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Society
Homeowners whose properties were devastated by the Christmas flooding of 2013 may feel a little safer at the news their town is set for a new £15 million barrier thanks to the latest round of funding. Flood defences for Tonbridge and the surrounding area are to be improved following a decision to award more than £2 million of government cash. It will go towards improvements to the Leigh Flood Storage area and local embankments in the Hildenborough area. Th...
Society
The Government is to crack down on people smugglers advertising their services to people in developing countries via Facebook in a bid to stem the flow of undocumented migrants to the UK at its source. The UK has identified 539 social media pages – the vast majority on Facebook – which it says are used by people illegally offering others transit to Europe - writes independent.co.uk “We must now match our pursuit of people smugglers and traffickers with a r...
Incidents
A schoolboy died from the effects of a suspected allergic reaction after allegedly being chased and having cheese thrown down his T-shirt, an inquest heard today. Karanbir Cheema, 13, was “gasping for air” when emergency crews arrived at William Perkin CofE High School in Greenford . Kieran Oppatt, the first paramedic to arrive at the scene on June 28 last year, today told St Pancras coroner’s court that the unconscious teenager’s condition deteriorated dr...
Society
Around 120 people were affected by a flood in West Drayton when a burst water main filled a residential street. The road, Falling Lane, was covered in a metre of water in an incident which prompted six fire engines and 40 firefighters into action on Sunday. Some 80 properties were impacted, some of which were evacuated . In an update, a spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade , which was called at 8.39pm, said: “Firefighters used sand bags and pumped wate...
Society
Council sidestepped a loaded decision about ending city hall regulation of the number of taxi licences in London, punting the controversial proposal back to staff on Tuesday night. The direction to city staff? Talk to the taxi industry. Again. It’s the latest chapter in the never-ending saga over London’s bylaw governing taxis, limousines and private ride-hailing companies like Uber. VEHICLE FOR HIRE BYLAW Staff will bring a bylaw back to the community and...
Incidents
A dog owner claims her pet was kicked to death by a teenager in a “disgusting” attack at an east London park. Pomeranian puppy Scout was set upon by thugs while being walked in Raphael Park in Romford , owner Samantha Winfield said - writes standard.co.uk She has launched a Facebook campaign to track down the culprit and police are investigating the incident, which happened at about 3pm on Sunday. “My partner walked my two Pomeranian puppies in Raphael Par...
Society
A teenage girl was raped in broad daylight in an east London park, police have said. The Met's child abuse and sexual offences command is investigating the attack, which happened in West Ham Park on Tuesday. The female victim was attacked by a man close to the entrance opposite FairlandRoad, Scotland Yard said. It happened at about 4pm. No arrests have yet been made. West Ham Park, which dates back to the 16th century,is run by the City of London Corporati...
Society
Armed police would have needed “luck” to be in the right place to tackle an intruder at Parliament, the Westminster terror attack inquest heard today. Khalid Masood, 52, rushed into the Parliamentary grounds and stabbed Pc Keith Palmer to death having mown down and killed four pedestrians with his car on Westminster Bridge. The inquest has heard armed police patrolling Parliament had been in-structed to prioritise the safety of ministers and MPs over polic...
Society
A car thief who was filmed deliberately driving at a group of cyclists has admitted a string of offences. Shane Seymour, 25, of Southwark, south London, drove at the cyclists on Clapham Road, Clapham, during the morning rush hour of 1 August. Footage on social media showed a black Audi with fake number plates repeatedly accelerating towards the cyclists. Seymour pleaded guilty to the theft of a car, driving while disqualified and dangerous driving. He appe...
Incidents
A female pedestrian is fighting for life after being hit by a lorry in east London , police said. Officers raced to the scene, on Stamford Hill, in Hackney , at about 4.25am on Thursday morning. The woman has been rushed to hospital, officers said, and remains in a critical condition. Police said the driver of the lorrystopped at the scene. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed there have been no arrests. Following the crash, Stamford Hill was...
Society
London saw a massive spike in drug overdoses this summer, with its overdose-prevention site saving the lives of three times as many people last month as in the six months previous, says the executive director of the organization that hosts the site. With only two of the four front-running London mayoral candidates supporting a permanent downtown supervised drug consumption site, the need for intervention was driven home when 23 users were “reversed” from d...
