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Brixton photo of the day: lorry, steam engine, bike and mural in Valentia Place

Brixton photo of the day: lorry, steam engine, bike and Brixton in Valentia Place

We rather liked this juxtaposition of a cyclist about to pass a lorry painted with a steam engine next to the mural in Valentia Place, Brixton.

The mural was painted by Create Not Destroy  in tribute to local music legend TY. Read more about it here:  Wonderful Brixton Baby mural appears in Valentia Place, Brixton.[1][2]

Parked on Station Road is a distinctive truck from Dutch Quality Flowers,[3] who export fresh flowers directly from the Dutch flower auction to the UK. All of their trucks feature artistic renditions of classic transport scenes, including steam engines and steam boats.

We love ’em!

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Edinburgh police launch search after 150 e-scooters worth £100k stolen

Police Scotland is investigating the high-value theft of e-scooters from a business premises in Loanhead.

Between 7.15pm on Thursday, 10 June, 2021 and 6am on Friday, 11 June 2021, the building on Dryden Road[1] was broken into and between 100-150 boxed e-scooters[2] stolen.

It is believed the theft specifically happened between midnight and around 2am.

The approximate value of the stolen goods[3] is £100,000. At least three different models were stolen, they are:

• Xiaomi pro 2, which are mainly black in colour with a red rim around the front wheel

• SAB tech 9 pro, which are black in colour

• MS65 replicas, some of which are black and some white in colour.

Due to the volume of stolen items detectives believe those involved in the theft arrived in a vehicle and most likely were using a van or lorry to carry out the theft.

Detective Constable John Lumsden from Dalkeith Police Station[4], said: “Initial enquiries have been carried out into this theft and we continue to review CCTV from the premises and those nearby. I’d ask anyone with private or business CCTV covering the area to check their footage and provide any to us as soon as possible.

“Despite this happening overnight, I’d ask anyone who may have seen any suspicious vehicles in our around the premises in the early hours of Friday morning to report any sightings to officers. Due to the number of stolen goods it is likely that the suspects had to load these into a van or lorry over a period of time.

“I’d ask anyone who has recently been offered an e-scooter, or seen new advertisements online for selling sites matching the above description, to report this to officers so that we can investigate.”

Those with information should report this to Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 0616 of 11 June. An anonymous report can be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

References

  1. ^ Dryden Road (www.edinburghlive.co.uk)
  2. ^ 100-150 boxed e-scooters (www.edinburghlive.co.uk)
  3. ^ stolen goods (www.edinburghlive.co.uk)
  4. ^ Dalkeith Police Station (www.edinburghlive.co.uk)

Bin lorry blocks Grimsby Crematorium to stop misuse by travellers

A refuse truck has been placed in front of the gates to Grimsby[1] Crematorium to prevent travellers from entering the site.

It comes after travellers were seen strip washing at a tap within the crematorium in full view of mourners leaving a funeral service.

One of the men, allegedly stripped naked to wash and was challenged by crematorium staff.

The travellers[2] had previously gained access to a field opposite the site after allegedly cutting off a padlock to gain entry.

The group had made their way to the field after being moved from the area of land that was once home to the East Marsh tower blocks.

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Now, North East Lincolnshire Council[4] are beginning proceedings to have the travellers evicted off the site following yesterdays happenings.

The law allows the council to do this as the travellers have set up on public land without permission.

Following this, the council appear to have taken further precautions to ensure to help protect the crematorium for it’s correct use.

A refuse truck has been used to block the gates to the Grimsby Crematorium to prevent vehicles gaining access
A refuse truck has been used to block the gates to the Grimsby Crematorium to prevent vehicles gaining access

They have closed the gates that will remain locked for any vehicle unless it is part of or attending a funeral procession.

As well, they have parked a refuse truck in front of the gates to stop anyone from forcing their way on to the site.

The council have been contacted for further comment.

References

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  2. ^ travellers (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
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  4. ^ North East Lincolnshire Council (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)

Thieves nick 150 e-scooters worth £100k after cutting through wall of Scots shop

BRAZEN thieves made off with around 150 e-scooters worth £100,000 from a shop in an overnight raid – after cutting through a unit wall.

Stunned staff at Scoot-A-Boot in Loanhead, Midlothian, discovered the huge heist when they turned up for work yesterday morning.

E-scooters worth around £100k were nicked from the Midlothian store

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E-scooters worth around £100k were nicked from the Midlothian storeCredit: The Sun
Owner Rory has been left devastated

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Owner Rory has been left devastatedCredit: The Sun

It is believed the theft specifically happened between midnight and around 2am. 

The approximate value of the stolen goods is £100,000 – with up to 150 e-scooters feared to have been nabbed from the upstairs storage room.

At least three different models were stolen, including the Xiaomi pro 2, black with red rim, black SAB tech 9 pro, and the MS65 replicas, in both black and white.

