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Parents forced to choose between food or rent

Council houses in London
Credit: PA

One in three working parents in London cuts back on food in order to pay for their home. Research by Shelter has found over 400,000 parents are reducing their food, while 15 percent have had to skip meals to pay their rent or mortgage.

"No parent should be forced to choose between putting food on your table and paying for the roof over your children's heads. These shocking figures show that millions of us are having to make these kind of agonising choices every day. Sky-high housing costs and cuts to support are leaving many families trapped on a financial knife-edge. Every day at Shelter we see the proof that right now just one piece of bad luck, like a sudden job loss or illness, could tip any of us into a spiral that ends in homelessness. No matter how hard ordinary families work, with housing swallowing so much of their monthly budget, any drop in income can all too quickly put their home at serious risk. We desperately need the government to make sure there is a safety net that's strong enough to catch families who fall on hard times and stop them from going through the tragedy of losing their home."

– Campbell Robb, Shelter Chief Executive


Police investigate assault in Bishops Stortford

Have you seen this man? Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Police investigating an assault in Bishop’s Stortford have released CCTV images of two men they wish to speak with as part of their investigation.

A 26-year-old man and a woman were in a fast food shop on Friday 15th August when the man was involved in an argument with two men.

One of the men hit the victim on the head causing him to fall to the floor.

The two men then fled the shop.

Thankfully the victim wasn’t more seriously injured and only received bruising. I would like to speak with the two men pictured, one who is believed to be from the Chigwell, Essex, area, as they may be able to assist the investigation.

– PC Jon Channell, Hertfordshire Police
Police want to speak to this man as part of their investigation Credit: Hertfordshire Police


Magician Dynamo levitates above The Shard

Superstar magician Dynamo may have pulled off his most impressive trick ever – levitating above The Shard.

Passers-by were stunned when they saw a person ascend from the top of the iconic landmark.

16 year-old student killed the day after he received his GCSE results

Fazan Ahmed was described as
Fazan Ahmed was described as Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The family of Fazan Ahmed, who was killed in a hit and run incident in Hemel Hempstead on Friday evening, attended a press conference today where they urged for the driver to give himself in.

Fazan was playing football on the day after he had received his GCSE results. He was struck by a blue car, possibly a Ford Focus, which then drove on. Police believe that the car would have suffered damage in the collision and have asked garage staff and car mechanics to keep an eye out for it.

This tragedy has torn not just this family apart, but his friends and the community as a whole. To the driver we say, please come forward. Look at the devastation you have caused this family, its friends and the community as a whole.

– Ahmed family statement

Battersea's "saddest" dog has a home at last

Bless with her new owners.
Bless with her new owners. Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

A rottweiler at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has finally found a new home after a media campaign to find a new owner. Staff at the home believed that Bless wasn't being adopted because of her sad expression. But after her plight was reported in the media, Geoff and Sylvia Shoesmith from Chelmsford volunteered to take her in.

Bless spent five months at the Home after being found wandering on the street. Despite her mournful expression, staff said she is an easy-going character and is well-behaved.

She’s fantastic, I can’t fault her. She’s got that sort of face that never gives much away – but as soon as you put your coat on and it’s time to take her out, then she positively bounces!

– Geoff Shoesmith, Bless's new owner
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