Society
The PM will announce £2bn to build new homes in England, in a attempt to remove the "stigma" of social housing. Under the plan, housing associations, councils and other organisations will be able to bid for the money to spend on new projects, starting from 2022. Labour said the announcement fell "far short" of what was needed for the social housing sector. BBC home editor Mark Easton said the government hopes the money will allow local authorities and hous...
Society
Tackling serious violence in London is to be treated as a public health issue, the city's mayor has said. Sadiq Khan has set up a Violence Reduction Unit to include public health staff, police and local government, with £500,000 in initial funding. He said it "will not deliver results overnight", but focus on diverting young people away from crime. There have been 100 homicides in the city this year, with another man stabbed to death on Tuesday night . A t...
Society
A London council has been criticised for spending thousands of pounds on a performance art festival featuring sex toys and someone going to the toilet. Croydon allocated £10,000 for the event, which included one artist’s effort to “demystify the anus”. Called the Biennial of International Performance Art and Noise, the event was produced by an organisation called Tempting Failure. Arts Council England contributed £38,000. It included the work of Joseph Rav...
Society
The long-running row over the £1.2 billion redevelopment of the Mount Pleasant mail sorting office has burst back into life after flats went on sale with starting prices from £670,000 for a studio. The 681-apartment scheme in Clerkenwell , where fewer than a quarter of the homes are designated “affordable”, was given the go-ahead in 2014 by then mayor Boris Johnson, who overruled the objections of “bourgeois nimby” councillors. Campaigners against the deve...
Society
A vulnerable woman who was found starving, beatenand forced to work as a slave was returned to her suspected trafficker in a major blunder by council officials, the Standard has learned. The woman, who had learning disabilities, was discovered by chance, filthy and freezing and apparently living in a garden shed, when bailiffs raided a house in east London. Neighbours later said they had seen her showering naked in the garden and being forced to unload scr...
Society
Three men were hurt when a car struck several people outside a north London mosque, police said. Eyewitnesses described hearing the driver "shouting anti-Islamic taunts" in the incident at the Islamic centre in Cricklewood. The Metropolitan Police said it was not being treated as terrorist-related, but could have been a hate crime. Two men were taken to hospital following the incident at about 00:35 BST. The driver failed to stop. It happened at the Al-maj...
Society
A school in central London has resorted to usingair purifiers inside all of its classrooms after pollution levels were found to be at a hazardous level. Christopher Hatton Primary School in Holborn is located close to several major roads and construction sitesleaving children exposed to diesel fumes and dust. The dust contains harmful PM 2.5 particles that can trigger or worsen respiratory problems such asasthma and bronchitis. In the school's nursery, lev...
Society
Around 120 people were affected by a flood in West Drayton when a burst water main filled a residential street. The road, Falling Lane, was covered in a metre of water in an incident which prompted six fire engines and 40 firefighters into action on Sunday - writes standard.co.uk Some 80 properties were impacted, some of which were evacuated . In an update, a spokesperson for the London Fire Brigade , which was called at 8.39pm, said: “Firefighters used sa...
Society
Motorists across the capital are being urged to ditch their vehicles for a day and reclaim the streets from traffic when nearly 50 roads close for World Car Free Day . Greenwich Town Centre and Bermondsey Street are among 49 streets across London set to be car-free on Saturday in a bid to tackle poor air quality and encourage stronger communities. By supporting London Play , a charity working to give children the freedom to play by shutting roads to traffi...
Society
A Thames Water engineer has been hailed a hero after saving a choking baby who had stopped breathing and was turning blue. Jack Gale was carrying out maintenance work in a churchyard with a colleague when they heard the eight-month-old baby’s mother crying for help and came to the rescue. The woman had rushed out of her Earl’s Court home carrying the little boy, who had suddenly stopped breathing and was changing colour from lack of oxygen. Falling back on...
Society
London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for a second EU referendum, criticising the government's handling of Brexit negotiations with the EU. Writing in the Observer, the Labour politician said that with the UK due to leave the EU in six months, it now faced either a "bad deal" or "no deal"- writes bbc.com The debate had also become "more about Boris Johnson's political ambitions" than what was good for the UK, he said. Tory minister Michael Gove said Mr Khan w...
