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Junior doctors’ 48-hour strike in March and April. Pic: Roger Blackwell

Junior doctors set for further strikes in Tower Hamlets

The British Medical Association announced that there will be three 48-hour strikes as part of the fight against the government’s plan to force new contracts on junior doctors.

The junior doctor contract governs the pay and conditions of work from doctors’ foundation year to registrar level. The new contract was qualified as not fair to doctors and not safe for patients.

Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, has said junior doctors would have to accept a new contract without agreement or further negotiation. 

The three strikes are scheduled to take place Wednesday March 9, Wednesday April 9 and Tuesday April 26. They will each last 48-hours starting from 8am.

London Metropolitan sells building in Whitechapel for £50M

London Met has sold off a six-storey building to Frasers Property UK. 

This is not the first time the university sold off one of their buildings. They have already made several selling deals, including Whitechapel’s campus building in Commercial Road and Old Castle street in 2013.

The cash will be used to expand the University’s Holloway campus in order to have all courses on one single site.

Norovirus outbreak hits Lewisham Hospital

Lewisham Hospital has been forced to turn down visitors after several cases of the winter vomiting bug Norovirus have been reported.

Only immediate family are allowed to visit patients as Lewisham Hospital have reinforced their visiting policy.

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust advise anyone who has been experiencing vomiting or diarrhoea in the last 48 hours — or who have been in contact with someone who has — to stay away as the virus is highly contagious.

Second man arrested in relation to robbery in Mottingham

Two men have been arrested in relation to the robbery of a Rolex watch on February 10 in Mottingham.

Neil Blackwell, of Greenhithe, was arrested on February 19 and charged the next day for robbery. He appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on February 20.

A second man has been arrested by the Kent Police on February 21, on behalf of the Metropolitan police. He is suspected to have taken part in the robbery. He currently remains in custody.

Hackney Police introduce safe-cycling scheme

The #nohelmet hashtag started after a 70-year-old man was involved in a crash last week.  The elderly man suffered a head injury after colliding with a van in Northchurch Road.

The London Ambulance Service tweeted that the man had been taken to a major trauma centre and that the injury could have been prevented by wearing a helmet.

Many have reacted on social media, accusing Hackney Police of victim-blaming.

Dementia Awareness roadshow stops off at Hackney Central

Alzheimer’s society advisers were present at Tesco, Morning Lane, to talk about the condition and offered advice and help to the shoppers.

The Alzheimer’s Society was in Hackney on February 23 to raise awareness about the 1,300 people affected by dementia in the borough.

The Mayor and London Assembly support the cause. The charity believes that all this support could lead to dementia care for the rest of the world and raise more awareness around this condition.

35-year-old charged with trying to punch Crystal Palace’s bald eagle mascot

Daniel Boylett, a 35-year-old football fan was charged on January 21 for trying to punch Crystal Palace’s mascot.

The event occurred last September during Palace’s Capital One Cup match against rivals Charlton. Several arrests were made that day after crowd trouble.

Boylett has been bailed and will appear at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on March 29.

Rapist jailed for six-years

A South Norwood man has been found guilty of raping a vulnerable alcoholic in Grangewood Park on December 14, 2015.

DNA evidence from semen taken from the victim’s body matched to the suspect.

Croydon Crown Court’s jury found the 24-year-old guilty of raping the 29-year-old victim. The court heard how McGibbon “took advantage” of the drunken woman.

Michael McGibbon has been jailed for six years and will be on the sex offenders register for life.

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