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Stormzy to headline Glastonbury Festival 2019

Stormzy
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Stormzy will be Glastonbury's first grime headliner, with a Pyramid Stage slot confirmed for 2019.

The news first broke via a poster in an Oxfam shop in Streatham - close to the star's childhood home - and one in Glastonbury.

Stormzy, from Croydon, south London, confirmed the news via a post on Instagram.

He headlined this summer's Wireless Festival and has played Glastonbury festival twice before in the Sonic Tent in 2016 and the Other Stage in 2017.

Grandfather jailed for housing 'county lines' dealer

A Carlisle man who agreed to house a visiting teenage "county line" drugs dealer in return for heroin has been jailed for seven years.

Peter Kenney, 48, was arrested after police detained a 16-year-old boy from Croydon outside the older man's flat in Eldon Drive.

Peter kenney
Cumbria Police

The youth had almost £1,500 in his rucksack, the proceeds of about 90 heroin and cocaine deals sold over a special telephone line set up by a London-based drugs gang.

Kenney, a 48-year-old grandfather with a record of 180, was found guilty by a jury at Carlisle Crown Court of conspiracy to supply drugs.

The 16-year-old admitted the conspiracy charge and possessing criminal property and his case was adjourned for sentencing on 26 November.

Grenfell Tower inquiry: Trapped dad told 'don't give up'
An audio clip of a 999 call from a father trapped with his family in Grenfell Tower was played to the inquiry.

Couple retire from fire brigade on same day

Ann Giles and Mark Young
LFB

A couple who met while working for the London Fire Brigade are retiring on the same day after nearly 62 years of combined service.

Control officer Ann Giles, 57, joined the service in 1988 while her partner Mark Young, 55, joined the Brigade 10 months before her.

Speaking about her retirement, Ms Giles said "the thing I’m going to miss the most is the people" while firefighter Mr Young said he had "loved just getting out there and getting stuck in.”

The couple, who live in Benfleet, Essex, and have two grown up children aged 21 and 23, said they are looking forward to spending the festive period with their family.

Footballer's London knife crime warning

BBC Sport

Marko Arnautovic
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West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic says memories of childhood friends being sent to prison are behind his attempt to guide young people away from knife crime.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan claims it will take 10 years to solve knife crime in the city - with five people, including three teenagers, being killed in the space of a week.

The Austria forward says he could have followed an "easy" path into trouble during his childhood in a tough area of Vienna.

Now the "kid who was not listening a lot" wants his voice to be heard - through West Ham's new 'Players' Project', in which the club will invest £10m over three years and every squad member is given a specific community project to work on.

Read the full story here.

Two men arrested after Enfield stabbing

A man is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in Bush Hill Park, Enfield, late last night.

Paramedics and police officers were called to Third Avenue at about 23:00 GMT where they found the victim, aged in his 20s, suffering from stab wounds.

He was treated at the scene and taken to a north London hospital.

One man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of GBH; and another man was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The Mey say both remain in custody and a crime scene is still in place around the Third Avenue area.

Met Police urged to step up anti-knife crime efforts

Sajid Javid
Reuters

Sajid Javid has called on the Metropolitan Police to step up its response to knife crime following a fresh spate of stabbings across the capital.

The Home Secretary urged the force to make full use of police powers, including stop and search, as its officers seek to end the violence.

On Wednesday Mr Javid called Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick for an update on the recent series of knife-related deaths in London.

He acknowledged there is a national issue, while recognising the particular challenge in London.

The Home Secretary, who is currently in the US for talks with social media companies about their efforts to combat online child abuse, told the Commissioner: "Alongside tough law enforcement we will not let up on our work to prevent young people getting drawn into knife crime in the first place."

Mr Javid told the Commissioner he was "deeply worried" by the level of violent crime faced by officers on the streets and reiterated his commitment to focus on driving it down, the Home Office said.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott responded by saying: "Evidence based stop and search is an important tool in fighting crime but random stops poison police community relations."

Boy critical after Shepherd's Bush stabbing

Willow Vale
Google

A teenage boy is fighting for his life after being stabbed in west London.

Police and the London Ambulance Service were called at about midday to reports of a stabbing on Willow Vale in Shepherd's Bush.

London's Air Ambulance also attended.

LAS said the boy was treated at the scene before being taken to a major trauma centre.

He is in a life-threatening condition, police said.

Officers are in the process of informing his next-of-kin.

A crime scene remains in place. There have been no arrests and inquiries continue.

Police 'working around the clock' to find killer

Jay Hughes
Met Police

Detectives are continuing "to work around the clock" to find the killers of a 15-year-old by who was stabbed to death in Bellingham.

Jay Hughes died from a single stab wound to the heart following the attack on Randlesdown Road at Thursday.

A new image of the teenager has also been released by police to "help to jog the memory of those in... Bellingham on the night of his murder".

Det Ch Insp Chris Soole said: "I'd urge anyone with information, no matter how insignificant they believe it is, to do the right thing and get in contact with us as soon as possible."

Anerley stabbing: Police release image of murder victim

Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez
Met Police

Police have released an image of a man murdered in south-east London as they continue to investigate his death.

Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez, 22, from Dagenham, died after being found with multiple stab wounds in Samos Road in Anerley, Bromley, on Sunday.

Two men, aged 19 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday. Both have been released under investigation.

'Tube trains are a lot busier than usual' - commuter

Could there be further strikes?

Closed station
PA

Finn Brennan, Aslef's organiser on London Underground, has warned there will be a "network-wide shutdown in the run-up to Christmas" if TfL does not make the changes union members want.

He said Aslef's executive committee will "discuss resolutions from our branches on the Hammersmith and City and Northern lines asking to be balloted for action, with other branches set to follow".

"Senior figures at Transport for London need to realise just how serious the industrial relations problems on London Underground have become and start to deal with them," he added.

Nick Dent, director of line operations for London Underground, has called the strike action by RMT and Aslef was "totally unjustified".

Other Tube lines and stations are very busy

London Bridge Station
BBC

Other Tube lines and major stations in particular are proving to be very busy.

Large queues have formed at interchanges like London Bridge, Liverpool Street and Waterloo.