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Shots fired into south London home

Gaywood Close,

Detectives are appealing for information after shots were fired into a house in south west London.

The outside of a residential property in Gaywood Close, Streatham, was damaged by the shooting at 01:31 BST on Wednesday.

There were no reported injuries.

Trident detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are investigating.

So far no arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

Severe accident: A3 London northbound

BBC News Travel

A3 London northbound severe accident, from London Bridge station to Eastcheap.

A3 London - A3 London Bridge closed and queues northbound from the London Bridge station junction to Monument Station, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - affecting more than 9 bus routes.

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

Severe disruption: A1211 London eastbound

BBC News Travel

A1211 London eastbound severe disruption, from Blomfield Street to Old Broad Street.

A1211 London - A1211 Wormwood Street in City Of London closed eastbound from the Blomfield Street junction to the Old Broad Street junction, because of emergency repairs. Diversion in operation - bus routes 100, N551 are diverted.

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

Man admits manslaughter over wife's arson death

Denise Michelle Keane-Barnett-Simmons
Metropolitan Police

A man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after his estranged wife died in arson attack after he allegedly spied on her with secret cameras.

Denise Michelle Keane-Barnett-Simmons, 36, died from burns and smoke inhalation in the fire at her home in Alric Avenue, Brent on 16 April.

Maureen Laigle, in her 60s, managed to escape the fire through a window.

Damien Simmons, 44, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied murder at the Old Bailey on Friday.

He also pleaded not guilty to a charge of arson with intent to endanger life and a charge of voyeurism, but admitted disclosing private and sexual photographs with intent to cause distress.

It is alleged that, before the fire, Simmons had set up covert video cameras in the marital home to spy on his wife.

Prosecutor Louise Oakley said the pleas were "not acceptable" and said the matter needs to go to trial.

Defence counsel Judy Khan QC said: "Lack of intent and diminished responsibility are being looked into."

Judge Mrs Justice McGowan set a trial date at the same court for 21 September.

Man stabbed to death in residential west London street

Clements Court

A man has been stabbed to death on a residential west London street.

The victim, believed to be in his early 30s, was found suffering from stab wounds on Clements Court, Hounslow, at about 02.45 this morning.

Despite treatment from London Ambulance Service he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed.

One person has been arrested in connection with the investigation.

A crime scene is in place around the area. Enquiries continue.

Man charged assaulting during racist attack

Clifton Road, Croydon

A man has been charged with assaulting two police officers during a racist attack in south London.

One officers was struck in the head with a baseball bat and a bottle after police responded to reports of a man making threats to residents in a property on Clifton Road, Croydon, on 21 July.

A 36-year-old has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm and making threats to kill, as well as two public order and one racially aggravated public order offences.

Two officers required hospital treatment for their injuries in relation to the incident.

Mr Lemard will appear at Croydon Magistrates' Court on 23 July.

CCTV appeal after man seriously injured in attack

Met Police

Police have released CCTV of a person they are trying to find after a man was left with a serious head injury following an attack outside a Streatham restaurant.

Officers had been called to Streatham High Road on 11 July at about 02:00 over reports of a man being assaulted outside Mikrus Restaurant.

The 42-year-old victim was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

Det Con Oliver Honeybun-Arnolda described the attack as "a very serious assault which has left a man in hospital with a significant injury".

"I would appeal to anyone with information about the incident or who recognises the man in the footage to come forward."

Met Police
Police are investigating the unlicensed music event on the Woodberry Down Estate.
One of the Met's highest ranking officers releases bodycam footage of Friday's disturbance.

Murder investigation after man stabbed in Kilburn

A murder investigation has been launched in London for the sixth time in a week after a man was stabbed to death in Kilburn last night.

The victim, believed to be aged in his 30s, suffered his injuries on Victoria Road.

He was taken to a central London hospital where he was pronounced dead at 22:57 BST.

Detectives are in the process of informing next of kin and there have been no arrests.

Victim of Maida Vale stabbing was 'caring man'

Met Police

Tributes have been paid to a "caring" and "beloved" 18-year-old who was fatally stabbed in west London.

Ahmed Yasin-Ali was found injured in Elmfield Way, Maida Vale, at around 12:30am on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police officers gave him first aid and land and air ambulance crews were called, but he died in hospital shortly after 01:00.

