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WAGS alum Nicole Williams English looked leggy while modeling for a FWRD shoot in Beverly Hills on Sunday.

The Canadian 35-year-old flaunted her slim 5ft9in figure and taut tummy in a black long-sleeved crop-top, side-cinched plaid skirt, and matching stilettos.

Make-up artist Soleil Atiles made sure Nicole was ready for her close-up and she wore her signature raven locks down with a middle part. 

Strut: WAGS alum Nicole Williams English looked leggy while modeling for a FWRD shoot in Beverly Hills on Sunday

Williams and retired NFL linebacker Larry English just celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary at the Montage Laguna Beach (where they wed) with their pet French Bulldogs on May 19.

Back on February 9, the Nia Lynn designer revealed she had 13 of her eggs retrieved during surgery at Southern California Reproductive Center as part of their IVF process.

‘Not all eggs will mature and that is why we only had eight embryos,’ Nicole – who boasts 2.2M social media followers – explained.

‘We are happy and feel blessed no matter the outcome! Thank you so much @drshahinghadir and the entire nursing staff at @scrcivf for keeping me comfortable and positive throughout this journey! I will update you guys with more soon!’ 

Pose: The Canadian 35-year-old flaunted her slim 5ft9in figure and taut tummy in a black long-sleeved crop-top, side-cinched plaid skirt, and matching stilettos

Werrrk! Make-up artist Soleil Atiles made sure Nicole was ready for her close-up and she wore her signature raven locks down with a middle part

‘Make someone smile today!’ Williams and retired NFL linebacker Larry English just celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary at the Montage Laguna Beach (where they wed) with their pet French Bulldogs on May 19

‘We only had eight embryos’: Back on February 9, the Nia Lynn designer revealed she had 13 of her eggs retrieved during surgery at Southern California Reproductive Center

Williams will next drop her ‘summer’ swimwear line for Nia Lynn, named after her mother and niece, on June 15 at 10am PST exclusively through LA Collective.

‘I am inspired by the women in my life and my female audience. My designs are meant to make women feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. I wanted to give women the ability to embrace their bodies – all shapes and sizes,’ the model-influencer told Forbes back in 2019.

‘The most challenging part was finding the right manufacturer to produce the quality I envisioned for my brand. It took a lot of testing and trying out different manufacturers until the samples were exactly how I wanted them.

‘With swimwear, in particular, it has to fit perfect and there isn’t much room for error. The most rewarding aspect is seeing all of my happy customers! All my hard work is worth it when I see so many amazing ladies in my suits.’

‘This is my favorite collection yet!’ Nicole will next drop her ‘summer’ swimwear line for Nia Lynn, named after her mother and niece, on June 15 at 10am PST through LA Collective

Williams (pictured May 22) told Forbes back in 2019: ‘My designs are meant to make women feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. I wanted to give women the ability to embrace their bodies – all shapes and sizes’

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Tom Cruise ‘has only 21 days left to finish filming Mission: Impossible 7’

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Tom Cruise is reportedly in a rush to finish filming Mission: Impossible 7 in only three weeks. 

Thanks to several delays to the shooting schedule brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is said to be only 21 days left to get the film completed.

A source told The Sun: ‘Mission: Impossible has been hit by so many delays, there is now a huge pressure to finish on time.

Pressure: Tom Cruise is reportedly in a rush to finish filming Mission: Impossible 7 in only three weeks (pictured on set in April)

‘Tom and the team are tearing their hair out. Some of the crew are agency contractors and are already booked to move on to new projects.

‘Without them, Tom will be left scratching around for replacements. And if that wasn’t enough, he has his own scheduling conflicts.’

The source added that as Top Gun 2 is released in November, Tom will have to begin promotional work for the movie soon.

While the majority of the next Mission: Impossible is already filmed, there is said to be one final big scene to do that involved a speeding train being driven over the edge of a cliff.

Production: Thanks to several delays to the shooting schedule brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is said to be only 21 days left to get the film completed

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Tom Cruise for comment.

It comes after Tom was reportedly forced to self-isolate for two weeks after 14 people on the UK set of Mission: Impossible 7 tested positive for coronavirus.

The actor was said to have spent a day filming with four female dancers as they shot scenes in a nightclub for the upcoming movie, who later tested positive.

Filming of the new instalment has been taking place at Longcross Studios in Chertsey, Surrey and production was halted and the 60-member team self-isolated amid the positive tests.

