Wanstead’s new Co-op reviewed, IV

@Wansteadium Second attempt at the Co-op. Walked in, walked out. How is that Londis seem to have what I want and Co-op doesn’t?less than a minute ago via web

Wanstead news roundup, 23.06.10; Bird death charges, Wanstead High St, and UFOs

•Two people are to appear in court next week charged over the deaths of 80 birds at Alexandra Lake. BBC News is reporting that the two men have been charged with using a pesticide without approval, poisoning animals, killing wild birds, theft and storing a pesticide without approval, and adds that both men worked as pest controllers for a local authority.

•The Wanstead Smarter High Street competition is not happening this year – blamed on a lack of funds. But times are still tough in Wanstead – two of last year’s shortlist subsequently shut up shop – so perhaps survival is more the order of the day. The campaign website says it will be continuing campaigning though, saying:

We’ll be comparing our high street to other conservation areas, asking why Redbridge council has let the quality of our High Street slip and demand that they uphold good design values in the future. It is in all our interests, not least the businesses themselves.

• Finally, much chatter on Twitter about another supposed UFO sighting in Wanstead, eg here here and here. Wanstead Guardian ‘story’ here. And one more reaction here:

@Tollah_x haha who saw this supposed oramge ufo? well i guess its made wanstead slightly more interesting…less than a minute ago via Snaptu

This photo, by Wansteadium regular @gradiate, is not thought to constitute evidence.

Wanstead urban fox takes guard

Even the urban foxes in Wanstead have an appreciation of the finer things. Wansteadium reader Dave Buba reported on Saturday: “Unprecendented scenes at overton drive home of wanstead cricket club as a fox has just run across the wicket before disappearing to the fine leg boundary!!”

Wanstead’s new Co-op reviewed, III

Wanstead co-op review: A couple of fairtrade stickers. The odd organic fruit. Till service remains GLACIAL. Capello for co-op manager.less than a minute ago via web

Heavy police presence at Wanstead Tube

A sniffer dog, about eight coppers and knife scanner were at Wanstead Tube tonight as part of an anti-knife operation. People coming through the gates were selected to go through the scanner, having removed anything metal, airport-style. But it was a degree or two more civilised than that – did the scanner beep? It was probably your belt, sir, thank you for your help – though no doubt the atmosphere could changed if the dog had sniffed anything out.

Want a police escort from a Wanstead cashpoint?

Snaresbrook and Wanstead Safer Neighbourhood Team posterIt’s yours, according to a poster circulated by the Snaresbrook and Wanstead Safer Neighbourhood Team. (Photo courtesy Alan Perryman)

And the considerate community support officers have clearly thought this through – you can ring up to make an appointment, and they will follow from a safe distance so as not to raise suspicion. For vulnerable or nervous folk this could be a great thing. Just one question, though: who withdraws money from a cashpoint after they’ve done their shopping?