Matt Withers, Editor at the Archant Media Group, joined Headline London to talk through the stories that made the local headlines this week.
“Ban on pork in primary schools”
The Islington Gazette reported that pork was off the menu in primary schools in Islington because the council claimed it was too expensive to monitor what every child eats, which is necessary as many are prohibited from eating the meat by religious or cultural practices.
Islington council have since denied the story. Matt explains where the story came from.
“Cross-dressing Addiscombe groom turned away from ‘discriminatory’ Berketex Bridge in Croydon”
The Croydon Guardian reported the story of a cross-dressing groom-to-be who was turned away by wedding shop Berkelex Bride in Croydon who refused to let him try on wedding dresses because he is a man.
Mr Clayton, 21, alleges that staff at the shop told him: “We don’t dress people like you.”
He said: “It made me feel awful. I think it’s absolutely bloody horrendous.”
He later called the police, who made an appointment to see Mr Clayton but are not expected to take any action over the matter.
Berkelex Bride said Mr Clayton was refused the chance to try on a dress as they had a woman booked for a fitting at the same time. A spokesman for the shop said: “We are sincerely sorry for any upset which appears to has been caused, but we do not believe the situation was handled in an inappropriate or offensive manner whatsoever."
‘Folk music fan evicted and fined for plaguing neighbours with loud tunes for EIGHT years’
getwestlondon reported of folk music obsessive Gordon Pavlovic who tortured his neighbours by blasting out folk hits for eight years at his home in Baron’s Court.
Mr Pavlovic was evicted from his home and ordered to pay almost £7,000 in fines.
‘Get heated about climate change? Meet someone with similar values’
The Barking and Dagenham Post reported on Philippa Banister who want to “give a damn” about their love life.
She is hosting dating events specifically for people interested in social campaigning. The first event simulated a global energy crisis in 2040. And people say romance is dead…