Leyton and Wanstead election result

Results for Leyton and Wanstead, as reported by the BBC (More details here.)

Another term for John Cryer, who seems not to have been affected at all by talk of people wanting to punish him for supporting Brexit. The various proposals to redraw constituency boundaries may or may not come to pass – and there’s talk in any case of another possible election, so for the time being John Cryer is comfortably established.

Some questions it would be really good to have answers to

There are some unresolved questions following the incident on Hermon Hill on Wednesday which it would be good if the Met Police could answer.  Judging by the theories, claims and allegations being made on social media (just see the Wanstead-related tweets on this page), some clarification could almost certainly help.

The questions include:

  • How seriously is the incident being taken by police and is there an active investigation into it?
  • Were there witnesses to the attack and have they been interviewed?
  • Did any witnesses hear anything being shouted during the incident?
  • Is there CCTV covering the area in question and is it being investigated?
  • Do the police have descriptions of the culprits and are they actively seeking them?
  • Were the attackers known to the victim?
  • Do the police believe that the reports published in local newspapers are an accurate reflection of what happened?
  • Is there any reason for Wanstead residents to be alarmed?

In other news… the Ilford Recorder has now removed the words from its headline and report which it initially said were shouted during the attack. The BBC report did not include the report of those words being shouted, which has led some on social media to claim a conspiracy (but which might alternatively have been for a good reason). The Wanstead Guardian report has not, at the time of writing, been changed.



BBC News is now reporting that the incident is being treated as a hate crime because of comments made during the attack.  No arrests have been made and enquiries are continuing, the BBC says.



This statement now issued by the Met.




Hermon Hill attack: Police should clarify matters

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An incident in which a Wanstead nursery worker was injured with a knife at 9.30am on Hermon Hill by three women reportedly shouting “Allah” is not being treated as terrorism by the Metropolitan Police. Since the story started circulating on social media shortly after lunchtime, various claims have been made that this is either because it was violent enough to warrant being called terrorism, or because of political correctness.

This is a small selection of tweets from the afternoon:

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It’s clear though that this is a story which has the potential to build into a social media meme which could inflame matters. Some clarification from the police as to what they believe happened, with an explanation of why it is not considered a terrorist-related incident, would be very useful.

Stabbing ‘not terrorism’

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The Ilford Recorder is reporting that a nursery worker was stabbed on Hermon Hill on Wednesday morning by three women who, it is reported, shouted “Allah Allah”. The worker was stabbed in the arm but her injuries are not life threatening, the paper says.

Sources tell Wansteadium that Scotland Yard is emphatic the incident is not terrorism-related.

Local schools are reported to have kept children inside as a precaution but this has now ended.

More follows.

Wanstead to get a Gail’s Bakery

EXCLUSIVE: The saga of the former Barclays Bank on Wanstead High Street has reached a conclusion with an announcement that Gail’s Bakery is to open a new shop on the site.

The artisan baker has struck a deal with Sainsbury’s who announced in 2016 it would not be going ahead with plans for a new convenience store in the area after buying the site from Barclays.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson told Wansteadium: “We’re pleased to have done a deal with Gail’s Bakery who will be bringing forward plans for a new shop.”

Gail’s has branches in various upmarket parts of London including St John’s Wood, Victoria Park and Exmouth Market (pictured).

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