Stories of the week

The Railway Bell in South Woodford

The Railway Bell in South Woodford

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

The Wanstead and Woodford Guardian looks back at the biggest stories of the week.

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Story one

A traumatised cat has turned to a life of crime after the disappearance of her beloved brother.

Jan Treacher, of Walpole Lane in South Woodford, has been left non-plussed by the behaviour of Mable, who collects up to three gloves a day from surrounding homes.

The eccentric three-year-old moggy also recently chewed Ms Treacher’s Apple headphones, rendering them unusable, but bizarrely arrived the following day clutching a new pair.

Story two

The World Cup kickked off in Brazil on Thursday night and pubs and clubs in Wanstead and Woodford are preparig for a surge in trade.

England next play on Thursday against Uruguay, and then against Costa Rica on June 24.

We reveal the Guardian's list of 10 places to watch the England games.

Story three

Publicans are expecting an “enormous boost” when the Tour de France visits the area next month.

The race route will take in High Road, Woodford Green, and Woodford New Road after riders arrive from Epping Forest and head for central London, via Waltham Forest, on July 7.

The race is expected to arrive at 2.40pm after thousands have gathered along the route and publicans are hoping they will be looking to quench their thirst in nearby watering holes.

Story four

A Labour MP has accused Conservatives in Redbridge of misleading the public over the future of the accident and emergency department at King George Hospital prior to last month’s local election.

Mike Gapes, who represents Ilford South, challenged health secretary Jeremy Hunt in the Commons over a leaflet distributed by Tory activists days before voting.

The leaflet, issued by Alborough ward candidates Ruth Clark, Vanessa Cole and Thane Thaneswaran, included the line: “King George Hospital is not closing, King George A&E is not closing.”

Story five

A woman was left partially-sighted after her father-in-law repeatedly stabbed her in the face during a frenzied attack because he suspected she was having an affair with a man from another religion.

Grandfather Manjit Mirgind, of Mayfair Avenue in Cranbrook was jailed for 10 years and eight months on Friday after admitting grievous bodily harm with intent in on Jageer Mirgind, 29.

The 51-year-old Sikh kicked, punched and strangled his daughter-in-law in front of her two young children at her home in Kensington Gardens, Cranbrook.

 

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