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Drugs raid leads to 24 arrests

Drugs seized
Metropolitan Police

Two drugs raids have led to the arrest of 24 people in south London.

Officers from the Met Police's Specialist Crime unit executed warrants at a total of 25 addresses in Lambeth and Southwark on Wednesday and yesterday.

The early-morning raids led to officers recovering a quantity of class A and B drugs, including 600 wraps of what officers believe to be cocaine and heroin, and over £10,000 at the addresses.

Nine of those who were arrested have since been charged with drug-related offences.

Det Insp Steve Crockett from Met Police, said: “Drug supply and the violence that it often causes is rightly a huge concern for communities, and tackling crime and making the streets safer for law-abiding people is a priority across the Met. “Over just two days, we have visited more than two dozen addresses, taken a number of suspects into custody and seized a large amount of drugs which was destined to be sold on London’s streets to vulnerable people, to generate criminal profits."

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Further arrest in Brixton teen murder

A second 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 18-year-old Solomon Small.

Police cordon
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Detectives continue to investigate his death on Thursday, 15 August.

Mr Small was stabbed in Corrance Road, SW2, and pronounced dead by paramedics at 14:41 BST.

A post-mortem examination on Friday gave the cause of death as an incised wound to the chest, consistent with a knife.

Meanwhile a 17-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday, 15 August has been bailed to return to court in mid-September.

Cannabis farm found in derelict hospital

Police have discovered a cannabis factory in Redbridge at an abandoned hospital.

Illegal cannabis factory
Met Police

More than 1000 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of in excess of £1m were being grown in 30 rooms within the derelict Mayesbrook Clinic at Goodmayes Lane.

Det Insp Gareth Gilbert said: “Taking such a large drug haul off the streets is a great catch for the Met.

“Violence is one of the main by-products of the illegal drug industry, so it is imperative that we continue to tackle this problem head on."

No arrests have been made.

New home prices to be linked to wages

Homes with prices linked to average local earnings could be built in Ilford town centre.

House builder
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The Salvation Army, along with Redbridge Citizens, are pushing for the local council to deliver Community Land Trust (CLT) homes as part of a new development on Clements Road.

CLT homes are seen as “genuinely affordable” as their cost is calculated by taking average earnings in the nearby area into account, with any re-sale based on a price in line with current local average incomes.

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal has made a public commitment to deliver 250 CLT homes across the borough.

John Clifton, of Ilford’s Salvation Army Corps said CLT homes are about providing people with a home, not just an asset.

Redbridge Council's 'Wall of Shame' preventing fly-tippers

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Redbridge Council’s CCTV fly-tipping campaign has caught more people on camera dumping their rubbish.

The authority launched its "Wall of Shame" CCTV campaign last year where images of people caught dumping rubbish are posted on a dedicated website.

The council’s site has had thousands of views and has led to a number of people being identified and fined for fly-tipping in the borough.

Recent images show someone dumping a mattress, suitcase and black bin bags full of waste.

The council runs a free bulky waste collection service so it says there is no need for people to dump large items illegally.

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal described fly-tippers as a "real scourge on society".

He added: "Nobody wants people dumping rubbish on our streets and we take a zero-tolerance approach to those caught breaking the law.

“I’m pleased to say the Wall of Shame is quickly becoming a potent weapon in our fightback against fly-tipping."

Severe disruption: A406 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A406 London eastbound severe disruption, at A12 Eastern Avenue.

A406 London - A406 North Circular in Redbridge partially blocked eastbound at Redbridge Roundabout, because of Abandoned Vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A114 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A114 London both ways severe disruption, from Browning Road to A1008 Blake Hall Road.

A114 London - A114 Bush Road in Redbridge closed in both directions from the Browning Road junction to the A1008 Blake Hall Road junction, because of a police investigation.

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