for tube station cashpoint thieves who robbed blind man

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CCTV footage of two men police want to interview in connection with the theft

Missing father-of two: police carry out two-day search of Archway flat

Robert Duff

Robert Duff has been missing since January 2013. Below, police at the Archway flat

Police at Archway flat

Published: 16 December, 2016

‘Determined’ resident sees 19th-century Finsbury playground reopen to the public after 50 years

Leo Chapman

Leo Chapman: ‘Kids needed somewhere to play’

Published: 16 December, 2016

Film director and hero cop honoured with Islington People’s Plaque

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Plaques will pay tribute to Alfred Smith, left, Derek Jarman and, below, the Finsbury Park Empire Theatre

Finsbury Park Empire

Published: 16 December, 2016

MORE than 12,000 votes were cast in a competition to decide who should receive an Islington People’s Plaque.

Festa! exhibition a feast of art inspired by Islington Museum

ISLINGTON Museum is hosting an exhibition of art produced by local artists. Festa!

Building that was rejected for being too high is given the go-ahead

An illustration of how the new development, a five-storey office building Brewery Road, could look

Published: 16 December, 2016

Light the lights! It's showtime for primary pupils

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Above and below, Whitehall Park School pupils from Reception, and Years 1 and 2 preparing for their first Christmas show

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FORUM: Bursting pipes and ballooning profits

George Binette

The ‘Angel Tsunami’ was one of three floods in London within days. They have one common denominator – Thames Water, says George Binette, above. Below: Flooded gardens in Devonia Road, Angel. Picture: Polly Brown

Devonia Road flood

Published: 16 December, 2016

New homes – including 8 council flats – go up on site of Holloway nursery

Published: 16 December, 2016

WORK has started on 15 new homes in Holloway, eight of which will be council flats for Islington residents.

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

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Santa (Jeffrey Howse) at Whittington Park Community Centre with Sheila Buckley, 67, left, and Jennette Marslin, 71; below: Roger Llewillin, left; Angela Reith playing piano with Loan Tran

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Published: 16 December, 2016

Second store is too much for this area, Blackstock Road protesters tell supermarket giant

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Campaigners outside the former police station in Blackstock Road

Published: 16 December, 2016

A LAST-DITCH attempt to boost opposition to a new Sainsbury’s store in Highbury Vale was made on Saturday.

Strike threat over drug tests for council staff

Published: 16 December, 2016

RANDOM drug testing has been introduced at the Town Hall for employees in “safety critical” posts.

Council tax: Town Hall warns residents could face two years of soaring bills

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Councillor Caroline Russell and Councillor Andy Hull

Published: 16 December, 2016


‘Extremely foolish’: Parents and teachers at packed meeting protest against plans for free school in Highbury

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An alternative proposal to build flats for public sector workers was greeted with mass approval. 
Below, from left: Highbury Fields teacher and Islington NUS vice-president Rachel Archer, former councillor and Highbury Community Association member Julie Horten, Cllr Joe Caluori, Islington Council director of planning Karen Sullivan and parent Abi Hopkins

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Published: 9 December, 2016
by Joe Cooper