London Lite Monday, 26 October 2009 19 man who found weapon is shocked by mets advice Startingpistolsareconvertedforlethaluse tube strikes loom over plans to send bosses to advise in us Drinktonight ...ineastLondon Troxy THIS former cinema and Art Deco landmark (its a Grade II-listed building) has reinvented itself as a hip indie venue with a capacity of over 2,500 -- Jarvis Cocker played here, and indie-faves Gomez are in concert on 20 November. There are four bars, with a pint priced at 3.45. 490 Commercial Road, E1 (020 7790 9000) chris beanland Read1,ooosofpubandrestaurant reviewsandbookonlineat thisislondon.co.uk/lite BounDary roofTop A NEW project isnt worth its salt today unless its being tweeted about. So good news for those who plan a drink out east: preview this rooftop nirvana with a butchers at Twitter. com/boundaryrooftop and choose such drinks as elderflower sling (7.50). They even give the weather forecast before you brave it outside. 2-4 Boundary Street, E2 (020 7729 1051) a loaded gun sir? Just take it along to your police station scrappingkerbs danger to blind A CHARITY has called for a judicial review into what it calls dangerous and unlawful plans to remove pavement kerbs in Exhibition Road. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has been angered by Kensington and Chelsea councils aim to create one flat surface. The road will be marked by a tactile corduroy delineator, which will improve access for wheelchair users. SCOTLAND YArD told a key witness to travel miles across south London with a loaded gun that he had found abandoned days after a gangland shooting. Today the Met admitted major failings after John Learys request for a plain clothes officer to visit his home to collect the revolver was refused. He was told to take it to his local police station -- an action that could have led to his arrest. Disabled Mr Leary, 51, found the gun in a plastic bag in a playground near his home on the Hemans estate in Stockwell. Speaking about the inci- dent for the first time, he said: When I looked inside there was a big revolver, a passport and some cash. It had a long barrel and I could see the chambers were loaded. There was no question of leaving it where kids play. He was immediately con- fronted by gang members who tried to get him to hand over the gun. He refused, calling the police. Officers wanted to send a patrol car to his house, but he feared reprisals. Police advised him to go to his local station, in Larkhall Park, Wandsworth road, but it was closed. He travelled two and a half miles into Clapham to Lavender Hill, where an officer took the gun. Mr Leary was taken into the Met witness protection pro- gramme after the gang offered 3,000 for the gun -- later linked to a shooting -- and he suffered death threats and intimidation. The incident was in 2005 but Mr Leary has spoken out now because, he says, he has been bitterly let down by police and by Lambeth council, tasked with rehousing him. An eviction hearing has been adjourned until December after the judge criticised Lambeths housing policy. by kevin widdop In fear: John Leary suffered threats CRIMINALS are converting athletics starting pistols to fire real bullets. Police say they make up 40 per cent of the guns seized by officers in London. Illegal gun factories take just 24 hours to turn the replicas, which can cost as little as 80, into weapons that can fire 9mm bullets and are worth up to 600 on the black market. They are rapidly becoming the weapon of choice in escalating gang wars. A north London youth, 16, stands trial next month for the attempted murder of a man, 25, using such a weapon. There were 237 London shootings in the past six months, up from 124 in the same period last year.Start point: replicas converted in a day TUBE staff are threatening to strike after learning London Underground (LU) bosses may be sent to the US to advise on subway systems, instead of staying to sort out problems in the capital. The rMT and Unite unions claim the scheme -- which will see New Yorks Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA) charged up to $200 (125) an hour for each LU adviser -- beggars belief. rMT leader Bob Crow said the proposal dramatically increased the threat of a walkout over pay. If these people are as good as they are being cracked up to be then they should remain in London, sorting out our problems, he added. MTA chairman, American Jay Walder was previously TfLs managing director for finance and planning. A TfL spokesman confirmed the plan but said it was at an initial stage. Beggars belief: RMTs Bob Crow stonehenge is best for the kids YOUNG people have named Stonehenge as their favourite British landmark, according to a survey. The megalithic World Heritage Site took top spot, followed by Hadrians Wall, in the Travelodge poll of eight- to 15- year-olds -- ahead of the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Other landmarks in the top 10 included Edinburgh Castle in fourth place, and the Tower Of London in sixth. index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html