NEWS DIGEST 02.10.2021: This week’s East London news

Good morning and welcome to HEMNA (and the new month of October). Today’s news comes from InYourArea.

One in 20 young people at secondary school in England are estimated to have had coronavirus last week, as Covid-19 infection levels remain high in all parts of the UK, new figures show. Some 4.6% of children in England in school years 7 to 11 – around one in 20 – are likely to have had Covid-19 last week, the highest positivity rate for any age group. The rate of children testing positive is estimated to have increased among those aged from two to school year 11, and there were also early signs of a possible increase for those aged 70 and over, the ONS (Office for National Statistics) said. The figures for secondary school children were described as “extraordinarily high” by Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at the Open University. All children aged 12 and over in the UK are now able to have a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, which means those in school years 8 to 11 in England, as well as some in year 7, can get the jab – ‘One in 20’ young secondary school children in England have Covid-19 (InYourArea Newsroom – National)

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Queen’s Hospital staff have spoken out about a culture of “bullying” left unchecked by senior leadership. The Romford hospital’s maternity unit was told today that it “requires improvement” in a report published by the CQC. The report, based on an inspection in June, also found serious incidents at the unit were being “easily dismissed”, resulting in a “lack of learning”. The report states: “Several members of staff raised concerns regarding poor culture and bullying and that the senior leadership team did not seem to listen to staff” The report also states some staff had described a “disconnect” between senior doctors and hospital executives, who were said to threaten people with performance management reviews. The hospital is run by Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, which also runs King George Hospital in Ilford – Report highlights shortcomings and culture of “bullying” at Queen’s Hospital maternity unit (Yellow Advertiser – News)

Artem Kuts, 39, of Claire Place, Isle of Dogs, and Oliver Mark, 40, of Romford Road, Stratford, were arrested as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into the supply of firearms. On October 12 last year, NCA officers watched Kuts leave his home carrying a brown paper bag and get into a black BMW 5 Series registered to Mark. Kuts was found guilty of one count of attempted sale or transfer of a firearm prohibited weapon; three counts of possession of firearms; and one count of possession of ammunition, with the sentences for each offence to be served at the same time. NCA regional head of investigations Jacque Beer said: “Illegal firearms drive serious violence, intimidation and coercion in our communities. “Seizing handguns like the ones found in the Isle of Dogs, with the help of our partners at the Metropolitan Police Service, protects the public from this grave threat. “The NCA works tirelessly to stop criminals like Kuts, Mark and Georgiev obtaining firearms and it is only right they should serve long jail sentences for their crimes.”Trio jailed after being caught with Baikal guns and ammunition (Newham Recorder – News – Crime)

Londoners are struggling to buy petrol and diesel as supply chain problems are causing fuel shortages across the UK. Petrol stations across London are running out of fuel, as people desperately try to fill out so they can go to work. In order to get Londoners to work, LondonWorld has listed all of the petrol stations we have confirmed have fuel below. There is no shortage of petrol and thousands of forecourts are operating normally, according to the AA. Motorists have been urged not to panic-buy fuel, after a number of petrol stations were forced to close because of a lack of HGV drivers. The issue has been getting the petrol to the filling stations, and people panic buying fuel in large numbers. Elizabeth de Jong, policy director at trade association Logistics UK, said: “We are seeing the impact of panic buying, we have been assured through the Petrol Retailers Association and we have been assured by some of the larger petrol companies in the country that there is enough fuel for everyone, but yet we have become very concerned and are buying and buying and have caused a very big problem”Where can I get fuel in London? Petrol stations near me that have unleaded and diesel amid UK shortage (LondonWorld – News – Traffic and Travel)

“Proper, Yorkshire fish ‘n’ chips” have arrived in the capital with the first branch of Mother Hubbard’s chippie opening in East Ham. Staff began serving fish, steak pie, chips and more from behind the counter in Barking Road at 11am this morning. Drone footage shows a queue of people lining up outside the eatery and the store reported punters arriving from 9am. Mother Hubbard’s has been selling fish ‘n’ chips for 45p to the first 1,000 customers through the door. On the grand opening, head frier Chris Farnell said: “It’s been amazing. Newham has shown us a lot of love. Queues have stretched down the road for a mile, mile and a half.” He explained how the price harks back to May 3, 1972 when Mother Hubbard’s opened its first chippie in Bradford and the cost of a portion was less than 50p. “And it’s been a tough time because of Covid so we wanted to give something back to the community,” Chris said. Newham’s outlet is due to be the first of many with plans to open 125 franchises across the capital, including in nearby Ilford. “It’s proper, Yorkshire fish and chips,” Chris said – Watch: Queue stretches down road as Mother Hubbard’s opens (Newham Recorder – News – Video)

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