In a statement issued by Scotland Yard, his family said: "Our beloved son, brother and friend peacefully passed away on Wednesday morning. He was loved by all and will forever be missed.

"Caring, loving, and by far the most clean-hearted of us all. He wanted nothing but good for everyone and himself, striving hard in his school work and job to make it to university in order to provide our family with a better life."A memorial appeal launched on GoFundMe has nearly reached its £10,000 target.The family added: "Our family wants to prevent such devastating acts from happening ever again, this means that we are fully cooperating with the police and respect the law.

"The last thing we need is any retaliation or revenge.

"We as Muslims forgive those who so painfully took away our precious and beautiful son. Forever in our hearts, our neighbourhood hero."

Det Ch Insp Vicky Tunstall said: "Ahmed's family are devastated by the loss of their son and brother and we are working tirelessly to investigate the circumstances surrounding his murder.

"Ahmed was only 18 years old, had his whole life ahead of him and had aspirations to attend university, so this is a particularly tragic and wasted loss of life."

London Central Mosque stabbing: Accused refuses to leave cell

London Central Mosque

A man accused of stabbing a prayer leader with a kitchen knife at one of London's largest mosques has refused to leave his prison cell to attend court.

Raafat Maglad, 70, was left with a 0.6in (1.5cm) stab wound to his neck during the attack at London Central Mosque in Regent's Park on 20 February,

Daniel Horton, 30, who has mental health problems, has admitted carrying out the stabbing.

But on Thursday he declined to leave his cell at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London to enter a guilty plea at Southwark Crown Court.

Defence counsel Sam Blom-Cooper said his client's mental health has deteriorated and that a further report is required.

Mr Maglad, known as the muezzin - the person who makes the call to prayer - returned to the mosque for Friday prayers less than 24 hours after the incident.

The court was previously told that the victim and defendant were known to each other because Horton, who was homeless at the time, had been attending the mosque for a number of years.

Horton was further remanded in custody for a formal plea hearing on 18 September.

E-scooter trials to start in Square Mile

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Central London looks set to become one of the first places in the UK where you can legally ride a rental e-scooter on the road.

It became legal to ride a rental e-scooter on public roads, as well as pavements, on 1 July, following a change in the law.

It remains illegal to ride a privately-owned e-scooter on public roads.

But the recent legislation allowed companies and local authorities to start 12-month trial schemes, where it will be possible to rent a road-legal e-scooter.

Yesterday the City of London Corporation – the Square Mile’s local council – agreed in principle to having a rental scheme.

Alastair Moss, chair of the Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee, said: “This is a timely opportunity to look into how e-scooters can play a role in supporting a shift to sustainable travel to compliment walking, cycling and public transport options in the City.

“The safety and comfort of all who live, work and visit the Square Mile is paramount, so we will need to be satisfied by the Department for Transport and TfL’s guidance before the trials are implemented.

“Any eventual trial will be thoroughly monitored so that we are fully assured that hired e-scooters can safely play their part in making the City fully accessible with sustainable transport.”

Riders who use a rented e-scooter will need a full or provisional car, motorcycle or moped licence, must be aged at least 16 and will be urged to wear a helmet.

Only rental e-scooters will be allowed on roads, and they will be limited to 15.5mph, though local areas may choose to have lower speed limits.

Murder investigation launched after fatal Maida Hill stabbing

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was fatally stabbed in the Maida Hill area of Westminster in the early hours of this morning.

The Met said officers were called to reports of a "disturbance" on Elmfield Way at 00:30 and found a male victim suffering from a stab wound.

He was taken to a hospital in central London, but died from his injuries just over 30 minutes later.

A post-mortem is due to be held and officers are in the process of informing the victim's next of kin.

There have been no arrests, the Met added.

According to a BBC analysis of homicides in London so far in 2020 there have been 65 across the capital.

More than half have been as a result of a stabbing and eight have involved a gun.

Donnell Rhule: Second man charged over stabbing death

Donnell Rhule

A second man has been charged with the murder of a man stabbed to death in south-east London.

Donnell Rhule, 18, was found with fatal stab injuries on the Kingswood Estate in West Dulwich on 8 July.

A post-mortem examination revealed he suffered a stab wound to his chest.

Sean Robinson, 25, of Newlands Park, Sydenham, was charged with murder on Monday.

Eren Inniss, 26, of Turpington Lane, Bromley, south-east London, had previously been charged with the murder.