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Children vulnerable to drug misuse

Children as young as eight have been referred for specialist drug and alcohol treatment in Waltham Forest.

Charities are calling for improved drugs education in schools following an investigation by the Press Association that revealed the details.

Treatment experts said the most common reason for children to come into contact with drugs and alcohol is through their parents and preventative work is key to heading off misuse among youngsters.

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Council brings successful prosecutions for spitting

Waltham Forest has brought a successful prosecution against two men for spitting in the street, the first of any council in Britain. The Evening Standard reports that Khasheem Kiah Thomas and Zilvinus Vitkas were fined £80 under anti-litter laws.

The judge upheld our definition of spit being waste, which means people can now be issued fixed-penalty notices for spitting, just as they would for littering. To have the judge endorse our position is a phenomenal result.

– Councillor Clyde Loakes, Waltham Forest

Keeping young Londoners active

Two years ago, Waltham Forest launched a new campaign to tackle gang culture. They called it "Enough is Enough" - and introduced a host of positive activites for young people.

And it's been a real success. Today the Mayor joined local MP Iain Duncan Smith to find out how they're keeping local young people engaged -- and active.

Waltham Forest scheme that helps to cut gang trouble

London Mayor Boris Johnson and Iain Duncan Smith, MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, paid a visit to a scheme called Enough is Enough in Waltham Forest. It was set up two years ago to tackle the local gang culture by keeping young people active.

Chris Robbins, the leader of Waltham Forest Council, and Mr Duncan Smith explained how the scheme had worked.

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Have you seen this man?

Police say they want to speak to Claudius Francis in connection with a robbery Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police are asking for help in finding a 44-year-old man, who's wanted on recall to prison.

Claudius Francis was released after serving a sentence for burglary. But, he's since broken his curfew conditions, and has not been seen since.

Officers would also like to speak to Claudius Francis in connection with a burglary.

He has links to Waltham Forest, Haringey and Hackney.Anyone with any information is asked to contact Waltham Forest Police on 101. If you wish to remain anonymous, then please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Valuable puppy stolen in Waltham Forest robbery

The dog was taken by three men pretending to be police officers. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police in Waltham Forest are searching for three men who stole a four month-old bulldog puppy worth £2000 after pretending to be police officers.

The robbery happened just after midnight on January 17th at a house in Church Road. After an occupant opened the door to the men, the trio attacked her. They also punched another woman who was also in the house.

Apart from the dog, the robbers took two mobile phones and a laptop. Anyone with information is asked to call Waltham Forest Police on 020 8721 5042 or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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