NEWS DIGEST 12.06.2021: Mini-heatwave in the UK south-east, other stories

Good morning and a warm Saturday morning to you all!. Today’s news comes from InYourArea. The UK is set to bask in its hottest day of the year so far over the weekend as football fans welcome the start of Euro 2020. Temperatures could hit 30C by Sunday afternoon, just as England take on Croatia, which would make it the warmest June 13 on record. Saturday will also be warm for England, Wales and most of Scotland, with temperatures reaching the mid-20s, the Met Office said. Forecaster Marco Petagna told the PA news agency: “Large parts of the UK will experience some fine weather this weekend due to an area of high pressure moving across the country”. Sunday is expected to be the warmer of the two days, with the temperature possibly surpassing 30C in the South East, which has never been seen on June 13 – Temperatures this weekend could hit 30C as UK set for heatwave (InYourArea Newsroom National)

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A restaurant owner who dished out 7,500 free meals to emergency workers, hospitals and care homes during the pandemic has been given the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Wazid Hassan, who runs Mile End’s Pride of Asia restaurant and owns the Mayfair Venue in Chadwell Heath, was impacted by the lockdown. Wazid went into partnership during the latest lockdown, with McDonald’s at Redbridge and Romford and the Seven Kings Lions Club charity to supply meals to 10 hospitals and care homes and to key staff in police, ambulance and fire stations. His manager at the Mayfair Venue, Jas Singh, explained: “We started helping Queen’s and King George hospitals and word soon spread. We got calls from other hospitals including the Royal London asking for help.”Once we started, we couldn’t stop.” Wazid also distributed 1,000 meals to the homeless in Whitechapel in 2018 and took part in a community event to send 10,000 Iftar meals to Muslims worldwide in 2009 – Queen’s Birthday Honours: Caterer who gave out free meals gets BEM (East London Advertiser)

London news website MyLondon has published a breakdown of the expected closures on the Underground transport network, the rail lines and the roads this weekend as people venture out to enjoy the recent ‘mini-heatwave’ and make the most of the capital. Many of the disruptions to travel this weekend (June 12-13) will be due to engineering works on the train lines – London Underground weekend closures: Full list of Tube disruption plus bus and train changes (MyLondon Traffic & Travel)

A maisonette was damaged by a fire in Wanstead on Friday afternoon (June 11). Firefighters were called to a block of maisonettes in Queenswood Gardens shortly before 1.30pm. London Fire Brigade (LFB) has said half of the first floor of a split-level maisonette was damaged by the blaze, which was under control about an hour later. There were no reported injuries. LFB’s 999 control officers took 11 calls to the blaze. Four fire engines and around 25 crew members from the Ilford, Woodford, Homerton and Walthamstow stations attended the scene. The cause of the fire is being investigated – Fire at block of maisonettes in Wanstead (Ilford Recorder)

Patient waiting times have surged since the beginning of the pandemic, according to new figures released by the NHS (National Health Service). Every hospital around the country has been affected, including Romford’s Queen’s and Goodmayes’ King George hospitals. BHRUT (Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust) patients are also now facing greater overall waiting lists compared to the numbers recorded in the month the first Covid-19 lockdown was imposed. In March last year, the overall waiting list stood at 40,827; fast-forward just over a year and there are 48,373 patients waiting. While not among the worst performers; BHRUT ranks 61st – out of 174 – for patients waiting over a year, and 32nd for overall waiting list length. Prior to the pandemic, it was 72.9 per cent; by April 2021, this had dropped to 60.8pc. The trust’s chief medical officer, Magda Smith, said: “As with the rest of the NHS, the Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on our waiting lists getting our patients the care they need is one of our highest priorities, and we have a recovery plan in place. “Our three main areas where we are seeing larger increases are orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery, and we are prioritising these” – New figures show impact of Covid on NHS waiting times (Barking & Dagenham Post)

Summarised with SMMRY.

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