Ex-Birmingam Mail editor Steve Dyson on his blog reviewing the local press, hosted by HoldtheFrontPage, takes a look at the Islington Gazette this week and likes its shock, horror hard news content.
He writes: "From the moment I spotted the Islington Gazette, I was excited by its direct, punchy, grisly stories and headlines.
"Page one on 14 January was a truly 'penny dreadful'-style piece of news, a schizophrenic fishmonger battering a Holloway butcher with a dumbbell before slitting his throat after suffering paranoid delusions.
"And it all took place between two Afghan asylum-seekers who worked in the busy Nag's Head Market in Seven Sisters Road."
Dyson notes: "Inside there were more sensational gems:"
- 'Mechanic fined for drunken rampage' on page five, after havoc at the Walkabout pub in Upper Street. Islington;
- 'Woman cat burglar is spared jail sentence' on page seven, telling the amazing tale of Sandy Rung-Ruangsap, who specialised in gaining access to flats in Holloway to feed her drug habit, with her 18th appearance in court ("staggering", said the judge); and
- 'Primary school worker charged with guns plot' on page eight, which told how a teaching assistant in local classrooms had been charged with plotting to own and sell guns.
"This was a wonderful news story that would have been the talk of the town."
That's great Steve but what happens if, like me, you live in Islington. Isn't reading the Gazette going to make you a bit scared to go out?