Due to the volume of stolen items detectives believe those involved used a van or lorry to carry out the theft.


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The crooks cut through the side of Scoot-A-Boot’s unit in the town near Edinburgh late last night, before making off with the adult scooters.

They managed to avoid the CCTV within the store, but staff are hoping footage from the street could help nail them.

Owner Rory Boyd said: “They’ve cut through the side of the unit.

“We’re tying to check CCTV. They’ve managed to avoid ours because the scooters were taken from another level.

Cops were called out to Scoot-A-Boot this morning

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Cops were called out to Scoot-A-Boot this morningCredit: The Sun

“They were in storage up on the top level and they’ve managed to get up without actually setting foot on the ground floor of the store.

“So we’re trying to check the CCTV from out on the street.

“Someone came in between 6am and 7am this morning and thought there had just been an attempted break-in, but we later realised the scooters were gone.”

The raid was reported to cops yesterday morning after staff made the discovery, and officers have launched a probe

Detective Constable John Lumsden from Dalkeith Police Station, said: “Initial enquiries have been carried out into this theft and we continue to review CCTV from the premises and those nearby.

“I’d ask anyone with private or business CCTV covering the area to check their footage and provide any to us as soon as possible.

“Despite this happening overnight, I’d ask anyone who may have seen any suspicious vehicles in our around the premises in the early hours of Friday morning to report any sightings to officers.

“Due to the number of stolen goods it is likely that the suspects had to load these into a van or lorry over a period of time.

“I’d ask anyone who has recently been offered an e-scooter, or seen new advertisements online for selling sites matching the above description, to report this to officers so that we can investigate.”

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E-scooters worth £100,000 stolen from business premises in Loanhead

A police investigation is underway in connection with the high-value theft of e-scooters from a business premises in Loanhead.

Between 7.15pm on Thursday, 10 June, 2021 and 6am on Friday, 11 June 2021, the building on Dryden Road was broken into and between 100-150 boxed e-scooters stolen. It is believed the theft specifically happened between midnight and around 2am.

The approximate value of the stolen goods is £100,000. At least three different models were stolen, they are:

• Xiaomi pro 2, which are mainly black in colour with a red rim around the front wheel

• SAB tech 9 pro, which are black in colour

• MS65 replicas, some of which are black and some white in colour.

Due to the volume of stolen items detectives believe those involved in the theft arrived in a vehicle and most likely were using a van or lorry to carry out the theft.

Detective Constable John Lumsden from Dalkeith Police Station, said: “Initial enquiries have been carried out into this theft and we continue to review CCTV from the premises and those nearby. I’d ask anyone with private or business CCTV covering the area to check their footage and provide any to us as soon as possible.

“Despite this happening overnight, I’d ask anyone who may have seen any suspicious vehicles in our around the premises in the early hours of Friday morning to report any sightings to officers. Due to the number of stolen goods it is likely that the suspects had to load these into a van or lorry over a period of time.

“I’d ask anyone who has recently been offered an e-scooter, or seen new advertisements online for selling sites matching the above description, to report this to officers so that we can investigate.”

Those with information should report this to Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 0616 of 11 June. An anonymous report can be given to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Woman who ‘picked her own arm off road’ after crash may never play cello again

A musician from East London had to pick her “arm up from the road” after a lorry crashed into her and ran over her limb.

Laura Armstrong was cycling in Temple Mills Lane, Stratford, when a driver turned left through a cycle lane, colliding into the 23-year-old, reports MyLondon[1].

Recalling the incident, the cello player said she could “never have imagined” she could be “in such pain” and there was blood everywhere.

She was rushed to The Royal London Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery to replace the main artery in her arm which had been destroyed in the crash.

Two days later, Laura underwent a further 11-hour operation which involved a nerve graft, two plates for a fracture and skin grafts from her right and left thighs.

Speaking about the ordeal in October 2019 she said: “The crash happened so quickly. I was cycling in the cycle lane and suddenly the lorry turned directly across my path and I ended up under the lorry.

Laura Armstrong in hospital
Laura Armstrong in hospital (Image: Irwin Mitchell / SWNS)

“I remember picking my arm up from the road and my fingers were white and wouldn’t move.

“There was blood on the road. It was terrifying and excruciatingly painful. I never imagined one could be in such pain.

“The surgeons told me they were very close to amputating my arm but they were amazing and managed to save it. As a musician, what they did for me goes beyond words and I will always be thankful.”

Due to her injuries, Laura was unable to continue with her master’s degree at the Royal College of Music and was forced to defer her place whilst she underwent rehabilitation.

As part of her musical career, the talented cellist had toured in Britain, Scandinavia and Singapore and performed with world-famous conductors and composers including Sir Mark Elder and the late Oliver Knussen.

It has been devastating for Laura to severely injure her hand and she is still undergoing significant treatment today.

