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    Video caption: Moment '180 mph motorcyclist' in T-shirt is caught

    The 19-year-old, filmed by a police helicopter, went through red lights and the wrong way on a motorway.

  2. Croydon Council leader resists calls to step down

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Croydon Council

    Croydon’s recently-appointed council leader resisted calls to step down at a special meeting to discuss the state of the authority’s finances.

    The council held a meeting on Thursday night to set out its response to 20 recommendations for change by its auditors.

    They published a damning report into the financial state of the council at the end of October.

    The report, which slammed “collective corporate blindness”, came just two weeks before the council was forced to declare effective bankruptcy.

    Sarah Ironmonger, from auditors Grant Thornton, said the council was too slow to act on warnings made as long ago as 2017.

    Ms Ironmonger said there was also not adequate challenge of overspends in the budget by other councillors on the council.

    "The budget went through unanimously…at the end of the day all of you in the chamber voted for this budget,” she said.

    In his speech the leader of the opposition, Jason Perry, asked whether Tony Newman and Simon Hall, previous leader and finance member, would be sacked as members for their flawed decisions in the past.

    But Conservative colleague Ian Parker took it one step further saying that: “As a minimum anybody who served in the cabinet over the past six years, including you councillor Ali should step down".

    But Hamida Ali, who took on the top job on 22 October, said while mistakes had been made, her "response has been not to step down but step up and lead our organisation confidently and assertively to address those concerns by the auditors”.

    An action plan to address the 20 recommendations includes developing a reserves strategy and risks in budget reports being properly scrutinised before being approved.

    The council’s full action plan can be found here.

  3. Three women arrested after man stabbed to death

    Three women have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death in Elephant and Castle.

    Richard Obi, 25, was found fatally injured in Bramwell House, Harper Road, after emergency services were called at 11:10 on Tuesday.

    He was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The Met Police said three women, aged 58, 34 and 30, had been held on suspicion of murder.

    They remain in custody at a south London police station.