A Chingford mother warned parents that a 27-year-old man she once trusted is “dangerous around children” after he preyed on her 9-year-old daughter. Keanu Vella was sentenced to two years in prison for pulling the child into a bathroom and masturbating in front of her. The mother told the Echo: “It shows you need to be careful of who you let in your house and have around you.”
We revealed exactly that 214 of the borough’s poorest households had been told to either move out of London or be made homeless since the council began working with Reloc8 UK in 2019. Reloc8, who describe themselves as “relocation experts”, allow councils to discharge their duty to house the homeless by offering them a home they can afford to rent – even if it is located on the other side of the country. A series of Freedom of Information requests submitted to every London council showed Waltham Forest was their biggest customer in the city.
Campaigners outside the town hall before the meeting (credit: Simon Deville)
“Outline plans” to sell off more than half of the current Whipps Cross site for housing were agreed, to the fury of campaigners worried this will cause services available in the current hospital to be moved elsewhere. Robert Gay from the Waltham Forest Civic Society told councillors that if they agreed to sell off NHS land for housing “then in 30 years time, your successors will be cursing you”. The council’s principal planner, meanwhile, said the hospital’s current layout was “inefficient” and could be shrunk down with no change to services.
DJ Dlux, researcher Katherine Green and producer Lennie De Ice (credit: Rendezvous Projects)
Chingford siblings who made thousands pimping women online were jailed for six years each. Older sister Claudia Anca was the “boss” of the operation and gave the women orders about how to dress and do their hair and makeup, threatening them with losing work if they disagreed.
A protestor blockading the incinerator (credit: XR)