Stories of the week

Squatters have taken over The Doctor Johnson pub in Barkingside in an attempt to get it re-opened

Squatters have taken over The Doctor Johnson pub in Barkingside in an attempt to get it re-opened

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Editor

In a new feature the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian choses its top stories of the week.

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Story one

British Telecom was working with police to find out what happened after a suspected phone scam left six households on a street with bills of around £250 each.

People living in Pelham Road, South Woodford, received bills, on the morning of April 19, including calls to places a far afield as Guinea Bissau and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Stroy two

Leyton Orient will play at Wembley for the first time in 15 years to contest a place in the Championship after beating Peterborough United 2-1 at Brisbane Road on Tuesday night.

Dean Cox gave Orient the lead on aggregate, thumping home his 16th goal of the season on the hour mark. Substitute Chris Dagnall made sure of Orient’s safe progression from close-range in the 87th minute, before in injury time substitute Conor Washington pulled one back for Darren Ferguson’s side.

Story three

Campaigning squatters took over a Grade II listed pub that has been derelict for three years in an attempt to get it re-opened for the community.

The squatters, who moved in on Sunday, are hoping to agree a deal with Spirit Pub Company, which owns The Doctor Johnson pub in Longwood Gardens, Barkingside.

Story four

Jo Shuter, the headteacher of King Solomon High School, has been banned from teaching for life over expenses abuses.

Ms Shuter was placed on gardening leave from the Jewish free school in Forest Road, Barkingside, pending a decision from the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Story five

A decision not to take seriously ill and injured children by ambulance to an accident and emergency department earmarked for closure is a disgrace, according to the leader of Redbridge Council, Keith Prince.

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