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HS2 Protesters evicted from Euston Square and other stories

Protesters have been evicted by security after building a 100ft tunnel network under Euston Square Gardens where they have also set up a makeshift camp. 

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HS2 Rebellion, who oppose plans of a high speed HS2 railway development, claim that the gardens opposite Euston Station are set to be turned into a temporary taxi rank and later sold to developers. 

Police officers were seen escorting some protesters away from the campsite whilst eviction teams were seen using cherry pickers to remove protesters from the tree tops. 

Protesters said that their tunnels are supported by wooden joists and boards preventing collapse and that they had been secretly dug out and built over months. 

A HS2 Ltd spokesperson said: “Illegal action such as this is costly to the taxpayer and a danger to the safety of the activists, HS2 staff, High Court enforcement officers and the general public, as well as putting unnecessary strain on the emergency services during the pandemic.”

“Safety is our first priority when taking possession of land and removing illegal encampments.”

London’s deprived boroughs worst hit by Covid

While official figures released today reveal Covid-19 infection numbers have dropped by a quarter in 23 London boroughs, the capital’s deprived areas remain some of the worst hit areas of the country. 

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for March – December revealed that Newham has recorded the highest coronavirus death rates in England and Wales 

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The boroughs of Barking and Dagenham have the 7th highest covid death rates in the county and Tower Hamlets the 12th.

The government continues to face increasing levels of criticism over their handling of the pandemic as scientists warn that the UK death toll, already reaching 100,000, could rise by 50,000 in the next few months.

Covid survivor returns home after 306 days in hospital

A 74 year old retired Lawyer from Islington, Geoffrey Woolf, has made an emotional return home after spending 306 days in hospital after contracting Covid-19 in the first week of the pandemic.

After collapsing over his breakfast last March, Woolf was rushed to hospital and three days later placed in a medically induced coma, where his sons were told to give their final goodbyes.

Despite all odds, Woolf’s sons asked for one last scan which gave a sign of hope showing a small amount of brain activity.

He is believed to have spent one of the longest periods in hospital of any coronavirus patient, yet contrary to expectations, woke in July, and is now returning home to his sons.

Despite suffering a stroke, leaving him paralysed and affecting his speech, when asked what he was most looking forward to on return from hospital, he replied, “steak and chips”.

Chelsea Flower Show postponed to September

The Royal Horticultural Society has announced that the Chelsea flower show, due to be held in Spring, will be delayed until the Autumn of 2021 due to concerns about coronavirus.

The show will run from the 21st to the 26th of September for six days rather than the usual five, with a reduction in the number of tickets sold to ensure social distancing can be achieved.

Additionally, an online event will take place in May following the success of last year’s virtual flower show.

Anyone who had purchased tickets to the spring show will be contacted by The Royal Horticultural Society with more information. 

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