Six Queen's swans and cygnets found stabbed and beheaded in London parks
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The swans were found dead next to the water in the past few weeks. PA Archive/PA Images
A probe has been launched after six swans and cygnets were found stabbed and beheaded in south London parks.
The RSPCA has set up 24-hour patrols at parks in Thamesmead after a string of horrifying discoveries in recent weeks.
Last month two mute swans were found killed and beheaded in Birchmere Park and another swan was found mutilated next to Southmere Lake.
Three cygnets, or baby swans, and a Canada goose have also been killed, park wardens said.
“It’s really concerning because the birds seem to have been stabbed and then beheaded with their bodies left beside the water,” said RSPCA inspector Nick Wheelhouse.
The RSPCA made the grisly discovery at Southmere Lake. (RSPCA)
“While it’s a serious animal welfare concern it’s also really upsetting for any of the park users who make the grisly find.”
It is illegal to kill mute swans, which are protected and under the Queen’s royal prerogative.
Anyone caught deliberately trying to injure a wild bird, or kill or take it without a licence, can face up to six months in prison and/or a fine of up to £5,000 if found guilty under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
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Attacks on birds in London are not unprecedented. In February, 12 swans were shot on the banks of the River Thames in Windsor while last year a man killed a duck by wringing its neck in Richmond.
Inspector Wheelhouse is appealing for any information to contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 9018 and leave a message for him.
He said: “Peabody Neighbourhood wardens are now patrolling the area. And locals are so concerned about the birds that they’ve set up a patrol group to protect them, with various volunteers patrolling the area at night.
“They are also arranging for warning notices to be placed around the parks and police have been made aware and have stepped up patrols.”
Man, 21, stabbed to death in Edmonton street
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The man was found with a stab wound in Strimon Close, near Lema Crescent in Edmonton
A man has been stabbed to death in a north London street.
The 21 year old was found with a stab wound in Strimon Close, near Lema Crescent in Edmonton, just before 18:30 GMT on Saturday.
He was taken to hospital by paramedics but was pronounced dead soon after. His family have been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place.
Scotland Yard is treating the case as murder. No arrests have been made and door-to-door inquiries continue.
NO-GO ZONE London is the acid capital of the world and has areas where drivers won’t work because there are so many attacks
Stephen Timms told MPs London has more acid attacks than any other city
By Hugo Gye
20th December 2017, 6:32 pm Updated: 20th December 2017, 7:14 pm
PARTS of London are now "no-go areas" because of the acid attack epidemic, the House of Commons heard today.
A crusading MP warned the capital has more attacks per head of population than any other city in the world.
Parts of London are now no-go zones because of an epidemic of acid attacks
And swathes of London are avoided by delivery drivers because they have become so dangerous.
Labour MP Stephen Timms, who has long campaigned for an acid attack clampdown, made the claims during a parliamentary debate today.
He said: "I've had a number of discussions with representatives of moped delivery drivers and they say there are now parts London where their drivers are not willing to go because of the danger of attack.
"I think all of us would regard it as unacceptable that there are no go areas in parts of London and parts of the UK.
MP Stephen Timms called for a fresh crackdown on the acid thugs
"I think it is require some significant action to deal with the problem."
Mr Timms revealed that in his East London constituency, shops have signed up to a voluntary scheme agreeing not to sell acid to under-21s.
He added: "I think the Home Secretary suggested that people could not be sold acid under 18.
"I think there is quite a strong case for making that 21, rather than 18."
Another MP said acid attack thugs should be charged with attempted murder in a bid to curb the devastating crime.
Jim Shannon of the DUP said: "We need to change the legislation and need to represent those people who are recipients of attack.
"I sincerely urge that the Government takes all of this into consideration and brings attacks on par with knife violence crimes and ensures that the sentence fits the crime, which leaves a life destroyed."
Today's debate came after the ex-boyfriend of a reality star was jailed for 20 years over an acid attack on a London nightclub.
Drug dealer Arthur Collins left 14 people injured when he targeted a gang rival in April.
Amber Rudd vowed to crack down on acid attacks after this year's spate of crime - saying she would make it illegal to carry acid in public without a good reason, and ban its sale to children.
