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Baptista Adjei stabbing: Second murder charge over Stratford killing

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Baptista Adjei lived in North Woolwich but was stabbed to death near the Stratford Shopping Centre

A 15-year-old has been charged with conspiring to murder a schoolboy who was stabbed to death in the street.

Baptista Adjei, also 15, from North Woolwich, was attacked on Stratford Broadway, east London, on 10 October.

Police have charged another 15-year-old boy with murder, GBH and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon.

The latest suspect will appear at Stratford Youth Court later, Scotland Yard said.

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Finsbury Park flood: Families stay in temporary housing

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Some 50 households had to stay in emergency accommodation overnight after a burst water main flooded homes in north London.

About 250 properties including two schools were affected after a 36-inch (91cm) water pipe fractured in Finsbury Park before 08:00 BST on Tuesday.

One man was rescued from a basement while others had to be led to safety.

Thames Water said a temporary fix had been put in place and all flood water had been pumped away.

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Parkwood Primary school has reopened after being shut as a result of the flood

The water main burst at the junction of Queens Drive and Princess Crescent causing an area measuring about 600m x 200m (1,900ft x 650ft) to be flooded to a depth of about 1m (3ft).

About 12 fire engines and 80 firefighters were deployed to help rescue people and pump water away, while postcode areas N1, N4, N5, N7 and N19 were left with no water or low water pressure.

Tanja Schnitzer, who lives in a basement flat on Queens Drive, said rooms in the property had filled up with water “within half an hour from floor to ceiling”.

“It’s devastating. We’ve pretty much lost everything,” she said.

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Residents of a basement flat escaped with their possession to the top floor of their property

Water supplies for most properties in the area have been restored but Thames Water said air locks in the system meant some residents were still experiencing problems.

A spokesman for the firm said bottled water and plumbers were on standby in case of issues while engineers would finish fixing the mains during the day.

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Thames Water said engineers would work throughout the day to repair the broken mains pipe

Woodberry Down Primary School remains shut but Parkwood Primary School has reopened.

Queens Drive, between Brownswood Road and Seven Sisters Road, has been closed to traffic.

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Banksy opens ‘pop-up’ shop in Croydon

Banksy has opened a “pop-up” shop in south London featuring the stab vest he designed for Stormzy’s headline act at the Glastonbury Festival.

A Tony the Tiger rug and a cradle surrounded by CCTV cameras are also on show as part of the venture, at a disused retail outlet in Croydon.

“I’m opening a shop today,” the artist said on Instagram. “Although the doors don’t actually open.”

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Hillingdon Tube stabbing: Tashan Daniel ‘was going to Arsenal match’

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Emergency services were called to Hillingdon Underground station at shortly before 16:00 BST

A man stabbed to death at a London Underground station was an Arsenal fan on his way to a match, the BBC has been told.

Tashan Daniel, 20, was killed in an “unprovoked attack” on the platform at Hillingdon station on Tuesday.

He had been heading to the Emirates Stadium to see the Gunners face Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Carabao Cup, a source said.

It is the third murder investigation on the Tube network this year.

No arrests have been made over the attack, which Det Supt Gary Richardson described as “a shocking act of violence”.

He said the British Transport Police (BTP) investigation was in its “early stages”.

“We believe a group of young men were involved in an altercation on the platform before one of the men received a fatal stab wound,” he said.

Police and paramedics were called to the station in west London at 15:57 BST.

An air ambulance was also sent to Hillingdon, but Mr Daniel was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The man was pronounced dead at the scene at Hillingdon station

Danielle Foster, who was driving past Hillingdon station at the time of the stabbing, said upon “hearing so many sirens, I knew something terrible had happened”.

“Lots of people were being turned away from the station as it had been closed,” she said, adding: “Then the police helicopter began circling the scene.”

Hillingdon station was closed by Transport for London (TfL) while police searched the area.

The station was closed for the rest of Tuesday evening and reopened at 05:45 this morning.

So far in 2019 more than 100 murder investigations have been launched across London by the Metropolitan Police and BTP.

