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Dagenham hit-and-run victim formally identified

John Avers
Met Police

A 47-year-old man who was killed in a hit-and-run in Dagenham has been formally identified.

John Avers was found fatally injured in a car park in Whalebone Lane South at about 23:45 on Sunday.

He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of hi death as multiple injuries.

Scotland Yard believe he was hit by a car which then left the area.

Det Ch Insp Mark Wrigley said: "I and my officers believe John was deliberately harmed and we are treating this incident as a murder inquiry.

"We are using every available tactic to trace who was responsible for John’s death."

CCTV released of man wanted in connection to 'violent' robbery

Wanted man
Metropolitan Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man wanted over a violent robbery and assault on a bus in north London.

A 33-year-old man was kicked in the head and had his wallet stolen as soon as he boarded a 483 bus in Ealing Road, Wembley, at around 20:15hrs on Saturday 19 July.

The victim sustained cuts and bruising to his head but did not require hospital treatment.

There have been no arrests.

PC Nick Kortright, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "Although the injuries sustained were not serious ones, this was a sudden and violent attack that left the victim severely shaken.

"We need the public's help to identify the man in the image - please contact us as soon as possible if you have any information."

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 accident: M1 London northbound

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M1 London northbound severe accident, between J4 for A41 Edgware Way Edgware and J5 for A41 Colne Way.

M1 London - One lane closed on M1 northbound in Hertfordshire between J4, A41 (Edgware) and J5, A41 (Watford), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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Brent's mayor re-elected for second term

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The Mayor of Brent was re-elected for a second term due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi, who represents Stonebridge ward, has been given the opportunity to carry on in his role until May 2021.

He was re-elected unanimously at Brent Council’s annual full council meeting for 2020, which had been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, nominated Cllr Ezeajughi given his curtailed responsibilities during the pandemic, and to allow continuity while the borough manages the crisis.

“It has been a difficult year for everyone with the Covid-19 pandemic and I will continue to raise awareness and support families and communities affected by this,” the mayor said.

Severe accident: A4140 London both ways

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A4140 London both ways severe accident, between Du Cros Drive and Stanmore Chapel.

A4140 London - A4140 Marsh Lane in Stanmore closed and it's slow in both directions between the Du Cros Drive junction and the Stanmore Chapel junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - bus route 340 is being diverted.

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Grenfell files 'lost forever' after being 'wiped from laptop and server'

Daniel Anketell-Jones
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Daniel Anketell-Jones worked for cladding specialists Harley Facades

Some emails, documents and design drawings relating to the Grenfell Tower refurbishment appear to have been lost forever after being wiped from a laptop, the inquiry into the fire has heard.

Design manager Daniel Anketell-Jones, who worked for cladding specialists Harley Facades until March 2016, told the hearing he erased his work computer of all files when he kept the device when he left the firm.

The electrical and mechanical engineering graduate told the inquiry he made the "assumption" his work would remain on the Harley Facades server, which it did not, and denied a claim he arranged for his email file to be deleted from the firm's internal systems.

"I believed everything would be kept on the company server because all the laptops just attached into the server and all the emails were retained on there," he said.

Ray Bailey, managing director of cladding subcontractor Harley Facades
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Ray Bailey, managing director of cladding subcontractor Harley Facades, gave evidence to the inquiry

In his witness statement, Harley managing director Ray Bailey said he believed every Harley employee who worked on the revamp was able to pass on emails in the days following the June 2017 fire - except Mr Anketell-Jones, who he said had arranged to have his email file removed from its systems.

Asked about this by inquiry lawyer Kate Grange QC, Mr Anketell-Jones said: "I don't know what he means by that.

"I didn't arrange for that to happen. I don't think I would have the authority or the security to do that."

Mr Anketell-Jones, who worked for Harley for almost nine years, told the inquiry: "The material that was deleted would have related to all Harley projects I had worked on during my time at the company including the Grenfell Tower refurbishment project.

