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Man stabbed to death in Islington named by police

Kamal Nuur
Met Police

A man who was stabbed to death in Islington on Monday evening has been named by police.

Kamal Nuur was found fatally wounded when the Met were called to North Road at about 20:00.

No arrests have been made but detectives believe the 18-year-old had been chased and attacked in Goodinge Close, just off North Road, by two males who then fled in the direction of York Way.

Det Ch Insp Andy Partridge said: “Another senseless knife attack has left a family mourning the loss of their loved one...

“I am confident there are people out there who would have seen something which could well assist with our investigation. I would appeal to those individuals to please come forward and help us find those responsible.”

Severe disruption: A3212 London southbound

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A3212 London southbound severe disruption, from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square.

A3212 London - Delays on A3212 St Margaret Street southbound in Central London from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square, because of a temporary closure and a extinction rebellion demonstration.

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Reward offered a year on from mistaken identity shooting

Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela
Met Police

A £10,000 reward is being offered for help to find the killer of a man who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting a year ago.

Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela, 24, was killed in Malden Road, Kentish Town, on 8 September in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity.

Det Ch Insp Simon Stancombe said: "This was a senseless killing, and one which has shattered the lives of Wilson’s family and partner. A year on, they are still searching for answers. The pain is still there.

"We know there are people out there who know who did this. We want to hear from anyone who might know anything – no detail is too small. It is not too late to do the right thing."

He added that: “Wilson was a young man with a bright future ahead, but it was brutally snatched from him. Why would anyone protect someone capable of such cruelty?... Help us get justice for Wilson and his family.”

Man stabbed to death in Brent named

Anthony Adekola
Met Police handout

A man stabbed to death in Barnet has been named as Anthony Adekola.

The 22-year-old was found by emergency service workers on Martlesham Walk just after 23:00 BST on Saturday.

Despite efforts by medics to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 23:45 BST.

A special post-mortem examination is currently ongoing at Northwick Park Hospital. No arrests have been made.

Det Ch Insp Neil John, of Specialist Crime, said: “Another life has been tragically lost to knife crime, and our thoughts and sympathies are with Anthony’s friends and family at this difficult time.

"We continue to piece together the events of Saturday night and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw or heard anything suspicious to please contact us.”

Severe disruption: London both ways

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London both ways severe disruption, at Mansion House Street.

London - Extinction rebellion demonstration on Threadneedle Street in City Of London at the Mansion House Street junction. Expect delays.

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Severe roadworks: A3 London northbound

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A3 London northbound severe roadworks, from A3 to Eastcheap.

A3 London - A3 King William Street in Southwark closed and expect delays northbound from London Bridge to Monument Station, because of roadworks. Diversion in operation - bus route 15 is affected. Between 9:00 and 16:00 on Sundays until 16:00 on 6th September

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Murder arrest on victim's birthday

Salem Koudou
Met Police

A teenager has been arrested over the murder of a man on what would have been his 21st birthday.

Salem Koudou, who was aged 20, was stabbed to death in Brixton on 20 August - four days before his birthday.

A post-mortem examination took place at Greenwich Mortuary gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

Yesterday an 18-year-old man was arrested in Harlow, Essex, in connection with the murder.

A 26-year-old man has also been arrested in connection with the murder after being found with multiple stab wounds close to the scene of the murder.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and grievous bodily harm.

An overturned car was found in nearby Marcella Road, SW9 and is being linked to this incident. At this stage, it is believed it may have collided with another car before overturning; there were no reports of any injuries directly as a result of this collision.

Det Ch Insp Richard Vandenberg said: "It should have been Salem’s birthday, but instead of celebrating, his family are suffering the pain and anguish of his loss.

"We need to understand the chain of events that led to this young man’s death, and for that we need the public’s help."

Children's slide becomes first ever to be listed

Historic England Archive

A slide in a London estate has become the first ever piece of children's play equipment to be given protection by Historic England.

The slide was created in the 1970s on the Brunel Estate in Westminster and has been listed Grade II.

Ten other post-war parks, gardens and landscapes based in the capital have also been added to the National Heritage List for England to give them further protection.

They include Alexandra Road Park in Camden, the roof garden of Great Arthur House at Golden Lane Estate in the City of London and Roper’s Garden in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea.

The roof garden of Great Arthur House at Golden Lane Estate
Historic England Archive

Emily Gee, Regional Director for Historic England in London and the South East, said: “Each of the diverse landscapes given protection today is a special place.

"This project shines a light on some remarkable landscapes, a number of these modern and urban, celebrating how each enhances our lives, and helping to protect them for generations to come,” she said.

Alexandra Road Park in Camden
Historic England Archive

Teen fighting for life after railway crossing stabbing

An 18-year-old man is fighting for his life in hospital after being stabbed near a railway crossing in Chingford in the early hours of this morning.

The teenager was injured in a fight with three other men near the crossing in Jubliee Avenue just before 02:30.

Police gave him first aid and he was taken by ambulance to hospital, where he remains with life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are looking for a silver car, possibly a Volkswagen Golf, that was seen nearby at the time of the stabbing.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of affray, the Met has said.

"A young man is currently in hospital fighting for his life as a result of this attack," Det Insp Daniel Thompson said.

"We are just a few hours into our investigation and we really need to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed any suspicious activity around the railway crossing on Jubilee Avenue.

