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Woman, 85, dies after being hit by car

An 85-year-old woman has died after being hit by a car in Worcester Park, south-west London.

Sheila Cutting was taken to a south London hospital in a critical condition after the crash on Saturday, but died in hospital yesterday.

The driver of the black Vauxhall Corsa stopped in Kingsmead Road and has assisted police with their enquiries, according to the Metropolitan Police.

The force is appealing for witnesses.

Officers are particularly keen to hear from anyone with dash cam footage or who witnessed the crash, which happened at about 17:15 on Hampton Road, near its junction with Balmoral Road.

There have been no arrests.

London councils retain top rating for children's services

Children's services in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea have been rated as outstanding by inspectors.

Child sat on bench

Both councils are the first local authorities in the country to sustain and improve upon their previous ‘outstanding’ rating.

The report found their approach was "culturally sensitive, emotionally intelligent that really improves the life chances for children".

In particular, early intervention has meant more children remained safely with their families, inspectors said.

Westminster’s integrated gangs and child exploitation unit was found to be pioneering, protecting many of its most vulnerable children.

The last inspection report was published in March 2016.

Sarah Newman, bi-borough director of children’s services said:“These reports should provide a watershed moment for children’s social work practice in England."

Tafida: Family celebrate daughter leaving hospital

Tafida Raqeeb

The family of a severely disabled five-year-old girl have marked her departure for an Italian hospital after winning an "emotional" life-support treatment battle.

Supporters of Tafida Raqeeb gathered outside the Royal London Hospital this morning for a balloon release as the youngster headed to the Gaslini children's hospital in Genoa.

Tafida's parents won a recent High Court fight with hospital bosses in London, when a judge ruled that the youngster could be moved to Italy.

Multi-coloured balloons, which read "flying to Italy" and featured a picture of Tafida, were released in unison.

Tafida's uncle, Abdul Malik, 36, from Whitechapel, said: "It's just amazing to see everyone here today - you know we've had a long fight from day one."

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