The other two murder investigations carried out by BTP happened after killings at Queensbury Tube station in March and Elephant and Castle Tube station at the start of this month.

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England weather: Heavy rain causes floods and travel chaos

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A road has flooded in the Longbridge area of Birmingham

Heavy rain is causing travel problems and flash flooding across England.

Three flood warnings and 29 flood alerts have been put in place by the Environment Agency.

The Met Office has a yellow rain warning covering most of the country in force until 23:00 BST.

Floods have been reported on roads in Southampton, Birmingham and Liverpool, while Transport for London (TfL) said a number of roads across the capital were also affected by flooding.

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Flooding has also hit roads in Southampton

A flood warning is in place in Crawley for the Ifield Brook and River Mole at Ifield and the River Mole at Lowfield Heath.

Flooding is also expected on the upper Frome between Maiden Newton and Dorchester in Dorset.

National Rail has warned of major disruption between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stourbridge until about noon because of a tree blocking the line earlier.

Southampton City Centre has seen problems with several cars having broken down in water on Millbrook Road West.

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The flooding in Southampton caused major problems for commuters

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The torrential downpours saturated pedestrians in Birmingham city centre

Motorists have also been advised to avoid the road between Waterhouse Lane and Paynes Road.

Roads have flooded in the Longbridge area of Birmingham, while Mersey Fire and Rescue Service reported vehicles trapped in floodwater in the Queens Drive and West Derby area of Liverpool.

A service spokesman urged drivers to “please take extra care”, adding: “Slow down, increase your distances, switch your lights on and please don’t drive into floodwater.”

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A road has been partially flooded at Colnbrook in West London

About 2in (49.6mm) of rain fell in the six hours before 09:00 at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, according to the Met Office.

Spokesman Grahame Madge said it was a “significant” amount of rain.

He said the band of rain was “transient” and, having started in the South West, has moved to the Midlands before hitting the North later in the day.

He said some other areas could expect to see the same amount of rain as Boscombe Down.

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Roads were also affected in Liverpool



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London Car Free Day: Tower Bridge shuts for mass yoga session

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Tower Bridge was closed for the mass yoga session at 07:00

Downward dogs and yoga mats have replaced cars and buses on London’s Tower Bridge as part of Car Free Day.

The mass yoga session was one of a number of activities taking place in the capital as more than 16 miles (27 km) of streets were shut.

Bank junction has been turned into a festival space while children will race go-karts in the Square Mile.

The closures will be in place until 19:00 BST with roads elsewhere expected to be busy as a result.

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Organisers hope more than 150,000 people will take part in events during the day

Tower and London Bridge were shut at 07:00 along with streets in parts of the City, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.

Among the other activities taking place are a hedge maze in Cheapside and classic cycle rides on Tower Bridge.

Organisers hope more than 150,000 people will join the event which has been named Reimagine.

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Away from the centre, 15 boroughs will be running their own Car Free Day celebrations and more than 340 “play streets” – safe spaces for local people to socialise and play – have been approved some 24 boroughs.

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan said the day was about “demonstrating our commitment to cleaning up our toxic air and experiencing a greener way of living”.

Transport for London has warned that those who do take to the roads should expect “significant delays”.

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Climate Strike: Protests expected across UK

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Teenage campaigner Greta Thunberg – who inspired the protests – sailed to the US ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York next week

Protests are expected across the UK, with pupils leaving schools and workers downing tools in a bid to urge more government action on climate change.

It’s part of a global “climate strike” day, which started in Australia earlier, where organisers said around 300,000 people took part.

They are urging “climate justice” and “an end to the age of fossil fuels”.

Energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng said their voices were being heard but did not “endorse children leaving school”.

It follows earlier school strikes inspired by activist Greta Thunberg.

The teenager, from Sweden, has described the turnout in Australia earlier as “incredible”.

She is set to join a later rally planned in New York, where world leaders will meet at the UN next week to discuss climate change.

Extinction Rebellion, which organised its own climate and environment protests in the UK earlier this year, said it stood “in solidarity” with those taking part.

