20 May 2007

20 May 2007

£12,000 payout after back injury

A COUNCIL employee has received £12,000 in damages after injuring his back in an accident at work.

Craig Lewis, who has worked for Lewisham Council for 20 years, injured his back in September 2004 after a chair he was sitting on gave way.

Alleyway clean-up

POLICE and council officials today teamed up to clear fly-tipped rubbish away from an alleyway.

Rushey Green Safer Neighbourhood Team and Lewisham Council workers armed themselves with brooms, overalls and gloves to tackle the alleyway in Blythe Hill Lane, Catford.

Wheelie Bins Made Smaller

Councils are cutting the size of residents' wheelie bins in an attempt to encourage recycling.

Local authorities are to introduce new "baby bins" which will give householders 180-litre containers instead of of the 240-litre versions previously provided.

One of the first councils to do this is Lewisham, but several authorities in London look set to follow.

Three charged over teen robbery

A police search of the area resulted in a double-decker bus being stopped on Bromley Road, Downham, where a group of 10 men and women were asked to get off.

The victim's handbag and mobile phone were found nearby.

A 15-year-old girl from Greenwich, a 14-year-old from Lewisham and an 11-year-old from Lewisham were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Archbishop to Open £60m Lewisham Hospital Extension

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is to perform an official opening ceremony at the £60m ‘Riverside’ extension to Lewisham Hospital in London, on 21st May 2007. Carillion completed and handed over the facility in November last year and is now providing hard facilities management services at the hospital under the terms of the 30-year PFI contract.

Department for Communities and Local Government urges councils to sell disused public buildings to community groups

The report on Community Management and Ownership of Assets by Lewisham Council chief executive Barry Quirk concludes that transferring public assets to local people leads to more responsive services and more confident communities.

Quirk said: “Community ownership can bring people from different backgrounds together; it can foster a sense of belonging and play a role in enhancing the local environment, alleviating poverty and raising people’s expectations.”

Offenders snub fines

Councillor Simon Carter, the Liberal Democrat spokesman for community safety in Lewisham, says if the police issue fines, they need to follow them up.

He said: "The police need to make sure these fines are being enforced.

"The Liberal Democrats believe to tackle anti-social behaviour, a greater police presence is required on the streets.

"This will have a greater impact instead of issuing on-the-spot fines."

Student to bare all

Chantal Goodey, 29, of Mount Pleasant Road, Lewisham, will be joining campaigners from around the world in Pamplona on July 5.

They will be protesting against bullfighting and the running of the bulls, an annual event in which the animals are set free in the streets and people have to try to avoid them.

Campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), which aims to end the exploitation of animals, started the Running of the Nudes event in 2002.

Teens jailed for smashing teeth

ROBBERS who smashed out a man's front teeth to steal a lighter worth £1.50 have been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Two teenagers, a 16-year-old from Orpington and a 14-year-old from South Norwood were imprisoned at Croydon Crown Court last Friday.

A 15-year-old from Lewisham and a 16-year-old from Streatham Hill were also each given a four-year supervision order.

Lawyer: 'Rape' girl should be 'glad of attention'

A barrister provoked outrage yesterday by claiming that the victim of an alleged gang rape was so fat she would have been 'glad of the attention'.

Sheilagh Davies, defending one of three boys accused of raping two girls, said the 16-year-old girl had 'slimmed down a lot' since the alleged attack.

The defendants, all from Catford, South- East London, allegedly told the girls they would be killed if they called police.

Hate crime crackdown arrests

NINE people in Lewisham and Greenwich have been arrested in dawn raids cracking down on domestic violence and hate crime.

The London-wide operation today was "aimed at putting the fear back on to the offender", said a police statement.


kate said...

Moe ...where are you?

moe said...

Back at last! I've had a nightmare due to lack of net access and being generally busy. Missed so much :(

Hope all is well. I've got some catching up to do!