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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
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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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