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.
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."
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.
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.
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.