Society
Progress is being made to help deaf and hearing-impaired people enjoy live music. Kate Samuelson explores provision for those who – literally – feel the beat. From wedding first dances to familiar songs your grandparents used to hum, many of our most treasured experiences are connected to music. Music can heighten everyday experiences, trigger emotions and even help to heal pain. But its power is not limited to those with perfect hearing. Deaf people do no...
Society
The 2018 Great British Beach Clean expects a bumper year after the Blue Planet television series prompted a surge of interest in ocean plastic pollution The organisers of the annual Great British Beach Clean say they expect to see record numbers of volunteers at more beaches than ever before at this weekend’s UK-wide event. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has been running the four-day beach cleaning event for the last 24 years. In 2017, 6,944 volunte...
Politics
A portrait capturing tens of thousands of Year 3 schoolchildren from across London is being created by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen. Year 3 pupils from the capital's 2,410 primary schools will be specially photographed for the project, which will go on display at Tate Britain. The project hopes to embody the diversity of the city in which Mr McQueen, now 48, grew up. The finished exhibition will be unveiled in autumn 2019. The 12 Years a Slave dir...
Society
More than £8,000 has been raised for the family of a young father who died in a motorbike accident in north London. Restaurant manager Adrian Cheung , 25, was killed in Kentish Town after colliding with a metal stand as he rode to work last Friday. A Gofundme page has since been launched to help support the fiancée and daughter of Mr Cheung, who worked at popular Japanese restaurant Kami. Friends and will-wishers have flocked to the page, set up by his bro...
Incidents
A survivor of the Parsons Green Tube bombing has told how the attack made him want to live life to the full onthe one-year anniversary of theexplosion . Carpet salesman Peter Crowley was hailed a “legend” when he turned up for work immediatelyafter the bomb exploded metres away from him on the Tube train. The device only partly detonated, saving many commuters from death, but sent a fireball shooting through the train, leaving 23 passengers suffering burns...
Incidents
A corn snake had to be rescued after becoming stuck in a mousetrap as it slid through a London street. The pink-scaled animal was spotted in a black device, unable to escape, by a passerby. They called the RSPCA to help free the snake. Joe White, the animal collection officer who responded to the call, said: “The poor snake could barely move and was well and truly stuck in the mousetrap. The snake had an abrasion where he was stuck but his injuries do not...
Society
Relatives of a “delightful” seven-year-old boy who died after falling from a wall in a pub garden today told of their heartbreak. Witnesses said football-loving Harvey Tyrrell climbed over the wall to retrieve a ball when he tripped and hit his head. His father battled to save his life before paramedics arrived. Harvey died in hospital after the accident in the back garden of the King Harold pub in Harold Wood, near Romford , on Tuesday. The pub remained s...
Society
Guerilla artists replaced road signs with notices marked “drug dealers only” to highlight the impact of crime in an east London neighbourhood. The artists, calling themselves the Columbia Road Cartel, installed six signs on lampposts around Columbia Road near Shoreditch. Despite appearing to be normal road signs, the notices carried messages such as “Give way to oncoming drug dealers” and “Crack pickup point”. The group also marked out a parking space for...
Society
The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is used by the NHS to test for genetic conditions, but people can pay for it privately to discover a baby's gender. Labour MP Naz Shah said it was morally wrong for people to use the test to abort pregnancies based on the outcome. The Department of Health said it would continue to review the evidence. An investigation by the Victoria Derbyshire programme has found thousands of British women discussing using NIPT to det...
Society
Not because the photographers and journalists are spending the weekend barking at their smart speakers, but because of a certain newcomer to this season's schedule. Appearing alongside the likes of Jasper Conran, Victoria Beckham, Burberry and Pam Hogg is former TV presenter and model Alexa Chung. She may have been a familiar face in fashion for more than a decade, but Alexa's LFW debut this weekend comes just one year after launching her eponymous clothin...
