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Man 'critically injured' after Mitcham stabbing

A man is in hospital with life threatening injuries after a stabbing in Mitcham this afternoon, the Met Police has confirmed.

Officers were called to Lammas Avenue at 12:00 BST to reports of two males fighting - one of the men suffered injuries to his leg and arm.

The Met say a Section 60 order has been put in place throughout different parts of Mitcham while initial investigations are being carried out.

There have been no arrests as yet.

Arrested teen girl 'hit with baton and Tasered'

The Metropolitan Police is being investigated over "the level of force" used to detain a teenage girl in Newham who was hit with a baton and Tasered.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) became aware of the incident which happened on 8 May at about 19:20 on Roman Road.

IOPC's Sal Naseem said: "Having reviewed the complaint and viewed body worn video footage of the incident we decided that this matter requires an independent investigation.

"It is important for everyone involved that we understand the circumstances surrounding this incident."

The Met Police said it made the referral to the IOPC.

E-fit released for white van noxious substance attack

e-fit
Met Police

Police hunting a white van driver after he sprayed a noxious substance over two people in another vehicle in Thornton Heath have released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to.

The victims - a 63-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl - were in a car driving along County Road at about 11:30 on 8 April when the attack occurred.

The Met said the driver wound down the window to try and engage with the driver of the van, but before she could speak, he squirted a liquid from a plastic "squeezy" bottle hitting her and her passenger and then sped off.

The victims said the suspect was white, around 40 years old of chubby build, with ginger/grey hair and beard, and brown eyes and that he was wearing a black jumper.

Det Con Ben Briselden said: “Luckily, neither victim suffered any long-term damage; however they have been left extremely shaken by this ordeal."

Battersea baseball bat murder sentencing delayed

Ian Tomlin
Met Police

The sentencing of two men convicted of the murder a man who was beaten to death and stabbed outside his home in Battersea, has been delayed.

Ian Tomlin, 46, was attacked inside the communal area of his block of flats in October by Gary Beech, 48, and Michael Swan, 45.

Mr Tomlin (pictured) was struck so hard the bat "split", the Old Bailey heard during the trial.

Beech, of Cromwell House, and Swan, from Wandsworth, were due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey today - however Swan has requested a new barrister to represent him.

Judge Rebecca Poulet told the defendant that he would be expected to represent himself if he could not arrange a new lawyer within the next two weeks.

The judge told Mr Tomlin’s family how sorry she was the sentencing could not proceed today.

Beech, of Charlotte Despard Avenue, and Swan, of Enterprise Way, are due to be sentenced on 31 May.

Thanksgiving service to mark 100 years of women in the Met

Women
Met Police

Thousands of serving and retired police officers, police staff, their families and friends will gather at Westminster Abbey today for a special service of thanksgiving to mark 100 years of women police officers in the Met.

This event echoes the service of 100 years ago held at the Abbey to honour the fallen police officers of the First World War.

That service, on 17 May 1919, was the first occasion where female Met officers wore their uniforms in public.

One hundred years ago today, on 17 May 1919, Met Police women appeared in public for the first time at a special service at Westminster Abbey held to honour the losses of officers in the first world war. A century on, in 2019, I am delighted that Westminster Abbey will once again host a unique service and welcome on this occasion not just a handful, but thousands of Met police women, who will represent even more of their colleagues."

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CCTV issued over Tube 'cigarette assault'

Victim cctv still
BTP

Detectives investigating an assault at a Tube station, which left a man suffering from head and neck injuries, have released an image of a man they want to speak with.

At around 04:30 BST on 27 April, a man is reported to have been attacked by two men and a woman after refusing to hand them a cigarette.

The victim, a man in his 20s, suffered cuts to his head and neck, and a black eye.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray following the attack.

He has since been released while officers carry out further enquiries.

Officers are now releasing images of another man who they would like to speak to

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Talks to be held to avoid FA Cup Tube strike

Tube strike
PA

Talks are to be held in a bid to avert a strike by London Underground workers over the weekend of the FA Cup Final in a dispute over safety.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union are set to walk out for three days on 17 May, the day before the showpiece game at Wembley Stadium between Manchester City and Watford.

Thousands of fans would be hit by any disruption to Tube services.

The union has accused London Underground of cutting train preparations, inspections and maintenance which it says threatens safety - however London Underground denies the claims.

Talks between the two sides will be held at the conciliation service Acas on Friday.

The union is planning to hold a protest at City Hall next week urging London mayor Sadiq Khan to intervene.

The RMT said around 1,000 of its members, working on maintenance and other areas, are involved in the row.