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Edson Da Costa protest: Stand-off between riot police and protestors in Stratford 

25 Jun

Protestors are in a stand-off with police outside Stratford bus station after protesting about a young father who died in police custody.


Justice For Edson march: Stratford station evacuated as riot police descend on march for man who died after being arrested 

25 Jun

Stratford bus station was evacuated as riot police descended on a protest demanding justice for a young father who died after being detained by police.


Commuters face severe delays between Stratford and Romford after train breaks down in Ilford 

19 Jun

Commuters face a chaotic journey home this evening as a number of services have been cancelled due to damage to the overhead electric wires between Stratford and Ilford.


Stratford housing association creates a ‘job lounge’ in Ilford 

19 Jun

A Stratford-based housing association has transformed an unused space in Ilford into a welcoming lounge for job-seeking parents.


Heavy delays between Stratford and Romford after train breaks down between Manor Park and Ilford 

19 Jun

A broken down train at Ilford is causing severe delays for commuters from Stratford to Romford this lunch time.


Technology talk for teachers in Stratford session 

16 Jun

Teachers across the UK came together in Stratford to explore new ways technology can boost literacy and creativity in the classroom.


Theatre Royal Stratford East to live stream Tommy into care homes 

16 Jun

Theatre Royal Stratford East is live streaming the iconic musical, Tommy, into adult social care homes across the UK.


New Theatre Royal Stratford East artistic director confirmed as Nadia Fall 

14 Jun

Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE) has announced the appointment of its new artistic director as Nadia Fall.


Consultation into future of Stratford International train services 

14 Jun

Passengers who use Stratford International have until the end of the month to have their say on the future of rail services.


Huge fire breaks out near Stratford Olympic Park in London as black smoke towers over shopping area 

13 Jun

Police have confirmed emergency services are currently dealing with a vehicle fire near the centre...


Inclusive performance of musical Tommy arrives at Theatre Royal Stratford East 

12 Jun

As The Who’s Tommy arrives at Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE), director Kerry Michael know it’s a show of particular importance.


First ever female Sikh MP Preet Kaur Gill graduated at the University of East London in Stratford 

9 Jun

A graduate from the University of East London has become the first ever female Sikh MP.


‘Great leader’ student hanged himself in his Stratford home 

8 Jun

A man described as a “great leader” was found hanging at his student digs in Stratford after a concerned friend raised the alarm, an inquest heard.


Missing Dagenham girl, Nelma Da Silva, 14. could be in Stratford 

6 Jun

A girl from Dagenham who has been missing for over a week could be in Newham, police believe.


Stratford drug dealer who kept knife in trousers is jailed 

5 Jun

A dealer who was found with three different types of drugs and a knife on him when pulled over by police has been jailed.


Four fire engines attend Stratford shop fire 

1 Jun

A fire in a ground-floor shop with flats above it resulted in 21 firefighters and officers being called out to the scene.


Bright Stratford student’s Harvard crowdfunding bid 

31 May

A talented student is hoping to swap Stratford for Harvard – but needs to raise £64,000 to get there.


Lightning strikes Stratford tower block twice 

29 May

The Stratford tower was struck soon after 02:00 BST as wild weather hit London overnight.


One-legged Barking rapist jailed for raping girl, 15, in Stratford 

26 May

A one-legged 38-year-old man who raped a 15-year-old girl and threatened to kill her has been jailed for nine years.


Street cleaner sacked after ‘agressive’ rant at Stratford Centre homeless 

26 May

A street cleaner has been sacked from a council contract after calling homeless people in the Stratford Centre “a disgrace and the lowest of the low”.


Anti-knife crime march between Forest Gate and Stratford is postponed 

24 May

A planned anti-knife crime march that was set to take place between Forest Gate and Stratford this Saturday has been postponed.


Fire in Warton Road, Stratford 

23 May

Twenty firefighters are tackling a blaze in Stratford’s Warton Road.


Stratford Old Town Hall flag flies at half mast after Manchester bombing 

23 May

The flag at the Old Town Hall in Stratford is flying at half mast today as a mark of respect to those who died in a suspected terror attack in Manchester.


Trains to Stratford cancelled as person hit by train at Ilford station 

19 May

A person has been hit by a train at Ilford station this afternoon, with trains cancelled as emergency services respond to the incident.


Appeal to find missing Dagenham girl, 14, who could be in Stratford and East Ham 

17 May

Police are appealing for information leading to the whereabouts of a missing schoolgirl from Dagenham.


Mums gather in Stratford to celebrate breastfeeding 

16 May

Mums from across the Stratford area gathered in Gerry’s Kitchen today for an afternoon of tea, cupcakes, questions and breastfeeding.


Drivers asked if they caught hit-run Bank Holiday incident in Stratford on their dash-cams 

13 May

Police are appealing today for witnesses to a Bank Holiday hit-and-run incident in east London when car was involved in two separate collisions within a minute of each other.


Stratford Picturehouse fire being investigated as arson 

12 May

A fire which led 50 cinema-goers to be evacuated last night is being investigated as arson.


Missing boy, 14, may be in Stratford 

10 May

Police are appealing for help to find missing teenager Kimaunie Samson who may be in Stratford.


