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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

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French firm completes Gatwick purchase

Planes
Reuters

French construction and transport concession group Vinci has completed its previously announced £2.9bn takeover of a majority stake in Gatwick airport.

The transaction was first announced last December, as Vinci took advantage of the Brexit-related UK stockmarket drop to buy a 50.01% stake in Gatwick.

"London Gatwick's integration into the Vinci Airports network is an excellent outcome for both organisations. Our synergies will lead to further tangible benefits for employees, passengers and airlines," said Vinci Airports President Nicolas Notebaert.

The deal makes Gatwick the largest airport in Vinci's network - a total of 46 airports in 12 countries - with a combined traffic of about 228 million passengers a year.

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CCTV issued over Tube 'cigarette assault'

Victim cctv still
BTP

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

Government to foot £200m bill to replace Grenfell-type cladding on private flats
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Talks to be held to avoid FA Cup Tube strike

Tube strike
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Talks are to be held in a bid to avert a strike by London Underground workers over the weekend of the FA Cup Final in a dispute over safety.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union are set to walk out for three days on 17 May, the day before the showpiece game at Wembley Stadium between Manchester City and Watford.

Thousands of fans would be hit by any disruption to Tube services.

The union has accused London Underground of cutting train preparations, inspections and maintenance which it says threatens safety - however London Underground denies the claims.

Talks between the two sides will be held at the conciliation service Acas on Friday.

The union is planning to hold a protest at City Hall next week urging London mayor Sadiq Khan to intervene.

The RMT said around 1,000 of its members, working on maintenance and other areas, are involved in the row.