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Severe disruption: A106 London westbound

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A106 London westbound severe disruption, from A1205 Lauriston Road to Handley Road.

A106 London - A106 Victoria Park Road in South Hackney closed and it's very slow westbound from the A1205 Lauriston Road junction to the Handley Road junction, because of a fire at a building. Congestion to Gascoyne Communtiy Centre.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Appeal after 65-year-old man slashed in face with knife

CCTV image
Met Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they are trying to find after a 65-year-old man was slashed in the face with a knife in Hackney.

The victim had been heading home on 11 April shortly after 20:00 when he was approached from behind by a man and slashed across the face.

The victim's daughter and grandson heard the man's shouts and attempted to chase the attacker but he fled.

Police said there was noting to suggest the 65-year-old man, who required multiple stitches for the wound, and the attacker knew each other.

Det Con Robina Balal said it was "a callous and unnecessary attack on an innocent member of public" and appealed for "anyone who recognises the man in the imagery to come forward and let us know".

Walk in Shakespeare's footsteps at Shoreditch festival

Reconstruction of The Theatre
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The site of The Theatre was discovered in 2008

People will be able to walk in Shakespeare's footsteps and handle Elizabethan artefacts as part of a festival to celebrate the upcoming opening of the site of the bard's first London theatre.

Built in 1576, The Theatre was one of the first Elizabethan playhouses and an early home for Shakespeare and his company the Lord Chamberlain's Men.

Church window
BBC
The walking tours will take in the church where the bard worshiped after he moved into the City in the late 1590s

It was where some of the first performances of plays like Romeo and Juliet were held before it was dismantled and relocated south of the river in 1598 to become the Globe.

The original site was discovered in 2008 and is currently being redeveloped but when it opens in spring next year, a permanent exhibition space called the Theatre Courtyard Gallery will be included in the building to display the archaeological finds.

Tudor goblet
MOLA
A Tudor goblet was among the items found during excavations at the site

The Shake It Up! festival will feature activities including walking tours, sword fighting demonstrations, Elizabethan yoga and performances and will take place around Shoreditch on Friday and Saturday.

Site of The Theatre
BBC
The site of The Theatre is due to open spring 2020

Man dies after being hit by purple Rolls Royce

A man has died after he was struck by a purple Rolls Royce at Hyde Park Corner in the early hours of this morning.

Emergency services were called to the area at 03:15 over reports of a collision.

The 66-year-old pedestrian was found seriously injured and died soon after.

Scotland Yard said the driver of the car had stopped after the crash and there had been no arrests.

Det Con Chris May said it had happened on a "very busy section of road and I am sure there would be a number of people who witnessed the collision".

#GreaterLondoner: Rosamund Kissi-Debrah

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Rosamund Kissi-Debrah
BBC

My daughter became ill very suddenly.

She had an asthma attack, respiratory failure.

Ella was bubbly, happy, determined and clever.

But she died aged seven.

I realised I was powerless.

I wanted to find out why she became ill suddenly and why it was so severe.

We found a correlation between her hospital visits and spikes in air pollution.

But that is yet to be proved and why we’re going to the High Court with a new inquest.

I’m campaigning to raise awareness about the seriousness of asthma and the health impacts of air pollution. I’ve been everywhere from my local library to the World Health Organisation.

Two out of three deaths from asthma could be avoided.

I don’t see any victory when children continue to die.

A victory would be a decline in asthma deaths and we are so far away from that.

I never give up hope. If I thought that nothing would change then I wouldn’t get out of bed.

I will always have my down days. Ella’s birthday, the anniversary of her death.

But knowing that children could be saved keeps me going.

Why should our children continue to suffer?

What is more precious than the life of a child?

Ultimately the air just needs to be clean.

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, Lewisham

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Former Brentford striker, Junior Agogo, dies at 40

Junior Agogo
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Former Championship striker Junior Agogo has reportedly passed away, aged 40.

The Ghanaian striker suffered a stroke back in 2015 which left him debilitated just two years after retiring from playing.

According to a number of reports in Ghana, he passed away in London on Thursday morning.

He suffered a stroke in 2015 and struggled with his speech afterwards, telling a BBC Four documentary in 2017 he felt anxious about his language.

Agogo was a star of the national team and the poster boy of the 2008 African Cup of Nations hosted in Ghana.

