Review of the year - November

Haringey Independent: Former Spurs player Ledley King did his weekly shop at the new Sainsbury's in Tottenham during November Former Spurs player Ledley King did his weekly shop at the new Sainsbury's in Tottenham during November

In November, it was revealed that a mental health patient was forced to sleep in a room for dangerous patients because the nearest available hospital bed was in Yorkshire.

The revelation emerged along with figures showing that there are 3,000 people in the borough with serious mental health problems but only 49 hospital bed spaces for them.

Anita Hudson, the chief executive of the mental health charity Mind in Haringey, accused the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust of failing to plan effectively.

Meanwhile, a double decker bus was the biggest victim of the St Jude storm as trees crushed cars and blocked roads across the borough.

Hurricane-force winds also toppled a tree in Green Lanes, Wood Green, leading to the road being closed near Turnpike Lane tube station.

Also in November, almost 200 people from Tottenham were given jobs when London’s largest Sainsbury’s opened in Northumberland Park.

The new 72,000sq ft supermarket is part of the regeneration work around the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

In the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan, the jury heard that the 29-year-old’s fingerprints and DNA were not found on the gun he was said to have been holding when he was shot dead by a police officer.

Finally, the MP for Tottenham, David Lammy, revealed his ambition to become London’s first black mayor.

Although he has been reselected as Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the constituency, he may not stand in the hope of becoming the capital’s mayor.

Mr Lammy said that if he does run, he will do so on a campaign to end the economic disparity in London.


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