Laura underwent a further 11 hour operation which involved a nerve graft
Laura underwent a further 11 hour operation which involved a nerve graft (Image: Irwin Mitchell / SWNS)

She added: “What happened that day continues to affect me still, both physically and emotionally. The accident has had a huge impact on my ability to do everyday things, including having to learn to write with my left hand.

“I have very little feeling in my right hand and limited movement in my arm and my greatest challenge is not knowing what the future holds for my career and if I will be able to become a cellist.

“I have an incredible professor, Raphael Wallfisch, and the Royal College of Music has helped me throughout my recovery. Music is hugely important to me so I am determined to keep trying.”

Although Laura has not returned to cycling since the collision, she said it is "vital that everyone feels safe" on the roads
Although Laura has not returned to cycling since the collision, she said it is “vital that everyone feels safe” on the roads (Image: Irwin Mitchell / SWNS)

Although Laura has not returned to cycling since the collision, she said it is “vital that everyone feels safe” on the roads.

She has now instructed lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to help her access the specialist rehabilitation and therapies she requires, and is backing a campaign to change the highway code.

Anna Pask, specialist serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell said: “Laura has faced an incredibly difficult time as she has attempted to come to terms with her injuries and the impact they’ve had on her life.

Laura was unable to continue with her master’s degree at the Royal College of Music
Laura was unable to continue with her master’s degree at the Royal College of Music (Image: Irwin Mitchell / SWNS)

“The team at The Royal London did a fantastic job in saving Laura’s arm and while she has made progress in her recovery to date, she still faces many challenges ahead and will never regain full use of her arm.

“Given we represent people on a daily basis whose lives have been shattered as a result of death or serious injury on our roads, we support the proposed changes to The Highway Code as a welcome revision to assist all road users and improve road safety.

“We’re determined to support Laura so she can make the best possible recovery.”

References

  1. ^ reports MyLondon (www.mylondon.news)

Italian police arrest man allegedly involved in UK truck deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants

Italian police have arrested a man who is the subject of an international arrest warrant from the UK for the manslaughter of 39 people who were being smuggled into Britain in the back of a refrigerated truck.

The 28-year-old Romanian man, Stefan Damian Dragos, allegedly provided the truck which was used to smuggle the group of Vietnamese migrants.

There was no immediate statement from the suspect or from any lawyer representing him.

He was arrested in the town of Cinisello Balsamo, north of Milan, but police gave no further details.

All 39 migrants were found dead in a freight container on the back of the vehicle in the town of Greys in October 2019.

The truck and the trailer took separate journeys[1] before both ending up on the grounds of the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, 40 kilometres east of London on the River Thames.

The truck is believed to have travelled from Northern Ireland to Dublin, where it took a ferry to Holyhead in Wales last Sunday before picking up the trailer at the dockside in England.

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov confirmed the red Scania truck was registered in Bulgaria in 2017, but had not entered Bulgarian territory since.

The discovery of so many dead people — one just 15 years old — in the back of the truck on an industrial estate shone a shocking spotlight on the illicit global trade that sends the poor of Asia, Africa and the Middle East on perilous journeys to the West.

Most of the victims were from the neighbouring provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh, in north-central Vietnam, where poor job prospects, encouragement by authorities, smuggling gangs and environmental disaster all contribute to the wave of migrants.

As oxygen levels fell in the back of the truck, some tried desperately to escape, but in vain.

Others used mobile phones to say their last farewells to devastated relatives on the other side of the world.

One of the victims was Pham Thi Tra My[3], a 26-year-old woman whose heartbreaking final text message to her mother vividly brought home the scale of the tragedy.

A young woman with sunglasses on her head and a flower behind her ear.A young woman with sunglasses on her head and a flower behind her ear.
Pham Thi Tra My sent a message to her mother saying she couldn’t breathe, Human Rights Space reported.(

Twitter: Hoa Nghiem, Human Rights Space

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Her family had been unable to contact her since the text arrived saying she was suffocating.

“I’m so sorry mom and dad … My journey abroad doesn’t succeed,” she wrote. “Mom, I love you and dad very much. I’m dying because I can’t breathe … Mom, I’m so sorry.”

Two men including the truck driver have already been convicted[4] over the deaths in the UK, as have four others in Vietnam[5]

Reuters

Man held in Italy over Vietnamese deaths in UK | The Malaysian Insight

Man held in Italy over Vietnamese deaths in UK


Police cordon off the area around the lorry in connection with a people-smuggling plot in Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex, Britain, on October 23, 2019. Thirty-nine Vietnamese suffocated in the container. – EPA pic, June 12, 2021.

ITALIAN police said today they have arrested a man wanted by the United Kingdom in connection with a people-smuggling plot that led to the death of 39 Vietnamese migrants in the back of a lorry.

Stefan Damian Dragos, a 28-year-old Romanian citizen, is accused of having provided the lorry that transported the migrants to England, according to a police statement.


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