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Building firm hires 'van sitters'

Five Civil Enforcement Officers patrol a street in Clapham Credit: Anthony Delvin/PA

A property maintenance company has hired a group of 'van sitters' to save it from hundreds of pounds in parking fines.

Aspect, based in Earlsfield, has employed 25 people at £8 per hour to drive its vans around the capital so that workmen can visit clients without having to find a parking space.

Drivers wait in the vans and drive around the block if they see a warden approaching.

The company says the idea's been so successful, it now wants to offer it to other residents and businesses.

Managing director Will Davies said:

“Our tradesmen used to spend up to an hour trying to find a parking space and some of them were running up £500 in fines every year. We now have around 25 van-sitters but could employ up to 90.”

Mr Davies says the drivers will be eligible to apply for apprenticeships with the company.

Police hope to reunite memory card with owner

The bag containing the memory card was discovered it in a walkway alongside the River Wandle in the Haslemere Industrial Estate just before Christmas.

Detective Constable Riaz Karolia of Wimbledon Police said:

"So far we have had no success in locating the owner of this bag. I am hoping that by issuing these images, someone may recognise the people involved and we can start the process of reuniting the owner with their belongings.

"The memory card contains images of someone's special day - if you know who these people are, please get in touch."


Are these your wedding snaps?

Police have published two photographs from a memory card found in Earlsfield, in an attempt to reunite it with its owner.

It was discovered inside a digital photo frame, within a blue Ikea shopping bag, that was handed in to police by a dog-walker.

Police are hoping that members of the public will be able to help them identify the wedding guests. Credit: Metropolitan Police handout.
The memory card was found in a bag in Earlsfield. Credit: Metropolitan Police handout.

Young cricketers hit by falling tree "comfortable"

Three nine-year-olds were waiting to use the practice nets at Spencer Cricket Club Credit: ITN

Two boys who were taken to hospital with head injuries over the weekend are in a "comfortable" condition after being hit by a falling tree at Spencer Cricket Club in Earlsfield.

Lewis Gaston and George Roberts were taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, after the freak accident.

Aidan Oakley, also nine, suffered leg injuries and was discharged from hospital.

A St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust spokesperson said:

“George Roberts and Lewis Gaston were admitted to St George’s Hospital during the weekend. Both George and Lewis are currently in a comfortable position.”


Boys hurt by falling tree

Three boys were in hospital, two with serious head injuries, after a tree fell on them.

The trio of nine-year-olds were waiting to use the practice nets at Spencer Cricket Club in Earlsfield, south west London, when the tree crashed down.

The boys, one of whom suffered leg injuries, were rushed to hospital and the club suspended all play. The incident happened yesterday after strong winds buffeted parts of south London.A statement from the club said the boys' conditions were being assessed.