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Man remains critical after Islington double stabbing

An 18-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital following a double stabbing in Islington.

Police were called by paramedics to Seven Sisters Road on Wednesday at 16:55 after two 18-year-old men were found suffering from stab injuries.

They were both taken to hospital where one still remains in a critical but stable condition. The other man's injuries are not life threatening, police said.

Det Insp Eliot Porritt said the men had been attacked outside Costa Coffee next to Finsbury Park.

“This is a busy location with numerous transport connections and the incident happened during what would have been a busy rush hour.

"I am appealing to anybody who may have seen or heard anything that may be connected with this event to speak to us," he said.

Tulip skyscraper could bloom after mayor rejection

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The controversial Tulip skyscraper could bloom in the City after all.

The team behind the Foster and Partners designed 305.3m tall tower have lodged an appeal.

This comes after the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan rejected the plan for the scheme which would dominate the skyline in the City of London.

If it wins the appeal it could be the second highest in the capital – at just a metre less than the Shard in Southwark.

It would also loom over One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, which is currently the second tallest tower in London.

And it would overtake One Undershaft as the Square Mile’s tallest tower.

It had previously been approved by the City of London Corporation which said the building would add to its vision of the Square Mile as a “vibrant” place to visit.

Last July the Mayor criticised the building and said its height, design and appearance “would not contribute to the highest quality of design” required for a tall building in the area.

The dates for the planning appeal hearing are yet to be announced.

CCTV of suspect issued after girl, 13, sex assault

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Met Police

Detectives have issued this image in the hope it will help identify a man after a child reported being sexually assaulted in south London.

At 00:30hrs on Friday, 22 November 2019 police received a report of a 13-year-old girl having been approached by a man at 06:48hrs the day before as she walked along Norfolk Road, Thornton Heath.

The suspect grabbed the victim, dragged her along the road, and sexually assaulted her.

Following a struggle the child managed to escape.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5ft 6ins tall, with hair in cornrows. At the time of the offence he was wearing a black puffer jacket, grey trousers and black shoes.

Detective Constable Penelope Rea investigating said: “I am very keen to hear from anyone who can identify the male in the picture. If you think you have seen this male or know who he is please get in touch.

“Your call could remove a criminal from your area or you could help eliminate someone from our enquiries.”

The child continues to be supported by specially trained officers.

Police appeal after homophobic abuse at football match

Police have appealed for witnesses after a match official was subjected to homophobic abuse at last Saturday’s Millwall v Reading match.

The abuse took place at about 15:30 in the East Stand and was thought to have involved home fans, Scotland Yard said.

Det Con Phil Dickinson said: “We take any allegation of abuse very seriously and are investigating this matter.

"If anyone was at last Saturday’s game and witnessed the incident, or has video footage of it, I would urge them to come forward to assist us in our investigation.”

Machete attack caught on officer's body camera
A van driver who repeatedly struck a police officer with a machete during a routine traffic stop has been found guilty of wounding with intent.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: PM must be brave over jailed Briton, says husband

Boris Johnson must be "brave" to secure the release of a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran, her husband has said.

Richard Ratcliffe, who will meet the prime minister later, said he wanted to hold Mr Johnson to a promise he made in 2017 to "leave no stone unturned" to bring his wife home.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, from London, has been detained for almost four years over spying allegations she denies.

Mr Ratcliffe told BBC Breakfast the UK needed to be "much tougher" on the case, while also de-escalating tensions with Iran.

Bethnal Green road changes to tackle pollution revealed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Bethnal Green will be the first area to see road layout changes in a controversial £15million council plan to tackle pollution.

Tower Hamlets council today announced work would start on the neighbourhood in May.

Councillors are expected to officially sign off the changes, part of the Liveable Streets programme, at a cabinet meeting later this month.

Traffic restrictions around Old Bethnal Green Road and Arnold Circus will be installed as part of the £2.7 million Bethnal Green plan, as well as wider pavements, improved lighting and CCTV.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs said: “Our Liveable Streets proposals will make Bethnal Green a safer, greener and cleaner place to live, work and visit. I’d like to thank residents, schools and traders for all their input – they have played a key role in shaping these final designs. We’ve maintained access to homes and businesses while looking to remove traffic from outside the area.”

Seventeen neighbourhoods across the borough are set to be transformed as part of the £15million Liveable Streets programme.

Super-rich elites making London 'off-limits'

Sean Coughlan

BBC News

London's financial district
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London has become the "epicentre of the elites" in the UK, making it "off limits" for young people from poorer backgrounds, says a social mobility charity.

The Sutton Trust says the high cost of housing has become a social barrier.

A report, using London School of Economics research, says social mobility is easier outside the capital.

Trust founder, Sir Peter Lampl, said the idea of going to London to "move up in the world" had become "a myth".

The report says it is increasingly difficult for young people to move to London to get the high-paying jobs concentrated in the capital.

"Those that benefit most from opportunities in London were either born there or are the economically privileged from other parts of the country," said Sir Peter.

"London is essentially off-limits to ambitious people from poorer backgrounds who grow up outside the capital."

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CCTV appeal after police officers injured in pub fight

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Scotland Yard has released CCTV footage of three men they are trying to identifying after two off-duty police officers were injured as they tried to break-up a fight in a London pub.

The officers were in The Maple Leaf pub on Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, on 20 December at about 19:10 when they saw an altercation break out between two groups of men.

