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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.

Severe disruption: A404 London both ways

BBC News Travel

A404 London both ways severe disruption, from A407 to Manor Park Road.

A404 London - A404 Craven Park Road in Harlesden closed in both directions from the A407 junction to the Manor Park Road junction, because of a fire at a building.

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Drag queen storyteller defended by council leader

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A decision to invite a drag queen to launch a summer event at local libraries has been defended by a council leader.

Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Mama G, Cllr Neil Nerva, Cllr Muhammed Butt
Brent Council

Brent Council leader, Muhammed Butt said he was “delighted” to welcome Mama G to the council to promote this year’s ‘summer reading challenge’, despite some online criticism describing it as “poor judgment” and “disrespectful”.

The panto dame and drag queen specialises in storytelling and her shows are described as suitable for families, including children aged three and above.

The performer has previously been criticised for teaching children how to ‘twerk’ – a dance involving hip-thrusting movements – at similar library events.

Mr Butt tweeted that Mama G’s performance contained “age-appropriate messages about inclusion and acceptance”.

“Panto dames have been part of British culture for over a century. It was a public event, so parents could choose whether or not to bring their child along," he added.