Wanstead news roundup, 8.9.10; Cars, blooming, bikes

• The 100mph car race on Aldersbrook Road in June last year, which ended up in the deaths of two men, has concluded in jail sentences for Lexus Sport driver Zubair Dawood of Forest Gate and BMW driver Nabeal Javeed of East Ham. Dawood was on the wrong side of the road avoiding a speed camera on the 30mph road, lost control and hit a tree by a Speed Kills sign. (It’s odd, but coverage of the case, – complete with Saab and Mercedes adverts – can be seen here at the Evening Standard, and with Toyota adverts here at the Daily Mirror.)

• More cheerful motor-related news: a stolen Morris Minor which had been lovingly restored in time to serve as a car enthusiast’s wedding car but which was stolen before the big day was tracked down on the streets of Wanstead. It is now back with its rightful owner, the Daily Express reported.

• There was a ‘mass picnic’, reportedly of several hundred people, on Wanstead Flats at the weekend in opposition to the Met’s plan to site an Olympic control centre there.

• Wanstead and Snaresbrook Safer Neighbourhood Teams will give the public a forum at Wanstead House, The Green, Wanstead, on 14 September at 7.30pm.

• The Nightingale Pub on Nightingale Lane won best pub in Redbridge in Bloom. Margaret Ludlow of Wanstead was second in the borough for her front garden.

• Wanstead’s Gabrielle Collard, currently cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, is having a hard time. Follow her blog here. Sounds even worse than a tube strike.