News in Brief

Police chase in Catford leads to hit and run

Police at the Catford incident Pic: @Mistrigf

An investigation has been launched after 60-year-old man suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a car during a police chase in Catford.

The man was discovered on Sandhurst Road last Thursday lunchtime and taken to an east London hospital. His next of kin were notified.

A police statement read: “During the course of the pursuit the vehicle was lost and the pursuit terminated, with efforts being made to try and find the vehicle in the local area.”

A man, 27, was arrested near the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving and was taken to a South London police station for questioning.

A police spokesperson said: “The male who was injured is not life-threatening. A 27-year-old male who was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. A 16-year-old male subsequently attended a south London police station and was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving; failing to stop for police; failing to report a personal injury collision; driving without insurance, and driving not in accordance with a driving licence.”

Both have been bailed to a date in late December.”

Mile End station evacuated following commuter’s death

Inside Mile End Station Pic: Matt Buck

The London Ambulance Service has confirmed a person has died at Mile End station after reports of a person on the tracks and disruption to the Central and District Lines, yesterday morning. 

Mile End station was evacuated when paramedics were called to save a casualty on the track.  Passengers were urged to clear the area as the hazardous area response team (HART) and London’s Air Ambulance were called to the station. 

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman confirmed that the casualty died at around 11am on Tuesday.

The Central line was part-suspended between Liverpool Street and Leytonstone while the paramedics attended the person. Police are investigating.  

Section 60 introduced to Lewisham Station

Metropolitan Police Service squad car Pic: Tony Hisgett

British Transport Police officers have been granted Section 60, which gives police officers the right to stop-and-search anyone without suspicion. The move follows a high number of “highly concerning incidents” at Lewisham station in the past month involving weapons and knives.

A total of 85 people were stopped-and-searched this weekend in Lewisham, Stratford and Ilford. Three people were arrested.

Superintendent Paul Langley said: “the decision has not been taken lightly and is in response to a number of highly concerning incidents on the rail network, involving weapons or violence.”

Hackney Wick’s The Yard Theatre beats fundraising targets

Hackney Theatre Pic: Diamond Geezer

Hub67, a community centre in Hackney Wick attached to the Yard Theatre, has beaten its target of £12,000 as previously reported by EastLondonLines, raising over £13,000.  

The centre is a place for residents to meet and participate in accessible arts, crafts, and drama workshops. It aims to be where “children and their families will feel part of a wider community, where everyone is equal.” 

Donations are still accepted via the Big Give website .  


Hackney Council celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas together for the first time

Children at lights ceremony Pic: Hackney Council

Hackney Council welcomed over 350 residents to their “festive light switch on.” The annual festive light switch on was joined by Rabbi Roni Tabik and the Simon Marks School choir to celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, lighting the Menorah, a nine branched candelabrum.

Residents also took part in a sing-a-long with Hackney Music Service’s Junior Choir, where the crowd joined in to sing ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’.


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