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Waltham Forest police warn of 'misleading rumours' as they investigate racist incidents

Police in Waltham Forest are investigating two incidents where Asian women had confrontations with white men in the borough. But they have said their investigation is being complicated because of 'misleading' stories circulating on social media.

Police believe the two incidents are not linked. Both happened in the same area near Boundary Road. On the 5th of December, a woman was pushed to the ground by a white male. Five days later, another woman was racially abused by three white men. However, police are concerned that comments on social media could bring people to the area and inflame the situation.

No arrests have been made and police say they are working with local community groups to reassure residents.

West Ham look to extend their unbeaten run

Diafra Sakho. Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

West Ham play Swansea at Upton Park later today. They'll be hoping their top striker, Diafra Sakho who has been sidelined for several weeks with a knee injury will be fit enough to play.

The Hammers' recent run of great form has lifted them to fifth position in the Premier League. They've only lost one of their last eight league matches.

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Police appeal after woman raped in E14

African Queen pub, Duff Street, E14 Credit: Google Street View

Police are appealing for anyone with information regarding a young woman who was raped in E14 to come forward.

The victim was returning home from Central London at around 4.30am on 4 December. She had caught the N15 night bus and got off at East India Dock Road.

The attacker grabbed her from behind and dragged her to a nearby waste area which was next to a building, formerly known as the African Queen Public House.

She was subjected to a violent sexual attack and had her money stolen. The attacker then fled along Duff Street. He is described as a black male in his twenties wearing a hooded top.

Police are asking anyone with information or may have witnessed the incident to ring 020 8733 6545. Alternatively to remain anonymous they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Staff assaulted by absconding psychiatric patient

A man has absconded from a psychiatric hospital in east London, after assaulting two members of staff.

Police are warning the public not to approach Paul Williams, 48, who left the hospital in Stadium Road, Woolwich, shortly before midday yesterday.

A short time later, he assaulted the driver of a car in Stadium Road, before stealing the vehicle and carrying out a burglary at an address in Caldwell Close, SE18.

Neither the car driver nor the victim of the burglary required hospital treatment. The car has since been abandoned.

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