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Ealing and Acton Gazette from Ealing, London, England • 7

Ealing, London, England
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The Gazette Friday March 27 1998 News Advertising 0181 579 3131 LI Classified 01 81 579 8989 Sophie is rewarded for her choice never to give in Heathrow Airport Come and look behind the scenes of the busiest International Airport There's lots to see and do including and they say she is a pleasure and a privilege to work with "She has supported the hospital in demonstrating a new computer system and helping generally to cheer up the wards" Praise for Sophie also came from the teachers at Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls in Queens Drive Acton here she is now studying for her summer GCSE exams Despite her illness she has sung at the Royal Festival Hall with the school choir joined a drama club and has continued with her flute and cello lessons although she has had to give up dancing sessions She also undertook a seven-mile trek while at the school last year despite being very weak from both the cancer and the resulting chemotherapy Sophie will be presented with a cheque for £100 and a citation by Britain's only woman astronaut Helen Sharman at a ceremony on May 1 at Bail's Sophie's mother Shirley said: "It was a fantastic week for us It has been a terrible time for her but she has show such courage have got the courage to deal with her illness from her own strength A COURAGEOUS teenager who was diagnosed with cancer a year ago has been nominated for a national award Sophie Spring 16 has not let cancer of the colon beat her despite enduring bouts of surgery chemotherapy and radiography treatment She was first told that she had the disease in April last yerjr Last week only two days after finding out that she is now clear of the cancer Sophie was told that she has being put forward for a Child of Resolution award by the National Association for Sick Children in Education (NASCE) The association helps fund educational facilities for children who have to spend long periods in hospital Sophie from reffield Road Acton was chosen because of her remarkable courage in carrying on her schooling despite spending four and a half months in hospital between April and Christmas last year Mandy Boydle the head teacher in charge of education at Bart's Hospital where Sophie was treated said: teachers have commended her academic and artistic integrity Cancer victim Sophie Picture: STAN JAMES 501122 Free Audio Guides Work sheets for children Brass rubbings displays 777 Cockpit mock-up view of the airfield shop entry and car parking Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-7pm Sat Sun 10-5pm How to find us: By car: Newall Road off Northern Perimeter Road Pedestrian access close to Ramada Hotel Bath Road Bus stop for routes 81 105 111 140 190 192 222 285 further information telephone 0181-745 6655 SAGE PAYROLL ORDER YOUR COMPUTERISED PAYROLL NOW READY FOR THE NEW TAX YEAR Ring WEM Co NOW 0181-740 4024 Labour in U-tum over councillor who criticised MP Rebel is reinstated and told to shut up Manjit Mahal: won appeal IN COURT remarks like this are made about fellow party members but we give everyone a fair hearing" Cllr Mahal said he was told not to discuss the issue by party officials But he previously laid the blame for his de-selection firmly at the door of Mr Khabra and his supporters telling the Gazette that he was the victim of a witch-hunt "If Mr Khabra thinks I'm lying let him sue me" he said at the time The MP strongly denied mounting a doorstep campaign against Cllr Mahal among Northcote branch members Mr Khabra said this week that he was not consulted about the de-selection or the appeal "I was instrumental in getting Cllr Mahal selected and elected in the first place" said Mr Khabra "It is my political and moral duty to support every Labour Party candidate in the local elections" chairman but was later told he was being de-selected as a candidate in the Northcote ward This decision by Ealing Labour Party's local government committee has now been overturned by a regional appeals panel The panel comprising members of Labour's regional executive decided on Wednesday last week that Cllr Mahal had been unfairly removed from the list of candidates A Labour Party spokesman said: "The panel felt on balance that he had a ease that he should not have been de-selected The party's west London organiser Parmjit Dhanda denied Cllr Mahal's de-selection was solely linked to critical remarks about Mr Khabra in the Gazette tin February 20 "That was discussed but so