"This would have included emails, documents, design drawings, calculations."

He added: "Most of the information on the laptop would probably have related to 10 Trinity Square as I spent a lot of time working from site where access to the server wasn't as easy, so I would have kept offline files on the laptop for easy access.

"I doubt there would have been any files relating to Grenfell as these would have been on the server."

The inquiry continues.

Severe disruption: M1 London southbound

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M1 London southbound severe disruption, from J2 for A1 Watford Way to J1 for A406 North Circular.

M1 London - One lane closed on M1 southbound from J2, A1 (Barnet By-Pass) to J1, A406 (Staples Corner), because of a breakdown. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe accident: A4180 London both ways

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A4180 London both ways severe accident, between A40 Western Avenue and A312.

A4180 London - A4180 West End Road and Ruislip Road in South Ruislip closed and queues in both directions between Polish War Memorial and White Hart Roundabout, because of an accident. Congestion to A312 The Parkway and Church Road between Yeading and Northolt.

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Severe accident: A4020 London both ways

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A4020 London both ways severe accident, at St Leonard's Road.

A4020 London - A4020 Uxbridge Road in Ealing closed in both directions at the St Leonard's Road junction, because of an accident.

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Met Police make 680 Extinction Rebellion arrests

Police say they have arrested 680 people in connection with Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests in London so far this month.

Thursday marked the final day of advertised protests for XR, which began on 1 September.

The Metropolitan Police Service said that the arrests covered a range of offences, including obstructing the highway, criminal damage and breaching the conditions set under Section 14 of the Public Order Act (1986).

Extinction rebellion protests

Commander Jane Connors, from the Met, said: "At the beginning of this period of protests we warned demonstrators that if they failed to comply with conditions in place that they may be liable to arrest."The public have a right to protest, but they do not have a right to cause disruption to the communities and businesses across London. That is why we took swift action to make a number of arrests.

"This has been a large policing operation and we will continue to investigate those who we suspect to have committed offences, so the number of arrests is likely to rise."

Severe accident: A404 London both ways

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A404 London both ways severe accident, between A406 North Circular and the bicycle store.

A404 London - A404 Brentfield in Stonebridge closed in both directions between Harrow Road Underpass and the the bicycle store junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well. Diversion in operation - bus routes 18 and N18 on diversion.

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Harrow councillor selected for Obamas' young leaders programme

Peymana Assad
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A Harrow councillor is among 35 people in Europe selected to a ‘young leaders’ programme started by former US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Ms Peymana Assad, who represents Roxeth ward, will be one of six people from the UK to take part in a six-month long Obama Foundation project.

The foundation says its mission is to “inspire, empower and connect people to change their world” and the project gives leaders the chance to meet virtually to discuss issues faced in their respective fields.

Ms Assad said she “couldn’t wait” to start and was looking forward to working with “an impressive group” to help “create local and global change”.

Councillor Graham Henson, leader of Harrow Council, said Ms Assad’s selection will “inspire others” in the borough to check out the foundation and get involved.

He added she is particularly proud of her achievements as someone who came to Europe from Afghanistan as a child refugee.

The latest crop of participants come from 18 countries across Europe and represent national and local governments, civil society and the private sector. It includes politicians in Italy and Germany, chief executives of innovative and ethical companies and campaigners for LGBTQ rights in Belarus and Poland.

Black Cyclists Network: 'Why I thought this group was needed'
Mani Arthur was stopped and searched by the police last year during a ride to promote diversity.

Severe accident: A4180 London both ways

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A4180 London both ways severe accident, at Laburnum Grove.

A4180 London - A4180 Bury Street in Ruislip blocked at the Laburnum Grove junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - Affecting London Bus service H13.

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Terminally ill 83-year-old gets dying wish
An 83-year-old terminally ill woman had her bucket list wish fulfilled when a group of bikers turned up on her doorstep.

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.”