"I am especially keen to hear from anyone who saw a silver car that was paying particular attention to this incident.

"We know that this car stayed in the area for a number of minutes before driving away in the direction of Broadway."

Information about car sought after Kilburn shooting

Jaguar XF Estate
Met Police

Police investigating the death of a man who was shot in Kilburn have appealed for information about a car which they believe could be linked to the killing.

Jeffrey Wegbe, 26, was shot in the chest in Hansel Road shortly after midnight on 12 August.

Det Insp James Howarth said he was "urgently appealing" for information about any sightings of a grey Jaguar XF Estate on 11 and 12 August.

"Did you see it in the area or in the moments before or after Jeffrey was killed? If you did, or you have any other information about this car, my officers and I need to hear from you," he said.

Jeffrey Wegbe
Met Police

Mr Wegbe's family have called the killing a "a senseless and violent attack".

"Understandably, we are distraught by the news and ask that you keep us all in your thoughts and prayers," they said.

Man suffers life-threatening stab injuries

A man is fighting for his life in hospital after he was stabbed near a railway crossing in Chingford.

The 18-year-old was discovered on Larkshall Road in the early hours of the morning. He was treated by paramedics and taken to an east London hospital with life threatening injuries.

Police believe he had been stabbed during a fight with three other men near to the crossing. They are also trying to trace a silver car, possibly a VW Golf, which was seen in the area at the time.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of affray and is currently in police custody.

Det Insp Daniel Thompson said officers "really need to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed any suspicious activity around the railway crossing on Jubilee Avenue".

A crime scene in is currently in place with road closures and a section of the Overground shut from Hackney Downs to Chingford and Edmonton Green to Cheshunt.

Tulip Tower proposal to go to public inquiry

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Tulip Tower

The battle over the controversial Tulip skyscraper which could be the tallest building in the Square Mile will go to a public inquiry this autumn.

The plan for the 305m high viewing platform and classroom in the sky was approved by the City of London corporation in April 2019.

The viewpoint is designed to look like the petals of a tulip flower with sky high spinning gondola pods and observation decks linked by sky bridges.

However the mayor of London turned the scheme down a few months later in July and said its design would “harm” the skyline.

This January architect Foster + Partners and their client Jacob Safra said they were challenging the decision.

They said tens of thousands of state school children would benefit from classes in its education centre in the sky.

It was expected that the planning inquiry would sit this summer, but it was delayed because of lockdown.

Now objectors and those in favour have to submit their views by 3 September.

The City of London welcomed the appeal. A Corporation spokeswoman said: “It is our judgement that the Tulip would play an important role in further realising a vision for the Square Mile as a vibrant 24/7 world-class destination and that this building would send a powerful message that London remains open to all.”

The appeal hearing might be heard at The Gherkin, next to the Tulip’s proposed site, depending on social distancing rules and could last three to four weeks.

Anyone who wants their views considered should email and copy in the planning officer Leanne Palmer.

New coin remembers London's first zoo

Royal Mint/PA Media

A coin featuring three lions which made up London's first zoo more than 800 years ago has been launched by the Royal Mint.

The commemorative piece depicts the exotic mammals, which were sent to King Henry III as a wedding present by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and kept at the Tower of London in the 1200s.

His son Edward I expanded the Royal Menagerie, creating a den at the western entrance which became known as Lion Tower.

They were joined by a polar bear, an African elephant, and even kangaroos and alligators as the menagerie expanded between the 1200s and 1835 owing to medieval monarchs exchanging the rare animals as gifts.

Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coin at the Royal Mint, said: "This coin captures the story of the unique collection of rare beasts that belonged to generations of British monarchs at the Tower of London."

Starting from £13 and going up to £2,640 and coming in a range of precious metal and base proof finishes, the coin is the second in the Tower of London 2020 commemorative series.

Mum of murdered teen pleads for life-saving bleed kits

Andre Aderemi

The mother of a teenager murdered in Croydon is calling for life-saving bleed kits for stab victims to be placed in public spaces.

In August 2016 Andre Aderemi, 19, was chased, beaten and stabbed to death with a sword on a housing estate in Selsdon.

Three of Mr Aderemi's convicted killers were taught by his mother Yemi Hughes.

The 41-year-old is raising money to buy bleed kits to be put in shops and transport hubs so that crucial first aid can be administered before emergency services arrive.

Each pack contains gauze to reduce severe haemorrhaging, a chest seal dressing which allows air to escape the pleural cavity, a tourniquet, gloves and scissors.

Ms Hughes said: "It was the loss of blood due to the number of times he was stabbed that ultimately caused my sons death.

"If the bleeding could have been stopped or stemmed and the oxygen was still able to reach his brain then maybe, just maybe he would have had a better change of survival.

"This is why I believe that public access bleed kits are vital to have in the community."

Shots fired into south London home

Gaywood Close,

Detectives are appealing for information after shots were fired into a house in south west London.

The outside of a residential property in Gaywood Close, Streatham, was damaged by the shooting at 01:31 BST on Wednesday.

There were no reported injuries.

Trident detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are investigating.

So far no arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

Severe accident: A3 London northbound

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A3 London northbound severe accident, from London Bridge station to Eastcheap.

A3 London - A3 London Bridge closed and queues northbound from the London Bridge station junction to Monument Station, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - affecting more than 9 bus routes.

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