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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."

Japansese delegation visits Merton GP

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Tokyo delegation
Merton CCG

Merton may not be the first place you’d think an international delegation would visit but on Wednesday a party from Tokyo visited the Nelson Health Centre near Wimbledon Chase Station.

The group from the International Longevity Centre wanted to learn about how older people in Merton are supported, and find out more about providing community care for the elderly so they can remain independent for as long as possible.

Chair of Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Nelson Health Centre, Dr Andrew Murray, said: “With increasing ageing populations across the world, it is vital we collaborate to develop our future services.”

Tokyo delegation visiting Nelson Practice
Merton CCG

The group was hosted by the Health Innovation Network and Dr Carrie Chill, from the network, said they were particularly interested in social prescribing where a GP advises non-medical services in the community.

The Nelson Health Centre uses HARI (Holistic Assessment and Rapid Investigation) where a team of medical professionals including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and pharmacists support patients to keep them well, reduce falls, recover from illnesses and injuries to stay living at home and receive the care they need in the community.

The plan is set to be rolled out across the borough after a pilot this year led to a large improvement in the well-being of patients.

Severe accident: A214 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A214 London both ways severe accident, from B241 Church Lane to Franciscan Road.

A214 London - A214 Tooting Bec Road in Tooting closed and it's slow in both directions from the B241 Church Lane junction to the Franciscan Road junction, because of an accident.

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

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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
PA Media

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.

Thieves target cars across Surrey

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

There have been a spate of cars having their catalytic converters stolen, police say.

Twenty-four vehicles have been targeted since the start of August, eight in Reigate and Banstead, eight in Epsom and Ewell, seven in Tandridge and one in Mole Valey.

The converters are being stolen from Toyota Prius and Honda Jazz cars.

Severe accident: A217 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A217 London both ways severe accident, from Duntshill Road to B234 Earlsfield Road.

A217 London - A217 Garratt Lane in Earlsfield closed in both directions from the Duntshill Road junction to the B234 Earlsfield Road junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Council car parking charge hike to be 'called-in'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A decision to increase parking charges by up to 130% in Merton will be revisited after the council failed to fol low it’s own procedures.

The price hike, which has been described as discriminatory, would see parking in Wimbledon going up from£1.20 to £4.50 in some areas and permits increasing from £65 up to £150.

But there is now the possibility that this could now be overturned thanks to a ‘call-in’ by Merton’s Liberal Democrats.

At a special meeting of the council's overview and scrutiny commission this week Councillor Anthony Fairclough challenged the parking plan for ‘the failure to follow the council’s set equality assessment process’.

As part of the plan ‘equalities groups’ including people with disabilities and pregnant women had to be consulted.

But Mr Fairclough argued the council had failed to consult relevant groups enough to minimise the negative impact on them.

Chris Lee, the council's director of environment and regeneration, said groups had been contacted by email but when they did not respond it was not followed up as it should have been.