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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.


Equipment fault sparked Islington electrical explosion

UK Power Networks engineers are working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power supplies to 37 customers in the Caledonian Road area of Islington.

At about 9.15am today 84 customers experienced a power cut following a fault on a piece of equipment forming part of the underground electricity distribution network.

To keep London powered, we have about 100,000 cable boxes and 36,000km of cables under the streets and there are relatively few cases where our equipment has faulted.

We regularly inspect, maintain and reinforce our network to ensure that London maintains its position as the most reliable electricity network in Britain.

Underground equipment can always develop a fault but most of the time it has no external impact.

– UK Power Networks
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