Man stabbed in chest in front of horrified Christmas shoppers in Muswell Hill
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Police at the scene of the stabbing in Muswell Hill
Christmas shoppers watched in horror as an armed gang chased a man through a busy high street before stabbing him in the chest.
The white male in his thirties was knifed in Muswell Hill Broadway at 4.30pm yesterday.
Witnesses said he was chased by about 15 youths. One was using a chair from a café as a weapon while another was wielding a belt.
The victim was treated on the pavement outside Carluccio’s by paramedics from London’s Air Ambulance before being taken to hospital.
A bystander said: “He was just sat on the floor in a state of total shock. His friend was talking to the police saying he didn’t know why they attacked him.”
The man’s injuries were said to be non life-threatening.
There have been no arrests and police enquiries continue.
Battersea stabbings: Teenager fighting for life after triple stabbing in south-west London
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A teenager has been left fighting for life and two others were injured after a triple stabbing in south-west London.
A boy, thought to be 16, was left with life-threatening injuries after the incident in Battersea on Wednesday night.
Another two men, both 18, were also injured.
Police said they were called at about 9.35pm, and that all three were believed to have been involved in the same altercation in Francis Chichester Way on the Doddington Estate.
The three have all been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
One of the 18-year-olds was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a class B drug.
Police asked anyone with information about the incident to call them on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Woman 'stabbed at Aldi supermarket in front of Christmas shoppers' as man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder
The woman has been left seriously injured after the incident at the store in Skipton, North Yorkshire, this afternoon, police say
16:40, 21 DEC 2017Updated16:54, 21 DEC 2017
A woman has been left seriously injured after being stabbed at an Aldi supermarket in front of Christmas shoppers, police say.
Officers have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder after the woman was allegedly knifed at the North Yorkshire store.
Emergency services were called to the supermarket in Keighley Road, Skipton, at 3.27pm today, according to North Yorkshire Police.
The suspect, who is aged in his 40s and has not been identified, was initially detained by staff before being arrested by police.
He has been taken into custody for questioning.
The woman, who is believed to be aged in her early 30s, is receiving treatment for serious injuries, the force said in a statement.
A police scene guard is in place at Aldi while enquiries continue.
Witnesses or anyone with information that could assist the investigation are urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room.
Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Police have asked people to quote reference number NYP-21122017-0274 when providing details about the incident.
SHOOTING DRAMA Man shot in the head outside Primark in front of horrified shoppers in busy town centre
The man, who's in his 20s, has been left with a non-life threatening head injury
By Nicola Stow
21st December 2017, 5:30 pm Updated: 21st December 2017, 8:07 pm
A MAN was shot in the head in front of horrified Christmas shoppers in Southport town centre today.
The victim, in his 20s, miraculously escaped with a non-life threatening injury, while a bus driver was also hurt.
Witnesses told of hearing a "massive bang", according to The Mirror.
A chip shop worker said: "I thought someone’s tyres had blown out.
"Then I saw someone running down the street, I have never seen someone run so quickly. It is horrendous."
Another witness who heard the shooting said: "Scary stuff, I just rushed the kids away and back home.
"The guy who got shot was sitting up and conscious so fingers-crossed he’s okay."
A third witness reported seeing the suspect hiding the gun inside his jacket as he fled.
Police were called after reports of a gunshot in the area of Eastbank Street in the Merseyside town.
Shops closed their doors amid chaotic scenes in the North West shopping hub.
Police officer dismissed for stealing money from an Upminster festival
PUBLISHED: 13:22 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:38 22 December 2017
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A special constable has been dismissed from the Met for stealing money from an Upminster festival.
Special Constable Kenneth Anumnne faced a gross misconduct hearing on yesterday (December 21) to answer allegations that his conduct breached the Met’s standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct.
The Chair heard that, while working as bar staff at a festival in Upminster, the Special Constable Anumnne was caught stealing £30 cash on Sunday, May 28.
He was arrested and admitted to the offence in an interview.
SPC Anumnne accepted a caution for this offence on Monday, 29 May.
The Chair having considered all of the evidence found gross misconduct proven.
The officer was dismissed without notice.
Moped crooks jailed for total of 110 years after £1.2m crime spree across London
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Ten moped robbers who armed themselves with hammers, knives and guns in £1.2 million worth of phone shop raids across London have been jailed for a total of 110 years.
