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Appeal for help after McDonald's New Year's day assault

Police are appealing for the public's help after an assault at a branch of McDonalds in Walthamstow on New Year's day. Officers are trying to track down a man seen on CCTV.

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Walthamstow Central back open after reports suspect package closed station

Violent gang leader in east London flown out of UK

A gang leader involved in the supply of drugs and gun violence has been sent back to Jamaica after the Met Police proved he posed a danger to the public. 30-year-old Andre O'Neil Grant from Walthamstow had 10 convictions in the UK.

Andre O'Neil Grant Credit: Metropolitan Police

O'Neill Grant was successfully removed from the UK today after police showed he was taking part in gang related criminal activity.

Walthamstow HIV testing to tackle high infection rate

A free HIV testing clinic will open in a London church on Sunday in a bid to tackle the higher rate of infection in the African community.

Living Flames Baptist Church on Fulbourne Road in Walthamstow will open its doors as part of the Take Action Now campaign by the ActionPlus Foundation.

Cases of HIV among Africans in the UK are 30 times higher than the general population, and ActionPlus believes churches have a central role in dealing with the problem.

It hopes training programmes to educate church leaders and testing clinics in churches can replicate a similar campaign in Ghana.

The clinic, which is being operated in collaboration with Positive East, an east London HIV charity, is opening to coincide with HIV testing week, which runs from November 22 to 29.

The Take Action Now campaign was launched at the Mountain Movers Chapel International in Southwark last Sunday.

"The bible does not condemn people with HIV as cursed.

"It shouldn't be taboo to discuss it in churches.

"It's a medical condition and people need medical help. Prayer cannot bring our health back when we ignore medicine."

– Rev Fred Annin, ActionPlus founder

Missing girl may be in Walthamstow

Police believe 15-year-old Karley from Cheshire may be in the Walthamstow area Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police are appealing for people in the Walthamstow area to help find a missing teenager, who disappeared from a children's home almost a month ago.

Karley Arthey, who's 15, left Dane House in Cheshire on the 22nd October. She is 5'7" and has long brown hair that may have been dyed black.

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Terror group recorded martyrdom videos in east London

The group recorded martyrdom videos at a flat in Walthamstow, east London.

Abdulla Ahmed Ali singled out seven flights to San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, New York and Chicago that departed within two-and-a-half hours of each other.

If successful, the explosions could have exceeded the carnage of the September 11 attacks, his trial heard.

He was sentenced to life.

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'Liquid bomb' plotter bids to get conviction overturned

The mastermind behind the 'liquid bomb plot' - one of the largest terrorist plots ever discovered in Britain - is making a bid to have his conviction overturned on human rights grounds.

Abdulla Ahmed Ali developed a home-made hydrogen peroxide bomb that could be disguised as a soft drink through airport security and assembled on board.

The discovery of his suicide plan in 2006 led to urgent international restrictions on carrying fluids on aircraft.

Abdulla Ahmed Ali was given a life sentence after being convicted of conspiracy to murder. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Archive

Ali is taking his case to the European Court of Human Rights to claim his human rights were infringed by publicity, saying the jury would have been prejudiced by coverage of a previous trial.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told The Sunday Telegraph: "It is unacceptable to have a situation in which claims to the European Court of Human Rights are actually being used to undermine our justice system."

Pie shop recognised for 'cultural' contribution

For the people of Walthamstow L Manze eel, pie and mash shop has always been an institution.

Well now it's officially been recognised as a place of national cultural importance. Established in 1929, the shop has been given Grade 2 listed status because of its beautifully preserved interior. Dan Hewitt went to have a look around.

Pie & Mash shops 'intrinsically linked to London'

Pie and Mash shops are as intrinsically linked to London as black cabs and beefeaters.

L Manze's in Walthamstow is a unique part of the capital's heritage, and is as relevant and popular now as it was when it first opened in the 1920s.

It clearly deserves to be given Grade II listed status

– Ed Vaizey MP, Heritage Minister
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