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Police appeal for information after teenager was killed by a car in Deptford 

Police are appealing for information after a 19-year-old dies after being hit by a car in Deptford, late on Thursday 30 November.

Laura Keyes, the 19-year-old, was pronounced dead at the scene, after police were called to Creek Road, Deptford at 10:15pm.

The driver of the BMW, a 21-year-old man, was stopped at the scene and arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Detectives from the Met’s Road and Transport Police are investigating and would like to talk to anyone who witnessed the collision.

Anyone with information should contact the witness appeal line at Catford Traffic Garage on 020 8285 1574.


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Lewisham launches new cycling strategy to encourage residents to cycle

A new cycling strategy has been launched to make riding a bike a more appealing way to travel, by Lewisham Council last night.

Lewisham Council approved the strategy with one target to be to increase the number of children cycling to school by 50 per cent.

Other targets include, to double the number of cycling journeys and to halve the casualty rate of cyclists.

Councillor Mark Ingleby, the Cycling Champion and Vice Chair of Sustainable Development Select Committee, said in the report: “I welcome and celebrate the considerable work and discussion that has gone into the Lewisham Cycling Strategy from officers, local cycling organisations and councillors.

“Together we will endeavour to ensure that the Strategy remains a live and actioned document that will reference our ongoing plans, as well as being monitored during the year.”

One area in Lewisham that will receive attention is the A21 Lewisham Spine, which will include a “Cycle Superhighway quality cycle facilities” and “healthy streets and ‘liveable neighbourhoods’ improvements.”


Adult education service by Lewisham Council rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted

The adult education service by Lewisham Council has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, which provides education for 4000 adult learners in the borough every year.

The service was inspected in October this year, its first inspection since February 2014, and was awarded the same rating.

In the report, Ofsted said: “In 2016/17, the majority of learners successfully achieved their qualifications. The proportion of learners achieving on entry level and level 1 courses, including in English and mathematics, has increased.”

However, there has been a slight decline in the proportion of learners achieving level 2 qualifications. The proportion of learners achieving high grades in GCSE English has increased. This is not the case in mathematics, which saw a decline in 2016/17.”

Lewisham Council are the main provider of part-time education in Lewisham, with 4000 adult learners enrolled every year. Those who enrol can learn subjects such as English, Maths, Childcare and Design.


Badvent: Croydon police have launched a new Christmas social media campaign to catch criminals

A new Christmas social media campaign has been launched by Croydon police to the draw attention of the public to people of interest.

The twitter campaign, the Badvent calendar, contains photos and information on people of interest surrounded by festive lights.

Croydon police are one of the two London police forces to do such a campaign, with the other police force being Westminster MPS.

All of the people who are shared on the campaign are related to stories and the police are interested in talking to them. Day 2 contained two men wanted in connection with serious assaults, whilst the man on Day 4 has failed to comply with his release conditions from prison.


Foxtons has been forced to pay £38,000 to Tower Hamlets Council for not providing tenant’s safety information

Foxtons, the estate agents, has been forced to pay £38,000 to Tower Hamlets Council for failing to provide clear safety information for its tenants.

The estate agents pleaded guilty and was fined £35,000 and ordered to pay £3603 in costs, at Thames Magistrates Court last week.

The Council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards Service were in charge of investigating a house in Newark Street, Whitechapel.

For 18 months, Foxtons were asked to provide certificates showing that the gas, electrical and fire alarms installations had been checked, alongside details of who received rental income from the property and details of who were living there.

Though the property was deemed to be in good condition, Foxtons was fined for failing to comply with the council’s request, and wasting the council’s time.

The Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Sirajul Islam, said: “This case has sent a very strong message out to local landlords and agents. They must cooperate with the Council so we can check safety certificates and issue licences for houses in multiple occupation.”

There are 46,000 properties available to rent privately in the borough. Foxtons told the court that they were previously of good character and pride themselves on their reputation.  They said they were ashamed and remorseful of the failings that lead to the offence.


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