10 March 2006

10 March 06

Serco signs new £400m DLR deal

Serco has signed a new franchise agreement to continue to operate, maintain and support the Docklands Light Railway, the outsource specialist said today. The seven year contract, which is scheduled to start on 28 May, may be extended for a further two years and is valued at around £400m over this extended period.

The new franchise will see improvements for passengers such as a maximum of ten minutes between trains at any time and trains every three minutes at peak times on the Lewisham to Bank line.

Police appeal to find sex attacker

POLICE are hunting a man responsible for two sexual assaults. The man was travelling on a number 75 bus from Lewisham to Croydon at 9.30am on February 4.

He sat next to an 18-year-old woman and began chatting to her before sexually assaulting her. The victim was able to get away from him and got off the bus. A short time later the man approached a 17-year-old girl and sexually assaulted her. After she complained he spat at her, followed her off the bus and punched her in the face.

At 3.40pm on November 10 a woman was also assaulted by the same man, who sat next to her on a number 75 bus. Detective Sergeant Jeff Edwards from the Croydon Sapphire Unit, which investigates rape cases, said: "There may be other victims out there who are yet to come forward." Anyone with information should call 020 8649 1379.

Water firm says pipe ban looks ‘increasingly likely’

WATER firm bosses say hosepipe bans will probably come into effect this summer. London supplier Thameswater says hosepipe and sprinkler bans are likely to be slapped on residents due to last year being the third driest since records began in 1897.

In January this year, 19mm of rain fell across south London just 29 per cent of the rainfall level of 66mm expected for the month. However, February bucked the trend with 39mm of rainfall 2mm more than the expected 37mm for the month. But water bosses say Lewisham and Greenwich's underground water reserves are still low and more rainfall is needed to replenish supplies.

Call to unite after attacks on centre

AN IMAM is calling for greater unity within the non-muslim and muslim community following two racial attacks at an Islamic centre. Shakeel Begg, from Lewisham and Kent Islamic Centre, is supporting Greenwich Islamic Centre in its fight to find the culprits, who damaged the property twice within three days last week. The first incident happened at the centre in Plumstead Road, Woolwich, at 1.30am on March 2, when the offenders started a fire after breaking a window and pouring fuel through it.

Free Condom Cards for college students

More than 1,000 students at Lewisham College are set to receive a Condom Card which will give them free access to the contraceptives at the college and in sexual health clinics across the borough.

Students aged between 16 and 19 will receive tutorials on condom use over the coming months. They will then have to pass a test about condom use to qualify for the Condom Card.

Inspection success for school

Catford Business Enterprise College, Bellingham Road, received a "good" rating from inspectors last month, recognising its "significant" improvement since its last inspection six years ago.

The school, formerly known as Catford Girls' School, has doubled the number of pupils gaining five A*-C GCSE grades from 21 per cent to 42 per cent since 2001.

Looking out for Army recruits

SOLDIERS are to pay a visit to talk to people interested in a career in the Army. Blackheath Army careers adviser sergeant Jeff White said: "This is a great chance for everyone to meet the soldiers. "The Army is committed to developing individual skills and offering opportunities for personal development through training, sport and travel." To find out more about the Army, call 020 8852 1464.


Admin said...

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(moe) said...

Many thanks!