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Tafida: Family celebrate daughter leaving hospital

Tafida Raqeeb

The family of a severely disabled five-year-old girl have marked her departure for an Italian hospital after winning an "emotional" life-support treatment battle.

Supporters of Tafida Raqeeb gathered outside the Royal London Hospital this morning for a balloon release as the youngster headed to the Gaslini children's hospital in Genoa.

Tafida's parents won a recent High Court fight with hospital bosses in London, when a judge ruled that the youngster could be moved to Italy.

Multi-coloured balloons, which read "flying to Italy" and featured a picture of Tafida, were released in unison.

Tafida's uncle, Abdul Malik, 36, from Whitechapel, said: "It's just amazing to see everyone here today - you know we've had a long fight from day one."

Kinks' guitarist backs campaign to save arcade

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Ian Dunn

Rock legend Dave Davies has backed a campaign to save a high street shopping arcade from demolition.

The Kinks guitarist, who grew up in Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, called for the Grand Arcade in High Road, North Finchley to be preserved.

Built in the 1930s in the then-popular Art Deco style, the arcade is home to a range of small shops, including a jeweller’s and a photo studio.

But it could be torn down to make way for new flats and shops under regeneration proposals drawn up by Barnet Council.

Mr Davies tweeted his support for the arcade.

He said: “The Grand Arcade is definitely of historical value. We need to preserve places like this in England and in London. It’s only going to benefit the area in the long term.”

Mr Davies, who co-founded The Kinks in 1964 with brother Ray, used to buy guitar strings from a shop in the arcade as a youngster.

More than 1,100 people have signed a petition set up by North Finchley resident Ian Dunn to save the arcade and have it locally listed by the council.

Barnet Council has been approached for comment.

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Police review incident between officer and Leeds fan

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An incident involving an altercation between a Leeds United supporter and a police officer after Saturday’s game at Millwall is being reviewed by the Metropolitan Police’s directorate of professional standards.

Millwall's New Den stadium before their game against Leeds United

A video has emerged appearing to show a Leeds fan being struck in the face while police tried to maintain order as supporters left the New Den.

The Met says it is working to establish the full circumstances of what took place.

Millwall won the Championship match 2-1 and three arrests were made in total.