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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."

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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.

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.