were a lot of other things" he said "We are never very keen when The previous owners of the Noughts 7V Crosses Restaurant are opening on the 3rd April A country hotel in the most beautiful Dorset countryside 2 1 2 hours from Ealing The house is spacious and attractive the atmosphere relaxed and the food excellent Ideal for weekend breaks at moderate prices Please ask for a brochure on Tel: 01963 251117 or Fax: 01963 251515 HENRY PAUL FUNERAL DIRECTORS OF DISTINCTION By PHIL McCORKELL A LABOUR councillor who was dropped as an election candidate after criticising Ealing Southall MP Piara Khabra has won his appeal against de-selection Party officials decided last month to stop CUr Manjit Mahal from standing for re-election to Ealing Council on May 7 after he accused Mr Khabra of using his influence against him Cllr Mahal claimed that the had been trying to persuade other Labour members not to vote for him in the election for chairman of the party's Northcote branch Cllr Mahal 33 of Herbert Road Southall won the vote for branch Family win court row on murder POLICE are to re-examine the case against Anthony Diedriek alter a High Court judge ruled in a civil case that he Dr Joan Francisco Mr Justice Alliott said Diedriek had an "emotional obsession" with the young doctor whose mother lives in Acton The court hearing unique in Britain invites comparisons ith the case of OJ Simpson in California Simpson was found not guilty ot murdering his wife at a criminal trial but his wife's family succeeded in winning a civil ruling that he should pay damages for killing her Diedriek has never been tried for Dr Francisco's murder because of a lack of evidence but on Tuesday a judge ruled he must pay damages Dr Joan Francisco: she was killed by her exboyfriend a High Court judge ruled this week Cases from Ealing Magistrates Court away from 35-YEAR-OLD baggage handler is charged with the attempted rape of a 22-year-old woman at The Farmlands Northolt on March 17 Morris Hicks is also charged with criminal damage and theft and has been hailed on condition he does not go within half a mile of his alleged victim's home does not interfere with witnesses and lives in Yiewslev near Hayes He was remanded until April 6 AJPAL SIDHU 22 was given a year's conditional discharge after pleading guilty to possessing cannabis in Hanger Lane Ealing on February 9 Sidhu was a passenger in a car stopped by police at 1 230am He was searched after officers noticed the car smelt ot cannabis The court was told be bought the drug from a friend to relieve post-exam stress Sidhu from Slough as also told to pay £40 costs DANIEL MBANG 26 of Regina Road South Norwood was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm at the 7-Eleven store New Broadway Ealing on September 20 last year He was remanded on unconditional hail until April 6 24-HOUR COMPASSIONATE SERVICE ELORAL TRIBUTES MONUMENTAL MASONS 0181-567 9930 Our Advanced Planning Consultant will be pleased to advise on pre paid funeral plans As Mr Justice Alliott gave the decision there were shrieks of joy from the sisters and mother who shook hands with lawyers and hugged each other "This has been a long battle for justice" said Margrette The two-week hearing was told Diedriek could not accept that his relationship with Dr Francisco 27 was over The judge questioned Diedriek decision not to give evidence "I deem it incredible that he would not seize an opportunity to declare his innocence" he said Damages will be assessed at a private hearing shortly The Francisco lamily had sued Diedriek as a way of trying to force the murder trial that they had originally been refused On the day ot her death Joan Francisco had been packing to fly to America for a reunion with sisters Margrette and Celia She was found dead at her flat in St John's Wood on Boxing Day 1 994 She had been beaten and then strangled ith a vacuum cleaner Ilex But the Crown Prosecution Service decided not charge Diedriek with murder because ol the lack ol forensic evidence The High Court heard Diedriek had sometimes phoned Dr Francisco eight or 10 times a day on occasions He had hung around her St John's Wood flat and the home of her mother Venus in The Ridgeway Acton On one occasion he broke into the Acton house by smashing patio doors when Dr Francisco was inside with another boyfriend Police were called bul no action was taken The judge also pointed out that when questioned by police Diedriek lied about a number of matters Diedriek 38 of Fermoy Road Maida Vale was not court for the 90-minute judgement freephone 0 8 0 0 1 8 1 8 1 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