Wanstead’s new Co-op, reviews

As the new Co-op in Wanstead High Street continues its love-bombing leafletting of nearby houses, Wansteadium has invited reviews of the new shop.  First off the blocks – and second as well, actually – is Gabrielle Collard:

@Wansteadium 3pm on Sunday, strolled in to get milk. Massive queue. Strolled straight out again.less than a minute ago via web

@Wansteadium Without milk, that is. Went to Londis instead.less than a minute ago via web

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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?

Urination? In the street? In broad daylight? In Wanstead??

Unlikely, but true. The scene; recycling bins on Wanstead High Street beneath the bridge at Snaresbrook Station. The time; 6pm, Friday. The culprit; 30s bald bloke who knows who he is. Wanstead surely expects better?