Vaccine ‘queue jumping’ and other stories

Several vaccination centres in London have said that people are falsely supplying reasons they should be vaccinated and jumping the queue. 

Currently, people are allowed to book a Covid vaccine if they are a frontline health or social worker irrespective of their age. 

NHS England requires official proof such as an employer’s letter or payslip but a London pharmacist says that people are lying about their eligibility when booking the vaccine. 

Pharmacist Ash Soni, former head of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, says that some people even get aggressive when they cannot prove their eligibility for the vaccine. 

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London bus strike cancelled

A bus strike that was planned to take place this morning due to disputes over pay and conditions was called off but more action more action could come before the end of the month.

Negotiations are taking place at London United and these are predicted to resume tomorrow.

This year staff have already been on strike and have emphasised they are willing to return to picket lines.

Man died after being restrained by Met Police 

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Met Police officers were called to a property in north London on Thursday and they found a man who “appeared to be unwell and distressed”.

They were called to reports of “disturbance including threats of violence”.

The Met Police restrained and cuffed the 44-year-old-man while they called an ambulance. 

Later, the man died on Friday evening at a London hospital and the cause of his death will be examined in a post-mortem examination. 

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) confirmed an investigation is underway.

Man assaulted Tube worker

Jordan Green grabbed a Tube worker’s neck and broke his glasses for “embarrassing him” after he was asked to pay his fare in front of a woman.

The man passed the barrier without a ticket while trying to talk to a woman that was walking through the station.

He was dragged away from the worker by employees, but he followed the worker into the office and attacked him.

The male passenger avoided jail but has been banned from Warren Street station permanently after his mad attack on August 14, 2020.

Historic London markets to be moved

Smithfield Meat Market, London, UK
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A grand plan to move three iconic London markets to a new site was passed on Monday, March 22.

The City of London Corporation’s proposal was approved by Councillors to relocate Smithfield meat market, Billingsgate fish market and New Spitalfields fruit and flower markets by Degenham Dock.

The Corporation said they are coming up with plans to use the Thames to transport produce in and out.

This site will be the largest wholesale market and is expected to open in 2027.

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