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Rhys Moore-Campbell, missing since September 29, has been found pic:

Free winter flu jab offered to vulnerable

Tower Hamlets residents most at risk of flu are being offered the chance to be vaccinated for free.

The NHS is encouraging people over the age of 65 or with long-term health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease or with a weakened immune system to take up the free flu jab.

Children between the ages of two and eight years are eligible for the free flu nasal spray, which is a quick, effective and painless alternative. Reduce the risk of spreading flu:

  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible.

Be a part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017

Tower Hamlets is celebrating National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017, which runs from October 14 to 21, with a programme of events for staff and residents.

The week aims to spread a message of H.O.P.E. across the UK. H.O.P.E stands for Hate crime awareness, Operational response to hate crime, Preventing hate crime and Empowering communities to report hate crime and access victim support services.

To report hate crime, call the non-emergency number on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Routine inspection leads to immediate closure of restaurant with cockroach infestation

An Indian restaurant owner has been fined more than £40,000 after council officers discovered an infestation of cockroaches and mice.

Restaurant Dhaka Biryani in Mile End was closed immediately following a routine inspection.

Having established the restaurant was not registered on the Food Safety System, the council’s Environmental Health team visited the premises as a routine inspection. In carrying out a full food hygiene inspection, officers found a severe infestation of cockroaches and mice.

Owner Shahadat Hossain, of Colebert Avenue, Bethnal Green, pleaded guilty to 4 counts of food hygiene at Thames Magistrates and has been ordered to pay a fine of £40,000.

Cat found dead in garden of Kenley home is being linked to the Croydon Cat Killer

The death of a cat found in a garden in Kenley is being linked to the so-called ‘Croydon Cat Killer’.

The body of a cat was discovered in its owner’s garden on October 7, according to a post shared by South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (SNARL).

A post on the group’s Facebook page associated the cat’s injuries with those distinctively made by the UK animal killer.

The find in Kenley came just a day after the mutilated body of a cat was found in Hayes- which is also being linked to the Cat Killer.

It is believed a human has killed and decapitated more than 250 cats since the first pet was found dead in Croydon in 2014.

16-year-old boy guilty of raping 46-year-old woman in broad daylight in Eltham park

A 16-year old boy has been found guilty of raping a woman at knifepoint in broad daylight in Sutcliffe Park.

The Lee Green teenager, who was 15 years old at the time, and cannot be named for legal reasons, has been sentenced to six years at a young offender institution after pleading guilty at Woolwich Crown Court to rape and robbery.

Met Police said the 46-year-old victim was walking in the park on April 19 when the teenager threatened her with a knife.

After the ordeal, the boy chased the woman and stole her handbag, which contained a mobile phone and £200 in cash.

Missing Lewisham teenager, Rhys Moore- Campbell has been found

The 13-year-old boy from Catford has been missing for more than two weeks, but Rhys has been found safe and well after his mother put out an emotional video appealing for the public to help find her son.

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