They then tried to stop the brawl but while doing so were punched by three men with both requiring hospital treatment as a result. One officer suffered a dislocated shoulder while the other had a broken eye socket.

The attackers fled the pub following the fight, the Met said.

Det Con Karl Lewis said the officers "were enjoying an evening out when they witnessed a fight which they tried to prevent becoming more serious.

“In doing so, they themselves were set upon and injured, leaving them with significant injuries."

London's unemployment rate fell slightly last year

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BBC

London's unemployment rate fell slightly near the end of last year, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

The percentage of people in the capital aged 16 years and over who are out of work was 4.3% for the three months ending November 2019, a decrease of 0.3% compared to June to August the same year.

London's employment rate remains to be lower than the UK as a whole. In the capital the rate was 75.6%, while the UK's overall employment rate was 76.3%.

The figures revealed a record number of women in full-time work pushed the country's employment rate to a new high.

Young offenders in 'harmful solitary confinement'

Feltham YOI
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A boy at a young offenders institution was left to lie on a mattress on the floor of a "filthy" cell for more than 22 hours a day, a report has revealed.

The chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales, Peter Clarke, said a practice of separating children from their peers at YOIs amounted to "harmful solitary confinement".

He said the policy had "fundamental flaws" and was a risk to mental health.

The government said it would be making "immediate changes".

Inspectors looked at five YOIs, holding about 600 men and boys aged 15 to 18 - Cookham Wood in Kent; Feltham A in west London; Parc in south Wales; Werrington in Staffordshire, and Wetherby and Keppel in West Yorkshire.

Mr Clarke said 57 offenders had been separated and "in the worst cases children left their cells for just 15 minutes a day".

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Tice: Big Ben situation is pathetic
Brexit Party MEP Richard Tice says it is "pathetic" that Parliament can't get Big Ben to ring on Brexit day.

GLA Conservatives: 'People don’t want more City Hall staff'

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Leader of the GLA Conservatives, Susan Hall, has criticised the Mayor of London for increasing the spending on City Hall Staff by 82%.

Staff costs in Boris Johnson's final budget for 2016-17 were £36m, while the proposed budget for 2020-21 under Mr Khan show them to be at £65.5m.

At Mayors Question Time Mrs Hall said: "You should be looking at where you are spending the money.

"I say to you people don’t want more people in this building. They want police officers out there keeping people safe."

Woman sought over widespread holiday bookings fraud

Hayley King
Met Police

A 34-year-old west London woman is being sought by detectives in connection with numerous "travel" frauds.

Hayley King, who had been living in the Feltham area, is described as 5ft 10 in, medium build with a scar on her left arm.

It is alleged Ms King made bookings as an "internet travel agent" using a company called Around The World Travel.

Victims would subsequently find no bookings had been made or only a small amount of holiday had been paid for.

Detectives have identified 56 victims of fraud across the country with a loss of around £125,000.

They believe Ms King may have travelled to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands in March last year and hasn't returned.

Detective Constable Ryan Maginnes of the Met’s Economic Crime Command, said:“We urgently want to trace Hayley King and would ask anyone with information to contact police. If she is abroad you can contact the local force and give them your information.

“We would also ask anyone else who thinks they may have been a victim of this fraud to contact police. It is my fear that there may be other victims who are not yet aware that their holidays have not been paid for. Anyone with information should contact police or Crimestoppers.”

Exhibition to explore history of Dub music in London

Channel One Sound System
Eddie Otchere

A specialist record store is set to open in the Museum of London as part of its latest exhibition.

Dub London will explore the history of Dub Reggae music in the capital, looking at how its has influenced musicians from numerous genres as well as studying the cultural and social impact it has had across the city.

Other objects which will be on display include a speaker stack belonging to Channel One Sound System that has appeared every year at Notting Hill Carnival since 1983 and a selection of records curated by representatives of various independent record shops who have strong links to Reggae and Dub.

Supertone Records, Brixton
Museum of London

Dub music involves using a recording studio itself as an instrument and has its roots in Jamaican reggae.

As exhibition's curator Cedar Lewisohn explains: "Even though most of this music originated in the Caribbean and Jamaica, London quickly became important to Dub Reggae: Dub record labels were started in London, and Dub music was produced in London and exported to the rest of the world."

"This display will be a unique and impressive way to tell the story of how Dub culture has shaped the identity of the capital and us as Londoners," he said.

Dub London will open on 8 May and run until August.

Council builds 200 new homes in central London

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Westminster City Council

Westminster City Council has launched a new housing development in the heart of Paddington Basin, delivering 197 new homes.

Dudley House is a £104m council-led, mixed-use development that "aims to encourage a more diverse community in central London by tackling the critical shortage of affordable housing in the City of Westminster", Westminster City Council said

Dudley house incorporates 197 council-owned residential in a modern residential block, it added.

Cllr Rachael Robathan, said: “Just 2% of homes in our City are for those on average or ‘intermediate’ incomes. We need to ensure that those who work here have a chance of living here - that means people like the families, doctors and nurses who keep Westminster moving.

“Dudley House is an example of how a local authority, working with partners, can build affordable and attractive properties in the middle of a capital city with an intense crush on its housing stock and sky-high rents.

"The City Council is leading an ambitious programme to deliver 1,850 affordable homes by 2023, and Dudley House is an important milestone in that work.”

The project also includes a new permanent home for Marylebone Boys School, a church and a retail unit.