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.
– Councillor Clyde Loakes, Waltham Forest
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.
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.
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.
The London Mayor Boris Johnson and the Chingford and Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith put their bodies on the line when they paid a visit to a scheme to help young people in Waltham Forest. Two freerunners used them as a hurdle to show off their skills.
Met Police have issued an appeal to help them trace the whereabouts of a 15-year-old girl who has not been seen since Monday.
Officers are becoming increasingly concerned about Chloe Church who was last seen in the Waltham Forest area.
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.
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.
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that ground based air defence systems will be deployed at the following sites in order to protect the Olympics.
Lexington Building, Fairfield Road, Bow, Tower Hamlets - High Velocity Missile
Fred Wigg Tower, Montague Road Estate, Waltham Forest - High Velocity Missile
Blackheath Common, Blackheath (Lewisham/Greenwich) - Rapier
William Girling Reservoir, Lea Valley Reservoir Chain, Enfield - Rapier
Oxleas Meadow, Shooters Hill, Greenwich/Woolwich - Rapier
Barn Hill, Netherhouse Farm, Epping Forest - Rapier.
Waltham Forest's rich industrial heritage brought to life on as part of celebrations marking 100 years of London buses.