He scored 12 goals goals in 27 caps during the height of his career between 2006 and 2009.

Agogo played 39 times for Barnet FC in the 2002/3 season, scoring 19 goals, and went on to play for Bristol Rovers and Nottingham Forest.

More support in Barking for domestic abuse victims

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Women experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence in east London will get increased specialist support from the autumn.

This week Barking and Dagenham council signed a three-year contract with charity Refuge to provide new specialist domestic and gender based violence services.

A council spokesman said the partnership will create a new service that will provide residents who are experiencing domestic abuse “with more timely access to high quality support”.

Refuge will offer a programme of peer mentors, local training, community champions and support for schools.

Rent hikes force closure of Crystal Palace indie shops

Inside Croydon

There’s growing concern among residents in Crystal Palace that their much-loved, trendy Triangle at the top of the hill, nestled between a couple of conservation areas and buzzing with characterful independent shops, bars and the inevitable cafés, is about to be stripped of its identity, thanks to the buying power of one of the world’s biggest businesses, and some greedy landlords.

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Severe accident: A105 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A105 London southbound severe accident, between Woodberry Grove and A503 Seven Sisters Road.

A105 London - A105 Green Lanes in Finsbury Park blocked and queues southbound between the Woodberry Grove junction and Manor House, because of an accident involving a car and van.

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Severe disruption: A3213 London westbound

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A3213 London westbound severe disruption, from A3214 Buckingham Palace Road to Ebury Street.

A3213 London - A3213 Eccleston Street in Victoria closed one way street from the A3214 Buckingham Palace Road junction to the Ebury Street junction, because of gas main work.

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Grazing sheep to return to Hampstead Heath after decades

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Sheep will graze freely on the rolling grasslands of Hampstead Heath for the first time in decades.

On Tuesday a small flock of five Oxford Down and Norfolk Horn sheep will be released onto the North London park for a week-long trial.

Their grazing could prove an eco-friendly way of looking after the centuries-old Heath, according to the City of London Corporation, which runs it.

“Grazing is known to play a major role in boosting species-rich wildlife habitats and reducing the use of machinery,” the Corporation said.

“Unlike mowing, grazing produces a mosaic of vegetation heights and types, improving ecological sites for species including amphibians, small mammals, invertebrates and wildflowers.”

Man charged over sexual assault

Officers investigating a serious sexual assault in Southwark have charged a man.

It took place on 6 August in Cotham Street.

William Gordon, 34, of Churchyard Row, Southwark is due to appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' court.

Another man in his 50s, arrested on Monday on suspicion of sexual assault, has been released with no further action.

Increasing violence at Pentonville Prison, inspectors warn

Violence fuelled by gangs, drugs, debt and "volatile young prisoners" has "increased markedly" at HMP Pentonville, inspectors have warned.

HMP Pentonville
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An unannounced inspection of HMP Pentonville was unsafe and plans for activities, rehabilitation and release were not good enough and drugs remained "hugely problematic", with more than a quarter (29%) testing positive during a random drug test.

In the last six months there have been 264 assaults on staff and inmates and 61 fights, compared with 196 and 65 respectively during a previous inspection.

The problems were "clear and serious" with the prison failing to meet "undoubtedly great challenges", according to the watchdog's report.

But Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said: "The relatively new governor and his senior team "appeared finally to be getting to grips with longstanding problems".

The Victorian jail's four wings - which are largely unchanged since it was built in 1842 - now hold up to 1,310 adult men, with nearly 10% being under 21.

Phil Copple, at the Prison and Probation Service, said: "We are under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge at HMP Pentonville, but I share the inspectors' confidence in this management team and fully expect to see real improvements.

London's weather: Dry, warm and sunny

BBC Weather

There should be a good deal of dry, fine and warm weather today, with sunny spells and some fair-weather cloud developing too. It will be rather warm too.

Maximum temperature: 21 to 24°C (70 to 75°F).

Severe disruption: A3211 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A3211 London both ways severe disruption, from Temple Place to A400 Northumberland Avenue.

A3211 London - A3211 Victoria Embankment in Temple closed in both directions from Temple Station to Embankment Station, because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A4 London westbound

BBC News Travel

A4 London westbound severe accident, from Constitution Hill to A302 Grosvenor Place.

