Seven people from the same family have been sentenced to 66 years in prison between them after they were convicted of trafficking three Polish nationals into the UK.
5 women and two men, also Polish nationals, subjected their victims to violence and forced them to work under conditions of bonded labour.
The offences took place between January 2009 and September 2010 in Forest Gate
The three victims were lured to the UK with the promise of paid work and a better life.
As soon as they arrived, their identity documents were confiscated and they were subjected to violence, also 'accruing' a weekly debt of £60 for food and accommodation, which they would never be able to pay off.
Their identity documents were used to claim tax credits, and to apply for bank loans, vehicles and other goods for the defendants use. The victims were subjected to a catalogue of violence and degrading treatment.
One night, having been held captive for approximately 12 months, one of the victims managed to escape, subsequently living on the streets for four months before finding assistance from a charity called City Hearts.
- Officers believe they know who the victim is and are looking for her relatives
- A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder
- Police say anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8345 1570
A 27-year-old woman has been stabbed to death in a suspected domestic killing. Police and paramedics were called at around 3pm yesterday to Nigel Road in Forest Gate. The victim was taken to hospital, but she died just over five hours later.
British Transport Police officers are appealing for information after a man exposed himself to a woman at Forest Gate station on 6 October.
Investigating officer PC Charley Sutherland-Walker said: “The victim, a 23-year-old woman from the local area, was at the station around 8.30am.
“She was approached by a man who tried to engage her in conversation, and she walked away from him as his behaviour made her feel uncomfortable", she said.
“The man then shouted at the victim and followed her. When she turned around she noticed the man was exposing himself while continuing to follow her.”
Police have found another gun, along with nine rounds of ammunition after searching a property in Forest Gate in east London.
The find is the second firearm seizure by Met Police in the last 24 hours. A 20-year-old man has been arrested.
Childhood obesity is a big problem in London.
Figures from the Department of Health show that:
- At Reception Class age - 23% of children in the capital are either overweight or obese.
- By Year Six - the number has jumped to 37.5%.
- London has the worst levels of childhood obesity in the whole of England.
– 'We are what we do' statement
The ubiquitous presence of chicken shops is a major contributing factor to the national problem of youth obesity, which sees more than 1 in 3 children aged 11-15 years are overweight or obese costing the NHS as much as £4 billion annually.
Young people in Newham have the fourth highest level of obesity in London and the highest prevalence of diabetes, with over 200 children aged 16 or under diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
The image below show the number of hot food takeaways around secondary school in Newham. The red triangles indicate the location of secondary schools. The dark areas show the highest densities of fast food outlets.