Society
Two private landlords have been convicted of managing houses in dangerous and sub-standard conditionsafter a north London council found 35 people living in one "appalling" house. Islington Council officers found the tenants living in four “sub-standard” two-bedroom flats in the semi-detached Victorian property in Grosvenor Avenue, Highbury . Up to six people were sleeping in each bedroom, while the property, in aleafysuburb, had numerous fire safety hazard...
Society
Ambulances transporting cancer patients for treatment at a central London hospital are having fixed penalty notices placed upon them for parking illegally in the streets nearby. The Evening Standard quotes a driver calling the situation "ridiculous", but Camden Council - which issues parking penalties in the area around University College Hospital's Macmillan Cancer Centre - says it is within its rights to impose the fines. So, what is the law? The 2002 Tr...
Society
Officers with the Metropolitan Police are to be quizzed on whether they want to carry a spit guard. A survey by the Metropolitan Police Federation will ask members whether they have ever been spat at or bitten while on duty over the last two years – and whether they would want to have a guard at their disposal for protection. Scotland Yard boss Cressida Dick has previously said using spit guards on the streets could make police officers more likely to get...
Society
London mayor Sadiq Khan’s transport ambitions today suffered a further blow when the High Court blocked a new bike lane. The future of Cycle Superhighway 11 is now unclear after Westminster City Council accused Transport for London of failing to carry out a proper consultation process. London Mayor, Sadiq Khan Work on CS11 linking Swiss Cottage, Regents Park and the West End was due to start in July but is now on hold indefinitely. The setback for City Hal...
News form Brent
Home Council News September 2018 Youth Stories of Brent premiere Youth Stories of Brent premiere 10 September 2018 There was a huge turnout as young Brent film-makers launched their inspirational documentary about other young people in Brent Over a hundred people packed into the Granville Centre in South Kilburn on Saturday (8 September) to celebrate the launch of Youth Stories of Brent, a dynamic new documentary film telling the stories of inspirational y...
News from Brent
Eight years of austerity have put local councils like Brent under enormous financial pressure. We’ve seen our funding slashed, and have been forced to make cut after cut to the services that residents depend on and value. We’re now heading into a ninth year and, regrettably, are faced with some of the toughest ‘choices’ yet - writes brent.gov.uk A big part of setting a budget involves talking to the people who live and work in this borough about their view...
Society
London Fashion Week is about to kick off. Here is a look at the biannual event and the industry it promotes in numbers. – The 68th London Fashion Week will feature more than 80 designers and 100 brands and will welcome guests from more than 50 countries and all five continents. – The fashion industry directly contributed £32.3 billion to the UK economy in 2017 – a 5.4% increase on 2016, according to data from Oxford Economics. Models on the catwalk during...
News from Tower Hamlets
Grade II listed former Royal London Hospital building being brought back into community use Tower Hamlets Council has signed an £8m contract with Bouygues UK to carry out preparatory work on its new town hall ahead of the main construction taking place. The grade II listed former Royal London Hospital building in Whitechapel is one of London’s most famous landmarks and has been at the heart of the borough’s history since it was opened to patients in 1757....
Incidents
A gang of carjackers who dragged former boxer Michael Watson 500 yards (450m) along a road in a failed attempt to steal a car have been convicted. The 51-year-old, who was left partly disabled after a fight with Chris Eubank in 1991, was attacked along with his carer in Chingford last year. Simon Luck, 29, Paul Samuels, 31, and Anselm Legemah, 23, also sprayed ammonia in the eyes of their victims. They were found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court of two se...
Society
Former JLS member Oritse Williams has been charged with rape over an alleged attack on a fan in a hotel room after a concert. The 31-year-old singer from Croydon, London, was arrested on 2 December 2016, the morning after performing at the Gorgeous club in Wolverhampton. A second man, Jamien Nagadhana, 31, of Hounslow, London, has also been charged in connection with the incident. Both men are due to appear before magistrates on 11 October. At the time of...
Society
In August the Department for Transport launched a consultation looking at whether new offences such as "death by dangerous cycling" should be introduced. The proposed changes followed the conviction of cyclist Charlie Alliston who was jailed for 18 months for killing mother-of-two Kim Briggs while riding an illegal racing bike which had no front brakes. Alliston was cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of causing bodily harm by "wanton and furious driv...
