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Roy Hodgson will manage his final match for Crystal Palace on Sunday. Pic: Wikimedia

Roy Hodgson set to retire as Crystal Palace manager

Roy Hodgson has announced he will step down as manager of Crystal Palace football club at the end of this season, after four years with the club.

The 73-year-old boyhood Palace fan will part ways with the club this weekend after the Eagles play their final match under his management against his former club, Liverpool.

Hodgson began his senior coaching career in Sweden in 1976, managed England from 2012-2016 and took Blackburn, Fulham and West Bromwich into the Premier League. 

Hodgson said in today’s press conference: “Goodbyes are not my forte, I’ve been much better at hellos. I’m not good on emotional occasions”.

Croydon tram crash inquest goes ahead after months of delay

The inquest was originally scheduled for October. Pic: A.P Photography

An inquest into Croydon’s 2016 tram derailment started yesterday after Covid-19 restrictions caused months of delay.

The inquest was originally scheduled to start in October 2020 but was postponed due to Covid-19 Government guidelines. The inquest will take place at Croydon Town Hall, with the first piece of evidence being heard today.

On November 9, 2016 seven people were killed and 61 injured after a tram travelling at four times the speed limit derailed. The tram was travelling at 49mph when it came off the tracks after encountering a sharp bend.

Just 49 seconds before the crash, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) discovered that driver, Alfred Dorris could have been in ‘microsleep’- defined as a sudden and temporary sleep/drowsiness episode.

Dorris was arrested after the crash but was later released due to a lack of evidence. Dorris will not appear at the inquest because of health problems. His lawyer, Miles Bennett will provide evidence on his behalf.

The inquest will take place over a period of 14 weeks. Senior Coroner, Sarah Ormond-Walshe and the jury will hear evidence from Transport for London (TFL), Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), Tram Operations Limited (TOL) and family members.

Community centre rave attended by over 100 people leaves man fighting for his life

Police believe the mans condition was drug induced. Pic: Alexander Popov

A man in his 20s has been left fighting for his life after police raided a large rave in Tower Hamlets.

On Sunday morning, police in Tower Hamlets responded to a number of calls that an illegal rave was taking place at the Kirtland Centre, Bow. On arrival, police discovered over 100 people including an unresponsive male in his 20s.

Police say they believe his condition was caused by illegal drugs. He is currently in hospital in critical condition.

Two girls were also arrested at the rave after police found them in possession of handling stolen goods as well as both, class A and class B drugs.

Police are now asking that anyone with information about the event/anyone involved should contact: 101, ref 238/16May or report anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111.

Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia awareness week is from May 17- 23. Pic: Georg Arthur Pflueger

As dementia awareness week begin, Tower Hamlets GPs are urging people to look out for signs of dementia after recent figures showed that over 300 borough residents have undiagnosed dementia.

Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group wrote on their website: “The Tower Hamlets dementia diagnosis rate is approximately 73 per cent out of an estimated 1,152 people who have dementia which shows there is still work to be done to diagnose those who are suffering the symptoms of Dementia but not receiving the support that they require.”

The Alzheimer’s Society in Tower Hamlets will be providing drop-in locations for anyone looking for advice. You can find more information here.

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