NEWS DIGEST 01.12.2021: InYourArea free Xmas lottery; latest east London news

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Our incredibly popular free daily scratchcard has had a festive makeover and been supercharged with some perfect prizes thanks to our partnership with The Health Lottery. The daily prize will be a mystery, so you’ll need to play every day to make sure you’re in with a chance of winning big. To be in with a chance of winning, you simply need to play our daily game from December 1 and reveal 3 matching Health Lottery logos – even if you don’t win the first time round, you can enter our second chance draw, which we’ll randomly select a winner from if the prize isn’t claimed. The Health Lottery share this passion – through the hard work of their staff and players, vital funds have been secured to support community health and wellness projects across England, Scotland, and Wales, providing a much-needed source of funding to help tackle the scourge of health inequality across Great Britain. Carly Troulis, Marketing Manager at The Health Lottery says “Christmas is a time for giving, At the Health lottery we offer great prizes when you win but also every time you play you are helping those who need it most and tackling Health Inequality across Great Britain’ So thank you from the Health lottery for all your support and good luck!”.There’s an amazing Christmas prize to be won today in our new-look festive game (InYourArea Newsroom – InYourArea Christmas)

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The Government announced yesterday that all people aged 18 and over are to be offered a Covid-19 booster vaccine as part of efforts to tackle the spread of the new Omicron variant. The move means an additional 13 million people will now be eligible for the booster jab, marking a major acceleration in the UK’s vaccination programme. Booster doses should be given no sooner than three months after people have had their second dose of an original vaccine – shaving three months off the previous six-month wait. An additional 6.9 million over-40s became eligible for a booster because the period between second jab and booster has been reduced to three months; people were previously asked to wait six months. A full list of walk-in vaccination services in Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark can be found here: COVID-19 Vaccine Walk-In clinics – NHS South East London CCG – London Covid: When you will be eligible for your NHS booster vaccine and how to get it (MyLondon – News – Health – Coronavirus)

Efforts continue to track down a man believed to have fled the scene of a recent stabbing in Loxford, a district of Ilford in the eastern Greater London region. The Met has confirmed officers were called to Uphall Road at around 11.20pm on Saturday – November 27 – following reports of an altercation inside a residential address. A 22-year-old man was taken to hospital after being treated by the London Ambulance Service for stab injuries. Those injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Another man is believed to have left the scene and this is who officers are conducting enquiries to locate – Search continues for man who fled scene of Loxford stabbing (Ilford Recorder – News > Crime)

A student nurse from Waltham Forest is accused of raping a vulnerable patient in an east London mental health hospital. Ige Apata, 42, will stand trial in March, charged with three counts of rape and two counts of sexual touching at Goodmayes Hospital in Redbridge earlier this year. The alleged crimes are said to have taken place in a part of the hospital that deals with the most vulnerable patients, such as those that present an acute risk to themselves or have had a stroke. The alleged crimes were discussed earlier this month at a board meeting of the North East London Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital. Apata, of Higham Hill Road, was charged in March and will appear before a jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court on March 21 – Student nurse accused of raping patient at Goodmayes Hospital (This is Local London – News)

PC Adam Zaman, 28, of Romford, Havering, pled not guilty to one charge of rape at a hearing at the Old Bailey yesterday. Zaman, who is a serving Met officer, is accused of raping a woman in the five-star Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street, in the City of London. Zaman, who is based in the East Area Command Unit, which covers Redbridge, Havering and Barking and Dagenham, has been suspended from duties whilst the matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct. He is remanded in police custody until his next hearing on Wednesday, December 22. “PC Zaman has now been charged and it is important that criminal proceedings are allowed to take their course.”Police officer denies raping woman in five-star Liverpool Street hotel (London World – News – Crime)

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