News in Brief Friday 14th September including Wapping’s Wooftop Bar

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Police put a halt to free phone calls for drug users

Police have stopped the London Borough of Tower Hamlets from issuing BT with more permits to install additional InLink 5G internet phone booths as it was found that people were using the 30 seconds of free calls that are a feature of the kiosks to buy drugs.

Tower Hamlets CCTV unit watched one InLink booth for a day and found that of the 80 people using it 75 were using their free 30 seconds to buy drugs.

Oops!

For more details: Engineering & Technology

London Symphony Orchestra announces LSO East London Academy

The world famous LSO led by Sir Simon Rattle is starting a new programme beginning in 2019 that aims to identify and develop the musical potential of young East Londoners between the ages of 11 and 18.

The LSO East London Academy scheme will provide free, inspirational coaching delivered by the LSO’s world-class musicians in the form of high-level training and mentoring to 40 young musicians annually from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds who show exceptional promise.

The east London boroughs involved are Bexley, Barking & Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

For more details: LSO East London Academy

Stolen mobile phone handlers arrested in raids

In a series of raids across Tower Hamlets, Newham and Havering Met and City of London police officers arrested and charged eight handlers of mobile phones phones snatched by moped riders for conspiracy to handle stolen goods.

The intelligence-led raids were part of Operation Venice which tackles moped crime.Approximately £30,000 in cash was recovered, as well as 20-30 mobile phones, laptops and camera equipment.

For more details: Metropolitan Police

Biggs asks Home Office for tougher nitrous oxide laws

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, has written to the Home Secretary requesting that laws allowing Nitrous Oxide (N2O) to be bought easily online and on the high street be tightened up as the current legislation is not working.

In the letter the Mayor asked the Home Secretary to outline what impact the current legislation has had since its introduction in 2016 and requested that further research be done on the health impacts.

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 makes it illegal to supply or import nitrous oxide for consumption but it remains very difficult to prove at the point of supply that people intend to use it for that purpose. On average 200,000 N2O canisters are cleaned from the streets of Tower Hamlets every month according to the council.

For more details: No Laughing Matter campaign

Children’s Services – close but no cigar says Ofsted

In its latest inspection Ofsted has found continued improvement in Tower Hamlets Children’s Services but state that there is still more work to be done in key areas.

This comes after a disastrous Ofsted report in April 2017 which rated Children’s Service as inadequate. One of the key findings was that the council was completely unaware of some of the more serious failings until Ofsted told them.

For more information: Ofsted Inspection September 2018 [PDF]

Troxy introduces digital-only tickets to beat touts

The Troxy in Commercial Road has joined forces with mobile ticketing platform DICE to become the world’s biggest mobile-only tout-proof venue. DICE software allows users to search for, browse and buy tickets to music gigs, concerts and festivals.

All tickets sold on DICE are sourced directly from labels, promoters and venues; the company does not participate in secondary ticketing

The move to digital mobile-only tickets aims to stop reselling by ticket touts as well as selling tickets through the night and allowing refunds up to moments before an event starts.

It is believed the move to digital only tickets makes the Troxy the world’s biggest mobile-only venue. The Troxy first opened in 1933 as the UK’s biggest cinema.

For more details: DICE

EU citizens immigration drop-in session

There is a drop-in session at Idea Store Whitechapel on Saturday 15 September where non-UK EU citizens can get independent immigration advice on how to secure their status in the UK after Brexit.

For more details: Idea Store Whitechapel

Wooftop bar for dogs comes to Skylight Tobacco Dock

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Skylight London, Tobacco Dock’s rooftop bar, is having its about first ever Dog Day on Sunday 23rd September.

There will be lots of dog treats and food on hand, plus special 2-for-1 offers on our themed cocktails.

Dogs are welcome at Skylight on weekends before 6 all the time.

At last some news that has made Doggy Friend of Love Wapping Baxter happy!

For more details: Skylight London


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