Incidents
Murders are taking longer to solve due to delays in getting vital evidence from technology companies based abroad, the Metropolitan Police has said. Detectives said the process was "bureaucratic" and in some cases took as long as 18 months. The concerns emerged as the Met recorded its 100th homicide - at an earlier point in the year than at any time since 2008. The Home Office said it was working to expand police powers. The latest victim, Memunatu Warne,...
Crime
Shops in London are selling knives, alcohol and tobacco to children as young as 13. Over 2,500 test purchases carried out by London Trading Standards (LTS) revealed the age-restricted items being sold to under-18s. A total of 285 illegal sales were recorded, with 14% of shops selling knives and 12% selling alcohol. The Met Police said it was "unacceptable". There have been 64 fatal stabbings in London since January. Sophie Linden, deputy mayor for policing...
Society
Met Police officers are to be quizzed about whether they should have a spit guard at their disposal. Commissioner Cressida Dick has previously said front-line officers would not be given the mesh guards. Members of the Met Police Federation (MPF) will also be asked if they have been spat at or bitten on duty in the past two years as part of the survey. Chairman Ken Marsh said the survey was being conducted to provide evidence for Ms Dick. Civil liberties g...
News from Bexley
Volunteers attending a ‘botany for beginners’ training day at Lesnes Abbey Woods got more than they bargained for when they discovered a plant which was previously thought to be extinct in Kent! The Turritis glabra, or Tower Mustard plant, is listed on the Plantlife website as endangered and is on the ‘Probably Extinct’ list for Kent. It was last recorded in Kent at Leybourne Wood in 1964. The ‘Botany for Beginners’ event at Lesnes is a free training class...
News from Tower Hamlets
Consultation aims to bring together Tower Hamlets to improve our environment and change the way we view and treat waste A major consultation has been launched in Tower Hamlets to help reduce waste, increase recycling and improve air quality – from the manufacturer through to the end user - writes towerhamlets From single use plastics poisoning our oceans, to air pollution damaging cognitive health; we collectively share responsibility to arrest the decline...
News from Brent
Hundreds of people turned out over a two day culture summit to start shaping Brent's year as London Borough of Culture 2020 last Friday and Saturday. Brent won the bid to be named London Borough of Culture 2020 earlier this year, beating stiff competition from 22 other London boroughs, and now Brent is giving it back to the people. The two day get together at South Kilburn's Granville Centre brought together cultural organisations, artists and residents wh...
Crime
Eight men have been arrested in raids across east London as part of an operation to tackle moped crime. The Met said the men were held on suspicion of offences including conspiracy to handle stolen goods. Officers executed warrants at six properties in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Havering and found about £30,000 in cash and up to 30 phones, the Met said. Det Insp Steve Brownlee said the operation was "incredibly successful" and the men were all in custody. L...
Crime
A holidaymaker who helped catch a child rapist he saw with groups of young girls said "gut instinct" made him alert the authorities. David Bushell reported Keith Morris, 72, after observing him with groups of 10 to 12-year-olds at a hotel in Kenya. He contacted the National Crime Agency as he believed something was "seriously wrong", he said. Morris, from Hull, was jailed in July for sexually abusing two girls he met during repeated trips to east Africa. D...
Society
A group of teenagers "celebrated" after carrying out a fatal knife attack on a man who gatecrashed a girl's 16th birthday party, a court has heard. Lewis Blackman, 19, was stabbed 14 times after being chased from the rented flat in Earl's Court, west London, on 18 February - writes bbc.com Six boys, including four 17-year-olds and two 16-year-olds, are on trial at the Old Bailey accused of his murder and causing violent disorder. They deny all charges. The...
Society
A group of teenagers "celebrated" after carrying out a fatal knife attack on a man who gatecrashed a girl's 16th birthday party, a court has heard. Lewis Blackman, 19, was stabbed 14 times after being chased from the rented flat in Earl's Court, west London, on 18 February. Six boys, including four 17-year-olds and two 16-year-olds, are on trial at the Old Bailey accused of his murder and causing violent disorder. They deny all charges. The court heard the...
