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Landlord to take council to court over licences

A landlord is today due to take Enfield Borough Council to court to fight against its new compulsory licensing scheme.

New rules are set to come in next April which will require landlords to get a £500, five-year licence for each property they own.

It aims to reduce anti-social behaviour associated with rental homes.

But landlord Constantinos Regas says the council has failed to prove housing in the borough is being badly managed.

Mother enjoying a drink in the pub almost loses her leg after being bitten by a spider

A mother enjoying an afternoon out at pub in north London almost lost her leg after being bitten by a spider.

False Widow Spider Credit: PA

The Evening Standard says Shireen Larsen's leg went numb after she was bitten at the Crown and Horseshoe pub in Enfield. She can now barely walk after her leg turned black and yellow. The bite may have come from a false widow spider.

We have had no complaints from customers about spiders in the garden.

– Crown and Horseshoe pub

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Dogs trained to fight in Enfield children's playground

Dogs are being trained to fight in a children's playground in Enfield, according to council officials.

The council said the situation at Forty Hall is now so serious that they are looking to install CCTV cameras and increase park police patrols in the area in an effort to catch the people responsible

Dogs are being trained to fight in a children's playground, according to Enfield Council

I find it absolutely astonishing that anyone is stupid enough train fighting dogs, but to do so in a children’s playground shows quite remarkable levels of idiocy and selfishness.

There have been too many reports of young children being attacked by dogs in recent years, so to actually train a fighting dog in a playground and condition it to behave violently around play equipment which is routinely used by toddlers is one of the most despicable things I’ve heard in a long time.

These people are a menace to society and should be utterly ashamed of themselves.

– Councillor Chris Bond, Enfield Council

Enfield Council claims the playground is being used by the owners of fighting dogs who are training their animal by making them hang off the equipment by their jaws. The playground was completed in mid August, but has already been repaired three times due to vandalism.

Family success for Labour in Enfield

Labour is celebrating a family victory after a mother and daughter won seats on the same council.

Mary Maguire, 61, and her daughter Claire, 27, were elected in adjoining wards on Labour-controlled Enfield Council in north London.

Claire, who works for Labour MP Andy Love, won a seat which had been held by the Tories.

"I am very proud of Claire and it's great to see a young woman so involved in politics.As a family we share the same sense of social justice and fairness and we campaigned on issues which affect people, such as decent jobs, housing and the NHS. This was nothing to do with UKIP splitting the Tory vote - we won on merit and I'm delighted and really pleased to see an increase in the number of women on the council."

– Mary Maguire, Labour Councillor

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Baby boy named after fireman who helped deliver him

A mother has named her new-born son after a fireman who helped deliver him in the back of a car in north London.

Ewelina Zimnicka with her new-born son. Credit: ITV London

Ross McLaren helped deliver baby Antoni at the scene of a fire in Enfield on Wednesday after Ewelina Zimnicka and her husband were caught in traffic as she went into labour.

Ms Zimnicka said she was grateful to the fireman for his intervention after she began to panic when she realised she was about to give birth.

"I would like to say thank you to the fireman and we have chosen Ross as the baby's second name," she told ITV London.

Firefighters turn midwife and help deliver baby

Two firefighters sent to help rescue twelve people from a burning building in Ponders End this morning suddenly found themselves taking on the role of midwife.

Ross McLaren and Richard Hall helped deliver a baby boy in the back of a car as more than 70 firefighters dealt with a blaze on the High Street.

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