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Islington revealed as personal debt hotspot

Islington is one of the UK's personal debt hotspots, new figures have revealed. Credit: PA Wire

Islington has one of the highest levels of personal loan debt per head in Britain, according to new figures.

The postcode sector of EC1V 2 in London, which covers Islington in north London, has the second highest level of personal debt per head at £2,188 putting it just behind Bath in the list.

The figures, released jointly by the British Bankers' Association (BBA) and the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), also revealed that one quarter of Britain's £897 billion mortgage debt is owed by people in London.


Man suffers life-changing injuries after shooting

A 23-year-old man suffered "life-changing injuries" after being shot in Islington on Monday.

Police were called to reports of a shooting in Essex Road and found a man with a suspected gunshot wound.

The victim, who was conscious and breathing, was taken to an east London hospital with life changing injuries.

No arrests have been made and a firearm is yet to be recovered.


Man found dead after being assaulted at home

A man has been found dead after being attacked at his home in north London. The victim, in his mid-50s, was discovered at an address on Baxter Road in Islington last night. He last spoke to his family on Sunday evening and it is not known exactly when he died. There was no sign of a break in.

Google Street View image of Baxter Road in Islington Credit: Google Street View

Police say they know who the man is but he has not been formally identified.

Islington bans blacklisting firms

Islington Council has said it will terminate the contract of any firm which blacklists construction workers Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

Islington Council has said it will terminate the contract of any firm found to be blacklisting construction workers.

The north London council has gone further than any other authority by unveiling "decisive action" in the wake of continued controversy over secret lists of workers.

Unions are continuing to campaign for justice for thousands of workers whose names were discovered on a blacklist five years ago, drawn up on behalf of a number of construction firms.

Many believe they have been denied work if their name was on the list, often for merely raising health and safety issues on building sites.

The council said firms which want council contracts must show they do not practise blacklisting, while those who have done in the past have to prove they have stopped. Any contractor caught using a blacklist in the future will have their contracts ended.

London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard turns 40

The London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard was set up by volunteers 40 years ago. Credit: LLGS

The London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard is celebrating its 40th birthday.

The Islington based service, which is led and run by volunteers, has taken more than three million calls since the phones first started ringing in 1974.

It offers confidential advice and support for people around sexuality as well as their families and friends.

Police officer struck in suspected Islington hit and run

A police officer has been injured in a suspected hit and run in north London. The police helicopter joined the search over Islington just after 4pm. The officer was not seriously injured. Police are still hunting for the vehicle.

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