Pressure: A source told The Sun: ‘Mission: Impossible has been hit by so many delays, there is now a huge pressure to finish on time’

Mission: Impossible 7 filming has been hit with several set backs and delays amid the Covid pandemic, with it shooting on location in Italy, the UK and Norway. 

In December it was reported that five crew members had quit after Tom launched into two rants.

The actor was said to have given staff a dressing down after he caught them breaking UK Covid rules at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.

A source claimed after news of the first outburst was made public, there was ‘more anger’ at the already ‘tense’ production.

An insider said: ‘Tension has been building for months and this was the final straw. Since it became public there has been more anger and several staff have walked.

They added: ‘Tom and the team are tearing their hair out. Some of the crew are agency contractors and are already booked to move on to new projects’ (pictured in 2018)

‘But Tom just can’t take any more after all the lengths they have gone to just to keep filming at all. He’s upset others aren’t taking it as seriously as him.’

They added that it was Tom who feels responsible for the production after putting so much time and money into ensuring precautions are in place so the team can film.

It was previously reported that the Hollywood star scolded workers who flouted social distancing rules while filming at Warner Bros. Studios.

MailOnline contacted Tom’s representatives for further comment at the time.

Tom later addressed his outburst in an interview with Empire magazine, stating: ‘I said what I said. There was a lot at stake at that point. But it wasn’t my entire crew. I had the crew leave the set, and it was just select people.’

Scene: While the majority of the next Mission: Impossible is already filmed, there is said to be one final big scene to do that involved a speeding train being driven over the edge of a cliff

‘And here we are, continuing to film. I do Zoom parties and kids’ parties also, you know!’ he joked.

It comes after Tom reportedly had to call security to deal with trespassers breaking into the huge Mission: Impossible 7 set in Yorkshire.

The movie had been filming in the village of Stoney Middleton in Derbyshire, with the movie using Darlton Quarry for some of the stunt scenes.

A source told The Sun that because the area was so large, it had been difficult to seal it off and stop daredevil’s from trying to climb the production’s equipment.

They explained: ‘So trespassers have been getting in and attempting to scale the rigs and equipment set up for the stunts.

Trespassers: It comes after Tom reportedly had to call security to deal with trespassers breaking into the huge Mission: Impossible 7 set in Yorkshire

‘Police were called to one incident last week and then Tom was forced to take action when it happened again.

‘Extra security might have to be drafted in… Along with it being a safety nightmare, Tom and the team don’t want any delays to filming.’

The second incident mentioned by the source reportedly involved two intruders ‘clambering’ all over the set, however security were on site to get them off.

MailOnline contacted Tom Cruise’s representative for further comment at the time.

In February it was reported that plans to shoot MI7 in the Middle East had been abandoned after production staff ‘demanded’ to return to the UK before mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine rules are enforced.

Filming: Crew first began shooting scenes in February in 2020, a few weeks prior to the first global lockdown, and production has been delayed multiple times due to the pandemic 

The Sun reported that studio executives were forced to hire a private jet to ensure staff could return home.

A source said to the publication: ‘The whole production has hit yet another issue and there have been revolts among the cast and crew.

‘Morale is really down and many of the younger staff who aren’t earning the big bucks just don’t feel it’s worth it any more.’

Crew first began shooting scenes in February in 2020, a few weeks prior to the first global lockdown, and production has been delayed multiple times due to the pandemic.

Mission: Impossible 7 is currently slated for release on May 27, 2022, with Mission: Impossible 8 expected to follow on July 7, 2023.    

Release: Mission: Impossible 7 is currently slated for release on May 27, 2022, with Mission: Impossible 8 expected to follow on July 7, 2023

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Myleene Klass set to star documentary about the taboo of miscarriages after losing four babies

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Myleene Klass is set to explore the taboo surrounding miscarriages in a new documentary – eight months after revealing she had tragically lost four babies.

The presenter, 42, will meet other mums who’ve gone through the agony of miscarriage in the one-off film for W, titled Myleene Klass: Miscarriages and Me. 

Speaking about the documentary, Myleene, who has daughters Ava, 13, Hero, 10 and ‘rainbow’ son Apollo, 2 months, she said: ‘It can’t go on being the big dark secret that we have to carry around.’ 