News from Tower Hamlets
A commission tasked with examining the likely impact of Brexit on Tower Hamlets was officially launched on Thursday. Mayor John Biggs first announced plans for a Tower Hamlets Brexit Commission at a meeting of his cabinet in August. It follows on from the detailed work that the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee has been undertaking since last year to prepare for Brexit. This morning he unveiled the line-up of commissioners and issued the first call...
Incidents
A seven-year-old boy has died after falling from the wall of a pub in east London. Police and paramedics rushed to Station Road, in HaroldWood, Romford , just after 5.20pm on Tuesday to find the child seriously injured. He was taken to an east London hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6.30pm. The boy is believed to have fallen at the King Harold Pub. His death is currently being treated as unexplained, Scotland Yard said. A spokesman added: “His next...
Society
A 12-year-old boy who was banned from a west London school because of his dreadlocks has been told he can return without having to cut his hair. Former Fulham Boys School pupil Chikayzea Flanders was told he would have to cut off his dreadlocks or face suspension last year. His mother, Tuesday Flanders, took the school to court, calling the demand an attack on her Rastafarian religion. The family have now reached an agreement with Fulham Boys School. Chika...
News from Bexley
‘Rent it Right’ is Bexley working in partnership with landlords and tenants to meet growing housing needs for local people. To encourage landlords of properties in the borough to find out more about ‘Rent it Right’ the Council has organised a free ‘marketplace’ event next month (2 October).At the event landlords can find out how ‘Rent it Right’ will help ensure their properties meet an approved set of conditions as well as more about how the Council’s thre...
Society
Complex heart operations at a London hospital will be moved elsewhere for "improvements to be made", bosses say. About 100 people will be affected by the plan to transfer complex procedures from St George's Hospital in Tooting to other hospitals in the capital. In August a leaked report suggested a "toxic" row between surgeons at the cardiac unit contributed to a higher mortality rate. Managers said the plan would "give us the space to make the improvement...
Society
Selfridges and Balenciaga have apologised following a backlash overa window display for designer clothes that critics branded "homeless chic". The department store and luxury fashion brandwere accused of "trivialising" rough sleeping withthe window display which included hooded mannequins in slumped positions. The displayat the Oxford Street store was designed to advertise a new range of Balenciaga trainers and hoodies worth hundreds of pounds. But critics...
Incidents
The Siberian Forest cat, called Mr Muk, was taken from a garden in Islington, north London. Police have released pictures of a suspect, wearing a bright yellow t-shirt cradling the large ginger cat. The cat was last seen at Canonbury Station between at around 8:45pm on July 30th. CCTV image of suspect police are looking forCredit: Met Police Theft is theft and taking someone's pet because you like the look of them or consider them high value is a criminal...
Society
A 56-year-old woman who collided with a bicycle as she crossed a road has died. The woman, named as Sakine Cihan, was fighting for her life following the crash in Kingsland High Street on Tuesday, August 28. She lived in Dalston , where the accident took place, shortly after 5pm. A spokesperson for the Met Police said: “The woman was taken to hospital where she sadly died.” When asked by the Standard the force was unable to state exactly when she died but...
News from Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets Council has teamed up with Tesco and the Community Alcohol Partnership to give “responsible retail” training to all off-licenses and independent retailers in the borough in a bid to tackle alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour. The national training, usually reserved for chain retailers, supports the council’s work to create a responsible drinking borough and upholds the Mayor’s commitment to reduce anti-social behaviour. It will ensure retai...
Incidents
A mother and child who fell onto the track at a busy Tube station only avoided serious injury by scrambling into a pit to allow an oncoming train to pass above them, police said - writes standard.co.uk The father also leapt down to help the pair as the terrifying incident unfolded at Baker Street station at about 10.15pm on Friday. The woman was walking along the platform, pushing her child in a pram and looking up at the indicator board when she accidenta...
News from Bexley
A recent Ofsted inspection of services for children, young people, families and carers in Bexley has judged the borough’s provision to be ‘Outstanding’! Inspectors found that services for children, young people, families and carers had significantly improved since the previous inspection in 2014. They commented in particular on the ambitious and effective work to protect children and to help families stay together where it is safe enough for this to be pos...
