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Further arrest in Brixton teen murder

A second 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 18-year-old Solomon Small.

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Detectives continue to investigate his death on Thursday, 15 August.

Mr Small was stabbed in Corrance Road, SW2, and pronounced dead by paramedics at 14:41 BST.

A post-mortem examination on Friday gave the cause of death as an incised wound to the chest, consistent with a knife.

Meanwhile a 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday, 15 August has been bailed to return to court in mid-September.

Cannabis farm found in derelict hospital

Police have discovered a cannabis factory in Redbridge at an abandoned hospital.

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More than 1000 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of in excess of £1m were being grown in 30 rooms within the derelict Mayesbrook Clinic at Goodmayes Lane.

Det Insp Gareth Gilbert said: “Taking such a large drug haul off the streets is a great catch for the Met.

“Violence is one of the main by-products of the illegal drug industry, so it is imperative that we continue to tackle this problem head on."

No arrests have been made.

New home prices to be linked to wages

Homes with prices linked to average local earnings could be built in Ilford town centre.

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The Salvation Army, along with Redbridge Citizens, are pushing for the local council to deliver Community Land Trust (CLT) homes as part of a new development on Clements Road.

CLT homes are seen as “genuinely affordable” as their cost is calculated by taking average earnings in the nearby area into account, with any re-sale based on a price in line with current local average incomes.

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal has made a public commitment to deliver 250 CLT homes across the borough.

John Clifton, of Ilford’s Salvation Army Corps said CLT homes are about providing people with a home, not just an asset.

Redbridge Council's 'Wall of Shame' preventing fly-tippers

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Redbridge Council’s CCTV fly-tipping campaign has caught more people on camera dumping their rubbish.

The authority launched its "Wall of Shame" CCTV campaign last year where images of people caught dumping rubbish are posted on a dedicated website.

The council’s site has had thousands of views and has led to a number of people being identified and fined for fly-tipping in the borough.

Recent images show someone dumping a mattress, suitcase and black bin bags full of waste.

The council runs a free bulky waste collection service so it says there is no need for people to dump large items illegally.

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal described fly-tippers as a "real scourge on society".

He added: "Nobody wants people dumping rubbish on our streets and we take a zero-tolerance approach to those caught breaking the law.

“I’m pleased to say the Wall of Shame is quickly becoming a potent weapon in our fightback against fly-tipping."

Chelsea: Eddie Heath abuse victim Gary Johnson says he's shocked at report numbers
Former Chelsea youngster Gary Johnson, who was abused by Eddie Heath, says he is shocked at the level of abuse that has been uncovered in an investigation into the club's ex-chief scout.

Brigade concerns over lack of sprinklers in schools

Firefighters have not attended a single school or college fire in London this year where sprinklers were fitted, new figures have revealed.

London Fire Brigade said of the 57 educational establishments in London which had fires up until 25 July, none had automatic fire suppression systems (AFSS) fitted.

Between 2014 and July this year, only 2.3% - 13 - of the 565 so-called "school fires" had sprinklers.

The statistics cover blazes attended by fire crews at preschools and nurseries, infant and primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities, the brigade said.

It said it wanted sprinklers to be mandatory in all new school builds and for others to be fitted with them during major refurbishments.

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Its deputy assistant commissioner for fire safety Charlie Pugsley said: "Sprinklers are the only fire safety system that detects a fire, suppresses a fire and can raise the alarm."

He added: "Millions of pounds are wasted every year repairing fire damage in London's schools when sprinklers could have prevented the spread of fire.

"This is not just about saving money; when a school is closed it disrupts a child's education, impacts on the local community and affects parents by closing breakfast and after school clubs."

The fire service said that sprinklers are especially important during the summer holidays when buildings are empty and fires can smolder undetected, causing "extensive and expensive" damage.