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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.

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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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Dramatic fall in stroke rate in South London

The number of people having strokes in South London fell by more than a third in fifteen years, according to a new study.

Researchers from Kings College London found that stroke rates in the area dropped by 39.5% between 1995 and 2010.

They say it may be down to an increase in healthy living - or the use of drugs to lower cholesterol.

Dr Madina Kara, researcher at the Stroke Association, welcomed the findings.

She said:

It's encouraging to see such a striking reduction in the number of people having a stroke in the past 16 years. Public health campaigns around the risk factors for stroke, such as high blood pressure and smoking are helping people to take control of their health and reduce their risk of stroke. This reduction, however, is not being mirrored in those under 45 years old, and the black population, where the incidence of stroke remains high.

We know that the African-Caribbean community are at greater risk of sickle cell disease, diabetes and high blood pressure - conditions that can lead to stroke. This means they are twice as likely to have a stroke compared to the white population. In addition, haemorrhagic stroke, caused by bleeding within or around the brain, is more common in younger adults.

Stroke changes lives in an instant and can have a devastating physical and emotional impact on not only the stroke survivor, but their family and carers as well. To help reduce stroke across the whole population, we all need to take steps to reduce our risk.

Lamborghini seized during uninsured vehicle crackdown

A Lamborghini worth £400,000 has been towed away by police in east London during an operation to crackdown on uninsured vehicles.

Lamborghini being seized by police in Newham Credit: British Transport Police

The high-powered car was originally stopped because it was missing a front number plate. Police then discovered the man driving it was not the registered owner and his insurance policy did not cover him.

As part of the latest operation police made a total of 37 arrests Credit: British Transport Police

Since the launch of Operation Cubo in October last year 11,576 vehicles have been seized by the Met Police in a series of one-day operations.

Operation Cubo was launxched by Met Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe Credit: British Transport Police

Man sought over armed robberies in Newham

Police have released an image of a man they believe to be linked to two robberies at Newham bookmakers, in which the suspect was in possession of a firearm.

The suspect entered Coral Bookmakers in Barking Road on April 7 wearing a monkey mask.

Man sought over Newham robberies. Credit: Metropolitan Police

On being asked by staff to remove the mask he stated: "I've got a gun. Give me all your money."

He then produced a plastic bag containing a firearm. The second offence took place ten days later at Ladbrokes on the same road.

The main suspect is described as Asian, approximately 5ft 10 ins tall, aged in his mid-20s to early 30s, of slim build, with short dark hair and a moustache. He had possible scarring to his face and a tattoo on his neck.

Students join Paralympic medallists for Race to Rio

School children from the Olympic borough of Newham will this morning join gold medallists David Weir and Jonnie Peacock and Sainsburys Chief Executive Justin King to launch the Race to Rio, a new Sainsburys campaign to support the development of the next generation of Paralympians.

Race to Rio will call on the British public to pledge to run one of the 5,750 miles from London to the next Paralympic host city - Rio de Janeiro. For every mile pledged, Sainsburys will donate £10 to the British Paralympic Association.

Newham borough school children join gold medallists David Weir and Jonnie Peacock for Race to Rio. Credit: ITV London/Rags Martel
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