Society
Bucking national and Ontario employment trends, the London-St. Thomas area ended the summer with its lowest jobless rate in 14 years and one that’s flirting with its lowest rate ever. Figures released by Statistics Canada show the number of people working in the area market last month rose by 600 from July to August, while the number of people in the labour force — those who are working or looking for jobs — fell by 100 in the region, which also includes S...
Society
Kurt Cochran, one of the victims of the Westminster Bridge terror attack, walking on to the bridge with his wife Melissa (Metropolitan Police/PA)Photo: PA Wire/PA Images The widow of the first man to die in the Westminster terror attack has told how their whistlestop tour of Europe ended in tragedyafter just two and half hours in London. American Melissa Cochran and her husband Kurt had been sightseeing in the capital before Khalid Masood ploughed into the...
Society
The group, which owns well-known brands including Marmite and Dove soap, said it will put the plans to vote at general meetings on October 25 and 26, with aims to complete the changes on Christmas Eve - writes itv.com But reports have suggested Unilever is still working to convince investors of the merits of the change and is at risk of a shareholder revolt over the proposals. Unilever announced in March that it planned to “simplify” from two legal entitie...
Society
Politicians and taxi drivers are bracing for a showdown over a controversial proposal to lift the cap that controls the number of taxis in London — a major revision to the city's taxibylaw that comesshortly after a long and bitter feud to regulate Uber. Politicians and taxi drivers are bracing for a showdown over a controversial proposal to lift the cap that controls the number of taxis in London — a major revision to the city’s taxibylaw that comesshortly...
Society
Two schoolgirls, aged nine and six, have been “grabbed by a masked unknown suspect” while they were playing outside together in east London , police said. The two children were led to a secluded are a short distance away from Coronation Avenue, in Stoke Newington , according to police - writes standard.co.uk Both girls were playing outside together at about 7pm on Saturday night before they were allegedly approached by an unknown suspect. Police said after...
Society
Network Rail is selling its commercial property portfolio in a deal that will raise £1.46bn and shore up the railway operator's finances. It said the proceeds of the sale to Blackstone Group and Telereal Trillium would help fund railway upgrades. But tenants of the 5,200 properties being sold, predominantly converted railway arches, have expressed concern. Campaign group Guardians of the Arches , said they feared the sale would lead to higher rents for ten...
Crime
Ministers do not know the impact that funding cuts have had on police forces, the UK's public spending watchdog says. According to the National Audit Office , the Home Office does not know whether the police system in England and Wales is "financially sustainable". It calls the approach to police funding "ineffective" and "detached" from the changing demands faced by officers. A Home Office spokesman said the department had conducted a substantial review o...
Society
It’s a birthday Adison Peacock will remember. Celebrating her sixth birthday at the Western Fair that opened Friday afternoon, she was looking forward to cotton candy, her first ever taste, the swing ride and roller coaster, she said, between bites of the sticky stuff. “I used to come here as a kid with my parents and now it is our daughter’s birthday today,” said dad Thomas Peacock. “It’s a lot of fun, we are all looking forward to going on the rides. Tha...
Society
SHEDDEN – Ken Howe and David Cooper Jr. have a connection rooted in tragedy. Cooper’s father David was captain of American Airlines Flight 1 AM-7, the Flagship Erie, that crashed Oct. 30, 1941, on a farm field in Lawrence Station near Shedden where Howe lived. Seventeen passengers and three crew members died in the crash, making it the worst aviation disaster in Canadian history at the time- writes lfpress.com. Howe and Cooper, who first met nearly 30 year...
Society
A mother who was forced to stand while breastfeeding on a crowded train, has urged people to show "common courtesy". But often it's not selfishness that stops us from making a kind gesture, it's a fear of the consequences - writes bbc.com We've all been on a crowded bus, a rush-hour train or Tube carriage with people packed like sardines - when someone gets on and looks around for a seat. Maybe you haven't noticed them - headphones clamped to your ears, at...
Business
Diamond Aircraft will double its production next year, after adding more than 100 workers, the plant’s chief executive says. Diamond Aircraft will double its production next year, after adding more than 100 workers, the plant’s chief executive says. Production at the airplane manufacturer will soar in 2019 to 150 planes – the plant will make 75 by the end of this year – as global demand is growing, Scott McFadzean said. But the production increase may pale...