Over seven months, the men broke their way into stores using portable angle grinders and fencing blocks used as makeshift battering rams, which were left as a calling card.
Wearing motorcycle helmets and dark clothing, they ransacked the stockrooms of 17 shops, sweeping high-end iPhone and Samsung handsets into tonne bags.
The raids were over in minutes and they made their getaway on mopeds and scooters, in the mistaken belief that discarding their helmets would halt any police chase.
Moped crimes: The men pleaded guilty or were convicted (Metropolitan Police)
All but one of the raids, which happened between May 1 and November 27 last year, were carried out on shops run by mobile phone company Three.
They cost the firm costing the firm an estimated £1.2 million in lost stock, damage, increased security and the closing of a branch targeted four times.
Courtney White, 23, Mominur Rahman, 22, Mohammed Hussain, 24, Chang Mabiala, 22, Mohammed Ali, 24, Chris Costi, 19, Bobby Kennedy, 22, Alfie Kennedy, 21, Adam Attalah, 21, and Dylan Castano Lopez, 20, were all either convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, conspiracy to commit burglary.
A still image taken from CCTV footage of one of the raids
Judge Michael Simon jailed the gang for a total of 110 years and one month at Blackfriars Crown Court, describing them as "young in chronological age, but old in criminality".
"The attacks were highly organised and meticulously planned," he said.
"Nothing and no one was allowed to stand in the way of this gang's intentions."
A map of where the crimes were committed
Three security guards were beaten and one witness was threatened with a firearm during the spree.
One attack, captured on CCTV, drew gasps from the jury when it was played in court, the judge said, adding: "There can be no doubt their experience at the hands of this gang was terrifying and traumatic."
The court heard Three attached GPS tracking devices to some phones in their stores, which were tracked when they were stolen by the gang.
The weapons used by the moped thieves
The judge praised the work of detectives from the Metropolitan Police, who "meticulously" pieced the case together from many strands.
He added: "This case understandably generated not insignificant press interest.
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"This is not surprising given the number of features - gangs, mopeds, knife crime, to name but a few – that are so uppermost in the minds of those who live in London and elsewhere, who are consistently bombarded with more news of crimes committed with some or all of those features."
White, from Wood Green, was jailed for 18 years, with a two-year extended licence period; Rahman, from Camden, was jailed for 12 and a half years; Hussain, 24, from Hackney, was jailed for 10 years; Mabiala, from Islington, was jailed for eight and a half years; Ali, from Hackney, was jailed for seven years and one month; Costi, from Hackney, was jailed for eight and a half years; Bobby Kennedy, from Islington, was jailed for 11 and a half years; Alfie Kennedy, from Shoreditch, was jailed for 13 years and one month; Attalah, of no fixed address, was jailed for 10 years and 10 months; and Lopez, from Camberwell, was jailed for 10 years and one month.
Man, 20, is stabbed during massive brawl between half naked thugs in city centre
Footage of the fight showed dozens of people in the street with punches thrown and drivers having to veer past to avoid knocking them down
By Jane Tyler
11:02, 24 DEC 2017Updated12:11, 24 DEC 2017
A man was stabbed after a mass brawl erupted outside a nightclub in a big Mad Friday bust-up.
Footage of the Walsall town centre fight showed dozens of people in the street with punches thrown and drivers having to veer past to avoid knocking them down.
A 20-year-old man was stabbed after the violence flared in Bradford Place just after 5am on Saturday.
The victim was treated at the scene before he was rushed to hospital, the Birmingham Mail reports.
West Midlands Police said his wounds were serious but not life-threatening.
The incident happened in the early hours after Mad Friday (Image: Birmingham Mail WS)
A huge mob was out on the streets as punches were thrown (Image: Birmingham Mail WS)
Footage of the fight showed crowds out in the city centre (Image: Birmingham Mail WS)
The footage showed dozens of people in the street and drivers having to veer past to avoid knocking them down.
Sources told the Birmingham Mail the problems began when someone was ejected from a club.
It happened as thousands of revellers across the country partied on so-called ‘Mad Friday’ – the last working day before Christmas.
Bradford Place, which has the war memorial and is the main bus point in the town, was closed to traffic until 11am on Saturday.
