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Lewisham Library first floor closed

Lewisham Library closes temporarily
Lewisham Library

The first floor of Lewisham Library is closed due to electrical problems. Earlier in the week the entire library had shut temporarily.

@LewishamLibs said on Twitter: “Due to ongoing building issues, the first floor will remain closed until further notice. Once again, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Because of this, children’s events like Toddler Tales will be cancelled until further notice as they have nowhere to relocate the event to. 

14 people arrested in Tower Hamlets for drug supply offences

Class A drugs found
Class A drugs found. Source: Met Police

Fourteen Tower Hamlets residents have been arrested for supply of Class A and B drugs. There are still six more warrants out for further suspects.

The police have seized large quantities of Class A drugs and cash in Tower Hamlets.

Commander for the operation, Detective Superintendent Mike Hamer said: “Over the past two years we have been working tirelessly with Tower Hamlets Council and partners on Operation Continuum to arrest and prosecute those involved in the peddling of drugs in our community.

“The sale of drugs in London is intrinsically linked to the violence that we have seen play out on our streets. By putting drug dealers behind bars, we hope to see the violence reduce.”

The police have stated that high visibility patrols will be taking place across the affected areas and officers will be engaging with local residents and businesses to answer questions and provide assistance. 

Croydon Stabbing Victim Named

Damani Mauge. Source: MET Police
Damani Mauge. Source: Met Police

17-year-old Damani Mauge was fatally stabbed in Croydon on a 130 bus on Whitehorse Lane. A police report says it is believed he was involved in an altercation on a bus prior to the attack, resulting in Mauge getting stabbed in the chest.

There have been no arrests and his next of kin are aware and being supported by specially trained officers.

The Metropolitan Police have said that any young people who have information about violence or knife crime, can visit where they can pass on information anonymously – your I.P address will not be traced. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity and is independent of the police.

New entrance for Hackney Central Station planned

Hackney Central Station
Hackney Central Station

Commuters are to see less congestion at Hackney Central Station after a new entrance and ticket hall are set to be built. 

This will be built on Grayham Road, giving the westbound platform of the station direct access to the street. 

Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney said: “As anyone, like me, who uses Hackney Central Station knows, it is busy, overcrowded and its entrances are no longer fit for purpose. 

“These proposals will see coordinated investment in the station to support our fantastic and growing town centre, ensuring that passengers have a safe, easy and welcoming entrance to our borough.”

The date the new entrance will be built has not been announced

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