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Handling of Sarah Everard vigil by police breached 'fundamental rights'

The policing of the vigil for Sarah Everard and the Kill the Bill protests breached ‘fundamental rights’, an inquiry has found. The actions of Metropolitan Police and Avon and Somerset Police earlier this year were described as being riddled with ‘multiple failings’. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy and the Constitution (APPGDC), a group of MPs and peers which wrote the report, has now proposed amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, due to be debated on Mond

Hundreds of women with menopause are struggling to get treatment

Hundreds of women with menopause have been fighting to get diagnosed by GPs and get the help they need. A survey of 5,187 women revealed that 79% had visited a GP about their symptoms and 7%, about 363 women, attended more than 10 times before receiving sufficient support and advice. Some 27% of the women had seen more than three doctors to discuss their condition. When it came to treatment, 37% received hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and 23% were given antidepressants. Mumsnet and Gransn

Teenagers stone goose to death and attack goslings

Three teenage boys used stones to kill a goose before attacking her goslings. Police say they have ‘clear images’ of the suspects, whose actions have been condemned as ‘absolutely despicable’. The goose was stoned to death in a small stream in Stanstead Abbotts at around midday on June 12. Images of the suspects won’t be released because of their age but police are hoping they will ‘own up to their actions and come forward’. PC Richard Donbavand, from the Rural Operational Support Team, said
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Southwark residents says gentrification isn't wholly bad

Southwark residents say gentrification isn’t wholly bad – PA Diploma News

Southwark, and some Peckham, residents say that gentrification-the upgrading of decaying, normally inner-city housing, involving physical renovation- is not a bad thing in it’s totality. This gradual transformation has manifest itself in the form of new housing developments in the area, as the definition of gentrification indicates, as well as arguably more expensive restaurants and cafés opening along the High Street. One resident who was asked to describe gentrification said: “Gentrification
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“The council don’t believe the change in Peckham is gentrification”

“The council don’t believe the change in Peckham is gentrification” says Councillor Situ – PA Diploma News

Councillor and Cabinet Member for Growth, Development and Planning Johnson Situ, has said he does not subscribe to the use of the word gentrification as an accurate depiction of the changes Peckham, South East London, is undergoing. Mr Situ said: ““Gentrification is a word that gets used a lot in areas where change is happening, but it is not necessarily the case that change leads to gentrification.” Mr Situ added that he believed Southwark is going to great lengths to ensure that the local co

Peckham Levels arts centre celebrates one year anniversary – PA Diploma News

Peckham Levels officially marked its first year in operation this month, the centre first opened in December 2017. The centre hosted a number of activities over the course of a week to celebrate this first anniversary. The events spanned from Friday 30thNovember to Sunday 2ndDecember 2018. Activities included live music, open access to all Levels workspaces and retail events. Food and drink were also available. The events aimed to showcase South East London talent. The centre consists of seve
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Female trio launch

Female trio launch community radio station in Peckham car park – PA Diploma News

Becky Richardson, 29, and her team of two, Ami Bennettand Frankie Wells,launched female led community radio station, in Peckham Levels arts centre 5th November. ​ Peckham Levels, as it is now known, opened its doors December 2017. The space was previously a large local Southwark controlled car park, transformed into a space for local businesses and creative people. ​ The station aims to promote female DJs and underground, undiscovered, music talent, as well as provide a platform
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Commuters battle Victoria station

Commuters battle Victoria station construction work – PA Diploma News

Victoria station commuters are still facing disruption to their journeys as station works draw to a close. The station is in the final stages of a £700 million upgrade project due to finish this year. The project aims to make the station 110% bigger for the 80 million annual customers the station attracts. Victoria station has undergone construction work both on underground lines and the station itself. Commuters described delayed taxis due to issues accessing the station, train cancellation
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South East London actor

South East London actor produces 15 day play on knife crime – PA Diploma News

Up and coming South East London actor David Alade has produced Fox Hunting the play. The play will be showing at The Courtyard Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday, from the 1st-19th May 2018. The play addresses the serious knife crime issues the city of London is presently facing, using the primary experiences of young people. The production is a verbatim style piece- based on documented word for word experiences- that looks at the complexities of knife crime in a growing gang and postcode war cultur