Meet the people working to tackle knife crime in London

Tweet As more and more youths are being sucked into gang life, Overtime hears from the Communities Against Violence group and Fight For Peace team on trying to prevent knife crime. London has become notorious for knife crime, but there are organizations trying to create stronger communities. Hesketh Benoit, founder of Haringey Communities Against Violence, says that things have changed. “Back in the day, when elders saw fights outside schools- they would try and stop them. 90% of the time they would listen, but that doesn’t happen anymore.”   HCAV is made up of a…

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Michy Batshuayi says his Chelsea future is undecided

Tweet Where Michy Batshuayi will play his football next season is yet to be decided, according to the Belgium international. The on-loan Crystal Palace forward scored twice in the Eagles’ 5-3 final-day victory against AFC Bournemouth to cap an impressive five months in south London. But having spent the best part of the last 18 months on loan at three different clubs, Batshuayi’s future at parent club Chelsea remains in doubt. Olivier Giroud, Gonzalo Higuain and the Alvaro Morata have all been favoured by Maurizio Sarri ahead of the 25-year-old…

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Influx of new residents destroying Cornwall, say locals

Tweet The idyllic market town of Wadebridge lies in the heart of North Cornwall. It houses just under ten thousand people, and its beauty never goes unnoticed among the thousands of tourists that flock to the county each year. It is this, however, that has catalysed an angry reaction amongst local residents, as they believe a recent surge in home buyers from outside Cornwall means that the rural, reserved nature of the county is ‘being destroyed’. A number of new housing projects have been completed in Wadebridge in recent years,…

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Student accommodation: an ongoing crisis

Tweet Students across the country are faced with an increase in rent prices each year, but a major drop in quality and care of accommodation. The Accommodation Costs Survey shows that the average annual rent for 2018/19 is £6,366, which is up six percent from last year and up a third from 2012/13. However, these rising living costs may be the least of their problems, as a survey from Save the Students suggests that poor living conditions is a growing concern amongst young tenants. Damp walls, rodents and a lack…

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Why Everyone Should Use Dog Rehoming Centres

Tweet According to Dogs Trust’s Stray Dogs Survey report for 2018 there are 56,043 stray dogs in the UK, an improvement on the year before. However, we need people to take in these dogs to reduce the pressure on the charities that take them in. The UK has many centres where animals are kept before they can be rehomed. These include long standing charities the Dogs Trust and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) who both provide adoption services. All dogs that are available to…

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Outside-In Food Court: How an abandoned warehouse has become the latest dining experience

Tweet Independent cafes and restaurants have been popping up more and more these days, with people taking a leap of faith to start their own businesses. And one woman has started up her own business to help other local entrepreneurs in Portsmouth. The Outside-In Food Court in the heart of Portsmouth has been one of the latest places to go in the City, what was an abandoned warehouse is now home to nine local businesses including cafes, bars and restaurants. In an interview with the owner April Gilbert, she said,…

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