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England riots: Hackney staff help Scottish writer

Kevin MacNeil in Inverness. Pic: BBC Alba
Image caption Kevin MacNeil's books include The Stornoway Way

A Scottish writer's wedding preparations have been caught up in the rioting in London.

Lewis-born Kevin MacNeil found Hackney's registrar office had been shut early when he went to post his wedding banns.

Staff had locked up and gone home amid concerns about riots.

After spotting an online message written by MacNeil, a worker opened up an hour early the next day so the documents could be completed on time.

MacNeil's books include The Stornoway Way Love, Zen in the Outer Hebrides and A Method Actor's Guide to Jekyll and Hyde, which was published last year.

A University of Edinburgh graduate, he later returned to lecture in creative writing between 2009 and 2010.

The BBC filmed a cycle trip he made along the Danube for a one-hour documentary.

The novelist, poet and playwright now lives in London.

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