Close to home: Myleene Klass is set to explore the taboo surrounding miscarriages in a new documentary – eight months after revealing she had tragically lost four babies

She told The Sun: ‘I think I needed to make this because I needed to watch this. After my miscarriages I had to try and find some answers, some peace, some solidarity with people who’ve been through it too.

‘You just don’t want to feel alone because the defining feeling of miscarriage is feeling alone.I’m getting to a point in my life where I’m finding it very tricky to find a woman who hasn’t gone through miscarriage.’

The radio host went on to say that making the documentary made her ‘realise’ just how many women have had miscarriages and she questioned people could ‘know so much’ about the women in their lives, but not be aware of something that has ‘shaped who they are.’

She continued: ‘Miscarriage still feels like a taboo. I’d like to help make these conversations a little easier. It can’t go on being the big dark secret that we have to carry around.’

Tragic: The presenter, 42, will meet other mums who’ve gone through the agony of miscarriage in the one-off film for W, titled Myleene Klass: Miscarriages and Me (pictured in October after revealing her four miscarriages)

On Tuesday, the star took to her Instagram to share snaps of herself filming an unknown project.

Though Myleene didn’t specify she was filming her documentary, she did confirm that it was ‘something very important in the making’. 

In January, Myleene told how she suffered a miscarriage while presenting a live radio programme – yet found the strength to finish the show.

In a moving interview with You magazine, the singer-turned-broadcaster describes how she went to the toilet during a break and realised she had lost her child.

Family: Speaking about the documentary, Myleene, who has daughters Ava, 13, Hero, 10 and ‘rainbow’ son Apollo, 2 months, she said: ‘It can’t go on being the big dark secret that we have to carry around’

Solidarity: ‘I think I needed to make this because I needed to watch this. After my miscarriages I had to try and find some answers, some peace, some solidarity with people who’ve been through it too’ 

‘I was on air. I went to the loo while the music was playing and there was blood everywhere. I didn’t know what to do. I had one hour left of my show.’

Distraught, she called her friend Lauren Laverne, the presenter of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, who gently supported her through the rest of the show. 

‘She said, ‘Do one link, take a breath, come out and call me.’ She got me through. I did the next link and called her. We counted the links,’ she recalls.

‘I would go out, sob and come back in, take a deep breath and speak.’

At work: On Tuesday, the star took to her Instagram to share snaps of herself filming an unknown project

Important: Though Myleene didn’t specify she was filming her documentary, she did confirm that it was ‘something very important in the making’

It came after Myleene revealed in October that she suffered four miscarriages before giving birth to her ‘rainbow baby’, son Apollo. 

Myleene told how she is a ‘mama to seven babies’ – her daughters, Ava, and Hero, and Apollo, as well as ‘four little stars in the sky’.

The brave star made the announcement when she took to Instagram to share her experience on National Baby Loss Miscarriage Day.

Candid: In October, Myleene revealed on National Baby Loss Miscarriage Day she suffered four miscarriages before giving birth to her ‘rainbow baby’, son Apollo 

Her story: The presenter told how she is a ‘mama to seven babies’ – her daughters, Ava, 13, and Hero, 10, and Apollo, 22 months, as well as ‘four little stars in the sky’

The broadcaster explained that model Chrissy Teigen, who lost her baby son Jack halfway through her pregnancy in September, gave her ‘the courage to write’ about what she went through. 

While Myleene could fall pregnant, there was ‘no explanation’ for why she couldn’t carry her babies to term, so when she was expecting Apollo, doctors ‘took no chances’ and gave her ‘countless, endless hormones’ to keep the placenta working.   

Alongside two photos of her bump during her pregnancies, Myleene wrote on Instagram on Wednesday: ‘I am Mama to 7 babies, Ava, Hero, Apollo my rainbow baby and 4 little stars in the sky.  

Speaking out: Myleene took to Instagram to share her experience on National Baby Loss Miscarriage Day

‘I know after my own MC’s (miscarriages) how I scoured the internet for stories similar to mine for peace, reassurance. I hope this helps even one lost soul.’ 

Myleene said she suffered her first miscarriage when she was at the airport, flying home for a dilation and curettage procedure, which is often performed after a first-trimester miscarriage. 

She explained: ‘I’d started bleeding heavily at 10wks on holiday. The scan was the saddest sight I’ve ever seen in my life. The first and last time I saw my baby.

‘As the doctor pushed the camera on my belly, the familiar black and blue image of my baby sprung onto the screen, then started to sink and slowly floated down, til it just hunched over. 

