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Benefits cheat sentenced after £75,000 fraud

A Woodford Green woman barely escaped a prison sentence after being found guilty of 10 counts of benefit fraud after falsely claiming nearly £75,000 of Housing Benefit over a 13-year period.

Jamila Walters, 42, of Woodford Green, was placed in temporary accommodation with her three children in November 2005 after approaching Waltham Forest Council and claiming to be homeless and without funds to rent on the private market. The family were given tenancy of a four-bedroom house on Beechwood Drive, Woodford Green, and were in receipt of housing and council tax benefits.

Waltham Forest takeaways closed after council inspectors find cockroach infestations

Two Waltham Forest food businesses have been closed by council environmental health inspectors who found their lax hygiene standards had resulted in pest infestations and dangerously unclean kitchens.

On Wednesday 15 August officers visited Yildirim Bakery, 15 St James St, Walthamstow, E17 7PJ, and found that the premises was infested with German cockroaches scuttling around the filthy store.  They immediately closed the shop, and Thames Magistrates’ Court granted the Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order and awarded costs of£864 to the council.

New monthly All Ability Cycling Sessions

Barriers to cycling for residents with disabilities have been reduced as Waltham Forest Council introduces monthly All Ability cycling sessions to Waltham Forest. 

Residents, students and employees with disabilities or special needs will now be able to experience the thrills of cycling and get on a bike appropriate for their need. The sessions will take place in Lloyd Park every third Thursday of the month, along with sessions in Leytonstone and Chingford during the school holidays.