Wanstead news update, 5.3.14

• Staff at Wanstead’s BBQ Express were among those mourning the two men found shot in their car on the edge of Wanstead Flats in Montague Road, Leytonstone. The BBC reported they were murdered in a “ferocious attack by a hooded gang”.  The shop later sent this tweet:

• The takeaway, which had a controversial start to life, this week also denied it was to close – a BBQ Express “official” tweet (which has now apparently been deleted) said ties were being cut. The shop told Wansteadium: “Absolute nonsense – business is going well. We have no reason to close down.” It added: “We started off as BBQ Express Wanstead, and will stay the same. BBQ Official has no input to our business.”

• Two people pretending to police officers stole rings and money from an 86-year-old woman in Blake Hall Road.

• But in brighter news, Boris Johnson is on Thursday visiting the pop-up 12-week 12-metre swimming pool which is itself visiting Wanstead Leisure Centre. Sadly the event is not open to the public, and it’s not thought BoJo will swim.