Free frozen yoghurt to mark Pinkberry launch in Westfield Stratford City 

9 May

Have you got a sweet tooth? A world famous frozen yogurt shop is opening in Westfield Stratford City.


H&M opens its largest UK store in Westfield Stratford City 

8 May

Swedish fashion brand HM has opened its largest UK shop in Stratford.


Hyperlocal & blogs

Un-gyratory buses 

25 Jun

(In case four days of writing about Tyneside was too much for you, here's a post about bus changes in Stratford.


It’s a break not the final cut 

17 Jun

Gave notice to my subscribers that Up Your Street is taking a break.


The Who’s Tommy at Theatre Royal Stratford East | Theatre review 

15 Jun

This disappointing rendition of The Who’s famous rock opera is probably one to be avoided for most but may hold some important lessons for others.


Bring Out Your Dead or A Bee In my Bonnet. 

15 Jun

I thought it was a joke; the call out from WMG to crowdfund to get May Morris the credit she deserves because she was in the shadow of her famous dad, Bill.


Theatre News: Nadia Fall appointed artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East 

14 Jun

The director will take over from Kerry Michael who leaves the position at the end of this year...


Art in a bakery 

13 Jun

Well, there’s art in a lift, art in caffs, art on the underground so today I went to see shyly if my three works of art looked presentable on the white walls next to a sixties’ cutie faded framed print at Butlers Bakery in downtown east London in...


When is a church not a church? 

11 Jun

St Mary’s Music Hall What next? Lea Bridge Road Mosque’s Casino Whipps Cross Temple’s Friday Night Shenanigans.


Clickety Click 

10 Jun

They came from all corners of east London.


This is a Really Good Mini-Documentary About What Happens in the Stratford Centre at Night 

9 Jun

Sometimes you need to remind yourself of how good London is.


Interviews: Kerry Michael: ‘I can’t think about life after Stratford East just yet’ 

8 Jun

The artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East talks about Tommy and his plans for leaving the theatre in December...


This one’s all about the hands. 

7 Jun

Here is an obvious case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand even looks like.


What did you do in the 2017 Election? 

7 Jun

DearJohn If you've got any time on Election Day to help Labour you're really needed in nearby marginals.


Eels, bees, dinners and nibbles. 

6 Jun

Issue 18.


Issue 17. Up Your Street. 

6 Jun

Thurs 8th June free 11.30 Up Your Street Community Group off to the Victoria and Albert Museum for Balenciaga.


Three days, three exhibitions. 

6 Jun

That was the week that was.


[dis]tinct: an arts and science project in our community 

5 Jun

Source: [dis]tinct: an arts and science project in our community...


Old West Ham to Stanley Kubrick’s Beckton 

4 Jun

Here’s some footage from the walk I did for Chapter 2 of my book This Other London in the summer of 2012, just before the London Olympics – starting in Leytonstone then going past West Ham Church and the site of Stratford Langthorne Abbey onwards...


What a Palaver 

4 Jun

After months of not knowing and politely awaiting a decision, finally the deputy manager of a library housing a community art display allowed me to go ahead and exhibit.


FOR SALE: £5500 MERCEDES B160 Blue Efficiency Sport 

1 Jun

Body type : MPV Registered : 07/2011 Fuel: PETROL UNLEADED Engine : 1498 CC Seats : 5  Colour: GREY METALLIC Mot : APRIL 2018 Mileage : 46,000 Service History : FULL, currently Mercedes Stratford 2 owners since new, inc myself : 2 new tyres brake ...


Whispered Happenings. 

29 May

There’s a big shindig happening in the London Borough of WTF all about swifts and creativity and Walthamstow Wetlands and E17 Art Trail and did we all know about it? I heard someone saying they collected their Swift sticker from The Mill E17 and as...


For The Record 

29 May

“Exhibitions at Central Library Did you know the Central Library has exhibition space available for the use of local people, community groups and organisations? If you are interested in putting on an exhibition or for further details please contact...


A Canterbury Peculiar – London Overground at the Full English Festival 

28 May

Canterbury High Street was heaving.


Anorak Corner (tube edition) 

26 May

Anorak Corner ( t h e a n nu al up da te) [tube edition] Hurrah, it's that time of year again when TfL silently updates its spreadsheet of total annual passenger numbers at each tube station.


Disappointed and aghast. 

26 May

It is with huge disappointment that I write to you as a community artist.


The Woodford Green conservation area 

25 May

7 ♦ Leyton/Wanstead & Woodford/Chigwell Combining these three former boroughs in 1965 would have created a faintly ridiculous new borough, bulging at the top, thin in the middle and spreading out again to the south.


Newham Council AGM 2017 (The Selfie) 

20 May

This may not be very dignified but I do like this picture of some Newham Councillors after our Council Annual General Meeting on Thursday.


Interviews: Emma Donoghue: ‘Room is about the power of imagination, it belongs on stage’ 

18 May

The Academy Award-nominated writer talks to us about the stage adaptation of her novel, Room , currently playing at Theatre Royal Stratford East...


Rainy Day 

17 May

This morning I thought a rat was in my bedroom.


The Return of Roof East, Stratford 

15 May

Roof East is back! And it’s bigger and better than the last.


Claremont on a platform. 

12 May

The Claremont Project in Islington does tons for seniors who can come in from outwith Islington and are made welcome anyway.




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