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Pledge to help vulnerable children from new mayor

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Haringey's new mayor has pledged to support vulnerable children after being elected for a record-breaking fourth term.

Cllr Sheila Peacock said she was determined to make “a long-lasting difference to children’s lives for years to come” after being sworn in at Haringey’s annual council meeting last night.

The long-serving Northumberland Park councillor set a target of raising £50,000 for her chosen charities – £10,000 more than during her last term as mayor.

Cllr Peacock said her slogan for the year would be “from Haringey, for Haringey.”

She said: “I promise during my year I will do my best to work hard and continue to promote Haringey and all the good work the council does, even in difficult times.

“I am proud to stand before you, a Jewish woman joined by a Jewish deputy mayor and a Jewish deputy leader – three girls who made it good.”

The new mayor pledged to focus on children who “from no fault of their own have to contend with severe disabilities or problems”.

She said: “I am determined to make a long-lasting difference to children’s lives for years to come.

“We must help these children to grow and thrive. Every child matters.

“Let’s make the motto of this borough – ‘progress with humanity’ – an actual thing for the people in Haringey.”

Man 'critically injured' after Mitcham stabbing

A man is in hospital with life threatening injuries after a stabbing in Mitcham this afternoon, the Met Police has confirmed.

Officers were called to Lammas Avenue at 12:00 BST to reports of two males fighting - one of the men suffered injuries to his leg and arm.

The Met say a Section 60 order has been put in place throughout different parts of Mitcham while initial investigations are being carried out.

There have been no arrests as yet.

Arrested teen girl 'hit with baton and Tasered'

The Metropolitan Police is being investigated over "the level of force" used to detain a teenage girl in Newham who was hit with a baton and Tasered.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) became aware of the incident which happened on 8 May at about 19:20 on Roman Road.

IOPC's Sal Naseem said: "Having reviewed the complaint and viewed body worn video footage of the incident we decided that this matter requires an independent investigation.

"It is important for everyone involved that we understand the circumstances surrounding this incident."

The Met Police said it made the referral to the IOPC.

Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium

Tottenham have "grave concerns" over whether Uefa acted strongly enough after their fans reported being attacked by Barcelona stewards at a Champions League match.

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Severe accident: A10 London southbound

BBC News Travel

A10 London southbound severe accident, at Forest Gardens.

A10 London - A10 Bruce Grove in Tottenham blocked and slow traffic southbound at the Forest Gardens junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A10 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A10 London both ways severe accident, from A1010 High Road to St Loys Road.

A10 London - A10 High Road in Tottenham closed and queuing traffic in both directions from Bruce Grove to the St Loys Road junction, because of an accident.

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

EasyJet chief defends Champions League final flight costs

Johan Lundgren
TIM ANDERSON / EASYJET

EasyJet's chief executive, Johan Lundgren, has defended his airline's high ticket prices to fly to Madrid for the Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool on 1 June.

Football fans complained to BBC Radio 5 live that flights around that date cost £1,000 instead of £250 normally.

But Mr Lundgren said the price was higher than average because there had been an "enormous" surge in demand.

"That is actually how the system works," he said.

Battersea baseball bat murder sentencing delayed

Ian Tomlin
Met Police

The sentencing of two men convicted of the murder a man who was beaten to death and stabbed outside his home in Battersea, has been delayed.

Ian Tomlin, 46, was attacked inside the communal area of his block of flats in October by Gary Beech, 48, and Michael Swan, 45.

Mr Tomlin (pictured) was struck so hard the bat "split", the Old Bailey heard during the trial.

Beech, of Cromwell House, and Swan, from Wandsworth, were due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey today - however Swan has requested a new barrister to represent him.

Judge Rebecca Poulet told the defendant that he would be expected to represent himself if he could not arrange a new lawyer within the next two weeks.

The judge told Mr Tomlin’s family how sorry she was the sentencing could not proceed today.

Beech, of Charlotte Despard Avenue, and Swan, of Enterprise Way, are due to be sentenced on 31 May.

Thanksgiving service to mark 100 years of women in the Met

Women
Met Police

Thousands of serving and retired police officers, police staff, their families and friends will gather at Westminster Abbey today for a special service of thanksgiving to mark 100 years of women police officers in the Met.

This event echoes the service of 100 years ago held at the Abbey to honour the fallen police officers of the First World War.

That service, on 17 May 1919, was the first occasion where female Met officers wore their uniforms in public.

One hundred years ago today, on 17 May 1919, Met Police women appeared in public for the first time at a special service at Westminster Abbey held to honour the losses of officers in the first world war. A century on, in 2019, I am delighted that Westminster Abbey will once again host a unique service and welcome on this occasion not just a handful, but thousands of Met police women, who will represent even more of their colleagues."

Cressida DickMet Commissioner