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Baby fed bleach by woman 'recovering well'

A baby who was given a feeding bottle containing bleach by a woman from south east London has made a good recovery, a court heard today.

The jury heard from Peter Clark, prosecuting, that the incident took place on September 13 last year. He said:

Elaine Joyner, say the prosecution, gave to a complete stranger's baby a feeding bottle that contained a poisonous or noxious substance, a fluid that contained bleach, or something very similar.

The baby, who was 11 and a half months old, took some of that fluid in his mouth and was immediately rendered ill by it. He wretched and vomited over himself and turned very pale.

His grandmother seized it from the pram to prevent further harm. Happily, the baby has made a good recovery with no long term ill effects.

Woman detained over bleach fed to baby

A woman from south-east London who gave the baby of a complete stranger a feeding bottle containing bleach has been given a hospital order.

The 11-month-old boy drank some of the liquid and vomited after being handed the bottle in a branch of McDonald's, Woolwich Crown Court was told.

Elaine Joyner, 53, of Vaughan Williams Close, Deptford, was found to have administered a poison or noxious substance so as to endanger life by a jury last month.

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Lawrence killer loses appeal

Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death in Eltham in 1993. Credit: Family handout.

One of the men jailed for murdering Stephen Lawrence has lost a bid to challenge his conviction today.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal rejected an application brought by David Norris.

Gary Dobson, the second man jailed for murdering the black teenager, had previously dropped his appeal.

Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death in Eltham in 1993.

Gary Dobson (left) and David Norris (right) were convicted of Stephen's murder last year. Credit: CPS handout.

Regulars hope for regal support in campaign to save pub

A group of south Londoners are contacting the new King of Holland to ask for his help to save an historic Dutch-style pub from being turned into a burger bar.

They want King Willem-Alexander to support their campaign to preserve The Dutch House pub in Eltham.

The unusual looking pub was built in the 1930s by brewery chiefs who favoured Dutch architecture and sent a team of architects over to Holland to copy building designs.

A planning application has been lodged with the local authority, the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

They have refused to comment on the application because it has n't yet been considered by their planning department.

The Dutch Embassy also declined to comment.

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Woman charged over 'bleach bottle'

A woman has been charged with administering a noxious substance with intent to endanger life after an 11-month-old boy was given a bottle feared to contain bleach, police said.

Elaine Joyner, 53, of Vaughan Williams Close in Deptford will appear in court later today, Scotland Yard said.

The toddler was with his mother and grandmother in McDonald's on Eltham High Street, south east London, when the incident happened at around 12.40pm on Thursday.

He swallowed some of the contents and immediately vomited before being taken to hospital for observation. Police do not believe anyone else was affected.Joyner will appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court.

Woman held in 'bleach' bottle probe

A woman has been arrested after an 11-month-old boy was given a bottle feared to contain bleach as he sat in a fast food restaurant. The toddler swallowed some of the contents and immediately vomited, Scotland Yard said. He was taken to hospital for observation and his condition is stable.

The toddler was with his mother and grandmother in McDonald's, Eltham High Street, south-east London, when the incident occurred at around 12.40pm on Thursday. Detectives arrested a 53-year-old woman in Deptford. She was being questioned at a south London police station.

Officers have recovered the bottle and tests are being carried out to find out what it contained.

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