'Irate' shoppers queue in East Dulwich street after Marks and Spencer store targeted in gunpoint robbery on Christmas Eve
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Festive fury: M&S Foodhall in East Dulwich was targeted in gunpoint robbery on Christmas Eve William Skidelsky / Twitter
Masked robbers launched a gunpoint robbery on a Marks and Spencer store in a leafy south London high street on Christmas Eve, police said.
Met officers rushed to the M&S Foodhall, in East Dulwich, shortly before 9am today to reports of an armed robbery.
A spokeswoman said two black males, aged in their 30s, raided the shop, on Lordship Lane, with their faces covered.
One of the men was carrying a handgun, police said.
The suspects are reported to have fled carrying bags of cash.
“At this early stage there is no indication of the amount of cash stolen,” the spokeswoman added.
Pictures posted on social media showed a police cordon outside the shop on the busy high street.
According to witnesses “irate” shoppers queued in the street waiting for the store to reopen so they could pick up last minute Christmas shopping.
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William Skidelsky wrote on Twitter: “Irate Xmas shoppers now angry that store not open, which seems a bit much.”
However, according to police in Lambeth, the store adhered to its usual Sunday opening hours.
A spokeswoman for M&S said: "All our colleagues are safe and we are supporting the police with their investigations."
No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.
BREAKING: Man dies in Christmas Eve attack in Middlesbrough in front of horrified diners
A 41-year-old, who was stabbed in a restaurant on Christmas Eve, has died, police have said.
PUBLISHED: 12:57, Mon, Dec 25, 2017 | UPDATED: 13:28, Mon, Dec 25, 2017
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Mazhar Ali, from Stockton, Teesside, was attacked in the Manjaros restaurant on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, and died in hospital on Christmas Day.
Cleveland Police said a 20-year-old man was in police custody in relation to the attack.
Mr Ali had been treated in the James Cook University Hospital and he was said to have been in a critical condition after the 3.40pm incident.
The premises will not be open for the next few days, the force said.
Manjaros serves a fusion of African and Caribbean food and was due to feed homeless people on Christmas Day.
According to reports, customers were urgently asked to leave the restaurant midway through their meals.
Police cordoned off an alleyway behind the premises.
The 26-year-old victim was attacked as she walked home along Marsh Wall, near South Quay station.
A woman was sprayed in the face with a "strong acid solution", leaving her with life-changing injuries, police have said.
The 26-year-old was attacked as she walked home along Marsh Wall, near South Quay station, at about 19:00 GMT Wednesday, Scotland Yard said.
She is being treated for burn injuries to her leg and face.
Tests confirmed the substance was a strong acid solution, police said. No arrests have been made.
The woman did not see her attacker, and police are checking CCTV in an effort to identify the suspect.
Finsbury Park murder victim named as Iuliana Tudos
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A woman was murdered in a public park on her way home on Christmas Eve, police have said.
The body of Iuliana Tudos, 22, was discovered in an outbuilding near the sports ground in Finsbury Park, north London, at about 16:30 GMT on Wednesday.
Ms Tudos was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been made.
The barmaid was last seen at around 20:00 on Sunday as she headed for a bus home from Camden.
Ms Tudos, who police said was of Russian and Greek origin, was due to meet at a friend's home in Enfield, north-east London, later that evening before spending Christmas Day there.
However, she never arrived and a missing person appeal was launched by Scotland Yard.
A member of the public found Ms Tudos's body, police said.
Det Ch Insp Nicola Wall said: "We believe that this woman was attacked while in the park and this may have occurred on Christmas Eve.
"We are trying to establish the motive for the attack and would like to hear from anyone who has seen anything suspicious in that part of Finsbury Park around the Christmas holiday period."
On Thursday, an area of the north-east corner of Finsbury Park, close to a baseball pitch, was cordoned off and forensics officers marked out what appeared to be clothing scattered on the grass.
Ms Tudos's home in nearby Upper Tollington Park was also searched by police.
A post-mortem examination was being carried out on Thursday evening with a result expected by Friday.
Teenage boys injured as gunman opens fire in fast food restaurant
One boy was hit in the back and another in the leg after a gunman opened fire in the fast food restaurant in east London.
