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Newham College remains 'proud of reputation'

In light of recent events concerning an online recording expressing views which do not reflect the values of Newham College, and in the best interests of the College, the Board of Governors has agreed with the Principal, Denise Brown-Sackey, that she will take a leave of absence, pending an independent investigation into recent allegations.

Newham College's focus remains unwaveringly on its learners. We are proud of our reputation as a leading college and a fair employer, not least as the only FE College in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index top 100, and will continue to make this the focus of our work.


Burglar breaks in to house, steals nothing, and moves kitchen items to the garden

Police are appealing to the public for information after a house was broken into in east London, nothing was taken, but some items ended up in the garden. It happened Haldane Road in east London.


Tenant pays £350 a month just to live in a shed

A senior Labour MP says a national register of private landlords needs to be set up to stop vulnerable tenants being forced to live in sub-standard housing. It comes after a tenant was forced to pay £350 a month to live in a shed in Newham in east London.

Sir Alan Meale claims some agencies are charging unjustifiably high fees, including up to £250 just to check a tenant's references. He said:

In truth, the private rented sector is not the market it should or needs to be. We are not talking about taking this under a state scheme or anything else.

This is purely protection and lifting the private rented sector to a level that will give all our constituents the chance to live decently.

Police officer delivers baby on duty

A police officer from Tower Hamlets Safer Transport Team helped deliver a baby yesterday afternoon.

PC Robert Morgan at the end of an eventful shift. Credit: Metropolitan Police

PC Robert Morgan was dealing with a vehicle, which had been stopped in Newham, when he was flagged down by the father-to-be at around 1pm.

The father was driving his partner, who was in labour, to hospital when he passed PC Morgan.

He pulled over and asked him for help as the baby was on its way.

The heavily pregnant woman got out of the car and PC Morgan acted quickly, calling for assistance and an ambulance, before being joined by another Tower Hamlets based police officer.

They helped deliver the baby girl, who was born at 1:23pm.

Both mother and child were then taken to hospital.

Lamborghini seized by police auctioned off for £218,000

A Lamborghini seized by police in east London has reportedly fetched £218,000 at auction. The Evening Standard reports the owner of the car failed to come forward to claim it.

Lamborghini seized during an uninsured vehicle crackdown in Newham Credit: British Transport Police

The high-powered car was stopped in Newham because it was missing a front number plate. Police then discovered the driver was not the registered owner and his insurance policy did not cover him. The Lamborghini was originally bought for around £400,000.

Lamborghini being taken away in Newham Credit: British Transport Police

Stroke rates fall

The incidence of strokes in a large area of the south of the capital fell by 39.5% between 1995 and 2010, from 247 per 100,000 population to 149.5.

Rates fell in men,women, white groups and those aged more than 45 - but not in those aged 15 to 44, or black groups.

Researchers from King's College, investigated data in the South London Stroke Register, covering more than 350,000 people.

Between January 1995 and December 2010, 4,245 patients with first-ever stroke were registered.

The average age of onset of stroke decreased from 71.7 years to 69.6.

There were significant increases in the proportion of 15-44-year-olds.

The proportion of black patients also increased during the study period.

The researchers, whose findings are published in the medical journal Stroke, say the ethnic disparities may be because of different heart risk factors.

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