‘I knew. “I’m sorry there’s no heartbeat”.’ 

Not alone: The broadcaster explained that model Chrissy Teigen , who lost her baby son Jack halfway through her pregnancy in September, gave her ‘the courage to write’

Support: Myleene thanked Amanda Holden, who lost her son Theo while pregnant, for ‘keeping her together’ other the past few years 

Myleene said she was asked to confirm the procedure, but ‘cried so hard’, a nurse had to answer on her behalf.  

‘The feeling is nothing short of traumatic, shock,’ she said. ‘They taped my bracelet to my wrist, two gold swallows. It made me sob. Swallows love for life and always come home.

‘I told the anaesthetist to please make sure I wake up as I’m a mum then I cried again at what they were going to take out. I woke to emptiness and the horror of what had happened.

‘I felt I’d failed my baby and my partner.’ 

Motherhood: The former HearSay singer said she ‘felt I’d failed my baby and my partner’ when she suffered her first miscarriage, before eventually falling pregnant with Apollo (pictured)

Baby joy: Myleene alluded to her trauma in this post in August last year: ‘Will never get over or take for granted the miracle of growing and carrying a child!  (and yes, I’m STILL pregnant!)’

Myleene described her second miscarriage as ‘worse if that’s possible’ because she like she already had her ‘one in four’ experience – referring to the one in four women who suffer baby loss. 

The former HearSay star said her baby stopped growing at 10 weeks, but for reasons completely unrelated to her first miscarriage.   

Reliving the trauma, Myleene said: ‘I didn’t take my eyes off the fire alarm on the ceiling, lest I break completely. Walking past the pregnant women in reception was torture.

Gorgeous family: Alongside Apollo, Myleene is proud mum to Ava, 13, Hero, 10, whom she shares with her ex-husband Graham Quinn

‘This D&C was no less traumatic. In fact, the familiarity of it cut deeper. The “wishes to dispose of the products of pregnancy” form, the walking to theatre, the ugly socks. Having everything one minute, a name, a school, then nothing.

‘The third, I miscarried at work. The fourth, the loo. Whilst I could get pregnant, there was no explanation for why I couldn’t keep them.’

When Myleene became pregnant with her gorgeous son Apollo, doctors ‘took no chances’. 

Brave face: The star explained how she injected herself with ‘countless, endless hormones into my belly to keep my placenta working’ while she was pregnant with Apollo (pictured in 2019)

The Dancing On Ice contestant explained how she injected herself with ‘countless, endless hormones into my belly to keep my placenta working.’

Speaking of her rainbow baby, Myleene said: ‘He signifies everything good in the world to me, my miracle. 

‘To my friends and Mamas who have experienced this, you are the strongest women I know. Thinking of you today’.

For help with related issues, contact Tommy’s, a miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth charity, at mailbox@tommys.org or call 0800 0147 800.

What causes a miscarriage?

It is highly unlikely that you will ever know the actual cause of a one-off miscarriage, but most are due to the following problems:

ABNORMAL FETUS

The most common cause of miscarriages in the first couple of months is a one-off abnormal development in the fetus, often due to chromosome anomalies. ‘It’s not as though the baby is fine one minute and suddenly dies the next,’ says Professor James Walker, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Leeds. 

‘These pregnancies fail from the outset and were never destined to succeed.’ Most miscarriages like this happen by eight weeks, although bleeding may not start until three or four weeks later, which is worth remembering in subsequent pregnancies. ‘If a scan at eight weeks shows a healthy heart beat, you have a 95 per cent chance of a successful pregnancy,’ says Professor Walker.

HORMONAL FACTORS

A hormonal blip could cause a sporadic miscarriage and never be a problem again. However, a small number of women who have long cycles and irregular periods may suffer recurrent miscarriages because the lining of the uterus is too thin, making implantation difficult. 

Unfortunately, hormone treatment is not terribly successful. 

‘There used to be a trend for progesterone treatment, but trials show this really doesn’t work,’ warns Professor Walker. ‘There is some evidence that injections of HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin, a hormone released in early pregnancy) can help, but it’s not the answer for everyone.’ The treatment must be started as soon as the pregnancy is confirmed, at around four or five weeks.

