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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.

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.

Severe disruption: A3211 London eastbound

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A3211 London eastbound severe disruption, from Blackfriars Bridge to Just after Southwark Bridge.

A3211 London - A3211 Upper Thames Street in Blackfriars closed and queuing traffic eastbound from the Blackfriars Bridge junction to the Just after Southwark Bridge junction, because of emergency repairs. Congestion to Northumberland Avenue.

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Sadiq Khan on running London
We joined the mayor on his morning commute to ask him about how he feels he has done so far running London.

CCTV issued over Tube 'cigarette assault'

Victim cctv still

Detectives investigating an assault at a Tube station, which left a man suffering from head and neck injuries, have released an image of a man they want to speak with.

At around 04:30 BST on 27 April, a man is reported to have been attacked by two men and a woman after refusing to hand them a cigarette.

The victim, a man in his 20s, suffered cuts to his head and neck, and a black eye.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray following the attack.

He has since been released while officers carry out further enquiries.

Officers are now releasing images of another man who they would like to speak to

Severe disruption: A3211 London westbound

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A3211 London westbound severe disruption, at Fish Street Hill.

A3211 London - A3211 Lower Thames Street in Monument blocked and slow traffic westbound at the Fish Street Hill junction, because of a police incident.

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Appeal after woman sexually assaulted near Aldgate

CCTV image
City of London Police

Police have released an image of a man they are trying to find after a woman was sexually assaulted near Aldgate.

City of London Police said the "incredibly distressing" attack took place on 19 April at about 02:00.

Det Insp Anna Rice said investigators believe the woman had been targeted at random.

"It is important we apprehend the individual responsible for this attack as soon as possible before they commit another offence," she said.

Crossrail delay pushes park refurbishment over budget

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Finsbury Circus park
Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans to transform the City of London’s oldest park have run nearly £900,000 over budget and were postponed because of delays to finishing Crossrail.

Finsbury Circus Gardens – nestled inside a circle of listed Georgian office buildings – has since 2012 been the location for a 40-metre shaft used by workers to access Crossrail tunnels.

City of London Corporation bosses also expect Crossrail to pay out £4.1m in compensation because of the knock-on effect the delay has caused.

The Corporation hopes to re-landscape the gardens and build a two-storey pavilion with a roof terrace, once crisis-hit Crossrail has finished on the site.

They were originally expected to leave the 17th Century Gardens, near Liverpool Street Station, in September last year but the Corporation has now pinned its hopes that Crossrail workers will be gone by October 2019, and that on-site work can start by March 2020.

A Corporation report said the massive delays to Crossrail have caused the Finsbury Circus project’s costs to overrun by £896,700, taking its total cost to £6.17m.

At a Projects Committee meeting on Wednesday, chairman Keith Bottomly said: “Crossrail has got to stump up its £4.1 million or more.”

Fears were also raised that the companies occupying the Circus buildings would be angered if the gardens need to be dug up again — after Crossrail finishes restoring it.

Councillor Karina Dostalova said: “I just wanted to flag the reputational risk. It’s an area where we have a lot of banks and some very high-end hotels. It’s been a development area under construction for so long that there’s a huge reputation risk if we delay it much further.”

The stations in central London for the 26-mile line may not open until 2021, nearly three years behind the original schedule.

The Finsbury Circus project also ran into trouble because the company tasked with designing the new park was sacked last year after producing a “disappointing” early draft.

Committee members decided they will look again next month to decide whether to allocate small amounts of the Corporation’s own funding to the project, which may eventually be finished by April 2021.

A spokesperson for Transport for London, which is overseeing Crossrail, said: “Compensation for use of Finsbury Circus and disruption caused by Crossrail construction at that location will be determined by the Compensation Code.

"This is a legal process and we will make no further comment.”

Girls in gangs 'failed by authorities'

Victoria Derbyshire

Girls 'carrying weapons for boyfriends'

Girls involved in gang crime are being overlooked and failed by the authorities, the children's commissioner for England has said.

Half of children involved with gangs are girls and they "desperately need help to get out", Anne Longfield said.

They are often used to carry knives or drugs because they are less likely to be stopped by police, she told the BBC.

The Local Government Association said "limited funding" meant councils had to prioritise those at immediate risk.

But the Metropolitan Police Service's gangs matrix database lists 3,000 male gang members known to the authorities in London and just 18 female gang members.

And London's deputy mayor for policing, Sophie Linden, said a lot of girls were going "under the radar".

Five stabbings in London in seven hours

Morden Road crime scene
Mark Gale
Police closed off Morden Road after a 17-year-old boy was hurt

The fatal stabbing in Harlesden last night was one of five knife attacks across the capital within seven hours.

The first happened at about 15:00 in Camomile Way, West Drayton. A man was found with multiple stab wounds but his condition is not life-threatening, police said.

Seven people have been arrested for offences including GBH, assisting an offender and possession of firearms.

At about 18:30, officers were called to reports of two men fighting in Preston Road, Wembley.

They found a 28-year-old man with stab wounds. He has been taken to hospital and is in a life-threatening condition.

There have been no arrests, police said.

At about 22:00, two 17-year-old boys were hurt in separate stabbings in Mitcham.

Police and paramedics found the boys in Tamworth Lane and Morden Road.

Neither victim's injuries are thought to be life-threatening and no-one has been arrested.

Moment knife man Alex Traykov attacks Met officers
Alex Traykov will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 10 May for wounding four PCs.

I want leave behind a life in gangs but who is there to help?

Jay wants to leave behind a life in gangs but who is there to help?

He meets the Newham's borough commander, Policing Minister Nick Hurd and a former gang member from Glasgow.

Severe disruption: London both ways

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London both ways severe disruption, around Bank Junction.

London - Delays on Roads in City Of London around the Bank Junction, because of a demonstration.

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