It added that its members were joining the strikes and holding their own events, including a choir and “kids’ space” in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, and outside King’s College London.

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Students gather for a protest against climate change in Nicosia, Cyprus

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will address the UK Student Climate Network’s Global Climate Strike in Westminster at about 13:15pm.

Mr Kwarteng told BBC Breakfast protesters’ voices were “being heard” but insisted the time spent in school was “incredibly important”.

He added: “What I do support is their energy, their creativity, and the fact that they have completely mastered these issues and take them very seriously.”

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Hampton Hill ‘explosion’: Residents evacuated after building fire

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The London Fire Brigade evacuated 30 residents after a building on High Street in Hampton Hill caught fire

About 30 residents have been evacuated and part of a building has been destroyed following a suspected explosion.

London Fire Brigade said it was called to a fire after the suspected blast on High Street in Hampton Hill, south-west London, on Tuesday night.

On social media, one witness described hearing a “boom” before the blaze. No was injured.

Road closures remain in place at the scene, Richmond Council said.



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Sir Rod Stewart says he’s ‘in the clear’ after cancer diagnosis

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Sir Rod Stewart has been given the all-clear after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The rock legend made the revelation at a fundraising event on Saturday.

“No-one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody. I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests,” he said, according to The Mirror.

The 74-year-old was speaking at an event for the Prostate Project and golf’s European Tour Foundation.

He joked to wife Penny Lancaster that he was going to use the evening to “come out”, adding: “It’s not what you think. Two years ago I was ­diagnosed with prostate cancer.”

He said: “If you’re positive, and you work through it and you keep a smile on your face… I’ve worked for two years and I’ve just been happy, and the good Lord looked after me.”

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He urged men to get checked, adding: “Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor.”

He was speaking alongside former Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood, who has previously been treated for lung cancer. “Somebody up there likes us, Rod,” he said, the paper reported.

More than 11,000 men die from prostate cancer in the UK every year. The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis, and is found only in men.

Sir Rod’s announcement comes as stars including Stephen Fry, former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull and Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent join a Prostate Cancer UK campaign titled Men, We Are With You.

Fry revealed in February 2018 that he was recovering after having surgery. In a video for Prostate Cancer UK, he said: “My prostate cancer was thankfully caught in the nick of time. But it shouldn’t be down to luck. A more accurate test and, in turn, a national screening programme would give men the best possible chance.”

The coverage of Fry and Turnbull’s treatments led to an increase in men getting checked, the head of the NHS revealed last year.

Prostate Project trustee Tim Sharp said: “When these high profile celebrities talk about it, it makes a huge difference.

“What we say to men between 50 and 70 is you should go and get yourself checked whether you have any symptoms or not. One of the key problems with prostate cancer in its early stages is it is largely symptomless.

“If every single man between 50 and 70 went to see their doctor, we would see the number of deaths reduced dramatically.”

What are the symptoms?

There can be few symptoms of prostate cancer in the early stages, and because of its location most symptoms are linked to urination:

  • needing to urinate more often, especially at night
  • needing to run to the toilet
  • difficulty in starting to urinate
  • weak urine flow or taking a long time while urinating
  • feeling your bladder has not emptied fully

Men with male relatives who have had prostate cancer, black men and men over 50 are at higher risk of getting the disease.

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Edgware Road stabbing: Two charged with Josiph Beker murder

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Josiph Beker died from a stab wound to the chest

Two teenagers have been charged with murdering another boy who was stabbed in central London.

The two 16-year-olds have been charged with attacking Josiph Beker, 17.

The Met Police said officers were called to Edgware Road, near to the junction of Church Street, at 13:54 BST on Tuesday.

There officers found Josiph, who was also known as Yousef, had been stabbed in the chest. He was taken to hospital but died at about 19:30 BST.

The 16-year-olds will appear before Highbury Corner Magistrates Court.

An 18-year-old was also arrested in connection with Josif’s murder but he has been bailed pending further inquiries.

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