AGE 

For women over 40, one in four women who become pregnant will miscarry. [One in four women of all ages miscarry, but these figures include women who don’t know that they are pregnant. Of women who do know that they’re pregnant, the figure is one in six. Once you’re over 40, and know that you’re pregnant, the figure rises to one in four]

AUTO-IMMUNE BLOOD DISORDERS

Around 20 per cent of recurrent miscarriers suffer from lupus or a similar auto-immune disorder that causes blood clots to form in the developing placenta. 

A simple blood test, which may need to be repeated several times, can reveal whether or not this is the problem.’One negative test does not mean that a women is okay,’ warns Mr Roy Farquharson, consultant gynaecologist who runs an early pregnancy unit at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital. 

Often pregnancy can be a trigger for these disorders, so a test should be done as soon as possible,’ he adds.But it can easily be treated with low dose aspirin or heparin injections, which help to thin the blood and prevent blood clots forming – a recent trial also showed that women do equally well on either. ”We have a 70 per cent live birth rate in women treated for these disorders,’ says Dr Farquharson, ‘which is excellent.’

OTHER CAUSES

While uterine abnormalities, such as fibroids, can cause a miscarriage, many women have no problems carrying a pregnancy to term. An incompetent cervix can also cause miscarriage at around 20 weeks. 

While this can be treated by a special stitch in the cervix, trials suggest it is not particularly successful, although it may delay labour by a few weeks.Gene and chromosomal abnormalities, which can be detected by blood tests, may also cause recurrent miscarriages in a small number of couples. 

A procedure known as preimplantation genetic diagnosis can help. After in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), a single cell is taken from the developing embryo and tested for the gene defect. Only healthy embryos are then replaced in the womb.

 It is an expensive and stressful procedure – and pregnancy rates tend to be quite low – but for some this is preferable to repeated miscarriages or a genetically abnormal baby.

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Margot Robbie builds an iron gate in front of her $6.5million Los Angeles dream home amid crime wave

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They’ve refused to abandon construction of their new dream home in Venice, Los Angeles, despite the neighbourhood’s wave of crime and homelessness.

But it seems Margot Robbie and her husband Tom Ackerley aren’t taking any chances when it comes to protecting their plush new pad from unwanted visitors.

Photos taken on Tuesday show the Hollywood couple have installed a large iron gate at the front of the lot.

No trespassing! Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley have built a large iron gate in front of their dream home in Venice, LA, as the neighbourhood suffers a wave of crime and homelessness

The tall structure appears to be power-operated, meaning that only those with special permission can open the doors.

The home’s façade is covered in industrial grey concrete and has barely any windows – making the building appear more like a fortress than a family home.   

Meanwhile, high-vis-clad workers could be seen digging holes in the dirt, while other builders boarded up the skeleton of the half-built home.

A $6.5million mistake? The Hollywood couple (pictured at the Golden Globes in January 2018) spent $6.5million on the land in 2019, but are now being warned they’ve made a grave mistake

Actress Margot, 30, and film producer Tom, 31, intend to build a two-storey family dwelling with an attached garage.

The building site sits on two adjacent plots of land near Abbot Kinney Boulevard in the once-elite beachside neighbourhood of Venice.

The couple spent $6.5million on the land in 2019, but are now being warned they’ve made a grave mistake. 

Fortress Robbie: The home’s façade is covered in industrial grey concrete and has barely any windows – making the building appear more like a fortress than a family home

Work continues: On Tuesday, high-vis-clad workers could be seen digging holes in the dirt, while other builders boarded up the skeleton of the half-built home 

Venice has seen a vast increase in homelessness and crime since the COVID-19 pandemic gripped Los Angeles, with hundreds of tents now lining the beach’s famous boardwalk. 

‘It’s a completely different neighbourhood from when Margot and Tom bought it – the crime rate’s gone up 177 per cent since lockdown,’ an insider told Woman’s Day magazine. 

A former taxi driver who is now homeless also told told the publication that Margot and Tom are asking for trouble by continuing their building project. 

Crisis: Venice has seen a vast increase in homelessness and crime since the COVID-19 pandemic gripped Los Angeles, with hundreds of tents now lining the beach’s famous boardwalk

‘I know people here who will target Margot’s house for burglary because they know she’s got money,’ they warned. 

‘She’d be better off if she just abandoned it. I don’t know why anyone would want to spend millions of dollars to buy a house next to all this.’   

The couple are already trying to offload one of their LA properties, having listed their smaller home in Hancock Park for $4.5million late last month.  