A4 London - A4 Duke Of Wellington Place (Hyde Park Corner) in Belgravia closed westbound from the Constitution Hill junction to the A302 Grosvenor Place junction, because of a serious accident involving a car. Diversion in operation - 25 bus routes are being diverted.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

These Somali women are exploring their history through textiles
A British-Somali textile designer runs a weekly textile workshop to help elderly women reconnect with their heritage.

Severe accident: A4201 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A4201 London eastbound severe accident, at A40 Oxford Street.

A4201 London - A4201 Regent Street in West End blocked and queues eastbound at Oxford Circus, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A1 Hertfordshire southbound

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A1 Hertfordshire southbound severe accident, from Dyrham Park to A5135 Elstree Way Borehamwood.

A1 Hertfordshire - A1 in Borehamwood closed and queues southbound from the Dyrham Park junction to Borehamwood, because of an accident involving a motorcycle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Man charged with brandishing knife and hammer

A man accused of brandishing a knife and hammer near a Home Office building has been charged by police.

Oluwaleke Yisa, 30, of Harton Street, Deptford, south-east London, will appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court.

He faces one count of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and one of possession of a knife in a public place.

Members of the public flagged down police officers at around 12.45 yesterday after an armed man was seen near the government building in St Thomas Street, near London Bridge, apparently making threats to kill.

The building, Becket House, is an immigration service office.

The incident came days after Dominic Hornberger, 29, from Birmingham, allegedly attacked a government worker near the Home Office in Marsham Street, Westminster.

He is accused of GBH with intent and possession of a knife after a man in his 60s, who works for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, was attacked in Marsham Street in Westminster on 15 August.

Mr Hornberger was remanded in custody to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 13 September.

Pipe bomb discovery in park sees man jailed

A man has been jailed after forensic specialists identified his DNA on an improvised firearm found buried in Hampstead Heath.

Dominic Van Allen
Met Police

Dominic Van Allen, 46, of no fixed abode was jailed for five years for two counts of possessing a disguised prohibited firearm.

Blackfriars Crown Court heard how officers on patrol in the park, found a concealed encampment on 11 November in which there was a hide containing what appeared to be a pipe bomb. A bullet was also discovered in the undergrowth.

Van Allen who pleaded not guilty to the offences was found guilty on 16 August following a trial.

Acting Det Ch Sup James Harman of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command said:

“It’s not known what Van Allen’s motives for having the gun were. If not discovered by police, it could have been used in crime and seriously injured or potentially killed someone. His sentence is a reminder to anyone with a gun - improvised or otherwise - that there are severe consequences for having it."

Pipe bomb
Met Police

#GreaterLondoner: Patrick Samuel, 40

Patrick Samuel
BBC

I was vomiting in the school bathroom. It was the side effects of the medication for my autism symptoms.

I fell, hit my head on the toilet and was knocked unconscious.

That was my last day as a trainee teacher.

My carer put an A3 pad in front of me and a pencil in my hand.

He said, if you want to talk, then draw.

I drew a portrait of myself. Half my face was OK and the other half was dead and rotting.

I wrote: “Some days you just want to scream. But it’s OK because it’s not all days.”

Later on I drew a character sitting in a straitjacket in a padded room.

I thought that's where I was heading and I was afraid of that.

I was drawing all these things I couldn't talk about.

Then I thought, maybe other people can see this as well.

So I spoke at the Autism Show London and went to my first exhibition, called art for autism.

Now I paint every day.

I speak in schools, conferences and at health events.

I've designed a computer game focused on autism and improving vocabulary.

I’ve been signed by a record label and I'm releasing my second album.

When I see colours, shapes and patterns, I also hear them.

And when I hear sounds, I see them as bursts of light and colours, shapes and patterns.

I translate what I paint into music. Sound has colour.

Art gives me focus, calm, the ability to express myself, to order my thoughts.

It helps me become aware of what I'm thinking about.

If you give me a piece of paper and a pencil, I can draw what I'm hearing, what I'm feeling, what I've been dreaming about and what's bothering me.

And then I can talk about it.

I hope it’s helping show that people with autism don't have to be boxed in.

We can be the change that we want to see in the world.

Patrick Samuel, 40, Enfield

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