NEWS DIGEST 27.02.2021: Ghosts, viruses and pricey mansions in east London

Good morning. Today’s news comes from a brand-new source, specifically for our local area, named InYourArea. For locals interested in contacting the ‘other side’, a series of ‘Spiritual Mediumship Evenings’ with local mediums is being held throughout next month at the Ted Ball Memorial Hall, Neasham Road in Dagenham. The first one, scheduled for the 1st March with spiritualist Bill Rich, has however been cancelled – Spiritual Mediumship Evening (InYourArea)

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A C-47 Dakota, a British wartime-era plane, has been scheduled to perform a special fly-past during the funeral of celebrated ‘national hero’ Captain Tom Moore, which will take place today. The plane is part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight operating from the RAF Coningsby airbase in Lincolnshire county. Moore became famous after he raised millions of pounds for the UK National Health Service during the coronavirus pandemic, and had recently celebrated his 100th birthday, when he lost his life against COVID. Sir Tom’s coffin will be carried by six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment and the funeral will also celebrate his life and military career with a gun salute and a ceremonial guard – World War II-era plane to perform flypast for Captain Sir Tom Moore’s funeral (InYourArea)

An East London man has been sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty in the rape of a woman in the district of Peckham on this past Thursday. Taofiq Laguda, aged forty-six and from Dagenham, allegedly approached the lone walker as she was returning home from work. He offered her a lift in his vehicle, drove to a secluded location and then locked the car doors before raping her. He then fled the scene in January 2021. Laguda pleaded not guilty at his trial but was sent down for a minimum tariff of seven years after an unanimous verdict from the sitting jury at Woolwich Crown Court – A MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR RAPING A WOMAN IN PECKHAM (UKNIP 247)

The East London district of Dagenham is not the first people think of when looking at luxury mansions for sale, but a large house in modern style managed to fetch a price tag of over GBP £1 million (USD $1.4 million) and is the only available house of its kind in the area up for sale. The house, situated on Aldborough Road, has fourteen bedrooms, a private driveway and two kitchens and two bathrooms and is set on 6,000 square feet (557 square metres) of land according to web property portal Rightmove – London property: The mansion that’s the only home in Dagenham for sale for over £1 million (MyLondon)

The Ilford Business Improvement District, in Ilford, east London/Essex, hosted a webinar on 24 February on how businesses can help themselves get out of lockdown woes. The webinar was hosted by Ilford BID chief Cyril Bekoe along with business owners and representatives of Redbridge Council, which governs Ilford. The webinar focussed on the problems facing independent businesses and SMEs during the third lockdown, with many being forced to close, scale back operations and give up on normal revenue levels, and solutions for the future. Ilford’s businesses were hailed as tenacious by an MP who spoke at the event – Ilford BID hosts webinar to help businesses out of lockdown (Ilford Recorder)

The South African variant of coronavirus has been reported in Ilford for the first time and the government has said the area will be a candidate for surge testing of residents to contain the spread of the new version. The testing programme will be focussed on the Loxford and Clementswood districts of the town’s south. So far, it is believed only one person, a resident of Loxford, has been infected with the African strain of COVID, and that person did not travel abroad. They made a full recovery after testing positive on the 31st of January. Redbridge Council is asking people living or working in the Loxford or Clementswood areas to take a PCR virus detection test – South African Covid variant found in Ilford, ‘surge testing’ to begin (Ilford Recorder)

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