Saturday 30 December 2017
Officers were called to the takeaway in Terrace Road just after 8.30pm
By Bethany Minelle, News Reporter
Two 16-year-old boys have been seriously injured in a shooting at a takeaway restaurant in Plaistow in east London.
The gunman opened fire at a fast food shop in Terrace Road at around 8.30pm on Friday.
One boy suffered an injury to his back, and was airlifted to hospital by London's Air Ambulance.
The other boy suffered a leg wound.
Both boys are now in a stable condition in hospital, with non-life threatening injuries.
NEW YEAR KNIFING Man, 49, arrested on suspicion of murder after woman found stabbed to death minutes into 2018
Man, 49, arrested on suspicion of murder after the woman was discovered at a home in Bromsgrove, Worcester, with knife injuries
By Holly Christodoulou
1st January 2018, 9:37 am Updated: 1st January 2018, 9:37 am
A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was stabbed to death just minutes into the New Year.
Cops were scrambled to the woman's home in Bromsgrove, Worcs, at 11.52pm last night.
A woman was stabbed to death in a home in Bromsgrove, Worcs, just minutes in to the New Year
They discovered the victim suffering from knife injuries but despite attempts to save her, she was sadly declared dead at 12.12am.
A 49-year-old was arrested at the scene and is currently being quizzed by detectives.
Police appeal for information after four murders in London
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Detectives are investigating four unrelated murders in London; three on New Year's Eve and a fourth in the early hours of New Year's Day.
All four were stabbings, resulting in the tragic death of four young males.
A fifth male is in a critical condition at hospital, having also been stabbed in the 1 January incident.
The four incidents happened in north, east and south London, and none are being treated as linked.
At around 11:30hrs on 31 December, an 18-year-old man was stabbed in Larmans Road, Enfield. He died at hospital that evening.
At around 19:35hrs on 31 December, a 20-year-old man was fatally stabbed in Memorial Avenue, West Ham.
At around 22:40hrs on 31 December, a 17-year-old male was fatally stabbed in Norwood Road near the junction with Station Rise, Tulse Hill.
At around 02:35hrs on 1 January, a 20-year-old man was fatally stabbed in Bartholomew Court, Old Street EC1. A second male, aged in his 20s, was taken to hospital suffering critical stab injuries.
Four separate murder investigations have been launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.
Five males have been arrested in connection with the murder in Enfield. At this very early stage, there have been no arrests in the other three cases.
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Five people stabbed at Great Gatsby themed New Year's Eve party leaving two fighting for life
WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES Police were called to Crystal Bar, on Carver Street in Sheffield, at around 2.20am on Monday following the altercation
BySam RkainaTom WhiteChris kitching
12:39, 1 JAN 2018Updated13:18, 1 JAN 2018
Crystal Bar and Nightclub in Sheffield where five men were stabbed overnight (Image: Dean Atkins Photography)
Two men are fighting for life after five people were stabbed at a Great Gatsby-themed New Year's Eve party.
Police were called to Crystal Bar, on Carver Street in Sheffield, at around 2.20am today following an altercation.
Two men were left with life-threatening injuries and remain in hospital in a critical but stable condition.
Three other men suffered superficial injuries.
South Yorkshire Police said: "On officer arrival, five men in their 20s were taken to hospital where three of the men were found to have superficial injuries.
A blood stained shirt on a table top outside the venue
A foil blanket left behind after the victims were treated at the scene (Image: Dean Atkins Photography)
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"Two of the men suffered life-threatening injuries and remain in hospital in a critical but stable condition.
"An investigation is in its early stages and officers remain in the Carver Street area carrying out inquiries."
An invite to the event said guests would be welcomed with a Prosecco and canape reception to "the biggest party of the year".
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VIP packages with a private booth and bottle service were being sold for up to £1,000.
The bar wrote on Facebook before the event: "Expect a mind blowing end to 2017 as we countdown to Midnight in style as Crystal this year is presenting a New Years Eve never seen before in Sheffield". [sic]
Police across the UK dealt with a number of violent incidents as people ushered in 2018.
In London, a knife crime epidemic continued as four young people were stabbed to death on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
A woman was stabbed to death at a home in Bromsgrove Worcestershire, and a man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.