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Drugs raid leads to 24 arrests

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Two drugs raids have led to the arrest of 24 people in south London.

Officers from the Met Police's Specialist Crime unit executed warrants at a total of 25 addresses in Lambeth and Southwark on Wednesday and yesterday.

The early-morning raids led to officers recovering a quantity of class A and B drugs, including 600 wraps of what officers believe to be cocaine and heroin, and over £10,000 at the addresses.

Nine of those who were arrested have since been charged with drug-related offences.

Det Insp Steve Crockett from Met Police, said: “Drug supply and the violence that it often causes is rightly a huge concern for communities, and tackling crime and making the streets safer for law-abiding people is a priority across the Met. “Over just two days, we have visited more than two dozen addresses, taken a number of suspects into custody and seized a large amount of drugs which was destined to be sold on London’s streets to vulnerable people, to generate criminal profits."

Severe accident: A302 London both ways

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A302 London both ways severe accident, from Parliament Square to B326 Great Smith Street.

A302 London - A302 Broad Sanctuary in Westminster blocked and queues in both directions from the Parliament Square junction to the B326 Great Smith Street junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - bus routes 11, 24, 148 and 211 are being diverted.

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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.

Mayor calls on council to approve Holocaust memorial plan

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Holocaust memorial

Sadiq Khan has called on Westminster Council to approve plans for a Holocaust memorial to sit next to the Houses of Parliament.

London's mayor said Victoria Tower Gardens, the park beside Britain’s seat of government, was the right place to commemorate the horrors of the Holocaust.

But local campaigners oppose the use of green space, and say the small park would be dominated by the building. More than 12,000 people have signed a petition opposing the memorial.

Earlier this month, a letter from council leader Nickie Aiken to the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, revealed by campaigners under Freedom of Information law, suggested that the application “was heading towards an unfavourable recommendation”.

The mayor has now urged Westminster Council not to reject the plans, and to allow the memorial “to take its rightful place in the heart of the capital” close to the Houses of Parliament.

But Clare Annamalai, a spokeswoman for Save Victoria Tower Gardens, said the mayor’s intervention was “inappropriate” and “politically motivated”.

A spokesperson for Westminster City Council said: “The city council has made it very clear that the decision regarding this application, like all that come before the authority, will be made on planning grounds after careful assessment of all the representations received. No decision has been taken.”

Severe disruption: A3212 London both ways

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A3212 London both ways severe disruption, from Parliament Square to A400 Charing Cross.

A3212 London - Delays on A3212 Whitehall in both directions in Westminster from the Parliament Square junction to Trafalgar Square, because of a temporary closure and Animal Rights Protest a demonstration.

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Severe disruption: London both ways

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London both ways severe disruption, in Westminster.

London - Parliament Square in Central London closed in the Westminster junction, because of Hong Kong democracy a demonstration.

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