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Grayson Perry painting to be raffled off for a £1

Grayson Perry is taking part in a charity raffle to raise money for a number of good causes in Walthamstow.

Along with artist Jeremy Deller, MP Stella Creasy and children from Whitefield Academy Trust, he is decorating a postcard for Community hub and charity The Mill.

The postcards will be raffled for just £1, and all the mini originals will be given out to winners later on this month.

Grayson Perry is the most famous artist taking place in the raffle. Credit: Press Association

The postcards have been created in secret and will go on display at The Mill between 9-17 October. The artists name will only be revealed after the raffle tickets are won.

The proceeds will go towards a number of good local causes including a homeless shelter.

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700 DLR workers balloted for strikes

Almost 700 workers on London's Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are to be balloted for strikes in a row over the use of agency staff and working conditions.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action, with the result due on October 22.

General secretary Mick Cash accused employers KeolisAmey of trying to "bulldoze" through changes to working practices and conditions.

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The managing director of KeolisAmey Dockland criticized the move, saying it was "unnecessary".

We are disappointed that the RMT union plan to ballot our employees. This action is unnecessary and we are working to ensure we continue to deliver a normal and reliable service to DLR passengers every day.

We continue to meet with the union to actively seek a resolution to the issues they have recently raised.

– Kevin Thomas


Soldier dies in parachute training exercise in Germany

A soldier from Hackney has died whilst taking part in a parachute training expedition in Germany, the Army said.

Lance Corporal Ali Woodford, 26, based in Beachley Barracks in Gloucestershire, died on September 29.

Beachley Barracks. Credit: Google Streetview

He had served as a heavy machine gun operator in Afghanistan, and is survived by his wife Samantha and his three-year-old son Oscar John.

The army have not released any more details on how he died, but said an investigation is under way.

Lieutenant Commander Charlie Grist, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion The Rifles, described L/Cpl Woodford as "a leader with presence and drive".

Captain Steve Tisbury, Commanding Officer, Motor Transport Platoon, said he "instantly stood out as highly capable".

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