Stories of the week

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The 'Cheeky Rio' t-shirts, which have caused a stir in Walthamstow The 'Cheeky Rio' t-shirts, which have caused a stir in Walthamstow

The Waltham Forest Guardian looks back at the biggest stories of the week.

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Story one

The girlfriend of a dangerous criminal has been jailed for hiding a double-barrelled sawn-off shotgun at her Walthamstow home.

Shereen Lawrence, 32, of Hillcrest Road, was sentenced to five years, along with 34-year-old Sunny Taiwo, of Holt Road in Beckton, at the Inner London Crown Court.

Taiwo, described by police as a dangerous offender, was jailed for 18 years after being convicted of four counts of possession of a prohibited firearm, one count of possession of a firearm without a firearm certificate, three counts of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and two counts of possession of ammunition without a firearm certificate.

Story two

A clothing firm has been accused of contributing to domestic violence after creating a shop window display of 'Cheeky Rio' t-shirts emblazoned with images of naked women for the World Cup.

Blue Inc in The Mall, Walthamstow, displayed a child’s shirt featuring a woman covering her breasts with her hands wearing nothing but a small Brazilian flag .

The image sparked outcry on social network sites and a petition has been launched to have the product removed from sale.

Story three

A homeless mother and son sleeping in a bus shelter say they are ‘desperate’ for help.

Loraine and Darren Seabourne were evicted from their council home in Romford due to rent arrears and have been sleeping rough in an around Wood Street in Walthamstow since.

Mrs Seabourne, 52, claims she was in hospital being treated for leg ulcers and problems with her feet when she fell behind on her rent.

Story four

Counterfeit alcohol being sold in Waltham Forest could contain bleach, screen wash and cleaning products, officials have warned.

This week police announcedofficers had found 80 litres of counterfeit vodka in one shop in the borough, just days after SFW Express in Leytonstone its licence to sell booze for a similar offence.

The shop in Church Lane was caught with 242 bottles of illicit wines and spirits ready for sale in November.

Story five

Former footballer Fabrice Muamba, who almost died during a game, returned to his former school today to talk to pupils about the importance of education.

The ex-Bolton midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in 2012.

This forced him to end his career, but the 26-year-old claims it is because of his education at Kelmscott School in Walthamstow that he now has a second chance of success.

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