‘She’d be better off if she just abandoned it’: A former taxi driver who is now homeless told Woman’s Day magazine that Margot and Tom’s newly-renovated home may be targeted by criminals  

Margot purchased the two-story residence in 2017 for $.3.5million shortly after her marriage to British filmmaker Tom. 

Margot and Tom’s neighbour in Venice, Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan, 81, meanwhile recently told fans he was ‘desperate’ to leave crime-stricken Venice and return to Australia.   

Paul, who moved to the US in 2005 after growing up in Sydney’s western suburbs,  is currently holed up inside his ‘fortress-like’ $4.5million mansion with his son Chance, 23. 

Getting out: The couple are already trying to offload one of their LA properties, having listed their smaller home in Hancock Park for $4.5million (pictured) late last month  

Desperate to leave: Margot and Tom’s neighbour in Venice, Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan, 81,  (pictured) also recently told fans he was ‘desperate’ to leave his crime-stricken Venice neighbourhood and return to Australia

Homesick: ‘I’m living in LA County, which is 10 million people and half of them have got Covid. So am I homesick? You bet your life,’ Paul told Channel Seven’s Sunrise last month  

Bunkering down: Paul, who moved to the US in 2005 after growing up in Sydney’s western suburbs, is currently holed up inside his ‘fortress-like’ $4.5million mansion with his son Chance, 23 (left) 

‘I’m living in LA County, which is 10 million people and half of them have got Covid. So am I homesick? You bet your life,’ he told Channel Seven’s Sunrise last month.   

When asked how he was coping with Los Angeles’ recent crime wave, Hogan simply said he ‘doesn’t go anywhere’.

‘[I’m] bored in lockdown, and the minute I can get on the plane without being locked in a hotel for two weeks, I’m back,’ he said.

Terrifying situation: It comes as residents of Venice say soaring crime rates and the exploding homeless population have made life in the elite beachside community unbearable

The movie star went on to explain he ‘wouldn’t survive’ Australia’s mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine.

‘My son [Chance] would have to be with me… we’d strangle each other,’ he said.

It comes as residents of Venice say soaring crime rates and the exploding homeless population have made life in the elite beachside community unbearable. 

Tent city: The world-famous beach community, 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, has traditionally been a major tourism drawcard for the Californian city. However, now the palm trees and promenade are blighted by hundreds of tents 

Police patrol the Venice Beach Boardwalk on April 20, which has seen an explosion in homeless numbers during COVID lockdowns

Business owners say they are being forced to close their doors and longterm residents are afraid to leave their homes after dark after being subjected to violent attacks and intimidation. 

The world-famous beach community, 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, has traditionally been a major tourism drawcard for the Californian city. 

However, now the palm trees and promenade are blighted by hundreds of tents.   

Venice Family Clinic’s Director of Homeless Services Dr. Coley King, left, treats Kenard Durr, center, at the world-famous beach. A homeless encampment at the beach has exploded during COVID lockdown (April 20)

Rubbish and waste litter the golden sands of Venice Beach. Anti-social elements have made it dangerous to go out after dark, residents say

Fights occur several times a day, while shootings and stabbings are common, say residents of Venice Beach, who are fearful of increased crime rates since the homeless encampments became permanent

Venice Neighbourhood Council member Soledad Ursua said the homeless encampments had exploded during the COVID-19 lockdowns. 

She said residents were afraid to be out after dark, and there were fights several times a day and shootings and stabbings on a weekly basis. 

‘It’s just a very dangerous time to be a Venice resident right now,’ she said.  

‘Venice’s world famous beach and boardwalk are crippled,’ a letter to city and county officials from residents says 

According to figures from the Los Angeles Police Department provided to the Venice Neighbourhood Council, the violent robberies in the neighbourhood are up 177 per cent from last year.

The same period has also seen a 162 per cent increase in cases of assault with a deadly weapon involving a homeless person.   

Meanwhile, hundreds of residents have put their signatures to a letter pleading for help from city and county officials.

‘Venice’s world famous beach and boardwalk are crippled,’ it says.

‘Local children are refusing to come to the beach because they’re frightened by what they’ve witnessed. Seniors who live on or near the boardwalk are terrified of walking in their own neighbourhoods.’    

According to figures from the Los Angeles Police Department provided to the Venice Neighbourhood Council, the violent robberies in the neighbourhood are up 177 per cent from last year

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