NEWS DIGEST 05.08.2021: The latest London and national news from InYourArea

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London Landmarks Half Marathon is a closed road, central London race letting runners explore the Grand, the Quirky and the Hidden parts of our amazing city. This year Future has raised over £6000 with 9 participants from all over the country. To thank our participants, we have given them the title of #FutureHero as their efforts will make them heroes for young people and their fundraising allows Future to continue to offer a safe and fun place for members to spend their leisure time. “Running the London Landmarks Half Marathon for Future Youth Zone was fantastic! Having never run or even enjoyed running, the half marathon gave me an opportunity to find a new passion. Future is a great place providing fantastic opportunities. Thank you!”. Do you want to become a #FutureHero? Well, you’ve got a chance on the 4th of September 2021! Future will be hosting an abseil off the Future Youth Zone building. This will be a chance to take on an incredible unique challenge; become a hero for young people and receive your very own #FutureHero top and cape! “The council, and our senior team, are huge supporters of Future and the enormous difference it is making for so many of our young people. We are very much looking to taking part in”Abseil for Future” and raising as much money as we can to support such a wonderful organisation – Future Youth Zone take on London Landmarks Half Marathon. (THD The Havering Daily)

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The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for thunder and heavy rain in area across the UK over the next four days. Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: “We’ve got an area of low pressure that’s moving in from the west from the Atlantic and across the UK which is going to bring very unsettled conditions across the weekend.” The weather warnings have been put in place from yesterday right the way through to Saturday morning at around 9am. “It’s going to start today with rain in Northern Ireland and then thunderstorms are going to extend across the central slice of the UK.”, Claydon added. The worst of the wet weather will be seen throughout Friday and into Saturday morning when the weather warnings stretch from Perth in Scotland down through to the Midlands and across north Wales. The driest areas will be in the south east of the UK. Although the turbulent weather looks set to continue for a time, the Met Office has said there are early signs that temperatures could start to increase through next week – Met Office issues yellow weather warnings across the UK (InYourArea Newsroom National)

Police have seized a record number of guns in a series of raids across the capital. Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “These two incidents highlight how the Met is working day and night to target those responsible for violence in London.”The streets of London do not belong to those intent on violence, they belong to the public.” In 2021, London has seen the lowest number of lethal barrelled discharges for 10 years, with 114 between January and July compared with 183 for the same time period the previous year. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said tackling violence is his “number one priority”. He added: “Tackling violence and making our city safer is my number one priority and I’m determined to be tough on crime with support for the Met Police as they work to target the most serious offenders, remove lethal weapons from our streets and bear down on gang violence “This activity is part of our comprehensive plan to tackle violence this summer in London and brings the police, City Hall, London’s Violence Reduction Unit, local authorities and criminal justice partners closer than ever before to drive down violence and be tough on the complex causes of crime by helping support young people and delivering hundreds of positive opportunities.”Police seize record number of guns in raids across London (Evening Standard News Crime)

Since 2012, the percentage of London homes selling has been lower than the national average of homes sales. Rightmove’s Tim Bannister said: “Historically, the chance of finding a buyer has been lower in London, and the contrast to the national average has been exacerbated since 2015 due to the sharp rises in average asking prices for homes.”The gap has been widened further in 2021 due to multiple factors, such as people moving out of the city in the search for more space and privacy, and the ability to work from home meaning that people are not as reliant on a home near the capital.” From June 2020 to June 2021, Bexley saw 74 per cent of homes sold; Havering 69 per cent; and Sutton 68 per cent. Waltham Forest and Barking and Dagenham both recorded property sales of 66 per cent. Meanwhile Bromley’s average property sales was 64 per cent – London home sellers least likely to find a buyer as UK-wide property sales at highest level in a decade (Evening Standard Homes & Property ~ Property News)

Residents living close to Broadway Market say their sleep is disturbed by people drinking nearby and idling minicab engines. The owners say they would drop plans for off-sales at Broadway Market if necessary as part of the licensing conditions. Nearby residents from Dericote Street and Croston Street say they are already affected by noise from people drinking nearby and object to the prospect of off-sales of alcohol. Rachel Bowditch told the licensing committee: “We do strongly object to outside seating at night time, even with substantial meals.” She pointed out that idling minicabs nearby in Dericote Street already disturb residents. Louise Brewood, who chairs London Fields Safer Neighbourhood Area, said the streets around Broadway Market suffer from anti-social behaviour and could be designated a saturation area – Residents report losing sleep over Broadway Market drinkers and idling minicab engines (Hackney Gazette News)

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