Wanstead roundup, 14.01.12; Westfield shame, no tax rise, and swan love

A bumper crop of news from Wanstead this week.

• Popular Wanstead cricketer Mervyn Westfield has become the first British player to be convicted of spot-fixing, after admitting being bribed to bowl badly deliberately when playing for Essex against Durham in a game in 2009. He will be sentenced next month; reports say he is likely to be banned from playing or coaching cricket at any level. (BBC report)

• Thousands of pounds of cosmetics were stolen from Boots in Wanstead High Street on Tuesday night. More details here.

• New plans for the redevelopment of Wanstead’s old cinema site, kitschy kalled the Kinema, have been submitted. You can see what they would look like here (pdf).

• Redbridge Council is inviting residents once again to make suggestions about how it could make budget savings. Incidentally, the council is proposing a zero rise in council tax for the third year running.

• And final word goes to the Wanstead Guardian story about . . . well, we’ll let them tell you.

A SWAN left to bring up his son alone after his partner was savaged to death by an out-of control dog, found happiness with a new female and her four cygnets.

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