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7 people sentenced for human trafficking offences

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.

Wladyslaw Gil was sentenced to 20 years in prison

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

Fabien Gil was sentenced to 20 years

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.

Mateusz Gil was sentenced to seven years

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.

Bogumila Mirga was sentenced to six years

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.

Anna Gil was sentenced to three years
Jan Majewski was sentenced to 8 years
Dawid Gil was sentenced to 2 years

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CCTV appeal after man exposes himself at Forest Gate

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.

Police appeal to find man who exposed himself at Forest Gate station. Credit: British Transport Police

“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 find second gun in 24 hours in firearm operation

Police have found another gun, along with nine rounds of ammunition after searching a property in Forest Gate in east London.

Image of weapon found by police in east London Credit: Met Police

The find is the second firearm seizure by Met Police in the last 24 hours. A 20-year-old man has been arrested.

The operation was carried out by detectives from the Trident Gang Crime Command Credit: Met Police

Yesterday, police found loaded semi-automatic gun at an address in South Norwood.

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Young people in Newham 'fourth highest obesity level'

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.

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