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Hackney residents left bemused after foam engulfs the River Lea

Stunned residents have taken to Twitter to post pictures of the bizarre scene when a mass of foam filled the River Lea over the weekend.

The giant white mass, which appeared near Hackney Marshes, is thought to be due to an industrial detergent spillage further up the river. The Environment Agency have not yet found the source of the problem, but it has now been cleared up.

Child assaulted by care worker

Hackney Police have re-released a CCTV image of a woman who is suspected of assaulting a disabled child in her care.

The suspect had care of a four-year-old victim, between 8th March and 9th March 2012 at the victim's home address in Hackney.

CCTV footage shows that the suspect assaulted the victim by hitting him, leaving the boy bruised.

The woman may have used the identity of someone else Credit: Metropolitan Police

The child victim requires 24-hour care and is unable to communicate. His care at the time of the offence was provided by a care agency.

The suspect provided her details to the care agency as Bola Bolatiwa, aged 34. It is known that the suspect used the identity of another woman.

The suspect is described as a black woman, approximately 5ft tall and of heavy build.

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Fatal stabbing in Hackney

Police have launched a murder investigation into a fatal stabbing in Hackney. Officers were called at 4pm by London Ambulance Service to reports of a stabbing in Frampton Park Road.

Officers attended and found a man, believed to be aged 19, suffering multiple stab wounds. He received treatment at the scene and was taken to an east London hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

'Hackney Heroine' quits national Lib Dem campaign

A woman who was dubbed the Hackney Heroine for standing up to rioters in 2011 has announced she is stepping down from the race to be Liberal Democrat president over the party's "Neanderthal views on diversity".

Pauline Pearce, 48, posted a video statement on her Facebook campaign page accusing the party of "underhand racism" and claiming senior party figures would not support her because of her criminal record.

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She said she would remain in the party but was resigned to remaining "the token person who sits and smiles in the background" rather than being able to take on prominent roles.

The party said it was saddened by the decision and would look into her claims "as a matter of urgency".

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Hackney murder victim named

An elderly man, who was murdered in Hackney on Thursday, has been named as Ngoc Giam Dang.

The 75-year-old died due to a head injury.

An ambulance was called to an address in Geffrye Court, N1, In the early hours of Thursday morning.

Mr Dang was taken to the Royal London Hospital but died within a few hours.

A woman was arrested at the scene and later released. A man was also arrested on suspicion of murder and has been bailed until August 13.

Man who went missing from mental health unit is arrested

Anthony Knowles disappeared from a mental health unit in Homerton in East London. Credit: Metropolitan Police

A man who went missing from a mental health unit in Homerton in East London has been arrested.

Anthony Knowles had been on escorted leave when he disappeared on Saturday.

Police had warned the public not to approach the 48-year-old. Scotland Yard said that he was detained at an address in Hackney.

Locals unimpressed by pub's 'apology'

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