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Gilt lettering & white-tiled interior helps seal listed status

The shop was given listed status because of its historical interest. The Heritage Minister, Ed Vaizey, says it embodies the standard features of the London eel, pie and mash shop, from the gilt lettering on the shop-front to the white-tiled interior with mirrors, seating booths and marble counters.

L Manze Eel, Pie and Mash Shop in Wathamstow Credit: Department for Culture, Media and Sport
The shop now has Grade II listed status Credit: Department for Culture, Media and Sport

East End Pie & Mash shop given official listed status

A Pie and Mash shop in London's East End has been given official Grade II listed status by the government.

Manze Eel, Pie and Mash Shop on Walthamstow High Street Credit: Department for Culture, Media and Sport

L Manze Eel, Pie and Mash Shop on Walthamstow High Street was originally bought in 1929 when Luigi Manze employed architect Herbert Wright to design it. The Manze family then continued to run the shop until 1970.

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Lost snake turns up in Taoist temple during prayers

A Taoist temple in east London had a surprise visitor during prayers this week when a corn snake slid under the door to join them. The reptile, thought to be an escaped exotic pet, was first seen at the Walthamstow Temple on Wednesday. He was caught and the RSPCA was called.

Corn snake being cared for by the RSPCA Credit: RSPCA

Animal Collection officer Greg Hagen said: "It was one of the more unusual places I have been to rescue an animal - but snakes can make their way into all kinds of nooks and crannies and obviously saw the gap beneath the door and decided to go for it.

"It is likely that this is an escaped pet and I urge anyone who thinks they may know who the owner is to give us a call. Corn snakes are excellent escape artists.

"It's lucky this one was found as snakes need special environment with a heat gradient in order to survive and so it would not have lasted long in this cold weather. Anyone with any information about this snake should call 0300 123 8018."

CCTV appeal as autistic teenager is robbed in underpass

An autistic teenager has been robbed in an east London underpass while on her way to visit her grandmother. The attack happened on Saturday as the 18-year-old woman was walking beneath the Billet Roundabout in Walthamstow.

A man on a bike approached the victim, and as she tried to ignore him she was punched repeatedly in the head. Detectives have released a CCTV footage of the attack as part of their appeal to identify the man responsible.

Cycling Legend turns 100

Percy Wilding turns 100 today with a large family party being held in east London to celebrate the occasion.

Percy is a local legend who was known for his enjoyment of cycling, long before it became fashionable in London.

Percy has never owned a car but covered thousands of miles across the UK, from John o' Groats to Lands End, on his bike embracing his real passion for cycling.

He rode to work every day for nearly 60 years as he worked well into his eighties.

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Police shoot man in Walthamstow

A man's being treated in hospital, after being shot by police in Walthamstow.

Officers were called out to Hale End Road, at around 8:15pm, following reports that a man had been seen carrying a handgun.

Shots were fired at the man by police officers. First aid was provided at the scene before the London Ambulance Service arrived.

The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and the IPCC will also be notified as a matter of course.

Police appeal for information after 'nasty attack'

Police are appealing for more information over the rape of a 12-year-old girl on Saturday in Walthamstow. A teenager has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Detective Inspector Simon Ellershaw, leading the investigation, said:

This was a very nasty attack on a vulnerable girl just 12 years old by a group of older males who engaged her in conversation before leading her to a secluded area. She was pinned down and two of the males then brutally raped her.

Despite this arrest we are still appealing for anyone with information or any witnesses to please contact police as soon as possible.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command on 0208 217 7408 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Teenager arrested in connection with rape of girl

Police investigating the rape of a girl in Walthamstow have arrested a 17-year-old boy. The girl, aged 12, was assaulted on Saturday just after midnight by two men.

The teenage boy remains in custody at an east London police station.

The girl saw three men in the area before she was pinned down and raped by two of the men. The victim managed to call a friend who came to the scene and they left together. The suspects then left the area.

The men are described as aged between 17 and 19.

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