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
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.
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.
Traffic is stuck in a 13 mile queue on the M25 between Waltham Abbey and Enfield because of an accident between two lorries, a fuel spillage and recovery work.
Two lanes are closed anticlockwise between Junction 25 and 26 and cars are now stretching one mile beyond Junction 28.
Travel time is estimated at two hours.
The heavily pregnant woman was taking her four children to school when she began going into labour.Read the full story ›
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."
A mother has named her new-born son after a fireman who helped deliver him in the back of a car in north 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 turned midwifes at a major blaze in Enfield after remembering advice from Channel 4's One Born Every Minute.Read the full story ›
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.
One of our firefighters, Ross, turned midwife when he delivered a baby at scene of the Ponders End fire this morning - more soon #itsaboy
Road closures all directions Southbury Rd,Nags Head Road,High St Ponders End & Hertford Road due to a fire. Avoid the area where possible-AS
People inside escaped before fire crews arrived and no one else is thought to be involved in the fire at this stage.
Enfield's High Street is closed to traffic and people living in the area are being warned to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution against the heavy smoke. Firefighters are expected to be at the scene for some time this morning.
The fire is affecting a range of shops, including a restaurant, as well as a number of flats above them.
Our firefighters are working extremely hard in very challenging conditions to stop this fire from spreading and have managed to contain the fire to two units in the row of shops involved.